Michigan Governor Snyder Vetoes Concealed Carry in Public Schools Bill

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:40 pm

Embattled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed ill-timed legislation that would have allowed experienced gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public schools. This is among the first tangible impacts of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The bill was delivered to Snyder’s desk early Tuesday afternoon and he vetoed it [...]

Republicans Devise Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:15 am

The asymmetry in the ways Democrats and Republicans use power can be seen in their responses to Electoral College disadvantages. When Democrats are faced with an Electoral College gap such that their Presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election, they do pretty much nothing. Joe Lieberman even remarked in an exit [...]

Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:06 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.

Michigan House Gives Final Approval on Right to Work

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:45 am

Despite large protests and thousands of demonstrators, lawmakers in Michigan, as expected, granted final approval to right to work legislation, which will ban closed shop unions and allow workers to opt out of union dues despite having their employment covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The first of two bills, which installs right to work [...]

Labor Can Put Right to Work on the Ballot in Michigan in 2014

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 7:45 am

According to folks on the ground in Lansing, Michigan, today, the scene looks quite like Madison, Wisconsin from winter 2011. AFSCME reports over 10,000 protesters both outside and inside the capital right now. The state government has arrayed the normal series of law enforcement and security personnelthat seem to spring up whenever anyone wants to use their First Amendment rights to protest in 21st-century America.

Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 8:30 am

The Democratic Congressional delegation in the state of Michigan met with Governor Rick Snyder for an hour today, calling on him to either veto right to work legislation making its way through a lame duck session, or to ask for a delay in the vote until the next general session, or to allow a vote [...]

Right To Work Passes Both Houses in Michigan Quickly

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 5:25 pm

Within a matter of hours, both houses of the Michigan legislature passed right to work legislation, while arrests and lockdowns occurred inside and outside the chamber. In the end, Michigan Democrats staged a walkout to protest the closed Capitol. But eventually, the votes were taken, through a gut-and-amend process with a substitute bill that was [...]

As Right To Work Push Begins in Michigan, Police Arrest Protesters, Use Pepper Spray, Lock Down Capitol

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 11:39 am

As expected, Michigan Republicans rolled out right to work legislation today, which Governor Rick Snyder, previously seen trying to court a moderate pose, said he would sign into law. The legislation would impact public and private employees except for police and fire unions. Republicans will attempt to pass it by the end of the month [...]

Michigan Republicans Gear Up for Right to Work Legislation

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:50 am

Looks like someone’s going to have to construct more protest signs. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who previously said he would not take on the challenge of turning the home of the auto industry into a right to work state, now says it’s “on the agenda,” a passive statement that doesn’t actually make a determination as [...]

Lorraine Brown, Convicted Fraudulent Mortgage Document Preparer, Charged With Racketeering By State of Michigan

By: Monday November 26, 2012 10:00 am

The pile-on for Lorraine Brown continues. When we last left this story, Brown, the former President of fraudulent document processor DocX, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wire and mail fraud, and agreed to face a sentence of up to five years in prison. The state of Missouri also reached a plea [...]

Prop 13-Style Supermajority for Tax Increases Readied for Michigan Ballot

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 12:16 pm

As long as we’re talking about ballot measures today, an initiative that recently filed in Michigan could do for that state what Prop 13 did for California. Specifically, it would restrict any revenue increases to bills that secure a 2/3 vote in the legislature, a virtually impossible scenario, given anti-tax intransigence on the right. Michigan [...]

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