The bankruptcy of the city of Detroit reignited interest in a story from 2012 about the Detroit Water Department employing a horseshoer thanks to a union contract — despite the department having no horses. That was the No. 1 story viewed on the Michigan Capitol Confidential website in 2013.

Among our Top 10 stories viewed by readers online, coverage included a commentary article about why Michigan should cut subsidies for higher education, two stories about state teacher compensation and an article about educators from across Michigan suing the MEA and their local unions to protect right-to-work rights.

In the past year, Michigan Capitol Confidential stories have been featured on virtually every major news source in Michigan while appearing nationally in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the Huffington Post, Instapundit, National Review, Reason, Carpe Diem, Hot Air and many other websites, TV stations and radio programs.

Below are the Top 10 items for views between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

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  1. No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'
  2. Five Reasons The Government Shouldn't Subsidize Higher Education
  3. Huffington Post Gets Charter Study Wrong
  4. Michigan Teachers Rank No. 2 For Salary
  5. Bill Would Prohibit Asset Forfeiture In Michigan Without Criminal Conviction
  6. Charter School Superintendent Makes Over $339K a Year
  7. Minimum Wage Increase: A Serious Effort or Just Rhetoric?
  8. Average Michigan Teacher Salaries Climb
  9. Teachers Sue MEA To Escape Union
  10. MSU English Professor Threatens Students In Anti-Republican Rant

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