Michigan Lawmakers Get One Thing Right for a Change

Hidden among the flotsam in the recent Tea Party tidal wave of mostly ALEC legislation shoved through the Michigan legislature in the last minute lame-duck frenzy earlier this month, we find a bill to prohibit employers from snooping on worker/job applicant social media. HB 5523 imposes penalties of up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 […]

ALEC – Pushing Nuclear/Uranium Mining

A couple of things came together the past two weeks – a press release about a new report that ALEC sent your ALEC legislator – to get them to deregulate mining – and a story about the disaster that was caused by uranium mining that was documented on Common Dreams.  I always look at coincidences […]

Privatizing Government Services in the Era of ALEC and the Great Recession – Part IV – Unions and Collective Bargaining

IV.   UNIONS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Many ALEC bills target teachers and collective bargaining, and laws that are similar to those bills have been enacted in the aftermath of the Republican victories in 2010.  For example, in Indiana, where Republicans had a 60-40 House majority and a 37-13 Senate super-majority, the Senate labor committee chair coupled […]

Michigan’s New Emergency Manager Law — An Analysis

       Fast facts about Michigan’s new Emergency Manager Law Sorry Michiganders, it appears that your lawmakers and governor have done little more than rename the recently repealed Public Act 4 to make it appear more palatable to those that voted to strike down their 2011 version. Their working title is the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act — […]

ALEC Executive Director Caught LYING about NRA

WELL – ALEC is doing what they do best again – LYING An editorial by Executive Director Ron Scheberle included the following misleading statements (my emphasis): “I wish that our critics would conduct themselves similarly. Instead, liberal activist groups like Color of Change have used this tragedy to falsely accuse ALEC of collaborating with the […]

Public Schools and Guns

I am a public school teacher.  The irony of teachers being the heroes this week after standing between students and a gun – is not lost on me.   After being villainized for the last few years, I guess my main surprise is that someone else noticed that teachers are heroes.  It seems apparent to […]

Michigan Right to Work Law Was the Brainchild of ALEC, The Most Dangerous Group in Politics

From article written by Bob Sloan and published on Policy Mic… Fact: 282 bills were passed in Michigan during the lame duck session. 42% of all the bills passed in the last two years were in this last lame duck session, with 180 votes taken on the last day of the 2012 session alone. Fact: In the session […]

Andre Agassi Charter Schools

Andre Agassi Charter Schools

Andre Agassi was a great tennis star and continues to be a celebrity.  Lately, he is an education investor. Agassi may have good intentions.  He may be trying to help a distressed and poverty riddled community in Las Vegas.  Philanthropy and schools mixed with a dash of banker on the side.  It’s likely that his […]

Michigan Republicans… Toying with Democracy

A (satirical) Holiday Card from Republican Lawmakers: Dear Michigan, Season’s Greetings from Lansing to All Our Friends! It’s that time of year Michigan Republicans like to share what the kids in Congress have been up to — capping-off another year of magic and wonder for the whole gang. Santa came early for Michigan Republicans. And boy did they […]