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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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“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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Republican Senate candidate John James ignores Michigan but galavants around the U.S. for super-conservative endorsements & cash

Republican Senate candidate John James ignores Michigan but galavants around the U.S. for super-conservative endorsements & cash

It’s been many a moon since Michigan Republicans have put up any sort of legitimate candidate for U.S. Senate. In 1996, Ronna Romney, the mother of RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, got crushed by Carl Levin who had trounced Bill Schuette six years before. He went on to beat Rocky Raczkowski and Jack Hoogendyk before retiring. The seat is now […]

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This week’s rally at the Michigan Capitol Building wasn’t protesting. It was terrorism.

This week’s rally at the Michigan Capitol Building wasn’t protesting. It was terrorism.

By now you have likely heard about the gathering of a couple hundred self-proclaimed “patriot” protesters who stormed the Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan yesterday to demand that our Governor loosen restrictions further and earlier than she already has. The restrictions require non-essential workers to stay home and for those who must go out in public to wear masks to […]

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Michigan Organizing Together 2020 is going to defeat Donald Trump’s agenda

Michigan Organizing Together 2020 is going to defeat Donald Trump’s agenda

To date, over 398,000 Americans have contracted COVID-19 and almost 56,000 have passed away. Trump has shown that he is incapable of protecting Americans during a crisis. He has continued to engage in racist rhetoric during his press briefings and makes claims that hydroxychloroquine will be a “game changer”, despite there being no medical evidence. He has even suggested that […]

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Jon Hoadley, MI-06 Congressional candidate, fights to protect nurses and Michiganders during COVID-19

Jon Hoadley, MI-06 Congressional candidate, fights to protect nurses and Michiganders during COVID-19

Standing with nurses is nothing new for the current State Representative. But he’s pushing to do even more, now and in Congress. Jon Hoadley has always had deep respect and affection for nurses. He’s been recognized by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) with their Legislative Champion Award, and has frequently spoken on legislator panels on behalf of nurses throughout his legislative […]

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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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