Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Advance, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Michigan Advance is part of the States Newsroom, a network of news outlets across the country covering state government and politics. Florida Phoenix is one of those outlets.

Biden tells UAW head Shawn Fain in Illinois: ‘You’ve done one hell of a job, pal’

By: - November 12, 2023

Donning a red UAW T-shirt given to him by workers, President Joe Biden last week joined union President Shawn Fain in Belvidere, Ill., to celebrate victories in the “Stand Up Strike” against domestic automakers. Biden started his speech with a familiar refrain. “The middle class built America — and unions built the middle class,” the […]

Biden will show his ‘vocal support’ for autoworkers Tuesday on a Michigan UAW picket line

By: - September 26, 2023

As President Joe Biden is scheduled to arrive in Michigan Tuesday, the White House says the Democrat will demonstrate his “vocal support” for autoworkers by joining UAW members on the picket line in Wayne County. “Over the past decade, auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary […]


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

By: - August 17, 2021

Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans  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 to give. Anti-vaxxers, COVID conspiracy theorists, and […]

Michigan Gov. Whitmer warns about ‘serious legal and ethical questions’ of GOP leaders’ White House trip

By: - November 20, 2020

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) are supposed to be headed to the White House Friday for a chat with President Donald Trump, who’s been eager to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by Democrat Joe Biden. (Politco reports that the GOP lawmakers have arrived […]


Susan J. Demas: It’s never our time: Why we won’t have a female president next year

By: - March 5, 2020

The 2020 Democratic presidential race, which, at one point, was brimming with promise with a high water mark of six women contenders, has dwindled to one. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) exited the race Thursday, leaving just U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m crying as I write this. […]