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 capitol dwindles, it is important to have outside scrutiny of our elected officials and government bureaucracies. Readers can expect precise reporting as well as analysis and opinion-blogs.


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Meet the Staff

[Photo of Tom Gantert] Tom Gantert serves as the managing editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential. He previously worked at The Ann Arbor News, Lansing State Journal and The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and has more than two decades of experience covering news and politics in Michigan. He may be reached at Gantert@mackinac.org.

[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 Jarrett Skorup] Jarrett Skorup is a contributing editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential. He is also the director of marketing and communications at the Mackinac Center. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts, media strategy, and overseeing policy campaigns and objectives. He has worked in a variety of roles at the Center since 2009. He can be reached at Skorup@mackinac.org.

[Photo of Jack McHugh] Jack McHugh is a contributing editor for Michigan Capitol Confidential. He is also the senior legislative analyst at the Mackinac Center and editor of MichiganVotes.org. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years working in the legislature. McHugh has been with the Mackinac Center since 2001. He may be reached at McHugh@mackinac.org.

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.