It’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 line across the state from the top of Muskegon County to the top of Saginaw County, you will not find a single female state Representative or Senator north of that line, not even a Republican one. To adapt a line from the song “signs,” I guess long haired female people need not apply.