Tag: Dana Nessel

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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GOP House Speaker Chatfield’s comment that AG Nessel and Gov. Whitmer are “driven purely by emotion” is TOTALLY NOT SEXIST AT ALL, says Chatfield

GOP House Speaker Chatfield’s comment that AG Nessel and Gov. Whitmer are “driven purely by emotion” is TOTALLY NOT SEXIST AT ALL, says Chatfield

INSERT PAINFUL EYEROLL HERE… The Republican Speaker of the House in Michigan’s legislature is Lee Chatfield, a 30-year old father of five and graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University who attempted to bring a loaded handgun onto a commercial flight last summer. In a recent interview, Chatfield characterized Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer as “driven purely by […]

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John Engler has gone from an embarrassment to the state of Michigan to a cocky & smug liability to Michigan State

John Engler has gone from an embarrassment to the state of Michigan to a cocky & smug liability to Michigan State

I have always had special disdain for former Michigan governor John Engler. He was the grandfather of the corporatist right’s attacks on organized labor while he was in office and his repugnant legacy is something that we still deal with today. So I was shocked, dismayed, and outraged that the Michigan State University Board of Trustees chose Engler to be […]

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The new women leaders of Michigan are showing Democrats EVERYWHERE how to get down to the business of governing

The new women leaders of Michigan are showing Democrats EVERYWHERE how to get down to the business of governing

In 2018, over half of the Democratic candidates for the state legislature and Congress who won their primary and went on to the general election in Michigan were women. When you talk about women finally getting parity in terms of high elected office (or ANY elected office, for that matter), there’s only one political party who is even close to […]

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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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Fair Michigan ends effort to put LGBTQ civil rights to a vote in Michigan

Fair Michigan ends effort to put LGBTQ civil rights to a vote in Michigan

Citing a lack of adequate funding, Fair Michigan, a coalition of groups and individuals headed up by civil rights attorney Dana Nessel and that included noted Republicans like Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gov. Snyder’s former press secretary Sara Wurfel, and Lansing attorney and political mover-and-shaker Richard McClellan, has ended its attempt to put the civil rights of LGBTQ […]

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ERRATA: Correcting a misstatement in my reporting from Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor

ERRATA: Correcting a misstatement in my reporting from Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor

When I wrote up my piece following Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor where a community forum took place on the topic of a ballot initiative for LGBT civil rights, I indicated that Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson had helped to write the ballot language. That statement came from civil rights attorney Dana Nessel’s opening remarks: […]

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LGBT Forum shocker: Proven voter model shows support for civil rights ballot initiative in Michigan at only 42%

LGBT Forum shocker: Proven voter model shows support for civil rights ballot initiative in Michigan at only 42%

[NOTE: This piece has been edited to correct a claim that Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson had helped draft the ballot language. This statement, based on civil rights attorney Dana Nessel’s opening remarks, was, apparently, inaccurate. I have corrected this post and issued a correction with audio HERE.] Last night, the Jim Toy LGBT Community Center sponsored […]

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Group formed to put LGBT civil rights to a vote as a 2016 ballot initiative without main LGBT advocates on board

Group formed to put LGBT civil rights to a vote as a 2016 ballot initiative without main LGBT advocates on board

Dana Nessel, the rock star Michigan attorney who was part of the legal team that made same-sex marriage the law of the land in the USA, has formed a ballot committee to collect signatures to put changing the state constitution to protect members of the LGBT community to voters in 2016. If passed, the measure would then compel state legislators […]

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VIDEO: Get outchyer hankies. April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse learn of the overturning of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban

VIDEO: Get outchyer hankies. April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse learn of the overturning of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban

I’m verklempt April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Michigan lesbian couple whose lawsuit against the state of Michigan led to the overturning of our state’s discriminatory same-sex marriage ban weren’t notified of the District Court Judge Bernard Friedman’s decision ahead of time. Instead, like the rest of us, they and their attorney Dana Nessel had to wait until it was […]

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