Category: Rick Snyder

46% of Flint homes tested still showing lead contamination, Snyder admin smacked down by federal judge

46% of Flint homes tested still showing lead contamination, Snyder admin smacked down by federal judge

We talked about this during this week’s podcast but I think it deserves a post all of it’s own. Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards recently completed a new round of testing of the water entering the homes of Flint residents and found that 43% of them are still contaminated with lead: Water in Flint continues to improve, researchers reported Friday […]

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Detroit Redford High School Demolition

Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize: How the DeVos family devoured Michigan’s schools

NOTE: This post is a companion piece to this week’s episode of The Sit and Spin Room podcast. Click HERE or scroll to the bottom of the post to listen to the podcast or find it wherever you get your podcasts by searching for “Sit and Spin Room” on iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The news that President-elect Donald Trump had nominated […]

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Surprise! Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder makes nice with Donald Trump

Surprise! Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder makes nice with Donald Trump

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column entreating Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to stand up to Donald Trump, given his status as a businessman-turned-Rust Belt governor who preaches the virtues of civility. While Democrats and liberal activists can be expected to do the heavy lifting when it comes to opposing the authoritarian elements of Trump’s presidency, it’s vital to […]

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan kids don’t have a constitutional right to be able to read

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan kids don’t have a constitutional right to be able to read

It’s bad enough that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is fighting a federal ruling that the state of Michigan supply bottled water to Flint residents still contending with drinking water that is poisoned with the powerful neurotoxin lead. It’s actually REALLY bad. But he’s found another way to make his contempt for poor people known. In response to a lawsuit filed […]

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Judge compels State and City to distribute bottled water during #FlintWaterCrisis, Snyder admin responds by fighting it

Judge compels State and City to distribute bottled water during #FlintWaterCrisis, Snyder admin responds by fighting it

As we talked about on this week’s podcast, a federal judge has ordered the State of Michigan and the City of Flint to return to providing bottled water to the resident of Flint who are being impacted by the ongoing tragedy of the poisoning of their drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead: A federal judge has ordered state officials […]

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Michigan Gov. Snyder tweets about “Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” with no apparent sense of irony

Michigan Gov. Snyder tweets about “Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” with no apparent sense of irony

“Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” image by DonkeyHotey | Flickr On Tuesday this week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder tweeted about “Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” with no apparent sense of irony whatsoever: It’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Lt. Gov. @BrianCalley is sharing prevention tips to keep our kids safe https://t.co/cjFK91ms0e — Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) October 25, 2016 The […]

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In Flint you can be a one-person grand jury: VOTE!!!

In Flint you can be a one-person grand jury: VOTE!!!

Before we get into the weeds, I believe most of the readers of Eclectablog are keenly aware of the disgrace Governor Rick Snyder and his administration have caused, not just to the state but very specifically to the residents of Flint, people who continue to suffer while the governor uses taxpayer funds to defend himself from what may prove to […]

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On Day #Flint365 since Gov. Snyder admitted the #FlintWaterCrisis, only 0.7% of lead service lines have been replaced

On Day #Flint365 since Gov. Snyder admitted the #FlintWaterCrisis, only 0.7% of lead service lines have been replaced

At the Michigan Nurses Association conference taking place in Lansing this week, residents of Flint got up to talk about the ongoing catastrophe happening in their city – the so-called “Flint Water Crisis”. Calling this situation a “crisis” is, in fact, understating the problem. The women who spoke and later talked in-depth to my wife Anne described how very little […]

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As if we needed it: More evidence that privatizing/profitizing prison services is an abject failure in Michigan

As if we needed it: More evidence that privatizing/profitizing prison services is an abject failure in Michigan

There are three things that should never be privatized and profitized. You don’t have to be an expert in public policy to know that when profits are on the line, the needs of those being served will be trumped by the desire to increase profits. The first of these things is healthcare. We’ve seen the tragic outcome of that in […]

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GUEST POST: No, Rick Snyder Did Not “Rescue the State”

GUEST POST: No, Rick Snyder Did Not “Rescue the State”

The following guest post was penned by Nick Wallace, a freelance writer/data journalist who lives in Ypsilanti. Enjoy. Arguments that credit individual politicians with ongoing macroeconomic trends should always be treated with skepticism. It is the rare elected official who can cause a recession or reduce the unemployment rate. This is particularly true of state and local leaders; governors, mayors, […]

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While Gov Snyder and AG Schuette fight in court, still no action to replace lead water lines in the #FlintWaterCrisis

While Gov Snyder and AG Schuette fight in court, still no action to replace lead water lines in the #FlintWaterCrisis

It has now been 328 days since Gov. Rick Snyder publicly admitted that the drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan had been contaminated with the powerful neurotoxin lead. This admission came months and months after the problem had been brought to light and, in the 328 days since then, no lead water service lines have been replaced through […]

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