Progress Michigan blog posts.

House GOP Just Can’t Get Enough

Last night around 10:00, there was plenty of bipartisan happiness in the House chambers. After Medicaid expansion passed 76-31, some House Democrats even applauded the Republicans for finally dropping their obstructionism and compromising on a program that will deliver affordable healthcare to some 400,000 uninsured Michiganders while saving the state billions. In most states, that’s…

Say Vagina

One year ago today, State Rep. Lisa Brown said “vagina.” She was banned from speaking on the House floor for using the anatomically correct word while standing up against another far-right attack on women’s health. That word started a landslide of support for a woman’s right to choose, and thousands came out to support women’s…

Gov. Snyder: Let them eat cake!

Today, Judge William Collette ordered Gov. Snyder and a DC-based law firm to hand over all documents related to the hiring of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Richard Baird, a contractor paid $100,000 through a private fund supported by secret donors, is even claiming Executive Privilege protections extend to his correspondence with the Snyder administration:…

People’s Policy Conference

Last weekend corporate CEOs, lobbyists and politicians gathered on Mackinac Island for the annual “Mackinac Policy Conference,” sponsored every year by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Generally the Detroit Chamber tries to douse the event with a centrist sheen – but this year they dropped all pretenses, inviting education corporatists like Jeb Bush and…

Based On A Lie

We’ve already covered how anti-choice extremists are dishonestly attempting to get around a veto from Gov. Snyder so they can ban regular health insurance plans from covering abortion. Now they’re taking it a step further, by illegally campaigning in support of their ballot initiative in taxpayer-funded buildings. We obtained a few pictures of Right to…

Ooh, that smell!

Can’t you smell it? That’s the smell of “Skunk Works” being disinfected in Michigan’s hot spring sunshine. We were covered on TV and in the papers. Last week, we made our way to the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference with a skunk costume and a giant paper mache Rick Snyder head. Our mission was to let Michiganders…

You just have to respect that

In 2010, Gov. Snyder presented himself as a no-nonsense businessman who would move us beyond the partisan gridlock that had gripped Michigan with simple, fair, and efficient solutions. He even promised, “As Governor, I will ensure that government is open, fair and accountable to the citizens by making Michigan a national leader in transparency and…

300 Jobs Gone, GOP Shrugs

One of the nation’s largest homebuilders, PulteGroup Inc., yesterday announced that they’d be moving their headquarters and over 300 workers from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to Atlanta, Georgia. Reports indicated that Snyder and other state officials were “surprised” by the decision that came as they attended a weeklong party dedicated to celebrating the state’s supposed economic…