Phil's column

Phil Power is founder and chairman
of the Center for Michigan.

Archived columns

Transforming Detroit into a city that (also) works

By giving residents a point person in their district to solve problems, Detroit finally may be moving beyond the frustrating bureaucracy of generations past.

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When Republicans have everything, will they have enough?

Republicans must quell disputes inside their own caucus and govern in a way that avoids the sin of overreach.

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Why Bridge Magazine will never endorse candidates

Our work rests in the integrity of our journalism and the trust this earns with our readers. We do not want to do anything to be regarded as biased or partisan.

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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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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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Slamming the door on political ads

Both parties rightly complain of national party poo-bahs and bored billionaires messing with their effort to make their campaigns locally relevant to Michigan voters. Exhibit A: the wedding dress.

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Detroit leaders display the art of governance

Retiring Congressman John Dingell says his biggest accomplishments over nearly six decades in Washington were brought about by bringing people together for the public good. That same philosophy is now playing out in Detroit.

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Serious problems demand serious, experienced politicians

Michigan’s future leaders could do worse than to take part in the Michigan Political Leadership Program to hone their skills as capable public servants.

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A dark-money cloud obscures issues that matter in Michigan

Who’s supporting the candidates running for office? How much are they investing in the outcome? Right now, we can only guess about much of it.

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A new president, a noble history

Friday’s inauguration of Dr. Mark S. Schlissel at the University of Michigan was a moving demonstration of hope for our future.

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Three years in, Bridge delivers the goods on public policy

Bridge is making good on its promise of fact-based, trustworthy, nonpartisan news and thoughtful analysis of the people’s business.

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Hosannas to Free Press for exposing charter failings

What’s the sense in financially supporting charter schools if they are not producing better educational outcomes than the failing traditional public schools students are leaving behind?

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The only cherry pie recipe you’ll need this summer

Tracing family roots to Michigan’s unparalleled sour cherry harvest.

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What Michigan voters (really) want

Polls are a snapshot of public attitudes, but the state’s 2014 political candidates need the “Michigan Speaks” report to grasp what’s driving voters this election year.

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A path through the political thicket for Bridge journalism

This publication’s reporting – and the Center for Michigan’s engagement work – led to two big wins for Michigan’s school children. Excuse us if we brag a little bit.

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Has the tide finally turned for Michigan?

The case for cautious optimism for our state, which finally seems to be moving in the right direction.

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Now, let’s fix the rest of Michigan

Beyond Detroit, Michigan’s entire system of financing local government is tottering on the brink of collapse.

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Michigan races, funded by outside billionaires

Rich donors and secret super PACS are setting the agenda in the state’s governor and senate races, making Michigan’s key political campaigns anything but local.

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