#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Gov, Snyder releases new emails & things are looking VERY bad for him and his administration

“Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” by DonkeyHotey

Gov. Snyder releases over a gigabyte of new emails, still none from 2013 and before

Gov. Syder released 1.02 GB of emails in pdf form from various departments in his administration. However, none of them are pre-2014, a time period when many of the decisions regarding Flint’s move to the Flint River as its temporary source of drinking water were being made. Still, there is a LOT of new information in these emails and much of today’s news round-up comes from analysis of them by various news outlets. If you have a burning desire to plow through the gigabyte and change of files, here are the links to all of them:

Emergency Manager & Treasurer Andy Dillon gave the okay to switch to the Flint River despite warning from DEQ

In late March 2013, a full year before Flint switched to the Flint River as the source for its drinking water under the order of its Emergency Manager and with sign-off by their boss State Treasurer Andy Dillon, DEQ officials warned them about the potential for problems.…

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Donald Trump is the conservative-est conservative ever to conservative

It’s time to start giving Donald Trump some credit.

The billion-dollar baby deftly figured out that the GOP has the immune system of an earthworm. The party’s warring factions, weak leadership and corruption of the campaign finance system have made it ripe for a parasite to infect and capture its host’s brain while it’s still praying for Jeb Bush to stop embarrassing himself.

He’s figured out how to signal to white supremacists that he appreciates their support—without engendering the media shitstorm you’d expect in a functioning democracy.

And he’s figured out how to out-conservative conservatives who have spent their entire adult lives engaged in a sort of drag show where they dress, talk and do the robot like some store-brand Reagan.…

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Republican candidate for Michigan’s 99th House race announces candidacy. In the wrong district.

Bryan Mielke is running for a second time for the House seat in Michigan’s 99th House District, a race he lost to House Speaker Kevin Cotter two years ago. He announced last fall and it wasn’t until recently that the Republicans finally fielded a candidate. At that point, hilarity ensued:

Republicans have turned to Roger Hauck as their candidate to oppose Mielke … [O]n Thursday February 4th, just before 6:00 p.m., Hauck announced his candidacy to a cozy crowd at Cheers Bar and Grill. Except, that’s not entirely accurate. More honestly stated, Hauck re-announced his candidacy for the 99th seat at Cheers.…
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Gov. Snyder moves to privatize mental health services in latest budget proposal

Crain’s is reporting that, buried in Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal is a section that will shift public funding and delivery of mental health services to private corporations. The move is being fought by patient advocates and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s $54.9 billion fiscal 2017 budget calls for privatizing the $2.4 billion public mental health system by turning over state funding to Medicaid HMOs.

In what is called “boilerplate” language at the end of Snyder’s 408-page executive budget bill, Section 298 calls for carving in behavioral health benefits to the health plans by the end of fiscal 2017, which ends Sept.

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GOP senator who claimed "We can’t make an African American white" accused of assault on former Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown

GOP senator who claimed “We can’t make an African American white” accused of assault on former Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown

Michigan State Senator Marty Knollenberg made the headlines last December when, during a Senate Education Committee hearing, he explained that we can’t fix Detroit schools because “We can’t make an African American white.”

“You mentioned why these schools fail,” he said at the hearing. “You mention the economically disadvantaged and non-white population are contributors to that. And, you know, we can’t fix THAT! We can’t make an African American white. [grins] It is what it is. So we can’t fix that.

Having already established himself as a racist, Knollenberg has now made it clear that he’s also a misogynist.…

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Three Michigan Congressional races added to DCCC’s highly-competitive “Red-to-Blue” program

Three Michigan Congressional races have been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) “Red-to-Blue” program, a highly competitive program that targets races where the DCCC believes the Democratic candidate can oust the incumbent Republican. The DCCC describes the Red-to-Blue program as a program that “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.”

The three races named for the 2016 Red-to-Blue program are:

  • MI-01 – Democrat Lon Johnson who seeks to replace Republican Dan Benishek who is not running for reelection.
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Snyder recall petition language approved but is it a tea party sham?

Snyder recall petition language approved but is it a tea party sham?

After over a dozen attempts by several people to have petition language approved for the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the State Board of Canvassers finally approved one this week. This one is based on Snyder’s creation of the the State School Reform/Redesign Office which he later moved from the Department of Education to the Department of Treasury, a move that shocked most observers.

However, despite the initial elation over the success of this petition, that mood turned sour when it was discovered that the petition was submitted by a rabid tea partier, Ben Lazarus, who thinks Gov. Snyder simply isn’t conservative enough.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires' Disease spike nearly a year ago

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires’ Disease spike nearly a year ago

NOTE: Those of you who tried to access the site yesterday likely encountered slow load times, frightening “account disabled” warnings, or just a non-loading website. Please accept my profound apology for that. My sodomy post went rapidly viral and overloaded our shared server, taking down all the other sites with it. We have now moved to a new, dedicated (and more expensive) dedicated server and it took time to optimize that set-up. However, we appear to be running fine now at long, frustrating last. Anne is busily working on the new site layout and we will be moving to the new theme in a few days.

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Rescuing the unwanted in Detroit: How a former skinhead saved his own life by saving the lives of dogs in Detroit

“Dog rescue is a community responsibility.”

It is estimated that there are a thousand or more stray dogs in Detroit. On top of that, there are countless dogs who are abused and neglected. These are dogs with owners who don’t know or care how to have a dog as a pet, dogs owned by people who intentionally hurt them, or dogs used in dog fighting. Many of these dogs are what is known as “bully breeds”, pit bull-type dogs that are mixes of breeds like American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Boxer, Boston terrier, and Bulldog. Pit bull breeds, in general, have long been kept as pets in this country and even in a no-kill shelter like the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor at least half the dogs are pit bull-type dogs.…

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No, Michigan Republicans did NOT just pass a law outlawing sodomy

There are countless articles floating around the internet and being shared on Facebook with shouty headlines like “This Michigan legislator is attempting to ban sodomy while the Flint water crisis rages on” and “Instead of Helping Flint, Michigan Republicans Just Passed a Bill That Makes Anal Sex Illegal“. They all appear to refer back to an article by The New Civil Rights Movement titled, “Michigan Senate Passes Bill Saying Sodomy Is A Felony Punishable By 15 Years in Prison“.

None of them are true.

What happened was the there is an effort to change Michigan law to deny a pet adoption to anyone who has been convicted of animal abuse within the past five years and to prohibit convicted animal abusers from adopting another animal for five years The law is called Logan’s Law after a Huskie named Logan was tortured with battery acid.…

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EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your "Love For Clean Water" - Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your “Love For Clean Water” – Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

On Wednesday this week, Friends of the Blog Clean Water Action are having fun event at Arbor Brewing Company – 114 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor – called “We Love Clean Water”. Eclectablog is a proud sponsor of this fundraiser where we’ll be joined by State Rep. Jeff Irwin.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are only $25 each or $40 per couple (make it an early Valentine’s Day night out!)

Click HERE to purchase tickets. RSVP on Facebook HERE.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Let them drink lead, we’re eating very, very expensive cake (and much more)

While Flint contends with poisoned water, Gov. Snyder throws an opulent party in Ann Arbor

Mark Maynard has an explosive post up at his site that starts with a description of a party he had gotten wind of:

I got word this past weekend that there was a secret party taking place in downtown Ann Arbor, a posh event inside an upscale restaurant. The windows of the restaurant, I was told, had been “blacked out,” and there was security outside.

The party turned out to be thrown by Gov. Rick Snyder at Ann Arbor’s West End Grill for his wife’s birthday.…

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