Progress Michigan blog posts.

The company you keep

It’s going to be hard for Rick Snyder to keep up his campaign charade as a moderate. With friends like the ones he’s attracting in Washington, he’s being exposed for the right-wing politician he is every day. United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were two key players in…

Judge, Jury and Executioner

The GOP has effectively rigged the court system for partisan judges to preside over the cases they want to win. Hand picking winners? From Right to Work, to a tax increase on seniors to cuts to education funding, shifting the system to their favor is pretty much the M.O. of the Snyder administration and the…

A tale of two plates

Legislation has been introduced to require license plates on the back and front of all cars in Michigan. Laws like this across the United States are not uncommon. Thirty-one other states already have similar laws on the books. In fact, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tupac Hunter, says the bill would be an asset to public…

‘Bold’-faced lies

Gov. Rick Snyder recently spoke at a 40 under 40 event in Grand Rapids. He gave a speech to the up-and-comers in an effort to bestow his gubernatorial wisdom on the crowd. “When I first became governor, people would come up and say, ‘be bold.’ And that’s something we should all focus on,” Snyder said.…

Irrational Rick

Yesterday, at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center in Kalamazoo, Gov. Rick Snyder said, “You can’t be an entrepreneur and innovator and be fully rational.” Apparently, Snyder has applied that principal to his tenure in office. There’s nothing rational about pushing for the unlimited expansion of cyber schools, while the research shows that these for-profit institutions…

Immunity in the Emergency Room

The reason bills are introduced in committee before going to the House or Senate floor for a vote is to have healthy discussion about the pros and cons of potential legislation. A bipartisan committee fosters a conversation about said bill, which would only go to the floor for a vote if it’s solid legislation. Committees…

Cleaning up after yourself

The Republican party is in disarray and their brand is badly damaged, sporting their worst poll numbers in the history of poll numbers. Days after supporting the shutdown, several members of Michigan’s Republican Congressional delegation heeded Progress Michigan’s call to return, donate, or withhold their salaries while federal employees are furloughed. Rep. Dan Benishek is…