Tag: Progress Michigan

Koch-funded corporatist network reveals its long-term political strategy: Bust unions to defund Democrats

Koch-funded corporatist network reveals its long-term political strategy: Bust unions to defund Democrats

Long-term readers of this site probably know about the State Policy Network (SPN). This is the Koch brothers-funded network of state-based “think tanks” used to spread anti-worker, pro-corporate propaganda with the goal of changing policy and laws in states to favor businesses and to harm the positions of workers. Working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Americans for Prosperity, […]

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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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Progress Michigan sues Michigan AG Bill Schuette for violation of FOIA law & use of personal email for state business

Progress Michigan sues Michigan AG Bill Schuette for violation of FOIA law & use of personal email for state business

In the course of reviewing emails obtained from Michigan Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette in response to a Freedom of Information Act request last year, staff at Progress Michigan, Michigan’s primary progressive watchdog group, found nearly two dozen emails originating from the private email accounts of Schuette and some of his top staff. Based on this proof that they were […]

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Episode 31 – Without progressive resistance we’re bringing a squirt gun to a gunfight wsg Lonnie Scott of Progress Now

Episode 31 – Without progressive resistance we’re bringing a squirt gun to a gunfight wsg Lonnie Scott of Progress Now

The show notes for Episode 31 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/05/episode-31-without-progressive-resistance-were-bringing-a-squirt-gun-to-a-gunfight-wsg-lonnie-scott-of-progress-now.html [email protected] tells @GStephanopoulos: "Under this bill, no matter what, you cannot be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition." pic.twitter.com/m7vXnDpuYR — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 7, 2017 Maggie Fox at NBC News: What Are Pre-Existing Conditions and What Would the GOP Bill Do? Sam Berger and Emily Gee at the […]

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The Michigan Progressive Summit comes ROARING back!

The Michigan Progressive Summit comes ROARING back!

This past Saturday, over 700 progressives, both veteran organizers and newcomers to progressive activism, gathered at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan for the Michigan Progressive Summit (although except for two brief mentions by Michigan Radio, you’d never know it.) Organized by Progress Michigan, it was a day of inspiring speeches, well-organized breakout sessions, and networking for the progressive community. […]

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Episode 22 – Living in America under the new rules of Trump’s scandal playbook wsg Ronald Klain

Episode 22 – Living in America under the new rules of Trump’s scandal playbook wsg Ronald Klain

The show notes for Episode 22 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/03/episode-22-living-in-america-under-the-new-rules-of-trumps-scandal-playbook-wsg-ronald-klain.html Chris Savage at Eclectablog: What Trump’s “good”, “strong”, and “protective” regulations mean for our nation’s fresh water supply is #SAD STAT OF THE WEEK: 12%. That’s the percentage of Americans who want to see Medicaid cut. Yet the GOP plan will cut Medicaid so that eliminate tens of millions including millions […]

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The Michigan Progressive Summit returns! March 4, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan Progressive Summit returns! March 4, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

Up until three years, the progressive watchdog group Progress Michigan, held an annual conference called “The Michigan Summit”. However, due a lack of participation and a lack of funding, they were discontinued. This year, thanks to the new progressive energy sparked by the ascension of Donald Trump to the Oval Office, the Michigan Summit is back. “Donald Trump has created […]

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Progress Michigan launches unprecedented education program exposing DeVos family funding of anti-public education policy

Progress Michigan launches unprecedented education program exposing DeVos family funding of anti-public education policy

Anyone who has followed the state legislature in Michigan since Republicans assumed nearly total control in 2010 will tell you just how devastating their policies and laws have been to public education in our state. From stripping funding from schools to pay for enormous corporate tax cuts to taking away local control and handing it over to non-educator Emergency Managers […]

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Congressman Dan Kildee speaks out against Michigan’s anti-LGBT bathroom bill

Congressman Dan Kildee speaks out against Michigan’s anti-LGBT bathroom bill

Champion for equality says Michigan Legislature should focus on real problems, urges Michiganders to voice opposition to bigoted bill. Never one to mince words, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) is particularly blunt in his condemnation of the “bathroom bill” introduced by State Senator Tom Casperson. I spoke with Rep. Kildee the day after Senate Bill 993 was introduced in the Michigan […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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