The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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MI 2012 Archives

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Michigan Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archive

DECEMBER 2012

Social media privacy protections in place in Michigan (Detroit News, 12/31/12)
Snyder vetoes creating board to rebuild UP museum for explorer Marquette (Detroit News, 12/30/12)
COMMENTARY: Let’s create a Michigan debate commission and pressure candidates to come face-to-face (MLive.com, 12/30/12)
Snyder makes stronger oversight of abortion clinics law but vetoes insurance measure (Detroit Free Press, 12/29/12)
Recap: From abortion to wolf hunting to medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Snyder acting on Michigan legislation (MLive.com, 12/29/12)
Snyder signs new oversights over abortion clinics but dumps Blue Cross measure (Detroit Free Press, 12/28/12)
Community college degrees among topics covered in latest day of Gov. Rick Snyder bill signings (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
Gov. Snyder on abortion bills: ‘There is probably no decision that I have struggled with more’ (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
Michigan voters must affirm citizenship on ballot application under bill signed by Snyder (Detroit Free Press, 12/28/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill adding regulations to abortion providers; vetoes Blue Cross bills (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder approves changes to state’s medical marijuana law (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
New EM law could be used to appoint a financial czar in Detroit (Detroit News, 12/28/12)
Gov. Snyder signs bill to limit Michigan abortion clinics, kills Blues overhaul (Detroit News, 12/28/12)
Citizenship statement on ballot application included in bill approved by Gov. Rick Snyder (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
COMMENTARY: As Democratic anger grows toward Gov. Snyder, potential 2014 challengers gear up (MLive.com, 12/28/12)
2013 Michiganders to watch: Gretchen Whitmer, rising Democratic star (MLive.com, 12/27/12)
Legality of medical marijuana in state remains uncertain, lawyer says (Livington Daily Press, 12/27/12)
Political inside: Labor leader vows recall campaigns over right to work (Detroit News, 12/27/12)
Snowstorm, holiday hold up Snyder’s decision on bills (Detroit News, 12/27/12)
A lame duck unlike any other (Detroit News, 12/27/12)
2013 Michiganders to watch: Lisa Posthumus Lyons, rising Republican star (MLive.com, 12/27/12)
Flint won’t have access to some options in new emergency financial manager law (MLive.com, 12/27/12)
Time-out called by lawyers in antitrust lawsuit against Michigan Blues (AP, 12/27/12)
Snyder signs emergency manager bill; new law will take effect in spring (Detroit Free Press, 12/27/12)
EDITORIAL: An affront to Michigan women (New York Times, 12/27/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder worked for $1, made $1.9M in other income (Detroit Free Press, 12/27/12)
COMMENTARY: Will Gretchen Whitmer challenge Rick Snyder for governor? (MLive.com, 12/27/12)
New Emergency Manager law signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (Huffington Post, 12/27/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder signs new Michigan emergency manager bill into law (WXYZ, 12/27/12)
Snyder signs replacement emergency manager law: We ‘heard, recognized and respected’ will of voters (MLive.com, 12/27/12)
Politico: Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder one of ’14 people to watch in politics in 2013′ (MLive.com, 12/26/12)
Snyder expected to sign several bills into law today (Detroit News, 12/26/12)
Snyder looks hard at new abortion clinic rules (Detroit News, 12/26/12)
Criticism of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Detroit Free Press, 12/23/12)
Memo to Rick Snyder: Michigan is a Democratic state (Detroit News, 12/22/12)
Snyder: Right-to-work law will make Michigan more attractive (Detroit News, 12/22/12)
$590M industrial tax cut hinges on voters (Detroit News, 12/21/12)
Michigan’s tax time bomb begins to explode (EclectaBlog, 12/21/12)
OPINION: Can Snyder wrestle with GOP heavyweights? (Detroit News, 12/21/12)
AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka says ‘weak’ Gov. Rick Snyder signifies trouble for GOP (Huffington Post, 12/21/12)
COMMENTARY: No, Rick Snyder isn’t a moderate — and he never claimed to be (MLive.com, 12/20/12)
Gov. Snyder signs industrial property tax bill (Detroit News, 12/20/12)
Rick Snyder signs Detroit laws promoting regional transit, city lighting and economic development (Huffington Post, 12/19/12)
Snyder vetoes concealed weapons bill; Bolger disappointed (Detroit News, 12/18/12)
Michigan guns in schools veto comes after AFT letter to governor (Huffington Post, 12/18/12)
Rick Snyder’s approval rating drops after signing right-to-work law, poll shows (Huffington Post, 12/18/12)
Rick Snyder tweets: Concealed carry bill veto, governor’s ratings slip gets twitter talking (Huffington Post, 12/18/12)
Campus gun control advocates heartened by Michigan Governor’s veto of guns in schools (Huffington Post, 12/18/12)
Snyder’s popularity plummets (Public Policy Polling, 12/18/12)
Gun bill questions go unanswered (Bridge, 12/18/12)
Rick Snyder vetoes ‘guns in schools’ bill: Right to Work, but no Right to Shoot (Huffington Post, 12/18/12)
Snyder names 6-man team to review Detroit’s books; next step toward emergency financial manager (Detroit Free Press, 12/18/12)
Lawmakers, leaders respond to Gov. Snyder’s veto of gun bill (Detroit Free Press, 12/18/12)
Policy reasons for exempting police, fire from Right-to-Work remain unclear (Bridge, 12/18/12)
Legislature, Snyder can’t deny public their 2014 crack at right-to-work, tax changes (Bridge, 12/18/12)
Rick Snyder to give guns in schools bill extra scrutiny (Washington Post, 12/17/12)
Snyder veto sought on gun-zone changes (Bridge, 12/17/12)
Michigan Republican: Splitting up electoral college votes would prevent Detroit voters from ‘distorting’ results (Slate, 12/17/12)
700 families get to keep cash welfare benefits (Bridge, 12/17/12)
Michigan effort shows GOP sway in state contests (New York Times, 12/16/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder: Freedom to Work laws are not ‘union busting,’ but give workers a choice and improve job climate (MLive.com, 12/15/12)
Gov. Snyder greeted with boos, some applause at MSU commencement (Detroit Free Press, 12/15/12)
Overnight in the lame duck Michigan legislature: Final votes on abortion, taxes, guns and 3 surprises (MLive.com, 12/14/12)
Replay: Free Press editorial board talks with Gov. Rick Snyder (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Snyder: Michigan well-positioned for comeback (AP, 12/14/12)
Michigan bills to phase out tax on industrial, commercial equipment completed (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Lame duck scorecard: 10 things that happened at the Michigan Legislature — and 3 that didn’t (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
OPINION: Did the governor of Michigan change? (Detroit News, 12/14/12)
In Michigan, supporters say new gun law could help stop tragedies like Conn. massacre (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Hours after Conn. kindergarten shooting, Michigan GOP calls for allowing guns in schools (Think Progress, 12/14/12)
State review concludes Detroit has ‘serious financial problem’ (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Replay: Free Press editorial board talks with Gov. Rick Snyder (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Abortion bill heads to Snyder’s desk after House vote (Detroit Free Press, 12/14/12)
Day before Connecticut shooting massacre, Michigan Legislature passed bill allowing guns in classrooms (Think Progress, 12/14/12)
COMMENTARY: New law begs question: What is it about ‘No’ that governor, GOP don’t understand? (MLive.com, 12/14/12)
OPINION: Right to work is more politics than freedom to work (Detroit News, 12/13/12)
COMMENTARY: Rick Snyder’s turn toward confrontation in Michigan (Washington Post, 12/13/12)
Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan’s powerful unions (Reuters, 12/13/12)
Construction industry sees more work, more jobs on Michigan’s horizon (Bridge, 12/13/12)
Health sector surges, but Michigan economy still faces educational drags (Bridge, 12/13/12)
Factory work drives slow Michigan recovery (Bridge, 12/13/12)
Right-to-work victory in Michigan sends ‘shock waves’ across nation (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
RTW law and referendum just won’t mix (Bridge, 12/12/12)
Governor Snyder on reinventing Michigan: More than meets the eye (Forbes, 12/12/12)
OPINION: Law signals end of an era in Michigan (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
Right-to-work laws may cut wages, boost jobs, or both (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
Battles over right-to-work laws may have just begun (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
Effects hard to gauge in Rust Belt (AP, 12/12/12)
Jon Stewart criticizes Michigan right-to-work rhymes on ‘Daily Show’ (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
OPINION: Michigan businesses hesitate to embrace right-to-work law (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
State’s unionized workers are next fight over right-to-work (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
Right-to-work protesters vow to keep up the fight (Detroit News, 12/12/12)
Michigan  would be first blue ‘Right to Work’ state (The Fix, 12/11/12)
Michigan still needs action on schools, universities, Detroit (Bridge, 12/11/12)
While sickouts close 3 schools, others manage with fewer teachers (Detroit News, 12/11/12)
On RTW, money talked, GOP answered (Bridge, 12/11/12)
Right to Work bills revamp how courts handle challenges to them (Bridge, 12/11/12)
VIDEO: Labor, Democrats ponder next moves after Snyder signs right-to-work laws (Detroit Free Press, 12/11/12)
Right to Work bills won’t tough state police (Bridge, 12/11/12)
Michigan puts limits on unions (LA Times, 12/11/12)
EDITORIAL: Drinking the Koch’s Kool-Aid (Detroit Free Press, 12/11/12)
How Michigan voters can repeal the GOP’s anti-union power-grab (Think Progress, 12/11/12)
OPINION: The false equivalency of Proposal 2 and right-to-work (Detroit News, 12/11/12)
OPINION: Right-to-work vote defining moment (Detroit News, 12/11/12)
Capitol protests marked by swings, sprays and 3 arrests (Detroit News, 12/11/12)
VIDEO: Governor Rick Snyder signs Right-to-Work legislation in Michigan (YouTube, 12/11/12)
Snyder makes Michigan 24th right-to-work state (Detroit News, 12/11/12)
‘All-out war in Michigan’: A guide to the bruising right-to-work fight (The Week, 12/11/12)
Michigan Legislature gives final approval to right-to-work limiting unions, sends to governor (Washington Post, 12/10/12)
Obama ties right-to-work to fiscal cliff in Michigan (Politico, 12/10/12)
Democrats warn Snyder about consequences of Michigan right-to-work legislation rush (Detroit Free Press, 12/10/12)
COMMENTARY: Could right-to-work issue hurt Detroit’s chances for federal dollars?(MLive.com, 12/10/12)
Blogs battle over Michigan’s right-to-work (Politico, 12/10/12)
Wisconsin anti-union group helping fund Right to Work for Less drive in Michigan (EclectaBlog, 12/10/12)
OPINION: NY Times flubs Michigan tax breaks (Bridge, 12/10/12)
COMMENTARY: Gov. Rick Snyder wanted ‘issue behind us’ — but he hurt Michigan (Detroit Free Press, 12/9/12)
COMMENTARY: Right-to-work – The battle for Michigan’s soul (Detroit Free Press, 12/9/12)
COMMENTARY: Rick Snyder endorses hypocrisy, not democracy, on Right to Work (MLive.com, 12/9/12)
How the Michigan legislature voted on right-to-work bills (Detroit Free Press, 12/9/12)
EDITORIAL: A failure of leadership – Snyder’s about-face on right-to-work betrays voters (Detroit Free Press, 12/9/12)
COMMENTARY: Why we can’t live with unions — or without them (Detroit Free Press, 12/9/12)
Right-to-Work — Too fast, too furious? (MyFox47, 12/8/12)
Will it be Gretchen? (Blogging for Michigan, 12/7/12)
Rick Snyder, Michigan’s reluctant union-buster (The New Republic, 12/7/12)
Michigan loses it’s mind, day two (Esquire, 12/7/12)
OPINION: The right to worse, not the right to choose (Detroit News, 12/7/12)
COMMENTARY: Do the math: Right-to-work makes absolutely no sense for Michigan (Detroit Free Press, 12/7/12)
And the Republican party accelerates its decline into nothingness (Blogging for Michigan, 12/7/12)
In Michigan, heart of organized labor, Republicans push to limit union power (Washington Post, 12/7/12)
Racing to the bottom in Michigan (Political Animal, 12/7/12)
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer launches website, sparking questions about possible run for governor in 2014 (MLive.com, 12/7/12)
Michigan GOP approves right to work amid union protests (Chicago Tribune, 12/7/12)
‘Right-to-work’ legislation speeds ahead in Lansing (Detroit Free Press, 12/7/12)
COMMENTARY: Gov. Rick Snyder’s change of heart seems to be born from frustration (Detroit Free Press, 12/7/12)
‘Right-to-work’ bills pass in Lansing (Detroit News, 12/7/12)
Michigan legislature passes right-to-work bill (WKZO, 12/7/12)
UAW President Bob King: ‘Right-to-work is wrong for Michigan’ (Detroit Free Press, 12/7/12)
The long tail of 2010: Why Michigan Republicans can get away with their last-minute anti-labor push (Slate, 12/7/12)
Michigan goes Right-to-Work (Slate, 12/7/12)
COMMENTARY: Thumbs up for the Mitten (National Review, 12/7/12)
D-Day for Right-to-work in Michigan (Reason, 12/7/12)
COMMENTARY: GOP, Koch brothers sneak attack guts labor rights in Michigan (The Nation, 12/6/12)
Snyder, GOP leaders unveil right-to-work legislation: It’s ‘about fairness in the workplace’ (Battle Creek Enquirer, 12/6/12)
Michigan lawmakers fast-track right-to-work legislation during chaotic day at the Capitol (Detroit Free Press, 12/6/12)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder calls for right-to-work legislation (Oakland Press, 12/6/12)
VIDEO: Police arrest several protesters, spray mace into crows inside Michigan Capitol (Detroit Free Press, 12/6/12)
Mich. lawmakers push right-to-work legislation; police pepper-spray protesters inside Capitol (AP, 12/6/12)
Michigan lawmakers are trying to sneak through extreme abortion restrictions in lame duck session (Think Progress, 12/6/12)
Economists: Right-to-work states have lower-income residents, poor labor relations (Detroit Free Press, 12/6/12)
‘Right-to-work’ debate intensifies (Battle Creek Enquirer, 12/6/12)
Is Michigan too light on tax lures? (Bridge, 12/6/12)
Legislature poised to lock in strict time limits on cash aid to needy families (Bridge, 12/6/12)
Business recruiters watch changes in Michigan incentives with concern (Bridge, 12/6/12)
State may oversee Detroit’s finances (New York Times, 12/5/12)
COMMENTARY: Gov. Rick Snyder’s comment breathes life into right to work, but did he mean it? (MLive.com, 12/5/12)
COMMENTARY: Give Snyder credit for trying to juggle tax changes (Bridge, 12/5/12)
Michigan town woos Hollywood, but ends up with a bit part (New York Times, 12/4/12)
Grover Norquist lobbies for anti-union law in Michigan (Daily Kos, 12/4/12)
Not this time, guv (Right Michigan, 12/4/12)
Interest high in ‘right-to-work’; gains unclear (Bridge, 12/4/12)
Michigan Chamber admits it lied (Blogging for Michigan, 12/4/12)
Job-creation push spawns flurry of numbers, opinions (Bridge, 12/4/12)
Governors run after companies, waving dollars (Bridge, 12/4/12)
State bets big for jobs; gains are expensive (Bridge, 12/4/12)
Court rules MPSERS reform constitutional (MASSP, 12/4/12)
Mining tax could spur more Upper Peninsula mining (Bridge, 12/3/12)

NOVEMBER 2012

COMMENTARY: Time for Rick Snyder to declare if he’ll sign Right to Work (MLive.com, 11/29/12)
Unions mobilize opposition to Right to Work in case GOP lawmakers pursue it (MLive.com, 11/29/12)
COMMENTARY: Anti-Detroit rhetoric is heating up in the Legislature (MLive.com, 11/29/12)
Gov. Snyder talks up trails, fracking, Great Lakes in broad energy speech (MLive.com, 11/29/12)
Snyder tries again on cut for business equipment tax (Bridge, 11/29/12)
Michigan will not have state-run health insurance exchange (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/29/12)
GOP tries again for right-to-work laws in Michigan (Detroit News, 11/29/12)
COMMENTARY: Schools need help to better support and evaluate teachers (Bridge, 11/29/12)
Blue Cross getting quite a deal at Michigan Capitol (Bridge, 11/29/12)
Proposed changes to state loan program could limit schools’ ability to buy tech (Bridge, 11/29/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder’s energy speech: reaction from Consumers Energy, DTE, Proposal 3 group (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
COMMENTARY: Revenge is in the air as Right to Work issue looms over Lansing’s lame duck session (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
COMMENTARY: No time to wait on renewable energy (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
Gov. Snyder in today’s speech wants higher renewable energy mandate (remember Proposal 3?) (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
Natural gas is key to Snyder’s energy policy (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/28/12)
Sources: State House Democrats won’t back major bills if GOP pushes right to work (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/28/12)
Is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority establishing a statewide school reform district on the fast track? (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
Snyder strategist pushes action on Regional Transit Authority: ‘This is an historic opportunity’ (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
Gov.Rick Snyder’s energy plan draws mixed reaction from environmental, conservation groups (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
5 things to look for in Gov.Rick Snyder’s special message on energy, environment (MLive.com, 11/28/12)
COMMENTARY: Choice proposal bets on market forces (Bridge, 11/27/12)
Bills would turn Michigan into ‘Super Choice’ state (Bridge, 11/27/12)
Michigan business tax debate: Snyder’s revised plan a big part of lame-duck agenda (MLive.com, 11/27/12)
COMMENTARY: Legislature poised to act on Right to Work (MLive.com, 11/27/12)
Michigan unions wary of possible movement on ‘right to work’ legislation during lame duck (MLive.com, 11/27/12)
COMMENTARY: Lame duck begins today, but will the Legislature take action? (MLive.com, 11/27/12)
New business tax plan requires statewide vote; concerned local governments want details (MLive.com, 11/27/12)
Legislature poised to act on right to work (Bridge, 11/27/12)
School choice: Not your father’s classroom (Bridge, 11/27/12)
OPINION: Prop 2 vote wasn’t an endorsement of ‘right to work’ (Holland Sentinel, 11/27/12)
OPINION: Under school finance reboot, ‘cities and small towns throughout the state would cease to exist’ (Grand Rapids Press, 11/26/12)
COMMENTARY: Just how smart is this year’s class of incoming legislators? (MLive.com, 11/26/12)
Gov. Snyder visits Canada for bridge, trade meetings (AP, 11/26/12)
15 topics to watch during the Michigan Legislature’s ‘lame duck’ session — from unions to abortion to personal property taxes (MLive.com, 11/26/12)
State Sen. Minority leader, Secretary of State see the election process in a very different way (Lansing State Journal, 11/25/12)
COMMENTARY: Will Gov. Snyder’s education plan succeed where others have failed? (MLive.com, 11/25/12)
Is Detroit turning a corner? Development spreads to new neighborhoods (Detroit Free Press, 11/25/12)
Education debate: Moving Michigan toward ‘a learning model that fits the times’ (MLive.com, 11/24/12)
EDITORIAL: Gov. Rick Snyder’s school finance reboot that offers parents options merits debate, not immediate partisan dismissal (Grand Rapids Press, 11/24/12)
Groups send letter to governor concerning immigrants’ rights (The Arab American News, 11/23/12)
OPINION: Snyder’s ed finance plan is spot on (Detroit News, 11/23/12)
COMMENTARY: Republicans say they don’t have to change to win — and they could be right (MLive.com, 11/22/12)
VIDEO: Pressure mounting for Justice Hathaway resignation (WILX, 11/21/12)
Feud breaks out in Michigan over licenses for undocumented immigrants (Fox News Latino, 11/21/12)
OPINION: Unions rely on Gov. Snyder to protect collective bargaining (Detroit News, 11/21/12)
Time to do away with gerrymandering and leave redistricting to a nonpartisan commission (Blogging for Michigan, 11/20/12)
Retirement lawsuit bites into school budgets (Bridge, 11/20/12)
Thoughts on the EFM law (Blogging for Michigan, 11/19/12)
5-year limit on welfare challenged in Michigan Supreme Court (MLive.com, 11/18/12)

COMMENTARY: Bobby Schostack to battle to keep Mich. Republican Party chair position (Detroit Free Press, 11/18/12)
COMMENTARY: Don’t expect a post-election honeymoon in Lansing (MLive.com, 11/18/12)
COMMENTARY: ‘If conditions were ever perfect for (right to work), they are right now’ – legislator (MLive.com, 11/18/12)
Snyder moves toward partnership on health care exchange (Detroit News, 11/16/12)
Gov. Snyder prepares for federally dominant health exchange; Bolger now backs state option (MLive.com, 11/16/12)
Q&A: Jeff Irwin offers his take on Washtenaw County’s prospects with 4 Dems in MI House (AnnArbor.com, 11/16/12)
Can dysfunctional Detroit politicians learn from Chrysler? (MLive.com, 11/16/12)
COMMENTARY: Does Detroit want the governor’s help? Doesn’t appear like it (MLive.com, 11/16/12)
Michigan Democratic strategists warn of recalls from ‘Right to Work’ (WKZO, 11/16/12)
Snyder will proceed with state-federal health exchange, but leaves door open for state-run plan (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/16/12)
Next time, a tougher road to the ballot? (Bridge, 11/15/12)
Reaction to affirmative action ruling: Bill Schuette vows appeal, ACLU says political process must be open to all (MLive.com, 11/15/12)
COMMENTARY: Michigan needs counterweight to autos (Bridge, 11/15/12)
Michigan’s recovery dangles from ‘fiscal cliff’ (Bridge, 11/15/12)
COMMENTARY: State lays out plans for new EM law (Detroit News, 11/15/12)
Affirmative Action ban in Michigan is rejected (New York Times, 11/15/12)
Michigan lawmakers fret over insurance exchange delay (Detroit News, 11/14/12)
Gary Peters: Future Democratic gubernatorial candidate? (Central Michigan Life, 11/13/12)
$152 million, and not even a t-shirt? (Bridge, 11/13/12)
Scandal-plagued Roy Schmidt talks defeat, what’s next in first remarks since losing re-election (MLive.com, 11/13/12)
AUDIO: Commentary: Right to work on Michigan horizon? (Michigan Radio, 11/12/12)
Population and politics behind Oakland County’s shift toward Democrats (Detroit Free Press, 11/12/12)
Will Sen. Carl Levin run again in 2014? Expect decision early next week (MLive.com, 11/11/12)
Props’ defeat shows spending has its limit: Voters tune out after message overload (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/11/12)
Several Democrats may challenge Snyder in 2014 (Detroit Free Press, 11/10/12)
Senator Whitmer being pushed to run for governor (WHTC, 11/9/12)
Bid to head off ‘Right to Work’ may propel it’s adoption in Michigan (Bridge, 11/8/12)
Money doesn’t buy happiness — or amendments (Bridge, 11/8/12)
State House GOP names Livonia lawmaker as speaker pro tem (Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/8/12)
For the legislature, an active and speedy ‘duck,’ followed by a cautious 2013 (Bridge, 11/8/12)
Voters endorse a ‘simmer down’ approach to state’s challenges (Bridge, 11/8/12)
Lessons for the day: Voters show wisdom; Snyder gains (Bridge, 11/8/12)
Political winds bolster bridge, fuel-tax review, but not renewable energy (Bridge, 11/8/12)
Michigan’s toughened emergency manager law rejected (Detroit Free Press, 11/7/12)
Michigan Republicans hold on to state House, but with smaller majority (Detroit Free Press, 11/7/12)
Labor groups stand by Proposal 2 as fight for collective bargaining (Detroit Free Press, 11/7/12)
Snyder: Voter confusion helped defeat emergency manager law (Detroit Free Press, 11/7/12)
Michigan voters reject all proposals; emergency manager law (Detroit Free Press, 11/7/12)
New report: The metro Grand Rapids economy (Michigan Future, Inc, 11/4/12)

OCTOBER 2012

Big changes afoot for state outdoors fund? (Bridge, 10/25/12)
Natural Resources Trust Fund’s dollars have earned friends across Michigan (Bridge, 10/25/12)
Commentary: Michigan’s ‘Supreme’ election is a scandal (Bridge, 10/25/12)
Commentary: Reserve constitutional changes for serious matters; reject Props 2-6 (Bridge, 10/23/12)
Welfare changes have saved state money; fate of ex-recipients unclear (Bridge, 10/23/12)
Ballot props ‘terrible,’ ‘devastating,’ governor says (Bridge, 10/23/12)
Business boosts ambitious pre-K expansion plans in Michigan (Bridge, 10/4/12)
Snyder likely to veto handgun bill (Michigan Radio, 10/3/12)
Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial coup of Emergency Managers (Blogging for Michigan, 10/2/12)
Snyder: No funds to get proposal messages out (Lansing State Journal, 10/2/12)
House Speaker Bolger faces criticism over company’s tax history (Michigan Radio, 10/2/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

The life and times of Michigan House Bill 5225 (Blogging for Michigan, 9/30/12)
Commentary: Who’s secret sugar daddy to Oakland court challengers? (Detroit Free Press, 9/30/12)
Mandating state workers pay 4% for pensions unconstitutional, judge rules (Detroit News, 9/29/12)
Michigan lags behind other states in pre-K efforts (Bridge, 9/27/12)
Commentary: Proposal 5 would take political dysfunction in state capitol to whole new level (Bridge, 9/27/12)
Once thought a battleground, Michigan tilting Obama’s way (LA Times, 9/26/12)
Bolger takes no position on tax restraint, bridge ballot issues (Detroit News, 9/26/12)
State official: Adults have let children down (Bridge, 9/25/12)
Pre-K access is a challenge across the state (Bridge, 9/25/12)
There’s been a dictatorial coup — Koch Bros. have a bunch of czars running cities across Michigan (Alternet, 9/25/12)
Snyder shuns partisan warfare as Michigan gains most since 2002 (Bloomberg Businessweek, 9/25/12)
Commentary: Michigan can’t become right-to-work state (Detroit News, 9/24/12)
Michigan Dems claim Oakland Co. Sheriff Bouchard violated campaign finance law (Detroit News, 9/22/12)
Decision 2012: MSU studies Michigan mood (Detroit News, 9/22/12)
Michigan voters favor Dems for House (Detroit News, 9/21/12)
Commentary: Ballot proposals hijack real debate (Detroit News, 9/21/12)
Injunction sought against citizen check-off on voter ballot applications (AP, 9/21/12)
Poll finds support slips for 5 ballot proposals (Detroit News, 9/21/12)
Commentary: Pure Michigan’s natural assets are under assault (Bridge, 9/20/12)
Opinion: Bolger-Schmidt courtship leads to messy affair (Detroit News, 9/20/12)
Poll: Fueled by women voters, Obama widens lead in Michigan (Detroit News, 9/20/12)
Fueled by women voters, Obama widens lead in Michigan (Detroit News, 9/19/12)
First conviction recorded in McCotter campaign probe (Lansing State Journal, 9/18/12)
Marijuana users explore law’s limits (Bridge, 9/18/12)
Mich. House narrows, approves ’4 strikes’ bill on felons (Bridge, 9/18/12)
Michigan bucks trend — in good way — on family incomes (Bridge, 9/18/12)
West Michigan gets serious about global race for talent (Bridge, 9/18/12)
Medicaid boost draws fire – Mich. Senate measure would reject expansion (Livingston Daily Press & Argus, 9/18/12)
Opinion: Sec of State Johnson should drop citizenship question from Nov. ballot (Detroit Free Press, 9/18/12)
Commentary: Jennifer Granholm earned every second of her primal scream (MLive.com, 9/17/12)
Group sues Mich. sec of state over citizenship checkboxes for voters (Detroit Free Press, 9/17/12)
Commentary: 2/3 tax vote proposal yet another maneuver by billionaire Detroit bridge owner Matty Moroun (MLive.com, 9/16/12)
Commentary: Romney/Ryan’s lack of specifics mirrors a certain governor’s campaign style (MLive.com, 9/16/12)
Paul Ryan: Michigan ‘critical’ to GOP in November (Detroit News, 9/15/12)
Snyder leading trip to China (Detroit News, 9/15/12)
Election clerks defy ballot citizenship rule (Detroit News, 9/14/12)
Local clerks say they will ignore Mich. ballot citizenship question despite Sec of State’s order (ClickOnDetroit, 9/14/12)
Commentary: Roads need fixing, but don’t expect quick action by Michigan legislature (MLive.com, 9/14/12)
Allen Park to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder’s financial emergency ruling after close council vote (MLive.com, 9/14/12)
Commentary: Ballot bids threaten Michigan’s progress (Detroit News, 9/14/12)
Commentary: Yes, Mitt Romney really is losing Michigan (MLive.com, 9/13/12)
Minority Dems propose easier military voting rules (AP, 9/11/12)
Commentary: Jennifer Granholm was just being Jennifer in her DNC speech (MLive.com, 9/10/12)
Upbeat GOP says Mitt Romney is running strong in Michigan, not giving up on native state (MLive.com, 9/8/12)
Jobs vs. green energy debate splits Dems at Michigan convention (Detroit News, 9/8/12)
Commentary: Granholm’s speech exposes double-standard (Detroit News, 9/8/12)
GOP insists Michigan still in play (Politico, 9/8/12)
Granholm cheerleads for Dems; Mich Republicans show ‘guv luv’ (Capitol Journal, 9/7/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder declares financial emergency in Allen Park (Detroit News, 9/7/12)
Commentary: Michigan Dems march to too many drummers (Detroit News, 9/7/12)
Commentary: Democrats hope they have a ‘cherry on top of the sundae’ to win back MI House (MLive.com, 9/7/12)
See how Michigan’s 6 statewide November ballot proposals will be worded (MLive.com, 9/7/12)
Commentary: Mich. Supreme Court didn’t hand Snyder much good news on Wed. (MLive.com, 9/6/12)
Opinion: Grand jury right step in election case (Lansing State Journal, 9/6/12)
Motor City rolls on to tech, health care (Bridge, 9/6/12)
Romney, GOP groups pull ads from Michigan and Penn. (TPM, 9/6/12)
Four staffers of former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter heading back to court over fraud (Oakland Press, 9/6/12)
Commentary: Obama using Granholm’s playbook (Detroit News, 9/6/12)
Gov. Snyder on Michigan industry: ‘We were too complacent, too content. We took too much for granted.’ (MLive.com, 9/6/12)
Commentary: Social agenda draws in business owners to Democrats (Detroit News, 9/5/12)
Michigan Dems slam Republicans on abortion policy during delegation breakfast Wednesday (The Politicker, 9/5/12)
Bolger/Schmidt scheme comes to 67th (City Pulse, 9/5/12)
Sec of State Johnson to keep citizenship question on general election ballot application (Detroit News, 9/5/12)
Ruth Johnson determined to suppress vote in November (Blogging for Michigan, 9/5/12)
Conservatives for Mitt Romney pull ads off TV in Michigan, Pennsylvania (AP, 9/5/12)
Commentary: Michigan has its education funding system backwards (Bridge, 9/4/12)

AUGUST 2012

Michigan GOP leaders are camera shy (Blogging for Michigan, 8/30/12)
Video: Inside Michigan Supreme Court: Decisions on 4 ballot initiatives (ClickOnDetroit, 8/30/12)
Romney shown closing the gap on Obama in latest Michigan poll (Detroit Free Press, 8/30/12)
Video: Michigan Supreme Court hears big ballot arguments; no decisions Thursday (ClickOnDetroit, 8/30/12)
Protect Our Jobs releases second ad: Collective bargaining helps save auto industry (UAW, 8/29/12)
Gov tells Romney: Michigan up for grabs (Detroit News, 8/28/12)
Michigan’s Emergency Managers seen as major threat by labor (Stateline, 8/28/12)
Michigan isn’t a tossup (FiveThirtyEight, 8/28/12)
See how Jase Bolger, Republicans and Democrats reacted to grand jury investigation in Grand Rapids election fraud conspiracy (Grand Rapids News, 8/28/12)
Grand jury to investigate #bolgerschmidtfraud (Blogging for Michigan, 8/28/12)
Michigan needs direct action to ban paying for petition signatures (Bridge, 8/28/12)
House speaker Bolger says Rep. Schmidt told him fake candidate’s residency was legit (Detroit Free Press, 8/28/12)
Read the judicial order that created grand jury for Roy Schmidt-Jase Bolger criminal probe (Grand Rapids News, 8/28/12)
Michigan ballot initiatives head back to courts (Detroit News, 8/28/12)
Michigan board considering whether to put casino expansion, bridge restriction plans on ballot (ClickOnDetroit, 8/27/12)
Michigan GOP governor dismisses Romney’s auto rescue opposition: ‘It’s history’ (Think Progress, 8/27/12)
Tampa tidbits: GOP worries about party switching scandal (Detroit News, 8/27/12)
Union-backed Protect Our Jobs likely headed back to ballot after Appeals Court decision (MLive.com, 8/27/12)
GM shuns political poster child role, bans candidate visits until after election day (Detroit Free Press, 8/26/12)
Commentary: Every governor has a nemesis; guess who fits that bill for Gov. Rick Snyder (MLive.com, 8/26/12)
Commentary: Canada has huge interest in ensuring new Detroit-Windsor bridge is built (MLive.com, 8/26/12)
Opinion: Romney’s play for Michigan (Washington Post, 8/26/12)
Poll shows Snyder’s approval numbers rising (Detroit News, 8/24/12)
Commentary: Schmidt/Bolger election case may not pass the smell test (MLive.com, 8/24/12)
Land wars: Senator targets private land conservancies (Bridge, 8/23/12)
Welcoming Michigan looks to refocus the conversation on immigration; create an immigrant-friendly environment (MLive.com, 8/23/12)
GOP Michigan budgets are an historic shift from corporations to individuals (Blogging for Michigan, 8/23/12)
Michigan Democrats to ask for 1-person grand jury in fake candidate scandal (Detroit Free Press, 8/22/12)
Exclusive survey shows President Obama with slight edge over Mitt Romney in Mich (Click on Detroit, 8/22/12)
Snyder joins Schuette in his attack on labor and citizen ballot drives (Blogging for Michigan, 8/21/12)
Snyder, Schuette seek to stop collective-bargaining ballot proposal (AP, 8/21/12)
Commentary: Constitution is no place to set state energy policy (MLive.com, 8/21/12)
Opinion: Rebuttal: Citizenship question protects elections, immigrants (Detroit News, 8/21/12)
Commentary: How much of Michigan should public own? (Bridge, 8/21/12)
DNR’s prominence, legislative bill-paying cause angst in Northern Michigan (Bridge, 8/21/12)
Detective believes Bolger, Schmidt conspired to commit perjury in state House scandal, records show (Detroit Free Press, 8/20/12)
Future teachers mull impact of new legislation (AP, 8/19/12)
Rick Snyder defies easy labels (New York Times, 8/18/12)
Editorial: Drop the citizenship question (Detroit News, 8/17/12)
Michigan needs ALEC accountability NOW (Blogging for Michigan, 8/17/12)
Video: Mojzak on Schmidt: ‘I’m being used’ (WOOD-TV, 8/16/12)
Bill aims to stop party-switch inequity (WOOD-TV, 8/15/12)
Republican block attempt to put collective bargaining on the ballot (Blogging for Michigan, 8/15/12)
Legislature sends school employee pension reform bill to Snyder (Detroit News, 8/15/12)
Jase Bolger-Roy Schmidt fraud still an issue (Blogging for Michigan, 8/15/12)
Election fraud case shut down while it was still being investigated (Detroit Free Press, 8/15/12)
Collective bargaining supporters take fight for ballot spot to MI Supreme Court (Detroit Free Press, 8/15/12)
GOP fumbles: On verge of giving MEA huge pension win (Michigan Capitol Confidential, 8/14/12)
Center for Michigan, Bridge win battle for transparency on welfare records (Bridge, 8/14/12)
Analysis: Northern Michigan rules the House for 2013 (Bridge, 8/14/12)
Senate poised to tweak teacher retirement plan; major shift deferred in face of cost estimates (Bridge, 8/14/12)
2012 primary draws typically low vote response (Bridge, 8/14/12)
Report: Search warrants were pending on Bolger-Schmidt case when Kent County prosecutor made determination (MLive, 8/14/12)
Election fiascos hurt Michigan Republicans on fraud issue they have long highlighted (MLive, 8/13/12)
Bill would require parental permission for children to be taught by ineffective teachers (Michigan Capitol Confidential, 8/13/12)
ALEC in Michigan: Full report w/Exec Summary by Progress Michigan, Common Cause & Mich. Citizen Action (Blogging for Michigan, 8/13/12)
Opinion: Sec State Ruth Johnson: My role in ensuring fair elections (Detroit News, 8/13/12)
Commentary: Voter question overstepped law (Detroit Free Press, 8/12/12)
Commentary: Romney-Ryan echo Snyder-Calley (Detroit News, 8/11/12)
Commentary: School choice – Sometimes less proves to be more (MLive, 8/11/12)
Update on Bill Schuette for Governor campaign (Blogging for Michigan, 8/10/12)
AG Schuette to announce charges in McCotter signature scandal (Blogging for Michigan, 8/9/12)
Citizenship question on ballot application causes confusion, frustration (Blogging for Michigan, 8/8/12)
Grand Rapids state rep in party-switching furor wins GOP primary (Detroit Free Press, 8/8/12)
State elections chief says affirming citizenship not required to vote (Detroit News, 8/7/12)
Audio: Legal voters refused ballots (Michigan Radio, 8/7/12)
Commentary: Citizenship question on ballot application leaves a lousy feeling (Detroit Free Press, 8/7/12)
Commentary: Consolidating local government easier said than done (Bridge, 8/7/12)
Michigan’s Emergency Manager law suspended (Governing, 8/6/12)
AG Schuette: Reject petitions for union-backed plan (Detroit News, 8/4/12)
Snyder looking at second term, still has lots to do (Detroit News, 8/3/12)
MI Supreme Court: Emergency manager repeal must go on November ballot (Detroit Free Press, 8/3/12)
Opponents of Michigan emergency manager law turn to feds for help (Detroit News, 8/2/12)
Detroit span connects state to can-do past (Bridge, 8/2/12)
Across nation, big projects carry big bills, large concerns (Bridge, 8/2/12)
AG Schuette opposes adding renewable energy mandate to constitution; MEA endorses ballot initiative (Detroit News, 8/2/12)
Michigan Emergency Managers outsource education (Governing, 8/2/12)
Led by U of Mich, state colleges spent $2.1M lobbying state, federal lawmakers (MLive.com, 8/1/12)
Feds suing state over late absentee ballots, two area townships cited (Lansing State Journal, 8/1/12)
Commentary: Can we call parties what they really are – gangs? (Holland Sentinel, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

Genessee County recall PAC regrouping as non-profit advocacy group (Flint News, 7/31/12)
Election 2012: GOP House eyes appeal to conservative base (Bridge, 7/31/12)
Special-interest money floods ballot-measure efforts (Bridge, 7/31/12)
Casino ballot proposal offers promises and red flags (Blogging for Michigan, 7/31/12)
Commentary: Snyder’s motives in repealing motorcycle helmet law questionable (AnnArbor.com, 7/30/12)
Richard DeVos, teachers union fuel contributions to Michigan political parties (MLive.com, 7/28/12)
Sec of State Ruth Johnson wants Jase Bolger, Roy Schmidt to answer election fraud complaint (MLive.com, 7/27/12)
Commentary: The politics of personal destruction (Dome, 7/27/12)
Rep. Roy Schmidt returns $8,795 in donations given before scandal (Detroit Free Press, 7/27/12)
Economic turmoil challenges Mich. seniors, too (Bridge, 7/26/12)
Video: Gov. Snyder weighs in on Roy Schmidt scandal (WZZM, 7/26/12)
Special interests spend millions on Michigan ballot initiatives (Detroit News, 7/26/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder: Legislature should reform election laws, voters can assess Roy Schmidt’s fraud (Grand Rapids News, 7/26/12)
6 things to know about emergency manager hearing in Mich. Supreme Court (MLive.com, 7/26/12)
Michigan GOP circles the wagons to protect Speaker Bolger, Ouimet uses House email to campaign (Electablog, 7/26/12)
Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments on putting emergency manager law before voters (ClickOnDetroit, 7/25/12)
Buses carrying Flint residents to Supreme Court for Public Act 4 ballot issue; ‘It’s a huge day for Michigan,’ pastor says (Flint News, 7/25/12)
Michigan Supreme Court hears word-size dispute in emergency ballot case (MLive.com, 7/25/12)
Unions pour $8 million for Protect Our Jobs campaign, expected to have national attention (MLive.com, 7/25/12)
Michigan should wait on creating ‘Obamacare’ health insurance exchange, Rep. Mike Shirkey says (Jackson News, 7/25/12)
Commentary: Gretchen Whitmer took a shot during Bolger/Schmidt fiasco, and GOP blasted back (MLive.com, 7/24/12)
Poll shows Michigan is battleground state for Obama, Romney (ClickonDetroit, 7/24/12)
Sec of State Ruth Johnson on Jase Bolger ‘gamesmanship’: ‘Voters deserve better than this’ (MLive.com, 7/24/12)
Preview: Supreme Court asking 2 questions in fight over emergency manager referendum (MLive.com, 7/24/12)
Mich. GOP: Tossing integrity and credibility out the window … again (Right Michigan, 7/24/12)
Democrats bloody one  another in redrawn House districts (Bridge, 7/24/12)
School reform push focuses on learning results, not funding buckets (Bridge, 7/24/12)
Truth Squad issues flagrant foul to Schmidt, foul to Bolger on election scheme (Bridge, 7/24/12)
Chrysler could make big investment in Detroit (ClickOnDetroit, 7/23/12)
Vibrant cities initiative brings recreation, green space (Traverse City Record-Eagle, 7/22/12)
Commentary: True Republicans don’t cheat (Right Michigan, 7/22/12)
Bolger sorry for ballot scandal (Detroit News, 7/21/12)
Robocalls for Bolger’s resignation (WKZO, 7/20/12)
Opinion: House Speaker Bolger must rebuild reputation after misstep (Detroit News,7/20/12)
Mich. House Speaker Bolger: ‘I apologize to voters’ (Detroit Free Press, 7/20/12)
House Speaker Jase Bolger: ‘I didn’t lie… I was evasive’ in Roy Schmidt election scheme (Kalamazoo News, 7/20/12)
Snyder education talk slated for Grand Rapids on July 25 (Bridge, 7/19/12)
Video: Dems call for Schmidt ‘fraud’ response (WoodTV8, 7/19/12)
Election scandal a matter of ‘pure, pure ineptitude’ on part of House Speaker Jase Bolger, political analyst says (Kalamazoo News, 7/18/12)
Detroit’s core thrives as criminals prey on neighborhoods (Bloomberg, 7/18/12)
Group delivers signatures asking for House GOP leaders’ apology for silencing lawmakers Lisa Brown, Barb Byrum (ClickonDetroit, 7/18/12)
Mich. House Democratic leader wants investigation into party-switching candidate (ClickonDetroit, 7/18/12)
Michigan plan to defund public education (Diane Ravitch, 7/18/12)
House Dems Urge Michigan AG Bill Schuette to probe possible price-fixing in fracking bids (MLive.com, 7/18/12)
Democrats keep heat on Jase Bolger, Michigan House’s top-ranked Republican (MLive.com, 7/18/12)
Rep. Barb Byrum, armed with 115,000 signatures, seeks apology from Republicans after ‘vagina’ controversy (MLive.com, 7/18/12)
Report: Schmidt, Bolger attempted ‘fraud’ in race for House set, but did not break law (Detroit Free Press, 7/17/12)
House Speaker Jase Bolger rejects calls for resignation in election scandal, says ‘we lost sight that we ought to be focused on the people’ (Grand Rapids News, 7/17/12)
GOP lawmaker: Roy Schmidt election scheme is a ‘travesty’ (Grand Rapids News, 7/17/12)
Millions at stake for schools as senate considers teacher retirement change (Bridge, 7/17/12)
State officials begin effort to overhaul school funding (Detroit News, 7/17/12)
Pro-casino claims go a bit too far, finds the Michigan Truth Squad (Bridge, 7/17/12)
Casino plan foes overstate ballot implications, Truth Squad says (Bridge, 7/17/12)
Video: Ruling – Schmidt’s ‘fraud’ not illegal (WoodTV8, 7/17/12)
Truth Squad delves into casino land ownership (Bridge, 7/17/12)
Prosecutor: Roy Schmidt attempted to ‘perpetrate a “fraud” on the electorate’ (Blogging for Michigan, 7/17/12)
Leaders on Schmidt party-switch report (WoodTV8, 7/17/12)
Judge rejects contraception suit filed by Michigan, 6 other states (AP, 7/17/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder assembles panel to plan for sweeping changes to school funding (MLive.com, 7/16/12)
Commentary: Snyder sets himself apart from other GOP govs by vetoing ‘voter suppression’ bills (MLive.com, 7/12/12)
Analysis: Mich. Dept of Human Services doesn’t live up to Gov. Snyder’s transparency pledge (Bridge, 7/12/12)
Snyder might sign voter ID bill (Michigan Radio, 7/12/12)
Opinion: A politician who did what was right (The Daily Star, 7/11/12)
Federal investigation into Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo River expected to have wide implications for industry, regulators (Kalamazoo News, 7/11/12)
Michigan Republicans and Obamacare: Time to leap from ideological train (Capitol Journal, 7/11/12)
After praise for standing up to GOP, Gov. Rick Snyder expected to take 2nd look at vetoed election reform bills (MLive.com, 7/11/12)
Costly special elections set to fill out final weeks of McCotter term (Detroit Free Press, 7/11/12)
Commentary: Unfunded legacy costs = big trouble for local governments (Bridge, 7/10/12)
Mich. Chamber of Commerce unveils latest anti-labor effort (Blogging for Michigan, 7/9/12)
Commentary: No one is safe while the legislature is in session! (Dome, 7/6/12)
Republicans warn union campaign in Michigan could roll back reforms (Fox News, 7/6/12)
Editorial: Michigan House Republicans can’t keep delaying state health care revisions (Detroit News, 7/5/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder surprises with vetoes on voting restrictions (Detroit Free Press, 7/5/12)
Lefty organization Progress Michigan gives Gov. Snyder some love (A2Politico, 7/5/12)
Snyder, lawmakers team up for 603 laws (AP, 7/5/12)
Commentary: Which comes 1st, freedom of speech or freedom of religion? (MLive.com, 7/4/12)
Snyder rejects GOP voting laws (Detroit News, 7/4/12)
Michigan lawmakers, Snyder approving hundreds of new laws in 2011-12 session (MLive.com, 7/4/12)
Democrats say Snyder vetoes show he’s a tougher nerd than suspected (MLive.com, 7/3/12)
Gov. Snyder vetoes election bills denounced as ‘voter suppression’ by critics (MLive.com, 7/3/12)
Gov. Snyder disappoints GOP allies, vetoes voter ID rules (Detroit Free Press, 7/3/12)
Protest march planned from Detroit to Lansing (ClickonDetroit, 7/3/12)
Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s fake grassroots groups and Big Business team up to defeat ballot proposals (EclectaBlog, 7/3/12)

JUNE 2012

State spending up despite total GOP control (CapCon, 6/30/12)
Failure to OK health plan could cost state (Detroit News, 6/30/12)
Ex-GOP spokesman apologizes after ‘armed rebellion’ email (Detroit Free Press, 6/29/12)
Michigan businesses face tough choices on health care for workers (Detroit Free Press, 6/29/12)
Medicaid expansion: Up to 500,000 more people will be covered in Mich. (Detroit Free Press, 6/29/12)
Snyder, Michigan legislators to put off decision whether to expand Medicaid by 500,000 people (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/29/12)
Expand Michigan Medicaid in wake of Supreme Court ruling? Not so fast, Snyder says (Detroit Free Press, 6/29/12)
Former GOP spokesman: ‘Is armed rebellion now justified?’ (CapCon, 6/29/12)
Survey finds Michigan business execs upbeat about state’s economy (CBS Detroit, 6/28/12)
Rolling Stone magazine calls out MI GOP for ‘dark side’ politics and war on voting (A2Politico, 6/28/12)
Snyder eliminates MEGA, Next Energy Authority; transfers their roles to Michigan State Fund (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/26/12)
Poor people aren’t getting equal shake in court, governor’s panel warns (Bridge, 6/26/12)
Commentary: Court elections put big money in charge (Bridge, 6/26/12)
Commentary: Ballot insanity (Michigan Public Radio, 6/25/12)
Poll shows tied race in Michigan: Romney up among independents, Obama’s base more excited (MLive.com, 6/25/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder is no fan of 2012 ballot issues (MLive.com, 6/25/12)
Politically speaking: How will women vote in November? (Detroit Free Press, 6/24/12)
What’s the business case for second Detroit bridge? (Bridge, 6/21/12)
Should the legislature enact changes to abortion law? (Bridge, 6/21/12)
Critics of Eagle School sale ask AG to investigate terrorism ties (Patch, 6/21/12)
Poll shows Obama, Romney in statistical dead heat in Michigan; state called ‘purple’ (ClickonDetroit, 6/20/12)
Judge blocks Mich. law to stop health care union dues (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/20/12)
Rick Snyder OKs new laws on issues ranging from plastic to property taxes (MLive.com, 6/20/12)
V-Day rocks Lansing at protest reading of ‘Vagina Monologues’ (Detroit Free Press, 6/19/12)
Is Michigan higher ed headed for a shakeout? (Bridge, 6/19/12)
Snyder out-maneuvers Marouns, legislators to get critical bridge project going (Bridge, 6/19/12)
Suddenly, Michigan looks like more fertile ground to Romney campaign (New York Times, 6/19/12)
Gov. Snyder’s office: Detroit River bridge deal can’t be undone (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/19/12)
A ‘Vagina Monologues’ backstory: Female lawmakers outnumbered in Michigan Legislature (MLive.com, 6/19/12)
Michigan legislators demand control of the organ which must not be named (Slate, 6/18/12)
Commentary: Vagina debate is just a smoke screen (Flint Journal, 6/18/12)
Protesters greet Rick Snyder at Kevin Cotter fundraiser (Morning Sun, 6/18/12)
Michigan Republicans fire back against ‘vagina’ claims (Lansing State Journal, 6/18/12)
Bridge on; now, who gets jobs? (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/17/12)
Should Rick Snyder use his daughter’s private school as a model for Michigan school funding? (MLive.com, 6/17/12)
Could Romney’s call for feds to dump its GM stock be disastrous for the automaker? (MLive.com, 6/17/12)
Commentary: MI Supreme Court will punt on hearing appeal of emergency manager law (Detroit Free Press, 6/17/12)
Editorial: Michigan’s attack on women’s rights (New York Times, 6/15/12)
Commentary: Legalize no-fault absentee voting (Dome, 6/15/12)
Video: Two female Michigan lawmakers silenced after vagina, abortion comments (Detroit Free Press, 6/14/12)
Editorial: Bailout good for Detroit, but really good for UAW (Detroit News, 6/14/12)
Filmmakers still seeing stars after incentive cut (Bridge, 6/14/12)
Commentary: If Michigan prison costs are high, it’s for good reason (Bridge, 6/14/12)
Were film tax incentives too good to last? (Bridge, 6/14/12)
Study: Feds favoring UAW in auto bailout costs taxpayers extra $26.5 billion (Cap Con, 6/14/12)
Lawmaker barred from speaking after ‘vagina’ comment (Detroit News, 6/14/12)
Abortion bill passes House on mostly party line vote (Detroit News, 6/14/12)
Majority of Michigan residents in cities with Emergency Managers are optimistic about future (Business Leaders for Michigan, 6/13/12)
684,000 signatures turned in for ballot measure to block right-to-work law in Michigan (MLive.com, 6/13/12)
Michigan’s unemployment rate up over the month for first time in a year (MLive.com, 6/13/12)
Snyder dodges questions on potential bridge deal (Detroit News, 6/12/12)
Michigan voters could decide casino locales, emergency manager law on 2012 ballot (Bridge, 6/12/12)
Michigan Republicans’ war on women (Blogging for Michigan, 6/12/12)
Commentary: Gov. Snyder plans end-run around the Legislature to get Detroit-Windsor bridge (MLive.com, 6/12/12)
Mich. House Republicans delay vote on anti-choice legislation in the face of huge protest at state Capitol (EclectaBlog, 6/12/12)
Video: Protesters pack heat in Birmingham public meeting (ClickonDetroit, 6/11/12)
Commentary: Right wing’s gloating may be a bit premature (Muskegon Chronicle, 6/11/12)
Obama campaign to highlight effect of auto bailout in Michigan (Detroit News, 6/10/12)
If Michigan Legislature decides to drug test welfare recipients, should lawmakers face tests too? (MLive.com, 6/9/12)
Commentary: If anyone is committing voter fraud in Michigan, it is Republicans (Detroit News, 6/9/12)
Appeals panel stays its own ruling on emergency manager law referendum (Detroit Free Press, 6/8/12)
Michigan Rep. Santana loses committee post after fight (ClickonDetroit, 6/8/12)
Commentary: Minimum wage, maximum harm (CapCon, 6/8/12)
Politics trump science in attack on women’s health (Blogging for Michigan, 6/8/12)
Mich. Court of Appeals delays ruling on Emergency Manager repeal petition signatures, weighs forming a 7-judge panel to review (EclectaBlog, 6/8/12)
On tax tactics, Snyder picks ‘All of the Above’ (Bridge, 6/7/12)
Cassis says GOP leaders back her for McCotter’s Michigan congressional seat (ClickonDetroit, 6/7/12)
Michigan House panel approves abortion bill package (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
State tells Detroit: If Law Dept doesn’t drop consent agreement suit, city will lose revenue sharing (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/7/12)
Oakland County Republicans vote to support Moroun against second Detroit River span (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
MI House votes to cut taxes (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
Michigan Rising ends recall efforts against Governor Snyder (Blogging for Michigan, 6/7/12)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter officially booted off ballot (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
Poll: Obama in dead heat with Romney in Michigan as popularity slips (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
House Republicans propose $1.8B in tax cuts over 6 years (Detroit Free Press, 6/7/12)
Michigan Rising ending effort to recall Gov. Snyder, looks to form progressive think tank (MLive.com, 6/7/12)
Broad tax cuts won’t propel Michigan to prosperity, says economist (Bridge, 6/7/12)
Michigan’s venture capitalists step up to start-ups (Bridge, 6/7/12)
Pew study says Michigan spends cash it doesn’t have to on prisons (Bridge, 6/7/12)
Michigan House OKs bill to accelerate income tax cut (ClickonDetroit, 6/6/12)
Commentary: State budget may be done, but not everyone’s happy (WJBK, 6/6/12)
Report: Prisoners in MI serve longer sentences than those in other states (Detroit News, 6/6/12)
Michigan House OKs welfare drug-testing proposal (ClickonDetroit, 6/6/12)
Michigan’s budget expected to factor into November vote (Detroit Free Press, 6/6/12)
Leader in Gov. Snyder recall effort says campaign is being re-assessed (Detroit Free Press, 6/6/12)
Michigan House Republicans attack women’s health (Blogging for Michigan, 6/6/12)
Festivals haul in $700M for Michigan (Bridge, 6/5/12)
House Speaker Bolger on school budget: ‘Only Democrats can call an additional $245M a cut’ (MLive.com, 6/5/12)
Mich. Senate Democrats denounce budget bill as a ‘relentless, all-out attack on education’ (MLive.com, 6/5/12)
Commentary: Rating Rick Snyder (Holland Sentinel, 6/5/12)
Votes on budget, income taxes expected; watch for medical malpractice debate (MLive.com, 6/5/12)
Commentary: Michigan profits from Snyder’s long view (Bridge, 6/5/12)
Michigan Senate finalizes 2013 budget, education outlays (Detroit Free Press, 6/5/12)
Grand Rapids, Detroit losing race to gain college graduates (Bridge, 6/4/12)
Michigan, Ottawa near deal on new border bridge (The Globe and Mail, 6/4/12)
Commentary: Taking back Lansing is Democrats’ Job No. 1 (Muskegon Chronicle, 6/4/12)
Michigan GOP works to neutralize advantage Obama had in 2008 (Detroit Free Press, 6/3/12)
Rep. Thad McCotter ends primary campaign amid fraud probe (LA Times, 6/3/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder has mixed success with new budget (ClickonDetroit, 6/2/12)
Voter ID laws are an attack on democracy (Blogging for Michigan, 6/1/12)
AG investigating possible McCotter petitions fraud (AP, 6/1/12)
Mich. Chamber CEO named to US Chamber panel involved in election work (Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/1/12)
Commentary: Michigan licensing laws must change (Mackinac Center, 6/1/12)

MAY 2012

Commentary: Michigan tea party is still a work in progress (Detroit News, 5/31/12)
Support for gay marriage climbing in Michigan (Public Policy Polling, 5/31/12)
Ed Schultz and Thom Hartmann on the Michigan Emergency Managers (Blogging for Michigan, 5/31/12)
Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Rick Snyder hits the ground running (EclectaBlog, 5/30/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan is the comeback state (but we don’t brag well) (MLive.com, 5/30/12)
Mich. businesses endorse preschool expansion (Bridge, 5/30/12)
Just 244 of 2,000 McCotter signatures valid, petition review finds (Detroit News, 5/29/12)
You really messed up McCotter (Right Michigan, 5/29/12)
McCotter running as a write-in (Detroit News, 5/29/12)
Snyder’s legislative rocket slows in Year 2 (Bridge, 5/29/12)
Michigan, let’s target and sideline special interests (Bridge, 5/29/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder misses big opportunities in 2011-12 (Bridge, 5/29/12)
Tallying up the Snyder Administration (Bridge, 5/29/12)
Rick Snyder recall effort looks for boost from recall vote against WI Gov. Scott Walker (Huffington Post, 5/29/12)
Obama safe in Michigan (Public Policy Polling, 5/29/12)
Thad McCotter’s problems mount (Washington Post, 5/29/12)
State looks into possible fraud in McCotter petition signatures foul-up (Detroit News, 5/28/12)
Michigan leaders focus on future (Detroit News, 5/28/12)
State officials to gather on Mackinac Island for annual conference (Detroit News, 5/27/12)
US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter could be left off primary (Detroit Free Press, 5/26/12)
Mich. is ‘ground zero’ for the assault on democracy by big business (Blogging for Michigan, 5/26/12)
Audio: Gov. Rick Snyder’s speech at state GOP convention (May 19) (Michigan Truth Squad, 5/25/12)
Snyder tapped by Romney camp to promote education reform plan (Detroit News, 5/24/12)
A mining rush in the Upper Peninsula (New York Times, 5/24/12)
Commentary: The rich will benefit more from new income tax break (MyFoxDetroit, 5/24/12)
Oops, House committee chair not sure how union-friendly language got into teacher pension bill (Cap Confidential, 5/23/12)
In wake of Roy Schmidt defection, Democrats push election law changes targeting contributions (MLive.com, 5/22/12)
Michigan House Democrats aim to regain power (Lansing State Journal, 5/21/12)
Intimidation, threats take place of civil discourse (Michigan Capitol Confidential, 5/21/12)
Michigan GOP unites behind Romney at state convention (Lansing State Journal, 5/19/12)
Is Michigan in default to City of Detroit for $220M? Lawyers say yes — and no (Detroit Free Press, 5/18/12)
Rep. Roy Schmidt: ‘Treat me like I’ll treat you’ in wake of Republican Party switch (Grand Rapids News, 5/16/12)
Mich. Republican Speaker Jase Bolger: ‘We would not have beaten Roy Schmidt’ (Grand Rapids News, 5/16/12)
Effort to recall MI Gov. Rick Snyder faces opposition — FROM THE LEFT (Blogging for Michigan, 5/15/12)
How Detroit is rising (The Atlantic, 5/15/12)
Snyder to consider deregulation of 18 industries (Blogging for Michigan, 5/13/12)
Higher education leaders urge Michigan to avoid funding cuts (Detroit Free Press, 5/8/12)
ALEC gets a break from state lobbying laws (Mother Jones, 5/8/12)
The fight over SB 1040 (Blogging for Michigan, 5/7/12)
Editorial: Michigan can reach higher on school reform (Detroit Free Press, 5/7/12)
Detroiters emerge as candidates for financial advisory board (Detroit Free Press, 5/7/12)
Rick Snyder to introduce Mitt Romney in Lansing appearance (Detroit Free Press, 5/7/12)
Where is the $31K teacher with a master’s degree? (Michigan Capitol Confidential, 5/5/12)
Mich. House approves massive education funding cut, critics say it ‘balances the budget on the backs of our children’ (Bridge, 5/5/12)
After outcry, Republicans agree to change teacher retirement bill (Detroit Free Press, 5/5/12)
Snyder, GOP back off some cutbacks to retired teacher health benefits (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Snyder, MI Superintendent clarify school bill (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Judges weigh arguments on financial review meetings (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Coalition appeals to Mich. court to get state’s emergency manager law on November ballot (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Rick Snyder for vice president? One blogger puts it out there (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Rick Snyder creates criminal investigations unit in Gaming Control Board (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Commentary: Budget battle redux: Business or education? (Dome, 5/4/12)
Snyder, Flanagan vow  to enforce bill to expand number of charter schools (Detroit Free Press, 5/4/12)
Snyder for VP? GOP convention hotel is clue, party watcher says (Detroit News, 5/3/12)
Appeals court: Do financial reform teams have to adhere to Open Meetings Act? (Detroit Free Press, 5/3/12)
Commentary: Postcards from the ruins – Rush of referendums is bad news for representative govt (Metro Times, 5/2/12)
Senate panel OKs property tax phase-out (Detroit Free Press, 5/2/12)
Emergency Financial Managers: Michigan’s unwelcome savior (Governing, 5/1/12)
MI Senate’s teachers bill spurs backlash (Detroit News, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

Commentary: Snyder sees less of the world as Michigan governor (Detroit Free Press, 4/29/12)
Commentary: Gov. Snyder’s approach to labor distances him from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (MLive.com, 4/29/12)
Commentary: Justices poised to decided if size matters (Detroit Free Press, 4/29/12)
Editorial: Repeal Michigan’s cruel juvenile lifer law (Detroit Free Press, 4/29/12)
Commentary: Dillon gives his verdict: Detroit must want more (Detroit Free Press, 4/27/12)
Legislators wary about recovery proposes big cuts for state prison system (Detroit Free Press, 4/26/12)
Video: Michigan, this is your democracy (Maddow Blog, 4/26/12)
MEA president repeats ‘disingenuous’ claim about teacher pay (Michigan Capitol Confidential, 4/26/12)
Repeal of Michigan emergency manager law could go to ballot after 200K signatures gathered (Detroit Free Press, 4/25/12)
Labor voices: Legislation shifts burden of retirement on teachers (Detroit News, 4/25/12)
Commentary: 2 sides of Michigan’s economy on public view this week (Detroit Free Press, 4/24/12)
Editorial: Ballot question is Moroun’s newest ploy to stall public bridge (Detroit Free Press, 4/24/12)
Teacher retirement fund has $45 billion hole (Bridge, 4/24/12)
Snyder rescinds order on services for blind people (Detroit Free Press, 4/24/12)
Snyder: Detroit needs more sense of urgency in financial crisis (Detroit Free Press, 4/24/12)
Gov. Rick Snyder to try again on reorganization of services for the blind (Detroit Free Press, 4/23/12)
Rep. Sander Levin asks IRS to look into tax filings of right wing ‘policy house’ Mackinac Center for Public Policy (ElectaBlog, 4/21/12)
Commentary: Lansing and licensing (Dome, 4/20/12)
Michigan media silent as state passes ALEC bill limiting compensation for asbestos victims (Media Matters, 4/18/12)
Rick Snyder & the ALEC’s corporatist ‘disaster capitalism’ on the prowl in Michigan (The Horace McGuffey Gazette, 4/17/12)
Commentary: The GOP’s toxic agenda (Metro Times, 4/4/12)

MARCH 2012

Think tanks push ALEC to go after unions (Mother Jones, 3/18/12)
Gov Rick Snyder sellout? Prefabricated corporate Michigan (goverment) courtesy of Koch & ALEC (Daily Kos, 3/8/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

Michigan’s hostile takeover (Mother Jones, 2/15/12)
Michigan GOP undermines voting rights while claiming to battle rampant voter fraud (A2Politico, 2/14/12)
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