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BREAKING – Michigan Board of State Canvassers prevents pro-labor ballot initiative from getting on Nov. ballot
Like we didn't see THAT coming...The Michigan Board of State Canvassers today deadlocked on putting the Protect Working Families (formerly Protect Our Jobs) ballot initiative on the November ballot. With help from Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette who recently issued a ruling saying the ballot proposal is unconstitutional, the two Republicans on the elections board refused to certify the petitions. Details and information on how you can help after the jump.
These guys are out of controlAs is becoming increasingly clear to anyone paying attention to the 2012 presidential election, the Ryan/Romney campaign has given up all hope of winning on the issues and on their record and have resorted to unprecedented lying -- literally making things up about President Obama and then putting it out as truth in stump speeches, online videos, television ads, appearances by surrogates on news programs and in fundraising emails. There is a new one this week and it takes the LYING and HYPOCRISY to a new and rather incredible level. The Ryan/Romney campaign is claiming that President Obama stripped $716 billion out of Medicare benefits "to pay for Obamacare". This is a lie. Also, those same cuts, which I'll describe in a moment, are in the Ryan budget plan that Mitt Romney has endorsed. Details and more after the jump.
A long history of corruptionAs Michigan Republicans work to suppress voting rights in our state under the guise of "election reform", one of their own, disgraced former Congressman Thad McCotter, has had long history of election fraud. After being busted for submitting fraudulent nominating petitions THIS year, MIRS news service is now reporting that he did the same in 2010. Details after the jump.
There’s only one issue Paul Ryan brings up. As someone who voted for the Iraq War, the Bush tax breaks and an unfunded Medicare Part D then proposed a budget that guts nearly everything that helps working people, he gives us the perfect opportunity to make this point:
The exact same people who blew the surplus, exploded our debt and crashed our economy are still using this crisis as an opportunity to gut our social safety net and transfer trillions more in wealth to the rich.…
Shameless shilling for their corporate benefactorsThe American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been around for 37 years. They are listed as a charitable organization, a 501(c)(3), and yet their entire goal in life is help pass laws around the country that favor corporations and wealthy individuals while harming their political enemies. Their model legislative bills are aimed at destroying unions, expanding voter suppression, restricting women's access to abortion services, imposing harsh anti-immigrant rules, weakening gun control and expanding "stand your ground" laws, and limiting corporate liability when people are harmed by a product or in their workplace. Across the country, ALEC is having an impact. Their model legislation is being passed into law at an alarming rate, aided and abetted by the influx of tea party lawmakers. Conservative and dogmatic, they are easy targets for ALEC's cookie cutter laws. They simply make a few changes (or not, in some cases) and sponsor the bill. No need to write the law themselves; all of the hard work has been done for them. This week, Progress Michigan published a 73-page report on ALEC in Michigan.
You wanna schplain that one to us, Mitt?Mitt Romney made an astonishing promise today: he told a crowd of coal miners that he will have the USA energy independent from sources outside North America by 2021. It's particularly astonishing given that he is against subsidizing renewable energy sources. So, how is he going to get us off foreign energy sources? That's a fine question and one that Romney hasn't really answered. This, of course, surprises exactly nobody. Much more after the jump.
Let's you and him fight...Tea partiers in western Michigan are taking on a strange adversary this month. In a widely-blogged screed from the Tea Party of West Michigan ("Influence policy, effect [sic] elections, protect the Constitution"), Tina DuPont is outraged the Right to Life of Michigan is supposedly supporting the formation of a state-run health insurance exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Details after the jump.
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