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The Political Agenda of the Michigan GOP Has Created Economic Apartheid, Not Jobs

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by Rob Smith On December 12, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying that “Michigan is well-positioned for a comeback.” A few days later, for the third year, Forbes Magazine ranked Michigan 47th in Forbes’ Best States for Business and Careers list. In a piece accompanying the ranking Governor Snyder offered up a mess […]

December 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Ann Arbor Dems Who Supported Governor Rick Snyder Get Some Recognition

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A2P Notes: This piece originally ran in April 2011. In the interim, much has changed, politically, in our state. The Michigan GOP and Governor Rick Snyder have waged a relentless war on unions, teachers, reproductive rights, gays, voting rights and even democracy. The contempt with which our state legislators have held the state’s electorate has […]

December 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

House Calls: Representative Jeff Irwin Still Behind County-Wide Transit


Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2013, he will began his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work […]

November 11th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Special Interests Trying to Get What They Want Through Amending Mich Constitution


by Rob Smith Michigan Radio writer Lester Graham points out in a great piece titled, “Muddying the Michigan Constitution?”: “In the 224 years since it was ratified, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times. The latest Michigan Constitution is less than 50 years old and it’s already been amended 31 times.  And the people […]

October 29th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

MI 52nd District Race Boils Down to Bamboozling Naive Dems & Independents. Again.


by P.D. Lesko 52nd District Representative Mark Ouimet and Governor Rick Snyder both let mainstream media assumptions that they were moderate Republicans go uncorrected. The last laugh, in retrospect, has been on all of the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County independents and Democrats who endorsed, gave money to and voted for the two men. Ouimet […]

October 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Michigan Rising: A Political Souffle That Has Fallen


by Rob Smith Michigan Rising was born The Committee to Recall Rick Snyder. It was exciting and dynamic—citizens who came together to try to rid Michigan of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. Volunteers across the state took on the incredible job of collecting 800,000+ signatures from registered voters. With Governor Snyder’s approval ratings in the low-30 […]

October 11th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Former Ann Arbor Public Services Administrator Starts Detroit Fire Then Throws Gasoline On It


Sue McCormick’s (below) bouffant hair-do, a 60s throw-back, supposedly hides horns. At least this is what a fired forestry worker claimed when talking about his work for the City of Ann Arbor, and McCormick—who was his boss. McCormick, who worked for the City of Ann Arbor until former City Administrator Roger Fraser decamped with his […]

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics | Read More »

Forget Voter Registration Drives. Get Michigan’s Registered Voters Interested in Elections.


by Rob Smith Michigan Rising (formerly the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder) tried twice to collect enough signatures to put the question of whether to recall Governor Rick Snyder on the ballot. Twice the group failed. Such signature drives are monster efforts, as we saw in Wisconsin, and rarely successful—again, as we saw in Wisconsin […]

August 17th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

In MI 12th Congressional District Race, John Dingell Calls Opponents “Ignorant” and Sets Off A Firestorm

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by P.D. Lesko It’s hot, and Representative John D. Dingell, Jr. is cranky. In a July 2012 interview in the Dearborn Patch, Dingell, who’s running for re-election to the seat in Michigan’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District, set off a firestorm when he was quoted as saying: “I never thought ignorance or inexperience was a […]

July 9th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

Lefty Org. Progress Michigan Gives Gov. Snyder Some Love

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by P.D. Lesko ThinkProgress, Progress Michigan, and just about every politically progressive organization in Michigan have been holding their collective breath while sending out scads of mass emails urging Michigan voters to urge Governor Snyder to urge the members of his own state Republican party to go pound sand and quit trying to suppress the […]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

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