Collective bargaining has made my family's American dream come to fruition and made Detroit a world power. Proposal 2 will allow the American dream to continue. The Detroit Free Press, however, has rallied against collective bargaining.
This November, a ballot initiative in Michigan will determine whether that state's boom in renewable energy and clean-tech jobs gains even more momentum. It's a popular and sensible measure, but it's by no means a slam-dunk.
Payton's birthday present to her community is a singular example of what one person can accomplish with selfless vision and a dash of creativity.
This fall, as the candidates are crisscrossing the country, I, too, am on the road. My mission is different: My focus is on powering voters for Election Day, ensuring that every eligible voter is prepared and able to vote.
I remain unable to fathom deriving enjoyment from dressing up in camouflage and occupying a tree fort for hours on end. I don't understand why, if the goal is to obtain food, one doesn't simply visit their local supermarket that surely offers everything from salted-cured meats to rump roasts.
We cannot always look for what's best for ourselves, like better car mileage, and ignore the ghost towns around the county. When I finally passed my driving test, it was important to me to have an American-made car.
But it's not just the scenery that changed my life, because in Michigan I acquired the perspective to come into my own as a writer.
Detroit's brave Democratic Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan's pragmatic Republican Governor Rick Snyder agreed to refurbish Belle Isle Park, a neglected cultural gem in the shadows of a once great city.
Can wind energy save us from perpetuating the perils of coal, oil and gas? Two new NRDC studies emphatically say, YES! These reports show us the benefits of wind energy on our economy, workers health and communities.
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have made documentaries about entire subcultures, but their latest tackles a whole city. Detropia looks unflinchingly at the grim realities of contemporary Detroit, which is where Ewing grew up. The city has changed drastically since then.
Michigan governor Rick Snyder is low-key in his style. He has largely avoided the harsh criticism that Scott Walker has endured. Nevertheless, he has been transforming his state's budget and fiscal situation too.
"Tommy doesn't have to keep the place open -- he has a healthy pension, and he lives in a really nice neighborhood in Detroit. And yet he does, because he thinks Detroit needs a black-owned blues bar."
In April of this year, the 1940 census was released after the usual 72-year privacy-restriction period. On the cusp of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, I thought it might be interesting to take a peek into the past of the families of the candidates for highest office.
The old shot and beer joints were a mainstay in nearly all the Rust Belt mill towns. These places were the yang to the factories' yin and a big part of many a mill worker's daily routine.
Your summers boast a roster of festivals celebrating the bounty of your surroundings: cherries and filmmakers, local trout and whitefish, winemakers, craft ale brewers and even a couple of cider pubs.
In my estimation, the Paul Ryan pick was the definitive sign that the GOP has written off this presidential election as a loss.