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Derek Draplin

Reporter for Michigan Capitol Confidential

Derek Draplin was a reporter for Michigan Capitol Confidential. Prior to joining the Mackinac Center, he worked as an associate editor at The Daily Caller, where he still contributes.

Derek attended the University of Michigan, where he studied political science and served as editor-in-chief and publisher of the Michigan Review. Derek also contributed to The College Fix and has reported for The Detroit News as a Student Free Press Association fellow. His work has been featured on Fox News, the Drudge Report, National Review, Reason and other publications.

Derek was raised in Plymouth, Michigan and resides in Irish Hills.

From Derek Draplin

Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement

Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code

Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District

Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax

U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking

Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities

Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High

'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses

Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan

Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up

State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls

Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities

Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back

Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2

Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'

Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info

Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests

Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind

Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is

Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit

DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus

Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay

Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation

Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran

Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police

Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy

Little Or No Consequences for Detroit Land Bank Billing Scam

Teachers Union Membership Down 20 Percent, But Executive's Pay up $61,000

Union Gave Teachers Pay Cut To Keep Compulsory Dues Coming

Court Says Union's Anti-Right-To-Work Deal 'Hostile' to Teachers

State ‘Pure Michigan’ Agency Refuses to Debate Ad Program's Cost Effectiveness

As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes

SEIU Sues Its Own Members for Banquet Hall They Paid For

Bill Closing Possible Loophole In Photo ID Voting Law May Be On Fast Track

Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes

Obamacare in Michigan: 32 Percent More Than Projected Take Medicaid Expansion

Radical U-M Student Group Demands 'Sanctuary Campus' Walkouts

Grass Roots Tax Group Helps Defeat Big Metro Transit Tax

Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank

Michigan Energy Battle May Mean More 500 Foot Wind Turbines in Communities

Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back

Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back

U-M's New 'Chief Diversity Officer' Will Collect $385,000 per Year

Metro Detroit Transit Tax Assumes Funding From State and Feds That May Never Come

transit, RTA … more

Some Upper Peninsula Residents In Revolt Over Federal Road Closings

Oakland Officials Deny Hushing Up Report Critical of Transit Tax Proposal

Rights and Responsibilities Collide: Student Free Speech Bill Struggles

Tuition Up 3.9 Percent, But U-M Finds $85 Million More For 'Diversity'

Saginaw County Sheriff Denies Driving Seized Muscle Car, Won't Explain 56k New Miles

Feds Force Michigan Cherries to Rot – In Order To Raise Prices

U of M Brings Personal Pronoun Wars To Michigan

Detroit Metro’s Economy No. 14 In U.S., Bigger Than Nation Of Chile

EPA Opposes U.P. Road, But Senator Suggests New Mine Its Real Target

State’s '21st Century Jobs Fund' Spent $100 Million For Just 1,052 Jobs

Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks

Police Seize Car, Drive 56,000 Miles, Sell It Without Charging Owners With a Crime

Michigan Will Have No Ballot Questions This Year

Foundation Examines Michigan Pensions and Finds - Mismanagement

Major Sectors Growing as Michigan Unemployment Hits 15-Year Low

Study: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage Would Kill 281,000 Michigan Jobs

Survey: Most Michigan Schools Outsource Noninstructional Services

Average Michigan Teacher Pay Nation's Highest When Adjusted for Cost of Living

Township Denies It Had Landfill Documents, County Records Say Otherwise

Ann Arbor Council Defies State Law, Bans Cigarette Sales to Adults Age 18 to 20

Financial Emergency Over: Elected Government Returns to Pontiac

emergency manager, Pontiac … more

You Can't Do That: Township's Taxpayer-Funded Tax Hike Electioneering

Macomb County City Deletes Former Official's Criticism from Website

GOP Convention Notes: 50,000 Attendees, Lots and Lots of Police

From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit

Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog

MSU Drops Algebra From Graduation Requirements

Lawsuit Challenges Forced Payments for Tourism Bureaus

One Brighton Area Schools Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay

Vote Sends Lake Michigan Water Outside the Great Lakes Basin

Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement

County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee

Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators

Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations