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Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

The summer of 2015 will go down in the annals of Michigan history as a time when the Republican in our state displayed an complete and utter lack of leadership. Don’t forget that the GOP controls literally every level of government of significance – and have for the past five years – so this abject failure is theirs and theirs alone.

The most egregious failure to lead, of course, is their inability to figure out how to pay for critical infrastructure repairs to our roads and bridges. Their party now has so many anti-tax zealots that they have become paralyzed. The partially sane wing of the Michigan GOP knows that there is no way to fill the over $1 billion hole we’re in with regard to road repair without raising new revenue.…

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CourserGamratBusted

Welcome back, Mr. Cotter!

Michigan House speaker Kevin Cotter (R) Mt. Pleasant is a real piece of work.

Bear with me here.

The amount of time the Republican-controlled State House has spent this summer working on issues that matter to most taxpayers has been scant with relatively little to show for it, and it has happened without direction and leadership. Cotter’s regrettable remark about NOT needing Democrats to get their agenda moving forward (if there indeed is an agenda) seems a bit more than indefensible. In fact, it seems a bit idiotic at this point, to be honest.

The failed attempt to find and fund a roads package that all can find acceptable was never realistic.…

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Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser finally spoke to reporters today when he attended a House session where road funding was being debated. Most of the time he sat in the gallery, quite unlike Cindy Gamrat who actually had the courage to go directly to the House floor where she gave a written apology to Democratic House Leader Tim Greimel to read to his caucus. While he was at the Capitol, Courser took a few minutes to chat with a reporter.

As it turns out, Courser has determined that it is time to move on.

Let’s roll tape (courtesy of Progress Michigan):

REPORTER: Why don’t you want to say whether you had an extramarital affair?…
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The Courser/Gamrat train wreck continues apace with proselytizing, lies, and red herrings

The Courser/Gamrat train wreck continues apace with proselytizing, lies, and red herrings

I have to admit that, after months of writing about Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser, I’m sick of them. I’m sick of their judgemental, anti-LGBT hypocrisy. I’m sick of their narcissism. I’m sick of THEM.

Unfortunately, now that they are in the ditch they seem to be pushing the accelerator pedal to the floor. First we have Gamrat’s teary-eyed apology that seemed to have her lying about what she knew about the “false flag” email that got them into trouble to begin with. She told a reporter at her press conference that she had reported the “blackmailing” to Michigan State Police which is clearly untrue.…

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UPDATED: Todd Courser continues his slide into Bizzaro World, loses the thread while supporters threaten recall

UPDATED: Todd Courser continues his slide into Bizzaro World, loses the thread while supporters threaten recall

Over the past couple of days, Todd Courser has been releasing screenshots on his Facebook page of the texts he’s gotten from “the blackmailer” who has been threatening to expose him if he doesn’t resign. You can view the texts HERE and HERE, as well.

This morning at 1 a.m., Courser took to Facebook againwith a bizarre, disjointed statement saying he’s going to be releasing texts another person received along with him to prove it’s “not all in [his] mind” and that it isn’t something he “made up as a wild conspiracy theory to hide [his] actions”:

What Courser apparently fails to understand is that nobody is “complaining” that it’s “all in his mind” and people don’t give a damn that he was being pressured (“blackmailed”) to resign.…

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Todd Courser - who couldn't even win an election fairly - issues cowardly audio recording blaming young staffers

Todd Courser – who couldn’t even win an election fairly – issues cowardly audio recording blaming young staffers

Rather than facing the music directly and holding a press conference to answer reporters’ questions, at 4 a.m. this morning Todd Courser issued a 27-minute response to what he called a “hit piece” by The Detroit News. In it, he acknowledges his long-term affair with Rep. Cindy Gamarat and issues an apology. He also admits to sending the “false flag” email. However, he claims it was done to “disrupt” a blackmailer rather than to “inoculate the herd” as he said in the tapes released by The Detroit News.

Courser claims that Ben Graham, the person who released the tapes that brought Courser down, was the blackmailer and that his “over the top” email was simply a way to smoke him out.…

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CourserGamratBusted

Courser/Gamrat: The Truth Will/Should/Maybe Set You Free

I wrote the following on my Facebook page yesterday:

“This is more than just an outrage. It is more than just two tea party zealots forcing their ill-conceived and obsessive behavior and “ideas” upon the unwashed and uneducated who have followed them with gusto and hearty resolve. This is more than just about hypocrisy and plain stupidity.

“What it is about is lying and stealing public dollars for personal benefit. It is about attempted bribery and tearing apart two families and the families of those who worked for them. It is about pretending to be one thing but being something totally different, their bi-polar existence, if you will.…

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UPDATED: Two largest hypocrites in Lansing - Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat - have sexual relationship outed by former aide

UPDATED: Two largest hypocrites in Lansing – Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat – have sexual relationship outed by former aide

NOTE: This post has been updated HERE.

The worst-kept secret in Lansing is that theocrats and über-moralists Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser are having a sexual affair. Republicans and Democrats alike have been trying to bust the two for months without success. This morning, however, we have definitive proof from Todd Courser’s own mouth that they have had an ongoing affair. Because the two of them knew their not-secret would be revealed sooner than later, they concocted a plan to release an over-the-top email accusing Courser of being a homosexual, having paid-for sex behind Lansing nightclubs with male prostitutes, and of being a “porn addicted sex deviant”.…

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The Republican version of the "ownership society"

The Republican version of the “ownership society”

While stumping in Nevada last week Rand Paul once again indicated that if he becomes President he will sell off some of the national parks and public lands that are currently owned by all Americans. He tied this notion of private ownership to the nation’s development in the 1800’s when the government sale of lands in the West raised money to run the country. This was before we had other funding mechanisms and during a period when available land seemed unlimited.

Rand Paul will be in Michigan this weekend. I hope some courageous media person will ask him if he thinks that a state that spends millions inviting tourism should divest itself of those national parks and public lands that are key attractions, and should Pure Michigan become just a series of corn-dogged theme parks next to limestone quarries surrounded by fleets of hauling trucks that carry clear-cut lumber, oil, gas, and anything else that’s extractable.…

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ComebackCreep Snyder

If 2016 is your answer to the debacle in Michigan last week, then we are asking the wrong question

For the many of us who watch and participate in democracy on a daily basis, this past week was perhaps the most damaging and disheartening week for Michigan in many, many years. Yes, I said years. It is clear that the Republican agenda – their “in your face” agenda – is clearly working for them, even though their agenda is not in concert with the vast majority of people in the state. Their ongoing and relentless pursuit of demoralizing the LGBTQ community and their constant attack on most things considered good and decent is a result of having a majority at all levels of state government.…

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