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Michigan GOP wins a round in its appeal to circumvent the state constitution

Michigan GOP wins a round in its appeal to circumvent the state constitution

The Michigan Republican House caucus won a round in court yesterday. The court allowed three bills passed in an illegal and unconstitutional use of “immediate effect” to remain on the books. The Court of Appeals has halted a lower court’s injunction ordering House Republicans to grant requests from Democrats to hold recorded roll call votes on whether to put new […]

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Opponents of Emergency Manager law repeal challenging petitions due to FONT SIZE

Opponents of Emergency Manager law repeal challenging petitions due to FONT SIZE

FONT SIZE???! [NOTE: This post has been updated HERE.] In a clear act of desperation, a group opposing the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — are challenging the petitions because they say the font size is too small. [O]pponents of the referendum drive say they’ve found what they’re calling a “fatal error” on the petitions. […]

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Petition language to recall Governor Rick Snyder approved – UPDATED with video from the hearing

Petition language to recall Governor Rick Snyder approved – UPDATED with video from the hearing

And they’re off! In a clear statement that they mean business and are not pulling any punches, Michigan Rising the group setting out for a second attempt at recalling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder begins their petition language with the statement “Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan”. Here is the petition language in full: Governor Snyder has abused the […]

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Allen Park traffic sign hacked to say “Trayvon a N****R”

Allen Park traffic sign hacked to say “Trayvon a N****R”

Racism is alive and well and flourishing in the USA

The Detroit News is reporting that an as-yet unidentified person hacked into a traffic sign in Allen Park, Michigan and reprogrammed it to say “TRAYVON A NIGGER”. [Photo after the jump.]

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Thank You, George W. Bush

Thank You, George W. Bush

You’ll never believe who Mitt Romney thinks we should thank for preventing a Great Depression. Here’s something that should blow your Splenda-addled mind: Though 56% still blame George W. Bush and the GOP for the financial crisis we’re climbing out of, the former president is still more popular than current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. 34% of voters view Mitt Romney […]

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Programming note: First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

Programming note: First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

See you on the radio I will be on the First Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show this morning at 8:30 a.m. We’ll be talking about the “immediate effect” lawsuit filed by Michigan Democrats against House Republicans who seem to think the constitution doesn’t apply to them. I will be focusing on what people are getting wrong about this issue; […]

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Debunking the myth that it’s OK for the Michigan GOP to ignore the constitution because “Dems did it, too”

Debunking the myth that it’s OK for the Michigan GOP to ignore the constitution because “Dems did it, too”

Wrong is wrong, illegal is illegal I have been writing about how Michigan House Republicans have been refusing to acknowledge Democrats’ request to have a roll call vote on whether or not to make a bill take “immediate effect” rather than wait until 90 days after the end of the legislative session. Our state constitution says that they can do […]

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How the Republican Party Fails Miserably and Still Wins

How the Republican Party Fails Miserably and Still Wins

Why refuting conservative lies will never work. I’ve been haunted by a question recently: How did the GOP win the House in 2010? I can’t even come up with analogy to express my disbelief of this insane fact that we’ve been living with for more than a year now. How can I explain the dismay at watching the GOP win […]

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An Easter PHOTOdiary: Peeps & global warming

An Easter PHOTOdiary: Peeps & global warming

We may be at a tipping point

Spring came early to southern Michigan this year so on Good Friday, my wife Anne and I put our kayaks in the Huron River and set out to document the effects of global climate change on the wildlife of our area. What we found was both stunning and shocking.

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Ann Romney: ObamaCare Poster Woman?

Ann Romney: ObamaCare Poster Woman?

We can’t give all Americans a car elevator, but we can help everyone get decent health care. A few weeks ago we learned that Mitt Romney’s palatial estate in La Jolla not only had its own lobbyist, it also had a car elevator. Yes, an elevator just for cars. Maybe Mitt paid for it with the pittance, only a few […]

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My appearance on Off The Record with Tim Skubick shows this weekend (and in this post)

Showtime!

Here is the video from my appearance on Off the Record with Tim Skubick that airs starting tonight and twice on Sunday (your mileage may vary depending on your public television station.) The other guests were Joe DiSano (the other liberal, sitting on my right), Jake Davison (Joe’s conservative podcast partner at Politibomb.com) and Jack Spencer from the very conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Although this was the “Bloggers Edition” of OTR, Jack and I were the only actual bloggers. Jake and Joe are not.

Enjoy (video after the jump.)

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