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Colbeck Whitesplains Racism

By Denzel McCampbell Resolutions like National Train Day, Craft Beer Month, and Dairy Foods Awareness Day recognize things important to particular groups of people in the state. Declaring these times to celebrate or observe a group or cause is common in the Michigan legislature. Proclamations and acknowledgements most often coincide with a widely observed date. […]

Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, speaks during a news conference at police headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Detroit asked to end its record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy, a request that may be fulfilled by days end. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Don’t Buy the Snyder Spin

  Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign a GOP-sponsored road scheme that was passed late Tuesday evening. Snyder has been fishing for a roads fix since he came into office and has failed at every turn. At this point, the conservative legislature could have handed him some road kill, called it a roads plan […]


Jim Bazen, You Are the Problem

Yesterday, MLive published a horribly sexist, victim-blaming, slut-shaming article written by Jim Bazen, the principal of Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids. You can read the whole thing here. I decided to wait until today to collect my thoughts and write a response to the article because after reading it yesterday the only thought […]


RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Branding and Communications for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Branding and Communications for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Upon hearing that four days after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) admitted fault in the Flint Water Crisis, the department was requesting proposals for a branding and marketing plan, Progress Michigan offered the following response to the RFP. The […]

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Rick Jones: Beyoncé Quoter

Senator Rick Jones appropriated the words of Queen Bey last week when he proposed taking away health insurance benefits for couples that live together but aren’t married. Currently, the law says that unmarried people are allowed to apply for state benefits just like married couples are, as long as they live together. Sen. Jones was […]


The Cost Effectiveness of Paid Sick Leave

By Sean Tobin There is an effort underway to ensure everyone has the ability to earn paid sick days. Unpredictability in life shouldn’t force people to choose between their health, their families and their economic well-being. In keeping with the market-driven culture we have created for businesses, we assume unpredictability is not desired. This initiative […]