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Bill Schuette’s Rank Hypocrisy

  If you’re in the mood for a cobbled-together, bad-talking-point-riddled bit of rank hypocrisy, you should check out Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette’s column in the Detroit News today. Schuette says state elected officials should be compelled to disclose “personal financial information” just like those at the federal level and then follows up by saying […]

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After Michigan Disaster, “Right-to-Work” Gets Zero Votes in Illinois

In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan a “right-to-work” state. At the bill signing, done while thousands protested outside the governor’s office, Snyder explained, “Again, I don’t view this as anti-union at all. I believe this is pro-worker.” Despite Snyder’s corporate rhetoric, wages are down in Michigan since he signed the bill into […]

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Brian Calley’s Government Done Wrong

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has launched another online ad teasing his expected announcement for a run or higher office later this month. This time, his ad ends with Calley saying: “Government does work when done right.” That’s a strange claim coming from someone like Brian Calley, whose time spent as Rick Snyder’s right hand man […]

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To Our Teachers

  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. As an organization that believes in public education, we know that teachers who work tirelessly to create learning environments are vital to a strong educational system. To honor that commitment, we decided to each remember our favorite teachers and share our thoughts and memories about them. Hugh Madden, […]

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#MIGOP Worst Nightmare: Roadtrips

Last week I was fortunate enough to do what many families around Michigan were doing, spending my son’s Spring Break on a family vacation. Our trip took a slightly unexpected turn. Instead of flying, we ended up driving – all the way to Miami. As we drove through numerous states, several things stood out to […]

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Doing the Right Thing is Priceless

Lansing became Michigan’s first sanctuary city on Monday night. It was a victory for immigration rights organizations, local activists, and the city as a whole. Lansing (where I live and where Progress Michigan has offices) is strongest when families aren’t being ripped apart because of a broken immigration system. One of the possible bumps in […]

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We Need a Vaccine Against Stupidity

Yesterday marked the start of National Public Health Week. This is a blog about some of Michigan’s conservative elected officials who clearly did not get the memo. Michigan Republicans have decided to throw established science and concerns for public health out the window by introducing bills that are clearly catered to the anti-vaccine crowd — and […]

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This is Not About Bathrooms

Donald Trump has revoked Obama administration guidelines regarding transgender students’ rights. And while every headline, news story, and debate around this topic seems to have centered around students’ right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, Trump’s actions have nothing to do with bathrooms. Laverne Cox, a TV star and trans rights […]