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Michigan Tells Gay Couples Their Marriages Basically 'Never Existed'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

Three hundred couples who tied the knot when Michigan's gay marriage ban was briefly lifted in March have been given a message from the state that, le...

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lawyer Lambastes Anti-Gay Marriage Ruling As 'Fundamentally Misguided'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- A federal appeals court ruling in favor of anti-gay marriage laws in four states stunned members of the LGBT community and left hundreds of...

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

Where's the Accountability?

Sam Inglot | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Sam Inglot

The department might as well have set a filing cabinet of public records on fire or shoved hundreds of pages of communications through a paper shredder. In this case, someone pressed delete and the public's right to know went completely out the window.

Mark Blumenthal

Here Are The Governor Races Still Too Close To Call

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

While the battle for the U.S. Senate has captured attention nationwide, some of this year's closest contests are among the 36 governor's races, nearly...

Rick Snyder Is Not a Good Political Leader

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you have watched any of Rick Snyder's election ads you will see that the governor fancies himself a leader, however, since being a leader isn't a title one can just bestow upon one's self the question should be what does the governor's record tell us about his leadership skills.

Is Gov. Rick Snyder a Liar, or Just Untruthful?

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

With less than a week remaining before the 2014 election, the airwaves have been inundated with political advertisements. For Michiganians, this has meant a heavy does of ads for race for governor between incumbent Rick Snyder and Mark Schauer.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.

Gov. Rick Snyder's Record on Education Is Dismal

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Michigan children deserve to be more than just a tag line in empty campaign rhetoric because the value of a good education is something you can't put a price on.

Election Season: Time for GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

This year the Republicans are doing their very best to prevent the voters from remembering who they really are and what they really stand for. They're putting on their "moderate masks" and the costumes of ordinary middle class Americans.

Rick Snyder vs. Mark Schauer Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Michigan Governor's Race 2014

Campus Election Engagement Project | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Campus Election Engagement Project

Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Rick Snyder vs. Mark Schauer Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin com...

Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives and Bilking Taxpayers

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.

Turning Out the Vote Should Be the Focus of Ferguson October

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Regardless of how successful protests like the one in Ferguson are at changing public opinion, the best way to combat the systemic inequality that plagues all levels of government is to vote.

GOP Governor Spars With Challenger

AP | DAVID EGGERT | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appealed for a second term during a debate Sunday by pointing to Michigan's economic turnaround and Detro...

#TurnOutForWhat? Our Values, For a Start

Laura Reyes | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

At AFSCME, we've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4 and they're recruiting others to do the same. It's not just a hashtag; it's a call to action that we will heed on Election Day.

Man Collects $21,000 In Change, Donates Every Penny To Help Cats

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.02.2014 | Good News

Never underestimate the true value of a handful of pocket change. Rick Snyder, a 69-year-old resident of Manatee County, Florida, refused to sit st...

Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

Kevin Walsh | Posted 10.30.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

This weekend, we're celebrating the end of summer -- the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and president with a guilty-conscience. It was strictly a PR move.

From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere.

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...

Gov. Snyder's Casual Response to #Floodageddon Is Michigan's 'Katrina'

Brian Stone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Detroit
Brian Stone

Just like New Orleans' infamous sea wall, Gov. Snyder's drought of action in Detroit is rising to Katrina-levels of neglect.

Republican's Offer Ironically Awful Attacks on Mark Schauer

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.12.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

It's fine to believe the Mark Schauer isn't the right man for the job. But if these latest attacks are meant to prove that Gov. Snyder is the man for Michigan, the Nerd should be very concerned -- by Republicans' own standards, he is even less qualified to be governor than Mark Schauer.

Don't Let Michigan Republicans Fool You Again

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

So while Republicans have spent the last few months putting lipstick on the pig that is their legislative priorities, it is important for voters to remember that the softened positions these individuals are taking now don't represent a true Republican agenda.

Snyder Efforts Met With Ambivalence

AP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged impro...

Fixing Public Pensions: The First Step in Detroit's Long Road to Recovery

Bob Williams | Posted 09.15.2014 | Detroit
Bob Williams

Orr gets it. He went after pension debt, the city's biggest foe, and is now winning that fight. Simply put, his continued focus on pension reform is the solution that Detroit needs. With that said, Detroit still faces a long, up-hill climb.