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Henry Payne

Henry Payne is the editorial cartoonist for The Detroit News. His work is syndicated to an additional 60 newspapers nationwide via United Feature Syndicate. Payne has been a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. Payne is a writer as well as an artist, and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard magazine, National Review and Reason magazine.

Climate Science and the Inquisition

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Planet Lansing

In a state with the nation's highest unemployment and a $1.87 billion budget overspending crisis, taxpayers may wonder what planet Lansing is on. … more

Diversifying Michigan for Trial Lawyers

Even when Gov. Jennifer Granholm picks winners and losers, the winners get knifed in the back. … more

More Money After Bad

Throwing money at Detroit only diverts leadership from its core problems. … more

John Dingell: The True Face of Health Care Reform

Selling government-run medicine is easy as long as you ignore the evidence. … more

Bad Medicine

Washington's health care prescription will make Michigan's budget even sicker. … more

Detroit Votes for Change

What does Dave Bing's election as mayor of Detroit mean? … more

Roadmap to Nowhere

Last week, while Michiganders shivered through more subnormal temperatures and watched their crop yields freeze from a summer of too-cool weather, a green echo chamber of media, government bureaucrats and activists gathered for a Midwest Governor's Association (MGA) conference in downtown Detroit to draw a "Midwestern Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Roadmap" to help Michigan navigate around . . . global warming. … more

State Pols Fear Warming While Crops Freeze

Maybe Michigan farmers suffering from low crop yields from yet another cold Midwest growing season can recoup their losses by renting out their fields to combat global warming with state-subsidized wind farms? … more


An estimated 35,000 city residents rushed the doors of Cobo Hall in a desperate attempt to grab 5,000 federal assistance applications made available to Detroit as part of the "Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program," a federal stimulus fund designed to help residents pay rent and utility bills.
The resulting chaos is symbolic not only of Detroit's plight but also of the wild lunge for free money that has been the hallmark of the $18 billion in stimulus money thrown at Michigan since last spring. … more