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Progress Michigan on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 20, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan on President Obama’s State of the Union Address MICHIGAN — The following statement can be attributed to Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “Tonight’s contrast between the State of the…

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Progress Michigan Responds to Gov. Snyder’s Fifth State of the State Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Progress Michigan State of the State Response January 20, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Responds to Gov. Snyder’s Fifth State of the State Address MICHIGAN — Below is Progress Michigan’s statement in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: “Governor Snyder kept talking about the river of opportunity,…

Corporate Puppets

Tonight is Gov. Snyder’s fifth State of the State address where he will undoubtedly try to whitewash his corporate-driven agenda. You may recall what we did last year with the State of the State. We introduced you to the Fake Rick Snyder. This year, we set out to show Michiganders where Gov. Snyder’s loyalties truly…

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Progress Michigan Presents: Michigan Corporate Puppets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 20, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Presents: Michigan Corporate Puppets Corporate Puppet Rick Snyder gives State of the State on behalf of CEO puppet masters  MICHIGAN — In the lead-up to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fifth State of the State address, Progress Michigan unveiled a new video and…

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Progress Michigan Applauds Federal Judge Ruling that Michigan Must Respect Same Sex Marriages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 15, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Applauds Federal Judge Ruling that Michigan Must Respect Same Sex Marriages Ceremonies performed in March 2014 must be recognized LANSING – Progress Michigan applauded the ruling by a United States Federal Judge that will allow same-sex couples legally wed in…

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Snyder Vetoes NRA-Backed Gun Proliferation Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 15, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Snyder Vetoes NRA-Backed Gun Proliferation Legislation MICHIGAN — Today, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that was an attempt by the National Rifle Association to put guns in the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers. Progress Michigan recently called on Snyder to veto the…

Crashing the Tea Party: Fear and Loathing in Mount Pleasant

By Matthew Kovac With prison profiteers like Aramark enjoying sweetheart deals under Gov. Snyder’s administration, government accountability remains as relevant as ever. So it’s shameful that the Michigan Statewide Grassroots PowWow, billed as a training ground for Tea Party activists in the “battle for freedom,” instead spent the better part of last weekend spewing racist…

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Michigan Tea Party ‘Powwow’: Bigotry on Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 12, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Michigan Tea Party ‘Powwow’: Bigotry on Parade Keynote speeches at Michigan Tea Party gathering filled with blatant fear-mongering  MICHIGAN — “The problem is, the only [Muslims] in Dearborn or anywhere else in America that have a voice are the ones who want…

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Snyder Should Immediately Veto NRA-Backed Gun Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 9, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Snyder Should Immediately Veto NRA-Backed Gun Bill Choosing between protecting people or siding with corporate lobbyists isn’t a hard decision MICHIGAN — Today, Progress Michigan called on Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a National Rifle Association-backed bill that would allow…

Selma’s Not Over

By Brad O’Neil Over the holiday, I went to see a screening of the new film Selma. It focuses on the period between the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I found it both historically relevant and emotionally impactful in its effort to give life…