Progress Michigan blog posts.

Occupy the Summit

Energizing, Engaging, and Winning. As progressives, that’s our agenda for 2012 – and it’s the theme for The Michigan Summit on May 12. The Michigan Summit has attracted many influential national speakers and panelists. Last year we heard from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, and in 2010 we heard from Van Jones, former advisor to…

Thanks, Obamacare

This week we’re joining people around the country in saying thanks to President Obama for his hard work in passing the Affordable Care Act two years ago. In honor of the anniversary and the fact that the Supreme Court is holding hearings this week on the constitutionality of the ACA, we thought we’d share some…

Thanks A Lot, Debbie!

Today, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded front group, kicked off what they called a “citizen education effort” to “turn up the grassroots heat on Senator [Debbie] Stabenow.” Unlike most “grassroots efforts,” they’re coming out the gates fully funded with half a million dollars.  Long ago, out-of-state special interest groups like AFP proved…

Here Comes The Sunshine!

We won’t have a government that’s truly by and for the people until we break the grip of corporate money over our politics. That’s why Michiganders are working hard to pass a constitutional amendment that would make corporations follow a simple rule: they must publicly disclose their political donations.  Big corporations and Lansing politicians are…

Standing Up for Jobs

Over the last year, Lansing politicians have moved one anti-worker measure after another, doing nothing to help put Michigan back to work. It’s no surprise that Republicans oppose one of the last remaining checks on the corporate special interests that fund their campaigns. But it’s not right for them to attack struggling Michigan workers.  Enough…

Deepening the Wound

While there are certainly signs of an overall economic recovery, no one is questioning the budget woes and painful cuts that lie ahead for the Highland Park School Districts or the City of Detroit. The cash crisis is clear, but there is no good reason for the crisis to serve as an excuse to strip…

The Fight Continues

Yesterday, a small fraction of Michigan voters went to the polls to pick who they wanted to get the Republican nomination for president. Mitt Romney was able to scratch out a victory by adopting a fiscally irresponsible tax plan that will explode the deficit with tax cuts for the richest Americans and corporations that outsource…

All eyes on Michigan

Today is the day. Mitt Romney will face Michigan voters on the heels of news that the Detroit automakers he wanted to go bankrupt are now selling so many cars they’re racing to keep up. According to the latest polls, 63 percent of registered voters in Michigan and 56 percent of Americans think the auto…