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Vindictive Michigan Republicans seek retribution against U-M and Wayne State for renegotiating union contracts prior to the March 28 roll-out of right-to-work legislation

A bill passed this morning by the House Higher Education Subcommittee, in a 4-3 vote along party lines, would cut an additional $41 million in state funding from the University of Michigan, and $27.5 million in funding from Wayne State University. According to a report in today’s Detroit Free Press, this is being done to […]

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State Representative Jeff Irwin on the illegal use of “immediate effect” by Republicans in Lansing

Last night, I posted something about a procedural trick being employed by Michigan Republicans in Lansing in order to speed their legislation into effect, bypassing traditional waiting periods, in apparent violation of state law. As luck would have it, this morning, Jeff Irwin, one of the Democrats in the Michigan House who is leading the […]

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Could it really be possible that 96% of the legislation passed by Michigan Republicans over the last year was implemented illegally?

According to Rachel Maddow 544 laws passed by the Republicans under Snyder have likely been rushed into implementation in violation of state law. Someone correct me if I got any of this wrong, but here’s the gist of what I heard… Historically, there’s always been a lag in Michigan between the time when a law […]

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Anonymous Lansing insider speaks out on the disappointment of Snyder

A few days ago, I received the following note from an individual who identified himself as working ‘inside the belly of the beast,’ in Lansing. I followed up with the questions below, and, given his responses, and a few other things that he mentioned, I have no reason to believe that he’s lying about his […]

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Governor Snyder, signing legislation to strip benefits from committed same-sex couples, outs himself as tool of the gay-hating right

Our Governor, Rick Snyder, signed into law this evening legislation that makes it illegal for the cohabitating partners of public employees to receive health insurance benefits. Unmarried heterosexual couples can easily remedy this situation by becoming married, at which time both husband and wife would qualify for full coverage. As the state does not recognize […]

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