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Susan J. Demas
I am the CEO of Susan J. Demas Communications and owner, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.

I am the only Michigan journalist to have been named to The Washington Post's list of “Best Political Reporters,” The Huffington Post's list of “Best Political Tweeters” and The Washington Post's list of “Best Political Bloggers.” In 2006, I became a Knight Foundation fellow in “The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector” program for nonprofit organizations, finance and media through Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.

My work has run in or on more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets including NBC News, CNN, Newsweek, Forbes, The Economist, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcast Corp., Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, The Columbia Journalism Review, Guardian U.K., Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Boston Herald, Seattle Times, Toronto Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Jose Mercury News, (St. Paul) Pioneer Press, Des Moines Register and Michigan Public Radio. I am a regular panelist on WKAR's "Off the Record."

I am a syndicated political columnist, appearing in The Huffington Post and Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire. My columns have also run in the Detroit News, Battle Creek Enquirer, Lansing State Journal, Dome Magazine, Impact, PennLive, Real Clear Politics, MLive and its eight papers.

Entries by Susan J. Demas

What Pundits Are Trying to Sell You (and Won't Tell You) About the Iowa Caucuses

(69) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 3:46 PM


The Iowa caucuses were a victory for pundits. But many will continue to mislead about what's really going on this election -- or be oblivious to its realities.

OK, Monday night certainly didn't pan out for those predicting a coronation for our

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Is Mitt Romney in Trouble in Michigan?

(12) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 11:33 AM

Mitt Romney has already been crowned the 2012 GOP frontrunner by a bevy of pundits.

But there are signs of trouble in Romneyland, starting right here in his home state of Michigan -- a state critical to both his primary and general election strategies.

A couple weeks ago,...

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The Michigan Legislature Slashes Away the Gay

(6) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 1:20 PM

Republicans were elected in November to turn around the economy, but they seem to have an awful lot of time to stick it to gay people.

May 5 was just the latest example. Instead of just slashing K-12 education by $430 per student and cutting state universities about 15...

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Welcome to Pure Michigan, the Land of Dickens

(98) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 7:08 PM

In the hallowed halls of the Michigan state Capitol this week, one of the biggest debates has been over slashing a program that gives clothes to orphans.

About 160,000 kids wouldn't receive their back-to-school clothing allowance under the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget passed by a House subcommittee. That saves...
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Michigan's New Motto: Blame It on the Teachers

(38) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 2:33 PM

Unless you are saving lives on the operating table or vaccinating children in Africa, it takes a certain kind of chutzpah to constantly insult and berate teachers.

Because chances are, your job is nowhere near as important as that of the folks responsible for shaping the young minds of tomorrow....
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Why I'm Thankful for Planned Parenthood

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 3:16 PM

I would like to thank Planned Parenthood and pro-choice women's health clinics for my daughter.

Now generally, I think health issues are private matters, but when it comes to what women choose to do with their own bodies -- like, say, get breast cancer screenings at a politically incorrect facility --...

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The G.O.P.'s Fiscally-Conservative Frauds

(49) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 11:05 AM

"I don't think I have one off the top of my head. But there is no part of this government that should be sacred." -- New U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when asked to name a government program we could do without

To paraphrase former GOP Michigan...

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GOP Congressional Candidate Tim Walberg: We Could Impeach Obama Over Birth Certificate

(21) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 2:16 PM

Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) is taking birtherism to a new extreme. Walberg, who's running for his old seat, said at a town hall event this week that President Obama could be impeached for not showing his birth certificate to a group of people including Rush Limbaugh.

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The Truth About Bart Stupak

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 12:35 PM

Everyone knows the Tea Party brought Bart Stupak down.

I know this, because the (mostly out-of-state) activists storming through Michigan this week have declared it to be true. And I make it a point to always believe angry mobs.

Incidentally, I have always thought Jon & Kate Plus...

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Take It Down A Notch, GOP

(39) Comments | Posted April 3, 2010 | 2:40 PM

Somebody is going to get shot.

If I am wrong - and I hope desperately that I am - we will be extremely lucky. Because there is a suffocating, sweltering mood brewing in our country, like that of the anxious early 1960s.

Consider the all-too-ubiquitous racist Tea Party...

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Bart Stupak: The Moderate From Michigan

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 12:10 PM

"I hope you bleed... [get] cancer and die," said an erudite caller in a message for U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) after he voted in favor of health care reform.

Throughout the hot-blooded debate over health care, one man has dominated the news almost as much as President Obama.


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The Tea Party's Impossible Anti-Government Dream

(54) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 4:40 PM

Government, in the view of the vast majority of Americans, is a necessary evil.

We believe that a nation of 304 million people needs an apparatus for national defense, law and order and a social safety net. And we're kind of fond of the more than 233 tyranny-free years we've...

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Alma Wheeler Smith: A Real Progressive Runs for Michigan Governor

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2009 | 12:25 PM

Say what you will about Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, but the lady has guts.

She would almost have to, having been born in segregated South Carolina in 1941 and being the daughter of the first (and only) African-American mayor of Ann Arbor. Her parents were community organizers who "didn't believe...

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Sarah Palin's Lady Gaga Tour of Michigan

(56) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 2:05 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Sarah Palin blew in here Wednesday with all the stagecraft (and subtlety) of Lady Gaga, pulling up in a luxury tour bus ensconced with the cover photo from her book, right down to her glossy lips and heavenward gaze.

Camera-waving paparazzi were there to capture...

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The Confidence Gap Between Democrats And Republicans

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM

"We are the champions, my friends," crooned Michigan Senate President Pro-Tem Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) the day after the Nov. 3 election.

Former state Rep. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) had won a landslide victory for an open Senate seat, giving Republicans a firm 22-16 majority. It wasn't unexpected, nor...

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How Sarah Palin and Tea Partiers Are Blowing Up the GOP

(37) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 1:20 PM

Wingnuts of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but election ... after election ... after election.

That's the lesson from the far right's stinging defeat in yet another Republican congressional district this week. Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman harangued GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava into dropping out --...

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Why States Like Michigan Are Failing

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 3:40 PM

So here we are in Michigan with a half-baked budget at best, staring at another government shutdown on Halloween.

Why? As with many states stumbling in this economy, there's plenty of political gamesmanship at work and yes, some rank stupidity. But there are bigger questions that have gone...

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Could Barack Obama Make a David Paterson Move in Michigan?

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 6:49 PM

By now, everyone's heard that President Barack Obama (unsuccessfully) asked New York Gov. David Paterson to step aside because the White House doesn't feel he can win. There's a fear that he'll drag the party down with him in 2010, especially in down-ballot congressional races.

So the question in...

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The Republican Death March on Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2009 | 3:11 PM

Right now, Republicans are feeling pretty good about themselves.

President Obama's poll numbers have tumbled, health care reform has withered and raucous town hall protests have been even better summer teevee than blood-bathed shark attacks. The Politico is forecasting double-digit Democratic losses in the U.S....

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Yes, Virginia, You Can Be Too Cynical About Politics

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 5:28 PM

I am a hopeless romantic. Give me a glass of wine, a fireplace and a little Lord Byron, and I'm a happy woman.

I have been known to reread certain works, silently cheering for Catherine and Heathcliff, Gatsby and Daisy, even Henry Miller and Anais Nin to surprise me...

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