Category: Michigan

GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.

Now that Snyder has effectively ruined our state brand, we should be thinking about what it is we DO want to be known for. We’ll have the chance to replace him in 2018 (or maybe even sooner, if he steps down or is forced to resign), but Michigan needs a lot more than a better leader at the top.

If you think back to the heyday of the auto industry, Michigan was a booming state. My grandparents moved here because there were good-paying jobs to be had in Michigan.…

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Bernie Sanders proves in Michigan that the ground game is what wins elections

Bernie Sanders proves in Michigan that the ground game is what wins elections

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan yesterday unequivocally proved that a solid ground game is the key to winning elections. Not only has Sen. Sanders brought scores of new people into the political process, he was able, in Michigan at least, to get them to register to vote and to actually go to the polls in large numbers. How large? Let’s put it this way, if you’re using the 2008 election as your high water mark, you’re aiming too low. The highest turnout for a presidential primary in Michigan was actually in 1972 and turnout yesterday was higher than that:

With more than 2.4 million voters turning out for Michigan’s presidential primary on Tuesday, the record set in 1972, when 1.9 million people cast ballots, was shattered.…

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About Trump winning Michigan… Yeah, no.

About Trump winning Michigan… Yeah, no.

Donald Trump has a good chance of winning Michigan. The GOP primary that is.

And that’s the last time — barring complete disaster, near Apocalypse or freak Canadian Godzilla invasion  — he’ll ever have a good chance of winning Michigan.

Here’s what the NBC/Wall St. Journal/Marist poll found when it polled hypothetical match-ups between Trump and the likely Democratic nominees:

That’s probably a bit generous to Democrats.

But a Monmouth University poll finds also that as 22 percent of Republicans in the state would not back Trump if he were there party’s nominee, which echoes a Democracy Corps study that found about 1 out of 5 Republicans could be persuaded to abandon their party in the general election if Trump is on the ballot.…

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CNN discovers what Michigan journalists already know: Snyder adminstration hides information behind HUGE FOIA fees

CNN discovers what Michigan journalists already know: Snyder adminstration hides information behind HUGE FOIA fees

The Snyder administration had long been thought to be using fees to process FOIA requests as a way to avoid transparency and to scare off inquisitive journalists and private citizens from poking around in their (public) affairs. Then, last October, the fine folks at Progress Michigan got definitive proof that FOIA fees were being wielded as a weapon against transparency. As I wrote in my earlier reporting on this, Progress Michigan asked the state government for copies of all communications between Paul Pastorek, one of Snyder’s education advisers, and employees of the Michigan Department of Education, Education Achievement Authority and Michigan Department of Treasury.…

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GUEST POST: We broke Michigan – the insidious and harmful impact of term limits on democracy

GUEST POST: We broke Michigan – the insidious and harmful impact of term limits on democracy

Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.

With both the GOP and Democratic presidential candidates coming to Michigan this week for their respective debates, I hope some of the larger issues that Michigan (and the country) faces will finally be addressed.

Michigan state government has been broken for decades, but it’s just now coming to people’s attention outside our state. How did this happen? And could it happen to you?

The Michigan legislature used to be populated (at least somewhat) by dedicated public servants on both parties.…

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Forget Michigan: Trump should pick a different state for his ‘authoritarian CEO who loves to win’ act

Forget Michigan: Trump should pick a different state for his ‘authoritarian CEO who loves to win’ act

Michigan has been poisoned by this act before

On CNN’s State of the Nation, Donald Trump picked New York and Michigan as two blue states as he’ll have a chance of winning if the Republican Party’s immune system continues to fail and the party nominates the most unpopular candidate in recent American history.

Trump spoke in Grand Rapids last year and is dominating the GOP primary polls.

So is there some hope that his “rouse the white working class with racism” strategy could win over the Reagan Democrats in this state in 2016? Sure. He’ll win them over as Republicans have for decades as they lost the state every four years since 1992 — the last time with Obama carrying the state over native son Mitt Romney by 9 percent.…

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GUEST POST: Republicans set to dissolve all historical districts in Michigan

GUEST POST: Republicans set to dissolve all historical districts in Michigan

The following guest post was written by Nancy Kotting who writes at Watapama blog. From her About page:

Nancy Kotting is a fourth generation Detroiter, former partner at Detroit MetroTimes/Alternative Media Inc., architectural historian, trainer/instructor of classical horsemanship for over 35 years and a Catholic convert. She has been published in both the U.S. and the U.K. and is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Watapama is an exploration of anomalies at the intersection of popular culture, politics, faith and art.

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.…

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GUEST POST: A Ticking Time Bomb/Pipeline  (Dire Straits)

GUEST POST: A Ticking Time Bomb/Pipeline (Dire Straits)

The following guest post was written by Denny Green of Clean Water Action – Michigan.

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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 .…

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Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?

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:

I really wanted [the federal government] to come back and say, you know, ‘We have now made a review of these at least three situations’ and believe their current system is acceptable or not or that they’re making some modifications

You can listen to the entire interview here:

As it turns out, the Obama administration has now given Gov.…

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UPDATED x5: Michigan Gov. Snyder joins other Republican governors in ensuring that terrorists and the tactic of terrorism win

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.…

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Stand with Planned Parenthood in Michigan on Lobby Day 2015

Stand with Planned Parenthood in Michigan on Lobby Day 2015

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.…

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