Rudy Hobbs – Sick leave legislation is a public health issue

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In this special audio segment we talk to State Rep Rudy Hobbs about his legislation, HB4706 (Hobbs press release here) Today we discuss: The stats on how many people cannot take a sick day This bill makes sense from economic security and public health perspectives How the GOP will react to this bill This is […]

Walt Sorg on the 2014 races

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Today we talk to our dear friend Walt Sorg. Walt & I speculate on who’s in and who’s out in 2014. The conversation started with Gary Peters v Debbie Dingell but that question was resolved over the weekend, so I cut that bit out. You may still find some references to that topic in the […]

A dialogue with Mike McGuinness

Mike McGuinness answered my last post here. Since it was a lengthy response, I’d like to answer him inline. Hence and thus, new post. 1. Hello. Happy Thursday. Hello, thank you for stopping by. 2. My last name is spelled ‘McGuinness’ — you have it spelled both correctly and incorrectly at points in this post. […]

Kwame Kilpatrick offers Detroit Mayor advice on good government


No not really. That would be stupid. Instead we’ve got Mike McGuinness (MM) giving us advice on the next MDP Chair. From the comment on Michigan Liberal: The current chair of the Michigan Democratic Party cultivated the fake Tea Party political party to draw votes from Republicans in 2010. … When the state party emissary […]

Snyder using his rtw strategy as a template for rigging Electoral College

Remember the other day, when I was wondering what the Republicans were going to do exactly, to hose us with NRAV? Well unfortunately I think we’ve found it. Obama won the popular vote with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1 percent, to Romney’s 60.9 million and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral […]

Republican State Leadership Committee credits gerrymandering for its House majority


We all know that the Democratic vote was suppressed in 2010. There was a huge enthusiasm gap along with a Teapublican wave going on. We lost quite a few seats in 2010, which put the GOP firmly in control of gerrymandering. There’s also no surprise that Democrats won the popular election in Michigan and nationally […]

Update on the Blue Tiger Bloggers

I wanted to give you a brief update on the progressive blogger caucus, now known as the Blue Tiger Bloggers. We held a Google hangout Thursday night for a little over an hour; we had about a half-dozen people in there. We discussed the goals of the caucus, some organizing tools, and how this would […]

Did Anonymous prevent the Republicans from stealing this election too?

There’s tons of evidence showing that the Republicans like to steal elections at all levels, but let’s just focus on the Presidential. Hacktivist group Anonymous publicly issued a message to Karl Rove right before the election, warning him to avoid any shenanigans. After the election Anonymous issued a press release announcing that they had set […]

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

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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 […]

Monday briefing and open thread

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Light blogging week last week. Things happen, I was tired. You know how it goes. I’m on with Tony at 8:35am this morning to talk about the GOP efforts to push the Right to Work for Less law in Michigan. 1310am or live stream at Here’s my post on the topic. Call in if […]

Wednesday briefing and open thread

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Happy Wednesday everyone. I’ve just updated the site software, so if you see anything buggy please let me know. Lots of links today. FBI joins probe after Michigan church serving as poll spray-painted with anti-black graffiti MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -The FBI has joined an investigation after a suburban Detroit church that served as an Election […]

Monday briefing and open thread

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Oh my God!!! You guys!!! I am exhausted. What an amazing week! The first three days were all about the election and the last two days I spent moving to the new facility. Saturday I was gone all day and Sunday my house was calling to me: “clean me, or you will never find anything […]