Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org No corporate money. Just uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:55:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Not Feeling it Yet? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/feeling-yet/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/feeling-yet/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:15:06 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37193 Governor Snyder released a new ad in which he reminds us that he’s an accountant and our governor. The ad also reminds us that Rick Snyder has failed to lead Michigan to economic recovery. Yes, you heard that right – Rick Snyder’s first post-Labor Day message to voters is, “You might not feel it yet, […]

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Governor Snyder released a new ad in which he reminds us that he’s an accountant and our governor. The ad also reminds us that Rick Snyder has failed to lead Michigan to economic recovery.

Yes, you heard that right – Rick Snyder’s first post-Labor Day message to voters is, “You might not feel it yet, but you will soon.” Those are not the words of a successful governor running for re-election. Those are the words of a snake oil salesman, “Oh boy, my elixir hasn’t cured you yet? You might not feel the effects, but just wait – you will.”

But the worst part of the ad is that Michiganders DO feel the effects of Rick Snyder’s policies. The problem is that Snyder’s Relentless Corporate-fueled Not-So-Fast Acting Elixir has a pretty bitter taste. Here are just a few people feeling “it”:

  • Seniors paying the new Snyder Retirement Tax are feeling it.
  • Children stuffed into classrooms with 34 other students are feeling it.
  • Working families whose Earned Income Tax Credit Snyder cut are feeling it.
  • Motorists feel it every time they hit a pothole that Snyder has failed to fix.

Ronald Reagan once asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Rick Snyder has turned that on its head and now declares: I know you’re not better off than you were four years ago, but just wait and let’s hope something good happens.

P.S. On the first day of school for many Michigan students, the governor who cut billions from classrooms claims to have increased investments in education. Maybe we can squeeze the governor into a math class somewhere. Any teachers out there want to volunteer?

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Progress Michigan Releases Second ‘Tuesdays With Terri’ Video http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-releases-second-tuesdays-terri-video/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-releases-second-tuesdays-terri-video/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:39:53 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37190 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan September 2, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Releases Second ‘Tuesdays With Terri’ Video Video highlights Land’s disastrous performance at the Mackinac Policy Conference MICHIGAN — Today, Progress Michigan released the second video in a series titled “Tuesdays with Terri”, highlighting her odd appearance in front […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from Progress Michigan

September 2, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Releases Second ‘Tuesdays With Terri’ Video

Video highlights Land’s disastrous performance at the Mackinac Policy Conference

MICHIGAN — Today, Progress Michigan released the second video in a series titled “Tuesdays with Terri”, highlighting her odd appearance in front of the press at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

“Terri Lynn Land has avoided the media and tough questions since her awkward performance at the Mackinac Policy Conference,” said Hugh Madden, communications director at Progress Michigan. “This week’s video should serve as a reminder that when Terri Lynn Land doesn’t have handlers, television directors and the magic of editing, we see an entirely different candidate.”

This week’s video is the second of four videos to be released by Progress Michigan highlighting Land’s past comments to the media — verbatim — without her PR handlers to run interference or take the comments “off the record,” like has been done in the past in the middle of questions.

This week’s video can be viewed here.

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This Week In Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/week-progress-19/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/week-progress-19/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:45:45 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37188 Everyone have a fun and safe Labor Day and remember why we celebrate it! This Week in PM Blogging:  Breakdown: Snyder’s Administrative Scandals By the numbers: The dollars and cents of corruption in Snyder’s administration. Tuesdays with Terri: Net Neutrality If you’re wondering what Net Neutrality is, you’re better off Googling it than asking Terri […]

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Everyone have a fun and safe Labor Day and remember why we celebrate it!

This Week in PM Blogging: 

Breakdown: Snyder’s Administrative Scandals

By the numbers: The dollars and cents of corruption in Snyder’s administration.

Tuesdays with Terri: Net Neutrality

If you’re wondering what Net Neutrality is, you’re better off Googling it than asking Terri Lynn Land.

#WeMatter

Every day is Women’s Equality Day for us, but we still take the time to remember where we’ve been and what we’re fighting for.

Let Them Drive Golf Carts

Our roads are crumbling, our schools are underfunded and what do our lawmakers decided to tackle? Golf carts on local streets. Priorities!

Hunting for answers

The Michigan Legislature doesn’t want you to vote — unless it’s to put them into office. We’ve got another chapter in a series of troubling stories about how they continue to circumvent the voice of the people.

TWIP Clips:

Terri Lynn Land’s Ideas Hurt America

Terri Lynn Land’s road funding plan did not roll out to rave reviews. The Michigan Laborers District Council, which represents the workers who actually build our state’s roads and bridges, said her plan was “short on details” and wouldn’t help Michigan. And just yesterday, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (a non-partisan, non-profit) delivered this blow to her half-baked idea:

“Land’s anti-Washington rhetoric might seem appealing considering how little D.C. has gotten done these days, but ultimately it would hurt American workers and businesses … and benefit foreign companies.”

How’s that for “Putting Michigan First?”

A Message to the MIGOP for Labor Day

Monday is Labor Day and I just want to say to any conservative lawmakers in Michigan that want to boast about parades and talk about BBQs, you’re what’s wrong with this state.

The U.S. Department of Labor cites Labor Day as a day “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Well, Michigan GOP lawmakers, you have done nothing to help Michigan workers.

You have only helped corporations deregulate their industries while receiving massive tax breaks that have been paid for by workers and their families. You’ve raised workers taxes, you’ve attacked their unions, defunded their schools, fought against a minimum wage increase and you’ve silenced their voices the ballot box — and I’m sure you’re not done yet.

Progressive Reads:

Baerren: Dirty energy, money-backed candidate attacks opponent’s clean energy cred

Right to Health will educate, engage and empower Michigan advocates for women

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Hunting for answers http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/hunting-answers/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/hunting-answers/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:14:10 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37184 I found myself asking a lot of questions after the Michigan House decided yesterday to vote on a bill that would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate a wolf hunt. Highlighted below are some things that I thought about after the vote dropped yesterday that have me hunting for answers: 1. Republicans have now […]

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I found myself asking a lot of questions after the Michigan House decided yesterday to vote on a bill that would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate a wolf hunt. Highlighted below are some things that I thought about after the vote dropped yesterday that have me hunting for answers:

1. Republicans have now used phrases like “sound science.” This is huge because Republicans have often ignored “sound science.” Reporters should press them on those statements. Many conservatives seem to believe science only when it fits their agenda, but not when it comes to things like climate change or women’s health.

2. One lawmaker compared the supposed “problem” with wolves in the U.P. to Detroit’s bankruptcy — the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of this country. The problems in Detroit are real and well-documented: Massive blight, high unemployment, lack of basic services, declining investments from the state and a crumbling infrastructure. On the other hand, the wolf hunt started because of half-truths and straight up lies.

3. The House’s actions are clearly part of a pattern where the legislature does not allow people to vote on important issues. They let voters decide PPT reform, so why not wolf hunts? Or rape insurance? Or emergency managers? They pick and choose when they want you to vote. In November you get to vote whether they like it or not. Remember that.

4. Lawmakers are on a three-month vacation and Wednesday was one of the few days they actually had to work this summer. So I ask them, “Why this?” Why take up a petition on wolf hunting and not let the voters handle it? There are other pressing issues, like, oh, I don’t know…maybe our roads and bridges that are falling apart? Clearly, they have the wrong priorities for Michigan.

5. Where was Governor Rick Snyder in all of this? Going back to my point above: Roads have been on his “agenda” for a long time and yet he’s failed to get the legislature to act on the issue. Why wasn’t Snyder in Lansing telling his underlings to do something that everyone could get behind rather than investing more time and energy into divisive and undemocratic lawmaking?

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Let them Drive Golf Carts http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/let-drive-golf-carts/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/let-drive-golf-carts/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:44:19 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37173 Can you believe this? After years of failing to fix our roads and months of vacation, the Michigan legislature returned today and promptly voted to allow golf carts to be driven on local streets. Seriously? Is that what passes for leadership in the Snyder years? With forecasters calling for another polar vortex, our legislators should […]

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Can you believe this? After years of failing to fix our roads and months of vacation, the Michigan legislature returned today and promptly voted to allow golf carts to be driven on local streets. Seriously? Is that what passes for leadership in the Snyder years?

With forecasters calling for another polar vortex, our legislators should be focused on fixing our roads. Instead they spent today once again denying Michiganders the right to vote on a wolf initiative and allowing people with golf carts to drive on roads (I mean, Freedom right?).

So, Lansing conservatives let another day go by without a plan to fix our roads while finally taking up the all-important issue of local street access for golf carts. My suggestion for Michigan’s road-weary, pothole-hitting travelers – next time you see a pothole, just imagine that it’s a nice water hazard and you’re enjoying a stress free day at the links. For the legislators that continue to fail to address our priorities – stop listening to your corporate backers and listen to the people that elected you.

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Lawmakers Once Again Attack Michiganders’ Right to Vote http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/lawmakers-attack-michiganders-right-vote/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/lawmakers-attack-michiganders-right-vote/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:37:17 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37170 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan August 27, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Lawmakers Once Again Attack Michiganders’ Right to Vote Wolf hunt vote is another example of the GOP legislature’s attack on democracy LANSING — Today lawmakers in Lansing once again attacked Michiganders’ right to vote by approving legislation that authorizes a wolf hunt in […]

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August 27, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Lawmakers Once Again Attack Michiganders’ Right to Vote

Wolf hunt vote is another example of the GOP legislature’s attack on democracy

LANSING — Today lawmakers in Lansing once again attacked Michiganders’ right to vote by approving legislation that authorizes a wolf hunt in Michigan.

“Rather than vote to fix our roads, investigate the rampant corruption in Gov. Snyder’s administration or restore Snyder’s cuts to education, conservative lawmakers decided to attack the right of Michiganders to vote on issues that are important to them,” said Hugh Madden, communications director for Progress Michigan. “This pattern of abuse needs to stop. The people of Michigan are tired of out-of-touch lawmakers acting like selfish children who don’t want anyone else to have a say in the democratic process.”

The wolf hunt is only the latest instance in a string of abuses by the conservative legislature to deprive people of their right to vote on important issues. Lawmakers who didn’t want to allow a vote of the people and rigged the game during the emergency manager law repeal, institution of rape insurance and the minimum wage debate.

“The people of Michigan voted these lawmakers into office and now lawmakers are returning the favor by ignoring the voices of those who elected them and casting their rights aside,” Madden continued. “There is a clear story here: The GOP legislature has had enough with democracy, they’re running the state on their own terms.”

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#WEmatter http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/wematter/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/wematter/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:45:41 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37163 Today is national Women’s Equality Day.  Last Monday, I blogged about the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Today marks the date in 1920 that the 19th Amendment was officially added to the U.S. Constitution. At Progress Michigan, every day is Women’s Equality Day, as we fight day […]

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Today is national Women’s Equality Day.  Last Monday, I blogged about the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Today marks the date in 1920 that the 19th Amendment was officially added to the U.S. Constitution.

At Progress Michigan, every day is Women’s Equality Day, as we fight day in and day out for equal pay for equal work, paid sick days, affordable childcare, reproductive health care, and more.

I know, you’d think that in 2014 issues like equal pay for equal work wouldn’t be issues, but sadly, in 2013 the U.S. failed to make the top 10 — or even the top 20 — of the World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-equal countries.

In Michigan, conservatives have been turning back the clock on women’s rights faster than Beyoncé squashed divorce rumors at the VMAs. One of their most demeaning acts included passing a law requiring women to buy rape insurance last year.

If that makes you as mad as it makes us then make your voice heard. Join the conversation and help us make it clear to our elected leaders that the success of women and families and the issues we care about are important. Because, put simply, #WEmatter.

Tweet about what matters most to you and your family at @ProgressMich using the hashtag #WEmatter.

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Tuesdays with Terri: Net Neutrality http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/tuesdays-terri-net-neutrality/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/tuesdays-terri-net-neutrality/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:55:49 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37160 Terri Lynn Land is trying to run a campaign without saying anything beyond, “I’m Terri Lynn and I approve this message.” You may wonder why a candidate would do this. Why is it better to say nothing at all and let your handlers and ad makers do the talking? In Terri Lynn Land’s case, it’s […]

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Terri Lynn Land is trying to run a campaign without saying anything beyond, “I’m Terri Lynn and I approve this message.” You may wonder why a candidate would do this. Why is it better to say nothing at all and let your handlers and ad makers do the talking?

In Terri Lynn Land’s case, it’s because she has tried talking to the media and it has been, well, you’ll see. Since her meltdown at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Land hasn’t said much at all.

That’s why we decided to take her quotes, just as she said them, and present them to Michigan voters. This week, we present Terri’s statement on Net Neutrality. Sadly, I don’t think Terri even understands the basic issue. You see, Net Neutrality isn’t about being a fan of Twitter – it’s about whether or not the Internet as we know it will remain or whether access will be sold to the highest bidder. Terri’s position? We’re not sure. Watch the video and try to decipher what she said.

As a public service, we’ll continue to shed light on her Terri Lynn Land by presenting her own words.

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Progress Michigan Announces Launch of ‘Tuesdays With Terri’ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/progress-michigan-announces-launch-tuesdays-terri/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/progress-michigan-announces-launch-tuesdays-terri/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:53:08 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37158 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan  August 26, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Announces Launch of ‘Tuesdays With Terri’ Video series highlights Terri Lynn Land’s few unscripted performances  MICHIGAN — Today marks the launch of Progress Michigan’s “Tuesdays with Terri,” a video series that highlights Terri Lynn Land’s clear misunderstanding of […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from Progress Michigan 

August 26, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Announces Launch of ‘Tuesdays With Terri’

Video series highlights Terri Lynn Land’s few unscripted performances 

MICHIGAN — Today marks the launch of Progress Michigan’s “Tuesdays with Terri,” a video series that highlights Terri Lynn Land’s clear misunderstanding of important issues and inability to provide a clear agenda to Michigan families.

“We thought it would be helpful to share with Michiganders the few times that Terri Lynn Land has been unscripted and has actually spoken with the media,” said Hugh Madden, communications director at Progress Michigan. “We wanted to give Michiganders the unfiltered Terri Lynn Land: No script, no handlers, no talking points. The results are not pretty and we think that speaks volumes.”

For the next four weeks, on “Tuesdays with Terri”, Progress Michigan will release a new video highlighting Land’s past comments to the media — verbatim — without her PR handlers to run interference or take the comments “off the record,” like has been done in the past in the middle of questions.

“When you listen to Terri Lynn Land, all you get is a string of tired and hollow right-wing talking points,” Madden continued. “Thus far, Land refuses to debate, has been a consistent media-dodger and has been short on details in terms of how she would help Michigan. Michigan voters should demand more statements from candidates than the required disclosures at the end of political ads.”

The video can be viewed here.

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Breakdown: Snyder’s Administrative Scandals http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/breakdown-snyders-administrative-scandals/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/08/breakdown-snyders-administrative-scandals/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:19:11 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37154 Last week was the latest chapter in a growing pattern of corruption and questionable actions from the Snyder administration. Rather than opine further on the culture of cronyism that has developed from our “Tough Nerd” governor, we figured we’d just lay bare what’s happened and let you soak it all up. Kevyn Orr Threw down […]

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Last week was the latest chapter in a growing pattern of corruption and questionable actions from the Snyder administration. Rather than opine further on the culture of cronyism that has developed from our “Tough Nerd” governor, we figured we’d just lay bare what’s happened and let you soak it all up.

Kevyn Orr

Threw down $3,000 for crab cakes and steak bites in his taxpayer-funded penthouse

Andy Dillon

Continued to earned his $174,000 salary even after he resigned and took a luxury cruise vacation

John Covington

Spent nearly $240,000 in travel, gas for his chauffeured car and IKEA furniture in less than two years

Scott Woosley

Racked up over $200,000 in lavish travel expenses, including a stretch limo and escargot

Richard Baird

Was claiming principle residency tax breaks in two states and owed nearly $17,000 in Michigan taxes

I’d love to see anyone argue against what is clearly a pattern here. 

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