This column originally appeared in The Detroit News.
“A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.” – James Madison, 1822.
One wonders what the father of our Constitution would have said reading Michigan newspaper reports about new evidence that high-ranking state employees were caught using technology that doesn’t merely withhold public records but is designed specifically to destroy them.
They’re the kind of revelations that should worry every Michigan resident and produce broad and meaningful reform from lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.Read more
The bombshell exploded late Thursday.
An aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo admitted to lawmakers on a video conference call that the state covered up the number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 in order to avoid prosecution over their disastrous policy.Read more
There’s a simmering transparency crisis at the state Capitol, and the press is turning up the heat.
Late in January, the Detroit Free Press reported that high ranking members of the Michigan State Police were caught using a third party app on their state phones to automatically hide and delete public records related to personnel decisions on the force – and heaven-knows what else.Read more
Wednesday evening, Governor Gretchen Whitmer took to the airwaves to deliver her third State of the State address. She lobbed a few talking points from the Biden administration, hyped the new President’s slogan, and talked a lot about bipartisanship.
We caught up with Lynn Afendoulis, press secretary for Speaker Wentworth, Beth DeShone, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Education Project and Tori Sachs, Executive Director of Michigan Rising Action for their reactions to Gov. Whitmer’s lackluster address. You can hear what they had to say in the latest edition of our podcast, “In the Trenches.”Read more
Michigan families are facing unprecedented challenges. They’ve been told they’re not allowed to go to work. Their kids aren’t allowed to go to school. They’re lectured and belittled if they go to church. Vaccines that could save their lives are going unused, sitting on freezer shelves.
Larger gatherings? Forget about it. They’re illegal. Governor Whitmer says so. (Didn’t stop her from spending inauguration day with thousands of strangers in Washington, D.C., though. Apparently, her pandemic orders don’t apply in our nation’s capital.)Read more
Restaurant workers are still out of a job. Despite declining COVID infection and hospitalization rates, Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week announced another extension of her unilateral order, taking cooks out of the kitchen and dropping them onto the unemployment line.
"It's a pause that continues to not have a plan — and we're 75 days in now," Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association told Crain’s Detroit Business. "It can't be the data. So what is it?"Read more
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is misleading the media, and she is misleading you.
Earlier this week, reporters learned that the state had distributed only about 27% of the COVID-19 vaccine it had on hand, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 551,000 doses sitting idly, unused in freezers across the state.Read more
At the beginning of the pandemic, we encouraged restraint. We commended Governor Whitmer at the time for working to keep our citizens safe and informed. And while we disagree strongly on matters of policy, we fight with ideas, with our words, and our vote.