Emergency Manager law – Public Act 4 forum this SATURDAY in East Lansing

Hear ye, hear ye

I want to commend your attention to the Public Service Announcement banner at the top of the site today. It will run through Saturday evening. It’s an announcement for a public forum on Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, happening this Saturday, February 18, 2012, in East Lansing.

A public forum on P.A. 4, the Emergency Manager Act

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11 am – 5 pm
Edgewood United Church
469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI

Join us for lunch with:

  • A speech by Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor
  • Panel discussion with six panelists
  • Question and Answer period

Info: 517-332-8693, cindy@edgewooducc.org
Livestream will be at http://www.peaceedcenter.org/

You can download a flyer for the event HERE (pdf).…

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Rick Santorum takes sides: he’s with the 1%

See ya at the polls, buddy

Not sure exactly how this math works out electorally-speaking but Rick Santorum seems to think his path to victory is slamming “The 99%”.

At a campaign event this week (with really bad lighting, I might add) he derided Occupy protesters who were putting up a fuss:

“I think it’s really important for you to understand what this radical element represents,” Santorum said to the cheering crowd of about 350 people. “Because what they represent is true intolerance.”

Yes, yes. Radical intolerance. Well, Rick, that’s what happens when the greed of those in power drives others to desperation after so long.…

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Pete Hoekstra pays for his racist ad, Debbie Stabenow now up by 14 points

Karma IS a bitch

This makes me smile:

Debbie Stabenow’s taken her biggest lead yet in 4 polls of the Michigan Senate race PPP has conducted dating back to December of 2010. She now leads Pete Hoekstra by 14 points, 51-37, and has an even wider 17 point advantage over Clark Durant at 50-33. In 3 previous polls Stabenow led Hoekstra by an average of just 7 points and on the most recent one, in July, her lead was 9.

What’s interesting is that Stabenow’s approval numbers have barely budged at all over the last 6 months. Over the summer we found her at 46/40, and now she’s at 47/41.

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Occupalooza comes to Traverse City, Michigan THIS SATURDAY!

Occupy the pinky

This Saturday, up in the frozen pinky of Michigan, a group of fine organizers is having an event they call OCCUPALOOZA. Admission is a suggested donation of 99¢ (of course!)

The event will feature speakers, live music, a silent auction and a food drive. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes through 11:00 p.m. and is being held at the InsideOut Gallery at 229 Garland Street in Traverse City (click HERE for a map.)

There is more information about the event at www.occupytraversecity.org as well as at their Facebook page. In addition to what’s on the poster (on the right there, click the image for a larger version), they will be having a live filming for a scene in a new film called The Saga of Larry Tunner (something I’ll be writing more about soon), a local business panel, tables for Move to Amend & Public Act 4 repeal petitions, and much more.…

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How Rick Santorum Could Beat Mitt Romney in Michigan

Metaphorically

Rick Santorum should believe in God. The fact that he’s still in this race is a tribute to some higher power or, more likely, the weakness of the GOP’s bench. It’s also a tribute to his appeal to the sort of Republican who hates both birth control and abortion—breeders, as @Azrielenish calls them.

Now, I see that Santorum is about to make a huge mistake and focus on jobs. HUGE. MISTAKE.

He’s never going the win the argument that he knows money better the Ritchie Mitt, even if Mitt is and was dead wrong about saving Detroit.…

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A little Valentine’s Day fun from We Are the People Michigan: “No more sweetheart deals”

It’s true love

A fun video from our friends at We are the People Michigan:

They have a petition circulating:

Dear Legislator,

Almost one year ago, the state Legislature approved a $1.8 billion tax cut for big corporations that was paid for by slashing funding for public education.

The new business tax has failed to create more and better jobs for Michigan workers since it took effect in January, and yet, this year’s new budget proposal includes additional cuts to K-12 schools.

We can’t afford more handouts and sweetheart deals for corporate CEOs at the expense of our students and local schools.

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Mitt Romney spits on Michigan’s unionized autoworkers in Detroit News op-ed

And they call Obama “elitist”?

Today, in a Detroit News op-ed titled “Taxpayers should get GM shares’ proceeds”, Mitt Romney doubled down on his previous New York Times editorial in which he declared the Obama administration should have let the auto industry perish.

From the NYT piece “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”:

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses.

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How Severely Conservative is Mitt Romney?

If you have to ask…

Mitt Romney is so severely conservative that he apologized to Dick Cheney BEFORE he asked the former VP to shoot him in the face. He asks the Catholic Church for permission before he neuters his dog (but not before he puts his dog on the roof of his car). Mitt Romney is so severely conservative doesn’t even remember who was President from 2001-2009. He even once tried to shake Terri Schiavo awake with his own two hands.

Yep, months into the GOP primary Mitt Romney is desperately trying to prove two things: he’s a conservative and he was born in Michigan.…

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