Progress Michigan blog posts.

The New Republican A-Team

Image via Wikipedia Seeing convention Chair Brooks Patterson called an “asshole” Saturday by angry, shouting tea party delegates at the Republican State Convention reminded me that comparisons to the last big takeover of the GOP–in the 1980s–only go so far.   The evangelical Christians who 30 years ago organized themselves into virtual control of the…

Like Water For…Sewage?

Image via Wikipedia In 2002, Michiganders voted to fund sewage system upgrades. Simply put, they created a bond, the Great Lakes Water Quality Bond , that would provide funds to upgrade and fix failing sewage systems across the state. When sewage systems are overloaded, they fail, sending millions of gallons of raw or partially treated…

Rick Michigan’s Tea Party

Image by Urban~Spaceman via Flickr The inmates are taking over the asylum. In a big and incredibly under-reported story that some of us who count tea bags have been predicting for weeks now, the far right tea party caucus of the Michigan Republican Party is taking over. Thousands of cranky “tea party” types showed up…