Progress Michigan blog posts.

Just can’t get enough

Congressional Republicans just can’t get enough. They can’t get enough Big Oil giveaways. They can’t get enough handouts for their corporate friends. And they can’t get enough of your money. In fact, they’re using your money to get those things. Without any sense of shame, they’ve packed HR 3630 with handouts for Big Oil and…

Tea Party Policies in Action

Janice Daniels, the recently elected Tea Party Mayor of Troy, has been making headlines and attracting national attention to Southeast Michigan recently – but not in a good way. If only this were surprising – it comes at the end of a year when Lansing Republicans have pursued an extreme social agenda while pretending to…

“RTW”: Rising Up to Win

Guest post by John Karebian, Executive Director of the Michigan Nurses Association. Cross-posted at Fight for Main Street.   “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right to work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the…

School “Reforms” For Sale

Lansing Republicans have quietly been working for months on a package of “education reform” bills that would undermine public education by allowing an unlimited number of for-profit charter and cyber schools to open and receive taxpayer funding. How radical are these proposals? Well, the Washington Post called them “Michigan’s embarrassing school reform legislation,” while the Huffington…

Wheels Up To Houston!

In 1984, there were an estimated 50 out LGBT officials in the whole world. Today, there are more than 1,000, and they’re on the front lines in the fight for equality every day in their respective public offices. In 2011, an additional 53 openly LGBT candidates joined their ranks, moving the dial that much closer…

Another Attack on Workers

By now it’s obvious that our lawmakers are primarily interested in passing laws that punish the hardest working Michiganders just to placate the top 1 percent who run corporations and special interests. From a massive tax cut for big businesses made on the backs of the working poor and seniors to the shredding of the…

The truth about the supercommittee

Guest post from John Karebian, Executive Director of Michigan Nurses Association. Cross-posted from Fight for Main Street. It’s impossible to know what the supercommittee is thinking as they approach the Nov. 23 deadline to recommend cuts of $1.5 trillion or more. They generally meet behind closed doors, and Michigan’s two supercommittee members have refused to hold…