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Susan J. Demas: GOP’s 2018 pork-laden spending spree wounds Whitmer’s plans

Can we just end the myth of fiscally responsible Republicans once and for all? It’s bad enough that in 2017, President Trump and his GOP...

Rick Haglund: Whitmer’s economic strategy focuses on people over corporations

Business leaders and local economic developers have publicly urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stay the course set by her predecessor, former Gov. Rick Snyder,...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Michigan League for Public Policy launches people-driven agenda

Michigan needs a major tune-up. That’s why on Thursday, the Michigan League for Public Policy is announcing "The Owner’s Manual for Michigan", a clear...

Susan J. Demas: Gretchen Whitmer will be a national star, whether...

Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has no plans to land on the 2020 ticket. In fact, she was pretty emphatic that she...

Susan J. Demas: John Engler, living embodiment of toxic masculinity

Nobody expected John Engler to go gently into that good night. And he didn’t. In an 11-page screed dripping with bitterness and a twinge of...

Poletown closing cuts deep

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five...

Susan J. Demas: The sister act between Whitmer and Nessel bucks...

Turn on any reality TV show or soap opera (yes, I believe those still exist) and you’ll find women as perennial rivals, frequently dissolving...

Ron Bieber: Labor looks ahead after big wins in 2018

The 2018 midterm election was an important one for the labor movement — and not just nationally, but also at the state level here...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Whitmer will reconnect parties, policy and people

My body may have been cold on Jan. 1, but my heart couldn’t have been warmer as I had the honor of being one...

Tom Watkins: Whitmer needs to prepare Michigan for the AI revolution

Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is smart, politically savvy and knowledgeable. She also has 10 million constituents to serve — many who want advise...

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