The topic that Kotting writes about is one near and dear to my heart. As Anne and I have traveled around the state of Michigan to document some of our formerly robust urban centers as they implode from the collapse of their manufacturing base and the subsequent disinvestment by the state that has taken them to a financial precipice and pushed them off, time and time again we’ve seen the gorgeous architecture and beautiful buildings and homes disintegrating, stripped of anything of value, with some burned out or collapsed into forgotten piles of rubble.…
The following guest post was written by Denny Green of Clean Water Action – Michigan.
Anytime you hear that something or someone’s days are numbered, you get the idea that it’s a matter of grave significance — certainly something to be regarded with the utmost concern and action.
Well, it’s been more than 140 days since Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette used this very language to describe the declining state of the 62-year-old pipelines—though they were only supposed to last 50 years—that run right through the pristine Straits of Mackinac. (Maybe the pipeline’s days were numbered in Roman numerals .…
Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?
As LOLGOP wrote about Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder, who was the first governor in the USA to say he wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees to come to our state, said he wants a “pause” in providing a safe harbor for the refugees until “an appropriate review” can be done to ensure our screening processes are adequate. When NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep asked him what problems he has with our current process, he was unable to name even one.
Inskeep then asked him what it would take for him to reverse his stance. Here is his response:
You can listen to the entire interview here:
As it turns out, the Obama administration has now given Gov.…
UPDATED x5: Michigan Gov. Snyder joins other Republican governors in ensuring that terrorists and the tactic of terrorism win
[This post has been updated below.]
The flow of thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees escaping violent extremism and war-like conditions in their country has been in the news for months. Many Michiganders were relieved to see Governor Rick Snyder extend the welcome mat to those escaping oppression and violence. However, after the recent terrorist attack in Paris, Gov. Snyder has joined his cowardly Republican colleagues in Arkansas, Indiana, Texas, and Alabama and is now refusing to let Syrian refugees to come to Michigan. “Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Gov.…
If you can’t be in Lansing for Lobby Day, you can show your support virtually from wherever you are.
Today, November 5th, Planned Parenthood supporters from across Michigan are gathering in Lansing to show the Legislature that they stand with the healthcare organization and the vitally important healthcare services they provide.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) is holding the Lobby Day to call attention to the role Planned Parenthood plays in life-saving preventive healthcare, and to urge legislators to pass proactive legislation that increases access to women’s medical services.
More than 20 bills have been introduced to help expand women’s access to safe, affordable health care, but none have been given priority by majority leaders or committee chairs.…
VIDEO: Michigan is the laughing stock of The Rachel Maddow Show (again) thanks to Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat
Wouldn’t it be nice if Michigan got mentioned on The Rachel Maddow Show just once for some cool thing that’s happening here? Sadly, once again it’s because of the complete Fail Whale that is the Michigan Republican Party and the clowns who inhabit it.
Yup, Rachel Maddow finally picked up the Courser/Gamrate debacle.
New York City’s finest arts and media institution, Gawker, published a lengthy piece today exposing the “right-wing” “scam” that is ArtPrize. You know, the art competition hosted in the city of Grand Rapids every year. Apparently because the founder’s last name is DeVos, ArtPrize is a nefarious scheme to dupe stupid Midwesterners into enjoying terrible art in the pursuit of…well…something sinister. The author isn’t really sure what.
To be clear: Dick and Betsy DeVos are terrible people who have waayyyy too much money. When they’re not donating it to charitable causes to get their names in the paper, they’re giving it to some really awful, sinister causes.…
In the past week and half, Michigan gun owners have made the news for improper use of their handguns several times. First, concealed pistol license holder Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez saw a guy running out of the Auburn Hills Home Depot and load stuff in his vehicle. When a security guard came running after him. Duva-Rodriguez took the law into her own hands by pulling out her handgun and firing multiple shots at his vehicle. Police confirmed that she herself was never threatened.
She’s now being charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor that could result in a maximum 90 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $500.…
I learned this morning that my friend Bonnie Bucqueroux passed away yesterday. Bonnie, who changed her last name to a French-looking version of the word “buckaroo” (which was totally a Bonnie thing to do), had been sick recently but her death came as a shock to almost everyone who knew her. And just about everyone in Michigan progressive political circles knew her. I am profoundly saddened to know she’s gone.
Bonnie was a professor of journalism at Michigan State University until her recent retirement and was the publisher of Lansing Online News which has long been on the Eclectablog blogroll, Occupy Journalism, Sustainable Farmer, and Foods of Michigan.…
UPDATED: Michigan, where shoplifting is a crime punishable by death (if an armed bystander decides it is)
A woman in Michigan this week decided that shoplifting was a crime punishable by death. She was in the parking lot of a busy Home Depot in Auburn Hills when she saw a security guard chasing someone out of the store. The fleeing person got into a vehicle and drove away. That’s when the woman took matters into her own hands:
The woman who fired the shots has a license to carry a firearm and is cooperating with police.…
It’s not often that I agree with a hard-right Republican like Rick Jones but today I find myself in that position. Jones has introduced legislation – S.B. 534 – which would end domestic partner benefits for state employees in Michigan. It’s a move that I support.
I support this because, thanks to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer in Obergefell v. Hodges which made same-sex marriage a legal reality, domestic partner benefits are no longer needed. And, frankly, I don’t think we can afford to pay for the benefits of the boyfriends and girlfriends of state employees.
A previous attempt to end these benefits in Michigan – just under a year ago and prior to the Obergefell case – was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.…
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