Progress Michigan blog posts.

Onward for Progress

As a young woman, Michigan has recently been a disheartening place to call home. A few months ago, we watched the conservative Michigan legislature deny women basic health care rights – forcing us to buy an abortion insurance rider, equating it to car insurance. That so-called rider does not exist. And then we have Terri…

Get registered!

I’ll keep this short: Today is the deadline to register to vote for the August primary. Once upon a time, Mark Twain famously said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” I vote Mark Twain is wrong (in this instance.) Sorry, Mark. In reality, voting is one of our most fundamental…

The Week in Progress

It’s been a short workweek, but a hell of a lot has happened. SCOTUS, maggots, and more SCOTUS! Happy 4th, everyone! This Week in PM Blogging: Liberty and Justice for Some Religious liberty now means having your boss’s beliefs shoved down your throat, thanks to the Supreme Court. But those religious values only apply when you’re…

Hope is a dangerous thing

When maggots were found in a food preparation area in a Michigan prison, Governor Rick Snyder told reporters: “The most recent problems are not acceptable.” He was talking about Aramark, the private, out-of-state corporation he awarded a $145 million, 3-year contract to run our state’s prison food services last year. Apparently, maggots near the meatloaf…

The Fault in our Court

Imagine if the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain people were “partial” employees, therefore not entitled to the full menu of worker rights, and then on the same day ruled that corporations – you know pieces of paper – had religious views that could be used to deny medical care to human beings that…

Liberty and Justice for Some

In this country, we value religious liberty. Religious liberty means more than possessing the right to practice your beliefs as you wish, it also means having the freedom not to have religion imposed on you by others. Religious freedom has always been just that, free. But as of today, that freedom has a price tag.…

This Week in Progress

We’re all over the map. We weigh in Michigan’s failed charter experiment, the conservative War on Women shows no signs of ceasing, we travel to Chicago to fight climate change, and talk about Iraq. Let’s dig in. This week in PM blogging: Public Dollars, Private Profit Michigan’s charter experiment has been a failure by educational…

Is this ergonomically correct?

First, State Sen. Roger Kahn actually said he was “tired and wanted to go home” in the midst of marathon legislative sessions attempting to fully fund our roads. Then, one day after Michigan’s legislative leaders left for their three month paid vacation after a job not done, renovations began on the Capitol steps. Now, lawmakers…

Too close for comfort?

Women in Michigan just can’t get a break from the relentless conservative attacks on our reproductive rights. First, conservatives pass a law requiring us to purchase nonexistent rape insurance. Then, they introduce a package of bills that would require an external ultrasound before any abortion and could criminalize the procedure after a heartbeat is detected,…