Progress Michigan blog posts.

Well Hello There

Beginning this week, you’ll start seeing my name in your inbox, attached to Progress Michigan emails. That’s because I’ve joined the fabulous team here at Progress Michigan as a Communications Specialist. Who am I? I’m a lot of things: poet, mother, reporter, dog whisperer, amateur Iron Chef, rabid Tigers fan and activist. My special skills…

Back to School

Summer is almost over, and all around Michigan high school students are buying their notebooks, binders, and #2 pencils in preparation for the start of classes. Many have already applied to college, been accepted, and are now worrying about how they’re going to pay for it. This time of year always reminds me of the…

Sifting through the Noise

If you only watched the 6 o’clock news you would be left with the impression that the debate surrounding health care insurance reform taking place across America isn’t really a debate at all, but rather a shouting match. Even Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader, Mike Bishop, welcomes these "angry mobs." What has been lost in all…

Clean Energy Alternatives in Michigan

The Clean Energy Jobs Rally was a resounding success! Thanks to all of you who came out to show your support for Michigan’s clean energy future. There was great music and exceptional speakers throughout the day; the sun was shining AND powering the media tent, so many of you could take action by emailing Governor…

Michigan’s Thin Blue Line

Polls show that most people in Michigan know there’s a budget crisis but haven’t felt the pain yet. While Michigan’s public services have gone through deep cuts, our political leaders have done a masterful job of managing Michigan’s decline. They have done this by putting off the hard choices on reforming our state tax system,…

What do Bob & Joe have to do with YOU?

What I still don’t understand is why people feel that is it okay to tell someone they cannot have equal access to housing, employment and other public accommodations just because they like a person of the same sex. Really? What is it about Joe and Bob living together that bothers people enough to say it…

As Carl goes, so goes Obama

Normally when my sister’s husband, Carl, goes off on politicians I’m right there with him. He got lucky with a last-ditch buyout from GM so is retired now and has a lot of time on his hands. He gave some of that time to the Obama campaign last year. A former Reagan Democrat, Carl gradually…

Gasp. Gasp.

Gasp. Cough.  Gasp. Cough. Recently I attended a press conference in Detroit. The press conference was outside by the side of the road. Only 30 minutes outside and my lungs were already hurting. I could feel my asthma starting to creep. It did not take a scientist to tell me what it was that was…

The Riddle

Sarah Palin may have pushed the Monica Conyers scandal off the political pages in Detroit for the time being but I’m betting it’s only a matter of time before the Conyers story resurfaces. In fact, with Sam Riddle Jr. at the center of the Conyers scandal, it’s almost a sure bet. Riddle is the consultant…