Progress Michigan blog posts.

Hey, Mike Bishop!

Like most Michiganders, I have watched as your last round of “reforms” contributed to growing hardships and deficits in schools, more of our needy getting sick and dying for lack of health care services, and public safety being slashed, all so you can claim to have never raised taxes on Michigan’s hard working families. But…

Big Lizards

Remember that scene in “Jurassic Park” when the glass of water begins to ripple moments before the Tyrannosaurus Rex bursts through the park? The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s recent decision to grant Consumers Energy an air quality permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant is another ripple forecasting the imminent danger to clean energy…

Michael Steele, World Expert

Ladies and gentlemen, climate change is shaping up to be the battle of the century, the millennium, and probably the history of the planet. This fight is bigger than the aching, brokenhearted Rocky Balboa taking down ‘roid-ridden boxing-bot Ivan Drago and, ultimately, Communism. Drago, in a lot of ways, is eerily representative of the Climate…

My Twitter-esque Christmas List

All I wanted for Christmas, besides for Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to win the Heisman (#defensewinschampionships #offensewinstrophies), was to be able to enter a bar without coughing (#smokingbanforthewin). While Mark Ingram went home with the trophy, I did get my smoking ban. Since I’m batting .500, I’ll go ahead and revise my list and…

Lucky #38

The smoking ban went to the Governor less than an hour ago and the press statements are already pouring in. Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing) hit the send button on this statement around 3:30 today: “This is truly a historic day for the state of Michigan. I am pleased that the House and Senate have worked…

Supporters: If you Can’t Get ‘Em, Buy ‘Em!

It never ceases to amaze me. The health insurance industry has hit a new low in their battle against healthcare reform. Actually, it’s just what you’d expect from the health insurance industry, who care for nothing other than their bottom line. Yes sir, tried and true practices meet social media, virtual astro-turfing: Health insurance industry…

Deny, Deny, Deny

If you haven’t had a chance to read Nolan Finley’s latest hatchet job on established science, please, take a moment and read his column in last week’s Detroit News. Not that anyone should be shocked by Finley’s shilling for the status quo. A quick survey of his blog and columns reads like a right-winger’s hit-list:…