Progress Michigan blog posts.

Making progress

On Friday’s edition of “Off the Record,” Tim Skubick discussed the struggle for power between Republican Party stalwarts and Tea Party activists, and what it means for Medicaid expansion in Michigan. Chad Livengood, a reporter at the conservative-leaning Detroit News, cited the Michigan Freedom Fund as evidence of a Republican Party realignment, saying “They’ve gone…

Fact-Checking Rep. Lisa Lyons

Last week, we issued a statement calling on Rep. Lyons to end her outright hypocrisy and support Michigan’s public education system. One day later, Lyons was on The Tony Conley Show talking about the proposed color-coded school ranking system, but spent most of her time responding to our release by marginalizing Progress Michigan and our…

Pride and prejudice

UPDATE: We put together a short sampling of some of the Michigan Pride 2013 speeches advocating for equality. Enjoy: This weekend, thousands of people will converge on Lansing for Michigan Pride 2013 to support and celebrate the LGBT community. It will be one of the rare occasions of the year when the majority of people…

An “F” for Rep. Lyons

Representative Lisa Lyons is at it again. This time, she wants to change the Department of Education’s school ranking system to a letter-grade system. She says the color-coded system proposed is “ambiguous and unclear.” It’s well past time for Rep. Lyons to practice what she preaches.  Rep. Lyons deserves a letter grade, and that’s an…

Meet One Weak Geek

Let me get this straight. Michigan’s unemployment rate is up (again), taxes for Michigan seniors are higher, there is a serious discussion about raising the sales tax to pay for roads and education funding, and we are now a so-called right-to-work state. Gov. Snyder and far-right lawmakers in Lansing repeatedly claimed that these measures were…

Jase Bolger: “I would do that again”

You have to admit, after a well-documented history of lying it’s refreshing to hear Speaker Jase Bolger finally tell the truth. When the BolgerGate revelations first came to light, Bolger slyly noted that technically electoral fraud isn’t illegal and he’d remain in power. As William Forsyth, the Republican prosecutor, said at the time – “embarrassing.”…

Grasping at straws

Once again, big-money conservative special interest groups have proven they’re out of touch with Michigan’s middle-class by going after Lansing City Council candidate Chong-Anna Canfora in an apparent witch-hunt. Canfora was accused by the DeVos-backed “Michigan Freedom Fund” of being a current employee of Progress Michigan, even though she’s under contract as a consultant to…

Get Out of Jail Free Card

First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get a Get Out of Jail Free card. Just last week, Wall Street was caught manipulating aluminum prices as JP Morgan negotiated a settlement for manipulating energy markets that could cost them up to $410 million. Sounds like a lot, right? Well it…