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Livingston County Dems launch website to highlight how out of touch Joe Hune is with his constituents

The Livingston County Democratic Party has done an amazing job of finding candidates to run for seats across the county that often see no Democratic challenger. One of these candidates is Shari Pollesch, a Brighton attorney who is challenging ultra-conservative Joe Hune for the newly-drawn 22nd state Senate district. Although Hune has enjoyed widespread support in this oh so conservative area, the new boundaries now include the western part of Washtenaw County (where I live) so his job got a little bit harder. And Shari Pollesch is a terrific candidate.

What’s most painful for Democrats living in Western Washtenaw is that we are currently represented by Rebekah Warren who was labeled the “most liberal” state senator in 2011, 2012, and 2013.…

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VIDEO: Dem candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten releases 2nd ad highlighting Bill Schuette’s extremist record

Mark Totten, the Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General, has released his second television ad of the election cycle. Titled “One Thing”, it goes after Republican Bill Schuette for his crusade to push his ultra-right wing, partisan agenda:

The ad focuses on three specific things Schuette has done:

  • As the first attorney general to join Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Bill Schuette fought to allow employers to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception.
  • Bill Schuette led a lawsuit to deny Michigan families federal tax credits for purchasing healthcare, which could raise taxes on half a million Michigan families by $5,000.
  • While in the state senate, Bill Schuette sponsored and championed Michigan’s drug immunity law, which makes Michigan the only state in the nation where people can’t recover damages for drugs that harm or kill, denying justice to victims and families, and costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
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Republican Tim Walberg introduced bill to make top government positions subject to partisan politics

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is made up of the men and women who lead most of the major government agencies in the USA. According to the Office of Management and Budget, “Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal work force. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 Federal agencies.”

There are well-defined guidelines in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for removing people from these positions and they are set up to guard against the influence of partisan politics while ensuring that people who are not doing the job or who are engaging in “misconduct, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or failure to accept a directed reassignment or to accompany a position in a transfer of function” can be replaced.…

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Strange bedfellows: Republican Rick Snyder endorsed by anti-gun Michael Bloomberg AND the NRA

In what was a surprise to pretty much nobody, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Republican Rick Snyder this past week. He’s also spending $2 million on pro-Snyder ads. I say it’s unsurprising because (a) Bloomberg held a mega-fundraiser for Snyder back in June in the midst of the road funding battle in the Michigan legislature that ended up fully funding our road repair needs going absolutely nowhere in the vacuum of leadership provided by Gov. Snyder and (b) the Multi-Millionaire’s Club is small and they take very good care of each other.

But another odd thing happened: The National Rifle Association (NRA) also endorsed Snyder.…

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Bill Schuette pulls a “Terri Lynn Land”, scuttles Attorney General debate with Mark Totten

Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten has been attempting to schedule a debate with the Ken Cuccinelli of Michigan, Republican Bill Schuette. Schuette’s jerk move response was to give one date, October 31st, so that it would air just a couple of days before the election. Totten was not available that day given the intense get out the vote (GOTV) effort that takes place in the last week before the election. So he offered up 10 alternate dates. Several weeks passed by with no answer from the Schuette campaign so Totten added five additional dates. In other words, Totten gave 15 dates that worked for him other than the one the Friday before the election.…

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Michigan’s “best” conservative blog eats its own, doesn’t want Rick Snyder reelected

I’ve been enjoying reading RightMI.com lately because, if you think that Eclectablog is hard on Governor Snyder, you should see what RightMI.com (formerly RightMichigan.com), reputedly Michigan’s “best” conservative blog, says about him.

Today, they have a piece titled “Here Comes the Snyder Gas/Diesel Tax and Fee Hikes” that might set the state record for the most links on a blog post back to the blog’s own content – there are no less than 12 links to other RightMI.com pieces in this post. That’s very nearly blogsturbation. In the post, the author – who bravely goes by the name “Corinthian Scales” – excoriates Governor Snyder for proposing a hike in taxes to pay for the $1 billion or more in road repairs that are needed lest our state evolve back to the days of Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, and the Michigan plank roads.…

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Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you, really?

1980 was the first year I was able to vote in a presidential election and, with chest puffed out, off I went to the polls to vote for Jimmy Carter on November 4, 1980. It began a long, sad slide for me personally as the country was electing Republicans at a record pace, and I seemingly was voting for people at all levels of government that were not destined to be elected. I kept thinking that I was maybe not understanding politics (I now know I knew exactly what I was doing), and that the people I wanted to see elected, almost all Democrats, were good people.…

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Republicans understand consequences better than Democrats — which is why they’re terrified

In her painfully good new book This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein sums up what she thinks it would take to address the threat of climate change: “In short, it means changing everything about the economy so that our pollution doesn’t change everything about our physical world.”

She argues, alarmingly, that conservatives understand this far more deeply than those on the left. Of course, conservatives not worried about the potential damage to the planet, which they could find some way to monetize. They’re worried about the damage to their worldview and — ultimately — their ability to hold power.

That is the only consequence that really matters to them — which is why they’re willing to risk government shutdowns and debt defaults and employ self-defeating tactics like voter suppression and killing immigration reform.…

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UPDATED: Don’t like the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision? You can thank Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby today in a narrow 5-4 decision that allows the owners of for-profit corporations to deny health insurance coverage for some types of contraceptives for their employees. The decision cements in place the idea that corporations are people entitled to Constitutionally-protected rights like free speech.

As it turns out, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was front and center on this issue and he has taken a much bigger role in fighting the Affordable Care Act at the national level than any other state Attorney General. He has, in fact, filed amicus briefs in no less than SIX federal court cases related to denying women this coverage on the basis of the company owner’s religious beliefs.…

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The Supreme Court is on the ballot this November — and every two years

All signs point to the Supreme Court issuing two decisions that will rapidly transform American society as we know it this week.

The majority is likely to grant corporations the right to deny birth control coverage based on their own — completely unscientific — determination that a pill causes an abortion. This decision comes right after a new report shows that women have saved $483 million thanks the Affordable Care Act making contraceptive coverage mandatory in all insurance policies. With corporate personhood expanded to include religious rights, employers objections will soon fill the legal system as the government is forced to determine the sincerity of a legal entity’s beliefs.…

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