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GOP launches another failed attempt to deceive voters about Democrats, target Pam Byrnes

Republicans know they are in deep trouble across our country. Their popularity is plummeting — their “unfavorable” rating is nearly 50% — largely thanks to efforts to stop people from voting, attacks on women and the LGBT community, and for making sure government doesn’t work and then blaming that on Democrats. In response, they have turned to deceptive strategies intended to deceive voters about their candidates.

Their most recent foray involves the creation of fake news websites attacking Democrats and designed to look like popular newspaper sites:

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.
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New hashtag to celebrate Rick Snyder’s tone deafness: #JustLikeTheDetroitFlood

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Snyder compared a hole in the roof of his $1.1 million “lake house” mansion (one of two mansions he owns) to the devastating impacts of the recent historical flood in Detroit.

I’ve been through a lot of things like that, Frank. We just recently had holes in our roof from storm damage to our lake house. We have a vacation place and we had a limb come down on the roof and had water running through the whole place; those experiences are not pleasant ones and they had to take some trees down.

To celebrate, I’ve launched a new Twitter hastag: #JustLikeTheDetroitFlood.…

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Michigan GOP’s “spy glasses” effort hits paydirt and it’s (predictably) hilarious

Facing withering national ridicule for their botched Party-wide effort to spy on Democrats with super-secret spy glasses and create “gotcha!” moments in the campaign, the Michigan Republican Party released a video showing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer advising people not to cross over to vote in GOP primaries after he himself voted in the 2012 GOP primary.

The Detroit News appears to be the only major news outlet to have taken the bait. [CORRECTION: Politico also also took the bait. But then, well, it's Politico...]

It’s obvious why nobody else is paying any attention to this. President Obama ran unopposed in 2012, giving Democrats the opportunity to vote in their opponents’ primary.…

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Terri Lynn Land’s “Really” ad gets shredded by GOP pollster Frank Luntz: “THE worst ad of the political process”

There’s little doubt that Michiganders being “treated” to Terri Lynn Land’s comically funny “Really?” ad know it to be the complete and utter and laughable failure that it is. What you may not know is that it has gotten national attention for how terrible it is, too.

On Fox News (yes, FOX NEWS!), Republican pollster and adviser Frank Luntz tore into Land’s ad, calling it “THE worst ad of the political process.” To add insult to injury, he refers to Land as “Terri Land Lynn”.


Frank Luntz: [00:00] … that’s the best ad.

Steve Doocy: You got a stink bomb of the season?

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VIDEO: Politics break – Pitbull plays chase with a deer

We’ve been pretty serious on the blog lately so here’s a break from all the political intensity. It’s a pitbull playing chase with a deer.

I don’t know who is having more fun, the deer or the dog!

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UPDATED w/VIDEO: More proof that Terri Lynn Land, The Michigan Embarrassment, is out of her league

If you need any further proof that The Michigan Embarrassment, Terri Lynn Land, is out of her league in running for the U.S. Senate, this is it:

A gaggle of reporters, photographers and cameramen clamored to get in a few questions to the former Secretary of State after the forum on Mackinac Island where she and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, separately offered their thoughts on issues, the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and stories about their lives.

She didn’t want to do the traditional media scrum, a normal fixture for politicians where reporters gather round in tight quarters and throw questions at the candidate.

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Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

Although we held our 10-year Blogaversary party last Thursday on May Day, today is the actual anniversary of my very first blog post. Yup, that’s me. With hair.

My first blog was on a site called Modblog and you can view my very first, utterly lame post HERE.

If this doesn’t get your attention, I could …

… just…
… disappear…




It’s like this: I like to write. I like to express myself. BUT! I have a really hard time doing this when I don’t have an audience, I pretty much just sit there in front of the keyboard with zero inspiration.

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Mike Rogers lowers the bar for MI-08 endorsement to the ground: “I think Mike Bishop won’t embarrass the district”

When Mike Rogers decided to go play conservative satellite radio host instead of running for reelection in Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, there was a flurry of activity by Republicans to throw their hats into the ring. Most of them pulled their hats back out again just as quickly. All except former Republican Senate Leader Mike Bishop. Mike Bishop has been anointed by Rogers to be his predecessor. His reason for doing so marks a new low for earning a sitting Congressman’s endorsement. Rogers is supporting Bishop because “he will not embarrass [the] district”.

Stop laughing. I’m serious.

“I am honored by his endorsement, it has given me such a huge boost since we started this campaign, said Bishop, who kicked off the campaign on Sunday at Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills.…
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An Easter PHOTOdiary: Peeps & climate change

We may be at a tipping point

It’s Easter Sunday and that can mean only one thing: it’s time for the annual repost of our Peeps® post. Enjoy.

Spring came incredibly late to southern Michigan this year so on Good Friday, my wife Anne and I put our kayaks in the Huron River and set out to document the effects of global climate change on the wildlife of our area. What we found was both stunning and shocking.

All photos by Anne C. Savage (except this one of her.)

As we started our journey, we knew something was different. Never before had we seen remnants of snow piles in the forest and along the riverbank this late in the season.…

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POPCORN TIME: Bentivolio campaign compares David Trott to a “pornographer”

What’s say you and him fight?

Kerry Bentivolio’s campaign to keep the U.S. House seat he accidentally won in 2014 is looking bleaker and bleaker. His opponent, foreclosure vulturist and corporatist poster child David Trott has over a $1 million in the bank, most of which is from his own personal bank account. Throwing people out of their homes is VERY lucrative business, apparently, and Trott is clearly willing to buy this seat rather than just run a normal campaign. The foul, fetid foreclosure albatross hanging around his neck is going to challenge him to win even against his hapless opponent.…

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