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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,…

Let’s talk about Iraq, baby

Let’s talk about the G.O.P. Let’s talk about all the good things (and the bad things). Let’s talk about Iraq. Like teaching safe sex in public schools, recognizing the Bush administration’s central role in packaging and selling the Iraq war with poorly conceived photoshop mockups would help prevent costly mistakes now – and in the…

Public Dollars, Private Profit

When taxpayers send their hard-earned dollars to Lansing they have an expectation that those dollars will go toward programs that benefit our state. We expect our gas tax dollars to fund our roads and we expect that tax dollars intended for education go to classrooms to educate our children. A recent report in the Detroit…

This Week in Progress

This week the Michigan Legislature… Oh, wait. That’s right. They didn’t do anything because they’d rather spend three months sunbathing and pandering for reelection than do anything that benefits our state. It’s only been a week since they’ve been gone. How bad can things get, right? This Week in PM Blogging: So Much for the…

The Wrong Model

Governor Snyder has spent three-plus years “reinventing” Michigan. In that time we have seen what it takes to twist and mold our state into his vision. According to the governor, seniors needed to pay more, massive cuts to education were needed and we needed to disinvest in our state. All of this was in the…

Score one for the home team

It was recently announced that the Muskegon Heights school district would buck the trend of seeking a for-profit management company and instead operate under self-management. The move is a victory for local residents who wanted to see more local control for the struggling district. In late May, a group of concerned citizens sent a “Citizens…

Potholes or Progress

Michigan’s roads are in bad shape. If you drive on the roads or talk to an agitated driver it’s easy to tell. Sadly, the only people in Michigan that seem to think that fixing our roads is no big deal are the same people that have the power to fix them. Last week, conservatives in…

So Much for the ‘Comeback’

Well, what do you know? As it turns out, giving corporations billions of dollars in unaccountable tax giveaways, cutting $1 billion from public schools, raising taxes on seniors and working families and passing Right to Work have not made Michigan the epicenter of economic progress that Gov. Rick Snyder likes to claim they have. According…

This Week in Progress

How about them roads, eh? No progress from our elected “leaders” on that front. That’s why we have TWIP! This Week in PM Blogging: Summer School for Snyder? Basic math tells us that Gov. Rick Snyder has not raised funding for our neighborhood schools. That CPA thing he’s always talking about doesn’t appear to be…