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Warren, Michigan mayor: “Atheists are like the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis”

Warren Republican Mayor Jim Fouts has been allowing a Christian group to have a “prayer station” in the Warren City Hall since 2009. The group hands out flyers and offers prayers to people that walk by.

Douglas Marshall recently requested permission to host a “reason center” where atheists could share their worldview in the City Hall atrium, as well. Fouts denied it with a shocking statement:

The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Klu Klux Klan station. I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.…
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Michigan GOP’s “spy glasses” effort hits paydirt and it’s (predictably) hilarious

Facing withering national ridicule for their botched Party-wide effort to spy on Democrats with super-secret spy glasses and create “gotcha!” moments in the campaign, the Michigan Republican Party released a video showing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer advising people not to cross over to vote in GOP primaries after he himself voted in the 2012 GOP primary.

The Detroit News appears to be the only major news outlet to have taken the bait. [CORRECTION: Politico also also took the bait. But then, well, it's Politico...]

It’s obvious why nobody else is paying any attention to this. President Obama ran unopposed in 2012, giving Democrats the opportunity to vote in their opponents’ primary.…

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Terri Lynn Land to file amended financial disclosure statement after “forgetting” a bank account with millions of dollars in it

Really, Terri???

[This post has been updated HERE.]

A week after the Detroit Free Press reported that Terri Lynn Land has made nearly $3 million worth of donations to her own campaign while filing tax returns that show no such funds available, Land is finally getting around to saying that she’s finally going to get around to obeying federal election laws by refiling her taxes financial disclosure statement:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says she’s close to filing an amended financial disclosure statement to account for nearly $3 million she’s given her campaign.

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Land likely will fix the “clerical error” this week.

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VIDEOS: Michigan Republican “super secret spy glasses” FAIL now a national news story

How can we lose to these idiots?

After the Michigan Republican Party was busted earlier this month for using “super secret spy glasses” to surreptitiously videotape Democratic candidates, the story has gotten legs. Yesterday, Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog posted additional exclusive video taken from the memory card found at a Democratic event at a union hall after Republican operatives lost it. The video shows John Howting, a James O’Keefe wannabe, in training sessions with young Republican staffers who are sent to Democratic Party events to do the Republican Party’s dirty work for them:

Howting has a history of this sort of illicit crap.…

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Terri Lynn Land, one of the biggest self-funders in the land, wants you to think she’s just a simple small business owner

Kiss, kiss!

In 2011 Terri Lynn Land bought an apartment complex from “Land & Co.” for a bit under a million bucks. This was a small investment to allow her to claim to be a small business owner and not part of Land & Co. itself, the “family business” she repeatedly touts in her campaign speeches and ads to prove her business acumen.

Land holds Land & Co. at arm’s length because the company closed down the trailer park she boasts about working in as a child and then did nothing to develop the land which now sits vacant and empty.…

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This right here is how low the GOP has sunk: Fundraising with “I miss ‘W’” t-shirts.

I … I … I can’t even …

Yes, it’s a fundraiser. Centered around how much the GOP misses George W. Bush.

What was it? The wars against an enemy that didn’t truly threaten us? The catastrophic tax cuts that favored the uber-wealthy and blew a gigantic hole in our budget? The Great Recession? What? What exactly is that you miss?…

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National Republicans attack Schauer and Peters, still beating the dead Obamacare horse

GOP.com, the website for the Republican National Committee (RNC), is currently featuring a blog entry titled, “Another ObamaCare Promise From Peters And Schauer Falls Flat In Michigan”. In it, they continue to senselessly pound the dead Obamacare horse as they attack Michigan Democrats Mark Schauer, our gubernatorial candidate, and Gary Peters, our candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The RNC clearly didn’t get the memo.

This time, they are highlighting the fact that a handful of health insurance companies that offer policies under the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act are asking for price increases and offer this titillating subtitle: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Michiganders Face Double-Digit Premium Increases Under ObamaCare.…

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BREAKING: Snyder campaign intern who tried to infiltrate Schauer campaign has been fired

Jonathan Oosting is reporting at MLive that Taylor Grenawalt, the college-aged intern for Rick Snyder’s reelection campaign who tried to infiltrate the Schauer/Brown campaign, has been fired.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s re-election campaign has parted ways with an intern who asked about volunteering for Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in an apparent attempt to infiltrate the rival campaign.

Snyder campaign spokesperson Emily Benavides described Taylor Grenawalt as a “former” part-time intern who was let go as soon as it was learned he had sent emails to Schauer staffers and his running mate Lisa Brown.

“Those are actions that we do not condone or do not tolerate,” Benevides said, noting she spoke with Grenawalt after his emails were published online.

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UPDATED x3: Intern for Snyder campaign unsuccessfully attempts to infiltrate Mark Schauer’s campaign for Governor

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include an email Taylor Grenawalt sent to Lt. Governor candidate Lisa Brown, as well.

UPDATE 2: Grenawalt has scrubbed his Facebook and LinkedIn pages, removing references to working for the Snyder campaign.

UPDATE 3: Grenawalt has been fired from the Snyder campaign. Details HERE.

In late May, an aspiring college-aged man named Taylor Grenawalt contacted the Mark Schauer for Governor campaign, asking how and where he could get a chance to see the candidate in person and get to know him better. He had been “staying very in tune” with Michigan politics and had been “gaining interest in Mark Schauer,” he said.…

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Terri Lynn Land shows how clueless she is … again – Foreign Affairs edition

I don’t mean to keep hammering away at Terri Lynn Land but … Okay, I DO mean to keep hammering away at her. But, honestly, there have been few politicians, particularly here in Michigan, who have given us such rich fodder to work with.

In today’s episode of “Oh My Goddess, I Can’t Believe This Woman is Running for the U.S. Senate”, Terri Lynn Land shows that she doesn’t even have the most basic understanding of what’s happening in Iraq at the moment.

As many predicted years ago, the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was not going to settle anything. Most people predicted that we had opened the floodgates to ongoing civil war and that as soon as the iron fist of the U.S., which replaced the iron fist of Saddam Hussein, was removed, the country would simply fall back into civil strife and warfare.…

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