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 […]

The People’s News 8/4/11

Here are today's top stories –   AP: Poll: Many local government leaders say Michigan is on the wrong track – After seeing lawmakers cut their funding and give financial managers sweeping new powers, half of local government leaders say they think Michigan is on the wrong track while a third saying it's headed in […]

The Tectonic Shift in the Michigan Economy 2000 – 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words. You've heard all this before; seeing it visually helps you understand it better. The Senate Fiscal Agency released their latest report on Michigan's Economic Outlook and Budget Review on Dec. 21st, and in it, they lay out exactly what has happened to Michigan's economy in the past 10 […]

Recycling Gulf oil booms into Chevy Volts

So, this is kind of cool. GM is recycling used oil booms from the Gulf oil spill into new Chevy Volts. Plastic boom material that soaked up oil in the Gulf of Mexico has found a new use as components in General Motors Co.’s high-tech Chevrolet Volt car.Recycling the booms means producing more than 100,000 […]

The Sunday Paper: December 5, 2010

Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 09:06:35 AM EST     "Isarithmic History of the Two-Party Vote" since 1920. Keep in mind the shifting political platforms in that time, especially when you are looking at the South. For more information on how this map was made, click here.     Some stories of note from the […]

Making the Chevy Volt

Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:49:27 AM EST Cool time-lapse video of the Volt on the line from start to finish. One thing to notice is the use of robots in assembly – a major factor in the increase of productivity and the decrease in automotive and other manufacturing jobs over the past few decades. […]

GM to Rehire 200 Workers for Flint South Plant, Invest $163M in the Midwest

Here is some good news to kick off your holiday weekend: General Motors delivered good news to the city of Flint – they plan to rehire nearly 200 workers at the Flint South plant, in addition to the 160 people already hired. The automaker is investing $163 million in three Midwestern plants, including the plant […]

The conservative right is famous for its claim that the Obama administration has turned “General Motors” into “Government Motors“. Hell, there’s even a pithy t-shirt and scathing website (or ten). Unfortunately for the conservatives, however, GM announced this week that they have paid back the US and Canadian government $5.4 BILLION on Tuesday. Oh and, […]

Build and innovate

We build things in Michigan. Michigan innovators like Billy Durant, Ransom E. Olds, Henry Ford, and Walter Chrysler  built the auto industry that put the world on wheels. Innovators like Walter P. Reuther helped the auto industry build the modern American middle class and a standard of living second to none. At the start of […]

Republican Leadership on GM

The Party of NO™ has once again decided to take up the “GM should go bankrupt” mantra. Earlier today on the Fox Noise channel John McCain and John Boehner picked up where Richard Shelby and Bob Corker left off a few weeks ago. General Motors should hand over the factory keys to a bankruptcy court, […]