Category: Tea Party

Tea party charter school leader admits becoming a cyber school was simply a way to get chartered

Tea party charter school leader admits becoming a cyber school was simply a way to get chartered

I wrote my first piece about the Livingston Christian Academy, now called the Livingston Classical Academy (LCA), back in December of 2014. Since then, the group – which hopes to open a school with a curriculum steeped in tea party ideology and right-wing principles – was sent packing by Brighton schools. However, after shopping around, LCA ended up landing a charter as a cyber school by the Whitmore Lake school district last fall:

Having been spurned by other districts, the LCA decided to morph itself into a cyber charter school. Because the rules for cyber charters only require one class to be online, they plan to offer “sex education” online to qualify as a cyber charter and, according to the article, are “looking at a few places to build the school if a charter is obtained this time around”.…

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To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

The Detroit News recently published an article highlighting two Michigan tea party activists who are working on a “Dump Trump” campaign to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican nomination for president by changing the rules of the Republican convention.

One of them is Wendy Day, a Howell-based tea partier who is best known, at least to me, as the woman claimed, after failing to derail the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in Michigan with a ballot initiative petition drve, that “We didn’t fail. We just didn’t succeed enough.”

Day has a long history of failures. She was elected to the Howell Board of Education while she was homeschooling her own kids.…

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With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

President Obama now has less than a year left in his final term in office. But that hasn’t stopped the drumbeat of calls for his impeachment among the most fervent haters of the country’s first African American POTUS.

This past week, the Michigan 7th Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution asking Congressman Tim Walberg to introduce articles of impeachment. In their resolution, these legal geniuses accuse the president of “Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud”, “Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office”, and “Aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States”. They say that impeachment is “the proper constitutional solution to Obama treason, tyranny and treachery.”

In other words, they are classic racist tea party birthers.…

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Denied by Brighton schools, group shops its tea party charter school to Whitmore Lake schools

Denied by Brighton schools, group shops its tea party charter school to Whitmore Lake schools

You have to give the group headed up by rabid tea partier Pasquale Battaglia credit; they are persistent. After having their request to charter their tea party charter school denied by Brighton Public Schools, they have turned their attention now to Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

The WLPS voted on October 26th to put out a call soliciting a cyber charter school for their district. This attracted attention of Battaglia’s Livingston Classical Academy – part of his American Classical Academy group, formerly known as American Christian Academy – who plan to pursue a charter from WLPS:

During a Whitmore Lake Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night, the board unanimously passed a resolution to publish a public notice for anyone interested in starting a cyber charter school.…
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Allegan County tea party chair triples down on “Michigan Republicans are far worse than Islamic terrorists” insanity

Allegan County tea party chair triples down on “Michigan Republicans are far worse than Islamic terrorists” insanity

A few days ago I wrote about Stephen Young, the chair of the Allegan County Tea Party. Allegan County is the home base for former State House Rep. (I love saying that) Cindy Gamrat and Young has been Gamrat’s staunchest and most vocal supporter. Young was so outraged at Gamrat being thrown out of the legislature that he went on a Facebook diatribe comparing Gamrat and Todd Courser being driven out to the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and, in a reference to the wild conspiracy theories suggesting the U.S. government was involved in the attack, suggested that they were removed due to a Republican conspiracy against them:

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On 9/11 2015, the terrorist network in Lansing Michigan (sometimes called the Republican Party leadership), has taken…

Posted by Allegan County TEA Party on Friday, September 11, 2015

When interviewed by WOOD-TV, Young doubled down and suggested that Michigan Republicans are “far worse” than the Islamic extremist terrorists who attacked the U.S.A in 2001 because they “fund abortions.”

This afternoon, Young tripled down on his statements and he did it right here on Eclectablog:

When one considers the betrayal of the Republican Party leadership over many years, there is a difference between the terrorism of that leadership and the terrorism of 9/11/01.…
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Allegan County Tea Party head: Ouster of Cindy Gamrat the same as 9/11 attacks, Michigan Republicans worse than terrorist jihadists

Allegan County Tea Party head: Ouster of Cindy Gamrat the same as 9/11 attacks, Michigan Republicans worse than terrorist jihadists

Cindy Gamrat got elected in Allegan County largely because there is such an active tea party presence there. Her over the top politics are so in-sync with this group that even her lying and philandering weren’t enough for her to lose their support. In fact, the head of the Allegan County Tea Party, Stephen Young, told WZZM, “The question now is can Ms. Gamrat represent us effectively in Lansing anymore because of this indiscretion. And the answer is I think she can. I know she can.”

Young is pretty upset that Gamrat was ousted of the legislature, mainly by her Republican colleagues.…

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Courser/Gamrat: The Truth Will/Should/Maybe Set You Free

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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Common Core foes are losing it, seeing monsters where no monsters exist

Common Core foes are losing it, seeing monsters where no monsters exist

Back in March, I penned an essay critical of Michigan tea party legislator Todd Courser’s complete freak out over a bipartisan move to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) endorsement for graduating high school students. If students complete six credits each of math and science, a half credit each of technology and engineering, and meet certain other criteria, they would be eligible for a STEM endorsement on their diploma. If the bills that have been introduced are passed into law, Michigan would be the first state to do something like this.

Courser, tossing red meat to his tea party supporters, most of whom are virulently against the implementation of Common Core standards in Michigan, called the legislation “a framework for homeschoolers to be regulated in Michigan” and says that it will “lead to expanded government control over private education”.…

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Debunking some common progressive liberal excuses for not voting YES ON PROPOSAL 1

Debunking some common progressive liberal excuses for not voting YES ON PROPOSAL 1

Part 2 of a series. Part 1 is HERE and Part 3 is HERE.

Before I get into this piece, I want to clarify a couple of things. First of all, in the conversation on Proposal 1 in Michigan, at least on the progressive side, we are starting from the position that Republicans are hideous leaders that created gigantic hole in our budget by slashing taxes for corporations. And they are now compelled to fill that hole by cutting essential programs and services – including education – or by forcing Michiganders to raise taxes on themselves. That is self-evident and, if we as citizens are doing our jobs – something we too often fail to do – they will be ridden out of Lansing on a rail in the next election.…

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Proposal 1: The issue that has turned too many Michigan progressives into tea partiers

Proposal 1: The issue that has turned too many Michigan progressives into tea partiers

Part 1 in a series. Part 2 is HERE and Part 3 is HERE.

There are few topics that unite tea partiers with progressive liberals but Michigan’s Prop 1 has not only united these two disparate groups, it has, for all intents and purposes, turned many progressives into tea partiers in their own right. What I mean by this is that they have allowed their hatred for our Republican governor and his colleagues in the legislature to cloud their judgment on Proposal 1, turning them against it when the truly progressive position is to support it.

When I am discussing this with my progressive friends, the ones who are against Proposal 1 say they will never support something Rick Snyder supports.…

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FOIA’ed letter shows Brighton tea party school still seeks charter so they can “train up American Citizen Patriots”

FOIA’ed letter shows Brighton tea party school still seeks charter so they can “train up American Citizen Patriots”

With Brighton Area Schools deciding not to consider chartering a new charter school in their district, the group trying to open a tea party-led school in Brighton has had to turn their attention to other places. Pasquale Battaglia, the brainchild behind the project and self-described “landlord” sent a letter to Dr. Craig Douglas, the Director of the School/University Partnership Office at Saginaw Valley State University a couple of months ago, seeking a meeting. This letter, obtained through a FOIA request by Brighton resident Judy Daubenmier, shows that Battaglia is both steeped in tea party rhetoric and ideology and tragically bad at grammar and spelling.…

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