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You don’t have to go all the way to Tulsa to dress up like a cop and shoot people. You can do it right here in Michigan. It’ll just cost you $1,200.

Two weeks ago, on April 2, a 73-year-old insurance company executive by the name of Robert Bates shot and killed an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This likely wouldn’t have made the national news, if not for the fact that Bates was dressed as a police officer at the time… something he was allowed […]

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The Porking of Michigan: We were promised high-tech jobs. Instead, we were given a pork processing plant.

A few years ago, I interviewed an author here by the name of Ted McClelland, a former Michigander who, as you might recall, had stirred up a little bit of a shit storm after referring to our home state as “Michissippi” in an article on Salon.com about our passage of so-called right-to-work legislation. “Michigan,” said […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Christine Laughren

After nearly 25 years in Ypsi, the empowered little girl you see below will soon be breaking free. Please join me in wishing Christine Laughren safe travels as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, far away from the American midwest… Here’s her official exit interview. MARK: What first brought you to Ypsi? […]

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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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Welcome to Michigan, where we invest in anti-abortion pseudo-science bullying instead of things that actually work, like comprehensive sex education

Last year, Republicans in Michigan’s legislature passed a budget which included a $700,000 “abortion alternatives program” to be managed by the faith-based organization Real Alternatives. While the Pennsylvania non-profit claims to have brought the abortion rate in their home state Detroit News. The Michigan Legislature won’t fix the roads. It hasn’t shown much interest in […]

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