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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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Michigan Republican Arlan Meekhof calls security on reporters asking about his support of dark money in politics

There’s little doubt that Republicans love mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money in our political process and elections. And it’s no wonder. They benefit more from the increased limits on political donations more than Democrats. Considerably more.

What they especially love is money where the donors can be kept secret. That way, the donors don’t have to answer to anyone and the politicians can do their bidding without anyone knowing who they have sold their souls – and votes – to.

The poster child for dark money in politics in Michigan is Republican Arlan Meekhof. Meekhof slipped some wording into a bill in Senate Bill 661 that ensured that wealthy donors to groups running “issue ads” – ads that are little more than thinly-veiled political attacks – can remain secret, benefiting everyone except Michigan citizens and the sanctity of our very democracy.…

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley takes one day off each week to fly to Harvard for classes

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has been taking off every Wednesday to hop a flight to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend classes at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in order to get a master’s degree in public administration.

Calley defends this paid time off to go to school, saying, “I’ve got no scholarships or help by the state or any other groups, I’m personally financing it 100%” and “I’m just like a lot of other Michiganders. I’m a full-time worker who’s pursuing higher education.”

That sounds nice. We all want to better ourselves. But that’s really not the question here.…

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And now we know why the GOP hates Obamacare: they’re simply too stupid to understand it

I’ve never fully understood the loathing that the GOP feels for Obamacare. After all, it was essentially their idea to begin with and it was proven to work by their very own presidential candidate in 2012, Mitt Romney, when he implemented it in Massachusetts.

But now I have figured it out. I realized the true answer after I saw this image on Facebook:

Yes, that’s right. The Michigan GOP thinks that other people enroll you in Obamacare. They are too incredibly stupid, even after several years of talking about it, to realize this is something that Americans choose to do for themselves.…

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Michigan House & Senate Republican Campaign Committees funded largely by the DeVos family – 34% and 41% respectively

The best democracy money can buy

As we get into the final week of the campaign season before next Tuesday’s election, there is a massive amount of money being spent, mainly on television ads and mailings, trying to sway voters. On the Republican side in Michigan, it’s no secret that one family, the massively wealthy DeVos family, is dominating the scene. In the last filing with the Michigan elections bureau, the amount this one family is spending comes into sharp relief.

Seven members of the DeVos family dumped $260,000 into the coffers of the Republican House Campaign Committee. This represents 34.4% of the money given in the last reporting period and 15.4% of the money they have received all year.…

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Another Michigan Republican busted for lying on MLive’s candidate questionnaire

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Republican Brandt Iden who is running for office in Michigan’s 61st House district and who lied on a candidate questionnaire about having been convicted of a crime.

Today another GOP liar has been busted. This time it’s Republican state Rep. Kevin Cotter who is running for reelection in Michigan’s 99th state House District and who lied on his questionnaire:

Fourteen years ago, a then 22-year-old Kevin Cotter was pulled over by a police officer and issued a ticket for transporting open intoxicants in a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Cotter pleaded guilty and paid total fine and court costs of $255.

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INTERVIEW: Bobby McKenzie has the juice to turn a Red district Blue with your help

For Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Bobby McKenzie, life these days is filled with events, rallies, door knocking and money raising, something that is true for most candidates. What is setting Bobby McKenzie apart from most other campaigns is that he is running against a multi-millionaire by the name of David Trott, also known as “The Foreclosure King” for his law firm’s foreclosing on more than 80,000 homes in the state of Michigan in one year alone, profiting multimillions of dollars off the suffering of mostly middle class friends and neighbors.

Trott & Trott, the firm in question, represented banks that had mortgagees who ended up months behind in their payments because of the economic downturn, people who then tried to modify their loans to make their home payments more affordable and to remove them from the threat of foreclosure.…

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American Democracy Legal Fund formally requests investigation into illegal activities & ethics violations by Fred Upton

Ruh roh, Raggy

Things have started to heat up for Republican Congressman Fred Upton on the heels of revelations that he and a top staffer for his House committee made harrassing calls to funders of the MaydayPAC that is supporting his opponent Democrat Paul Clements. The American Democracy Legal Fund is has now formally called for an investigation into possible illegal activities and ethics violations by Upton:

The American Democracy Legal Fund has requested the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate whether Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) violated federal law and House rules by improperly threatening with retribution those who contributed to a super PAC that supports his challenger in the upcoming election.…
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Rick Snyder & Joe Hune are for reducing regulatory burdens on businesses except when it benefits their corporate pals not to

I have been following Tesla Motors for many years. They are one of the most exciting companies to start up in the past decade, producing all-electric vehicles that are attractive, powerful, and that represent a true breakthrough in technology, especially from the battery side. And they have done it largely without government assistance, to boot. No government body has had to be part of “picking winners and losers” when it comes to Tesla. They are a winner on their own merits.

But that didn’t stop Republican Joe Hune from making a last minute amendment to legislation recently signed into law by Gov.…

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