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Podcast of my “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

If you missed my discussion on the Governor’s State of the State address on Tony Trupiano’s radio show and are interested in hearing it, the podcast can be found HERE.

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Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

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.…

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Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen has a piece out today that debunks the absurd notion that “The Stimulus didn’t work!”

In terms of metrics, keep in mind, when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly.

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:

Things I’d add to @stevebenen’s chart: An arrow to indicate where Obama traveled back in time and caused the recession
washingtonmonthly.com/political-anim…

Nailed it.…

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Associated Press photog catches Eclectablog Eclectablogging

Associated Press photog catches Eclectablog Eclectablogging

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.…

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Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: A mile wide and an inch deep

Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: A mile wide and an inch deep

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.…

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I’ll be on First Shift with Tony Trupiano at 7 a.m. to discuss the State of the State address

I’ll be on First Shift with Tony Trupiano at 7 a.m. to discuss the State of the State address

Tune into First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning at 7 a.m. if you’d like to listen in on our conversation about last night’s State of the State address by Governor Rick Snyder. You can stream it live from his website or listen on the radio on 1310 AM, WDTW.


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Livetweeting of the Michigan State of the State address – Join us!

Livetweeting of the Michigan State of the State address – Join us!

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.…

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President Obama’s statement on the Keystone XL pipeline permit denial

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.

Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.…
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Obama administration will NOT approve permit for Keystone XL pipeline

Obama administration will NOT approve permit for Keystone XL pipeline

As I hoped (and predicted), the effort by Republicans to force President Obama to make a rush decision on issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline has backfired.

The State Department Wednesday will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, multiple sources following the project tell POLITICO.

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???!

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Emergency Managers, sticklers for detail? Uhhh…not so much

Emergency Managers, sticklers for detail? Uhhh…not so much

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.…

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Michigan Republicans move to make illegal strikes illegal(er)

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.

A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers sue striking workers who get in the way of their businesses, and make it more complicated for unions to get dues deducted from employee paychecks.

The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.

“It’s just to give clarity,” said Rep.

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