Michigan Forward extends signature collection to repeal Emergency Manager law into February

I checked in with Brandon Jessup from Michigan Forward yesterday after the protest at the gates of Governor Rick Snyder’s gated neighborhood. Their initial plan was to turn in the signatures yesterday. They need just over 160,000 valid signatures.

Jessup told me that they now have over 180,000 petition signatures and are preparing to deliver the petitions sometime in late February or early March.

If you are collecting signatures, don’t stop! It’s important to get as many as possible since there are always invalid signatures, including some duplicates from folks that didn’t recall signing one in the past. It’s essential that they have the required number of valid signatures so that PA 4 is put on hold immediately.…

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New Santorum ad: Mitt Romney is “just like Obama”

I shit you not, the tagline to this ad is “Why would we ever vote for someone who is just like Obama when we can unite around like Rick Santorum and beat Obama?”

Yup, that Mitt Romney, he’s “just like Obama”. Can barely tell the two apart. Brutha from anutha mutha, you might say. Two peas in a pod. Lefty McLefterson and his twin brother Librul McLefterson.

Do people really believe this garp?…

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The Rachel Maddow Show coverage protest march on Gov. Rick Snyder’s home

Great coverage by The Rachel Maddow Show last night of the march and rally in front of the gated community where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder lives. Rev. David Bullock was spot-on perfect with his message and it’s one that will resonate with a wide variety of people.

My favorite part of Rev. Bullock’s comments came at the end.

There is no connection between dismantling democracy and fixing a deficit. Democracy allows for accountability and transparency. If you take democracy off the table, you have tyranny. There is no accountability. We must also add that emergency management does not work. The Detroit Public Schools is under emergency management: still has a deficit.…
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Some GOOD photos from today’s protest march to Gov. Rick Snyder’s home

Here are a smattering of photos taken by my wife Anne C. Savage at today’s protest march and rally at the gate of Rick Snyder’s private enclave/gated community. Click the photo for the full Monty at Anne’s website.

My liveblog complete with crappy pictures and video is HERE.…

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LIVEBLOG: MLK Day march on home of Mich Governor Rick Snyder

This afternoon is an anti-Emergency Manager law march on the home of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Stop back regularly for photos and updates.

Rick Snyder recall group Michigan Rising on the scene (along with media). Buses starting to roll in.

Lots of ominous-looking black SUVs along the march route. Weird.

3:55 pm – The crowd gathers. Several hundred and its not even the official start time yet.

4:03 – The march begins! Just spoke with Rev. Fred Pinkney from Benton Harbor.

People are walking and taking shuttles to the staging area for the rally near Governor Snyder’s home.

Lots more photos + video after the jump.…

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Kidnapped girl rescued by pride of lions. Seriously.

THIS is absolutely incredible.

A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said Tuesday.

The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said.

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MLK Day march on Gov Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor home – TODAY!!!

Just a reminder that this afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m., there will be a protest march on the Ann Arbor-area home of Governor Rick Snyder. Word has it that, in addition to scheduled speakers, the Reverends Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson are also in town for the event. Here are the details from my original post that also had an interview with Pastor David Bullock.

Monday’s “Occupy for Democracy” march on Governor Snyder’s home begins at 4 p.m. People are being asked to park at Washtenaw Community College at 4800 East Huron Drive. You can then walk the short distance to the rally point or take a shuttle.…

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Wisconsin Solidarity Singers show solidarity with Michigan Snyder recall supporters

My friend Bruce Fealk, Michigan Rising Communications Director, got the ball rolling on this one:

Today, January 13, 2012, is the last day for signatures for the recall of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

For 260 days, the Solidarity singers have been singing in the Rotunda and outside the Capitol in Madison, WI.

Today I asked Chris Reed, the leader of the Solidarity Singers, if he would do a special version of We Shall Overcome for all of us in Michigan. He agreed. Wait for it. It’s at the end. It’s a beautiful thing.

It is a beautiful thing.

SOMEDAY SOON!

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