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 […]

Michigan Republicans vote to turn down federal money to create statewide health exchange

Republicans got very, very busy in the short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of the things House Republicans did was to vote to turn down federal funds for creating a statewide health exchange to help make health care insurance available to all Michiganders. In an action with major implications for health reform in Michigan, […]

Marijuana, Fred Meijer, WatP, and a Kansas apology

Interesting things going on. Schuette loves his pot (strictly as a political issue) Remember a while back I talked about the hypocrisy of Bill Schuette? Federal law trumps state law when it comes to medical marijuana but state law trumps federal law when it comes to civil rights? Well that was just a glimpse into […]

Sens. Levin and Stabenow Discuss the Debt Ceiling and Deficit Reduction

Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., discussed the debt ceiling and deficit reduction.

America Doesn’t Need a Tax-Dodging Industry

If the companies that offshore their profits and design tax scams paid their fair share, we might not have a budget crisis. Like a pack of men in suits mud wrestling, Washington's budget battle would be entertaining to watch if we the people weren't about to get hurt. The zeal of Republican lawmakers and their […]

Senator Carl Levin Statement on Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

From Friday, July 22, 2011 WASHINGTON—Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued this statement today following the certification by the president, secretary of defense, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will not harm military readiness. Read the president’s letter to […]

The People’s News 7/14/11

Here are today's top stories – Macomb Daily: Surprise! School taxes up in many Macomb districts and MCC – Macomb Community College and more than a dozen local school districts across the county have quietly boosted property taxes, and officials blame the increase on the same dramatically lower property values that have caused cash-strapped homeowners to deal […]

The People’s News 6/29

Happy Wednesday! Thanks to everyone who turned out for a very special event in Monroe last week! Here's your news…   WILX: Lay­offs Unknown Ter­ri­tory for Lans­ing Fire It’s all because of bud­get cuts, and it could have been worse. Orig­i­nally 68 of them got lay­off notices. Half of them took demo­tions, and then, to save 23 […]

Michigan Senators Split Tax Vote

Aaaargh. This is maddening. First up, Senator Stabenow.   U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, said while she worries about continuing current tax rates for wealthier Americans, she's more concerned about what will happen to middle-class wage earners if tax rates go up on everyone – as they will without action by years' end – […]