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Apathy is a Dangerous Course

By Brad O’Neil In the era of Citizens United and a gutted Voting Rights Act where corporations are people, money is speech, and legislators making it harder for people to vote are the new norm, voting is more important today than it ever has been. Apparently, Michiganders don’t agree. Michigan’s voter turnout last Tuesday was…

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management Statement on the Plan of Adjustment

By Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management Federal Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’ approval of the Plan of Adjustment is not in the best interests of Detroiters. The plan, submitted by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, supported by Mayor Duggan and Gov. Snyder, protects banks, gives away public resources, and has no method to revitalize the city. We object!…

Progress Michigan Statement on Sixth Circuit Court Marriage Equality Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan  November 6, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Statement on Sixth Circuit Court Marriage Equality Ruling MICHIGAN — Progress Michigan issued the following statement in response to a federal appellate court ruling that upheld Michigan’s marriage equality ban. “Discriminatory laws barring loving couples from the freedom to marry…

Elections Have Consequences

By Brad O’Neil Elections have consequences. It may sound cliché but it has held true in previous elections and it will hold true tomorrow. Historically, midterm elections have a much lower voter turnout than presidential elections yet midterms are often the more consequential. Michigan went from a 66.2 percent voter turnout in 2008 to 42.9…

New Poll Shows Gubernatorial Match-Up a Tie Heading Into Election Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan November 3, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org New Poll Shows Gubernatorial Match-Up a Tie Heading Into Election Day LANSING — On the eve of Election Day, Progress Michigan announced the results of a new poll showing a tie between Gov. Rick Snyder and Mark Schauer in Michigan’s gubernatorial race.…

This Week in Progress

Only three more days until Election Day! This Week in PM Blogging: They’re Voting, Will You? If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. And there’s plenty to complain about in Michigan right now. Michigan’s Most Extreme Candidate Don’t let his mild mannered demeanor fool you, Gov. Snyder is just as extreme as the hardcore right-wingers out…

BREAKING: Snyder Admin Destroys Emails Sought Through FOIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 30, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org BREAKING: Snyder Admin Destroys Emails Sought Through FOIA DCH Director emails illegally deleted after being requested by watchdog group  LANSING – Progress Michigan learned today that the Michigan Department of Community Health has illegally purged department head communications from its…

MDOC Stalling FOIA Request Until After November Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 29, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org MDOC Stalling FOIA Request Until After November Election Michigan voters deserve to know information about Aramark, Ed Buss  LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan called out the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Snyder administration for deliberately stalling the release of…

LG Brian Calley Skipping Town on Weekly Basis to Attend Harvard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 28, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org LG Brian Calley Skipping Town on Weekly Basis to Attend Harvard Calley has missed session days to jet set across the country LANSING — Progress Michigan discovered that Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been skipping town on a weekly basis, including session…

Progress Michigan Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Gov. Rick Snyder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 28, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Gov. Rick Snyder Complaint centers around controversial fundraiser and no-bid contracts LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan filed a complaint with United States Office of Special Counsel alleging that Gov. Rick Snyder violated the Hatch Act.…