The beta version of our new website is now available. Switch to beta – you can come back to our original site at any time.

David Worthams is policy director for the Michigan Bankers Association, and was 2012-14 chairman of the Republican party of Kalamazoo County. He occasionally blogs and prefers French toast with three syrups for brunch.

Before Black History Month slips away, consider Michigan’s rich diversity of accomplishment

In the last week of February, take time to learn about notable African Americans from the state where we live. Most you’ve probably never heard of.

Read more

He’s had more than three strikes, and it’s time for Agema to go

Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman has disgraced himself, and his party, with a series of bigoted, hateful posts on his social-media pulpit.




Read more

Before the lame duck is carved, a few words for the room

My fellow lawmakers, my honored guests, my staff and family and sergeant at arms: Before I go back to my district, there are some things I’d like to put in the record…




Read more

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.




Read more

A little respect – and attention – for the non-traditional collegian

Not all students on college campuses fit the typical mold of young and full-time. The older, working, married, child-rearing scholars are a growing demographic.




Read more

A toast to those with the courage to say ‘vote for me’

It’s easy to get cynical about elections, but if some people didn’t bother to file and get out there with the handshakes, we wouldn’t have much of a system.




Read more

Stacking rocks or dollars? A run around Mackinac stirs thoughts of both

Ask people why they run and you’ll get a lot of answers. On this particular day, it was those beach cairns on Mackinac Island.




Read more

Shooting racist fish in a barrel? Try a little harder

Condemning a crude bigot like Donald Sterling is too easy, especially while people of color face real issues that too often are ignored.




Read more

Invest in non-partisan journalism.

Donate to The Center for Michigan. Find out why.