Judge Hands LGBT Community a Huge Victory on Marriage and Against Junk Science

By: Monday March 24, 2014 3:10 pm

In striking down the Michigan law against marriage equality, US District Judge Bernard Freeman actually handed the LGBT community two victories.

 

Judicial Sarcasm Takes Down Michigan’s Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment

By: Saturday March 22, 2014 9:05 am

As I’ve watched the series of marriage equality cases move forward, I’m struck by how each ruling has its own flavor. Mark Cady in Iowa wrote movingly about the illogic of restricting marriage while proclaiming equal protection. Vaughn Walker in California was meticulous in getting facts into the record and weaving together the legal logic to take down Prop 8. Arenda Wright Allen in Virginia was powerful in her use of Loving v Virginia to lift up the role of the courts to forge justice “from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered”. Now comes Judge Bernard Friedman of the US Southern District of Michigan, who brought a sense of wit and sarcasm to bear on the target-rich environment of those opposed to marriage equality in the case of Deboer v Snyder.

It’s not just the ruling striking down Michigan’s Marriage Amendment [MMA] that makes me happy, but the withering way in which Friedman took on the arguments presented by the defendants. . .

Firm With History of Spill Cover-Ups Hired to Clean Up North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:25 pm

Tesoro Logistics — the company whose pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of fracked Bakken Shale oil in rural North Dakota in September — has hired infamous contractor Witt O’Brien’s to oversee its clean-up of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Democrats Are in Good Shape in Michigan Senate Race

By: Monday June 10, 2013 4:24 pm

Despite the decision by Sen. Carl Levin (D) to retire, Democrats are still in a good position to hold onto his seat.

Democrats Are in Good Shape in Michigan Senate Race

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 7:47 am

Despite the decision by Sen. Carl Levin (D) to retire Democrats are still in a good position to hold on to his seat. New polling by PPP finds Democrat Gary Peters with at least a five point lead over all the possible Republican candidates.

Oops, Inc.: Industry-Tied Firm Cleaning Up Arkansas Tar Sands Spill, Same Firm Also Contracted for Keystone XL

By: Sunday April 14, 2013 7:00 am

Arkansas’ Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contracted out the “independent analysis of the cleanup” of the ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill to Witt O’Brien’s, a firm with a history of oil spill cover-ups, a DeSmogBlog investigation reveals.

Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Friday February 8, 2013 12:40 pm

Medical marijuana dispensaries are not allowed in Michigan. The Michigan Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the medical marijuana initiative approved by voters in 2008 does not allow registered patients to sell medical marijuana to other registered patients. Patients are still allowed to grow their own medical marijuana

Some Thoughts on Michigan’s ‘Right to Work’ Law

By: Sunday December 23, 2012 5:20 pm

Some people have been saying recently that the deal in Michigan is unique in that it leaves out police and firefighters from RTW, but the recent Wisconsin law limiting the rights of public sector unions “mostly left alone police officers and firefighters, and the unions representing Milwaukee cops and Milwaukee firefighters renewed their support for [Scott Walker] Monday.”

Despite Exemptions, Police and Firefighters Show Labor Solidarity in Michigan Right-to-Work Battle

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 5:00 pm

Michigan’s new right-to-work law has has struck a savage blow to America’s labor movement in its heartland. Unions across the state have thronged to Lansing to oppose the attack, which makes union membership optional and thus reduces labor’s bargaining clout. But tucked into the legislation are subtle exemptions for particular workers—police and firefighters, who have historically played by a different set of rules, creating political divides in the labor movement.

But in this case, it seems that many members of Michigan’s police and firefighters unions—about 1,700 bargaining units altogether—are standing in solidarity with other public-sector unions to oppose the law.

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

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:30 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.

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