Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.

As news coverage in our state dwindles, it is important to have outside scrutiny of our elected officials and government bureaucracies. Readers can expect precise news reporting as well as analysis and opinion pieces.


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Meet the Staff

[Photo of Jamie Hope] Jamie Hope serves as the assistant managing editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential. She owns a consulting business, and previously worked at the Michigan Legislature as a legislative aide, as well as for the House Republican Policy Office. She is an author and has written for American Thinker and Human Events. She may be reached at Hope@mackinac.org.

[Photo of John LaPlante] John LaPlante serves as an editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential and other publications of the Mackinac Center, including IMPACT magazine. He has written for a variety of commercial and nonprofit publishers, including USA Today, The Hill and The Detroit News.

[Photo of Tim Cavanaugh] Tim Cavanaugh is senior editor at the Michigan Capitol Confidential and other publications of the Mackinac Center. Prior to this, Cavanaugh worked at Real Clear, the Washington Examiner, Wired, National Review, The Daily Caller, Los Angeles Times and many other publications.

[Photo of Scott McClallen] Scott McClallen is a reporter and editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential. He previously worked for The Center Square for five years covering Michigan’s taxing and spending, electric vehicle subsidies and labor strikes. His work has appeared in RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner and the Detroit Metro Times.