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Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, is shown during an announcement to redevelop the Ford Motor Co. shuttered 320-acre Wixom Assembly Plant as the nation's largest renewable energy park Sept. 10, 2009 in Wixom, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Mike Bishop’s Lost Decade

Republicans tried twice, and failed, to beat Jennifer Granholm at the ballot box. Not only did they fail, but Dick DeVos failed spectacularly in 2006. Despite those failures, Michigan Republicans continue to run against Granholm. What many of us call, “The Bush Years” are called, “The Lost Decade” by the Michigan GOP. The fact of […]


GOP Silence on Marino is Deafening

Macomb County Commissioner and Republican candidate for the State House Steve Marino is apparently a fan of outsourcing jobs, lowering wages and forcing 10-year old children to work. Marino was caught making these abhorrent statements at a public meeting. This isn’t the first time that Marino was caught making statements that should make people question […]


Labor Today

Today is Labor Day – a day that many will mark with one last summer cookout, or a day that students have dreaded since the beginning of summer vacation. Some will mark the holiday by celebrating past victories for the labor movement. These victories earned child labor protections, overtime rules, healthcare, secure retirement and built […]


A Letter to My Daughter

My daughter has the awesome opportunity to attend the DNC this week. As a teenage girl, she is aware of the history being made this week as a major political party nominates the first woman in our country’s history for President. These are my words to her as she takes in this moment. To my […]


Show Horse Schuette

In February of this year, Michigan’s Auditor General issued a damning report of the care that veterans were receiving at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home. The report showed that the home suffered from a lack of staffing. Even worse, the Home was accused of falsifying records to show that our veterans were getting better care […]


Heckuva Job, Denny

The Flint Water Crisis is a man-made tragedy that has dominated local, national and international news coverage. People in Flint, all across Michigan, the United States and other countries are paying attention. Sadly, it seems that the only place where the crisis isn’t a big deal is the Michigan State Senate. As a matter of […]