Amy Kerr Hardin: Corruption did not cause deindustrialization


Today Amy & I are talking about Detroit. Speculating a bit on how we got here and what’s next. Guest: Amy Kerr Hardin Here are Amy’s awesome notes: DETROIT, BY THE NUMBERS: Debt of about $17 to $20 billion (estimates vary depending on the source), with $10 billion owed to roughly 20,000 retirees, and of […]

Amy Kerr Hardin – Emergency Managers have their own ‘sacred cows’


Today we talk to Amy Kerr Hardin about a few things, from EMs to schools to the cognitive dissonance of the voters. This episode came in at just over an hour long. The conversation with Amy is about half of the episode. It was one of the most fun conversations I’ve had in a long […]

Bert Johnson: The people of Detroit will fight back

Senator Bert Johnson on the Senate floor November 1, 2011.

Today we are talking to Senator Bert Johnson about two topics: minimum wage, and the situation in Detroit with Snyder and EM Kevyn Orr. Here’s the podcast: We talk about: Minimum wage efforts gotten attention of people all across country Occupy + attack on workers +++ has created a different plateau on which to stand […]

Kevyn Orr: I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed …


If I haven’t told you lately that Detroit EM Kevyn Orr is a bully, that’s my bad. I knew he was going to be a bully when he took the job, stood up in front of everyone and said, “Don’t make me go to bankruptcy court. You won’t enjoy it.” Who starts out that way? […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)


Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

Thursday briefing and open thread


Once again, I have the pleasure of posting the daily story rundown filling in for the unsinkable Christine Barry (been watching too much RMS Titanic stuff on PBS). Did you know that the White Star Line immediately fired the crew of the RMS Titanic? Even as the victims were just settling into their graves on […]

Wednesday briefing and open thread


Well, somebody made the mistake of letting me fill in for Christine today and tomorrow, so the entire round up will be on ALEC… Just kidding, but take TIME for that story, will try not to mention it again today. Did you know? The daily Front Pages of Michigan Newspapers are posted by the Newseum […]

GOP outraged that workers are fighting back

Just like when the middle and working classes finally began to fight back against the huge and growing wealth disparity and distribution of wealth, Republicans called it “class warfare,” and Republicans in Michigan are calling the decision to fight back against all of the anti-union bills being passed in the GOP-controlled Legislature “divisive.” On Tuesday […]

Emergency Manager law – Public Act 4 forum this SATURDAY in East Lansing

There will be a a public forum on Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, happening this Saturday, February 18, 2012, in East Lansing. A public forum on P.A. 4, the Emergency Manager Act Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11 am – 5 pm Edgewood United Church 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI Join us […]

Republicans a no-show at Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor

All photos by Anne C. Savage – used with permission On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Political Science department at the University of Michigan held a public forum/debate on Public Act 4 – the Emergency Manager law. The panelists were Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor); Howard Ryan, Director of Legislative Affairs, MI Department of Treasury; […]

The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought

The GOP finally finds a good tax: on the poor As bad as things are right now in Michigan, they are about to get so much worse that I fear there is a genuine risk of the types of riots we haven’t seen since the 60s & 70s in my state. If you think we […]

Thursday afternoon Michigan Emergency Manager new round-up – 2/2/2012

This is becoming an every day thing… John Conyers & Rev. Charles Williams confront Gov. Rick Snyder in Washington, D.C. While Governor Rick Snyder was in Washington, D.C. yesterday, giving testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education & the Workforce Committee, he was confronted by Congressman John Conyers and Rev. Charles Williams II about […]