Governor Rick Snyder sued by ACLU and the Oakland County Democratic Party

[UPDATE: I have corrected this post to indicate that the Oakland County Democrats are the ones suing Governor Snyder over the redistricting there, not the Michigan Democratic Party as I initially (and incorrectly) wrote.]

Governor Rick Snyder is facing two impending lawsuits. One is from the ACLU over new law prohibiting health insurance benefits for to same-sex partners of public employees. The other is from the Michigan Oakland County Democratic Party over a recent redistricting of Oakland County.

The ACLU’s suit challenges the new ban on same-sex partner benefits as “wrong, discriminatory, and unconstitutional” because its impact is limited only to same-sexcouples.…

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Some good news for Detroit: Chrysler adds shift, 1,100 jobs at Jefferson plant

Good news is hard to come by in Detroit these days but, yesterday, they got some very good news. Chrysler announced it is adding a third shift at the Jefferson Assembly Plant, restoring 1,100 jobs.

Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday that it will add a third shift — with 1,100 new jobs — at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit to meet growing demand for its Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be offered in a diesel version for the North American market.

The shift would start in early 2013, according to Chrysler. Hiring will not begin immediately, and applications will only be accepted through Chrysler’s employment website at www.chryslercareers.com.

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The Onion: “Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve For Another Term”

Scarily believable (unlike New Hampshire Republicans sponsoring a bill requiring that new legislation reference the fucking Magna Carta):

PITTSBURGH—Citing three years of exhausting partisan politics, constant gridlock in Congress, and an overall feeling that the entire nation has “completely lost it,” President Barack Obama openly asked a campaign-rally crowd Tuesday why he’d want to serve another term as president of “this godforsaken country.”

“My fellow Americans, I come to you today to ask, why?” Obama said to 1,200 people gathered inside a gymnasium at Taylor Allderdice High School. “Why can’t our congressional leaders work together to create jobs? Why can’t Wall Street ever be held accountable?

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New Hampshire Republicans jump the shark, introduce bill mandating laws reference the Magna Carta

I couldn’t believe this was true when I read it at Angry Black Lady Chronicles. Sadly, it is.

As in other lines of work, lunchtime discussions among lawmakers at the State House often spur ideas. Sometimes those ideas become bills. And sometimes those bills seemed less strange over lunch.

House Bill 1580 is the product of such a brainstorming session this summer between three freshman House Republicans: Bob Kingsbury of Laconia, Tim Twombly of Nashua and Lucien Vita of Middleton. The eyebrow-raiser, set to be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes next month, requires legislation to find its origin in an English document crafted in 1215.

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Imposition of yet another Emergency Manager in Michigan + other EM news

The Emergency Manager juggernaut continues to roll unabated in Michigan. In early December, I reported that Muskegon Heights school district was requesting an Emergency Manager and that a state review had been initiated.

Yesterday, the Snyder administration added Highland Park schools to the list.

An emergency manager may soon take charge of the Highland Park School District. A state review panel today recommended the governor appoint someone to fix the school district’s “financial emergency.”

The financial review team has been looking at the Highland Park School District’s books since November.

The panel’s report to the governor finds the school district is $11 million in the red.

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New logo

My lovely wife is tinkering around with an awesome new logo. You may see it change a bit over the next few days.

Here are some current favorites:

We’re wide open to feedback so let us know what you think.…

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The amazing brilliance of Obama’s January 4th recess appointments

Yesterday, I wrote about President Obama giving recess appointments first to Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and then to three National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members.

In a blockquoted piece from Talking Points Memo was this tidbit:

On the unprecedented nature of the appointment, McConnell and Boehner have a decent case. Both parties have used pro forma sessions to avoid recesses and thus block Presidents from making recess appointments — and, kosher or not, Presidents have respected this. Note — this is why some Cordray advocates were hoping to see him recess appointed yesterday, instead of today.…
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As predicted, President Obama recess appoints three members to the National Labor Relations Board

As I predicted earlier this morning, President Obama has made three recess appointments in addition to Richard Cordray to be Director the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All three are to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Sharon Block, Member, Terence F. Flynn, and Richard Griffin.

These appointments are extremely important because without them, the NLRB cannot act. On anything.

The NRLB is mandated by law. The law, the National Labor Relations Act, was passed “to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S.…
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