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This is how you attack Donald Trump

This is how you attack Donald Trump

America is not a charity that exists to make Donald Trump rich

Tuesday night at the Center for Popular Democracy, Elizabeth Warren gave the longform version of the argument she’ll be making against Donald Trump.

If it were a mixtape of her best rhymes, here’s the standout verse:

For all we know he could be paying zero taxes today. And he is proud of it. Two weeks ago he was more than happy to dodge taxes because he doesn’t want to throw his money, quote, ‘down the drain.’

Donald Trump likes being a billionaire but he doesn’t think that the rules that apply to everyone else, should apply to him.…

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Tom Casperson, Republican pandering bigot, introduces transgender bathroom bill he knows will never become law

Tom Casperson, Republican pandering bigot, introduces transgender bathroom bill he knows will never become law

Early this month, in a piece about Republican attacks on State Board of Education President John Austin, I noted that State Senator Tom Casperson was moving forward with introducing one of his own here in Michigan. Sure enough, as he promised, today that bill was introduced as Senate Bill 993.

In that piece, I also said this:

Sen. Casperson’s yet-to-be-introduced “bathroom bill” will cause the same type economic hardship for the Michigan as it has for North Carolina and will very likely result in a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s also being spit on by the leaders of a number of major Michigan corporations.…

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GOP funder Ron Weiser: The perfect choice for Trump Victory Fund leadership given his racist comments about Detroit

GOP funder Ron Weiser: The perfect choice for Trump Victory Fund leadership given his racist comments about Detroit

Earlier this month, Donald Trump reached an agreement with the Republican National Committee to form a joint fundraising committee called “Trump Victory”. The fund will allow donors to funnel as much as $450,000 each into Republican coffers. The agreement is between Trump, the RNC, and the state Republican Parties in Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Yesterday, the committee announced its leadership team and one of the Vice Chairs is Michigan’s own Ron Weiser, a wealthy fundraiser for Republicans and someone who is the perfect choice to be raising enormous amounts of money for a wealthy racist:

We all know how Donald Trump feels about Detroit and Michiganders in general.…

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Sara’s story: Finding her place in the world

Sara’s story: Finding her place in the world

By expressing her authentic self, this transgender woman learned the meaning of true acceptance.

This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here.

For much of her life so far, Sara thought she had to change herself. But once she started living authentically, she realized that the people who matter most value her exactly as she is.

It’s certainly true about her wife, Nicole (at right in photo). They’ve been together for 20 years, and although they struggled to find their footing after Sara said she could no longer live as the male gender she was assigned as birth, Nicole realized that what was most important was the love they shared with each other and their two children.…

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Melissa Gilbert drops out of MI-08 race a month after the filing deadline leaving Democrats flat-footed

Melissa Gilbert drops out of MI-08 race a month after the filing deadline leaving Democrats flat-footed

Actress Melissa Gilbert created a momentary stir last August when she announced her candidacy for the 8th Congressional District. However, since then, she’s remained all but silent and recently began cancelling appearances and declining to debate incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.

Last night, Gilbert’s campaign announced that, a month past the filing deadline, Gilbert is dropping out of the race. She released this statement:

As many of you know, in 2012 I sustained head and neck injuries from two accidents. While I have received the best treatment and therapy I could have asked for, those injuries have only gotten worse. As much as it breaks my heart to say this, my doctors have told me I am physically unable to continue my run for Congress.…

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Forget ‘Reagan Democrats,’ it’s ‘Bernie Democrats’ who could decide this election

Forget ‘Reagan Democrats,’ it’s ‘Bernie Democrats’ who could decide this election

All hands on deck

The only thing I hate more than arguing with people online is arguing with people I generally agree with… anywhere.

This isn’t just because I’m a terrible debater who tends to break out into fits and mascara-laden tears when anyone does anything but pat my head or offer me a hand massage. The point of most arguments on social media, I’ve found, is humiliation at best and complete negation of another person’s being at worst. And the idea of spending time doing either to someone who is smart enough to support either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is upsetting to me, especially when it’s very unlikely to do anything but make people more set in their opinions.…

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TONIGHT: Rally to support teachers fired for speaking out about Detroit for-profit charter school

TONIGHT: Rally to support teachers fired for speaking out about Detroit for-profit charter school

In January of this year, eight teachers at the Universal Academy – a for-profit charter school in Detroit – were fired without being given a reason. However, as is well-documented in a Metro Times article titled, “Begging for answers: Eight teachers were just fired from a Detroit charter school without cause or notice”, six of the teachers had spoken at a school board meeting about problems they saw at the school. It seemed very clear to them that this is why they were being fired:

“I am struggling to understand how this incredibly bright, hard-working student who fully deserves a diploma from Universal Academy can be removed so suddenly from her education,” [teacher Asil] Yassine wrote in a Nov.…

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Disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington loses out on yet another job

Disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington loses out on yet another job

John Covington bailed on his position as the Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority, Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school kids, in June of 2014. He cashed out with a hefty severance package and then went job hunting. He was passed over for a superintendent position with the Richland One School District in South Carolina. Then he was denied a position with the Metro Nashville Public Schools, as well.

His third attempt was with the Youngstown City Schools’ Academic Distress Commission in Ohio. The Commission was set up as a state takeover of Youngstown schools, very much like Emergency Managers do in Michigan.…

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Wife of conservative Michigan Republican, an apparent rape victim, blackmailed for political gain

Wife of conservative Michigan Republican, an apparent rape victim, blackmailed for political gain

NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Rep. Lee Chatfield DOES have a Republican primary challenger.

Stephanie Chatfield, the wife of conservative tea party Republican state House Representative Lee Chatfield, revealed this week that she had an abortion when she was in high school. In a post on Facebook, Ms. Chatfield revealed that she became pregnant after attending a party and being sexually assaulted, according to her description of what happened:

In high school, I made a poor decision to attend a party one night. I have no memory of the majority of that night, but judging by my appearance and physical condition the next morning, I knew I had been taken advantage of.…

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Obama administration takes another step toward slowing climate change – tougher regulations for methane emissions

Obama administration takes another step toward slowing climate change – tougher regulations for methane emissions

As LOLGOP has been telling us for years (like HERE), President Obama has created a green energy revolution that is unparalleled in American history. Not only that, his administration has done more to curtail the emissions of greenhouse gases than anyone before him.

Earlier this month, his administration took a huge step forward in limiting greenhouse gas emissions when they passed new regulations on the emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry:

In a move to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency on May 12 issued its first-ever regulations to reduce methane releases by the oil and natural gas sector.…

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Donald Trump paid no taxes and he made you pay for it

Donald Trump paid no taxes and he made you pay for it

Why it still matters that you subsidize Trump’s lifestyle

The last time Donald Trump released his personal income taxes, they revealed that he paid zero, nothing, nada.

“The disclosure, in a 1981 report by New Jersey gambling regulators, revealed that the wealthy Manhattan investor had for at least two years in the late 1970s taken advantage of a tax-code provision popular with developers that allowed him to report negative income,” the Washington Post reports.

And since then, tax laws have been made far more favorable to real estate “developers,” chances are that he hasn’t paid any taxes — possibly in decades.…

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