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Push Back on Election Misinformation

Last week, the Secretary of State announced that absent voter ballot applications will be mailed to all Michigan voters for the August 4 Primary and November 3 General Elections. This is in response to the current health crisis and social distancing guidelines, as voting from home will be much safer than voting in the precinct on Election Day. The President […]

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Trump reminds you to vote by mail — with special guest Michigan Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson

Trump reminds you to vote by mail — with special guest Michigan Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson on Twitter: @JocelynBenson Purchase Jocelyn Benson’s book State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process HERE. Todd Spangler at The Detroit Free Press: Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home Annie Reneau at Upworthy: Trump tried to troll Michigan’s Secretary of State on voting laws. It didn’t end well for him. […]

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Synopsis of CDC Guidelines for Reopening Schools

Welcome Back to School! But Not So Fast…

As someone who visits a lot of schools each year to observe student teachers and work with my colleagues in the schools, a few thoughts on these newly-released CDC “back to school” guidelines… • kids can’t keep their shoes and socks on for a full school day…masks? • no shared items? everything in school is shared…pencils are shared, books are […]

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Don’t just praise the heroes, PAY the heroes – with special guest U.S. Senator Gary Peters

Don’t just praise the heroes, PAY the heroes – with special guest U.S. Senator Gary Peters

Senator Gary Peters on Twitter: @GaryPeters and @SenGaryPeters Peters Announces Coronavirus “Heroes Fund” Proposal, Calls for $25,000 Pay Increase for Essential Workers on Frontlines of Pandemic Response Peters: Air Force Must Immediately Prioritize PFAS Cleanup Efforts at Former Wurtsmith Base in Oscoda Make a donation to make sure Gary Peters keeps his seat in the U.S. Senate at PetersForMichigan.com. Progressives […]

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Why “Closet Conservatives” are Dangerous, and How to Spot Them

Anyone else starting to think that it’s the “closet conservatives” that pose the most danger during our current constitutional and health crises? With the “out” Trump supporters, for example, you can see them coming from a mile away. Confederate flags waving, no face masks, stupid, misspelled signs, support for the border wall, and hatred for women and minorities–it’s all on […]

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Betsy DeVos Uses the Coronavirus Pandemic to Push Private and Religious School Vouchers

Betsy DeVos Uses the Coronavirus Pandemic to Push Private and Religious School Vouchers

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has pulled a lot of shady stuff in her time in President Trump’s Cabinet. But her latest action may take the cake for brazen, underhanded political malfeasance. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to throw a lifeline to education sectors she has long championed, directing millions of federal dollars […]

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GOP Senate candidate John James wants you to think he’s not Trump’s lackey. Don’t buy it.

GOP Senate candidate John James wants you to think he’s not Trump’s lackey. Don’t buy it.

By now you’ve probably heard the quote from John James that he supports Donald Trump’s agenda “2000 percent“. The failed Republican candidate wanted desperately to ride Trump’s coattails into the U.S. Senate but was subsequently beaten soundly by Debbie Stabenow in 2018. Lately, however, James has changed his tune. With polling showing Donald Trump down by as much as ten […]

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“The reports of the death of higher education are greatly exaggerated.”

“The reports of the death of higher education are greatly exaggerated.”

A recent article in New York Magazine predicting the demise of higher education is causing a great deal of anxiety in the professoriate, and for good reason. The author is making some pretty audacious prognostications, and none of them bode well for our profession… enrollments will crater hundreds of colleges will go out of business only a few “elite cyborg […]

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We Need to Act Now to Protect Our Elections from COVID_19

With the May Special Election now behind us, it is time to shift our focus squarely on the August Primary and November General Elections.   The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will exist long after the immediate danger has passed. Even if we are allowed to go back to work, health experts caution that we should not congregate in large groups […]

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Letting the vulnerable die – with special guest Sawyer Hackett, spokesperson for Sec. Julián Castro

Letting the vulnerable die – with special guest Sawyer Hackett, spokesperson for Sec. Julián Castro

Sawyer Hackett on Twitter: @SawyerHackett Sec. Castro on Twitter: @JulianCastro Democrats can’t win in 2020 without Latino voters—and we can’t start organizing Latino communities in October. Support @latinovictoryus and help mobilize Latino voters. https://t.co/L5zzmi2Sud — Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) May 4, 2020 Increased policing has often meant disproportionate policing of Black and Brown people—“social distance enforcement” is no different. The Democratic […]

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“How Are You Doing With Teaching in This Pandemic?” Not So Well…

“How Are You Doing With Teaching in This Pandemic?” Not So Well…

A friend asked me how I was doing during this pandemic, and I thought I’d share my perspective as a teacher who has struggled to find my footing in our new reality… How am I doing, you ask? To be honest, not well. I’ve been a teacher for 40 years now, and I really love teaching. I love the interactions […]

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