Progress Michigan blog posts.

Gamrat Race for the RNC

Some scary news out of the Lansing bubble today: State Rep. Cindy Gamrat — a Dave Agema acolyte — announced she wants to join Agema as one of two Republican National Committee delegates representing Michigan The news broke today with little fanfare or news coverage, apart from some social media. State Rep. @CindyGamrat announces today…

Aramark’s Recipe for Disaster

By Matthew Kovac Just days after news broke that food vendor Aramark fed rodent-eaten cake to Michigan prisoners, newly released emails offer further proof that the company’s health and safety violations are rampant in the state prison system. Last October, Aramark staff at Saginaw Correctional Facility threw away food before realizing there were more inmates…

ALEC Threw a Party and Nobody Came

The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known as ALEC, appears to be facing some membership issues here in Michigan. We managed to get our hands on some ALEC documents, which proved to be an interesting insight into how the right-wing organization views the Great Lakes State and the type of vision they have for our state.…

Why the Aramark Scandal Matters

This week, we released an email that is part of our extensive research into the handling of food service in Michigan’s prisons by Aramark, a private corporation that was contracted by the Snyder administration to provide meals for prisoners. I’ll stop you right there if you’re thinking, “Who cares? These are prisoners. They deserve every…

#MiCalling: Gov. Rick Snyder

On March 9, Gov. Snyder will be on Michigan Public Radio’s “Michigan Calling” program and will take questions from Michiganders. The program will air from 9-10 a.m. Monday morning. Callers can submit questions at (866) 255-2762 as well as on Facebook at “Michigan Calling,” or on Twitter with the #MiCalling hashtag. Below are some questions…

If You Don’t Vote, Please Complain

I often hear progressives say, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.” The statement is usually directed at people who fail to vote in elections – and is often made in despair when new, harmful policies are announced or laws are passed by conservative-led legislatures. As progressives, we should stop telling people not to complain. Instead,…