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Legal complaint filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for failing to establish a #FlintWaterCrisis legal defense fund

Legal complaint filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for failing to establish a #FlintWaterCrisis legal defense fund


“Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” by DonkeyHotey

This post has been updated to reflect that this is a legal complaint, not a lawsuit.

The Michigan Legal Defense Fund Act requires that a legal defense fund be established for any elected official that receives contributions for “the purpose of defending an elected official in a criminal, civil, or administrative action that arises directly out of the conduct of the elected official’s governmental duties.”

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two legal firms to represent him in the myriad lawsuits he faces for his role in the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful, tasteless, odorless, invisible neurotoxin lead, what has come to be known as the “Flint Water Crisis”.…

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Progress Michigan launches fundraiser to bring more transparency to Michigan state government

Progress Michigan launches fundraiser to bring more transparency to Michigan state government

Citing a report putting Michigan dead last in terms of ethical transparency in state government, the progressive watchdog group Progress Michigan is launching a GoFundMe drive to raise funds for a variety of activities related to shining a light on the actions of our elected officials.

Top on their list is to overturn Michigan’s disgusting law that allows the Governor to hide behind an exemption from FOIA laws. Other states like Florida post all emails to and from their governor online:

In order to further the goal of government transparency, Governor Rick Scott announced Project Sunburst. E-mails to and from the Governor will be accessible to the public through an online, read-only e-mail viewer.
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Evidence has already surfaced that Gov. Snyder’s version of the #FlintWaterCrisis is inaccurate and suspect

Evidence has already surfaced that Gov. Snyder’s version of the #FlintWaterCrisis is inaccurate and suspect

Just one day after Gov. Snyder released what he says are all of his emails from 2014 and 2015 regarding his administration’s poisoning of Flint’s drinking water along with the state government’s official timeline, evidence has already surfaced that it, at best, incomplete. Progress Michigan has discovered that his Chief of Staff met with Flint officials regarding lead contamination in August of last year. According to Gov. Snyder, he knew nothing about it until October.

From Progress Michigan’s stunning (but probably unsurprising) revelation:

Documents obtained by Progress Michigan, a government watchdog group, reveal that Governor Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore met with Flint residents regarding a positive lead sample on August 4, 2015 — nearly two months before Snyder claims to have known about the lead crisis.
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Progress Michigan launches new website to help restore some semblance of transparency to our state government

Progress Michigan launches new website to help restore some semblance of transparency to our state government

The Center for Public Integrity recently released a report called “State Integrity 2015” which looked at the level of transparency in the governments of all 50 states. The results were, well, horrific. Only three states received a grade about a D+.

Michigan, however, stood out and not in a good way. Out of all 50 states, Michigan came in at 50th place. We literally have the least transparent state government in the entire country.

Here are some highlights of their report:

  • Thanks to loopholes created by the legislature, big spenders representing special interests can dramatically influence an election without leaving a trace.
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New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

3,707.

That’s how many reported issues were found relating to the for-profit private prison food vendor Aramark in just an 8-month period. A new report from Progress Michigan shows just how widespread the problems were and, just as important, the utter failure of the Snyder administration to correct them.

After reviewing over 25,000 pages of emails between the Department of Corrections and Aramark, Progress Michigan found:

  • 2,945 Food Quality/Facility Sanitation issues
  • 485 Prisoner safety/Facility Security issues
  • 277 Administrative issues

But that’s not all. According to Progress Michigan, “The Department of Corrections failed to address 1,791 of the issues allowing them to become persistent or recurring in Michigan’s prison kitchens.”

Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan, released this statement:

This report shows that the Aramark scandals went way beyond the damning headlines already reported.…
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Stand with Planned Parenthood — you’ll be in great company

Stand with Planned Parenthood — you’ll be in great company

The healthcare provider is under attack. Let’s rally the troops.

Imagine someone who always looked out for you was getting beat up by the school bully, or was getting smeared by an enemy at work who was telling vicious lies about them. You’d leap to their defense, right? After all, if they’ve been there for you — no matter what — you’d want to return the favor.

Planned Parenthood is that friend, and they need us right now more than ever.

Of course, attacks on Planned Parenthood by anti-choice extremists aren’t anything new, but this latest set of attacks using so-called “sting” videos — videos captured by imposters using hidden cameras, which have been edited to make it seem like Planned Parenthood was selling body parts from aborted fetuses for a profit, which it unequivocally does not do — is particularly hateful.…

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BREAKING: State of Michigan to for-profit prison food vendor Aramark: “YOU’RE FIRED!”

BREAKING: State of Michigan to for-profit prison food vendor Aramark: “YOU’RE FIRED!”

After scandal after scandal (after scandal after scandal), the Michigan Department of Corrections While the Detroit Free Press takes a victory lap for this development, the true heroes were Progress Michigan who tenaciously kept the story in the news including spending the money needed to procure thousands of pages of documents through Freedom of Information Act requests.

Here’s Progress Michigan’s Executive Director Lonnie Scott’s statement about the news:

Today’s announcement is great news for people who value accountability. Progress Michigan is pleased that Gov. Rick Snyder has finally answered our repeated calls to cancel the Aramark contract. While Aramark’s performance failed at every turn, the Snyder administration also failed to properly monitor and hold Aramark accountable.…
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REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

As I have written about (HERE and HERE), Friends of the Blog Progress Michigan are holding a fundraising event this evening in Ann Arbor featuring stand-up comedy by The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal. There will also be a comedy set by Kathie Dunbar, a former touring comedian who is now a Lansing City Councilwoman.

Eclectablog is a proud member of the host committee for this fun event. It takes place at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor and starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with the main show starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the always-hilarious “Fake Rick Snyder”.…

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INTERVIEW: Progress Michigan’s Lonnie Scott on their upcoming fundraiser comedy show with The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

INTERVIEW: Progress Michigan’s Lonnie Scott on their upcoming fundraiser comedy show with The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

“We wanted to bring everyone in the progressive community together to talk about issues that they are concerned about and working on every day and to have some fun doing it.”

As I wrote about last week, our friends at Progress Michigan are having fundraiser in Ann Arbor on June 3rd that features comedian Al Madrigal from The Daily Show along with others. I sat down with Progress Michigan Executive Director Lonnie Scott to discuss the show, why it is necessary, and what people can expect.

Information on purchasing tickets can be found at the end of the interview.
Tell us a little bit about Progress Michigan.

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Tickets now on sale for Progress Michigan’s annual fundraiser featuring The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

Tickets now on sale for Progress Michigan’s annual fundraiser featuring The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

I consider Eclectablog to be a partner with a number of progressive groups here in Michigan and across the country. But the one group with which I have the closest partnership with is Progress Michigan. No other groups does more work on behalf of a whole host of progressive issues than Progress Michigan. Whether its the environment, privatization of government services to for-profit corporations like the odious Aramark, immigration, or government malfeasance, Progress Michigan is there to fight the good fight and hold lawmakers, policymakers, and others accountable. And that’s merely a partial list.

That is why Eclectablog is a proud member of the host committee for Progress Michigan’s upcoming fundraiser.…

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Michigan Senate committee to hear testimony on RFRA bill the same day marriage equality case is at Supreme Court

Michigan Senate committee to hear testimony on RFRA bill the same day marriage equality case is at Supreme Court

Sneaking this hearing in on a historic day for the LGBT community is dirty politics. Take action to make sure testimony opposing RFRA legislation gets heard.

It’s hard not to be cynical about the timing of the Michigan Senate committee hearing on “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) legislation on April 28th. The same day DeBoer v Snyder, the case for marriage equality, gets its day at the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan Republicans have scheduled hearings on RFRA legislation similar to the RFRA legislation passed in Indiana that caused a rightful uproar. The Indiana legislation was changed after it was passed into law to include more protections for the LGBT community, but many critics say those protections don’t go far enough.…

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