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The Last of $1.1 Billion in Affordable Care Act Rebates Go Out Today

The Last of $1.1 Billion in Affordable Care Act Rebates Go Out Today

Keep the change I’m grateful that I have health insurance because when I saw my check from Humana, I nearly went into shock. Like most Americans, I expect to pay and pay my private insurers as I strive to never use the services for fear I’ll be branded with a preexisting condition. But suddenly, here’s Humana paying me back $61.70. […]

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American Federation of Teachers holds empowering convention in Detroit w/inspiring speech by VP Biden (PHOTOS)

American Federation of Teachers holds empowering convention in Detroit w/inspiring speech by VP Biden (PHOTOS)

“Being a teacher is not what I do, it’s who I am.” – Dr. Jill Biden

This past weekend, the American Federation of Teachers held what can only be described as an energizing, empowering and successful national convention in the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. During the four-day event which concludes today featured such luminaries as Sandra Fluke (women’s reproductive rights activist) and Walmart plaintiff Betty Dukes (both of whom received AFT Women’s Rights awards), Diane Ravitch (education historian, writer), David Hecker (AFT Michigan), Charles Blow (New York Times op-ed columnist), Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony (Detroit NAACP), Bob King (UAW), Karla Swift (Michigan AFL-CIO), Chris Michalakis (Metro Detroit AFL-CIO), U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Joe Biden.

One of the highlights of the week was the keynote speech by AFT president Randi Weingarten who unveiled a new approach for AFT she dubbed “solution-driven unionism”. During her speech, Weingarten talked about the “new normal” facing Americans today in face of severe budget cuts jeopardizing public education, healthcare and other critical services; families losing more than 30 percent of their wealth during the economic crisis; and more than 100 bills introduced in state legislatures to demonize and attack public employees and undermine public services

Much more with lots of photos and quotes after the jump.

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Trevor Thomas finishing strong in MI-03 primary, National Organization for Women (NOW) to endorse today (UPDATED)

Trevor Thomas finishing strong in MI-03 primary, National Organization for Women (NOW) to endorse today (UPDATED)

A campaign for us all

Facing a well-financed establishment Democrat, Trevor Thomas has mounted a spirited campaign in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district. While Steve Pestka has been racking up endorsements from an array of long-time Democrats in our state, Thomas himself has earned a string of solid endorsements of his own, proving his progressive bona fides.

Today, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will announce their endorsement, as well.

His latest television ad and much more after the jump.

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The International Tour of Shame & Embarrassment continues, Romney says Palestinians are culturally inferior to Israelis

The International Tour of Shame & Embarrassment continues, Romney says Palestinians are culturally inferior to Israelis

Romney: the Anti-Statesman

Well, this is sure to help Israeli/Palestinian negotiations. Mitt Romney basically came out and said Palestinians are culturally inferior to Israelis.

Culture makes all the difference,” Mr. Romney said. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

As you come here and you see the G.D.P. per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the G.D.P. per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” he said.

This is offensive at a truly basic level and on several levels. Without even getting into the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Mitt is clearly suggesting that being culturally superior makes you more successful. Or, perhaps worse, that being less wealthy means you are culturally inferior to others.

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Attention Michigan Democrats: I need your help smoking out fake Dems!

Attention Michigan Democrats: I need your help smoking out fake Dems!

Help a bloggah out?

It has come to my attention that there are a number of Republicans running as fake Democrats across the state. I’m not talking about conservadems or Blue Dog Democrats, conservative Democrats that are “Democrats in Name Only” (DINOs.) I’m talking about dyed-in-the-wool Republicans pretending to be Democrats.

I already have identified a small handful but I need your help finding the rest. I want to publish this piece no later than Wednesday so time is of the essence. I need proof that these people are, in fact, Republicans. It could be information from their website, emails they’ve sent, Facebook page screenshots. Whatever you have, I’m asking you to send it along.

This post is going to be a bit of a reverse-voters guide; an attempt to identify as many of these liars as possible and expose them for who they are so that people don’t accidentally vote for them, particularly in next week’s primary.

So, if you know of a fake Dem in Michigan, I’d like to hear from you. You can contact me by clicking HERE.

Thanks.

– Chris

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100 Days until we reelect Barack Obama — What will YOU do with them?

100 Days until we reelect Barack Obama — What will YOU do with them?

Success doesn’t happen by accident

I’m getting ready to head to Detroit to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) national conference at the Cobo Center where Anne and I will get to meet Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden this afternoon. It’s a significant day because we are now officially 100 days away from the general election where America will repudiate the Republican party and its ties to wealth & corporate power and give our vote to the team that works for average Americans — Biden & Obama.

What will YOU do with the 100 days you have left?

After the jump is a new video by the Obama campaign, showing the last 100 days before the election through the eyes of an OFA volunteer. It’s worth a look.

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The Republican Attack on Your Right to Vote is Being Ignored

The Republican Attack on Your Right to Vote is Being Ignored

If you have to stop people from voting to win, your ideas suck. Two startling admissions by Republican officials in the past few months have been noted and then allowed to fade into the torrent of information fed at us each and every day. We cannot let this undeniable proof that our democracy is being subverted be allowed to slip […]

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The International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment continues, Romney campaign calls London mayor “eccentric, odd”

The International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment continues, Romney campaign calls London mayor “eccentric, odd”

Keep going, Mitt! You’re doing GREAT!

The Mitt Romney International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment™ continues to provide “interesting” insight into his foreign affairs skills (or utter lackthereof.) The tabloid Daily Mail reports that a Romney campaign official called London mayor Boris Johnson “eccentric, odd”.

The official also said that Romney wasn’t well prepared for a trip of this magnitude. Apparently Mitt Romney needs to be briefed on how not to act like an embarrassing buffoon with the social graces of prep school bully when he’s abroad. His campaign staff need similar briefings, too, it appears.

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It’s a sunny day: new rules impacting secret money in our elections go into effect today

It’s a sunny day: new rules impacting secret money in our elections go into effect today

Here’s to a little sunshine shining in

Starting today, supposedly nonpartisan groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS are going to have to change their ways or reveal who their donors are. And revealing who their donors are is something that they simply will not do.

Last March, I wrote about a lawsuit filed against the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) by Rep. Chris Van Hollen. The resulting case, Van Hollen v. FEC. I wrote about it because U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had thrown out a 2007 FEC ruling that allowed some funders of political ads to remain anonymous.

Today, new rules go into effect and they are a BFD.

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Want to know who is giving Mitt Romney foreign policy advice? “These Guys”

Everything old and evil is new and evil again

Not much to say. Just watch the video. It’s short and to the point.

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Progress Michigan to file complaint against GOP Rep. Ouimet for campaigning with House resources, Driskell calls for him renounce Bolger

Progress Michigan to file complaint against GOP Rep. Ouimet for campaigning with House resources, Driskell calls for him renounce Bolger

INOKIYAR – It’s NOT okay if you’re a Republican

Yesterday I posted a piece talking about Michigan Republicans circling their wagons to protect election fraudster House Speaker Jase Bolger. I also revealed that Rep. Mark Ouimet used his House email account to campaign , slamming his “opponent” for being a big spender.

Today, Progress Michigan announced that they are filing a complaint against Ouimet based on the email he sent to me.

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