Just think of what we could accomplish if we had more conservatives in the business of investigative journalism.

The sunlight of investigative journalism is the best disinfectant against the slime of political corruption.

The Franklin Center Journalism Program is a full-time, paid internship program for college students and young professionals pursuing a career in investigative journalism. It is offered as a 10-week program in the summer and a 14-week program in the spring and fall semesters. The program is designed for current undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. Though a journalism degree is not required, accepted participants possess exceptional writing skills, a strong work ethic, and dedication to investigative journalism. –

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Note for RetakeOurGov supporters: We will pay the registration fees for up to two people to attend the training listed below. All that we ask is that you share your experiences with us at a future ROG meeting. Please contact Wes Nakagiri if you are interested.

For those looking for similar training which is not quite as lengthy, I suggest you look into training offered by the Leadership Institute (LI). I have personally taken many courses from LI and can attest that they do an outstanding job.

What your English teachers taught you isn't enough.

Learn the hard-to-master skills to make your writing stand out from conservative communications experts.

Register now for the Leadership Institute's Written Communications Workshop on the evenings of Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14 at the Stephen P.J. Wood Building in Arlington, Virginia.

Whether you want to work for traditional or new media, for Congress in the press department, or a think-tank in the communications department, for a campaign, or for yourself as a freelance writer, you'll get how-to information you can use to advance your career.

You will learn how to:

  • write persuasively and professionally
  • write effective press releases and media advisories
  • use social media to promote your work.

Your registration fee includes instruction, course materials, and two networking dinners with students and faculty.

Register online today and save $15 on your the registration fee. You'll pay just $45 for this two-evening workshop.

If you have any questions or would like more information, email Aynsley Harrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I look forward to seeing you in January.


Morton Blackwell
President of the Leadership Institute

P.S. Learn the hard-to master-skills in order to make your writing stand out at the Written Communications Workshop.

It's a 16.6% Tax Increase

Below is an email exchange between Bob Hamer and Thayrone X of WAAM Radio. Bob encourages Thayrone to quit calling the Snyder Tax Hike a 1% increase, as increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7% is actually a 16.6% increase. Thanks Bob for pointing this out! Read more ...

Prop 1 is a Bait and Switch

Because the state will not assure us the one percent increase in the sales tax will go directly to road repair, this is another bait and switch by our elected leaders. Much like the lottery years ago. We were sold on the “fact” that the money from the lottery would be used to help fund schools.

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Prop 1 Funds Affirmative Action and Mass Transit

I can’t believe our parting Lawmakers would leave us with such a mess as the May 5 election Proposal 1. It is so confusing. Most will think it is just a simple proposal to change the Michigan Constitution to raise our sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. Motor fuel taxes are increased on gasoline/diesel fuel. Vehicle registration fees are increased and no longer tax deductible for federal taxes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Politicians Addicted to Taxes

This May voters in Michigan will go to the polls, but not to elect any politicians. We will be asked whether the legislature should raise the state sales tax. Sounds simple enough. One percent is a tiny amount, right?

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Fund Our Roads with Hollywood subsidies

The first step of what could be a major victory for Michigan’s middle class takes place in Lansing this week. The House Committee on Tax Policy will be voting on House Bill 4122. Passing this bill out of committee is the first step in eliminating taxpayer funded subsidies to wealthy Hollywood elites.

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Demand Accurate Prop 1 Ballot Language

Dear Election Officials and State Board of Canvassers,

I am writing to request that the title for Prop 1 and the specific ballot language for Prop 1 accurately reflect what Michigan citizens will be voting on when they cast their ballots on May 5, 2015.

I am proposing this as the title:

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MI Citizens do with less - so should Lansing

In response to Senator Mike Kowall’s commentary, “Michigan Senate sets an ambitious agenda for 2015,” I would like to respond.  Personally I would have preferred that the MI Senate had set an ambitious 2014 lame duck session and simply addressed one goal – fixing Michigan’s roads.   Instead the Senate voted down Bolger’s House Bill 4539, which would have generated an additional $1.2 billion/year in new road funding without increasing taxes on MI residents.

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