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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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Schuette talk, little action on pipeline safety in the Great Lakes

Schuette talk, little action on pipeline safety in the Great Lakes


Round Island Lighthouse in the Straits of Mackinac, photo by Anne C. Savage

The aspiring but unannounced 2018 gubernatorial candidate Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a Task Force to address the increasing public concern about Line 5, Enbridge’s pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. That was last year. Since then new voices and new media outlets have begun asking hard questions about a pipeline that is in the twilight of its years and has been either maintained or not, who knows, by the same company that kept patching rather than replacing the pipeline that ruptured and befouled the Kalamazoo River and adjacent lands in 2010.…

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New polling shows just how gerrymandered the blue state of Michigan really is

New polling shows just how gerrymandered the blue state of Michigan really is

Given the results of the last few elections in Michigan where Democrats received the majority of the votes but Republicans won a majority of the seats in the state legislature, there is little to argue about when it comes to discussing gerrymandering and how terribly gerrymandered our state is. There are hardly any competitive seats in our state anymore. Period.

However, a new poll out from Public Policy Polling brings the reality of this into sharp relief. Without question, the voters in our state lean toward progressive, sometimes sharply, on a wide array of issues while our state legislature is as Republican as any southern state.…

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Why is Virgil Smith still in the state Senate? Is it because he's the Republicans' useful Democratic idiot?

Why is Virgil Smith still in the state Senate? Is it because he’s the Republicans’ useful Democratic idiot?


Virgil Smith (r) shown hanging out today with Senate Republican Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Mike Kowall

On the morning of May 10th, Democratic Senator Virgil Smith from Detroit pumped 10 rounds into his ex-wife’s car from a rifle. Smith admits to having done it saying it was “stupidest thing he had done in his life”. Last Friday he was bound over for trial on felony charges of felonious assault, malicious destruction of personal property of $20,000 or more, and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

But Virgil Smith is still a state Senator. Why is that?…

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Michigan Republicans plan raise $1.4 billion for roads AND cut the state budget AND cut the state income tax

Michigan Republicans plan raise $1.4 billion for roads AND cut the state budget AND cut the state income tax

Not just predictable. Predicted..

Republicans in the Michigan Senate have a plan to fix the roads and they are going to raise $1.4 billion to git ‘er done. It’s going to happen by raising the gas tax, something I am 100% unequivocally totally completely entirely supportive of. That’ll raise about $700,000,000 by their reckoning.

So, where does the other $700,000,000 come from? By cutting existing programs:

Sen. Mike Kowall, the GOP floor leader, said an emerging plan calls for a 15-cent gas tax hike over three years to generate $700 million when fully implemented and earmarking $700 million in existing general revenue for road repairs.
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SnyderNerdDetroit

We don’t have time to agree on everything; we just have time to stand up and demand our state back

My last post here at Eclectablog created a bit of a stir, and certainly got many of you thinking, which is a good thing. I wasn’t necessarily looking for approval, but I was looking for reaction, and I got plenty of that, most of it supportive and some if it negative and, in my mind anyway, regressive in its tone and temperament. When someone suggests that the way to “show them” (whoever “them” are) is to NOT vote and NOT rally or show up, well your priorities are very much displaced and way out of tune as to how you get “their” attention.…

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Another attack on Michigan workers: Republicans move to slash minimum wage for under-20 workers

Another attack on Michigan workers: Republicans move to slash minimum wage for under-20 workers

In their neverending quest to screw over workers to benefit employers, Republicans in Michigan are now turning their attention to those making minimum wage. A bill that would lower the minimum wage by 15% for those under 20 years old was passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee today.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage), claims it will solve a problem which doesn’t actually exist.

Youth under 20 years old could make less than Michigan’s minimum wage under a bill that’s headed to the full Senate for consideration.

Under current law, employers can pay people under 18 either 85 percent of Michigan’s minimum wage or the federal minimum wage, whichever is greater.

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Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

BREAKING: Michigan is breaking

It’s been a tough week in Michigan.

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BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed "RFRA for Adoption" bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed “RFRA for Adoption” bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

Despite claims that he doesn’t support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) for Michigan, Gov. Snyder has signed a package of three bills into law that are accurately described as “RFRA for Adoptions”.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder signs law letting adoption agencies refuse referrals that violate beliefs.

— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) June 11, 2015

By signing the legislation into law, Gov. Snyder is joining his fellow Republicans in saying that children waiting to be adopted are better off without a permanent home than they are with two loving parents of the same gender.

Actions like this are not “progress”.…

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