SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Detriot Venture Partner General Partner Dan Gilbert speaks onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt at Pier 48 on September 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) *** Local Caption *** Dan Gilbert

Don’t Feed the Alligators

By Sean Tobin Since 2011 the state has given out $1.8 billion in tax incentives per year to corporations in an attempt to cultivate economic growth. This comes despite the fact that this trickle-down type of tactic has a dubious track record, at best. The newest development, outlined in this article, is a proposal for […]

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White Silence is Violence

I am likely one of the most patriotic people you will meet, I grew up loving our country and all the symbolism that reflects America: the flag, the national anthem, the Fourth of July. I even carry a computer with a flag case on it and once when I was younger had USA shaved into […]

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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 […]

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Insult to Injury: Michigan GOP Has Learned Nothing from Flint Water Crisis

By Matthew Kovac Nearly a year after the Flint Water Crisis exploded onto the national stage, Gov. Snyder and his Republican colleagues appear hell-bent on creating the conditions for yet another environmental disaster. Back in July, Gov. Snyder appointed ex-BP oil lobbyist Heidi Grether to head the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Today the Michigan Senate’s […]

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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 […]

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Exporting extremism

Having already purchased the Michigan Republican Party to push their right-wing, extremist agenda, the DeVos family is now exporting their corporate cash to other territories to buy elected officials and political influence in other parts of the country. Case in point, Tennessee, where it’s reported that the DeVos family is meddling in a state house […]

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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 […]

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White Privilege in Action

In May of 2015, Progress Michigan called out Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Teana Walsh, who was advocating on her Facebook for the summary execution of Black Lives Matter protesters and rioters in Baltimore in the wake of the killing of Freddie Gray. She wound up resigning from her position in disgrace. But guess what? She’s […]