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Mike’s Militia: Republican Institutional Support of Insurrectionists Unacceptable

Mike’s Militia: Republican Institutional Support of Insurrectionists Unacceptable

Yesterday I highlighted the bad behavior of the Michigan Senate Majority Leader, a handful of his colleagues, and the sexist environment that they have engendered through decades of underrepresentation for women in the halls of power in Lansing. But misogyny is not their only sin, so I thought it appropriate to share another.  The recent impeachment trial of Former President […]

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I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

In spite of most of the US public being supportive of public education, our schools, and our children’s teachers, a small but vocal minority has been growing increasingly rambunctious about reopening schools. Recently, Dr. Ben Linas, a physician in Brookline, MA, added his apparently cranky voice to this debate, penning a piece for Vox titled, “I’m an epidemiologist and a […]

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Misogyny in Michigan

Misogyny in Michigan

The Mike Shirkey I knew when I served in the Michigan House of Representatives was just as bad as the one we see today. I called him vile in 2012 and that description continues to hold true.  Being term-limited has only emboldened him to say terrible and misogynistic things out loud because he knows that he will never be held […]

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It’s an Apocalyptic Death Cult – with special guest Sarah Kendzior

It’s an Apocalyptic Death Cult – with special guest Sarah Kendzior

Sarah Kendzior on Twitter: @SarahKendzior Sarah Kendzior’s website: SarahKendzior.com The Gaslit Nation podcast on Twitter: @gaslitnation The Gaslit Nation podcast’s website: GaslitNationPod.com Support Sarah’s work by becoming a Patreon HERE. Buy Sarah Kendzior’s book The View from Flyover Country HERE. Preorder Sarah Kendzior’s book Hiding in Plain Sight HERE. Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Democrats […]

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Congressional Sedition Caucus members like Tim Walberg are terrified of their constituents

Congressional Sedition Caucus members like Tim Walberg are terrified of their constituents

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to disenfranchise voters in four states, including Michigan, by overturning the will of the voters in electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 election, few people in the 7th Congressional District were surprised to learn that their “representative” Tim Walberg had signed on to […]

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The Big Lie predated Trump – with special guest Ari Berman

The Big Lie predated Trump – with special guest Ari Berman

Ari Berman on Twitter: @AriBerman Buy Ari’s book Give Us The Ballot HERE. Ari Berman at Mother Jones: After Trump Failed to Overturn the 2020 Election, Republicans Are Trying to Steal the Next One Ari Berman at Mother Jones: How Joe Biden Can Reverse Republican Attacks on Democracy Ari Berman at Mother Jones: The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP […]

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On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields

On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields

Republican Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas spent some time today questioning President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardonas, and decided to focus on the issue of transgender students playing sports in school. Here’s what Sen. Marshall had to say… New Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (Kansas) also used his questioning time to push transphobia. Cardona quickly shut him […]

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The Forgotten Voices in the School Reopening Debate: Teachers

The Forgotten Voices in the School Reopening Debate: Teachers

The following post was written by an elementary school teacher. This person could be your neighbor…a friend…a family member…or just someone you know on social media. This teacher hasn’t shared how they feel with anyone outside of their family, because there is so much pushback from persons in their community, and angry demands that teachers “get back to work!”   […]

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The attack on public education is an attack on democracy – with special guest Jennifer Berkshire

The attack on public education is an attack on democracy – with special guest Jennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire on Twitter: @BisforBerkshire The Have You Heard podcast on Twitter: @HaveYouHeardPod Support the Have You Heard podcast by becoming a Patreon sponsor HERE. Buy A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door at wolfattheschoolhousedoor.com Veena Dubal and Juliet B. Schor at The New York Times: Gig Workers Are Employees. Start Treating Them That Way. Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Prop […]

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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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It’s time to pass the Raise the Wage Act for a $15 federal minimum wage

It’s time to pass the Raise the Wage Act for a $15 federal minimum wage

The following essay was written by David Williams. David is a McDonald’s worker from Detroit who makes only $10/hour. He is a leader in the Fight for $15 and a Union. Suffice it say, David speaks for me and for many of us. In July 2019, working people across the country cheered when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the […]

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