30 January 2015 • 10 comments
Barack Obama and Rick Snyder are very different politicians, but in similar positions. One has gone on the offensive. It doesn’t seem to be on the other’s agenda. That, and other early portents, suggest an upcoming political year even nastier than the last.
22 December 2014 • 10 comments
Transparency was supposed to keep unlimited campaign spending honest. But transparency hasn’t happened.
31 October 2014 • 12 comments
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.
26 September 2014 • 7 comments
Big contests increasingly benefit one cohort: Broadcasters, ad agencies and consultants who profit from the seemingly unceasing barrage of campaign ads. Discuss issues? Who wants to do that?
15 August 2014 • 17 comments
We are too big, too busy and too consumptive to trust an unfettered marketplace to protect vital resources like water. Ask any Toledoan.
18 July 2014 • 14 comments
So-called “dark money” is pouring into Michigan’s elections, effectively nationalizing the state’s most important contests.
24 November 2013 • 10 comments
Michigan’s citizens are tired of the divisive political culture in Lansing. Midnight deals, closed doors meetings, lobbyists, and special interest influence have stood in the way of long-term solutions. As Governor, I will ensure that government is open, fair, and accountable to […]