Progress Michigan blog posts.

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…

They Were Wrong

Despite the insistence from the Romney campaign and Karl Rove that Ohio would go their way once the numbers were unskewed, President Obama scored a decisive victory last night – to the point that by the time Romney had conceded the race, the President didn’t even need Florida or Ohio, whose Republican Secretaries of State…

Campaign for Corruption

Instead of governing, Gov. Rick Snyder is all about campaigning for corrupt House Speaker Jase Bolger.  Bolger plotted with former Democratic Rep. Roy Schmidt to switch parties a moment before the filing deadline and outsource the competition to a candidate of their choosing: his son’s friend. In effect, robbing Michigan’s 76th District of their voice.…