With Democratic Allies Like These…

I’m calling it right now. Republicans will get a budget passed without a road funding measure. The Michigan Republican leadership is working on passing a bunch of budget bills without road funding, hoping Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer will cave. I have hope she won’t cave. Whitmer professed to being a fighter in the campaign,…

Michigan GOP Hoping People Forget How We Got Here

State Republicans are trying their best to paint Governor Whitmer as a big-city-loving lawmaker who despises those of us who live in rural areas. The playbook has been used for years by Republicans, including the 2016 election. But as Rick Haglund writes in Michigan Advance, it’s kind of rich for Michigan Republicans to play this…

Left of Lansing Podcast 4–David Hecker, President of AFT Michigan

Here’s the Left of Lansing podcast for March 14, 2019! You’ll hear me talk about how decades of Republican laissez-faire politics failed Michigan. And how refreshing it’s been that Michiganders are finally waking up to their game. I also interview David Hecker, President of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan. We talk about how Republican rule…

Yes, Gas Taxes Suck, But What’s The Alternative?

As I stated in my weekly podcast, I’m not crazy about Governor Whitmer’s 45-cent tax increase either. Like my guest, Democratic state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky correctly described it, the proposed tax is regressive. The tax really won’t hurt rich Michiganders, but it will affect the rest of us in a negative way. Which is why…

Getting In The Game To Save Michigan’s Education System

Great article by Chalkbeat on new Michigan State Senator Dayna Polehanki. She was a high school English teacher for 17 years, but Trump’s 2016 spurned her to get into Michigan’s political game. She ran. And she won, flipping a Republican district in the southeastern part of the state. State Senator Polehanki’s now trying to slowly…

Left of Lansing Podcast: Episode 2 Is Up!

In this week’s LOL podcast, I talk with Jarrett Skorrup, who is the Director of Marketing and Communications with the conservative Mackinac Center For Public Policy. We debate Right To Work, former Governor Rick Snyder’s legacy, and the conservative movement in Michigan to drain resources away from public schools. However, we find a little common…