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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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Todd Courser - who couldn't even win an election fairly - issues cowardly audio recording blaming young staffers

Todd Courser – who couldn’t even win an election fairly – issues cowardly audio recording blaming young staffers

Rather than facing the music directly and holding a press conference to answer reporters’ questions, at 4 a.m. this morning Todd Courser issued a 27-minute response to what he called a “hit piece” by The Detroit News. In it, he acknowledges his long-term affair with Rep. Cindy Gamarat and issues an apology. He also admits to sending the “false flag” email. However, he claims it was done to “disrupt” a blackmailer rather than to “inoculate the herd” as he said in the tapes released by The Detroit News.

Courser claims that Ben Graham, the person who released the tapes that brought Courser down, was the blackmailer and that his “over the top” email was simply a way to smoke him out.…

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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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The Republican version of the "ownership society"

The Republican version of the “ownership society”

While stumping in Nevada last week Rand Paul once again indicated that if he becomes President he will sell off some of the national parks and public lands that are currently owned by all Americans. He tied this notion of private ownership to the nation’s development in the 1800’s when the government sale of lands in the West raised money to run the country. This was before we had other funding mechanisms and during a period when available land seemed unlimited.

Rand Paul will be in Michigan this weekend. I hope some courageous media person will ask him if he thinks that a state that spends millions inviting tourism should divest itself of those national parks and public lands that are key attractions, and should Pure Michigan become just a series of corn-dogged theme parks next to limestone quarries surrounded by fleets of hauling trucks that carry clear-cut lumber, oil, gas, and anything else that’s extractable.…

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This is what happens to your poll numbers in the GOP primary when you insult immigrants

See that red line? That’s Donald Trump.

His argle-babble about immigrants (who commit crimes at a lower rate than any ethnic group) has led to him being dumped by Univision, NBC, Macy’s and now Serta. Trump’s reputation is now so bad that businesses want nothing to do with him and Republicans do.

It’s important to not read too much into this as it’s largely about name recognition and the complete lack of charm of his fellow GOP competitors. The Washington Post‘s Dan Drezner points out that at the peak of his birtherism, Trump was getting something like 25 percent in the polls, probably because that wasn’t just racial dog whistling.…

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GOP Latino outreach fail: U.S. Latino leaders hold national conference and only one Republican bothers to show up

GOP Latino outreach fail: U.S. Latino leaders hold national conference and only one Republican bothers to show up

During his presidential campaign announcement this week, Donald Trump proudly declared that he would build a “great, great wall” on the border between the United States of America and Mexico because they “are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.” This outreach effort to the U.S. Latino community went about as well you might expect. The rest of the Republican candidates collectively had this to say about Trump’s offensive statement:





This same week, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) held their annual conference in Las Vegas.…

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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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Michigan Republicans pass "license to discriminate in adoptions" legislation, heads to Gov. Snyder's desk

Michigan Republicans pass “license to discriminate in adoptions” legislation, heads to Gov. Snyder’s desk

UPDATE: This post has been updated and the title updated to reflect the new information.

As Amy wrote about earlier today, the Michigan senate was considering a package of bills that will allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT couples when placing children. So-called “sincerely-held religious beliefs”, at least for the bigots among us, include consigning some children to a life in adoptive care because no home at all is, in their minds, better than a home with two loving parents who happen to be the same gender.

Unfortunately, the bills passed the Senate with a 26-12 margin this afternoon clearing the way for them to head to Gov.

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Republican State House Rep. Todd Courser: Supports anti-Vaxers, lies about non-existent vaccine-autism connection

Republican State House Rep. Todd Courser: Supports anti-Vaxers, lies about non-existent vaccine-autism connection

It’s a shocking and depressing fact that there are uneducated people out there who are afraid of vaccinations because they read somewhere or heard from someone that one time that vaccinations cause autism.

They don’t.

But that didn’t stop Republican Todd Courser from expressing his support for the anti-Vaxer community and to reinforce people’s unfounded and unscientific fears about the non-existent autism/vaccination connection on his Facebook page

This man is an elected state Representative. It’s one thing to use fearmongering against your political opponents to get people to vote for you or support your positions. It’s entirely another thing to use outright lies, provable lies, lies that can cause real harm not just to individuals but to our communities, as well.…

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New Michigan legislation to punish the poor

New Michigan legislation to punish the poor

This week the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill 4041, what they call the Parental Responsibility Act. Gov. Snyder is probably eager to sign it because it has the word “responsibility” in it and impacts only the politically powerless. The Michigan Department of Human Services will be required to eliminate cash assistance to poor families if any child in the household under age 16 is repeatedly absent from school.

On the face of it this seems like a good “enforcement” idea because education is indeed the route out of poverty in the long term. But passing this bill is just more grandstanding by a do-pretty-much-nothing legislature that’s got no handle on solutions to the real and overarching problems confronting Michigan.…

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