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Michigan Truth Squad

Truth Squad foul on ad saying Barrett is beholden to Koch group

The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity has backed state House candidate Tom Barrett. Does that mean Barrett will put AFP’s needs first?

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Talent & education

State schools chief: Michigan is 10 years behind leading states

Superintendent Mike Flanagan tells Bridge he is baffled by Michigan’s poor scores on national tests, has been slow to act on key reforms, and may have stayed in his job too long.

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Phil's column

Across Michigan, groups are daring to collaborate

From building workforce skills to economic development, Michigan works best when groups inside and outside government share smart ideas.

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Brunch with Bridge

Confessions of a RINO, and no, he’s not a bit sorry

Say it loud: He’s sane and he’s proud. At least, this outgoing GOP county chairman is unwilling to align himself with the fringes of his own party, and he suspects there are others out there, too.

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Brunch with Bridge

Young people? Blow up the political system, for your own good

Grandparents vote, and politicians know it. That’s why older people get far more attention from policy-makers. Younger ones would be wise to remember this.

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Guest commentary

Headlee’s signature amendment has worked for all Michigan residents

It’s a lot more than “academic” – the limitations on taxation imposed by the Headlee amendment have been a needed governor on excess spending.

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Public sector

GOP hunts votes in the D

The Republican National Committee opened an African-American engagement office in overwhelmingly Democratic Detroit. Early returns are a bit fuzzy.

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Public sector

Regular Detroiters get their day in bankruptcy court

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes gave 15 ordinary Detroit retirees, appearing without lawyers, an opportunity to appear at the city’s bankruptcy trial to voice their objection to the restructuring plan.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Ad portraying Gary Peters as cozy with criminals gets Flagrant Foul

This Super PAC ad suggests that the Democratic Senate candidate knowingly accepted campaign contributions from convicted felons. He did not.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Foul on ad pinning government shutdowns solely on Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop drew plenty of flack for his role in two government shutdowns when he was state Senate Majority Leader. But this ad for Eric Schertzing, Bishop’s Democratic opponent in a race for Congress, ignores the roles of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and House leader Andy Dillon in the standoffs.

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Talent & education

Smartest kids: What Michigan schools can learn from leading states

Students from Minnesota to Florida are learning more. Is Michigan ready to do something about it?

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Talent & education

Smartest kids: Four school advocates raise their hands

We asked four fierce, very different education advocates how to improve Michigan schools. They hit on many reforms successfully used in leading states.

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Talent & education

National education leader: Business must lead fight in Michigan

Bridge sat down with Kati Haycock, founder of the Education Trust in Washington, D.C., to talk about reversing Michigan’s decline and what schools can do for low-income kids when parents aren’t in the game.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Schauer gets two Truth Squad warnings and a TBD in guv town hall

Mark Schauer aggressively attacked Gov. Rick Snyder as a putting-business-before-common-folks fat cat. A couple attacks pushed the factual limits.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Snyder gets a Truth Squad warning and fracking foul in town hall event

Gov. Snyder spent much of Sunday’s debate defending his commitment to education and the middle class during his first term in office.

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