Category: Politics

Who’s narrating the “Teacher Shortage” narrative?

Who’s narrating the “Teacher Shortage” narrative?

A column written last year by Stephen Mucher, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College, has attracted a lot of attention from those concerned about the health and vitality of public education. And for good reason. Mr. Mucher mentions the recent history of campus protests across the country, which he says he has noticed on his […]

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Hillary Clinton is winning because she is winning more voters

Hillary Clinton is winning because she is winning more voters

There is no evidence that the establishment is overruling the will of the people in the Democratic primary 1) Clinton has consistently led national match-ups. Sanders was gaining ground on her, but that appears to have stopped and even reversed. At no point in the entire cycle has he led the Huffington Post polling average. If we went back now […]

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Two epic burns on Scott Walker and Cindy Gamrat prove that brevity is, indeed, the soul of wit

Two epic burns on Scott Walker and Cindy Gamrat prove that brevity is, indeed, the soul of wit

When Scott Walker announced his candidacy for president in July of this year, labor supporters across the country collectively groaned that the thought that anyone at all would consider voting for the anti-worker, Koch brothers puppet. Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO put out a press release with just six words: Scott Walker is a national disgrace. Yesterday, Scott […]

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Take a moment to celebrate and then let’s finish the job once and for all

Take a moment to celebrate and then let’s finish the job once and for all

Last week was an incredible week for all Americans, but most especially for progressives and activists and advocates for equality and equity. We need to take time to celebrate these crucial and impactful Supreme Court decisions, all three of them. King v. Burwell affirmed what most common sense non-elected Republicans have known from the beginning of the Affordable Care Act. […]

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Unions are about freedom or: This is why the conservatives have been trying to kill America’s labor movement

Unions are about freedom or: This is why the conservatives have been trying to kill America’s labor movement

“The future of labor is the future of America,” labor leader John Lewis said, during the Great Depression. And for a long time, you had to squint to see that future because it’s so bright. America capitalized on its enormous advantages after World War II with unprecedented growth that was — thanks to the labor movement — widely shared. However, […]

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Two Ways Prop 1 Went Wrong

Two Ways Prop 1 Went Wrong

Blame politicians, not the voters, for Prop 1’s failure I want to be clear that, like the other authors on this site, I voted for Prop 1 and am disappointed that it failed. We need to fix the roads. I think increasing the gas tax is an appropriate way to pay for that. And Michigan’s low-income workers lose out without […]

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is more than a movie, it’s an opportunity

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is more than a movie, it’s an opportunity

What I thought was going to be a review of the premier of the documentary that made its Michigan debut on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, MI, titled, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is turning more into a testimonial in many ways. Many deeply personal ways. Director/Producer/Writer Mary Dore was in attendance for the premier […]

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Why this solid anti-Proposal 1 advocate is voting YES and why you should, too

Why this solid anti-Proposal 1 advocate is voting YES and why you should, too

In less than 10 weeks from today the voters of Michigan will be asked to vote on the ballot question titled Proposal 1, or as it is commonly being called the “road fix bill”. Here are the main elements of Proposal 1: An increase in transportation revenue of $1.3 billion, with $1.2 billion a year going to roads and about […]

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As the Michigan Democratic Party convenes tomorrow stop blaming Lon Johnson for Democrat’s problems and blame who is really at fault: YOU!

As the Michigan Democratic Party convenes tomorrow stop blaming Lon Johnson for Democrat’s problems and blame who is really at fault: YOU!

Update:  The program I mention toward the end of this story was called “The Win Machine” and it was delayed for use but eventually went up and was successfully used by 2500 people, a significant number.  Also, and this did deserve a mention earlier today, but the miabsetee.com app/site was VERY successful and helped both many Democrats and Republicans register […]

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When thinking about what Governor Rick Snyder said in the SOTS, actions speak MUCH louder than words

When thinking about what Governor Rick Snyder said in the SOTS, actions speak MUCH louder than words

Ray Holman is the Legislative Liaison for UAW Local 6000 and, for those of you not familiar with this Local, they represent over 22,000 state of Michigan workers that cut a wide path. Their membership, according to their website, “represents workers in every Department in State of Michigan government. We are the nurses, teachers, doctors, probation officers, social workers and […]

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Why the road to fixing our roads is worse than the roads we actually drive and have to endure

Why the road to fixing our roads is worse than the roads we actually drive and have to endure

Today is December 15, 2014 and that, in itself might mean many things to you. However, for political observers, pundits, analyzers, etc., today marks the final days of the Michigan Legislative agenda for 2014 and will also usher in, in a few very short weeks, a new House and Senate. This is the last week of what is known as […]

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