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What has ALEC been up to?

If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the influence they wield over Lansing politicians. Just a few weeks ago, we were able to turn up the pressure on General Motors until they dropped their ALEC membership! Last October, we uncovered an outrageous ALEC model bill introduced…

Ruth Johnson: Yesterday’s Biggest Loser

“Offensive.” “Wrong…lousy.” “Shameful.” Those aren’t movie reviews. They’re reviews of the job done by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in her first big test as the state’s elections chief. What happened? Well, back in February Secretary Johnson added a citizenship checkbox to the ballot application, saying that it was only a matter of time…

“Whatever”

Pete Hoekstra still isn’t sorry. After a racist and offensive Super Bowl ad, Hoekstra is still oblivious. Hoekstra’s election gimmick featured an Asian American woman speaking in broken English to attack Sen. Debbie Stabenow. The ad backfired, and was widely criticized by newspaper editorials and Republican pundits. On Sunday when asked on Michigan Matters about…

Michigan For Sale

Who is Richard McLellan? As a longtime Lansing attorney, McLellan has spent decades helping big corporations cash in on all Michigan’s most precious assets. The Mackinac Center was started in 1987 with funding from the little-known Cornerstone Foundation, created by McLellan, then an attorney with Dykema Gossett. Its initial effort was to privatize the Michigan…

Shady Politics

What’s worse than unethical lawmakers crafting legislation? Unethical lawmakers facing absolutely zero repercussions for blatantly sidestepping a moral duty and trying to disenfranchise voters. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson claims to uphold the law in Michigan – repeatedly citing putting a stop to fraud as a top priority – but her actions following this scandal…

Holy Schmidt!

If it weren’t for the extensive text-message record it would have been the perfect Kansas City shuffle. Democrat Rep. Roy Schmidt plotted with Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger 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…