“Democrat” Runs for Lansing City Council

11-12-2012 5-09-27 PM

Ted O’Dell, a former MEA employee, is sending out fundraising letters in his run for Lansing City Council. With that kind of background, you’d think he’d have plenty of lefty support. He’ll get none from me. After Ted left the MEA, he worked to get a Lansing casino approved, and then landed with DFER. Like […]

Michigan Dems Progressive Blogger Caucus – Tentative Agenda

The 83 County Project

Cross-posted from Daily Kos Michigan Hello Kossaks, blog buddies, lurkers, and everyone else.  I have some updates on the MDP Progressive Blogger Caucus. The caucus takes place at the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Convention.  Details of the convention are here.  DK diary on the caucus here, and the Facebook event is here. I’m pleased to announce that Senator Bert […]

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 […]

Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporations


Originally published on April 5 and re-published on April 23 to coincide with this event. ~Christine Republicans in Michigan are pushing forward with an effort to remove the cap on so-called “cyber schools” (also known as “virtual schools”) in our state. Already passed in the Senate as Senate Bill 619, it has been reported out […]

Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

After reading a number of disparaging comments on the Facebook page of First Shift with Tony Trupiano, aimed at the organizers of Michigan Rising (formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, CRRS), I thought it would be a good idea to dig deeper and sort out truth from fiction. I have a piece […]

David Cobb, champion of ending corporate personhood, to speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Cobb, a former Green Party candidate for president and current spokesperson for the Move to Amend initiative, will be speaking in Grand Rapids on January 12. I have no affiliation with Mr. Cobb or his group but their effort to revoke the treatment of corporations as persons (“corporate personhood”) with rights like “freedom of […]

Citizens’ referendum to repeal Emergency Manager law has enough signatures


At a Detroit rally yesterday to protest the imposition of an Emergency Manager on the city, Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward announced that Michigan Forward has gathered over 170,000 petition signatures for their effort to put the repeal of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, on the November 2012 ballot. Only 161,305 are needed. […]

The GOP debate train wreck finds it’s way to Michigan. Help Planned Parenthood and others “welcome” them.

This Wednesday, the train wreck known as the GOP primary crashes its sorry way into Michigan when the skabillionth debate will be held at Oakland University. As you might imagine, there are a few folks that would like to “welcome” them to our fair state. First, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPOM) will be there to […]

Ann Arbor Obama campaign office opens with 100+ activists in attendance

After several years of hearing how Democrats are demoralized and unwilling to get involved in politics and elections, an event in Ann Arbor showed that the so-called “enthusiasm gap” is slimming and not just by a little bit. On Sunday, Obama for America (OFA), the official campaign of the Obama reelection drive, opened their campaign […]

Occupy the Michigan Democratic Party!

Next Saturday, the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is having its first-ever Fall Issues Convention. It is called Engage Michigan and is being chaired by former Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson. Here’s a bit about what is being envisioned, from Chair Benson: What intrigued me most was when the conversations turned to the people in […]

Repeal Public Act 4 organizers (Michigan Forward) NEED YOUR HELP!

The effort to repeal Public Act 4, the odious “Emergency Manager Law”, is in the final stages. They are now in a serious campaign to count the signatures they have get them verified. They need YOUR HELP with this effort. From LaToya A. Henry, the Secretary-Treasurer of Michigan Forward: We have begun doing Saturday data […]

The Power of Working People film series and social forum

My good friends at the Washtenaw Community Action Team are hosting a film series and social forum called “The Power of Working People”. Their announcement follows. The Washtenaw Community Action Team Presents The Power of Working People A Film Series and Social Forum The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) announces — The Power of Working […]