Michigan Truth Squad

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the Center for Michigan.

Current investigations

Johnson fairly attacks Bergman’s residency and fish tale, but fouls on asset claim

This Truth Squad inquiry begins with a one-page fact sheet, and ends with two men and their fish.

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Foul on GOP for innuendo on Johnson’s home

Does Lon Johnson live in Kalkaska County? Or a penthouse apartment in Detroit? A national Republican group implies the latter, but can’t back it up.




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Walberg fouls with attack on Driskell over his trade record

In calling his opponent a liar, the incumbent fails to take ownership of his voting record on trade deals




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No foul on Driskell for attacking Walberg’s trade votes

Whether free-trade agreements have cost Michigan jobs is a matter of debate, but Walberg’s record of supporting them is accurately represented.




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Flagrant foul for campaign photo touting guns

A mysterious nonprofit blankets Detroit with a flyer showing Senate candidate Ian Conyers and pals posing menacingly with rifles. Or are they?




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Casperson overstates role in blocking EPA rule

State Sen. Tom Casperson says in a congressional campaign that he stopped an EPA rule on wood stoves. He did not.




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Allen fouls congressional opponent about car fees

Congressional candidate Jason Allen zings primary foe Tom Casperson on his less-than-conservative record. But goes afoul over car fees and anti-veteran charge.




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Clinton fouls Sanders on auto bailout

She’s guilty of oversimplifying, distorting and, yes, telling the truth.




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Sanders fouls by oversimplifying roots of Flint’s decline

In a debate with time limits and little time to explain nuance, the Vermont senator wasn’t very nuanced in his insistence that trade policy was the primary force behind Flint’s decline.




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Kasich gets a foul for remarks on Detroit, Cleveland schools

Ohio Gov. John Kasich erred in saying Detroit’s mayor controls the school system. He also erred in recounting reforms touted in Cleveland schools.




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Cruz earns foul for blaming Detroit’s decline solely on Democrats

Detroit’s transition from manufacturing powerhouse to the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy can be blamed on myriad factors, from seismic changes in the auto industry to white flight.




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Rubio gets warning for saying Dems ‘politicized’ Flint water crisis

In the recent Republican debate held in Detroit Sen. Marco Rubio accuses Democrats of turning the Flint water crisis into an “outrageous” partisan attack. He ought to hear what fellow Republicans are saying.




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No foul in by-the-numbers Clinton ad

This television ad sticks to Hillary Clinton’s role in key initiatives central to her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, including women’s rights, healthcare and international relations. The ad successfully avoids more controversial topics.




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Sanders ad earns a foul for exaggerations on work hours and the ultra-rich

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has struck a chord with his criticisms of income inequality and an economy that has not been kind to the middle class. But his Michigan ad gilds the lily on gains by the top 1 percent of wage earners.




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Who approved switch to Flint River? State’s answers draw fouls

Gov. Snyder, his supporters and appointees contend that Flint’s elected officials made the fateful decision to draw the city’s drinking water from the Flint River. Truth Squad shows you what the documents reveal.




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Claiming credit for Snyder aid plea gets Clinton a warning

Candidate Clinton suggests her criticism of Gov. Snyder spurred the governor to seek federal emergency aid for Flint within hours. We check the clock.




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Safe Roads Yes’ Proposal 1 ad gets a Truth Squad warning

Most of the claims about the May 5 ballot question are generally based in fact. But this ad gilds the lily with its apocalyptic warning.




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Pro-Proposal 1 ad’s claims go beyond facts, drawing a foul

In a state with so many glaring examples of terrible roadways, this Safe Roads Yes ad uses vague and misleading video and claims to make its argument.




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