Phil's column

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

Archived columns

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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Flush with lilacs, Michigan blooms anew

April may be the cruellest month, but its reward is May.

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Detroit’s last, best chance lies in current crisis

It’s going to take a long time to root out the damage Detroit has incurred over a half century. Here’s hoping the city, the region and the entire state have the fortitude, far-sightedness and patience to persevere.

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A chance to hear Michigan’s real voice

In an age of political microtargeting, Community Conversations show the face of Michigan

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Why is this lesson so hard to learn? Education should be linked to job market

Two generations of Michigan governors have urged the teaching of job skills to match the labor market, to little effect.

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Boiled duck, angry bear and the remorseless twilight of arctic life

More than 50 years after establishing a nonprofit for Inuit artists, a frigid return to Baffin Island.

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