Michigan Truth Squad

Truth Squad calls foul on ‘birthday tax’ claim on Snyder road proposal

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Happy Birthday From Governor Snyder” Who: Joel Charles Featured Material: Web video Truth Squad Call: Foul To background sounds of the Beatles’ “Birthday,” Gov. Rick Snyder is portrayed in a clownish birthday hat, noisemaker in mouth and birthday […]

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Truth Squad calls tech foul on pro-RTW ads

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: Pro-Right to Work ads Who: Michigan Freedom Fund What: Radio and TV ad Truth Squad call: Technical foul The debate over Right to Work legislation has spilled out from the State Capitol and onto the state’s airwaves. Michigan […]

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After election, before Thanksgiving, a cheer for democracy

“Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for […]

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Center for Michigan arms voters with info for Election 2012

This election is unlike any in my memory – that goes back a long way, since I’m 74. In addition to candidates for the state House of Representatives, justices of the state Supreme Court and various other local issues, there are six […]

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Bolger’s re-election effort gets fouls from Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: House 63 Who: Bill Farmer campaign, Jase Bolger campaign, Michigan Democratic Party What: TV, radio ads Truth Squad call: Fouls on Bolger TV and radio ads; No Fouls on other materials Farmer ad ‘Power’ The 30-second television advertisement […]

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Truth Squad calls flagrant foul on terrorism charge in court campaign

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Kid Gloves“, “Justice Denied” and “How Could You?” Who: Michigan Republican Party, Judicial Crisis Network What: TV/Internet ads Truth Squad call: Flagrant foul Although nominally nonpartisan, the Michigan Supreme Court races can be as nasty as any other, […]

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Anti-Stabenow ad overplays tax claim; foul, says Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Debbie Stabenow’s Failing Record” and “Stabenow Is Failing Us” Who: Hardworking Americans Committee, a super PAC formed last month to oppose Stabenow What: TV and radio ad Truth Squad call: Foul Hardworking Americans Committee formed in September, listing […]

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Flagrant foul called on ‘taxpayer’s guide’ by Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: Michiganballot.com and “The Taxpayer’s Guide to the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposals” Who: Americans for Prosperity What: Website, mailers Truth Squad call: Flagrant foul Michiganballot.com, and mailers that are trying to drive voters to it, present themselves as generic […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on Responsible Voters’ presentation

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: League of Responsible Voters Who: Michigan League of Responsible Voters         What: Website and mailer Truth Squad call: Foul This is the time, during election season, when groups from across the political spectrum try to break through the cacophony […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on ad opposing Proposal 3

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Truth” Who: CARE What: TV ad Truth Squad call: Foul Proposal 3 would create an amendment to the Michigan Constitution a requirement that 25 percent of the state’s electrical power come from renewable sources by 2025, with certain […]

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Pro-Prop 3 ad gets ‘flagrant’ from Truth Squad on utility bill claim

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Pushback” Who: Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs What: TV ad Truth Squad call: Flagrant foul Proposal 3 would create an amendment to the Michigan Constitution a requirement that 25 percent of the state’s electrical power come from renewable sources […]

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Anti-Prop 5 ad gets ‘no foul’ from Michigan Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Vote No on Proposal 5” Who: Defend Michigan Democracy, anti-Proposal 5 group What: radio ad, Internet/TV ad Truth Squad call: No foul Proposal 5 would add a constitutional amendment that would require any increase in statewide taxes – […]

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Pro-Prop 5 campaign earns flagrant foul from Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “You Decide”, “Collision Course”, “Enough Spending” and “Not Rocket Science” Who: Michigan Alliance for Prosperity, Pro-Proposal 5 group What: Radio ads Truth Squad call: Flagrant foul The radio ads back Proposal 5, a Nov. 6 ballot proposal to […]

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Bad employee claim earns anti-Prop 2 ad an foul from Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Real Harm,” “Dangerous”  and “Our Jobs” Who: Protect Michigan Taxpayers, Hands Off Our Constitution What: TV/Web ads Truth Squad call: Foul Proposal 2, which would put collective-bargaining rights for public-sector workers in the Michigan Constitution, is one of […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on pro-Prop 2 attack on Schuette

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “PTA” and “Yes on Prop 2” Who: Protect Working Families, pro-Proposal 2 group What: Internet/TV ads Truth Squad call: Foul The battle will likely continue down to the wire over Proposal 2, which would put collective-bargaining rights for […]

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Republican Party gets foul in House 91 race, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: House 91 (Collene Lamonte vs. Holly Hughes) Who: Michigan Republican Party, Committee to Elect Collene Lamonte, Friends of Holly Hughes What: Mailers, website, video Truth Squad calls: Foul on Republican mailer; No foul on other materials “Taxpayer pockets […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on pro-Proposal 4 ad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Veterans” Who: Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, pro-Proposal 4 ballot group What: TV/Web ad Truth Squad call: Foul Proposal 4,  which would amend the state constitution to create the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and allow home […]

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State Republican Party gets foul in House 70 campaign, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: Rep. Rick Outman v. Mike Huckleberry (House District 70) Who: Michigan Republican Party (radio ad); Progress Michigan (website); We Are the People, Michigan committee (mailer), Mike Huckleberry website (www.mikehuckleberry.com) What: radio ad, websites and mailers Truth Squad call: […]

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