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Michigan unemployment rate up, now 3rd highest in the country

NOW can we ask, “Where are the jobs”???

Back in February, Michigan had the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country.

Today, we have the 3rd highest at 7.5%. That’s up from last month, by the way.

In fact, only Mississippi and Rhode Island – who are tied for last place – and Nevada are higher. 46 states and the District of Columbia have lower unemployment rates.

I know the changes that Republicans have made to raise taxes on the middle class and on retirees and to slash school funding to give a huge tax break to corporations and the repeated laws kneecapping labor unions including making the birthplace of the modern labor movement a right to work for less state probably will take time to show results.…

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Snyder campaign caught infiltrating a Schauer event a 3rd time, this time with secret “spy camera glasses”

Republicans even suck at being assholes

First is was a Republican operative posing as a CNN reporter. Then it was a Snyder intern attempting to infiltrate a Schauer campaign GOTV office. Now we have failed infiltration attempt #3 of Democrat Mark Schauer’s gubernatorial campaign by the reelection campaign of Gov. Rick Snyder.

For the third time this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is accusing Republicans of attempting to spy on his campaign.

But this time, the suspected political subterfuge involves a high-tech hidden camera and a video memory disk that fell into the hands of Democrats.

And Republicans are defending their campaign snooping.

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Oh, look. More maggots found in prison food supplied by for-profit vendor Aramark

This is getting ridiculous

First we had dozens of employees from for-profit prison food vendor Aramark banned from prisons for inappropriate contact (sex) with prisoners, smuggling things and selling drugs to inmates, and other infractions. Then Aramark was cited for running out of food before all prisoners were fed. Then dozens of prisoners got sick with what looks like food poisoning the same week maggots were found in the food serving area. (Aramark claims the two problems were unrelated suggesting they have two different issues there.)

[UPDATE: There are now around 150 inmates sick at the Parnall Correctional Facility and the prison is under a partial quarantine.]

Now we learn that more maggots have been found at another prison facility where Aramark has the business:

For the second time in less than a week, maggots are causing upheaval at a Michigan prison, this time after they were found Tuesday in food at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson.…
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GUEST POST: “Who’s on First?” in Governor Rick Snyder’s Scheduling Office

The following is a guest post from Teresa Blundell of Michigan. She gathered signatures asking Governor Snyder to agree to participate in multiple debates with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. This is her account of getting the run-around from Gov. Snyder’s office in her attempt to deliver the petitions.

When you’re through reading it, ask yourself if this sounds like a satisfied “customer”, Gov. Snyder’s characterization of Michigan citizens.

Getting the directions to schedule a meeting with Governor Snyder from his staff is like a bureaucratic version of “Who’s on First?”

I had posted an online petition requesting Gov. Snyder agree to multiple debates with his gubernatorial opponent, Mark Schauer.…

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POLL: Mark Schauer now tied with Rick Snyder, Terri Lynn Land sinking into obscurity

Public Policy Polling’s latest Michigan poll has very good news for Democrats. Let’s start out with the very best news: after trailing in all previous polling, Mark Schauer is now in a 40-40 dead heat with incumbent Republican Governor Rick Snyder. What’s more, Snyder’s numbers are down four points from December and he has a negative job approval of 54% vs. only 37% who think he’s doing a good job.

Mark Schauer is still introducing himself to the voters in Michigan and every poll shows him doing better and better. Rick Snyder, on the other hand, who virtually every Michigander knows, appears to be cratering.…

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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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Snyder campaign donor featured in his new, strange ad: “He REALLY wants to help…”

Rick Snyder has a new reelection ad out right now that is … how to put this … kinda pointless. So pointless, in fact that David Nir at Daily Kos describes it this way:

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s new ad may have some kind of message, but all it’s done for me is make me hungry.

The ad really doesn’t highlight anything about Gov. Snyder that prove he’s a good choice to lead our state. It features Stacey Marsh who worked with Rick Snyder at his Ann Arbor venture capital firm Ardesta. She and members of her immediate family have contributed nearly $15,000 to Gov.…

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The Snyder administration: Awash in corruption and mismanagement

It’s been a tough week for Michigan governor Rick Snyder. During the negotiations over road funding at the end of the last legislative session, our illustrious governor was MIA, choosing instead to head to New York City to consult with bond ratings agencies. His lack of leadership on the home front resulted in his Republican colleagues which have a majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate from doing anything whatsoever about road funding. Not only that, we now learn that his trip to NYC was for naught. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services downgraded Michigan’s credit outlook anyway:

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Tuesday lowered its credit outlook for the state from “positive” to “stable,” in part because of the Legislature’s $195 million to the so-called “grand bargain” to aid city pensioners.…
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Mark Schauer within 5 points of Governor Snyder in latest polling

Back in 2010, Rick Snyder was a relative unknown in Michigan at this point in the midterm election cycle. In fact, he didn’t crack 50% on name recognition until the after the primary election in August.

In contrast, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is known by over 60% of the electorate according to recent polling by Mitchell Research (pdf). Not only that, he is now only 5 points behind the incumbent Republican who enjoys over 95% name recognition. Snyder is ahead 46-41%, a margin that was 12 points just a couple of months ago in the previous Mitchell poll. Gov.…

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