Category: Rick Snyder

Gov. Snyder faces fierce criticism after his defense of admin officials charged with manslaughter in #FlintWaterCrisis

Gov. Snyder faces fierce criticism after his defense of admin officials charged with manslaughter in #FlintWaterCrisis

In the wake of manslaughter and other charges being filed against five people involved in the Flint Water Crisis, including two current members of his administration, Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement: Gov. Rick Snyder’s statement in support of DHHS Director Nick Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells Wednesday, June 14, 2017 LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the […]

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UPDATED x2: Snyder administration officials facing manslaughter charges over #FlintWaterCrisis but Snyder himself can’t be sued

UPDATED x2: Snyder administration officials facing manslaughter charges over #FlintWaterCrisis but Snyder himself can’t be sued

Big news out of Flint this morning. Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed charges against two current and two former Snyder administration officials and one former Flint official. Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is being charged with felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office. Four others, including former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, are also facing […]

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2010 Michigan Republican State Convention http://www.annarbor.com/news/rick-snyders-new-running-mate-brian-calley-makes-first-public-appearance-in-washtenaw-county/

Michigan needs a legislature of and for the people, not Calley’s corporate cronies

Conservative hopes to cash in by promising Lansing to the lobbyists You could argue that Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and I just have a slight difference of opinion. Calley is proposing a ballot initiative that would amend the state’s constitution to give the state legislature most of the year off. I’d rather give most of this legislature — all […]

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Flint residents face losing their homes for not paying (poisoned) water bills in #FlintWaterCrisis

Flint residents face losing their homes for not paying (poisoned) water bills in #FlintWaterCrisis

As bad as things are in Flint, Michigan – and they are REALLY BAD – in the past couple of weeks, they’ve gotten far, far worse. With the state of Michigan no longer subsidizing the city residents’ water bills having declared the water there now “safe” (it’s not), the city has now started charging residents again. Keep in mind that […]

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Retiring Michigan DEQ official: Flint residents hurt more by “hype” than their poisoned water

Retiring Michigan DEQ official: Flint residents hurt more by “hype” than their poisoned water

Anyone who listened to our podcast interview with Flint activist Melissa Mays knows that having their drinking water poisoned with the powerful neurotoxin lead is only part of the ongoing catastrophe they continue to deal with three years after the switch to the Flint River. In addition to elevated lead levels, residents are still experiencing skin rashes, bacteria-related respiratory infections […]

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Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare

Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare

Two years ago, after privatizing Michigan’s prison food services to a company that then set out to prove what a fiasco this sort of thing is with scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal), Gov. Rick Snyder finally fired Aramark. He then hired another private firm, Trinity Services Group. Since that time, Trinity hasn’t fared much better, racking up $2.5 […]

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Mayor Karen Weaver: Two more years of water filter use for Flint.

Mayor Karen Weaver: Two more years of water filter use for Flint.

Today is Day 529 since Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder admitted that the city of Flint had had its drinking water poisoned with the powerful neurotoxin lead through the actions and inactions of his appointed Emergency Managers. The true span since their water has been unsafe to drink, of course, is much longer than that. There’s been very little news coming […]

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Mich Gov. Snyder’s hand-picked commission to recommend governor appointment rather than election of State Board of Ed.

Mich Gov. Snyder’s hand-picked commission to recommend governor appointment rather than election of State Board of Ed.

Back in 2002, Governor John Engler, one of the co-founders of the Koch brothers-funded, corporatist front group Mackinac Center for Public Policy, recommended doing away with the Michigan Board of Education and make it a group appointed by the governor rather than the elected body it was then and still is today: Viewing the State Board of Education as an […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Freedom Not to Have Health Coverage

Wake Up and Smell the Freedom Not to Have Health Coverage

The U.S. House Republicans’ super-secret Obamacare replacement is out and it’s all about freedom. Yes, if you’re one of the 20 million Americans who gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, you may soon enjoy the freedom of no longer being covered. We don’t know how many people will be covered, but even Republicans acknowledge that it will be […]

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Only in Betsy DeVos’ Michigan can schools be “reformed” by closing them

The news broke on January 20, 2017 that as many as 38 schools could be closed in Michigan, 24 of those in Detroit, due to “poor academic performance.” Parents in the city, and throughout the state, were understandably stunned, as this announcement represented an abrupt change in the state’s previous position on school closings: Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration has switched […]

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State of Michigan to stop subsidizing Flint water bills for water they cannot drink

State of Michigan to stop subsidizing Flint water bills for water they cannot drink

“Unfiltered Flint water is safe, just don’t drink it, says state attorney”. That was the headline for a recent MLive.com article. In the article, the state attorney says Flint’s drinking water is “safe” but, “We are still recommending residents don’t drink unfiltered water.” Despite this fact, the state of Michigan announced this week that it will no longer be subsidizing […]

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