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GOP Congressional candidate Dave Trott won’t easily shake his foreclosure record

Even Republicans aren’t happy about Trott’s predatory practices. That won’t do him any favors in his bid for the seat held by Kerry Bentivolio, who’s on shaky ground himself.

David Trott’s reputation as a foreclosure vulture precedes him. And it’s going to be a huge albatross hanging around his neck in his campaign in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

He’s been vilified for snatching away the homes of Michiganders who were victims of predatory lending practices — practices endorsed by Trott himself even as the subprime mortgage market was already melting down.

Trott is notorious for having played a part in kicking a 101-year-old Detroiter out of her home.…

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BWAHAHAHA!!! Republican Governors Association attacks Mark Schauer over bill Gov. Snyder extended in 2011

I don’t know what happened here. Maybe Republican Governors Association Vice Chair Chris Christie is too busy dealing with his George Washington Bridgegate problem to be doing his job.

This morning, the RGA released another attack video on Mark Schauer for supporting a bill that required criminal background checks for nursing home employees, paid for by a small fee on nursing homes of $2.77 per bed daily. The program is known as the nursing home Quality Assurance Assessment Program.

Here’s the ad:

Here’s the thing: the original bill was passed with bipartisan support in 2002 and signed into law by Repubilican governor John Engler.…

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Republicans who deny women equal pay are denying them an equal voice

Refusing to debate fair pay is one more way Republicans are trying to marginalize women — and their votes.

It should come as no surprise that Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act for the third time. On Wednesday — the day after Equal Pay Day — they blocked a vote to simply open debate on the bill.

Republicans don’t even want to talk about equal pay for women. The 53-44 vote was split across party lines, reinforcing the fact that it’s the GOP that consistently refuses to face the realities of the wage gap. Apparently, the GOP doesn’t see a problem with women being paid less than men.…

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Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan leads the charge to renew unemployment insurance benefits #RenewUI

Rep. Kildee calls for an immediate up-or-down vote on a bill he introduced to restore emergency unemployment benefits.

Since last November, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has been at the forefront of efforts by U.S. House Democrats to extend, and then renew, unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Immediately after the bipartisan passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate on Monday to offer a five-month extension to 2.8 million Americans who have lost their benefits so far, Rep. Kildee introduced the House companion bill, identical to the Senate version.

This bill, HR 4415, would retroactively extend unemployment insurance benefits to all Americans who have lost theirs since December 28, 2013.…

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Snyder administration dodges questions like potholes, refuses to respond to FOIA request

Same-day service! Governor’s office wastes no time saying “no” to request from ProgressNow and Progress Michigan.

Regular readers of Eclectablog know that Chris Savage has been regularly calling out Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on his lack of transparency. You can read some of that coverage HERE, HERE and HERE. And Chris is not the only one.

Gov. Snyder promised transparency from his administration, but time after time has thrown up smokescreens, if not brick walls, to prevent the public from hearing the whole story — especially when it comes to his now-infamous NERD Fund powered by secret donors and his dealings with corporatists who seem to have their fingers in everything from privatizing education to busting unions.…

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When will Americans wake up and smell the money?

Anyone who thinks that the wealthy who are buying elections are doing it to help the country is in for a rude awakening.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a staggering blow to democracy. But it’s certainly not the only obstacle average Americans face in the fight to maintain a fair election process.

Because of the ruling, Americans may now donate as much money as they want to candidates, political action committees (PACs) and political parties in a campaign cycle, provided they spread the wealth. SCOTUS ruled in a 5-4 decision that it’s a free speech issue — like Citizens United.…

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Democrats running from President Obama and Obamacare? Not. Even.Close. (PHOTOS)

Please proceed.

Republicans want you to believe that even Democrats are jumping ship in their support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the truth is getting in the way of this convenient (for them) meme. There was solid proof it overnight in Ann Arbor.

The last time President Obama came to Ann Arbor in January 2012, demand for tickets was huge with students lining up for them overnight.

Last night, students began filling the Union at about 7:30 p.m. in hopes of being among the first in line to receive a ticket. At 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the building before it officially closed to the public at 2 a.m.…
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UPDATED: Conduct unbecoming: Par for the course with Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio

By tacit approval, Rep. Bentivolio endorses disparaging comments made by staffer Tim Bos about Rep. John Dingell.

UPDATE: Rep. Bentivolio’s office responds. See below.

When the news broke that U.S. Congressman John Dingell was retiring, social media was buzzing at full tilt. Almost to a person, everyone I saw comment on the news was respectful of Rep. Dingell’s longstanding service to his country. Politics were put aside to honor a senior statesman.

But it didn’t take long for the trolls to come out to play, which Susan J. Demas wrote about the following day. Read her terrific piece, because it shows both the best and the worst in modern politics.…

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Republicans maintain a laser-like focus on Obamacare misinformation campaign

GOP Congressmen Walberg and Bentivolio are so busy trying to discredit the ACA, how can they have time for anything else?

How many Obamacare “horror stories” have to be debunked for people to realize that the GOP spin machine is pedaling so hard it’s about ready to rotate off its axis?

Better yet, let’s call it what it is: lying. And two U.S. Congressmen from Michigan are spending an awful lot of time doing it — on the taxpayers’ dime, too.

Rep. Tim Walberg has been holding a series of events I like to call “Let’s All Complain About Obamacare” meetings.…

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David Trott’s millionaire donors include GOP class clown Donald Trump

If you want to position yourself as an alternative to Tea Party zealot Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, maybe associating with Donald Trump isn’t the best idea.

We’re judged by the company we keep, and Republican Congressional candidate David Trott is making his allegiances known. The latest report from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows plenty of contributions to Trott for Congress, Inc., from big business and big money — including $1,000 from goofball Donald Trump.

Also on the list of contributors to Trott’s campaign to unseat Rep. Bentivolio in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District are a bevy of bankers, CEOs and employees of investment firms and real estate-related operations.…

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