Category Archives: Michigan

Joe Biden at Netroots Nation Detroit

I spent yesterday at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. The highlight for me was probably getting to see Vice President Joe Biden, who showed up at Cobo Hall about halfway trough the day to rile up the gay, abortion-loving base of the Democratic party. There were a number of noteworthy moments… like when, after […]

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The state of breastfeeding in Washtenaw County

A few weeks ago, after a hard-fought campaign by public health professionals and women’s rights advocates across the state of Michgan, Governor Snyder signed into law the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act (SB 674), essentially giving nursing mothers in our state the right to breastfeed publicly without fear of arrest. In celebration of this fact, I reached […]

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Privatization of Michigan’s prison food service industry pays off in maggots, violence and increased corporate earnings

Rick Snyder, the 48th Governor of Michigan, took office in 2011 pledging to put politics aside, and do what was best for the State. Unlike other Republicans, he said, his intention was not to push a hardline agenda of privatization and union busting. “I don’t believe in privatization,” the self-proclaimed ‘tough nerd’ said in 2012. […]

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Immigration crisis on the Mexican border brings out the worst in Michiganders

Since October, more than 57,000 children have crossed over our border with Mexico, requesting asylum. These children, it would seem, are being sent north by their families not only to escape poverty, but the gangs and organized crime syndicates that are increasingly a part of life in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. And, now, thanks […]

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1/3 of the nation’s 24 most rapidly depopulating cities are in one state… Welcome to Michigan

It’s not something you’re likely to hear mentioned in Governor Snyder’s reelection ads, but, according to census data shared today by Bloomberg News 8 of America’s 25 most drastically shrinking cities are in Michigan. I would have expected to see Detroit and Flint make the list of our nation’s most quickly depopulating cities, along with […]

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