Upcoming Clean Water Action events in the Ann Arbor area

I’m a big fan of Clean Water Action and our Michigan team is rock solid. What is Clean Water Action all about? This is what they are all about:

Clean Water Action is an organization of one million members working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation’s most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

If you are in the Ann Arbor area, they have some events coming up that I thought I’d share with you.…

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BWAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Seriously? McCotter? THADDEUS McCotter???!

Bwahahahahaaaa!

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will officially kick off his bid for the White House on Saturday, three people briefed on the matter said late Thursday.

The Livonia Republican, now in his fifth term in the U.S. House, has been publicly mulling a run for the nation’s top office for more than a month after being prodded into considering it by Greg Gutfeld, the late-night host of Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye,” just weeks after the release of McCotter’s book, “Seize Freedom!”

McCotter plans to file paperwork today with the Federal Election Commission, and his website, www.mccotter2012.com, is planned to be up and running today.

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The jackbooted foot of Republican overreach on the neck of every Michigan union member

It’s been a really tough week in Michigan, but yesterday was the worst day.

The Republicans in our state legislature passed a package of four bills designed to strip away significant rights from unionized teachers. Two of them, H.B. 4626 and 4628, were particularly egregious.

House Bill 4626 allows schools to fire teachers for almost any reason that is not arbitrary and capricious, a much lower standard than current reasonable and just cause protections.

Under House Bill 4628, public employees will lose the right to collectively bargain many critical topics, including evaluation, job placement, merit pay, and more.

The changes are the most sweeping revisions to the state’s Public Employment Relations Act since 1994, when lawmakers and then-Gov.

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Michigan shoreline communities take two more devastating hits

The Lake Michigan shoreline area of Allegan County was dealt a double-whammy this week.

First, Saugatuck Township’s battle against developer Aubrey McClendon to prevent him from building a luxury resort and marina development in the heart of the Sauguatuck Dunes was lost when the Township compromised with him. I have written in the past about this HERE and HERE. From one of those posts:

Aubrey McClendon appears to have powerful, mostly Republican friends. He is supported by the right-wing think tank, The Mackinac Center. Allegan County Clerk Joyce Watts and her Deputy Clerk Julia Ryan are helping him. He’s got Congessman Fred Upton in his corner.…
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Homophobic stalker Andrew Shirvell keeps on Shirvelling

Dude, give it up.

Andrew Shirvell doesn’t believe he did anything wrong in his time as an assistant state attorney general for Michigan. And even if he did, he doesn’t think he deserved to get fired, according to filings with the state Civil Service Commission.

Shirvell was fired in early November amid controversy surrounding his blog that attacked then-University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong, who is openly gay. On his blog, Shirvell, a U-M alumnus, said Armstrong was promoting a “radical homosexual agenda,” among other claims.

The AG’s office — which accused Shirvell of using his work computer for the blog and then lying to investigators about it — ultimately let him go for “conduct unbecoming a state employee.”

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On Wednesday, Shirvell lost an attempt to have a deposition, scheduled for July 6, sealed from public view

The judge told him, in professional and legal terms, to shut up and go home.…

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Mark Halperin calls President Obama a “dick” on national television

Uh, Mark? WHO is the “dick”?

Joe Scarborough: Mark Halperin, What was the president’s strategy? We are coming up on a deadline and the president decided to please his base, push back against the Republicans.I guess the question is, we know a deal has to be done. Is this showmanship? A lot of times you go up there and both sides and they act tough so their base will be appeased, then they quietly work the deal behind the scenes.
Mark Halperin: Are we on the seven second delay?

Mika Brzezinski: Lordy.

Halperin: I wanted to characterize how the president behaved.

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Murdoch’s News Corp. sells MySpace for one-sixteenth of what it paid for it six years ago

Well, here’s some shrewd business management:

News Corp. has sold struggling social networking site MySpace for $35 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal values MySpace at a fraction of what News Corp. paid for the site six years ago.

~SNIP~

News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million in 2005, but users and advertisers have fled the site for other hotter social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

I hope the more than half-billion dollars they lost in six short years ended up in the hands of some good, solid progressive types. Now that would be karmic justice.…

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Wolvernine Power’s coal-fired power plant permit issued today

I have been following the plans by Wolverine Power to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, Michigan pretty closely. In May of last year, I blogged about the denial of their permit by the Granholm administration. Then, in April this year, I wrote about how the zombie power plant had risen from the dead.

Today, the zombie became fully alive. Here’s the email that just hit my inbox:

Dear Interested Party,

On June 29, 2011, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. Permit to Install application for the installation of two 300-megawatt circulating fluidized bed solid fuel-fired boilers and associated equipment in Rogers City, Michigan.

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