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My Skin Color Gives No One The Right To Give Me a Different Education

The Skillman Foundation | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education
The Skillman Foundation

Oh no, I've got it -- it's because we're just poor black kids from Detroit who don't have a future anyways. Why promise us anything when we probably won't live past 18, right?

We Broke Michigan

Laura Packard | Posted 03.04.2016 | Detroit
Laura Packard

Michigan state government has been broken for decades, but it's just now coming to people's attention outside our state via the Flint water crisis and the Detroit Public Schools crisis. How did this happen? And could it happen to you?

Arrest Warrants Issued For Tea Party Lawmakers Who Hid Affair

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics

Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, former Michigan lawmakers who left office after they hid an affair, have been charged with several felonies, state Atto...

This Video Proves That Bernie Sanders Fans Will Do Just About Anything To See Him

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics

YPSILANTI, Michigan -- It’s one thing to hear official attendance tallies touted by a campaign -- 15,000 in Seattle, 18,000 in Denver, 28,000 in Por...

Michigan: The Poster Child for How Not to do Charter Schools

Amber Arellano | Posted 02.16.2017 | Education
Amber Arellano

Sadly, my home state has become a national poster child of how not to do charter schools. Leaders elsewhere should take notice: Michigan's charter school path is a tragic one to be avoided.

Virtually Everyone Is Disadvantaged by the Electoral College

Richard Kasbeer | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Richard Kasbeer

The Electoral College system can be improved. The first improvement needed is to make every voter count. The second is for every voter to count equally. And the third is to elect a president who is supported by a majority of the voters. This is not a partisan issue.

Stuck in the Pipeline

John Krifka | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
John Krifka

. . . lead doesn't kill people, political people kill people...

Michigan Rep:Why Is Gov. Snyder Using Dark Money To Fund PR Spin?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

We keep seeing familiar patterns when it comes to GOP governance. That even when it costs more to outsource, they still choose to outsource and privatize.

Black Americans Are Half As Likely As Whites To Be Very Confident Their Water Is Safe

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

Americans nationwide are following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But few are really worried about their own water, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey...

AG Schuette joins fight against renewable energy, Michigan jobs

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 11.11.2016 | Detroit
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Last month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sided with some other state attorneys general by joining a lawsuit against the EPA's Clean Power P...

AG Schuette Joins Fight Against Renewable Energy, Michigan Jobs

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 11.11.2016 | Detroit
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sided with some other state attorneys general by joining a lawsuit against the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The lawsuit is wrong on so many fronts, but on this one in particular: the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a momentous opportunity to revitalize Michigan's economy.

Equal Employment in Michigan: The Time Is Now

Brian Stone | Posted 11.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

The average LGBT person in Michigan is sick and tired of waiting for the legislature to do something. Unlike the folks working at Equality Michigan, not all of us have the luxury of waiting years and years for a solution, because many of us are in hostile workplaces right now.

Embattled Republican Breaks Silence After Sex Scandal, Says She Won't Quit

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics

Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat said Friday that she believes she will be vindicated by a misconduct investigation stemming from her affair with a fe...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Adoption Law | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a law Thursday that will allow faith-based adoption agencies to cite religious beliefs as reason to not serve pot...

Regime Change in America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

They say that imperial wars come home in all sorts of ways. It now seems that a version of regime change, Iraqi-style, has come home to roost in parts of Michigan -- but with a curious twist.

Samantha Lachman

This Aging Oil Pipeline Is In Great Lakes' 'Worst Possible Place' For A Spill | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Environmental activists say Michigan’s tourism slogan -- “Pure Michigan” -- may no longer be accurate unless the state takes stronger action to ...

Michigan Lawmaker Accused Of Assaulting Ex-Wife

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

A Michigan lawmaker was arraigned on assault and other charges Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife and fired multiple shots at her car. ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan May Allow Adoption Agencies To Refuse Service To Gay Couples | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

Legislation that would allow Michigan adoption agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons -- while still receiving public fu...

City Forced To Allow 'Reason Station' Alongside 'Prayer Station'

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

A Detroit suburb that allows a “prayer station” set up in city hall must also permit an atheist to set up a “reason station,” a federal judge ...

Critics: Kids Will Be Ultimate Victims Of Michigan's Welfare Drug-Testing Program

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

A new Michigan law that creates a suspicion-based, drug-testing pilot program for welfare recipients has been condemned by state groups and lawmakers ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan May Redefine Fuel From Burning Tires As Renewable Energy | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green

A Michigan bill aims to classify fuel made by burning tires and hazardous industrial waste as renewable energy, but environmentalists say that's setti...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Republicans Want To Alter Michigan's Electoral College. It's Not Going Over Well. | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

A proposal to change how Michigan awards Electoral College votes has drawn criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups and, as one elections exp...

Samantha Lachman

Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair To Make An Appearance In Michigan Senate 'Debate' | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

A Democratic congressman running for the U.S. Senate is bringing back Clint Eastwood's conversation with an empty chair to make the point that his Rep...

GOP Gov. Makes Tone Deaf Comment About Disastrous Floods

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

After record rains buried Detroit-area freeways, with flooding continuing in the next few days and causing widespread damage, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyde...

A Trans Woman on Saving MichFest

Kayley Whalen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kayley Whalen

When people all around you are telling you directly that you have no claim to your womanhood and that by merely existing you are furthering the patriarchy, it cuts right through to your heart. I want to be able to return to the Land feeling welcome and safe. MichFest is my home too.