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Snyder recall petition language approved but is it a tea party sham?

Snyder recall petition language approved but is it a tea party sham?

After over a dozen attempts by several people to have petition language approved for the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the State Board of Canvassers finally approved one this week. This one is based on Snyder’s creation of the the State School Reform/Redesign Office which he later moved from the Department of Education to the Department of Treasury, a move that shocked most observers.

However, despite the initial elation over the success of this petition, that mood turned sour when it was discovered that the petition was submitted by a rabid tea partier, Ben Lazarus, who thinks Gov. Snyder simply isn’t conservative enough.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires' Disease spike nearly a year ago

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires’ Disease spike nearly a year ago

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Let them drink lead, we’re eating very, very expensive cake (and much more)

While Flint contends with poisoned water, Gov. Snyder throws an opulent party in Ann Arbor

Mark Maynard has an explosive post up at his site that starts with a description of a party he had gotten wind of:

I got word this past weekend that there was a secret party taking place in downtown Ann Arbor, a posh event inside an upscale restaurant. The windows of the restaurant, I was told, had been “blacked out,” and there was security outside.

The party turned out to be thrown by Gov. Rick Snyder at Ann Arbor’s West End Grill for his wife’s birthday.…

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UPDATED: Snyder administration knew of huge spike in Legionnaires' Disease in Flint TEN months before making it public

UPDATED: Snyder administration knew of huge spike in Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint TEN months before making it public

Governor’s point person in Flint knew about Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak for nearly a year before telling his boss

An email obtained by Progress Michigan and released today shows that high-level advisors and department heads knew about the spike in Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint in March of 2015, a full nine months before they released the information to the public.

The email, dated March 13, 2015, was sent by former Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) spokesperson Brad Wurfel to Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives director Harvey Hollins and former DEQ head Dan Wyant. In it, Wurfel discusses the response to a FOIA request from Genesee County Health Department Environmental Health Supervisor Jim Henry.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Dem presidential debate comes to Flint, Darnell Earley may testify but plead the 5th

Democratic presidential candidates to hold March debate in Flint

Democrats announced yesterday that they are adding two presidential debates to the schedule and one of them will take place on March 6th, just before the Michigan primary. Details about the time, location, and who will moderate have not yet been released.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon released this statement about the debate in Flint:

America has witnessed the man-made public health disaster inflicted upon the city of Flint, and we applaud Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for their efforts to shine a light on the crisis, especially when our Republican governor has done everything he can to keep Michigan’s citizens in the dark.…
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THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

After passing legislation to slash revenue sharing to already struggling urban areas including Flint and after passing an anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law – Public Act 4 – and after passing another anti-democratic Emergency Manager law – Public Act 436 – after voters rejected the first one (and making it democracy-proof with an unnecessary appropriation) and after these Republican-appointed overseers – the Emergency Managers of Flint – made decisions that lead to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water and after our Republican-led administration altered water test data to avoid taking action when lead was found and after our Republican administration lied to the USEPA about treating the Flint River water and after our Republican administration violated the Clean Water Act and the Lead and Copper Rule and after our Republican administration ignored, maligned, and ridiculed the heroes who blew the whistle on the Republican-made catastrophe in Flint and after our Republican-run administration ignored and delayed and obfuscated until they no longer could and were forced to take action months after lead was found in Flint’s drinking water, Michigan Republicans now want you to believe that THEY are the ones taking care of business and that the federal government is somehow failing Michigan.…

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BREAKING: Former Flint Emergency Manager, current overseer of Detroit Schools to resign, refusing to testify before Congress

Darnell Earley, the former Flint Emergency Manager and current Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager will resign on February 29th according to a statement released by Gov. Snyder this morning on the state website.

Earley, who has denied he was responsible for any of the problems in Flint or Detroit Schools, is quoted in the statement as basically saying, “Mission Accomplished”:

When I was appointed to this position, Gov. Snyder and I agreed that our goal was for me to be the last emergency manager appointed to DPS. I have completed the comprehensive restructuring, necessary to downsizing the central office, and the development of a network structure that empowers the educational leadership of our schools to direct more resources toward classroom instruction.…
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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: State inaction means many Flint citizens still unaware of the problem (+ much more)

I’m starting today’s news round-up by featuring an essay published by Ann Arbor social worker Beverly Davidson, LMSW, at her “Voices from the Infant, Toddler and Family Field” blog. The post is titled “No words” and the title is cruelly apt. Here’s a taste of what she saw during a recent day of volunteering in Flint:

We knocked on one door to deliver filters and water. A young man answered who was happy to see us. “Do you have a filter?” He does, but it did not fit, so we gave him another one which would work in his unit.
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GUEST POST: The #FlintWaterCrisis didn't just happen

GUEST POST: The #FlintWaterCrisis didn’t just happen


Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.
The Flint water crisis didn’t just happen. It’s been a story decades in the making.

Cities in America have been on the downswing for many years — deliberate policy on the federal and state level has favored suburbs, and also the preferences of the Boomer generation was to go in that direction too. So, people and money has slowly (or quickly in some cases) filtered out of the cities into suburbia. Also the shift of manufacturing out of America has hit the Midwest very hard (aka the “Rust Belt”).…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Congressional hearing to hear from many players but not Gov. Snyder (and more!)

Congressional hearing to focus on attacking the USEPA and not the real cause of the Flint water crisis

The list of those invited to give testimony before the House U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this coming Wednesday has been released and one name is glaringly missing: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Those who WILL give testimony are the current Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality chief Keith Creagh, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, acting deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Water at the EPA Joel Beauvais, EPA Midwest Region 5 Water Division water expert Miguel Del Toral, and Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Snyder admin trucked water to state offices in Flint amid citizen complaints (and more!)

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Snyder admin trucked water to state offices in Flint amid citizen complaints (and more!)

It’s been a busy week of news regarding the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water by the Snyder administration, so much that it’s simply not possible to post separately about each one. That’s where the news round-ups come. So here is a compilation of the latest news coming out of Flint and Lansing.

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Amid complaints of water, Snyder admin quietly trucked in clean water for its employees

The biggest news of the week is the revelation that, starting January 7th of 2015, state government offices began providing bottled water to its employees working in state buildings in Flint so that they wouldn’t have to drink tap water.…

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