Housekeeping, headlines, and activism


Today I am hogging the mic. Headlines & things we talk about: Welcome Flint Talk Radio listeners Google Reader shutting down July 1 Snyder language – “fair” and “shared sacrifice“ Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Wow. Rep. Mike Rogers just said opponents to CISPA are probably “14-year-old tweeters in the basement.” His handle […]

Kate Mulhern on City Year Detroit and Challenge Detroit

Kate Mulhern joins us today to talk about her experiences with City Year Detroit. She also talks about the Challenge Detroit Fellowship, which she hopes to get this year. Today we talk about: City Year Detroit – the history of the program and what it is now How the impact of City Year Detroit is […]

Rudy Hobbs on MI Middle Class Plan, Dan Kildee on the sequester, Snyder redefines democracy with customer v constituent, GOP racial slurs

rudy hobbs

Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs joins us to discuss the Real State of our State Tour and the Michigan Middle Class Plan. Congressman Dan Kildee discusses the impact of the sequester on Michigan, including the fact that it is an ideological issue rather than an economic policy issue. We talk about Snyder’s use of the […]

Who does Snyder work for? Follow the money


So Rick Snyder is a wealthy man. According to a recently released federal income tax return, Snyder … had capital gains income of just more than $1.3 million in 2011… dividend income of just more than $350,000; wages of $141,547; interest income of close to $54,000, and real estate income of just more than $6,000. […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)


Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words… Michigan Poverty Up, Incomes Down, Business Taxes… WAY DOWN


A picture says a thousand words about thousands of fellow Michiganders… the poor and impoverished have less – a lot less. READ the FULL article from the Michigan League of Human Services entitled “Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured” on Michigan’s 2011 stats. Also re-read this classic “Historic tax shift hits low-income families 1,000 times […]

Snyder joins Schuette in his attack on labor and citizen ballot drives

Bill Schuette

ICYMI, Governor Snyder joined Aspiring Governor Bill Schuette in filing petitions that would block the Protect Our Jobs Coalition ballot initiative. Lansing (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are trying to block a statewide ballot initiative aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights for workers. … The plan would write collective bargaining […]

Michigan Needs ALEC Accountability Act NOW (Bonus: Who is Richard McLellan?)


Michigan needs the “ALEC Accountability Act” NOW or yesterday or actually over a decade ago. Since it should be abundantly clear by now that the Michigan State Legislature, like dozens of other states, has a special interest infestation and corporate corruption problem something should be done. But what to do about it? This week dozens […]

Walmart Wants ‘Out’, Michigan Goes ‘All-In’ – Will Detroit 3 Dump ALEC Too?


The mega-retailer Wal-Mart announced yesterday their “suspension” of their corporate membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they were also joined by Medtronics Corporation, who like several members claimed to have given up ALEC membership much earlier in 2010. But the question remains – Will Michigan’s “Detroit 3” (GM, Ford and Chrysler) also drop […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mackinac Center to Michigan Gov Snyder: Strike Colors, Hove To… Recieve Boarders on Right to Work

In one of the boldest, brashest moves seen in Michigan in quite some time, Ken Braun the recently ‘former’ Managing Director of CapCon at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has threaten Republican Governor Rick Snyder to either join the “Right to Work” (for a lot less) forces, or be circumvented by ‘citizen’ introduced legislation […]