Author Archives: chadphillips

After Four Years of Blogging, is it Time to Stop?

ShareFour years and no scores ago I posted my first article on this blog.  A lot has changed since then.  I have a third kid in tow, a larger yard to mow, and I’ve pretty much let my physical fitness … Continue reading

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Gun Toting Conservative has Best Response to Auto Repair Bigot’s Rant

ShareBy now you may have read the bigoted remarks of Brian Klawiter who owns a diesel repair shop in Grandville called DieselTec.  Klawiter went off on his company’s Facebook page saying because he is a Christian he would . . . “not hesitate to refuse … Continue reading

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Ask the Dow Foundation to Stop Funding the Mackinac Center’s Education Research

ShareThe Mackinac Center for Public Policy has released a statement announcing that the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation (Dow Foundation) has given them one million dollars for “supporting research to help public schools become more responsive, measurable and efficient.”  Grace A. Dow, wife … Continue reading

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Fore! GVSU Charter Office Spends Your School Tax Dollars on Golf Outings

ShareMichigan charter schools are required by law to have an authorizer.  According to the law, “the authorizing body is responsible for overseeing compliance by the board of directors with the contract and all applicable law.”  To provide this oversight, the … Continue reading

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Mackinac Center Criticizes MEA Raises After Giving Their President An 18% Raise

ShareThe conservative “think tank” Mackinac Center For Public Policy just issued a new report called “MEA Executives Take Big Pay Raises While Liabilities Continue to Grow.”  The Detroit Free Press liked it so much they made it into an article of their own and … Continue reading

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How One of Governor Snyder’s 51 Executive Orders Hampered Charities

ShareOh how conservatives have taken to bashing President Obama for taking executive action on immigration.  Even Saturday Night Live poked fun at Obama for using an executive order instead of waiting for Congress to pass a bill, which many believe … Continue reading

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Five Great Contemporary Economic Justice Songs

ShareIf you’re like me, you are still seeing too much red from the recent mid-term elections to think clearly.  So, let’s talk about music instead of elections.   In the past few years, I have stumbled on five great songs with … Continue reading

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MLive Gets Lambasted by Readers for Making Endorsements

ShareThere was a time that newspapers were purposefully partisan.  People chose their newspaper based on their political leanings, like one might chosoe Fox News or MSNBC for their T.V. news today.  I can only assume that newspaper endorsements that occur … Continue reading

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State Rep Uses the Pledge of Allegiance to Justify Discrimination Against LGBT People

SharePhil Potvin, Republican Representative of the 102nd District, is a “fortunate son” of a successful businessman.  To further borrow from the lyrics of the Credence Clearwater Revival hit, Potvin seems “born to wave the flag.”  In fact, Potvin likes the flag so … Continue reading

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Governor Candidate’s Lack of Presence “Up North” Could Prove Costly

ShareIf you live in a strong Republican or Democratic area, or in a gerrymandered district, you are probably used to your vote not meaning much.  However, your vote for Governor and Senator will matter come November 4th.  While Gary Peters has a … Continue reading

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