Michigan

Democratic Governor-elect of Michigan makes clean and safe drinking water her top priority

In 2010, Michigan elected a Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, who had no experience in government. Rick Snyder had been a corporate executive for Gateway Inc., a computer company, then founded a venture capital firm. He came into office preaching a…

Blue Wave 2.0 – The Sequel

In nature, waves are not solitary events. Another wave usually follows. The same is often true for politics. In 2014, the Republican party saw a wave of victories, spurred on by voter apathy and low turnout, resulting in broad based…

Trump may have single-handedly destroyed America’s soybean industry

China is by far the largest buyer of North Dakota soybeans. And they have stopped buying: CNBC: ‘Refugee’ soybeans in the Dakotas seek a home after China stops buying as part of its trade war with the US “Now that…

GM announces job cuts to offset higher steel and aluminum costs caused by Trump’s trade war

Donald Trump’s trade war keeps backfiring. CNN: GM offers buyouts to 18,000 employees General Motors is offering buyouts to more than a third of its white collar staff in the United States, as the company transitions to self-driving vehicles and…

Trump’s trade war continues to backfire spectacularly

The stock market just had a terrible week, total U.S. exports slid 7% in the 3rd quarter, soybean exports are down 97% from a year ago, auto exports are down 56% from a year ago, auto manufacturers are moving production…

Trump EPA helped Illinois GOP Governor cover-up cancer risk of medical device plant partly owned by Illinois GOP Governor

In a blockbuster story, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Trump administration’s EPA helped Bruce Rauner, the Republican Governor of Illinois, cover-up the extreme cancer risks posed to the communities around a medical devices plant of a company partly owned…

Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio GOP Congressmen voted 9 times to end pre-existing condition protections

Donald Trump and other Republicans are now running around telling voters that they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Donald Trump at Kentucky rally, October 13, 2018 “And Republicans only will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. We’re going…

Republicans who paid affordable in-state tuition for themselves have been causing tuition hikes for future generations

The history of state universities is one in which the taxpayers of the state paid for a large portion of the funding for these institutions of higher learning in order to provide the students of their state an opportunity to…

Betsy DeVos dream of school competition: Michigan charter school closes one month into school year

Betsy DeVos and Michigan Republicans have relentlessly pushed a baseless theory that private schools governed by free market competition, instead of governmental oversight, would magically lead to better outcomes. Now, less than a month into the school year, 200 Michigan…

Scott Walker’s transportation secretary discussed selling Wisconsin’s roads to a London billionaire

Wisconsin’s roads are in terrible shape. Madison.com: The transportation debate: Critics say Scott Walker’s record on road funding will be an issue this fall “In February, U.S. News and World Report ranked Wisconsin 44th in the country for its road…

GOP politicians and party officials keep joking about the sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh

In the wake of the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, several Republicans have shown their true colors about how they feel about sexual assault. GOP Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn has referred to the accusation as…

Trump ratchets up trade war, putting consumers, auto companies, and farmers at even greater risk

Nobody wins a trade war. Trump has been told this many times, yet his ignorance of how trade works has led him to double down on his stupidity. NBC News: Trump just slapped new tariffs on $200B of Chinese imports…

Ford issues statement that proves Donald Trump has no idea what he is doing with regards to trade and tariffs

Update: Ford has now announced a $1 Billion loss and planned layoffs. Fortune: Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump’s Trade Tariffs, Report Says Read on to see how Trump’s amazing ignorance has adversely affected a…

Michigan Republicans embark on underhanded scheme to keep state minimum wage from being increased

A couple weeks ago, the Michigan court of appeals ruled that an increase to the State’s minimum wage could appear on the November ballot. Detroit Eater: Michigan Court Rules $12 Minimum Wage Proposal Should Go on November Ballot Voters may…

Michigan’s charter school experiment, championed by Betsy DeVos, continues to produce dismal results

In a 2016 op-ed for the Detroit News, prior to being nominated and confirmed to be the US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos gave her simplistic reason for the millions of dollars she had spent pushing the expansion of for-profit…

Trump’s trade war is hurting American auto companies – bad news for Michigan and Ohio

This is not what was promised by the President. Recent financial news for an iconic American automaker, Ford Motor Company, paints a bleak picture: CNBC: Moody’s downgrades Ford’s credit rating to one notch above junk bond status Moody’s downgraded Ford‘s…

Trump’s trade war continues to hurt Midwestern States – And the trade war is based on a lie

Name a Midwestern State, and you will find a State being hurt by Trump’s trade war. Wisconsin: US Chamber of Commerce: ‘They Walked Away:’ Three Wisconsin Industries Reeling from Tariffs Craig Baumann, whose family runs a 500-acre ginseng farm in…