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Jase Bolger and the Failure of Bridge Magazine

If you were reading Bridge Magazine yesterday, the online-only news and analysis site from The Center for Michigan, you may have been shocked to see, not analysis of Detroit’s bankruptcy or any of the issues pending before the state legislature, but an apology to Speaker Jase Bolger. In June, Center for Michigan’s Chairman Phil Power […]

Josh Pugh Talks Detroit Bankruptcy With Tony Trupiano

On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Snyder filed a court motion seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection for Detroit. He did this just five minutes before Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina convened a hearing intending to block bankruptcy from going forward. He also did this after repeatedly denying that he considered bankruptcy an option for Detroit or any Michigan […]

Snyder must come clean on secret slush fund

Lansing yawned when it was announced, months ago, that Gov. Rick Snyder was starting a few political funds – including his now-infamous NERD Fund, which isn’t required to disclose its donors. A November 2012 report compared the non-profit, chaired by Republican booster Charlie Secchia, to similar funds operated by Kwame Kilpatrick and Bob Ficano. But at least […]

Statement from Progress Michigan on Federal Judge Issuing Injunction Against Michigan’s Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Friday, June 28, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana,, 517-974-6302 LANSING – Progress Michigan released the following statement on a federal judge issuing a preliminary injunction against the ban on benefits for domestic partners signed into law by Gov. Snyder in 2011: “Today’s ruling is just the first step […]

Statement from Progress Michigan on Senate Leaving for Summer Vacation Without Voting on Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Thursday, June 20, 2013 Contact: Joshua Pugh,, 517-575-7180 LANSING – Citizens’ watchdog group Progress Michigan released the following statement on the failure of the Michigan Senate to even vote on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before leaving for summer vacation until late August: “The failure […]

Planned Parenthood – Field Organizer

Reports To: Director of Political Field Operations Location: Ann Arbor area FLSA Status: Full-Time/Exempt/Benefited Position Summary: Under the leadership of the Field Director, this position will assist in the development, coordination and implementation of a statewide grassroots plan in targeted areas of the state, in collaboration with the Field Director and additional Field Organizers. S/he […]

House GOP Just Can’t Get Enough

Last night around 10:00, there was plenty of bipartisan happiness in the House chambers. After Medicaid expansion passed 76-31, some House Democrats even applauded the Republicans for finally dropping their obstructionism and compromising on a program that will deliver affordable healthcare to some 400,000 uninsured Michiganders while saving the state billions. In most states, that’s […]

People’s Policy Conference

Last weekend corporate CEOs, lobbyists and politicians gathered on Mackinac Island for the annual “Mackinac Policy Conference,” sponsored every year by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Generally the Detroit Chamber tries to douse the event with a centrist sheen – but this year they dropped all pretenses, inviting education corporatists like Jeb Bush and […]

Based On A Lie

We’ve already covered how anti-choice extremists are dishonestly attempting to get around a veto from Gov. Snyder so they can ban regular health insurance plans from covering abortion. Now they’re taking it a step further, by illegally campaigning in support of their ballot initiative in taxpayer-funded buildings. We obtained a few pictures of Right to […]