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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of Michigan’s foremost experts on state politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of the States Newsroom's Michigan Advance, she is its chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more.

COMMENTARY

Opinion: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

By: - October 27, 2021

If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long history of not caring about other […]

COMMENTARY

How do you solve poverty? Throw money at the problem.

By: - October 13, 2021

If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID.

By: - August 11, 2021

Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans — with nearly 20,000 of them from Michigan — and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — those of us who have tried to do everything right have no more f–ks left […]