Progress Michigan blog posts.

“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…

Voter Suppression in Michigan

The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please contact Rep. Byrum’s office by calling (517) 373-0587. Republicans in the legislature recently passed House Bill 5061 and Senate Bills 751 and 803, which would add unnecessary barriers to the voting process and would suppress…

Pat Somerville, Principled Moderate?

Rep. Pat Somerville is out with his first mail piece of the fall campaign, and it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows how vulnerable he is: it claims “outside groups and special interests” are distorting his legislative record and stresses his votes against Snyder’s pension tax and education cuts.  Check it out…

Unequal

Income inequality is defined as “the unequal distribution of household or individual income across the various participants in an economy.” Based on this definition, it’s clear Lansing Republicans have the wrong priorities. The evidence shows that support for middle class families and funding for K-12 schools in Michigan have fallen by the wayside, while big corporations and…