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BREAKING: More corruption in the Snyder administration: $26.4 million in no-bid contracts awarded to campaign donor (UPDATED)

The Michigan Democratic Party released bombshell news today that the Snyder administration awarded $26.4 million in no-bid contracts to a high-dollar donor to the Snyder reelection campaign.

On June 9, 2014, the owners of J&B Medical Supply, which supplies diapers and other incontinence products to Department of Community Health, hosted a lavish fundraiser for Rick Snyder in Bloomfield Hills which was attended by about 150 contributors, and featured crystal stemware, professional lighting design and custom-made Rick for Michigan candy and water bottles. They raised $73,800 for Governor Snyder’s reelection campaign.

Here’s video from the fundraiser just to give you an idea of just how swanky this soiree was:

The very next day following the fundraiser, J&B Medical Supply had an existing state contract extended to the tune of nearly $400,000.

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Millions of Americans could vote themselves health insurance — and Michigan could vote itself marriage equality

“Lawyers live under a rule called Rule 11, which provides that it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result,” Arizona’s Republican Attorney General Tom Horton said in a statement on Friday explaining why we would not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

The Supreme Court is currently in the process of legalizing same-sex marriage as slowly as possible, according to Think Progress‘ Ian Millhiser.

We aren’t getting the satisfaction a Loving v. Virginia-style definitive ruling because Justice Anthony Kennedy, the lone voice for LGBQT equality in the Court’s conservative majority, is using the accumulation of states that have marriage equality to reflect “the evolving understanding of the meaning of equality,” according to BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.…

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Republican state House candidate says lying on MLive’s Voter Guide questionnaire was “unfortunate”, a “distraction”

Republican Brandt Iden who is running for office in Michigan’s 61st House district was sent a questionnaire by MLive for their 2014 Voters Guide. In the questionnaire were these two questions:

  1. Have you ever been arrested? (Please detail date, location)
  2. Ever been convicted of or pleaded no contest to a crime?

Iden answered “no” to both questions.

Problem is he was lying:

The Republican candidate running for the 61st District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives acknowledged Thursday that he lied on his MLive Voter Guide questionnaire when he was asked if he had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.
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UPDATED: MaydayPAC’s involvement in MI-06 race has Fred Upton freaking out

When Fred Upton learned that MaydayPAC was planning to spend $1.5 million to unseat him, he went into freak-out mode. He quickly put out a defensive and poorly-done video on Facebook where he describes MaydayPAC as a “shadowy Massachusetts ‘SuperPAC'” and MaydayPAC founder, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, as a “Harvard billionaire”. Of course, MaydayPAC is far from “shadowy”. They have been completely open about their intentions and have talked publicly about everything they are doing. Lessig is also far from a “billionaire”.

At least they got the “Harvard” part right.

Here’s Upton’s lame ad. I encourage you to read the comments.…

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GOP set to resume wrecking the economy and making us less safe

The only thing we have to fear is Republican fear itself.

Unemployment claims are now steady at an eight-year low as we’re in the middle of what could be the best year of job growth of this century.

Two straight years of the rich paying slightly more in taxes along with ten million Americans gaining health insurance has resulted in escalating economic gains AKA the exact opposite of what Republicans predicted, as usual. But there’s a unspoken element fueling the suddenly strong labor market that we should not forget.

After the government shutdown last year, Congress agreed to a two-year budget.…

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Are Democrats expanding the map? They damn well should be.

You really cannot understate the advantages Republicans have in this year’s battle for the control of the Senate.

Both parties are bashing each other for voters in nine states states Mitt Romney won as he was busy losing by millions of votes.  Meanwhile, all the structural advantages — older, whiter turnout; the party that holds the White House tends lose seats in the sixth year of his term; low approval rate for the president — favor the right.

At least one poll suggests that Democratic turnout could resemble the disastrous 2010 election. Republican candidates have taken the lead in two states the president won two years ago — Iowa and Colorado.…

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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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Climate change denier and “scientist” GOP Congressman Dan Benishek: “I haven’t SEEN the science that proves it”

“I can’t SEEE-EEE you…”

In a recent interview with ABC10, Republican Dan Benishek was questioned about his views on global climate change. He responded, “The climate may be changing, but I don’t think man is contributing to it.”

Pushed further, he had this to say:

“I’m not sure there’s any evidence to prove that there’s man-made catastrophic global warming…there’s no significant scientific evidence,” Benishek said.

“I could throw some science at you,” [ABC 10 news director Greg] Peterson said.

“Well, I am a scientist,” Benishek said. “You know, I believe in peer-reviewed science. But, I don’t see any peer-reviewed science that proves there is man-made catastrophic climate change.”

In the same interview, Benishek blamed the climate change he claims doesn’t exist on China.…

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More on the Michigan Republican Party’s harassment of elderly woman under hospice care

My reporting on the Michigan Republican Party’s odious mailer encouraging people to call the phone of the ailing mother of Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 61st House district John Fisher has gotten LOTS of attention. It’s had thousands and thousands of views and the cross-posted version at Daily Kos has given it national exposure. It’s been picked up by other sites, as well, including Raw Story, Wonkette, and others.

Fisher’s opponent, Republican Kalamazoo County Commissioner Brandt Iden, issued a statement that stops very short of repudiating or condemning the mailer, saying, “Obviously, as you know, it was not sent out by our campaign.…

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Because 65,915,796 Americans voted in 2012

If voting didn’t matter, Republicans wouldn’t try to stop you from doing it

There’s no need to pretend America is perfect, or that decades of bad policy have been completely reversed in six years. The drift of America into endless with war justified by Bush-era doctrines continues unabated without any debate by Congress while any economic gains are being gobbled up by the richest Americans.

But there’s no doubt that the 2012 election changed America for the better. Because you voted for President Obama and a Democratic Senate, the following happened:

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