Nate Smith-Tyge (@smithtyge):
So, here's what is happening in Lansing.
We have the House Republicans proposing a road fix that relies on accounting tricks and eliminating the EITC and Film Credit, making pipeline safety inspection reports secret, invalidating local ordinances that protect LGBT citizens and workers, re-opening for-profit prisons to dangerous out of state prisoners, considering an insurance industry lead overhaul of the no-fault car insurance system, and allowing adoption agencies to discriminate based on their "deeply held religious beliefs."
Meanwhile, the Senate Republicans have no idea on roads, want to eliminate prevailing wage, are buying themselves a new office building (which the Ingham County Assessor says they're grossly overpaying for), and are considering Michigan's own version of the Indiana "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."
And the Governor? He too has said nothing substantive on roads but he has proposed a "reform" that will basically dismantle traditional public education in the state's largest city.
And don't forget AG Bill Schuette. He's been fighting marriage equality, sentencing reform, and giving away the state's regulatory system to the highest bidder.
And I haven't even mentioned our courts, but if you think an individual stands a chance against an insurance company or corporation in Michigan's courts then I'd like to sell you a bridge.
And the cherry on top of this crap-sundae is the arrogance and hubris with which Michigan Republicans act. Going to march in the Holland Tulip Festival Parade the day after voters told them to get to work. It's almost as if they know there's no consequences for their actions and bad policy.
We do have thoughtful legislators in Lansing that are offering good policy alternatives to all this nonsense. But in the eyes of Snyder, Cotter, and Meekhof bills that create a graduated state income tax, amend the Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act to include LBGT citizens, expand access to food assistance programs for the working poor, require universal background checks for firearm purchases, and reform civil asset forfeiture laws are all "non-starters."
Is this Michigan? Is this our state? It's nothing I recognize. We have lots of work to do to get things turned around in 2016. We need all hands on deck to take back the State House and win seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. We can be discouraged or we can fight. I hope you join me in fighting!