Progress Michigan blog posts.

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…

New Leadership in Lansing

It’s my third day on the job as Progress Michigan’s new Executive Director, and already I’m amazed at the threat presented to our state’s future by corporate-funded right-wing politicians. We need your help. Every day, Progress Michigan fights back against the attacks on Michigan’s middle-class families. We have been on the front lines in the battle…

Congress the cowardly cats

Politicians are like cats: They’re entirely dependent on us for their survival but act as if we’re lucky to have them. If movies have taught us anything, there are only two types of cats – the courageous and the cowardly. While our lawmakers have looked more the Cowardly Lion than the Courageous Cat lately, even…