Tag: Michigan Republicans

Concealed weapons for convicted stalkers? “What could go wrong?” House Republicans say

Concealed weapons for convicted stalkers? “What could go wrong?” House Republicans say

In early June, the Detroit Free Press published a terrifying story about a Michigan woman whose ex-husband has allegedly attempted, repeatedly, to solicit people to kill her while serving a prison sentence for stalking. Two days later, 59 members of the state House of Representatives voted to allow people who’ve been convicted of stalking to carry concealed weapons without even […]

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In Michigan, working 103 days out of the year is considered a “full-time” legislature

In Michigan, working 103 days out of the year is considered a “full-time” legislature

Michigan gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is trying to prove his conservative cred by pushing for a part-time legislature. It’s not going well. He was forced to restart his petition drive to put a part-time legislature on the ballot in 2018, the year he himself will be on the ballot, when it was discovered that his plan would […]

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AG Schuette’s staff busted editing online docs to cover-up potential illegal acts while on taxpayer time

AG Schuette’s staff busted editing online docs to cover-up potential illegal acts while on taxpayer time

Government officials working to cover up questionable behavior is as old as politics itself but it’s rare to catch them boldly doing it in real time. That, however, is exactly what Progress Michigan staff did during a recent investigation into what appears to be improper use of private emails to do government business and possibly doing political work while at […]

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Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley ships in students from around the US for his “grassroots” campaign for governor

Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley ships in students from around the US for his “grassroots” campaign for governor

On May 30th, when Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced his candidacy for governor ahead of the 2018 election, he told the audience, “What you will see over the course of this summer is the most high-tech, effective, grassroots campaign, a movement to amend Michigan’s constitution.” “Move over establishment,” he said, “Because the people of the State of Michigan are […]

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Michigan Republicans solve problem of open gun carrying without a permit/training by making it worse. Much, much worse.

Michigan Republicans solve problem of open gun carrying without a permit/training by making it worse. Much, much worse.

There’s a messed-up loophole in Michigan’s gun laws that makes it legal to open-carry a firearm without the need for training or a permit. If you carry a concealed weapon, training and a permit are required by law. Republicans have decided now is the time to correct this discrepancy but their approach is to make it worse. Much, much worse: […]

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Multi-millionaire Republican David Trott wants you to believe deregulating Wall Street banks will set you free

Multi-millionaire Republican David Trott wants you to believe deregulating Wall Street banks will set you free

In what can only be described as a laughable op-ed in The Detroit News today, multi-millionaire Republican and Foreclosure King David Trott attempts to portray a Republican bill to roll back consumer financial protections under Dodd-Frank and kneecap the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal bureau that has “won almost $12 billion in refunds and relief for an estimated […]

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Steven Johnson, Christian hypocrite

Michigan Republican whose “Christian beliefs shape his worldview” votes to deny Flint federal funds for #FlintWaterCrisis

The effort to bring federal dollars into Flint to help them deal with the Republican-made catastrophe that poisoned their drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead has been long and arduous, primarily because Republicans themselves did everything they could to make the path long and arduous. First, it took nearly a year for Republican members of Congress to even pass […]

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Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

In March of 2015, Michigan Democrat Jim Townshend introduced legislation in the House – House Bill 4341 – that would change Michigan’s regressive flat state income tax to a graduated tax. Not surprisingly, it never went anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. And that’s a shame because, if implemented, it would increase state tax revenues by as much as $700,000,000 $870,000,000 […]

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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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UPDATED x2: Number of people at pro-ACA rally in Jackson, Michigan: 400+, number of media mentions: ZERO

UPDATED x2: Number of people at pro-ACA rally in Jackson, Michigan: 400+, number of media mentions: ZERO

Back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act was being debated, all it took was for three or four tea partiers to gather with anti-Obamacare signs on a street corner and they got all sorts of publicity. Now that the tables have turned, that sort of publicity appears hard to come by, at least in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District. This […]

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UPDATED x2: House Republicans crash and burn in attempt to decimate state budget with tax cut

UPDATED x2: House Republicans crash and burn in attempt to decimate state budget with tax cut

In the wee hours of the morning today after a marathon 12-hour session, House Republicans, led by House Speaker Tom Leonard, face-planted mightily in an effort to blow a $1.1 BILLION hole in the state budget by reducing the state income tax over the next four years. Their original salvo was to eliminate the state income tax altogether, an idea […]

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