Monthly Archives: June 2014

Launch! Michigan Policast – A NEW Podcast Series on Political Issues

Launch Party! Democracy Tree is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of a new podcast series on the topic of Michigan politics, which we’ve named “Michigan Policast“. It’s a joint venture, with veteran political junkies and policy wonks — Walt … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court: Good for Goose, Not So Much for Gander

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down an expected ruling today that overturned a Massachusetts law which required a buffer zone around the entrances of abortion clinics. The only surprise is that the decision was unanimous. Earlier this year, the Court … Continue reading

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Michigan 2014 – The War on Teachers Rages-On

*Updated 6:15 pm June 24, 2014 The war on Michigan’s teachers rages-on with new developments on several fronts as the midterm election approaches. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is in full-scale battle mode with its effort to turn teachers … Continue reading

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Prophetic 2011 Tweet on Covington

Covington: The Serial Quitter  While the media is all a-buzz over Monday’s “abrupt” resignation of John Covington, chancellor of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority, speculation abounds as to whether he was shown the door by Gov. Snyder with the ultimatum — … Continue reading

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Rise of the Military-Municipal Complex

This article was first published in June 2014, but it’s worth revisiting now. Michigan cities are just as militarized as Ferguson, Missouri. It could happen here too. Updated 8-24-14 to reflect new number on Michigan MRAPS, and provide a searchable … Continue reading

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Michigan Republicans Short-Change Schools, Again

Once again Michigan Republicans are asserting they are increasing education funding through an omnibus appropriations bill they passed this week. The claim is that under their 4 percent increase, schools will see a rise of between $50 and $175 per student, … Continue reading

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Funds Pour-In to Protect the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is making some serious headway in raising the $100 million it has promised in what is termed the “grand bargain fund”, an $816 million trust with creditors intended to reduce Detroit pension cuts and thereby … Continue reading

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Dark Shadows in Michigan’s Judiciary

Michigan’s Supreme Court is Poised to Decide the Fate of the Bar Association Over their Strong Stand Against Judicial Dark Money Last Friday was the fifth anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Caperton v. Massey, in which the … Continue reading

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Michigan Legislative Update: Oh, the Bills that Slip Through!

Michigan’s legislature has been busy this week wrapping things up prior to their summer break scheduled to start at the end of the month. Much like the Friday news dump, various bits of legislation slip through the media cracks amidst … Continue reading

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Campaign Promise #3, from Snyder’s Pack of Lies

Ah yes, it was just four short years ago, the air was fresh with the hope of a new day for Michigan — voters, editorial boards, and songbirds, rejoiced alike. The Nerd had rolled-up his blue-collar sleeves to bestow upon … Continue reading

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