Wacky gun nullification in Judiciary Committee

Unfortunately, the Michigan Legislature will be back on their regular session schedule on Wednesday after just meeting once for the State of State address, but it appears 2013 will be more of the same partisan grandstanding by extremist right-wingers. Just a week after it was introduced,  the Senate judiciary Committee will be meeting at the […]

Time to do away with gerrymandering and leave redistricting to a nonpartisan commission

Original Gerrymander Cartoon 1812

Not only did the Nov. 6 election give President Obama a mandate for the continuation of his economic policies, but once again more people cast votes for Democrats in Michigan, but both the Michigan and U.S. House remain in Republican control. In a post analysis of the election, longtime political pundit Bill Ballenger noted the gerrymandering […]

New book calls GOP a radical party


“The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” That is a perfect definition of the current Republican Party, and that definition comes from Thomas Mann, a senior fellow […]

Michigan GOP leaders are camera shy


Apparently, Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger is not too worried about the one-person grand jury investigation into his election fraud, and according to today’s subscription only MIRS, neither is his counterpart in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richaedville. Richardville is quoted in MIRS saying “Bolgergate” is “no great shakes for those attending […]

GOP budgets are an historic shift from corporations to individuals


HOWELL — When Mitch Bean served as the Director of the nonpartisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency for the past 12 years and one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference he had to be careful of what he said, but since he retired in 2011 he has been very free in […]

Liberal talk wins out


Apparently, you can fight city hall; or at least Clear Channel. On his local morning radio show on WDTW 1310-AM this morning, the only liberal talk station in blue Southeast Michigan, Tony Trupiano announced that starting Monday, First Shift with Tony Trupiano will be extended an extra hour from 6-10 a.m., and nationally syndicated Stephanie […]

Romney campaign uses distortion to hold campaign events

The man who is hiding his money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes that helped build the infrastructure we taxpayers built that business uses to make profits is using a blatant distortion  to hold a couple of campaign events in Michigan today. Fox News and Willard Romney’s campaign is manufacturing a controversy over President […]

Politics trump science in attack on women’s health

LANSING – Michigan House Republicans rammed a three-bill package of complex, anti-choice bills through the Health Policy Committee on Thursday that will, in the words of the ACLU of Michigan and Planned Parenthood of Michigan,  be “the biggest assault on women’s health in our state’s history.” House Bills 5711-5713 were passed out of the Committee […]

Michigan House Republicans attack women’s health

Michigan House Republicans are using their majority while they still have it to push, at lightning speed, a package of bills that the ACLU of Michigan and Planned Parenthood of Michigan are calling “The biggest assault on women’s health in our state’s history.” The House Health Policy Committee is taking up House Bills 5711-5713 at […]

Stephanie Miller fans angry at program change


Fans of the popular liberal talk show host Stephanie Miller tuned into radio station WDTW 1310-AM at 9:06 a.m.  Monday morning expecting to hear Step and the Mooks, but they were, first, confused, disappointed and then angry to discover that she had been replaced by some middle-of-the road guy named Michael Patrick Shiels. The station’s Facebook […]

Stealth attack on popular smoking ban launched


LANSING — A stealth vote on a budget bill in the Michigan Senate yesterday could be the first step to undoing a popular and hard won law. Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, won an amendment to Senate Bill 950 that sets the budget for the Department of Community Health (DCH) that would preclude DHS from spending […]

Take back the Michigan House to stop rightwing agenda


The Washtenaw County Election Commission today approved the recall language on Monday for Michigan Rising, the group that’s trying to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, but at the risk of angering my fellow Democratic and liberal activists, I think it’s a waste of energy. This is the second bite of the apple to recall Snyder, and […]