Category: Michigan Democrats

Michigan Senate Republicans only allow their Democratic colleagues half the resources to serve their constituents

Michigan Senate Republicans only allow their Democratic colleagues half the resources to serve their constituents

Perusing the Facebook pages of some of the Democrats who won their elections last week, I came across a post by Jeff Irwin, the newly-minted Democratic Senator in Michigan’s 18th state Senate district. In it, he reveals that Democratic members of the state Senate are given $129,700 plus two staff benefit packages (for two staff members.) Republican senators, in sharp […]

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The Great Lakes State’s electoral blue wave crashed on the breakwall of Republican gerrymandering – AGAIN

The Great Lakes State’s electoral blue wave crashed on the breakwall of Republican gerrymandering – AGAIN

The biggest and most profound victory in Michigan on Election Day was, for me at least (and LOLGOP chides me about mentioning this on the pod all the time) that Michigan’s Bigot-in-Chief, Bill Schuette is being replaced as Attorney General by lesbian attorney Dana Nessel. Dana is the amazing woman who helped bring marriage equality to the USA, something Schuette […]

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Faced with an amateur, feckless candidate, Michigan GOP resorts to a bizarre “she’s trying to silence you” attack on Democrat Laurie Pohutsky

Faced with an amateur, feckless candidate, Michigan GOP resorts to a bizarre “she’s trying to silence you” attack on Democrat Laurie Pohutsky

The race for Michigan’s open seat in the 19th State House District is a virtual tie according to polling. Democrats have a dynamite young woman running. Laurie Pohutsky is a microbiologist (you know I have a soft spot for scientists!) who has an impressive list of endorsements from progressive and labor organizations as well as notable community leaders. She supports […]

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UPDATED: Michigan’s primary shows that Democrats are fired up, mobilized, and unified (and mostly behind women)

UPDATED: Michigan’s primary shows that Democrats are fired up, mobilized, and unified (and mostly behind women)

Michigan has long been a bellwether for the national political landscape and, judging by the results of our primary last week, the November general election will be as much of a wave election for Democrats as 2010 was for Republicans. Shri Thanedar’s attempt to purchase a governorship with his personal fortune was resoundingly smacked down by voters. He did only […]

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The national progressive movement, as run by women

The national progressive movement, as run by women

When I met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Dearborn this weekend, she shared her experience running around Michigan in support of Abdul El-Sayed for Governor. When I asked her which city was her favorite, she said that Flint had a special place in her heart because she visited the area when she took a trip to the Midwest after the 2016 elections. […]

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Michigan’s largest Democratic club issues unprecedented “anti-endorsement” of “Democratic” gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar

Michigan’s largest Democratic club issues unprecedented “anti-endorsement” of “Democratic” gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar

I generally don’t weigh in on Democratic primaries in our state. I learned long ago that it’s better to let primary campaigns play out without me sticking my nose in. The only times I tend to write about them is if a particular campaign is doing something that’s creative and interesting that other Dems can learn from or, more often, […]

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In MI-08, Democrat Elissa Slotkin has outraised the GOP incumbent Mike Bishop for 3 cycles WITHOUT corporate PAC money

In MI-08, Democrat Elissa Slotkin has outraised the GOP incumbent Mike Bishop for 3 cycles WITHOUT corporate PAC money

I first became interested in Democrat Elissa Slotkin’s run to replace the odious Republican Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District when I watched her amazing ad. In the ad — and in our subsequent interview with her on The Sit and Spin Room podcast — Slotkin said her impetus for running against the corporate shill Bishop was watching him […]

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Dem Abdul El-Sayed gets a taste of ACTUAL “birther-like tactics” from GOP senator & shameless bigot Patrick Colbeck

Dem Abdul El-Sayed gets a taste of ACTUAL “birther-like tactics” from GOP senator & shameless bigot Patrick Colbeck

Back in February, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed accused unnamed “establishment Democrats” of using “birther-like tactics” to derail his primary campaign after Bridge magazine published an article raising questions about his eligibility to run due to residency requirements. I was hard on Dr. El-Sayed writing, “Publishing this article is not a “birther-like” tactic and the accusation is offensive. People […]

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Republican Bill Schuette’s staff lawyers ask for dismissal of Democrat’s eligibility lawsuit, Abdul El-Sayed erroneously declares the matter settled

Republican Bill Schuette’s staff lawyers ask for dismissal of Democrat’s eligibility lawsuit, Abdul El-Sayed erroneously declares the matter settled

In late January, an article at Bridge magazine raised questions about Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for this position due to his having lived outside of Michigan for a time. Experts on campaign law weighed in and were not in agreement. Some said he’s fine. Others expressed concern that he may not be fine at all and […]

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Republican Mike Bishop doesn’t want you to know his stances on guns & unions, quietly scrubs them from his website

Republican Mike Bishop doesn’t want you to know his stances on guns & unions, quietly scrubs them from his website

It’s well-known that Republican Mike Bishop is deeply embedded in the pockets of the super-wealthy like skabillionaire Matty Moroun so it’ll likely come as no surprise to you that he disdains unions and is all in for gun manufacturers and their corporate front group, the NRA. In fact, his website used to crow about his pro-gun, anti-union stances. Here’s a […]

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Michigan Progressive blog booted from email mailing list service for adding scads of emails without consent

Michigan Progressive blog booted from email mailing list service for adding scads of emails without consent

Repeat after me: Primaries are good. Primaries are good. Primaries are good… I used to believe that primaries were a waste of precious fundraising dollars and that they unnecessarily bloodied up our general election candidate. But in 2014, after Mark Schauer was defeated in his run for governor after facing no primary opponent, I changed my views. I came to […]

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