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ShareIt’s tough being a progressive in Northern Michigan. Republicans hold every Senate seat and all but two House seats. As bad as it is to be a progressive, it is even worse to be a woman. If you draw a … Continue reading
From the Last Year of Granholm to the Third Year of Snyder, We’re Still Ranked the 47th Best State for Buisiness.
ShareFor the fourth year in a row, Forbes has ranked Michigan as the 47th “Best State for Business.” Last year’s list was posted less than 24 hours after the right-to-work law was passed in Michigan. Snyder, who was clearly disappointed … Continue reading
ShareVice President Joe Biden is often called a “gaffe-machine.” Here in Michigan we have our own gaffe master in Representative Phil Potvin. Potvin represents the 102nd district which runs up the 131 corridor from Big Rapids through Reed City, Cadillac, and ends … Continue reading
ShareMichigan Populist reported in June that BlueWare, a company that left Michigan to capture Florida’s tax giveaways, is being sued by the Florida County of Brevard. Now, BlueWare CEO Rose Harr, a lobbyist named William Matthew Dupree, and a former State Representative and clerk … Continue reading
ShareRepublican Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, who calls herself a “proud product of public education,” chairs the education committee for the State House. She made headlines most recently with her quip “pigs get fat, and hogs get slaughtered” in reference to teachers … Continue reading
ShareIn May of 2012, a company called BlueWare, or anyone of a number of ”affiliate” names, announced it was relocating its company from Cadillac to Melbourne, Florida. Melbourne, located in Brevard County, is in an area of Florida known as the ”space coast” because it is home to the Kennedy Space Center. The space … Continue reading
House Republicans Move Forward Anti-Teacher Legislation Despite Objections From Almost Every Educational Group in the State
ShareThe House Education Committee passed a bill today (HB4625) that would institute merit pay for new teachers or for those wanting to opt into the merit pay system. The bill would become law when the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness, whose members are all … Continue reading
ShareA recent town hall meeting on road funding in Wexford County revealed a lot about the condition of our roads. It also revealed the most likely scenario for funding ongoing road repairs. County Road Association of Michigan Deputy Director Ed Noyola set the … Continue reading
ShareGeorge W. Bush and school privatization advocate Dick DeVos teamed up to raise over $400,000 for the West Michigan Aviation Academy this week. West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is a public charter high school that already receives more money per pupil from the state than 511 of Michigan’s … Continue reading
ShareIn 2011 Michigan Republican Legislators passed Public Act 152. The law capped the amount of money a public employer can pay for its employee’s health insurance. The law also impacted people who choose not to take the health insurance and instead take a cash amount in lieu … Continue reading