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UPDATED: Republicans, desperate to win MI-01, air ironically false ad about Lon Johnson’s residence

UPDATED: Republicans, desperate to win MI-01, air ironically false ad about Lon Johnson’s residence

This post has been hilariously updated below. Recent polling in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District shows Democrat Lon Johnson with a narrow 2-point lead in the “Leans Republican” district. This has Republicans freaking out and now they have resorted to airing a completely false ad contending that Johnson doesn’t live in Kalkaska as he claims and, in fact, lives in a […]

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Still under state control, Flint doesn’t have an Emergency Manager but it might as well have

Still under state control, Flint doesn’t have an Emergency Manager but it might as well have

Back in March of this year, the city of Flint announced that it intended to file a lawsuit against the state of Michigan in the Court of Claims over the poisoning of the city’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead. There were no immediate plans to do so but they needed to be on record so that option remained […]

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Trump’s answers to questions posed by a science coalition are about as two-dimensionally cartoonish as you’d expect

Trump’s answers to questions posed by a science coalition are about as two-dimensionally cartoonish as you’d expect

ScienceDebate.org, a coalition of fifty-six leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations, including the American Chemical Society of which I am a member, recently sent a comprehensive questionnaire to the four major presidential candidates. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson declined to participate. The answers given by the other three candidates give us a very good look at their vision for our country, particularly […]

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UPDATED: Trump rewrites history of his epic faceplant in Flint yesterday, blames pastor for setting him up

UPDATED: Trump rewrites history of his epic faceplant in Flint yesterday, blames pastor for setting him up

Donald Trump’s faceplant in front of a national audience in Flint yesterday has him rewriting history one day later in an effort to shift the narrative of his epic fail. As I wrote yesterday, Trump was four minutes into a five minute and forty-seven second speech when pastor Rev. Faith Green Timmons came up to the podium and interrupted his […]

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Donald Trump comes to Flint and gives a five minute and forty-seven second speech

Donald Trump comes to Flint and gives a five minute and forty-seven second speech

Donald Trump came to Flint, Michigan today, a move decried (and accurately described) by most as a photo-op. And Trump made it very clear that it was exactly that. Although the Flint pastor who invited him made it clear to her congregation that the invitation was in no way an endorsement and that this was not a place for a […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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How Lyndon Johnson helped create today’s GOP

How Lyndon Johnson helped create today’s GOP

The greatest irony ever is that the GOP wouldn’t be a national party today if Medicare weren’t keeping seniors alive The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the presidential race tightening on up, with Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by 5 percent in a head-to-head race and 2 percent in a four-way race. But here’s what stood out to me: It’s […]

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Trump visits the city most harmed by Emergency Management the same week a federal court declares it constitutional

Trump visits the city most harmed by Emergency Management the same week a federal court declares it constitutional

Donald Trump is making a quick swing through Flint today to do a photo-op and will undoubtedly blame the catastrophic poisoning of the city’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead on Democrats. This, of course, is patently and provably absurd. The poisoning of Flint is the direct result of decisions made by a parade of Emergency Managers appointed by […]

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GOP State House candidate Steve Marino: Tax cheat, sleazy lobbyist, unmitigated liar, or all of the above?

GOP State House candidate Steve Marino: Tax cheat, sleazy lobbyist, unmitigated liar, or all of the above?

It’s not often that a candidate for office reveals themselves to be such an incredible [expletive deleted] as Macomb County Commissioner and MI-24 State House candidate Steve Marino, 27, has this week. A tracker sent to a “coffee hour” held by Marino recorded him making some amazingly outrageous comments, largely related to his time as a lobbyist for Delta Dental […]

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Trump and white nationalists have the same goal — normalizing extremism

Trump and white nationalists have the same goal — normalizing extremism

After years of offending Muslims, Mexicans, and black people, Trump is is very offended on behalf of… racists  Friday was quite a day. The leaders of the white nationalist “Alt-Right” had a press conference that dealt with what they called “the Jewish question” while hoping to keep their lasso around the rocket-ship of racism known as the Donald Trump campaign […]

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Sorry, when it comes to education policy, this IS personal

Sorry, when it comes to education policy, this IS personal

I got into a bit of a Twitter tussle the other day with a self-styled “education policy expert” for a Michigan corporate education reform group. While this person has never taught in a public school, and has little background or experience in education at all, he is now the Education Policy Director for this organization. After exchanging tweets for a […]

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