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Michigan Gov. Snyder: “Time running out on state-run health ins. exchange”, tea party ramps up effort to kill it

Michigan Gov. Snyder: “Time running out on state-run health ins. exchange”, tea party ramps up effort to kill it

Sorry, face. This nose has got to go

Governor Rick Snyder is warning Michigan Republican legislators that time is running out to set up a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”.) As Gov. Snyder points out, we have the choice of doing this in a way that is customized for Michigan or letting the federal government do it for us.

Meanwhile, tea party groups in Michigan are working overtime to kill it, a position I have come to cheer on. Click through to see why.

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Michelle Shocked shocks fans with anti-gay rant, 2013 tour falling apart with show cancellations

Michelle Shocked shocks fans with anti-gay rant, 2013 tour falling apart with show cancellations

I’m shocked

It’s hard for me to put into words how profoundly saddened I was to find out that Michelle Shocked had gone completely off the rails and launched into an anti-gay tirade at a recent show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. Saying, “God hates fags and you can tweet that I said so” and “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilisation, and Jesus will come back” and “I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry”, Yoshi staff cut her microphone and turned off the lights and most of the patrons promptly left the venue in disgust.

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Standard and Poor’s upgrades Detroit’s credit outlook a week before Emergency Manager starts his job

Standard and Poor’s upgrades Detroit’s credit outlook a week before Emergency Manager starts his job

Well, that was quick

Standard and Poor’s Rating Services didn’t wait for Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr to actually accomplish anything or, in fact, to even begin his first day on the job. Yesterday they went ahead an upgraded Detroit’s outlook rating from “negative” to “stable”.

These Emergency Managers are like wizards or something! Orr doesn’t start his new job until March 25th, a week from now.

Details and more after the jump.

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Prosecutor won’t file charges from “attack” on Fox “reporter” during Michigan Right to Work rally

Prosecutor won’t file charges from “attack” on Fox “reporter” during Michigan Right to Work rally

I’d like to take this opportunity to say I TOLD YOU SO!

During a Right to Work rally in Lansing, Michigan last December, Fox News “reporter” Steven Crowder claimed he was attacked and had video to prove it. As I reported then, the video was heavily edited and the guy who “attacked” him was actually acting in self-defense. Here’s what I said at the time:

“Selective editing at about 0:39 mark shows what appears to be union guy attacking Crowder for no apparent reason. However, if you look closely, you’ll see that the guy is getting up off the ground — that he was NOT the one that became aggressive first.”

It turns out that I was 100% correct. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III is not filing charges in the incident because Crowder provided him with highly-edited video and the full, unedited version shows that his “attacker” was simply defending himself.

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There are winners in Detroit’s financial crisis: the banks – and they are shielded from any risk by the new Emergency Manager law

There are winners in Detroit’s financial crisis: the banks – and they are shielded from any risk by the new Emergency Manager law

It’s good to be the king banker

There’s a story emerging out of Detroit about the role too-big-to-fail banks have played in the creation of Detroit’s fiscal emergency. Last week, Dave Dayen reported at the National Memo that some banks have begun foreclosure proceedings on homeowners and then simply walked away before taking possession of the property. This leaves evicted homeowners on the hook financially for the home they are no longer permitted to live in. What’s worse is that the banks don’t even have to inform the homeowner or the city of Detroit which no longer receives any tax revenue from the property.

Not only that, banks have been reaping huge profits in debt restructuring fees and, as added salt in the wound of a city in crisis, Republicans have ensured that these same banks will be paid in full as Detroit works to get out from under its crushing debt.

Much more after the jump.

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Gary Peters leads the Democratic pack in U.S. Senate race, leads nearest opponent by factor of two

Gary Peters leads the Democratic pack in U.S. Senate race, leads nearest opponent by factor of two

Double digit leads must be very helpful when you’re deciding if you’ll run

Congressman Gary Peters from Michigan’s 14th Congressional District leads his nearest opponent in the race to replace Senator Carl Levin when he retires in 2014 by a factor of two in a recent poll conducted by Main Street Strategies. Of the four leading candidates, Peters has a very clear early lead with 24.8% of the vote. Former MI-01 Congressman Bart Stupak was favored by 11.7% of the 1,032 respondents, Debbie Dingell — wife of U.S. Congressman John Dingell — got 9.2% and former Congressman Mark Schauer came in at 9.0%.

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Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager apparently not a details kinda guy, has 2 tax liens he didn’t know about

Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager apparently not a details kinda guy, has 2 tax liens he didn’t know about

Aww, geez…

I don’t want to beat this guy up too much since he’s just getting started and I feel compelled to wish him success in his job. He is a Democrat, after all, and I think we ALL want Detroit to do well. However, one would hope that the guy tasked with saving Detroit from its financial disaster would be a bit more detail oriented than this. It turns out Kevyn Orr has two outstanding tax liens on properties he owns in Maryland. They are related to unpaid unemployment taxes.

Oops.

Details after the jump.

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Sorry, GOP, leaving marriage ‘to the states’ isn’t going to save you

Sorry, GOP, leaving marriage ‘to the states’ isn’t going to save you

Why the GOP should hope the Supreme Court legalizes equal marriage You know that there isn’t one argument against same-sex marriage that isn’t ridiculous, based on someone’s interpretation of the Bible, or both. Even Republicans — at least the ones with openly gay kids — admit this. Hoping to avoid the demographic tidal wave of young people who support equal […]

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INTERVIEW: Gov. Howard Dean talks about gun control, sequester and more

INTERVIEW: Gov. Howard Dean talks about gun control, sequester and more

This past week, I spoke to former Governor Howard Dean on a wide range of topics. My chief interest was to get his impressions about current gun control measures being considered in Congress. During his run for governor in Vermont, Gov. Dean received high ratings from the NRA. Yet, recently, he has been highly critical of that group, saying that they are “populated by crazy people”.

It’s also the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War and, at a time when there was nearly unanimous support for that war, Gov. Dean was one of the most outspoken opponents. Finally, Gov. has come out in favor of the sequester so I wanted to ask him more about that.

Enjoy (after the jump.)

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(UPDATED) VIDEO: Fox News affiliate in Connecticut decides nothing demonstrates the importance of women in society better than boobs

(UPDATED) VIDEO: Fox News affiliate in Connecticut decides nothing demonstrates the importance of women in society better than boobs

Holy father of Goddess, two facepalms in one day???

Honestly, I’m speechless. It’s rare, I know. But this has stolen my voice.

Probably because I swore off profanity on this blog two years ago.

I don’t even know what category or tags to put on this post.

Watch it and cringe (video after the jump.)

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Washington, D.C. lawyer Kevyn Orr named to be Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit, Michigan

Washington, D.C. lawyer Kevyn Orr named to be Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit, Michigan

And so it is done


[Caricature by DonkeyHotey from photos by Anne C. Savage for Eclectablog, not for reuse.]

This afternoon, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Washington, D.C. lawyer Kevyn Orr to be the Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit.

The Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board has to make the formal appointment of an emergency financial manager and they meet later today.

With that, nearly half of all Michigan African Americans will live without local democratically-elected representation.

Lucky for him he’s a lawyer. I suspect that’s going to come in very handy in the coming months.

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