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‘Closing the Lid’ on Right-Wing Lies

In perhaps the most memorable line of his State of the State address, Gov. Snyder played off typical right-wing distaste for so-called “job-killing government regulations” by citing an obscure Department of Environmental Quality rule requiring that outhouse users close the seat while not in use. The only problem? There is no such regulation. The governor’s…

Handouts for Millionaires

Apparently, calling for “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules” is just too much to ask of Congressional Republicans. Because even before President Obama had started delivering his State of the Union address last night, GOP lawmakers were recycling their old…

Pure Michigan Zeroes

Our guest blogger is Clean Water’s Michigan Director, Cyndi Roper, who wrote this post: If you were a Lansing lawmaker with a perfect environmental voting record in 2011, you were voting no.   With a state House majority firmly in control of the legislative agenda, the opportunity to support good environmental protections simply didn’t happen last…

What’s He Hiding?

  After refusing for years to release his tax returns, Mitt Romney finally disclosed two years of them today, revealing that he pays a lower tax rate than millions of middle class families and has used offshore accounts in Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands. But is Romney hiding the rest of his tax returns…

Happy Birthday, Citizens United!

Two years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and money is speech, overturning two decades of precedent prohibiting direct corporate and union expenditures in political campaigns. The decision has been widely recognized as an encroachment on our democracy and elections, with criticism coming from nearly every corner of the political world.  But is…

About last night…

WTF was that? What was supposed to last 24 minutes turned into an hour long affair. Apparently, the Governor doesn’t speechify in dog years. Listing from point to point, Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address seemed to lack a vision for Michigan or even a coherent message. If you were hoping for a plan,…