Tag: Michigan Republicans

GOP House candidate Steve Marino: House Speaker Cotter “does a bad job in Lansing…Doesn’t have any real backbone”

GOP House candidate Steve Marino: House Speaker Cotter “does a bad job in Lansing…Doesn’t have any real backbone”

Last week I wrote about 27-year-old Republican Steve Marino. Marino is a Macomb County Commissioner and candidate for the state House. In recordings made by a Michigan Democratic Party tracker at a coffee hour, Marino bragged about cheating on his taxes and, apparently, lied about picking up bar tabs for other Republicans as a lobbyist among other things. Earlier this […]

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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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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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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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Michigan Republicans who endorse Trump: A time capsule for posterity

Michigan Republicans who endorse Trump: A time capsule for posterity

Human memories are fickle and fade, but the Internet never forgets. And that may cause deep regrets someday for politicians in Michigan who have hitched their wagons to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. It’s been true for many months that every week Trump somehow finds a way to stoop to a new low. Since the start of the Democratic National Convention, however, […]

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Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Bill Schuette says he has some “bold new ideas” for Michigan. Widely expected to run for governor in 2018, Schuette is testing out the planks for his bid at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. So what are these bold new ideas? Tax cuts and school choice. In other words, the same stale, failed ideology that Republicans have […]

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To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

The Detroit News recently published an article highlighting two Michigan tea party activists who are working on a “Dump Trump” campaign to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican nomination for president by changing the rules of the Republican convention. One of them is Wendy Day, a Howell-based tea partier who is best known, at least to me, as the woman […]

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GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

The following guest post was written by Sean McBrearty, Campaigns Organizer for Clean Water Action in Michigan. Enjoy. Last week in a legislative session that went until the early hours of Thursday morning, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for 2017. Included in the budget omnibus bill is $114.3 million in emergency supplemental funding for solutions to […]

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GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

The following guest post was written by Jen Eyer, Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs. Jen has spent many years in the world of journalism and most recently managed the newsroom for The Ann Arbor News, part of the MLive Media Group. You can read her full bio HERE. Enjoy. As Michiganders, we should all be concerned about the way […]

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No, Governor Snyder, THIS is what “an historic night” looks like

No, Governor Snyder, THIS is what “an historic night” looks like

This afternoon, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, with no apparent sense of irony or sarcasm, sent out an email titled “An historic night for Michigan”. He was referring to the previous evening when Republicans passed “bailout” legislation for Detroit Public Schools that has inadequate funding for DPS, harms children by putting unqualified, uncertified teachers in their classrooms (illegal in every other […]

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DEMOCRACY DENIED: Detroit-area Democrats denied permission to speak on Michigan House floor

DEMOCRACY DENIED: Detroit-area Democrats denied permission to speak on Michigan House floor

SILENCED! Back in 2012 when Republican Jase Bolger was still the Michigan House Speaker, his colleagues began passing bill after bill with “immediate effect”. Immediate effect allows a bill to became law as soon as the governor signs it rather than having to wait the statuatory 90 days. However, in order to pass a bill with immediate effect, there must […]

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