Progress Michigan blog posts.

Really, Terri Lynn Land!

Since Terri Lynn Land has taken to platitudes when asked about some of her more questionable positions, we thought it would be a helpful public service to pull them together for interested Michiganders. There’s even a message from our good friends, “Corporate Oil” and “The Business Lobby” – try not to get it stuck in…

An Ideology of Fear

Last week, after it became clear that volunteers and workers from around Michigan would secure enough signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot, Senator Randy Richardville introduced a bill designed to stop the Raise Michigan campaign in its tracks. Once again, Richardville and his allies are using dirty tricks to stifle…

This Week in Progress

There might be a lot of progressive news from the past week, but the only thing on my mind is the nerve of Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. I’m mad as hell — and you should be too! Let’s do it. This week in PM blogging: Minimum Wage & Moms In honor of Mothers Day…

Minimum Wage & Moms

I had dinner with my mom the other week after going and seeing a movie together. During our mother-son chat, we got talking about my work on the Raise Michigan Coalition campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 for ALL low-wage workers. My mom, who is a social worker, asked me what the current…

Choices and Consequences 

A landmark report came out recently from a group of over 300 climate experts warning that we are on the brink of climate change catastrophe, and unless we take immediate steps to reduce carbon pollution, we can rest assured that future generations will be stuck with a planet that is largely uninhabitable. This is an…

Smiling? Say Cheesy!

Last week a new group released an ad titled “Smiling”. The ad claims that, “All across Michigan small business owners are smiling.”, as images of smiling people flash across the screen. That got us thinking, who are these smiling small business owners? We looked — and we didn’t find any Michigan small business owners. That’s…

This Week in Progress

Has anyone seen the size of Terri Lynn Land’s campaign truck? No wonder Michigan’s roads are in such rough shape. What’s the gas mileage on that thing anyway? Let’s get progressive up in here!  This Week in PM blogging: Who was John L. Lewis? In honor of May Day, Hugh Madden, Progress Michigan’s communications director,…

Who was John L. Lewis

My Grandfather suffered from “Black Lung” disease, but because of the labor movement, he had lifetime healthcare to fight his illness and healthcare coverage for his family when they got sick. His union was the United Mine Workers, led by the legendary John L. Lewis. Who was John L. Lewis? That’s the question I asked…

A Tale of Two Rallies

Today, I went to two rallies at the Michigan Capitol – both arguing for very different issues. Outside the Capitol, about a hundred people were rallying to affirm their constitutional right to bear arms, demanding “liberty” and “freedom.” Inside the Capitol, roughly several dozen men and women were supporting equal pay for equal work, demanding…