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Melissa Gilbert threatens to open a half-pint of whoop ass on Michigan Republicans, announces run for Congress

I don’t know much about Melissa Gilbert’s politics, but, as she’s the only candidate running for Congress in Michigan who has called me “a prince,” I suspect I’ll be supporting her… [For those of you who weren’t around during those exciting days in 2013 when Gilbert was leaving comments on this site, just click here […]

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The successful campaign to stop the ICE deportation of Ann Arbor’s Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo

A few days ago, I met up with fellow Ypsilantian Martha Valadez, to discuss the case of Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, an undocumented 16-year resident of Ann Arbor who had been ordered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to report to the Mexican border for deportation. Since that meeting, ICE has granted Sanchez-Ronquillo a one-year […]

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So, what’s the Washtenaw Community Action Team?

I’d heard mention of the Washtenaw Community Action Team over the past several months or so, but I never really took the time to figure out how they fit into the local ecosystem of left-leaning political organizations, or what their objectives were. Fortunately, however, I had the occasion this past weekend to exchange a few […]

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Van Jones sets out to counter the Tea Party, and Rebuild the American Dream

Obama’s former green jobs czar, Van Jones, launched a campaign in New York on Thursday called Rebuild the Dream. I’m watching video of the inaugural event now, and I’m torn. On one hand, I appreciate the thought behind it, and very much like the idea of a progressive, reality-based equivalent to the conservative Tea Party […]

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And so it begins… Benton Harbor’s EFM becomes first to invoke new powers, dissolve elected government

Invoking the powers recently bestowed upon Michigan’s emergency financial managers by the Republican legislature, Joseph L. Harris, the Granholm-appointed emergency financial manager for Benton Harbor, yesterday dissolved all elected bodies within that city. (His official order can be seen below.) This, I believe, is the first instance of an emergency financial manager exercising the bold, […]

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