Author Archives: chadphillips

Moolenaar Disses Voters in Favor of Special Interest Meeting

ShareRepublican John Moolenaar is acting like a congressman even before he finds out if will become one.  That’s right, he is already putting special interest before his constituents.  Moolenaar had agreed to debate Dr. Jeff Holmes at Alma College on … Continue reading

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Representative Potvin’s Business Claims are Misleading at Best

ShareAnyone remember when Notre Dame hired George O’Leary as their football coach and then fired him five days later for falsifying his resume?  Well, State Representative Phil Potvin and O’Leary seem to have more in common than just being Catholic.  Phil Potvin’s official … Continue reading

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Educators Looking to Become Legislators in 2014

SharePublic school teachers have taken a shellacking these past four years.  This fall a handful of educators are looking to turn the tables and unseat some of Michigan’s worst legislators. At least eleven teachers, or retired teachers, ran in the primary, and … Continue reading

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I Just Became a Registered Democrat. Here is Why.

ShareI just became a registered Democrat.  I’ve always leaned left, but I’ve never felt compelled to join a political party until now. However, I believe in a balance of power.  In the past, the traditional big money donors of the Republican … Continue reading

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Tea Party Candidate Wants the Michigan Legislature to Follow Congress’ Example!

ShareIt appears that beating Democrats to a pulp in the State House over the past four years just isn’t enough for some conservatives.  Republican/Tea Party candidate Todd Courser, 82nd District, went on Off the Record last week and criticized Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger.  He … Continue reading

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Mackinac Center’s Education Director Audrey Spalding’s Service on Charter School Board Raises Serious Questions

ShareAudrey Spalding is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Director of Education Policy.  Like so many of today’s education reformers, Spalding has never been an educator, unless you count five months of teaching English in China.  Spalding majored in Journalism and Economics at … Continue reading

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August: When Kids Try to Make the Team and Teachers are Encouraged to Quit the Team

ShareWhile school doesn’t start until after Labor Day, many students return to school in August to try out for a fall sports team.  Teachers also return to school in August to join their teaching team for professional development.  Yes, a teaching staff is also a … Continue reading

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Snyder’s Campaign Finance Statements Show Millionaires Love Him and Billionaires Adore Him

ShareThe pre-primary campaign finance statements are now online and they paint a stark contrast between Governor Rick Snyder and his opponent Mark Schauer.  Governor Snyder had 69 individuals donate the maximum contribution of $6,800 this period.  Those 69 people netted his campaign almost half … Continue reading

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The Republican Stronghold in Wexford County: A Synopsis and a Hypothesis.

ShareI set out to understand why Republicans have had such great political success in my home county of Wexford.  Currently, every one of my elected officials from County Commissioner all the way up to my U.S. Representative are Republicans, and if you have read this blog … Continue reading

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Corporate Lobbyist/Former Governor Engler Makes Outragous Comment About Public School Teachers

ShareFormer Governor, and current corporate lobbyist, John Engler is once again in the Michigan news.  The Detroit Free Press asked Enlger, who signed Michigan’s first charter school law, his opinion about the unflattering revelations by a Detroit Free Press expose’ on charters.  Engler quickly changed the … Continue reading

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