Progress Michigan blog posts.

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…

There is a mandate

Do you hear that? It’s the steady hum of bought-and-paid-for pundits, political operatives, and far-right hacks proclaiming Obama’s re-election didn’t come with a mandate. This would be funny if it weren’t so matter-of-factly hypocritical and wrong. After Bush’s narrow re-election in 2004, the GOP and far-right media claimed the American electorate handed them a mandate,…

Missing the Mark

  This weekend, Nate Silver published an analysis of the most and least accurate pollsters of the 2012 Presidential race. The competition was stiff – but the notorious Baydoun Consulting was the third worst in the country, with an average Republican lean to its polls of 8.6 points. Some might remember the Sunday before Election…

No Mandate

A favorite trick of Republican pundits and hacks after President Obama’s election (in 2008 and 2012) is to discredit him as illegitimate, or lacking a mandate. In 2008, they blamed ACORN. This year, they’re already blaming Superstorm Sandy, claiming that it moved the polls by 4-5 points in the last few weeks, despite actual poll…