Michigan Truth Squad

‘Flagrant foul’ on Moroun

Another arm of the burgeoning Center for Michigan empire — the Michigan Truth Squad — today issued a “flagrant foul” against a TV ad paid for by the Detroit International Bridge Co. against the proposal to build a joint Canada-Michigan crossing between […]

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Truth Squad tackles ‘State of State’ speech

In Michigan in 2012, there’s really only one issue on the radar: jobs. How does the state get more of them? How do residents fill them? How much do they pay? In the hours leading up to Gov. Rick Snyder’s second State […]

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Truth Squad tackles presidential primary ads

Leading up to what could prove a pivotal Michigan Republican presidential primary, the Michigan Truth Squad, another project of the Center for Michigan, is  hard at work assessing the claims in various campaign ads and materials from the leading candidates and their […]

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Somewhere, Alaska

John Boehner of Ohio. Mike Castle of Delaware. Jeff Flake and John Shadegg, Arizona. Butch Otter, Idaho. Ron Paul, Texas. Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin. Mac Thornberry, Texas. And C.W. “Bill” Young, Florida. This slender cohort of current and former U.S. representatives, along with […]

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Michigan voters could decide casino locales, emergency manager law on 2012 ballot

Sheesh. We’ve already seen a ton of dueling political TV ads already, and we’re not even into summer — which officially begins this year on June 20, the day with the most sunlight in the year. Regardless of the season, you might […]

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Pro-casino claims go a bit too far, finds the Michigan Truth Squad

What: Citizens for More Michigan Jobs radio interview Who: Emily Palsrok, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs spokeswoman Truth Squad call: Technical foul Backers of a proposal to add eight private casinos in Michigan sell it as a jobs plan for the state. […]

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Truth Squad delves into casino land ownership

A plan to build eight casinos in Michigan moving toward November’s ballot remains almost as sketchy in financial detail as the day it was announced in April. One of the key features of the proposal is to prescribe eight specific casino locations. So, […]

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Ad matches up with reports about Detroit-Windsor span, Truth Squad finds

Gov. Rick Snyder and the government of Canada recently brokered an “interlocal” agreement to proceed with construction of a second bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. That plan has long been opposed by the ownership of the existing Ambassador Bridge between the […]

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Special-interest money floods ballot-measure efforts

Voters could see as many as seven proposals to amend the Michigan Constitution or state law on this November’s ballot – or none at all. Bureaucratic and legal reviews continue of the various proposals. Regardless of how they play out, though, Michigan […]

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Pension vote claims don’t hold up in legislative primary, Truth Squad finds

Who: Michael Shmina for State Representative, 32nd District What: mailer, robocall Truth Squad calls: Foul, Technical fouls and no foul In a mailer and robocall, challenger Michael Shmina makes various claims about incumbent state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, whom he faces in the […]

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Liss uses bologna, but her factual claims aren’t baloney, rules Truth Squad

Who: Lesia Liss for state representative, 28th District What: YouTube video Truth Squad call: No foul Rep. Lesia Liss is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary in House District 28, which covers part of Macomb Township and Warren, and all of […]

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Mysterious outside group earns foul in Genesee Co. primary from Truth Squad

Who: Michigan Liberty Project, 48th House District Democratic primary What: Mailings of “How Much Cash Is Too Much?”  and “What Do You Call Politicians That Promote Public Schools for Your Children But Private Schools for Theirs?” Truth Squad call: Foul The ads […]

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Democrats slug way to fouls in congressional primary, Truth Squad finds

Who: Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidates Steve Pestka and Trevor Thomas What: Television ads, candidate websites and candidate debate Truth Squad call: Technical fouls on Pestka and Thomas Steve Pestka, a former state representative, Kent County commissioner and Kent County circuit judge, […]

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Truth Squad issues warning over ad opposing union ballot proposals

Who: Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution What: “Auction” – radio/Web ad Truth Squad call: Warning This ad comes from Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution, a group based out of the offices of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and formed to advocate against a variety […]

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Truth Squad issues warnings on biz-backed ad on union measure

Who: GrowMIjobs.org (created by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce) What: Internet ad — “Michigan: From worst to 1st in job growth” Truth Squad call: Warnings Questionable statement: “Did you hear the news? Michigan leads the nation in job growth, from worst to […]

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Tax vote ad plays it close to the vest; no foul from Truth Squad

Who: Michigan Alliance for Prosperity What: Radio ad in favor of a ballot proposal to require supermajority tax votes Truth Squad call: No foul Questionable statements: “… the cost of living for the average family is outpacing growth in their household income. […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on campaign doc opposing Snyder-backed bridge

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: People Should Decide mailer Who: The People Should Decide What: Mailer Truth Squad Call: Foul Questionable statement: “Snyder’s bridge. Not free. Not even close.” The flier is the latest salvo in a fierce political fight over a proposal […]

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Democrats commit foul with Penn St./Supreme Court link, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Extreme Supreme Court Endangers Our Children” Who: Michigan Democratic Party What: Internet ad Truth Squad call: Foul Questionable statement: “The Penn State scandal was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen. Lives were destroyed because top university officials […]

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