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“It’s the economy, stupid,” is a slogan that has guided campaigns for decades. It makes a good point; voters certainly do care about the economy, and just about everyone can agree we want the economy to be good. It also leaves us with important questions: What do we mean by the economy and how do […]
In recent years, debates about health care have taken center-stage in the political landscape, both in Michigan and across the country. While ensuring everyone can access the care they need seems like something we should all be able to agree on, many of our elected officials are fighting for exactly the opposite. Here in Michigan, […]
After gathering more than 430,000 signatures, Michigan’s Promote the Vote campaign has submitted a proposed ballot initiative that, simply put, would make voting easier. The changes proposed include allowing straight-ticket voting, no-reason absentee voting, same-day registration, and automatic voter registration. Each of these policies would be a step toward ensuring every Michigander can exercise their […]
In a tenure marked mostly by continued attacks on Michigan’s most vulnerable communities, Governor Rick Snyder, with the help of progressive groups on the ground, accomplished one really good thing: the Healthy Michigan Plan, a Medicaid expansion plan allowing hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders to receive health insurance. Expanding Medicaid was a welcome departure […]
Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court. Conservatives will cheer his retirement and subsequent replacement knowing the Court will move further to the right, imperiling abortion rights and marriage equality. Justice Kennedy was the “swing vote” on the Court protecting Roe V. Wade and wrote the Obergefell decision declaring […]
It’s seem like it’s every other day a corporation shows up in Lansing with its hand out asking for tax dollars to conduct business. From FoxConn to Dan Gilbert to Amazon, there is no shortage of wealthy folks asking hard working Michiganders to give them money. The Michigan Strategic Fund is the entity that decides […]