Category: GOPocrisy

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

I’ve been writing lately about the attempt by the Snyder administration to continue the undemocratic takeover of local schools facing financial difficulties without having to use an Emergency Manager. Thanks to the Flint water catastrophe where the residents’ drinking water was contaminated with lead thanks to decisions made by Emergency Managers, that phrase has become (pardon the pun) toxic. As I have written (HERE and HERE), the individual put in charge of taking over the school districts is now called a “CEO”. And the CEO has all sorts of power:

  • Assume the financial and academic authority over multiple schools;
  • Assume the role of the locally elected school board for those schools they have been assigned;
  • Control all funds attributable to pupils at the school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Permanently close a school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Sell closed school buildings without the consent of the locally elected board; and
  • Convert schools into charter schools without the consent of the locally elected board.
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Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

I have known for quite awhile that you can’t bring a sign into the State Capitol Building. You can’t miss the signs telling you to leave your signs behind when you enter the august edifice. What I did NOT know until recently is that bringing a gun into that same building is A-OK. Thankfully, sanity is prevailing, at least on the side of Democrats who have introduced legislation to prohibit firearms in the Capitol and allowing people to express their First Amendment rights by bringing in a sign

As it stands today you can openly carry a firearm, but not a sign, into the state capitol.…

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GOP Congressman Mike Bishop lies about promising vote on bridge to Canada, wants to eliminate the Dept. of Education

GOP Congressman Mike Bishop lies about promising vote on bridge to Canada, wants to eliminate the Dept. of Education

It’s well-known that MI-08 Republican Congressman Mike Bishop is a bought-and-paid-for lapdog of the Moroun family. The patriarch of that family, Manuel “Matty” Moroun, is the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge that spans the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor. Although there is a desperate need for an additional bridge to facilitate truck traffic that now backs up for miles on busy days, Moroun is equally desperate that no additional bridge be built unless he is the one that builds it and profits from it. He went so far as to attempt to get voters to pass a ballot initiative back in 2012 that would assist him in maintaining his monopoly.…

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YOUR LAUGH OF THE DAY: Michigan GOP demands Dems pay salary of criminal senator Republicans refused to throw out

YOUR LAUGH OF THE DAY: Michigan GOP demands Dems pay salary of criminal senator Republicans refused to throw out

Last summer, I asked a very simple question: “Why is Virgil Smith still in the state Senate? Is it because he’s the Republicans’ useful Democratic idiot?” Democratic state Senator Virgil Smith was convicted of shooting up his wife’s car in a domestic dispute and is now behind bars. Until he resigned this past week, he continued to receive his state salary.

The state Senate, as everyone knows, is controlled by Republicans who have a super-majority. They could have tossed him out of office at any time, just like their colleagues in the House did with philandering hypocrites Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.…

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More corruption unveiled in Detroit schools which happened under the watchful eyes of a Michigan Emergency Manager

More corruption unveiled in Detroit schools which happened under the watchful eyes of a Michigan Emergency Manager

Last October I penned a piece titled “Michigan’s Emergency Managers were supposed to fix corruption and ineptitude. They haven’t.” That could just as easily be the title of this post as U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade today unveiled federal charges against twelve current and former principals, an administrator and a vendor with Detroit Public Schools:

Twelve current and former principals, an administrator and a vendor with Detroit Public Schools are facing federal charges, according U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade

McQuade, The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are holding a news conference in Detroit at 1 p.m. this afternoon to discuss the case, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.…

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On World Water Day, Obama announces new investments in infrastructure while Snyder administration still drags its feet

On World Water Day, Obama announces new investments in infrastructure while Snyder administration still drags its feet

Coinciding with World Water Day, the Obama administration released details of massive investments in water resource conservation, water system infrastructure upgrades, and heightened awareness of water resources in general. You can read the full report HERE. Of particular interest to Michigan in light of the Flint water crisis, the report outlines a number of corporate responses to the White House call to action that will target water assistance to those in need across the USA:

  • The Dow Chemical Company is partnering with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity to offer free water-filtration systems to 150 Habitat for Humanity homes in Flint, MI.
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Multi-millionaire Gov. Rick Snyder puts Michigan taxpayers on the hook for his personal #FlintWaterCrisis legal bills

Multi-millionaire Gov. Rick Snyder puts Michigan taxpayers on the hook for his personal #FlintWaterCrisis legal bills

NOTE: This post has been updated HERE.

As I wrote about earlier this week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are asking the taxpayer of our state to foot the bills for their legal bills related to defending Snyder from the lawsuits filed against him for his response to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful, odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead. Yesterday, the contract Snyder signed with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd was released:

Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to pay a Grand Rapids law firm up to $800,000 in taxpayer dollars for advice and representation related to “any criminal investigations and prosecutions and related claims” resulting from the Flint drinking water crisis, according to an engagement letter obtained Thursday by the Free Press.…

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Rick Snyder & Bill Schuette look to taxpayers to foot #FlintWaterCrisis legal bills to the tune of $2.7 million

Rick Snyder & Bill Schuette look to taxpayers to foot #FlintWaterCrisis legal bills to the tune of $2.7 million

As Michiganders go to the polls today to choose their favorite presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are going to the State Administrative Board to ask taxpayers to foot the bills for their troubles in Flint to the tune of $2.7 million.

First we have the Attorney General’s request for $1.5 million to pay for Republican donor Todd Flood’s investigation into the Flint water debacle:

Flood, the former City Attorney for Allen Park, has given thousands of dollars to Republican candidates – including Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Schuette – over the years. Now he’s getting his payback, it appears.…

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GUEST POST: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Chris Christie?

GUEST POST: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Chris Christie?

The following essay was written by Mitchell Robinson and is cross-posted on his most-excellent blog at MitchellRobinson.net. Robinson is associate professor and chair of music education, and coordinator of the music student teaching program at Michigan State University. Follow Mitchell on Twitter at @mrobmsu. His essay is reposted here with permission.

Enjoy.
The news was shocking in its incongruence and rapidity: failed presidential candidate and serial Rubio attacker, Chris Christie, was endorsing failed strip club owner and serial bankruptcy artist, Donald Trump. To careful observers, this was a stunning turn of events from just a few weeks ago, when Mr.

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MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

Earlier this week, former Michigan state legislator Jason Allen told UP Matters reporter Brittany Denny that he is “troubled” by the recent reports of disabled veterans in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans suffering under the atrociously inadequate care provided by J2S Group. J2S Group is the for-profit healthcare corporation that was the beneficiary of Gov. Snyder’s privatization scheme that would carve over $4 million out of the healthcare facility’s budget for nurses aides and other support staff. “I’m very troubled about the findings of the report and I trust that the Governor and the Board of Managers will take the appropriate steps to ensure that care improves for our veterans and they get the care they deserve,” he told Denny.…

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As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

Back in 2011, reports began to emerge that conditions in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans had deteriorated after part of the staff had been privatized. According to reporting by The Detroit News, “contract workers [were] responsible for incidents in which a veteran suffered a broken neck as a result of improper lifting procedures and another veteran had a gastric tube pulled out of his stomach and was forced to eat solid foods against a doctor’s written orders”.

Despite this, Michigan Republicans continued their efforts to privatize the entire staff.

The move was fought by AFSCME, the union representing the healthcare workers in the home and it was temporarily put on hold by an Ingham County judge.…

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