In Michigan, the LG takes paternity leave

BY: - July 24, 2019

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is set on Wednesday morning to kick off a criminal justice reform task force in Detroit. That comes after he announced last week he was back from a four-week paternity leave after the birth of his third child. Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, last month welcomed their daughter, Ruby, who joined […]


Rick Haglund: Steering students into skilled trades alone won’t rebuild Michigan’s middle class

BY: - July 21, 2019

For decades, Michigan policymakers have focused on attracting more high school students into skilled trades and other plentiful good-paying jobs that don’t require four-year degrees.  Every governor since John Engler has pushed the notion that Michigan can rebuild a middle class decimated from the loss of auto assembly and other manufacturing jobs by growing “middle-skill” […]


Column: Most of my family was wiped out by the Nazis. There’s no ‘first place’ in persecution.

BY: - July 20, 2019

Six million Jewish men, women and children were killed in the extermination camps of Nazi Germany. They were dehumanized by a government policy that called for the extermination of the untermenshchen — of whom Jews were among the lowliest of the low. But should any group claim the exclusive right of suffering in the Holocaust? Is […]


Column: The 1990s are over. Remove Michigan’s felony drug ban on public assistance.

BY: - July 19, 2019

Since 1996, federal law has prohibited individuals with felony drug convictions and their families from receiving cash assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This ban was put into place at a time when “welfare reform” and “getting tough on drug crimes” were popular political […]


Kara Hope: Trump’s Title X changes threaten health care in Michigan

BY: - July 18, 2019

The war on reproductive freedom has multiple fronts here in Michigan.  On one front, petition signatures are being gathered to place two extreme anti-abortion measures before voters on the November 2020 ballot. On another front, the federal government threatens access to health care for more than 42,000 Michiganders. The latter threat comes in the form […]


Herbart and Hecker: Don’t gamble with school retirement funds for roads scheme

BY: and - July 14, 2019

Some state lawmakers are proposing to dip into state retirement funds to pay for Michigan’s crumbling roads.  This dangerous idea should be rejected because it could undermine the retirement of hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, drive the state deeper into debt, and saddle taxpayers with massive future costs. Rather than face the fact that […]

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Column: A long-running immigration problem: The government sometimes detains and deports U.S. citizens

BY: and - July 10, 2019

We are law professors who have studied civil litigation involving citizenship disputes and thousands of cases involving citizens caught up in immigration cases. That includes the U.S. citizens who have been accidentally swept up in the government’s immigration enforcement efforts since the mid-19th century. In many cases, they have been detained and even deported. In […]


Susan J. Demas: Rick Snyder shows that civility is the last refuge of a scoundrel

BY: - July 8, 2019

Hell hath no fury like a rich white man scorned, even in the face of a major American city being poisoned.  Former Gov. Rick Snyder’s place in history is presiding over the Flint water crisis, something for which even a panel he appointed blamed his administration. Progressives long warned that there were severe risks with […]


Jennifer Ladino: Visiting national parks could change your thinking about patriotism

BY: - July 6, 2019

When I took a post-college job as a seasonal ranger at Grand Teton National Park 23 years ago, I noticed right away that my “Smokey Bear” hat carried some serious emotional baggage. As I later wrote in my book, “Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature,” park visitors saw the hat as an icon […]


Jeff T. Wattrick: Marianne Williamson is the 2020 version of Pat Robertson

BY: - July 5, 2019

Should we take Marianne Williamson’s presidential candidacy seriously?  Alex Pareene says yes because Williamson is the 2020 version of Donald Trump. Though she’s “aiming her message not at the raging car dealer dad but the anxious Wellness Mom,” Pareene writes, Williamson is the same kind of unqualified, celebrity candidate as our disastrous president. Anything is […]


Column: Spare yourself and skip Trump’s Fourth of July speech

BY: - July 4, 2019

Here’s one set of eyes and ears that won’t be fastened on President Trump’s speech on July 4 at the Lincoln Memorial. The aural and visual blackout has nothing to do with politics or ideology, though Trump’s policies and politics are 18th Century leftovers, at best. Everything a president says, good, bad, even ungrammatical, is important […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Let lawmakers know this summer about policies that help working families

BY: - July 2, 2019

The band strikes up and the tiny flags start waving. Candy flies and kids swarm to grab all they can, their hands still sticky from the red, white and blue popsicles they recently inhaled. Grandparents sip lemonade and keep their eye out for the hot dog stand. Local lawmakers mill through the crowd, handing out […]