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GOP House Speaker wants to pay for road funding without raising gas prices by cutting – you guessed it – education funding

During the 2014 campaign in Michigan, we were told repeatedly that Republicans hadn’t cut education funding. Despite the fact that they had actually taken BILLIONS OF DOLLARS from our schools each year, the told us with a straight face that, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, they had increased funding for our classrooms.

Now, just a few weeks later, Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger is proposing that we pay for billions of dollars in road and bridge repairs by cutting education funding so that legislators would “not have to raise taxes”.

I’m totally serious.

The plan would remove, over six years, the 6% sales tax now charged on fuel sales, while at the same time converting the 19-cent-per-gallon fuel tax to a percentage rate that would gradually increase over the same period.…
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UPDATED x2: According to incoming House Rep Todd Courser, House Speaker Jase Bolger is just too goddam liberal

Right before the election, a voter from Lapeer County reached out to me to tell me he had received a call from the campaign of far-right candidate Todd Courser. When he informed the caller he would be voting for Courser’s opponent, she asked him, “Would you change your vote if you knew that Margaret Guerrero DeLuca had faggots and blacks working for her?”

Some folks refused to believe this had actually transpired but, when you scratch beneath the surface of the sort of hateful person Todd Courser is, it’s no surprise and many folks in Lapeer had no problem believing something like this came from Courser’s campaign.…

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Under proposed Michigan law, religion could be used to discriminate

No one’s religious liberty is at risk, but the Michigan Legislature wants to use religion to infringe on the rights of others anyway.

That didn’t take long. Less than two weeks after the midterm elections, Michigan Republicans began pushing a bill that would make it legal to discriminate on religious grounds

Given the Republican majority in the Michigan Legislature — and their history of aggressive disregard for fairness and the will of their constituents — there’s a good chance this bill could move quickly and become law. Michiganders can’t let that happen.

The Michigan Legislature’s House Speaker, Representative Jase Bolger, has introduced a state bill modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — the law that has given individuals, including public institutions, a license to discriminate.…

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Michigan GOP can’t bring itself to give civil rights protections to ALL Michiganders, leave transgender people behind

Back in September, I wrote about how Michigan Republicans, facing massive pressure from across the state – including from the business community they worship with such reverance – started discussing updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include civil rights protections for the LGB community. They had no intention, I had heard at the time, of including protections for “gender identity” which describes transgender Michiganders, however:

I heard last week that Republicans were in discussions about putting forth similar legislation that would have excluded trans people and would have added exemptions based on “sincerely held religious beliefs”. This is pretty surprising considering the intense backlash that they faced when similar restrictions were first included in an anti-bullying bill – dubbed the “License to Bully Bill” – supported by Republicans in 2011.…
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Republicans like Tim Walberg oppose net neutrality to keep the campaign checks rolling in

On Monday,
President Obama came out in strong support of net neutrality, the idea that large telecommunications companies should not be allowed to create “fast lanes” on the internet for their partners or companies willing to pay for the benefit.

Republicans quickly jumped all over this, suggesting that President Obama wants to “regulate the internet”. For example, presidential candidate Ted Cruz tweeted that net neutrality is “Obamacare for the internet”:

"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014

The truth, of course, is that net neutrality prevents large for-profit corporations – not the federal government – from regulating the internet just as large phone companies have been restricted from the same thing with our phone lines.…

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An open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder: Give Michigan a state-based insurance marketplace

Prove to your constituents that you care about everyone in the state — not just big-money special interests.

Dear Governor Snyder:

I didn’t vote for you in either election, but you are Michigan’s governor. I haven’t agreed with you on much, but you did support Medicaid expansion in Michigan, although you could have done a lot more to urge the Legislature to act decisively. You also said you supported Michigan creating a state-based insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare), although you put up even less of a fight on that one.

Now, with your re-election behind you and the health insurance of nearly 240,000 Michiganders at risk, it’s time to lead.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan Democrats Get More Votes, Lose Anyway

Below I am crossposting a piece written by Walt Sorg and published at his blog The Michigan Curmudgeon. Walt has held senior positions in all three branches of Michigan state government, serving under Speaker Bobby Crim and Governor Jim Blanchard as well as at the State Bar of Michigan. He began his 48-year tenure in or around Michigan government as a young journalist covering George Romney, Senator Phil Hart and state House Speaker Bill Ryan.

Before we get into Walt’s essay, I wanted to emphasize something he wrote that echoes my feelings with regard the blame game that’s happening in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election.…

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Guess which Michigan candidates had 6,000+ people rally for them yesterday. HINT: it wasn’t the Republicans.

While Michigan Republican Party chair Bobby Schostak, the man behind “The Worst Campaign Ad That Human Beings Actually Paid for This Year”, tells anyone who will listen that President Obama’s visit to Michigan yesterday is going to harm the election chances of Mark Schauer, Gary Peters, and all of our Democratic candidates, over 6,000 people showed up to see him speak last night and to rally for our candidates. Hundreds of others were turned away. My friend Mary wrote this on my Facebook page:

First time in my life I was more than happy to spend over an hour out in the cold to stand in a very long line only to be turned away with hundreds of other very energized voters.…
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BREAKING: Snyder administration officials illegally destroyed documents sought in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request

Progress Michigan has been doing yeomans work holding the Snyder administration accountable for corrupt actitivies, shining the sanitizing sunshine needed to ensure that transparency isn’t just a catch phrase used by our Governor. In response to an August request for documents from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Progress Michigan was told in September that no such documents existed. Then, this week, they were told that the documents HAD existed but that they were destroyed when MDCH Director Jim Haveman retired.

However, the request was submitted on August 21st. Mr. Haveman retired after a mild stroke a full week later on August 28th.…

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Republican Mike Bishop, candidate in MI-08, has had a VERY bad couple of weeks

Mike Bishop: the male version of Terri Lynn what’s-her-name

Mike Bishop, the man endorsed by outgoing MI-08 Congressman Mike Rogers because he’s someone who “won’t embarrass the district”, has had a truly bad couple of weeks, lately. First, commentator Jack Lessenberry took Bishop to task for being the bought-and-paid-for stooge of millionaire Matty Moroun in a piece titled “Mike Bishop about to become Matty Moroun’s man in Congress”:

According to the Federal Election Commission, the Moroun family and that of his top aide, Dan Stamper, have personally given at least $18,000 to Bishop’s congressional race.

In return, Bishop is repeating the canard that Moroun should be allowed to build a second bridge next to his own instead.

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