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No, Michigan Republicans did NOT just pass a law outlawing sodomy

There are countless articles floating around the internet and being shared on Facebook with shouty headlines like “This Michigan legislator is attempting to ban sodomy while the Flint water crisis rages on” and “Instead of Helping Flint, Michigan Republicans Just Passed a Bill That Makes Anal Sex Illegal“. They all appear to refer back to an article by The New Civil Rights Movement titled, “Michigan Senate Passes Bill Saying Sodomy Is A Felony Punishable By 15 Years in Prison“.

None of them are true.

What happened was the there is an effort to change Michigan law to deny a pet adoption to anyone who has been convicted of animal abuse within the past five years and to prohibit convicted animal abusers from adopting another animal for five years The law is called Logan’s Law after a Huskie named Logan was tortured with battery acid.…

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Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

A group of Michigan Republicans is sick and tired of having to go through training on how to handle a weapon and all that damned paperwork that it takes to get a concealed pistol license. One of the sponsors, Triston Cole, calls the permitting process “government overreach”.

That’s why he signed on to co-sponsor House Bill 5303. It changes the current law by striking out the language requiring a concealed pistol license:

(2) This act or a rule promulgated or order issued by the department or the commission under this act shall not be construed to prohibit an individual from transporting a pistol or carrying a loaded pistol, whether concealed or not.…
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Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

On Monday, Michigan Democrat David Knezek introduced Senate Bill 734. The bill contains a single sentence:

The local financial stability and choice act, 2012 PA 436, MCL 141.1541 to 141.1575, is repealed.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire anti-democratic failed experiment known as Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, a law and policy that has done so much harm to our state, was brought down with a single sentence?

There has never been a time in Michigan when it was more clear that taking away democracy with the imposition of an Emergency Manager and the entire concept of Emergency Management is completely flawed and failed.…

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With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

President Obama now has less than a year left in his final term in office. But that hasn’t stopped the drumbeat of calls for his impeachment among the most fervent haters of the country’s first African American POTUS.

This past week, the Michigan 7th Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution asking Congressman Tim Walberg to introduce articles of impeachment. In their resolution, these legal geniuses accuse the president of “Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud”, “Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office”, and “Aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States”. They say that impeachment is “the proper constitutional solution to Obama treason, tyranny and treachery.”

In other words, they are classic racist tea party birthers.…

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More corruption in Snyder administration: AG Schuette took money from group involved with investigation he's conducting

More corruption in Snyder administration: AG Schuette took money from group involved with investigation he’s conducting

When state Senate Republicans announced that they were moving their offices to a new building in Lansing, red flags went up around the city. A bipartisan group asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to look into the $134 million project to ensure that nothing shady was going on. This was in light of at least one report that the state had drastically overpaid for the building.

Then, in the waning days of 2015, family members of the group that owns the building where the new offices will be, Boji Group, made a $14,000 donation to Schuette’s campaign war chest:

The 13 Watchdog team is taking a close look at political contributions made to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s candidate committee from a well-known donor in Lansing.
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UPDATED: EMU faculty passes “no confidence” vote over Board of Regents’ pact with Education Achievement Authority, Republicans say they’re killing it

Over the past couple of months, multiple Colleges in the Eastern Michigan University system have passed resolutions of “No Confidence” in the EMU Board of Regents. These groups include the Colleges of Education, Arts & Science, Technology, and Health & Human Services.

Yesterday, the entire Faculty Senate did the same. You can read their resolution HERE.

In their resolution of “No Confidence”, they specifically call out EMU’s continued association with Gov. Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA only exists at this point because of the intralocal agreement it has with EMU.…

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THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

After passing legislation to slash revenue sharing to already struggling urban areas including Flint and after passing an anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law – Public Act 4 – and after passing another anti-democratic Emergency Manager law – Public Act 436 – after voters rejected the first one (and making it democracy-proof with an unnecessary appropriation) and after these Republican-appointed overseers – the Emergency Managers of Flint – made decisions that lead to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water and after our Republican-led administration altered water test data to avoid taking action when lead was found and after our Republican administration lied to the USEPA about treating the Flint River water and after our Republican administration violated the Clean Water Act and the Lead and Copper Rule and after our Republican administration ignored, maligned, and ridiculed the heroes who blew the whistle on the Republican-made catastrophe in Flint and after our Republican-run administration ignored and delayed and obfuscated until they no longer could and were forced to take action months after lead was found in Flint’s drinking water, Michigan Republicans now want you to believe that THEY are the ones taking care of business and that the federal government is somehow failing Michigan.…

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Michigan Republicans push laws to punish Detroit teachers who revealed shocking conditions in their schools

Michigan Republicans push laws to punish Detroit teachers who revealed shocking conditions in their schools

Four state Senators, Phil Pavlov, Joe Hune, David Robertson, and Goeff Hansen have had quite enough of uppity Detroit teachers who have staged “sick-outs” to draw attention to the deplorable – unconscionable, really – conditions in their schools. Images and stories of dead vermin, mushrooms growing out of the wall, disintegrating floors, walls, and ceilings, and clear evidence of black mold in the schools attended by Detroit children have shocked the state and drawn national attention to the disinvestment in DPS under a series of Emergency Managers over the past seven years.

Here’s are some of the photos:

Mushrooms in a classroom.…

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DeVos family responsible for HALF of campaign contributions to Michigan House Republicans in last quarter of 2015

Ka-CHING!

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Michigan Republicans received a whopping 50% of their campaign contributions from members of the DeVos family. Four vulnerable Republican House members, Holly Hughes, Brandt Iden, Tom Barrett, and John Bizon all received $9,000 each for a total of $36,000 which is nearly the median income for Michigan residents according to analysis done by the Pew Charitable Trusts. In fact, these rich individuals, in their effort to purchase the best state legislature money can buy, gave 75% of the median Michigan family income in just a single quarter.

On top of that, DeVos family members also dropped another $340,000 on the House Republican caucus’s PAC bringing the total to $376,000, exactly half of the campaign contributions received by ALL House Republicans in Michigan in the fourth quarter.…

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GUEST POST: Republicans set to dissolve all historical districts in Michigan

The following guest post was written by Nancy Kotting who writes at Watapama blog. From her About page:

Nancy Kotting is a fourth generation Detroiter, former partner at Detroit MetroTimes/Alternative Media Inc., architectural historian, trainer/instructor of classical horsemanship for over 35 years and a Catholic convert. She has been published in both the U.S. and the U.K. and is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Watapama is an exploration of anomalies at the intersection of popular culture, politics, faith and art.

The topic that Kotting writes about is one near and dear to my heart. As Anne and I have traveled around the state of Michigan to document some of our formerly robust urban centers as they implode from the collapse of their manufacturing base and the subsequent disinvestment by the state that has taken them to a financial precipice and pushed them off, time and time again we’ve seen the gorgeous architecture and beautiful buildings and homes disintegrating, stripped of anything of value, with some burned out or collapsed into forgotten piles of rubble.…

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An idea to enhance democracy whose time has come: Vote for governor AND president in the same election in Michigan

An idea to enhance democracy whose time has come: Vote for governor AND president in the same election in Michigan

Michigan is a hot political mess these days. Between an a tea party-led legislature that never seems to run out of ways to screw over the poor and the powerless to the Snyder administration that is so intent on saving money that they ended up poisoning a city’s water supply, there’s little fun or uplifting to write about for a political blogger.

However, THIS is something that is very encouraging. Via Brian Dickerson at the Detroit Free Press:

Frustrated by Republican success in low-turnout, off-year elections for state and local offices, a group of unidentified Democratic and independent activists is quietly promoting a ballot initiative that could transform Michigan’s political landscape by moving the elections for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state Senate to coincide with the presidential election cycle as early as 2020.
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