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Progress is America’s Promise

Last Friday was a historic day for America. With the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, marriage equality became the law of land. For some, this ruling was the culmination of a decades-long fight for equal rights. For others, it was bittersweet as the decision came too late for them to enjoy the freedom that has just […]

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Utilities: 2, Michiganders: 0

It’s been a banner week for Michigan utility companies. First, with the help of our Attorney General, Bill Schuette, utilities got a free pass to continue polluting our air and water from the Supreme Court. In a 5-to-4 decision, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars […]

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The Budget Shell Game

In case you missed it, Governor Snyder signed the 2016 state budget on Wednesday. Naturally, the governor touted all of the decent things about the new budget but failed to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts being made to critical public services like environmental quality, community health, human services, and transportation. To […]

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It’s Not Just The Police

Until white America renounces police brutality, the violence will continue unabated By Matthew Kovac Police in McKinney, Texas are facing national outrage after one of their officers was caught on video assaulting and threatening to shoot unarmed black teenagers at a pool party. But the video does not simply show another case of excessive force, […]

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Steve Green Preys on Women’s Rights at Prayer Breakfast

Today, the Michigan Prayer Breakfast Committee held their annual prayer breakfast in Lansing. The prayer breakfast is a time each year when corporate-backed organizations, conservative elected officials, and out-of-control capitalists come together to pontificate about “following the ways of the Lord” while simultaneously attempting to disenfranchise struggling families, women, and LGBTQ people; undertones of homophobia […]

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Presumed Violent

UPDATE: According to the Detroit News, the proposed ordinance has been changed. The four-day curfew will now be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will be limited to specific areas surrounding the Detroit River. Those areas were not specifically identified in media reports. However, the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew would still apply […]

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Death to Progress!

By Brad O’Neil Legislation passed in the House of Representatives this week would essentially eliminate the ability of local government to hold businesses accountable for how they treat their employees and interact with communities. HB 4052, also known as the “Death Star Bill” due to its unprecedented reach and broad effect on local communities, has […]

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Thanks, But No Thanks

Leave it to conservatives like the Michigan GOP to completely fumble a “Let’s thank the teachers” message during National Teacher Appreciation Week. In a feigned attempt to seem like they actually care about teachers, the @MIGOP Twitter account put out this image: If you are a teacher here in Michigan, we want to thank you! […]