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A Tale of Two Budgets

In the past two weeks, we’ve seen new budget proposals from both Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and President Donald Trump. Coming shortly after Governor Whitmer delivered a Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address, these budgets provide further insight into the wildly different priorities being pushed by our two major parties. A budget…

Gary Peters Gets Things Done

For the last six years, Gary Peters has consistently been doing the work Michiganders want to see in Washington, while keeping a relatively low profile. He’s not flashy, but it’s clear from his time in the U.S. Senate he’s been focused on getting results, not seeking the spotlight.  Here’s what you need to know about…

We’re Sick and Tired of the Old Boys Club

If I had a dollar for every time a man in power said something sexist to a woman because he believed he’d get away with it, I’d probably have enough money to pay off my crippling student loan debt. If I had another dollar every time they tried to gaslight their way out of it,…

Time to Hold Corporate Polluters Accountable

We’ve got some bad news about the environment in Michigan and across the country, actually, a lot of bad news. In fact, it seems like almost every news story that comes out about our air, our water, and the large and growing threat of climate change, is bad. Enbridge, the oil company responsible for Line…

Transgender-friendly licenses are a necessity

This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that a new policy will allow people who are transgender and non-binary to update their drivers licenses with their correct gender. This is one step the state of Michigan has taken in the right direction in a long time for people in the LGBTQ+ community.  Time and…

This is Mike Shirkey’s Fault

Sometimes the slow progress of government processes is no one’s fault. Sometimes it’s a partisan issue. In the case of Michigan’s ongoing budget negotiations—which should and could have been resolved already—there is exactly one person to blame: Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. This whole process started back in March, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced a…

Whitmer, Nessel Fight Back Against Trump

It’s no secret that, since he was elected in 2016, Donald Trump and his administration have consistently chipped away at workers’ rights and the social safety net, undermined environmental protections, and terrorized our immigrant community. Now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and AG Dana Nessel are fighting back. In just the last few weeks, Whitmer has issued…

Election Day Should be a Paid Holiday

Two weeks ago, Kalamazoo County voted to make Election Day a paid holiday so that county workers may have a chance to exercise their right to vote. Kalamazoo County is headed in the right direction, and it’s time for the rest of Michigan—and the rest of the country as a matter of fact—to catch up.…

Psssst…Republicans Are Afraid of Democracy

  Democracy works best when everyone participates. Unfortunately, Michigan Republicans don’t seem to agree. Every eligible voter should be able to make their voice heard. Every vote should count the same. These truths are pretty much fundamental to the idea of fair government of, by, and for the people and yet, Republicans in Michigan and…

If It’s Coerced, It’s NOT Consensual

  “There is a big difference between ‘coerced’ and forced.’” -Mackinac Center for Public Policy employee Jarrett Skorup, responding to an article about women being coerced into sex while completely missing the point and invalidating the sexual trauma of women across the country. This response is pretty gross, and it reflects a broader problem with…