Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors
After reading a number of disparaging comments on the Facebook page of First Shift with Tony Trupiano, aimed at the organizers of Michigan Rising (formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, CRRS), I thought it would be a good idea to dig deeper and sort out truth from fiction.
I have a piece up today at A2Politico titled “Michigan Rising: Aiming to Recall Snyder—While Disgruntled Former Volunteers Target Michigan Rising” that is the result of my inquiries.
In the process of preparing the article, I met with most of the core organizing committee for Michigan Rising. I spoke with folks from Daily Kos and Fieldworks who helped them in the latter stages of the first recall effort.…Read more ›
Steve Benen has a piece out today that debunks the absurd notion that “The Stimulus didn’t work!”
The jobless claims number last week was 352,000.
As usual, Benen’s charts do most of the speaking for him. This is a chart of initial unemployment claims dating back well before the so-called “Stimulus” spending started.
The best response to this came from Adam Serwer from Mother Jones via Twitter:
Nailed it.…Read more ›
Wanna see what it looks like when I’m out Eclectablogging an event for a liveblog? Here you go:
Photo credit: William Archie | Detroit Free Press/Associated Press
That’s me in the red hat, uploading a photo to my liveblog of the protest march on Martin Luther King Day earlier this week, caught in the act by Detroit Free Press photographer William Archie and picked up by the Associated Press for national distribution. Run, little blogger, run!
Heh, heh.…Read more ›
Last night was the second State of the State address by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Pundits around the state are weighing in on how shallow it was, with no specifics or new initiatives announced.
Before I get into my analysis, it’s worth noting how difficult the Republicans made it for me, my wife Anne and Christine Barry from Blogging for Michigan to get media passes. It was only through the efforts of Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin that we finally did get passes.
Once in the building, media was consigned to one room. This is normal. What was not normal was the extreme level of security.…Read more ›
Christine Barry and I will be livetweeting the Michigan State of the State address live from the media room inside the Capitol Building. Follow the action at Blogging for Michigan.
Christine Barry, blogger extraordinaire
The general State of the State Twitter hashtag is #MOSOTS. Apparently there was major drama about whether or not it would be #MISOS or #MISOTS. All media outlets and government offices were involved in the dramatic battle of the hashtags. Fortunately, it appears to have been resolved without bloodshed or the imposition of an Emergency Manager.…Read more ›
As I posted earlier, President Obama will be denying the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. He isn’t weighing in on the merits of the project. Rather, he is denying it because, as I predicted, the Republicans were trying to force his administration to make a rushed determination.
Here is the first part if his statement. The entire statement after the jump.
The formal announcement is expected at 3 p.m. from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Although the permit would be rejected, TransCanada would still be allowed to continue to work on and pitch an alternative route through Nebraska.
Now, can all of you on the left who keep attacking President Obama for things he has not done and does not ultimately do stop doing that???!…Read more ›
When you put a single man in charge of the city of Flint, a non-elected financial guy with no accountablility to the local residents, answerable only the Governor, you’d probably want to choose someone who pays crazy close attention to detail, wouldn’t you? Someone who is truly gifted at dotting the the “I”s and crossing the “T”s?
Well, apparently that is not a job qualification for our Michigan Emergency Managers. Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown released a 19-page “Financial and Operating Plan” this week. Right square in the middle of the document, is the date: January 15, 2013.
Yup, he got the date wrong.…Read more ›
It’s a good thing we don’t have any real problems in the state of Michigan. The fantastic shape we’re in and the abundance of jobs gives Republicans the opportunity to work on things like THIS.
The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.
“It’s just to give clarity,” said Rep.…