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Welcome back, Mr. Cotter!

Michigan House speaker Kevin Cotter (R) Mt. Pleasant is a real piece of work.

Bear with me here.

The amount of time the Republican-controlled State House has spent this summer working on issues that matter to most taxpayers has been scant with relatively little to show for it, and it has happened without direction and leadership. Cotter’s regrettable remark about NOT needing Democrats to get their agenda moving forward (if there indeed is an agenda) seems a bit more than indefensible. In fact, it seems a bit idiotic at this point, to be honest.

The failed attempt to find and fund a roads package that all can find acceptable was never realistic.…

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It’s just a total coincidence that racists and conservatives really like Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade


Matt Taibbi is probably right.

Donald Trump’s campaign has stopped being funny. Now it’s beyond a living satire. Even Paddy Chayefsky wouldn’t let things get this vile.

We’re now under the rock seething in the squishy, stomach-turning underbelly of conservative politics that has festered in the resentment of a politics that has capitalized on the anxieties created by the growing equality of minorities, women and members of the LGBT* community.

On Friday, Trump visited Alabama, where fifty years ago protesters risked life and limb to demand basic voting rights and this year gay couples still face staggering hostility to their basic right to marry.…

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Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan Republicans have long been known for as being ultra-friendly to our major utility companies. The most recent evidence of that comes from legislation that will end what’s known as “net metering”. With net metering, homeowners who install solar installations that produce more energy than they use can send the bonus electricity back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill. When they don’t generate enough electricity for their own use, they can cash in the credit.

New legislation – Senate bill 438 – would force these homeowners to purchase ALL of their electricity from the local utility at retail prices.…

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Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser has determined that it is time to move on, will not discuss his affair, will not resign

Todd Courser finally spoke to reporters today when he attended a House session where road funding was being debated. Most of the time he sat in the gallery, quite unlike Cindy Gamrat who actually had the courage to go directly to the House floor where she gave a written apology to Democratic House Leader Tim Greimel to read to his caucus. While he was at the Capitol, Courser took a few minutes to chat with a reporter.

As it turns out, Courser has determined that it is time to move on.

Let’s roll tape (courtesy of Progress Michigan):

REPORTER: Why don’t you want to say whether you had an extramarital affair?…
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New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

3,707.

That’s how many reported issues were found relating to the for-profit private prison food vendor Aramark in just an 8-month period. A new report from Progress Michigan shows just how widespread the problems were and, just as important, the utter failure of the Snyder administration to correct them.

After reviewing over 25,000 pages of emails between the Department of Corrections and Aramark, Progress Michigan found:

  • 2,945 Food Quality/Facility Sanitation issues
  • 485 Prisoner safety/Facility Security issues
  • 277 Administrative issues

But that’s not all. According to Progress Michigan, “The Department of Corrections failed to address 1,791 of the issues allowing them to become persistent or recurring in Michigan’s prison kitchens.”

Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan, released this statement:

This report shows that the Aramark scandals went way beyond the damning headlines already reported.…
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Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Last night Todd Courser posted a cryptic “I’ll be posting a statement int he morning” on his Facebook page. As the world waited impatiently for his latest word salad, some begged and pleaded with him to issue a resignation statement.

That was not to be the case (though if Courser ever does decide to resign, my money is on him doing it on Facebook since he’s too much of a coward to do it in a press conference, judging by his behavior so far.)

So, what was the big news? He’s calling for an investigation by Attorney General Bill Schuette over the purchase of the Capitol View Office building.…

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It’s not hard to ask for donations when the end result is Eclectablog

It’s interesting asking for donations. Even under the veil of a blog post, some believe that it is hard to do this, and it is. As a former candidate, and I will forever be a former candidate, I know how difficult a task this is. Whether it’s asking for money to run a campaign, or to keep my show on the air, or most importantly to keep Eclectablog running strong and free, it is critical that you make an effort to support the work of Chris and Anne Savage and the amazing team I get to work with on a daily basis, even if it is virtual.…

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The Courser/Gamrat train wreck continues apace with proselytizing, lies, and red herrings

The Courser/Gamrat train wreck continues apace with proselytizing, lies, and red herrings

I have to admit that, after months of writing about Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser, I’m sick of them. I’m sick of their judgemental, anti-LGBT hypocrisy. I’m sick of their narcissism. I’m sick of THEM.

Unfortunately, now that they are in the ditch they seem to be pushing the accelerator pedal to the floor. First we have Gamrat’s teary-eyed apology that seemed to have her lying about what she knew about the “false flag” email that got them into trouble to begin with. She told a reporter at her press conference that she had reported the “blackmailing” to Michigan State Police which is clearly untrue.…

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