Category: Gretchen Whitmer

You can’t wash the stench of “Unlock Michigan” off Michigan Republican Mike Shirkey

You can’t wash the stench of “Unlock Michigan” off Michigan Republican Mike Shirkey

Yesterday, I wrote about the one year anniversary of the first diagnosed COVID case in Michigan.  Today, I want to spend some time talking about the coordinated attacks Governor Whitmer has faced as she has tried to save the lives of Michiganders.  I have shared my previous thoughts on Senator Mike Shirkey. But those were merely his words and actions […]

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Republicans willing to risk the lives and health of Michiganders to spit in the face of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Republicans willing to risk the lives and health of Michiganders to spit in the face of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Republicans have a long history of being on the wrong side of many of the issues the citizens of Michigan care most about. From education to privatizing essential government services like prisons and schools, they have invariably sided with the corporatists who stand to benefit most from shifting tax dollars to corporate bank accounts. I thought I had seen […]

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Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist keep their word

Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist keep their word

Michigan’s Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities is saving black lives. In early April, as Covid-19 was ravaging the state of Michigan, we spoke to Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist about why the virus was so deadly for black Americans and what the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which created by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and led by Lt. Governor Gilchrist, […]

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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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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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Let’s get Gretchen Whitmer some support

Let’s get Gretchen Whitmer some support

Keep an eye on all of these seats. Today’s post was written by Aaron (The Give Smart Guy), director of research at the Future Now Fund. Aaron joined Future Now after co-founding the Give Smart project, which raised almost $1 million for state legislative candidates in 2018. Previously an attorney for various technology companies, he has also written extensively about […]

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Trump is weaponizing a global pandemic to win re-election

He isn’t just punishing Democratic governors, he’s setting himself up to be ‘the savior’ The events of the past week have me torn between conflicting emotions in a number of ways. Our very own @LOLGOP and his wife welcomed their new baby Winnie into their lives and home after a long a difficult path to parenthood which Jason wrote about […]

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Michigan Republicans reintroduce Ted Nugent-approved bills to allow baiting of deer & elk and reduce fines to $1

Michigan Republicans reintroduce Ted Nugent-approved bills to allow baiting of deer & elk and reduce fines to $1

In September of last year, Ted Nugent, Michigan’s most embarrassing former resident, testified before the Michigan House Government Operations Committee in support of House Bill 4687 that would reverse a statewide ban on baiting deer and elk. Nugent told lawmakers that his personal hunting experiences make his opinions on this topic more valid than the peer-reviewed science. I’m not kidding: […]

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What Gretchen Whitmer has in common with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

What Gretchen Whitmer has in common with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

And what they can all learn from each other There’s a pretty obvious reason why our governor Gretchen Whitmer has been chosen to deliver the response to the 2020 State of Union address that will occur if something goes terribly wrong and the Senate doesn’t remove Donald Trump from office: Whitmer was elected Governor of Michigan by 406,659 votes or […]

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Michigan’s Emergency Manager legacy: Democratic leaders work to clean up Republicans’ messes

Michigan’s Emergency Manager legacy: Democratic leaders work to clean up Republicans’ messes

I haven’t written much about the Flint Water Crisis lately, largely because my pals over at Michigan Advance and the fine reporters at MLive have been doing such a good job. I’m inspired to write today as I reflect on two recent stories, one of which is not actually about Flint. The first story is the astonishing move taken by […]

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Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

If you worried that poor, maligned Enbridge Energy was alone in its fight against the monstrous power of Michigan citizens who are desperate to save our Great Lakes from an unimaginable environmental catastrophe, you may now rest easy. A new corporate front group, an “AstroTurf” group as they are frequently called, has come to their aid, posing as, in their […]

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