Democrat Mark Schauer helps Detroit-area resident clean-up after flood. Gov. Snyder decides he’d better do that, too.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all…

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer breaks down a child’s play set to remove it from a flooded Royal Oak basement, courtesy photo

Yesterday, Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer got his hands (and feet) dirty helping a Royal Oak resident clean up after the epic flood that flooded their basement. From his Facebook page:

We removed everything from the basement (the water damaged every basement on the block), cut and removed the carpet and mopped up.

Not to be outdone, Gov. Snyder today pledged to do the same and to also do it in Royal Oak:

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Another benefit of Michigan Medicaid expansion: reducing state prison costs

It’s not just good for the state budget — it’s good for the health of current and former prisoners, which may help keep them from returning to prison.

I wrote more than a year ago about the benefits Medicaid expansion would bring to Michigan, including a boost to the health of Michigan’s citizens and its economy, with $1 billion in federal funding and an expected $2.1 billion increase in economic activity.

Now, the Healthy Michigan Plan — Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion — is on track to help the state save $19 billion in 2015 and improve the health of current and former prison inmates.…

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UPDATED: Corporate-funded education reform group compares holding for-profit charter schools accountable to racist segregation


You know the corporate funders driving the push to dismantle and privatize as much of our public school system as they possibly can are freaking out when they do stuff like this tweet from the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP):

You also know they’ve stepped in it when they have to tweet out four explanatory tweets following the tweeted meme explaining themselves.

PRO TIP: If you have to explain your meme, especially if it takes four tweets to do so, you blew it and should just go ahead and delete the damn thing before too many people see just how out of touch you are.…

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The victimization in court of rape victims continues – this time it’s a 16-year old girl in Michigan

A 16-year old rape victim told this story in court of of being raped at a high school graduation party at the tender age of 15:

The girl testified that she was 15 when she attended the graduation party with a group of friends. She said during the party Cooper told her that he was 21 and he asked her to move from the backyard where everyone was gathered to the front yard to smoke a cigarette and for more privacy. She said she agreed.

The girl said she and Cooper spent about an hour talking, although her friends told her later that she had been missing for two hours.

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MI-07 residents deliver 7 rubber ducks to Tim Walberg’s office asking him to stop ducking the issues

Yesterday, residents from Michigan’s 7th District delivered seven rubber ducks to the District office of Republican Tim “the Original Tea Partier” Walberg, asking him to stop ducking the important issues that concern his constituents and to agree to a series of debates with his Democratic opponent and former state House Speaker Pro Tempore Pam Byrnes. Byrnes has put together a “Government Accountability Agenda” and asked Walberg to agree to seven “conversational style” debates on the issues. So far Walberg has been silent on both.

Byrnes “Government Accountability Agenda” includes these items:

  1. An immediate Congressional pay cut
  2. No Congressional pay during any government shutdown
  3. No Congressional pay raises without a balanced budget
  4. No more first class airfare and luxury vehicles for members of Congress that are paid for by taxpayer dollars
  5. No more taxpayer subsidized gyms (like the one Walberg used during the most recent Repbublican government shut down
  6. An end to lobbyist loopholes

Byrnes issued the following statement on the day of the Great Duck Delivery:

Congressman Walberg owes Michigan an explanation.…
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New hashtag to celebrate Rick Snyder’s tone deafness: #JustLikeTheDetroitFlood

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Snyder compared a hole in the roof of his $1.1 million “lake house” mansion (one of two mansions he owns) to the devastating impacts of the recent historical flood in Detroit.

I’ve been through a lot of things like that, Frank. We just recently had holes in our roof from storm damage to our lake house. We have a vacation place and we had a limb come down on the roof and had water running through the whole place; those experiences are not pleasant ones and they had to take some trees down.

To celebrate, I’ve launched a new Twitter hastag: #JustLikeTheDetroitFlood.…

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David Trott cashes out of the family business to try to hide from his role of parasitic leech on the jugular vein of society

There is no question that Republican 11th District Congressional candidate David Trott has gotten enormously wealthy at the misfortune of others. He has literally made millions upon millions of dollars from foreclosing on homes. Not only that, back in 2007, right as the subprime mortgage meltdown was beginning in earnest, Trott publicly endorsed them as “a perfectly appropriate product” that “a lot of borrowers are real successful in”. It’s not surprising that he would give them his seal of approval. Those same subprime mortgages, sold to people who had no business getting a mortgage, were largely responsible for the devastating economic calamity that enriched Trott and his business partners at Trott & Trott.…

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Rick Snyder has faced similar devastation to the historic flood in Detroit: he once had a hole in the roof of his mansion

It’s truly remarkable to see someone behave as tone deaf as Gov. Snyder did today in his flailing attempt to commiserate with metro Detroiters who are dealing with the intense impact of an historic flood event that has closed many highways, killed a 100-year old woman and an epileptic woman (among others), and has people trying put their lives together after their homes filled with water.

But he managed to do it.

Today he actually compared the epic flood damage to damage he once experienced at his $1.1 million “lake home” mansion and the loss of some trees. He did it on WJR radio’s Frank Beckmann Show.…

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