Category: Michigan Republicans

The unmentioned outcome of the #TrumpTaxScam: Forcing states to cut taxes just to keep their citizens from paying MORE

The unmentioned outcome of the #TrumpTaxScam: Forcing states to cut taxes just to keep their citizens from paying MORE

When Republicans in Congress passed the Trump Tax Scam, one of the things they did was to raise taxes on citizens at the state level. In Michigan, that increase in taxes amounts to $1.5 BILLION, something even Republicans have been forced to admit. Democrats, who have been trying to enact an increase in the personal tax exemption for years, today […]

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Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Last year in a rare exhibition of bipartisanship, the Michigan state senate voted unanimously and the House voted 89-11 to pass a new rule involving the taxation of a purchased vehicle when someone trades in another vehicle in the transaction. Under a 2013 law, buyers initially could exempt the value of the trade-in vehicle up to $2,000 from the sales […]

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Pete Hoekstra continues to embarrass his state and his country as Netherlands media shames him

Pete Hoekstra continues to embarrass his state and his country as Netherlands media shames him

Following on the heels of an encounter with a reporter in the Netherlands where he gaslighted the reporter twice in the span of a couple of minutes, former Michigan legislator Pete Hoekstra held a press conference and things went decidedly “not well”. Hoeksta, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, confronted this time not by just one reporter but multiple reporters, […]

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Even Michigan Republicans are forced to admit that the #TrumpTaxScam is raising the taxes of ordinary taxpayers

Even Michigan Republicans are forced to admit that the #TrumpTaxScam is raising the taxes of ordinary taxpayers

“[Republican] Gov. Rick Snyder proposed legislation Monday to offset what he said would amount to an unintended $1.5-billion annual tax increase for Michigan residents resulting from the recent federal tax reform package.” That’s the lead sentence in an article in the Detroit Free Press from yesterday titled “Snyder proposes plan to offset federal tax reform for Michigan taxpayers“. The article […]

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Congressional Republicans are hypocrites on the #TrumpTaxScam but few are as hypocritical as Tim Walberg from Michigan

Congressional Republicans are hypocrites on the #TrumpTaxScam but few are as hypocritical as Tim Walberg from Michigan

After the sugar buzz of last week’s election in Alabama, all of us got a bitter dose of reality with the FCC ending Net Neutrality and then last night’s this morning’s passage of an historic tax scam bill by Republicans in the Senate. Because House Speaker Paul Ryan is such a novice, the version House Republicans passed violated Senate rules […]

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ACTION NEEDED NOW – Michigan Republicans vote to allow guns in schools, daycare centers, bars, stadiums, & places of worship

ACTION NEEDED NOW – Michigan Republicans vote to allow guns in schools, daycare centers, bars, stadiums, & places of worship

Pistols in your preschools… In true Orwellian fashion, the author of legislation passed yesterday by the state Senate that allows guns to be carried in so-called “no-carry” or “no gun” zones, said that the church shooting in Texas this past week was actually an argument FOR loosening gun restrictions in Michigan: Despite outcry from Democrats and school groups, people could […]

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With a Key U.P. Victory, 2018 Looks Brighter for Michigan Democrats

With a Key U.P. Victory, 2018 Looks Brighter for Michigan Democrats

 If you’re looking for a window into 2018 in Michigan, the most important race took place last night in the western Upper Peninsula. On first blush, it looks like a pretty routine result in the special election for the 109th state House District: Democrat Sara Cambensy held a seat that’s been blue for more than a half-century. The district has a […]

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For Michigan Republicans, gerrymandering is a “game” that they have rigged and that THEY are winning

For Michigan Republicans, gerrymandering is a “game” that they have rigged and that THEY are winning

It’s refreshing to see journalists explaining the motivations of Republicans in clear terms. That happened this morning in an article in the The Detroit News titled “GOP to fight anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal” where Jonathan Oosting puts it bluntly: Republicans who have dominated recent state and federal elections are mobilizing in opposition as a grassroots group nears its signature goal for […]

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Kid Rock: “F*ck no, I’m not running for Senate

Kid Rock: “F*ck no, I’m not running for Senate

Despite being in “regular phone contact” with Kid Rock, former President Stephen Bannon had his hopes for a “Senator Rock” dashed this morning when Robert Richie, known to his fans as “Kid Rock”, told Howard Stern, “Fuck no, I’m not running for Senate!” Ritchie, who strangely called Stabenow a racist in his profanity-laced rant, seems to have had the last […]

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Republican Congressman Tim Walberg tells angry constituents to “Get a life”

Republican Congressman Tim Walberg tells angry constituents to “Get a life”

This past Monday, Congressman Tim Walberg held a townhall meeting in Tecumseh, Michigan where he met a raucous crowd who were largely angry with him, his Republican colleagues, and President Donald Trump. During the question and answer period, one attendee described how angry she is with President Trump’s tweets. Rep. Walberg responded, “I can’t control his tweets. I have to […]

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Michigan Republican senator wants to have private, for-profit police forces – What could possibly go wrong?

Michigan Republican senator wants to have private, for-profit police forces – What could possibly go wrong?

This post has been updated to correct information about training requirements for a “special police officer”. It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to “Republicans Gone Wild!” type legislation in Michigan these days. After all, this is the state where Republicans passed a law forcing women to purchase special insurance to cover abortions – what I call […]

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