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Bridge election prediction contest

Think you know who’s going to win on Tuesday? Any predictions on voter turnout? Here’s your chance to test your political IQ.

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Brunch with Bridge

Political money flourishes in the dark – and the sun set with Citizens United

Four years after Citizens United, it looks like this game-changing court case is here to stay – along with the out-of-state millionaires whose money is shaping Michigan’s policy.

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Brunch with Bridge

You can take the boy out of the U.P., and this one went into showbiz

Actor Stephen Wiig talked his way from Negaunee into Metallica’s road crew, and from there he hasn’t really looked back.

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Public sector

Election preview: How a handful of House races could shape Michigan’s future

With the state House perhaps up for grabs, uncertainty for tea party candidates and what could be a close race for governor, Lansing’s approach to road funding, education and other key issues is unsettled.

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Public sector

The governor’s race: where they stand (in 3 minutes or less)

Incumbent Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer differ on a lot of issues. Here’s a primer before you step into the voting booth.

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Public sector

Election cash: How Super-PACs and ‘dark money’ are dominating state races

Record outside spending in the U.S. Senate race, and armored truck-loads of cash from unknown donors. Welcome to Michigan elections.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Flagrant foul for questioning Totten’s service as federal prosecutor

A bold ad by a Republican group says Attorney General candidate Mark Totten is lying when he says he worked on criminal cases as a federal prosecutor. But court records and Totten’s former boss confirm his work.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Schuette video gets warning for claim of 1,000 new cops

A video by Attorney General Bill Schuette suggests he successfully pushed for new laws on repeat offenders and to get 1,000 more cops in Michigan. Only the first effort actually became law.

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Michigan Truth Squad

No foul for tying David Trott to “human misery” of eviction work

Republican congressional candidate David Trott has been pilloried as “The Foreclosure King” by his primary and general election opponents. This “brutal” ad recounts the eviction of a 101-year-old Detroit woman.

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Public sector

A Bridge primer on how to gauge the credibility of political polls

Michigan voters are being inundated with horse-race poll results showing which candidates are up or down. Before taking those results as gospel, consider the source. Bridge shows you how.

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Public sector

12 questions to ask about political polls

Judging the independence and reliability of polls during election season can difficult, even for politically astute voters. Here are a few questions to ask to help determine a survey’s credibility.

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Public sector

Gov. Snyder tied, or way ahead ‒ which poll is right in governor’s race?

Two automated polls show a tight race, while a third that relies on live interviewers shows Snyder comfortably leading challenger Mark Schauer. What’s a partisan to believe?

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Phil's column

Commoditizing politics and football

When campaigns are driven by dark money and college sports are “branded” like Viagra, society dies just a bit

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