Author: Jen Eyer

Freedom is Medicare for All

Freedom is Medicare for All

Recently on the radio program Stateside, I argued that when it comes to message, Democrats need to do a better job of showing voters how core American values drive our policy ideas. Sounds great in the abstract, but the devil’s in how to execute, right? Well, on the issue of healthcare, here’s a powerful story from my neighbor and friend […]

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Concealed weapons for convicted stalkers? “What could go wrong?” House Republicans say

Concealed weapons for convicted stalkers? “What could go wrong?” House Republicans say

In early June, the Detroit Free Press published a terrifying story about a Michigan woman whose ex-husband has allegedly attempted, repeatedly, to solicit people to kill her while serving a prison sentence for stalking. Two days later, 59 members of the state House of Representatives voted to allow people who’ve been convicted of stalking to carry concealed weapons without even […]

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DCCC’s latest PR disaster shows they still don’t get it on message

DCCC’s latest PR disaster shows they still don’t get it on message

The overwhelming opinion of respected political thinkers across the country since the 2016 elections has been that Democrats need a better message. And now comes the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee trying out this new slogan: “I mean, have you seen the other guys?” Like many others, when I saw it I had to double check that I wasn’t reading a satirical […]

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Michigan’s Republican leaders are legitimizing President Trump’s voter suppression commission

Michigan’s Republican leaders are legitimizing President Trump’s voter suppression commission

It is a sad irony that as we celebrate our ancestors’ independence from taxation without representation, our state and national leaders are working to impose the very same tyranny on us, the current citizens of the United States of America. President Trump has convened the Orwellian-named “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” ostensibly to investigate voter fraud, which every legitimate […]

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Michigan Republicans who endorse Trump: A time capsule for posterity

Michigan Republicans who endorse Trump: A time capsule for posterity

Human memories are fickle and fade, but the Internet never forgets. And that may cause deep regrets someday for politicians in Michigan who have hitched their wagons to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. It’s been true for many months that every week Trump somehow finds a way to stoop to a new low. Since the start of the Democratic National Convention, however, […]

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Four things to know about the DNC email leaks

Four things to know about the DNC email leaks

The evolving story about the leaked Democratic National Committee emails got quite a bit more complicated today, with cybersecurity experts weighing in that Russian government operatives are likely behind the hack. If you’re head is swimming, like mine has been, here’s a lowdown on what’s known, what’s hype, and what seems to be straight bunk. First, the emails indicate some staffers […]

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Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Bill Schuette says he has some “bold new ideas” for Michigan. Widely expected to run for governor in 2018, Schuette is testing out the planks for his bid at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. So what are these bold new ideas? Tax cuts and school choice. In other words, the same stale, failed ideology that Republicans have […]

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What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

When, in the wake of the Flint water crisis, Dan Wyant resigned from his post as director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Gov. Rick Snyder’s outgoing chief of staff lamented the move. “I’m not sure why this decision was made but if it’s only optics, keep in mind that finding a replacement who has the trust of the business […]

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