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Rich Robinson is executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The views and assertions of guest columnists do not necessarily reflect those of Bridge or The Center for Michigan.

New year, old battles and an upcoming year of more of the same (only worse)

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.

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CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

Transparency was supposed to keep unlimited campaign spending honest. But transparency hasn’t happened.

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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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Elections should be about ideas, but they’re mostly about ads

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?

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Who do you trust with your drinking water? The free market, or government?

We are too big, too busy and too consumptive to trust an unfettered marketplace to protect vital resources like water. Ask any Toledoan.

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An election cycle conjures the ghost of Curly Howard

So-called “dark money” is pouring into Michigan’s elections, effectively nationalizing the state’s most important contests.

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Officeholders and nonprofit corporations: A toxic mix

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 […]

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