Where is Mitt Romney on the Emergency Manager Law?

But I’m severely Michiganderish

As Mitt Romney was pretending that Bain Capital created jobs earlier this year, he said, “I’m a numbers guy.”

Well, here’s a number that any numbers guy will hate: 26 percent.

That’s the percentage of Michigan voters who believe Mitt is a Michigander. 62 percent do not. This helps explain why Mitt is currently losing by 6 percent to the man who has become the both the dream candidate of conservatives and liberals—Rick Santorum.

How did Mitt Romney, the son of a popular governor, born in raised in Michigan lose his Pure Michigan pedigree?…

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Rick Santorum positively SURGING in Michigan – UPDATED

Spreading Santorum across the nation

Welly, well. Looks like Michigan-born Mitt Romney is up to his keester in Santorum. Via Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog:

Public Policy Polling just released these resultsfrom the state of Michigan.
Rick Santorum’s taken a large lead in Michigan’s upcoming Republican primary. He’s at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.Santorum’s rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity (a stellar 67/23 favorability) and GOP voters increasingly souring on Gingrich. Santorum’s becoming something closer and closer to a consensus conservative candidate as Gingrich bleeds support.
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BREAKING: Trevor Thomas files paperwork in MI-03 to unseat tea party candidate Justin Amash

Let’s roll

As I wrote about earlier this month, Trevor Thomas was mulling a run for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

With polling completed and suggesting a very viable candidacy, Thomas filed paperwork this morning to make it official. Here’s the press release:

Trevor Thomas Files to Run in 3rd Congressional District, Pledges to Stand Up for West Michigan Families
Announced via Twitter moments ago: @Trevor4Congress “I don’t believe @JustinAmash represents the ‘Jerry Ford’ values of west MI; I’m running for Congress to put party aside and fight for our jobs”
Campaign launches www.TrevorforCongress.com and first campaign video

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH – A West Michigan native, Trevor Thomas announced today that he has filed paperwork to launch his bid for the United States Congress in Michigan’s 3rd District.…
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Rick Santorum: Your Dream Candidate

Can you say, ‘Better than Palin?’

If you had told me a year ago that weeks after the Florida GOP primary former US Senator, Crusade supporter and scatological punchline Rick Santorum would still a ‘serious’ candidate for President, I would have said, “Stop trying to make me feel better.”

Then you’d say, “No seriously. And birth control will be a HUGE issue.”

I would have nodded and left you to your coloring book.

The 2012 GOP primary is when liberal dreams come true. One-by-one terrible frontrunners have been replaced with even worse frontrunners until now, when the GOP is now flirting with the worst of the worst.…

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Eclectablog & LOLGOP: United again for the very first time – A new blogging partnership

Ring the drums! Bang the bells!

It is with great enthusiasm, pride and excitement that, for the first time since I started Eclectablog, I am bringing on another writer. And this isn’t just any writer. This is the genius behind the Twitter phenomenon LOLGOP.

LOLGOP delivers the most consistently incisive progressive political commentary ever crammed into 140 characters. When I interviewed him for A2Politico last summer (now behind a paywall, excerpted HERE), LOLGOP had about 7,000 followers. When Politico.com wrote a piece on LOLGOP in November, he had about 20,000. Today he has a shade under 40,000 Twitter followers.…

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Pete Hoekstra pulls racist website down, Debbie Stabenow raises over $150K from it

Debbie Stabenow: 1, Pete Hoekstra: 0

After the devastating news coverage of the past week over the racist ad and website put up by Pete Hoekstra, he has now redirected the Chinese-themed www.debbiespenditnow.com to his own website www.petespenditnot.com. The YouTube video is still up, however, with over a million views. Comments and ratings are still turned off for the very obvious reasons. On his new site is a new ad without the anti-China references.

Meanwhile, a money bomb for Senator Debbie Stabenow based on reaction to Hoekestra’s odious ad and website resulted in a big haul: over $150,000.…

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More anti-Choice/anti-abortion laws headed for Michigan

Government small enough to fit inside your uterus

On the heels of their wildly successful year of “small government” where they created no fewer than 323 new laws, Michigan Republicans turned their attention to making abortion services as difficult as possible for Michigan women to obtain.

Last year, they passed a bill making illegal abortions illegal(er).

From a Detroit News article this morning we learn about new bills trying to make getting an abortion as hard as they possibly can:

  • Making an abortion illegal after 22 weeks
  • Creating a new “Choose Life” fundraising license plate for anti-choice groups (with no similar license plate fundraiser for groups working to give women better access to abortion services)
  • Preventing any providers in a state-run health insurance exchange from offering coverage for elective abortions
  • Mandatory screening of all women requesting an abortion to ensure she isn’t being “forced or coerced to have the abortion against her will”
  • Mandatory requirement that any woman seeking an abortion be told she told she has an option to view an active ultrasound image and hear the fetus’ heartbeat before having the procedure

State Representative Jeff Irwin (whom I have adopted as my own Representative since Mark Ouimet decidedly does NOT represent my interests) had this to say:

They are trying to find every possible avenue to frustrate women and to frustrate providers that are in a position of dealing with this difficult choice and this difficult time in their lives.…
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Major Eclectablog announcement forthcoming. Tune in Monday morning, 2/13/2012

Hmmm…what could it be…?

As I have been alluding to on site’s my Facebook page, I will have a major blog-related announcement tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. I will also be discussing it during my “appearance” on the First Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show at 8:35 a.m.

To answer some of the questions raised on my Facebook page:

  • It’s not a new baby
  • It’s not a run for office
  • It’s not a guest appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show
  • It’s definitely bigger than a breadbox

Other than that, you’ll need to tune in tomorrow. The only hint that I will give you is that I am very excited about it!…

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