ALEC Threw a Party and Nobody Came

The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known as ALEC, appears to be facing some membership issues here in Michigan. We managed to get our hands on some ALEC documents, which proved to be an interesting insight into how the right-wing organization views the Great Lakes State and the type of vision they have for our state. […]


Who’s Afraid of Workers Earning Paid Sick Days?

By Matthew Kovac Barely two weeks after a coalition of social justice groups announced their campaign to advocate for workers’ access to earned sick leave in Michigan, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is already running scared. Since the announcement, the right-wing think tank has published no fewer than four separate blog posts attacking the campaign, three of […]


Why the Aramark Scandal Matters

This week, we released an email that is part of our extensive research into the handling of food service in Michigan’s prisons by Aramark, a private corporation that was contracted by the Snyder administration to provide meals for prisoners. I’ll stop you right there if you’re thinking, “Who cares? These are prisoners. They deserve every […]


Schuette’s Assault on Journalists is an Assault on Prison Reform

By Matthew Kovac When news broke that Attorney General Bill Schuette tried to intimidate a journalist, word spread fast. Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson tweeted Monday that she had been hit with two subpoenas for her interview notes while investigating juvenile prison conditions in Michigan. The first arrived before the interviews were over. Then an […]

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#MiCalling: Gov. Rick Snyder

On March 9, Gov. Snyder will be on Michigan Public Radio’s “Michigan Calling” program and will take questions from Michiganders. The program will air from 9-10 a.m. Monday morning. Callers can submit questions at (866) 255-2762 as well as on Facebook at “Michigan Calling,” or on Twitter with the #MiCalling hashtag. Below are some questions […]


If You Don’t Vote, Please Complain

I often hear progressives say, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.” The statement is usually directed at people who fail to vote in elections – and is often made in despair when new, harmful policies are announced or laws are passed by conservative-led legislatures. As progressives, we should stop telling people not to complain. Instead, […]


If Your Ancestors Came Here Legally, It’s Because The Government Let Them

By Matthew Kovac While lawmakers continue to clash over President Obama’s immigration action, another challenge to the measure is coming from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has sued the administration over its plan to scale back deportations. This is nothing new for Schuette. Back in 2011, he led nine other state attorneys general in […]

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Progress Michigan Urges Gov. Snyder to Veto NRA-Backed Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 25, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, Progress Michigan Urges Gov. Snyder to Veto NRA-Backed Legislation Legislature should focus on other issues to move Michigan forward LANSING — Progress Michigan is urging Gov. Rick Snyder to veto gun lobby-backed legislation that passed out of the House today that would […]

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Why Progressives Need to Stop Talking About Obama’s Patriotism

By Matthew Kovac Last week, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani sparked a media firestorm when he said he does not “believe that the president loves America.” Adding fuel to the fire, likely GOP presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker failed to disavow Giuliani’s remarks. Progressives have responded with outrage. But their real […]