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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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VIDEO: Democrat Bobby McKenzie in MI-11 releases first ad slamming Foreclosure Vulture David Trott

Bobby McKenzie, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District is up with his first ad this cycle and it’s a doozy. It is a hard-hitting ad that shows what it looks like when Republican David Trott evicts people, in this case an elderly woman, from their home:

Here’s a statement from the McKenzie campaign released with the video:

The story of 101-year-old Mrs. Hollis is just one example of how ‘Foreclosure King’ Trott made millions off of the human misery of Michiganders. He has spent his entire career working with Wall Street banks to foreclose on tens of thousands of Michigan homes, up to 80,000 in a single year.…
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Federal judge slams Republican AG Bill Schuette for absence in child slavery case

A federal child slavery case against a West African man working as a janitor for the University of Michigan fell apart this week with the man getting only 21 months in jail. During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow slammed Republican Attorney Bill Schuette for his absence in the case:

During the sentencing hearing, Tarnow took a shot at Washtenaw County and the state attorney general’s office for letting the federal courts handle this case when, he said, the states should have. He also asked where Attorney General Bill Schuette was on the case, noting he’s “on my television every night” declaring war against human trafficking, yet no one from his office appeared in this case.
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Republican Congressional candidate Mike Bishop refutes Gov. Snyder’s “Comeback” rhetoric

With all of Gov. Snyder’s “Comeback Kid” and “Road to Recovery” rhetoric, you’d think Republican candidates in Michigan would be piling on to support the idea that Michigan is on the rebound.

Not so with Republican candidate Mike Bishop who is running in Michigan’s 8th Congressional district to replace Mike Rogers. He had this to say recently:

Bishop, 47, is chief legal officer for International Bancard Corp., a payment processing company.

He said his company most likely won’t reach its goal of adding more than two dozen employees this year due to burdensome federal regulations and taxation. The Affordable Care Act — which he said he would support repealing — tops the onerous regulations list, he said.

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UPDATED: Fred Upton is panicking, threatens donors to crowd-funded MaydayPAC

This post has been updated with comments from Democratic candidate Paul Clements.

After the crowd-funded MaydayPAC announced they’d be spending $1.5 million to defeat Republican Fred Upton in MI-06, he turned to social media to decry what he called the “shadowy” group started by “Harvard millionaire” Lawrence Lessig (who is not a millionaire, by the way.)

But he didn’t stop there. The Huffington Post is reporting that Upton and a top aide and “former super lobbyist” Gary Andres got on the phones and began haranguing the PAC’s donors:

Silicon Valley executives who gave big money to a super PAC have received angry calls from a top aide to one of its targets, as well as calls from the targeted congressman himself, sources familiar with the situation told The Huffington Post.…
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BREAKING: More corruption in the Snyder administration: $26.4 million in no-bid contracts awarded to campaign donor (UPDATED)

The Michigan Democratic Party released bombshell news today that the Snyder administration awarded $26.4 million in no-bid contracts to a high-dollar donor to the Snyder reelection campaign.

On June 9, 2014, the owners of J&B Medical Supply, which supplies diapers and other incontinence products to Department of Community Health, hosted a lavish fundraiser for Rick Snyder in Bloomfield Hills which was attended by about 150 contributors, and featured crystal stemware, professional lighting design and custom-made Rick for Michigan candy and water bottles. They raised $73,800 for Governor Snyder’s reelection campaign.

Here’s video from the fundraiser just to give you an idea of just how swanky this soiree was:

The very next day following the fundraiser, J&B Medical Supply had an existing state contract extended to the tune of nearly $400,000.

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GUEST POST: Ann Arbor super activist Michael Rains explains why he is Getting Out the Vote and how YOU can, too!

I first encountered my dear friend Michael Rains on the streets of Ann Arbor. He had a cart he has dubbed “the Democracy Machine” and there was a crowd of people around him, waiting to sign petitions to recall Governor Snyder and to repeal Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law. If there is a crowd of people in Ann Arbor – and often elsewhere in the state – Michael can often be found there with the Democracy Machine, distributing information and gathering petition signatures for causes he believes in.

Today, Michael is sharing with us his reasons for getting out the vote (GOTV) for the November Election and has information on how you can get involved, too.…

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And the award for the most moronic political ad this season goes to…

There is a school of thought (apparently) that outlandish, even stupidly dumb ads are good because they get you to watch, sort of like a high-speed train derailing in front of you. I get that. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I get it.

So, there’s stupidly dumb and then there’s this hot mess of moronic childishness from the Michigan Republican Party:

I’m not going to get too much into the details regarding their accusations. Quickly, it turns out some bad guys donated to Peters campaign and as soon as he found out they were bad guys, he returned the money to one of them and donated the other bad guy’s money to a charity.…

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