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 […]

Pontiac, MI Citizens Join Civil Suit Against Emergency Financial Managers

Press conferences were held on June 22, 2011 at the city hall steps in over two dozen cities across the state of Michigan including Lansing, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Flint, Detroit, and Pontiac to announce that a civil suit has been filed against the State of Michigan and the Emergency Financial Manager Law Public Act 4. […]

The Best Democrat For the Job?

This post was originally published by MSURyanJ The race to see who will be the Democratic candidate for Governor has certainly seen some strange twists and turns this year.  It went from looking like a forgone conclusion that Lt. Governor Cherry would be that candidate, to having a wide-open field of new challengers, to having […]

Governor Granholm’s 2009 Year in Review

Me, 12/24/2008: It’s just going to take some time, and the will to fight through the tough times to come in ’09. You ready? It’s going to get pretty bad. With the auto restructuring, we are looking to lose anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 jobs next year. The dominoes have already been set in motion. […]

Missing the point

In today’s column, Jack Lessenberry completely misses the point in faulting Governor Granholm for signing a bad budget to prevent a government shutdown. The only thing worse than a bad budget would be a complete shutdown of Michigan government. Think of the consequences — and imagine what people like Lessenberry would be saying had the […]


This post was contributed by ski House Speaker Andy Dillon has suspended his campaign for Governor of Michigan in order to devote his full time to solving Michigan’s budget crisis, Bellringer News has learned. “The unprecedented budget crisis facing Michigan is of the utmost importance, and requires us to have a Speaker of the House,” […]

The Real Target of the Dillon Plan

As the cost of health care continues to increase at many times the inflation rate, the only answer we hear is to cut costs by cutting coverage. If one reads the actual Dillon Plan, it uses only very general language. It’s savings predictions are justified using phrases like ‘economies of scale,’ exploring “holistic treatment”  and […]

Senate Republicans Out of the Gate: Increase Deficit, Expand Government, Eliminate Choice

And they’re off! Senate Republicans introduced bills in yesterday’s session – and the first three out of the box were all we need to know about the direction they are taking. SB001 – Eliminate the surcharge on the MBT by ’10, a problem they created in ’07 with their partisan nonsense, a problem they still […]

Mike Bishop’s Myopic Prison Solution: Cut Worker Pay

There are none so blind as those who will not see, and there are none so dangerous as those who insist on clinging to their failed partisan ideology in the face of the need for real, comprehensive reform in state policy. And just like the budget battle of 2007, Mike Bishop is setting the Republican […]

Will The Dems Stand Up To Bishop?

This post was originally published by Z Originally published on May 2, 2007 Senator: governor ‘childish, irrelevant’ “She’s fast pushing herself into the realm of irrelevant in the process because she’s just not productive. That’s Mike Bishop, your Michigan Senate leader there, talking about the Governor.  Of course, only Minority Leader Mark Schauer stood up […]

Mike Bishop promises to play nice this year

I want this stuff on record before it disappears into the netherworld of archived MLive and/or Detroit Free Press articles and I have to go search library records to find it. Like last year, it’s probably best to have a handy dandy reference to the things Mike has said so we can remind him of […]

Dillon to quit politics?

MIRS is reporting tonight that Andy isn’t having a good time down in the world of rough and tumble and insanity that is Lansing. Dillon was on the Paul W. Smith show on WJR this morning and had this to say to the question as to whether or not he wanted to run for governor- […]