Hoopla over getting the state budget done early misplaced

Remember all the hoopla we heard from the Capitol press corps when the Michigan Legislature got the state budget approved in late May well ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline? We were told this was the first time in some 30 years it has been done so early; like getting a budget approved when Republicans […]

Ultimate attack on the middle class and unions launched

It appears teabaggers and other extremist Republicans have been emboldened with the rash of anti-worker and anti-middle class bills that has passed the Legislature since January – from so-called teacher tenure to the unconstitutional Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law – and based on that success against democracy they are launching the ultimate attack on the […]

Attempt to smear teacher’s union thwarted again

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Let the whining from the right continue. For the second time in less than a year, the Michigan Supreme Court refused to overturn an appeals court ruling that declined to release thousands emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that sought to smear and embarrass the union representing the Howell Public School teachers, much […]

Rush to draw district boundaries does not slow down

Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga.

LANSING – With just two more session days before the Michigan Legislature breaks for the summer, the Republican-controlled Legislature is going at break neck speed to get the re-districting process that will draw the district lines for the next decade done. The maps for the U.S. House, Michigan Senate and Michigan House were released less […]

Bills that will affect the balance of power for the next decade rushed through

LANSING – In what has to be record time for ramming a bill through the Legislature, the bills redrawing the district boundaries for U.S. House, the Michigan House and the Michigan Senate were approved by the full House on Wednesday, just a mere five days after the maps were released to the public and Democrats. […]

Assault on unions contributes to free fall in take home pay

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Anyone who survives on a pay check knows the only thing falling is their take home pay, and a chart compiled by the Labor Department floating around the internet illustrates what we are experiencing. The chart shows that the decline in pay checks began with the brief recession that followed 9/11 in 2001, but it […]

Bridge company taken to task for smear campaign

LANSING – The two Detroit Senators – and only Democrats – on the Senate Economic and Development Committee took the Ambassador Bridge Company to task for their smear tactics that included TV ads, a push poll, direct mailings and fake eviction notices during the second day of committee hearings on New International Trade Crossing (NITC) […]

Canadian officials confirm the new Detroit Windsor bridge will not cost Michigan taxpayers a dime

LANSING – Canadian officials debunked in very clear language the years of misinformation, propaganda and outright lies put out by the owners of Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada when they testified before the Senate Economic and Development Committee on Wednesday.Both the Canadian officials and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley told the committee that the New […]

Double digit loser in U.S. House race launching statewide campaign

Only the ego the size of Mount Rushmore can be led to believe that losing by 15 points last November in a Republican wave year to U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, means you can win a statewide campaign and unseat popular U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, but those who followed Ann Arbor physician and teabagger Rob […]

Bridge company and teabaggers scare property owners with fake eviction notice

With the Senate Majority Leader set to drop the two bills that will allow the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge between Detroit and Windsor to become a reality, the Ambassador Bridge Company and their lackeys, the Washington, D.C.-based rightwing think tank “Americans for Prosperity (AFP),” have stooped to a new low” scaring homeowners by […]

Moroun steps up propaganda campaign as new bridge inches toward becoming a reality

With the possibility of the planned Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) bridge – now known as the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) – between Detroit and Windsor is becoming a reality, Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun is pulling out all the stops in order to keep his monopoly on the busiest commercial border crossing in […]

The fight against the Romulus Hazardous Waste Injection Wells continue

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are currently seeking public comment as part of the permitting process to re-open the Romulus Hazardous Waste Injection Wells that will inject 400,000 gallons of hazardous waste under pressure into the earth every day. The agencies are planning two public information […]