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The GOP War on the Fourth Estate
11/02/2019
The GOP War on the Fourth Estate

The GOP War on the Fourth Estate

The liberal media, you say? Think again. A far-right corporation, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, has been acquiring local television stations and usi...

Protect Minnesota
05/11/2019

Protect Minnesota

Call your MN GOP state Senator and Majority Leader Paul Gazelka now and demand votes on the Criminal Background Checks and Red Flag bills in the MN Senate! Find their contact information here: senate.mn/members/index.….

An interesting discussion on Michigan's pot holes and how to fill them, ...along with the budgetary holes.
03/11/2019
Michigan Policast – A podcast about Michigan politics

An interesting discussion on Michigan's pot holes and how to fill them, ...along with the budgetary holes.

Podcast Approval ratings, FTDR, HR-1, and Hank Mayers on fair and transparent elections March 11, 2019 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:11 — 13.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | MoreMichigan Policast for March 11, 2019 Walt and Christine welcome Amy Kerr H...

The angry white male troll and the art of bot-spotting.
02/10/2019
Bullies, Bots, and Trolls, Oh My!

The angry white male troll and the art of bot-spotting.

In this turbulent political climate, internet harassment is clearly on the rise, largely due to a president who can’t make it through his first BK...

01/16/2019
UpNorthLive

UpNorthLive

Do you think the media’s coverage of the Trump Administration has been fair?

01/14/2019
UpNorthLive

UpNorthLive

Do you trust the FBI to be unbiased?

01/07/2019
UpNorthLive

UpNorthLive

Do you think the U.S. has a crisis on the southern border?

A little something on the willful ignorance of Fox viewers and MAGAs.
01/05/2019
America the Stupid

A little something on the willful ignorance of Fox viewers and MAGAs.

Ignorance is not bliss. It’s ignorance — impervious to window dressing, and made all the worse if it’s willfully engaged. Were it trul...

12/13/2018
"The Dunning-Kruger Song", from The Incompetence Opera

A little Nessun-Dorma, Dunning-Kruger mashup humor for those who get it.

This is video documentation of the world premiere of "The Dunning-Kruger Song", from The Incompetence Opera as part of the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize C...

It's yes, yes, and yes for the props in Michigan. (Update: New polling now has prop 2 at 59 percent approval, up from th...
10/30/2018
Ballot Proposals — Easy as 1, 2, 3

It's yes, yes, and yes for the props in Michigan. (Update: New polling now has prop 2 at 59 percent approval, up from the previous 48 percent. Great news for democracy!)

Michigan voters have a once in a generation opportunity to send a strong message to Lansing next week. Three ballot proposals, each unique unto itself, ...

Ann Arbor area peeps, this is a thing tonight.
10/19/2018

Ann Arbor area peeps, this is a thing tonight.

SERENITY TONIGHT! A Sacred Sound Bath Benefit for Food Gatherers at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St.

Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, flutes, didgeridoos, drums, chimes, and bells facilitate a deeply healing energy field that fills you with positive vibrations. Begins at 7:30pm TONIGHT, Friday, October 19. Bring a pillow or mat to sit or lie down on.

$20 optional donation suggested at the door. 50% of all funds collected go to Food Gatherers!
Ann Arbor KTC is located at 614 Miner Street in the heart of the Waterhill District.

For more information,visit sacredsoundbath.org.

A solid case against term limits in Michigan.
08/25/2018
Term Limits: The Best of Intentions Gone Awry

A solid case against term limits in Michigan.

There’s a social media meme making the rounds suggesting that those who don’t like professional politicians should consider having a plumber...

The watchdog group Michigan Campaign Finance Network needs your help. Please sign-up to share political mailers so they ...
07/12/2018

The watchdog group Michigan Campaign Finance Network needs your help. Please sign-up to share political mailers so they can track who's doing and saying what. Please share!

A reminder to our Facebook followers: We collect and monitor political mailers being sent out across the state.

Yesterday, we got a new batch from a Wayne County resident and a new batch from a Clinton County resident. Having the public help us collect the mailers is one of the few ways we can figure out who's behind mailers being sent out in Michigan.

If you want to send us the mailers you get, contact us: http://mcfn.org/contact

Commentary on the topic of the GOP war on citizen-driven governance, ballot questions in particular.
06/30/2018
Drawing the Line on Corruption

Commentary on the topic of the GOP war on citizen-driven governance, ballot questions in particular.

  A dedicated group of Michigan activists working to restore the democratic process is under attack through a well-heeled GOP campaign designed to...

This entire crisis pivots on the ill-conceived emergency manager law -- the brain child of Snyder's idiototic team for "...
02/17/2018
UM report: Gov. Snyder bears 'significant legal responsibility' for Flint water crisis

This entire crisis pivots on the ill-conceived emergency manager law -- the brain child of Snyder's idiototic team for "relentless positive action" in 2011. Voters repealed that law prior to the Flint water system switch, but in a blatant violation of Michigan's constitution, GOP lawmakers reinstated it weeks later. Children were poisoned and people died. The water is still toxic to this day. He should be fitted with an orange jumpsuit.

"Flint residents' complaints were not hidden from the governor, and he had a responsibility to listen and respond," the 80-page report says.

GOP lawmakers hard at work destroying democracy
12/31/2017
Helicopter Lawmakers in Lansing

GOP lawmakers hard at work destroying democracy

The war on local control started with an incendiary state fireworks law designed to supersede local rules, the folly of which was painfully illustrated ...

Only fools take comfort in false prophets.
09/06/2017
Democracy Tree

Only fools take comfort in false prophets.

Only fools take comfort in false prophets.

09/06/2017
Randy Rainbow

Randy Rainbow

***NEW VIDEO***

DACA shame, Donald, DACA shame...

Sign this!
08/17/2017

Sign this!

GREAT NEWS! The Michigan BOC made a unanimous decision to give us 'as-to-form' approval for our petition. We will begin collecting signatures immediately. We thank the BOC for allowing us to participate in this form of direct democracy - and we're counting on all of you (supporters, volunteers, and donors) to succeed. Join us at the Soup Spoon in Lansing at 2pm or Motor City Brewing Works in Detroit at 5:30pm! We will be circulating petitions throughout the state this weekend - stay tuned!

http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/findthepetition

06/05/2017
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. That's bad news for anyone who happens to live on this planet.

Ezra Klein
05/16/2017
Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

"The president’s gaffe will make US allies less likely to share vital intelligence and add new fuel to the administration’s ongoing war with the American intelligence community just when US spies can least afford the distraction. That’s because Trump’s disclosures represent a direct threat to US counterterrorism efforts, which rely less on the skills of individual operatives and more on the web of intelligence-sharing agreements that Washington has with allies around the globe."

To understand the scope of President Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russian officials, read this.

04/18/2017
Ezra Klein

Why CNN is no better than FOX.

Loud, dramatic fights dominate CNN political coverage. This should not be the norm.

Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the union.
04/17/2017
Slaying the Gerrymandered Beast

Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the union.

A number of Republican Michigan lawmakers have been in the news for dodging the madding crowds of disenfranchised constituents. These elected officials ...

Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power
04/06/2017
Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

You wouldn't expect a museum dedicated to the coal industry to run on anything other than coal -- but a mining museum in Kentucky is soon to be solar powered.

Ezra Klein
04/04/2017
Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

A few points:

1. There is literally no evidence here that Susan Rice did anything wrong, despite how badly Trump's supporters want to spin this as evidence of his (baseless) wiretapping claims.

2. This is yet more evidence that Trump transition officials were talking to foreign agents that US intelligence agencies were surveilling. The transcripts of those calls looked worrying enough that the national security advisor decided she needed to see which Trump officials were caught on those calls in order to assess the situation.

I think there's a real chance Team Trump ends up regretting drawing so much attention to this.

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04/03/2017

Great Lakes Progressive's cover photo

04/03/2017
Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

The problem with the news media is it takes bullsh*t way too seriously. Comedians don't, and that's become their secret weapon in covering Trump while actually informing people.

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