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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.

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