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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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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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Petitioners for corporate front group effort to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law lying to get signatures

Petitioners for corporate front group effort to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law lying to get signatures

In 2012, the group Protecting Michigan Taxpayers was formed as a front group for anti-union forces who wanted to defeat Proposal 2 which would have enshrined collective bargaining rights for workers into Michigan’s state constitution. The group has been dormant since their victory in November of 2012 but was resurrected last spring to push a ballot initiative of their own, one which will repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law which helps maintain decent wages for construction workers in our state.

Over the past few months, PMT has raised over a million dollars, largely from three sources. They got $360,000 from the Michigan Freedom Fund, an anti-union group funded largely by the DeVos family.…

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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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Last month, Michigan Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck had an op-ed pulled and then republished at <i>The Detroit News</i> with modifications after he was busted <a href="http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/05/gop-state-sen-colbeck-revises-detroit-news-anti-obamacare-op-ed-after-getting-busted-for-lying.html" target="_blank">lying about various aspects of the Affordable Care Act</a>. 

Colbeck is now at it again. He recently published an op-ed in the <i>Canton Observer</i> attempting to convince readers that everything is fine with education funding, Republicans have actually INCREASED it, and that the problems that Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) are having are their own goddam fault.

However, shortly after it was published, the <i>Canton Observer</i> posted this <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheCantonObserver/posts/998808876809459" target="_blank">on their Facebook page:</a>

Michigan Republican Sen. Colbeck has op-ed pulled for inaccuracies. Again. (UPDATED x2)

Last month, Michigan Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck had an op-ed pulled and then republished at The Detroit News with modifications after he was busted lying about various aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Colbeck is now at it again. He recently published an op-ed in the Canton Observer attempting to convince readers that everything is fine with education funding, Republicans have actually INCREASED it, and that the problems that Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) are having are their own goddam fault. However, shortly after it was published, the Canton Observer posted this on their Facebook page:
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Australian couple to divorce if marriage equality becomes law because God, will break the 9th Commandment to do so

Australian couple to divorce if marriage equality becomes law because God, will break the 9th Commandment to do so

An Australian couple in Canberra recently penned an op-ed for the Canberra CityNews saying that, if the Australian government decides to recognize same-sex marriages, they will get a divorce. It’s not because they don’t love each. They do. They were high school sweethearts who have been married for 10 years. It’s not that. It’s that, if same-sex couples can get married then their marriage means nothing.

When we signed that official-looking marriage certificate 10 years ago at Tuggeranong Baptist Church, we understood that the state was endorsing marriage, as currently defined, as the fundamental social institution – with all that this implied.…
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Republican State House Rep. Todd Courser: Supports anti-Vaxers, lies about non-existent vaccine-autism connection

Republican State House Rep. Todd Courser: Supports anti-Vaxers, lies about non-existent vaccine-autism connection

It’s a shocking and depressing fact that there are uneducated people out there who are afraid of vaccinations because they read somewhere or heard from someone that one time that vaccinations cause autism.

They don’t.

But that didn’t stop Republican Todd Courser from expressing his support for the anti-Vaxer community and to reinforce people’s unfounded and unscientific fears about the non-existent autism/vaccination connection on his Facebook page

This man is an elected state Representative. It’s one thing to use fearmongering against your political opponents to get people to vote for you or support your positions. It’s entirely another thing to use outright lies, provable lies, lies that can cause real harm not just to individuals but to our communities, as well.…

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GOP State Sen. Colbeck revises Detroit News anti-Obamacare op-ed after getting busted for lying

GOP State Sen. Colbeck revises Detroit News anti-Obamacare op-ed after getting busted for lying

A couple of weeks ago, Eclectablog team member Charles Gaba – publisher of the internationally-recognized ACASignUps.netbusted Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck for spewing lies about the Affordable Care Act. Charles found no less than seven clear factual errors in Colbeck’s op-ed in The Detroit News.

Here are a few of the more egregious items:

  • He claimed that the ACA is costing $1.35 trillion per year. It’s actually priced at less than 1/10th that price ($120 billion per year).
  • He claimed that the ACA is “still leaving 36 million people” without insurance, while failing to acknowledge that 4 million of those are stuck in the Medicaid Gap created by Republican-run states, while another 6.3 million are undocumented immigrants who aren’t legally eligible for coverage under the law.
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Those "Rivers of Opportunity" Were Flowing Prior to Governor Snyder

Those “Rivers of Opportunity” Were Flowing Prior to Governor Snyder

If you’re on Governor Snyder’s email list you recently received his most recent glitter bomb of self-congratulation. In it he points out that Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped by half from 11.2% in December, 2011, but offers no reasons for this drop. It’s reasonable to assume the drop is primarily related to the increase in auto sales along with the national economy moving at a less sluggish pace. Is this because of GOP policies or Obama’s? If Snyder’s own policies explained any good news he would be touting something specific about that decline in unemployment, something like that mass migration of businesses to Michigan once Right to Work legislation was passed.…

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Governor Snyder unveils fake "increase" in per-pupil school funding

Governor Snyder unveils fake “increase” in per-pupil school funding

I apologize for the lack of new posts this past week. My family is dealing with an ongoing medical crisis with my father and I have not had time to write. Regular posting will resume when the crisis is resolved.

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his new budget. According to his spin on the budget, per-pupil funding will be increased by $75 per student. At the time, Democratic Representative Brandon Dillon noted that this so-called “increase” would be more than offset by cuts to schools in other areas:

While questioning State Budget Director John Roberts, Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, noted that the budget includes a decrease in the amount of performance-based funding available for districts.…
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