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Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Let’s try that again, shall we? Inspired by the success of Wisconsin Democrats (though lacking the support of the state-level Democratic Party), Michigan Rising is gearing up to take another shot at recalling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: During our last petition drive to recall Rick Snyder we collected nearly 500, 000 signatures. We did this with very little material support, […]

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GOP releases latest budget proposal. Surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the rich

GOP releases latest budget proposal. Surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the rich

It’s deja vu all over again Paul Ryan and his GOP pals released their latest budget proposal today. While it aims to eliminate the deficit by 2040. How do they hope to do this. No surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and Social Security, leaves military spending alone and cuts taxes on the wealthy. The New Ryan Plan leaves the […]

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Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicks off in Ann Arbor

Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicks off in Ann Arbor

And they’re off! Last night the Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicked off its effort to reelect President Obama at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. Environmental luminaries from around the state were in attendance in cluding Ken Berlin, the Director of the National Energy & Environment Team. Berlin told us that the team formed 18 months […]

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Emergency Manager panel discussion in Ann Arbor – 3/19/2012

Emergency Manager panel discussion in Ann Arbor – 3/19/2012

We all agree, this isn’t easy Last night, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan held a public panel discussion on Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. On the panel were Deputy State Treasurer for Local Government Services Roger Fraser, Chairman and CEO of Michigan Forward Brandon Jessup, Benton Harbor Emergency Manager […]

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Would the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Would the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

The real Shady Willard A few weeks ago, I asked you to call Mitt Romney a liar. I’m not the only one obsessed with Mitt’s lying, of course. Fine minds including Steve Benen, Greg Sargent, Jonathan Chait and Jamelle Bouie have all been struggling with Mitt’s disturbing willingness to dissemble and the media’s even more disturbing unwillingness to call him […]

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Racist denies she’s a racist – says “Don’t Renig in 2012” bumpersticker isn’t racist

Racist denies she’s a racist – says “Don’t Renig in 2012” bumpersticker isn’t racist

Right, dude. Whatever. Last May, I posted a piece titled “Don’t let ANYONE EVER tell you racism isn’t alive and well in the USA” that showed a bumpersticker and t-shirt saying “Don’t renig in 2012”. The t-shirt actually showed the Obama campaign logo on it making it clear what it was about. From my post: That bumpersticker says “Don’t RENIG […]

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Someday in America THIS will be possible – lesbians get engaged on the ice at NHL game

Now THAT is adorable So, so cool: On Saturday night at Scotiabank Place, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan named Alicia stood on the ice during the second intermission wearing a blindfold. When it was removed, she looked up at the video scoreboard and read a message from her girlfriend, an Ottawa Senators fan named Christina. Schmaltzy music played. Out walked […]

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Petition language for collective bargaining amendment approved, Snyder warns unions not to move forward

Petition language for collective bargaining amendment approved, Snyder warns unions not to move forward

Warning! Warning, Will Robinson! Today, language for three different petition drives to add amendments to the Michigan constitution received the okay from the state elections panel. One would give home health care workers collective bargaining rights. Another would add specific phrases from the Declaration of Independence to the state Constitution. The third is the petition for the Protect Our Jobs […]

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Dexter Tornado update

Dexter Tornado update

We actually got lucky The clean-up after the monster, record-breaking F3 tornado that hit the village of Dexter where I live continued apace over the weekend. Most of the damaged homes in the Huron Farms subdivision have been shored up, their roofs covered with blue tarps and windows & doors boarded up. By way of an update: Over a hundred […]

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Michigan Corporate Accountability Amendment effort postpones until 2014

Stay tuned… Earlier this month, I wrote about an effort being spearheaded by Jocelyn Benson to put a constitutional amendment up for vote in November called the Corporate Accountability Amendment. The amendment would bring a level of transparency to our state’s elections that is sorely needed: Michigan has some of the weakest lobbying and ethics laws in the country, with […]

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GOP primary candidates: “Obama wants high gas prices because…um…”

GOP primary candidates: “Obama wants high gas prices because…um…”

Dude, that doesn’t even make any sense Mitt Romney claimed this week that the Obama administration wants gas prices to be high: [Romney] called for President Barack Obama to fire what he called the “gas hike trio” of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. “These three, this trio of his energy […]

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