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BREAKING: Dick DeVos threatening Republicans who don’t support EAA expansion with massive financial support of primary opponents

The best government corporatist money can buy

I have confirmation from two independent sources in the Michigan legislature that multi-millionaire Dick DeVos is using the threat of massive financial support for Republican primary opponents of vulnerable Senate Republicans to force them to vote for the bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority statewide. The same approach was used to peel off recalcitrant House Republicans before they passed the EAA expansion bill last month. If Democrats John Olumba and Harvey Santana had not voted for it, however, they would not have had enough.

According to my sources, DeVos has pledged to fund Republican primary opponents to the tune of $100,000 each.…

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BWAHAHAHA!!! Republican Governors Association attacks Mark Schauer over bill Gov. Snyder extended in 2011

I don’t know what happened here. Maybe Republican Governors Association Vice Chair Chris Christie is too busy dealing with his George Washington Bridgegate problem to be doing his job.

This morning, the RGA released another attack video on Mark Schauer for supporting a bill that required criminal background checks for nursing home employees, paid for by a small fee on nursing homes of $2.77 per bed daily. The program is known as the nursing home Quality Assurance Assessment Program.

Here’s the ad:

Here’s the thing: the original bill was passed with bipartisan support in 2002 and signed into law by Repubilican governor John Engler.…

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Bill Schuette: Michigan’s own Ken Cuccinelli – extreme, self-serving, and all up in your bedroom

Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia, has a national reputation for outrageous extremism which he paints himself with as an “morality” suit of clothing. Here in Michigan, our current AG, Bill Schuette, is equally extreme but seems not garner quite so much attention. But the similarities are there.

  • Cuccinelli fought to overturn Obamacare in the courts and lost – So did Bill Schuette.
  • Cuccinelli signed on to an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s racist immigration law – So did Bill Schuette.
  • Cuccinelli is a raging homophobe who used his office to fight marriage equality and adoption rights for LGBT couples every step of the way – So did Bill Schuette.
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Fear of retribution from Snyder administration appears to kill Progress Michigan’s anti-Snyder billboard in Lansing

What the heck did Chris Christie SAY when he was in Michigan last month???

Progress Michigan ran an anti-Rick Snyder digital billboard in Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Allen Park today — Tax Day — as part of the effort to raise awareness of Republican tax hikes on seniors, middle class, and poor Michiganders over the past three years. Actually, it’s more accurate to say they TRIED to run billboards in these cities. Adams Outdoor Advertising, the company that owns the billboards, rejected the contract that involved the Lansing billboard, apparently to avoid upsetting the Snyder administration.

MLive reports that Adams general manager Jason Kitchen denies that they rejected the ad.…

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GUEST POST: Michiganders are paying more every year to clean up severe weather

The following guest post is by Sue Browne, Regional Programs Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance in Michigan.

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

It’s hard to believe that last year’s bad weather cost taxpayers like you and I around $277 million in damages across the state—a $67 million increase from the year before. Had our infrastructure been better prepared in the first place, this money could have been spent elsewhere in many different ways.

Of course we can’t prevent dangerous weather from happening, but we can do more to prevent the electric grid, wastewater treatment systems and more from breaking down on us as easily the next time around.…

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Pontiac for-profit charter cancels humiliating “Teacher Appreciation Week” activities

Yesterday, I wrote about the activities planned for teachers at the Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac (ATAP), a for-profit charter school run by Mosaica. These “Teacher Appreciation Week” activities featured a variety of what can only be described as humiliating activities planned for the teachers to raise funds for the school. They included:

  • MANDIVA – Our 3 favorite male faculty members in heels for an hour
  • SAVE MY JOB – 3 faculty members will stand in the parking lot during dismissal and hold a sign.
  • CREAM FACIAL – Students will throw pie in 3 faculty members’ faces during an assembly.
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On Tax Day, it’s worth looking at how the Michigan GOP has shifted the tax burden to the poor & middle class

MORE THAN HALF OF US NOW PAY HIGHER TAXES THANKS TO THE GOP AND YES I’M SHOUTING!

A little over two years ago, I wrote a cautionary post titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I explained how the Republican budget passed in the first year after the 2010 midterm election annihilation of Democrats and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder created a massive shift of taxation from the wealthy and from corporations onto the poor and middle class. Here’s a bit of that post:

[A]s we all know, last year the Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion.…
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog join the Farmington/Farmington Hills Dems & Kalamazoo Dems this week

If you are in the Farmington Hills area on Wednesday this week, April 16th, please consider joining Anne and I for an Eclectablog presentation to the Farmington/Farmington Hills Democratic Club. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Pipefitters Local 636, 30100 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

The following night, Thursday, April 17th, we’ll be with the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. That event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Theo & Stacy’s at 5225 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

At both events, Anne will talk about her photography and her time as a White House photographer during the 2012 presidential election.…

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Terri Lynn Land now seriously playing defense

Right where we want her

Terri Lynn Land is a one-note song and the name of that song is “Obamacare”. With the help of millions of dollars of sweet, sweet Koch brothers’ money, she’s spent the past few months attempting to hurt Gary Peters on this issue. Despite this, Peters is up 5 points on her according to the latest PPP poll (which is one of the most solid pollsters in America.) The news coming from the CBO this week that the Affordable Care Act is reducing the national deficit by even more than first thought, coupled with the millions upon millions of “Obamacare success stories” that are beginning to bubble to the surface, is making her song one people increasingly no longer want to hear.…

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VIDEO: Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan – Why you should care & donate

“From V to Shining V”

Lady Parts-friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Lizz Winstead, photo by Anne C. Savage

As I’ve been mentioning in the pieces I’ve written about our 10-year “Blogaversary” party, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan this year with a special event at the Capitol Building in Lansing. And they need your help.

Here’s a bit from their fundraising page:

Who the hell are we and why should you give US your hard earned money?

Because we get shit done. Lizz Winstead, “The Daily Show” co-creator, writer and comedian, and Creative Majority 501(c)(4) co-founders Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein formed Lady Parts Justice to create a series of videos that use humor to reach women and pro-choice voters.

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