Bridge: News and analysis from The Center for Michigan

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Guest commentary

Yes, it’s a gag rule, and withholding information will hurt government

PA269 keeps public officials and entities from informing voters about ballot issues 60 days before an election. The stakes are too high to require silence.

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Guest commentary

EM law had unintended racial consequences in Flint and Detroit

The legislature probably didn’t intend for its impact to fall disproportionately on Michigan’s residents of color, but it has. Now is the time to investigate fixing it.

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A Truth Squad companion

Where blame leads so far in Flint water crisis

With Snyder taking the heat for the Flint crisis, an exhaustive review of available records shines harsh light on the state and federal agencies responsible for safe drinking water.

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A Truth Squad companion

Disaster Day by Day: A Detailed Flint Crisis Timeline

This timeline seeks to present as complete a picture of the Flint water disaster as can reasonably be provided at this time from information currently in the public sphere.

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A Truth Squad companion

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY: Rating comments of public officials and experts on the Flint water crisis

This Michigan Truth Squad gallery of quotes provides a quick public guide to nearly three dozen key statements attributed to public officials, government regulators, and other drinking water and public health experts throughout the Flint drinking water saga.

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Talent & education

Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.

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Talent & education

Settled into U-M’s top job, Mark Schlissel strategizes its future

After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state.

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Guest commentary

Performance standards can rein in electricity costs for 2016 ratepayers

Michigan residents pay top dollar for their energy. It’s time for the legislature to start requiring utilities to give them something better for their money.

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Phil's column

Iowa is dealt a hand with three wild cards, no aces

The fact Trump, Cruz and Sanders are all contending indicates conventional wisdom isn’t anymore, so all bets are off.

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The Center for Michigan

Bridge takes state ‘Newspaper of the Year’ honor

Bridge won more than a dozen awards at the Michigan Press Association annual contest, including recognition for producing the best written story in any newspaper in the state.

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Talent & education

U-M President defends Harbaugh’s football recruiting ethics

A disappointed high-school football player was counting on being a Michigan Wolverine in the fall. But U-M’s president says recruits should not consider themselves accepted until they are actually admitted.

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