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Burning Healthcare Bill

We’ve all experienced the bitter taste of disappointment in life. We’ve all had reactions we regret. But as the Hartland Township “Retake our Government” group is about to prove, there are always new lows for extreme reactions to disappointment. The local “tea party” group planned to burn then bury the 2,409 page Affordable Care Act.…

#SCOTUS will rule today

UPDATE: The Affordable Care Act is upheld – the individual mandate stands. Remember: this isn’t win for Obama but for the millions of Americans who will be covered! Today is the day! Shortly, the Supreme Court of the United States will rule on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and whether or not the…

‘Time out’ for Speaking Out

“Temper tantrums.”  “Time out.” No matter how Republicans have spun state Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum being muzzled on the House floor, it’s still wrong. Rep. Wayne Schmidt in an interview with Michael Patrick Shiels recently described it as “a time out.” Listen: “You know, as I said to someone up north here, it’s…

War on Women

The Republicans in the state of Michigan have openly declared war on middle class families, the poor, seniors and students. So it should come as no surprise that they’ve expanded their attacks to women. A massive 60-page omnibus bill introduced last week drastically limits women’s health access, and could shut down every abortion provider in…

People Power

If there is one simple lesson to be taken from last night’s results in the attempted recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it’s that it is especially hard for one side to win an election when they are being so massively outspent. In recent days, reports have surfaced that conservative millionaires are aiming to put…

Did the Michigan Truth Squad Jump the Shark?

Yesterday the so-called “Michigan Truth Squad” called foul on Sen. Gretchen Whitmer for, “not backing up claims that the pension tax has placed ‘a great burden’ on seniors.” Really? According to the Truth Squad’s own analysis, the tax “is expected to raise about $344 million in fiscal year 2013.” The simple fact is that Michigan…

Humane Decision

Imagine being 14-years-old. Your mother passes away, and your entire life is in upheaval as you grapple with her death. Now imagine your father doesn’t value you at all and sells you into slavery. This isn’t the twisted plot of a novel; it’s the reality that Cayla Robertson faced as a teenager. When Cayla was…

Pete Hoekstra’s Birther Bonanza

Yesterday Pete Hoekstra – whose past misdeeds in his Senate campaign have been thoroughly chronicled in this space – did it again. In his desperation to appeal to the worst elements of the Tea Party, he apparently felt it was necessary to suggest that the federal government should create a new office in order to investigate whether…