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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”.

LOL:

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…

Right?

*ahem*

OK.

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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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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BREAKING: EAA Chief unexpectedly quits to take new job – “Screw you, guys. I’m going home.”

In a shocking development few saw coming, Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington quit his job this morning to take a new position at a university somewhere in Illinois.

Some EAA staffers have suspected Covington was interviewing for other jobs over the past few weeks.

“He’s never around the office anymore,” said one EAA office staffer. “And he’s been out of town most Fridays and Mondays.”

Covington has been under intense scrutiny and criticism for failing to produce the level of academic achievement he promised would happen and, in fact, claimed was happening. After recent MEAP testing results revealed that a significant number of students actually showed WORSE results from year to year rather than Covington’s claim that most EAA students had advanced a year and a half in just the first year of the education experiment, even some of Covington’s most ardent supporters began to question his truthiness.…

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