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Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

The summer of 2015 will go down in the annals of Michigan history as a time when the Republican in our state displayed an complete and utter lack of leadership. Don’t forget that the GOP controls literally every level of government of significance – and have for the past five years – so this abject failure is theirs and theirs alone.

The most egregious failure to lead, of course, is their inability to figure out how to pay for critical infrastructure repairs to our roads and bridges. Their party now has so many anti-tax zealots that they have become paralyzed. The partially sane wing of the Michigan GOP knows that there is no way to fill the over $1 billion hole we’re in with regard to road repair without raising new revenue.…

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CourserGamratBusted

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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Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan Republicans have long been known for as being ultra-friendly to our major utility companies. The most recent evidence of that comes from legislation that will end what’s known as “net metering”. With net metering, homeowners who install solar installations that produce more energy than they use can send the bonus electricity back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill. When they don’t generate enough electricity for their own use, they can cash in the credit.

New legislation – Senate bill 438 – would force these homeowners to purchase ALL of their electricity from the local utility at retail prices.…

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Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser finally spoke to reporters today when he attended a House session where road funding was being debated. Most of the time he sat in the gallery, quite unlike Cindy Gamrat who actually had the courage to go directly to the House floor where she gave a written apology to Democratic House Leader Tim Greimel to read to his caucus. While he was at the Capitol, Courser took a few minutes to chat with a reporter.

As it turns out, Courser has determined that it is time to move on.

Let’s roll tape (courtesy of Progress Michigan):

REPORTER: Why don’t you want to say whether you had an extramarital affair?…
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Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Last night Todd Courser posted a cryptic “I’ll be posting a statement int he morning” on his Facebook page. As the world waited impatiently for his latest word salad, some begged and pleaded with him to issue a resignation statement.

That was not to be the case (though if Courser ever does decide to resign, my money is on him doing it on Facebook since he’s too much of a coward to do it in a press conference, judging by his behavior so far.)

So, what was the big news? He’s calling for an investigation by Attorney General Bill Schuette over the purchase of the Capitol View Office building.…

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Mike Bishop blows off paying staffer's rent with tax dollars, says its "fully allowed"

Mike Bishop blows off paying staffer’s rent with tax dollars, says its “fully allowed”

Last month, I wrote about 8th District Congressman Mike Bishop spending money for “lodging” for his Chief of Staff Allan Filip. They spent $1,800 in the first two months of 2015 with a firm headed up by Michigan Republican and Bishop supporter (and donor) Ron Weiser.

The Detroit News is reporting that Bishop’s office confirmed that the expense lodging for Filip:

Members of Congress aren’t supposed to be reimbursed for lodging in the Washington area, and Bishop wasn’t, according to his office.

“The lodging expense was for a staffer which was paid at fair market value and is fully allowed under House rules,” Bishop spokeswoman Kelli Ford said.

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UPDATED: Todd Courser continues his slide into Bizzaro World, loses the thread while supporters threaten recall

UPDATED: Todd Courser continues his slide into Bizzaro World, loses the thread while supporters threaten recall

Over the past couple of days, Todd Courser has been releasing screenshots on his Facebook page of the texts he’s gotten from “the blackmailer” who has been threatening to expose him if he doesn’t resign. You can view the texts HERE and HERE, as well.

This morning at 1 a.m., Courser took to Facebook againwith a bizarre, disjointed statement saying he’s going to be releasing texts another person received along with him to prove it’s “not all in [his] mind” and that it isn’t something he “made up as a wild conspiracy theory to hide [his] actions”:

What Courser apparently fails to understand is that nobody is “complaining” that it’s “all in his mind” and people don’t give a damn that he was being pressured (“blackmailed”) to resign.…

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CourserGamratBusted

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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Why does MI-08 Congressman Mike Bishop use tax dollars to pay for "lodging" in  Washington, D.C.???

Why does MI-08 Congressman Mike Bishop use tax dollars to pay for “lodging” in Washington, D.C.???

Members of Congress do not receive reimbursement for their housing while they are in Washington, D.C. Their $174,000 salary is presumed to cover that. Some sleep in their offices to save money. Others room together in shared living spaces. Most rent apartments. However, Michigan’s Congressman from the 8th District, Mike Bishop, seems to be using tax dollars to pay for housing out of his Congressional budget, a budget that is paid for by the taxpayers of the United States of America.

In the first two months of this year, the only quarter that we have information on at the moment, Bishop expensed $900 each month for “lodging” and paid it to McKinley Associates.…

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Bill Schuette: Poster child for wasting Michigan taxpayer money to pursue a regressive conservative agenda

Bill Schuette: Poster child for wasting Michigan taxpayer money to pursue a regressive conservative agenda

Bill Schuette has been raising campaign funds since last year’s election even though he is term-limited making it quite clear that he plans to run for governor in 2018. What he’s counting on, apparently, is that Michigan voters will overlook the millions upon millions of tax dollars that he has spent in his crusade to deny civil rights to LGBTQ people, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to end regulations of corporate polluters who despoil our fine state and country.

In the interest of making sure that people don’t forget, let’s take a look at some of the epic failures Schuette has wasted our money on over the past few years.…

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