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Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up – 4/17/2013

Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up – 4/17/2013

It’s hard to keep up…

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a summary of the latest news about Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law and the new surrounding our illustrious saviors dictators Emergency Managers so I thought it would be a good time to so. On a personal note, I was interviewed by freelance journalist Chris Lewis this past week for a piece he’s doing for The Atlantic so it’s clear to me that this story continues to receive national attention.

It’s all there after the jump. And there is a LOT there after the jump.

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Let’s not pretend it was about math, the GOP just wanted austerity

Let’s not pretend it was about math, the GOP just wanted austerity

It is difficult to get Paul Ryan to understand something, when his career depends upon his not understanding it After the worst stock market crash in history, Herbert Hoover decided that more than anything the budget needed to be balanced with cuts and tax increases. Now, this was a very popular belief at the time. His opponent Franklin Delano Roosevelt […]

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A year later and Ted Nugent is still alive, not in jail and thinks he’s Rosa Parks

A year later and Ted Nugent is still alive, not in jail and thinks he’s Rosa Parks

Meanwhile Rosa Parks is turning in her grave

You might remember last year about this time Ted Nugent was on the stump, campaigning for billionaire Mitt Romney. At the time, he said “[I]f you want more of those kinds of evil, anti-American people in the Supreme Court then don’t get involved and let Obama take office again. Because I’ll tell you this right now, if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

Well, it’s a year later and this misogynistic clown is still free to roam the streets and pollute our airways. This year, he’s back on the road with his band in his “Ted Nugent Black Power 2013” tour.

Click through for the audio of Nugent comparing himself to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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Americans for Prosperity wants Gov Snyder to use cuts to education & state employees to fund road repairs

Americans for Prosperity wants Gov Snyder to use cuts to education & state employees to fund road repairs

At least they’re not hiding it…

As the debate rages on where to get the millions of dollars in funding needed to repair Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges, Americans for Prosperity have an answer: use cuts to education and state employee wages to pay for them.

Click through for details on the efforts of this corporate whore to get the poor and middle class to pay for public improvements that benefit corporations more than anyone else.

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Help Progress Michigan hold Michigan Republicans accountable for Dave Agema’s bigoted anti-LGBT lies

Help Progress Michigan hold Michigan Republicans accountable for Dave Agema’s bigoted anti-LGBT lies

Progress Michigan staff are our state’s leading progressive warriors against Republican overreach

I haven’t written about Michigan Republican National Committee Chair Dave Agema’s offensive, lie-filled Facebook post a few weeks ago primarily because (a) I didn’t want to give him any more attention than he already has gotten and (b) others have done it well already. You’re probably aware of Agema’s latest foray into the land of anti-LGBT bigotry but, if not, he put up a post that he claims is by a “doctor” who says that, among other odious things, gays are for half the murders in large cities, 39-59% of homosexuals are infected with intestinal parasites like worms, flukes and amoebae and that part of the homosexual agenda is to turn people from Christianity. It was truly hideous. Agema has since doubled and tripled down on his outrageous post.

One group that has been on the forefront pushing back against this hateful rhetoric is Progress Michigan. Click through for details on how you can help them fight this very good fight now and into the future.

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Clean Water Action honors those who protect Michigan’s natural resources TOMORROW

Clean Water Action honors those who protect Michigan’s natural resources TOMORROW

Protecting our water resources since 1972 My good friends at Clean Water Action are having their annual award ceremony tomorrow night and I wanted to make sure you knew about it. As Clean Water Action’s Michigan State director Nic Clark puts it: “Water literally defines our state and is integral to protecting our Great Lakes way of life. This week […]

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Michigan Republican Joe Hune doesn’t believe ER use by the poor is driving up health care costs

Michigan Republican Joe Hune doesn’t believe ER use by the poor is driving up health care costs

Dude, are you SERIOUS???!

There’s a piece in today’s Livingston County Press & Argus that starts with this statement: “Both those for and against the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” agree on one thing: Emergency room visits by those with little or no insurance are driving health-care cost increases.” The article then goes on to prove that’s not entirely correct. Apparently Republican state Senator Joe Hune DISAGREES with this.

All the facepalming details after the jump.

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Stupidity Alert: Nolan Finley is outraged that President Obama invites musicians to the White House

Stupidity Alert: Nolan Finley is outraged that President Obama invites musicians to the White House

Faux poutrage is SO unbecoming…

Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley is outraged that President Obama has the audacity to invite musicians to the White House. Though he was silent when previous presidents did this, it was enough to prompt a stupiditorial column in the paper this week.

More on this utter stupidity after the jump.

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It’s Tax Day in Michigan. Let’s take a moment to remember that Republicans raised taxes on over half of us.

It’s Tax Day in Michigan. Let’s take a moment to remember that Republicans raised taxes on over half of us.

They are counting on us to be too stupid or distracted to care

If there is one thing that you could count on hearing in the stump speeches of Michigan Republicans during the 2010 midterm campaign it was that they were going to lower your taxes, by God. Smaller government funded by fewer taxes was their recipe for success.

Of course, they immediately got to work NOT lowering taxes and passed the Emergency Manager Law, started a campaign to destroy all unions that is well into its third year and have continued to attack women’s reproductive rights and freedoms with an anti-woman zeal not seen since the days of New England witch trials.

But today, April 15th — Tax Day — it’s worth taking a moment to pause and realize that not only did they not lower our taxes, for more than half of the people living, working and trying to get by in Michigan, they actually RAISED taxes.

Click through for much more.

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Medicaid Expansion for Dummies, Part 2

Medicaid Expansion for Dummies, Part 2

Take note, Michigan GOP: It’s not just good for Michigan’s health. It’s good for Michigan’s economy, too.

I’m having trouble remembering the last time I heard Michigan Republicans talk about creating jobs, what with all their carrying on about defending religious liberty, protecting the unborn, railing against the LGBT community and … well, pretty much everything except creating jobs.

So let’s give them a nudge and make it easy for them to understand: Medicaid expansion will create jobs. It will increase economic activity and revenue. Which is what the GOP has always claimed is their top priority. Right?

In part 1 of this series, I wrote about why Medicaid expansion is good for the health of Michigan’s citizens. But I’m not entirely sure that’s enough to get through to those in the Michigan GOP who are dead set on crushing anything related to Obamacare. So it’s time for a primer on the positive economic impact of Medicaid expansion.

Click through for details.

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Last Day! – Second Quarter fundraiser — some photos for your trouble

Last Day! – Second Quarter fundraiser — some photos for your trouble

There’s still lots of room in the tip jar

Today is the last day of our Second Quarter fundraiser. I, for one, and happy about that, mainly because I hate begging you for money. But these are necessary to help pay for all of the things that we spend our time and money on over the year. For example, this year we’ll be heading back to the Netroots Nation conference for a week which is in California this year.

If you’d like to donate, you can use the Paypal widget after the jump, putting in what ever amount you wish and even making it a recurring donation if you’d like. If you’d rather send a check, send me an email (click HERE) and I’ll provide you with my mailing address.

As a reward for putting up with the fundraiser this quarter, there are some photos by my wife Anne C. Savage if you click through. Her photos are the primary reason that this site looks as good as it does. Enjoy.

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