For the third consecutive year, a Michigan Capitol Confidential story that was linked on the Drudge Report news aggregator, as well as several other national blogs, garnered the most hits of anything we posted this year. Research Associate Jarrett Skorup’s story about the city of Detroit’s water department employing a horseshoer due to antiquated union agreements also drew the attention of Fox News, John Stossel, The Wall Street Journal, MSN, Reason and The Washington Times.

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Below are the top 25 items overall, including blog posts, commentaries and analysis posted at and The list is not scientific, however, and is based on page views relative to posting dates between Dec. 15, 2011, and Dec. 15, 2012. 

  1. No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs ‘Horseshoer.’”
  2. Michigan Ballot Proposals Grid.”
  3. We’ll be at Your Daughter’s Soccer Game!
  4. Videos: Union Right-to-Work Protest Goes Violent.”
  5. Michigan Ballot Proposals.”
  6. Teacher Upset She Can’t Retire at 47.”
  7. Boy Whose Hot Dog Cart Was Shut Down by the City of Holland Now Homeless.”
  8. Right-to-Work Policy.”
  9. Union Contract: Teachers can be Caught in School Drunk Five Times and on Drugs Three Times Before Being Fired.”
  10. Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers up to $250K Per Vehicle.”
  11. Former GOP Spokesman: ‘Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?’”
  12. School Districts Closed Because of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work.”
  13. City Shuts Down Teen’s Hot Dog Vendor Cart!
  14. Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law.”
  15. Proposal 2: The ‘Collective Bargaining’ Amendment.”
  16. Proposal 6: The International Bridge/Tunnel Voting Requirement.”
  17. Proposal 5: The Two-Thirds Majority Tax Limitation.”
  18. Proposal 4: The Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers.”
  19. Proposal 3: The ’25 x 25’ Renewable Energy Standard.”
  20. University of Michigan Hosts ‘Non-Partisan’ Event: ‘The Republican War on Women.’”
  21. The Union ‘Free-Rider’ Myth in Right-to-Work Debate.”
  22. Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Policy.”
  23. Union Sues Indiana Governor; Claims Right-to-Work Law Enforces Slavery.”
  24. Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Database.”
  25. A123 Files for Bankruptcy.” 


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