Progress Michigan blog posts.

Freedom from Gun Violence

The following blog is a guest piece from Michael Anderson, who is currently an intern at Progress Michigan. Senate Bill 63, the “Michigan Firearms Freedom Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday. The bill would prohibit federal regulation of firearms manufactured and kept in the state of Michigan. It was sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov…

Dan Benishek is a hypocrite

Dan Benishek is just the worst kind of person. He’s a hypocrite. After last month’s fiscal cliff negotiations (and after promising end-of-session Hurricane Sandy relief to Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo), House Republicans promptly tabled the matter, choosing to go home instead. The outrage that followed, to put it simply, forced House Republicans…

Not Even One

As has been reported on multiple times already, the most notable thing about the way Republicans passed so-called “right-to-work” laws in Michigan was the speed and lack of any public input. But as time goes by, giving reporters a chance to examine the law that lawmakers apparently weren’t allowed to examine before voting on it,…

Taking on Fox News

Last night I went on Fox News to face off against Sean Hannity and former Dick DeVos campaign manager Greg McNeilly to debate so-called “Right to Work” legislation. In case you missed it, you can watch the clip here: When it comes to standing up for Michigan’s middle class, Progress Michigan will never back down…

RTW Coverage: Where’s the beef?

When it comes to recent news coverage of so-called “Right to Work” legislation, the question I keep asking myself is, “Where’s the beef?” First, let me say that I have the utmost respect for journalists. There are a lot of talented news professionals in Michigan, but there are far too few of them covering far…

State of Denial

Rep. Kenneth Kurtz has introduced bills that would deny homes to children based on religious beliefs. House Bills 5763 and 5764 are being introduced in the Families, Children and Seniors Committee today, Tuesday, November 27th. These bills are offensive and ridiculous. HB 5763 and 5764 essentially give adoption agencies a license to discriminate based on…

Help Walmart Workers Make History

This year, Walmart is starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm to get a few steps in front of the competition. The benefits to Walmart’s bottom line will probably be marginal, while the costs to workers and their families are much greater. Walmart’s anti-worker, anti-union stance and general employee abuse are…