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What will YOU do with your stimulus check?

What will YOU do with your stimulus check?

REMINDER: Nonprofit organizations need our help now more than ever Anti-poverty groups. Animal welfare organizations. Social justice warriors. Health and human services providers. Medical research causes. Environmental/conservation activists. These groups and others like them make up the miraculous quilt we call the nonprofit sector. Every day, while the rest of us go through our daily routines, the people who staff […]

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Disinfecting wipes to combat COVID-19 with absent voting

COVID-19 and Election Administration

May Special Election to be a mail election as a result of COVID-19. Yesterday morning, the Office of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a news release that her office will mail an application for an absent voter ballot to all qualified registered voters who have a May Special Election.  Michigan Law requires that voters submit a written request […]

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White House Press Conferences: The New Faculty Meetings

White House Press Conferences: The New Faculty Meetings

Watching today’s Corona Virus Task Force press briefing, I experienced flashbacks to so many faculty meetings I’ve attended during my career as a teacher… The meeting begins with opening remarks from the “big boss” (think: Trump), alternating between attempts at morale building (“We are doing so great! Better than ever before!”), paranoid defenses of the boss’ policies when challenged (“I’d […]

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Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases

In the Coronavirus crisis, look for the “Nurturers”

In a time when our national leadership is glaringly, terrifyingly absent–and in fact, has made a horrific situation even worse, if that’s possible–I’ve been most impressed with the abundance of natural leaders emerging all around us… Chefs like Cleveland’s Michael Symon, who is offering free cooking lessons on the Food Network’s Facebook feed every day at 5pm. He’s focusing on […]

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Healthcare: A Love/Hate Story…

Healthcare: A Love/Hate Story…

Amid all the murky and dramatic national conversations about the disaster that is our current healthcare system, one sometimes stumbles upon a moment of potential clarity. This is one of those moments… At a social event the other night, I met a person who worked for a large regional health insurance company. The conversation, naturally, came around to the topic […]

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In a hyper-partisan time, Michigan’s cat “declawing” ban bill is a place for unity for all the right reasons

In a hyper-partisan time, Michigan’s cat “declawing” ban bill is a place for unity for all the right reasons

I have a confession to make: I have had several cats “declawed” in my life. Of all the things I have done, this is something I am most regretful for. Why? Because, as Molly Tamulevich, the state director for the Michigan branch of the Humane Society of the United States, told me, “Declawing a cat is much more than a […]

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President Donald Trump poses for a photo with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School on Friday, March 3, 2017, during a tour of the school in Orlando, Florida. Also shown is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A Betsy DeVos-approved accreditation group authorized a “visa mill” college with no students or faculty

According to a breaking story in USA Today, a Betsy DeVos-sanctioned accreditation agency gave approval to operate for Reagan National University in South Dakota, a “university” with no students, faculty, administration, or facilities–things which one might think an “accreditation agency” might notice. DeVos’ Department of Education saved this accreditor from being removed from the DoE’s list of approved accreditation agencies, […]

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Apps vs Paper Ballots

Preventing the Iowa Caucus Dumpster Fire in Michigan

After the Iowa Caucus disaster last week, I received many calls inquiring how we (Michigan election officials) were going to make sure Michigan’s primary election does not turn into an Iowa-level debacle. While there are many things that set Michigan apart from Iowa, at its core, the main reason this will not happen in Michigan is simple: Michigan has professionals […]

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Republican state Senator Ruth Johnson’s election bills fail to address real problems in Michigan’s vote counting

Republican state Senator Ruth Johnson’s election bills fail to address real problems in Michigan’s vote counting

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Dear Democrats: No Candidate is Perfect, Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Dear Democrats: No Candidate is Perfect, Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Amy’s a mean boss. Elizabeth checked Native American on an application. Pete’s got problems with African Americans. Joe voted for a war. Bernie’s a socialist. No candidate is perfect. And each of the “problems” listed above is far more complicated and nuanced than it appears. For example… If Sen. Klobuchar was a man, her management style would be common, expected…and […]

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Election security in Michigan: It’s good. It could be a lot better.

Election security in Michigan: It’s good. It could be a lot better.

We’re only a strong as our weakest link Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election put a light on election security, a spotlight that is intensifying as the 2020 elections approach. Over 1,500 Michigan election officials have been focusing on election security long before the news reports and extra scrutiny. This is evidenced by the Michigan decentralized process, continued use […]

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