Rick Snyder’s Michigan Data: Reversing Engler Mistakes by Reviving Them (Slash, Burn, Repeat…)

Rick Snyder

On the eve of Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s second year 2012 Michigan State Budget announcements, this ANALYSIS, in simple pictures, looks back at what historical data says. Facts found in this fountain of tables, graphs and charts reveals much, and in many cases, might surprise many Michiganders. It gives a unique view not only […]

New book by Jennifer Granholm & Dan Mulhern — A review of “A Governor’s Story”

I have a new piece up at A2Politico, a review of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new book A Governor’s Story, co-authored with her husband and partner, Dan Mulhern. The book, released today, is an important contribution to the political discussions taking place in America today. Here are a few excerpts from my review. A […]

WKAR Video: An Evening with Governor Granholm

The Skooby Interview. It's the one I've been waiting for: Watch the full episode. See more WKAR Specials.   One of the better interviews, simply because Skubick has been so close to the action during this time. He knows the deeper questions that take Governor Granholm out of her standard talking points, ones that she […]

A Living Portrait of Governor Granholm

Nice video that talks of the accomplishments of Governor Granholm, featuring testimonials from the familiar faces that have been a part of this journey. This is a "living portrait", commissioned by the group that is handling the official painted portrait for the Capitol. From the Michigan 2010 Foundation: It is tradition that upon leaving office […]

Michigan Lands Its First Large Wind Turbine Assembly Plant

  Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 08:40:57 AM EST Yeah baby! More details will be announced later today, but the Freep has the story for us now.   In a major boost for Michigan's emerging wind-energy industry, Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to announce today that the state has attracted its first large wind turbine assembly […]

One Last Chance to Save Pure Michigan

Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 15:21:47 PM EST … for next year, anyway. As we have pointed out before, Senate Republicans have repeatedly obstructed all attempts to fund the popular tourism campaign over the past few years, insisting it die under the guise of "living within our means" – even though Michigan tourism supports roughly […]

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. […]

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 […]

Governor Granholm on Face The Nation

The Governor was on Face the Nation this morning, with Arizona Gov Janet Napolitano.  The two discuss the Clinton & Obama campaigns. The Governors were in Washington DC for the National Governors Association winter meeting. (Nice job Governor!) (If you prefer a youtube, I have one here.)   Governors get to go to dinner… (4.00 […]

Governor Granholm Statement On Bush’s SCHIP Veto

Governor Granholm issued the following statement today, after President Bush vetoed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007: “Once again President Bush’s policies have hurt Michigan, and this time the target is uninsured kids.  I am extremely disappointed by the president’s veto of a common sense, bipartisan effort to provide more Michigan children […]

From slightly below to slightly above

MIRS News just reported a tidbit that will make Michigan Republicans cheer:  The combined sales and services tax has moved Michigan from "slightly below" the national average to "slightly above", in terms of taxes.  As you know, Republicans like to complain about how Governor Granholm's taxes are the only reason the auto manufacturers left Michigan […]

Lobbyists to help in budget negotiations

This post was originally published by Z Gongwer is reporting that Democrats and Republicans have asked lobbying firms to help facilitate negotiations between the two parties. “They’re asking lobbyists to get their work done for them?” the lobbyist said. Since the lobbyists are most likely former legislators, it makes sense to me. (I’m only being […]