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Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?

As LOLGOP wrote about Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder, who was the first governor in the USA to say he wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees to come to our state, said he wants a “pause” in providing a safe harbor for the refugees until “an appropriate review” can be done to ensure our screening processes are adequate. When NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep asked him what problems he has with our current process, he was unable to name even one.

Inskeep then asked him what it would take for him to reverse his stance. Here is his response:

I really wanted [the federal government] to come back and say, you know, ‘We have now made a review of these at least three situations’ and believe their current system is acceptable or not or that they’re making some modifications

You can listen to the entire interview here:

As it turns out, the Obama administration has now given Gov.…

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Rick Snyder disgraced Michigan for no good reason

You know that earlier this week Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder helped lead the shameful charge against accepting Syrian refugees that Republicans have cravenly engineered in order to stoke fears in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Now we know that he called for a pause in the program for no clear reason.

In an interview on NPR Thursday, the governor was asked what about the vetting process for the refugees concerned him.

“I wouldn’t single out any specific problem I have with it,” he said.

He added, “When you have these events, doesn’t it make sense you should pause and simply say, let’s continue looking at these events?”

But Snyder made it clear he’s not actually looking at “these events” in Paris to assess the situation.…

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An open letter to LGBT civil rights ballot initiative organizer on International Transgender Day of Remembrance

An open letter to LGBT civil rights ballot initiative organizer on International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, November 20th, is International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The day is intended to bring awareness to the violence experienced by the transgender community on a daily basis. The trans community faces an inordinate level of violent crime including murder and assaults, crimes that, more often than not, go unreported as the hate crimes that they are.

Since the last TDOR in 2014, 24 transgender people have been murdered in the USA alone.…

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Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Response to ACLU lawsuit demonstrates, once again, that Catholic hospitals put ideology above patient safety.

When you show up at an emergency room in need of urgent medical care, you have a reasonable expectation that you’ll be given the treatment you need — that the staff will do everything they can to save your life and protect your health. In fact, ERs are required by law not to turn anyone away for any reason.

Unless you’re a Catholic-affiliated health system. At least, that’s what one Catholic hospital system would like you to think, even though they’re dead wrong.

In October, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their members against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, for its repeated and systematic failure to provide women experiencing pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law.…

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GOP Congressman Trott questions why mortgage fraud settlement funds went to community groups instead of bankers

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with the giant mortgage bank JP Morgan Chase after they were found to have engaged in fraud that seriously harmed homeowners across the country, many of whom lost their homes entirely. Part of $13 billion settlement – and similar settlements with Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – included mandatory donations to community groups working to help provide relief to impacted homeowners.

Yesterday, in a Department of Justice oversight hearing, Michigan Congressman David Trott, a former foreclosure attorney who threw countless poor Detroiters and others out of their homes as part of his business, questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the mandatory donations – what he called a “slush fund” to organizations like the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) which he describes as “activist organizations”.…

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Todd Courser still delusional, believes explosive State Police investigation exonerates him

I hadn’t intended to write any more about Todd Courser but now that we have the 385-page Michigan State Police report, we have more detail about what actually transpired in the sordid, made-for-The Jerry Springer Show affair of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

As it turns out, Courser and Gamrat’s staffers Ben Graham, Josh Cline, and Keith Allard worked with Gamrat’s husband Joe to prove the two were having an affair and then to attempt to convince them to end it. In February, Joe Gamrat saw Courser leave Cindy Gamrat’s Radisson hotel room “in the early morning hours” and then banged on the door in a failed attempt to get her to come out.…

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Blog update: Video ads are gone and other news

I have gotten quite a few complaints about the video ads that were being displayed on the site. Although I was promised they would have a very high CPM (“cost per thousand”, a measure of what they pay), that turned out not to be the case at all. The ads themselves were pretty intrusive, particularly on tablets and other mobile devices. So I have killed them.

The ads that I replaced them with aren’t all that lucrative either so we’re still making a shamefully small amount of money on ad revenue. That is, unfortunately, the way the blogging world is at the present time.…

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Federal judge: ACLU of Michigan case challenging state ID policy on gender markers will move forward

Federal judge: ACLU of Michigan case challenging state ID policy on gender markers will move forward

Lawsuit seeks to make it easier for transgender people to change the gender marker on their state IDs.

In a victory for fairness and anti-discrimination protections, on Monday a federal judge refused Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s motion to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit. The lawsuit challenges a state policy that makes it nearly impossible for transgender Michiganders to change gender markers on their driver’s licenses and state IDs.

In her decision, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds held that “plaintiffs have raised a cognizable privacy claim.”

“Plaintiffs have offered a plethora of evidence which, accepted as true, suggests that the Policy poses a real threat to their ‘personal security and bodily integrity,'” Edmunds wrote.…

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