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Promote the Vote Would Eliminate Barriers and Make Voting More Accessible

Promote the Vote Would Eliminate Barriers and Make Voting More Accessible

After gathering more than 430,000 signatures, Michigan’s Promote the Vote campaign has submitted a proposed ballot initiative that, simply put, would make voting easier. The changes proposed include allowing straight-ticket voting, no-reason absentee voting, same-day registration, and automatic voter registration. Each of these policies would be a step toward ensuring every Michigander can exercise their […]

Snyder’s Latest Attack on Low-Income Communities

Snyder’s Latest Attack on Low-Income Communities

In a tenure marked mostly by continued attacks on Michigan’s most vulnerable communities, Governor Rick Snyder, with the help of progressive groups on the ground, accomplished one really good thing: the Healthy Michigan Plan, a Medicaid expansion plan allowing hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders to receive health insurance. Expanding Medicaid was a welcome departure […]


Progressives Shouldn’t Honor Justice Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court. Conservatives will cheer his retirement and subsequent replacement knowing the Court will move further to the right, imperiling abortion rights and marriage equality. Justice Kennedy was the “swing vote” on the Court protecting Roe V. Wade and wrote the Obergefell decision declaring […]

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Shaking Up Corporate Welfare

It’s seem like it’s every other day a corporation shows up in Lansing with its hand out asking for tax dollars to conduct business. From FoxConn to Dan Gilbert to Amazon, there is no shortage of wealthy folks asking hard working Michiganders to give them money. The Michigan Strategic Fund is the entity that decides […]

Attacks on Reproductive Rights Continue

Attacks on Reproductive Rights Continue

This week, Michigan legislators passed a budget that continues to chip away at women’s reproductive rights through funding cuts to Planned Parenthood. Part of a broader agenda to prioritize pleasing religious conservatives over women’s right to health care, these cuts threaten low-income women’s access to services such as contraception, STI treatment, and cancer screenings in […]

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Got a birth control story?

Right now, you or someone you know might be one of the 62.4 million people in the U.S. who gets birth control without any out-of-pocket costs. And that’s great, because when people have access to affordable birth control, they’re in control of a whole bunch of important things in their lives. But copay-free birth control […]

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Schuette Emboldens Islamophobia with Failure to Rebuke Colbeck

For three decades, Attorney General Bill Schuette has had the chance to stand up against discrimination, Islamophobia and racism, and he has continually — and willfully — chosen the wrong side. Case in point, when asked about anti-Muslim comments made by one of his primary opponents, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, Schuette’s spokesperson had this to say: Schuette […]


Numbers: The GOP Tax Scam

Today is Tax Day and a big topic of discussion has been the fallout from the GOP Tax Scam that was passed in 2017. Republicans like Congressman Mike Bishop and Attorney General Bill Schuette have been singing the plan’s praises ever since it passed. They claim that the tax plan is benefitting working families. But […]

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Time’s Up, John Engler

Republican former Governor John Engler, serving as the interim president at Michigan State University, was a mistake from the beginning. As Progress Michigan has detailed before, Engler doesn’t have much of a record to stand on when it comes to protecting public education and/or vulnerable people from sexual abuse. He refused to allow the U.S. […]


Remembering Our Friend Tony

Lonnie Scott, executive director When I first met Tony I was the State Communications Director for Know Your Care/Protect Your Care. I was asked to be on his radio show to talk about the ACA for a 15-minute segment, after our conversation Tony asked me to join him regularly to talk about ACA, the positive […]