Effort to recall Rick Snyder has failed to gather enough signatures

The Committee to Recall Rick Snyder announced this morning that they have failed to gather enough signatures in the amount of time allotted by the Michigan Constitution to place the recall of Rick Snyder on the ballot.

It is with a measure of sadness that we announce that the bid to recall Gov. Rick Snyder will come up short in the number of signatures required to file. We do not have a final count yet, but will have one soon and will send out another update when that time comes.

We would first like to take this opportunity to thank all of the over 5000 active volunteers and their families who participated, sacrificed their time and put blood, sweat and tears into this campaign.

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Yet another boot on the face of Mich teachers – a year in prison for sending emails

You know what I hate? I positively detest the phrase “union thugs” or “union goons”. It implies this organized group of people willing to harm others to make sure they get their way.

When you look at what Republicans are doing to unionized teachers in Michigan, you realize that when Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof says making our state a Right to Teach state is good because it is “an opportunity to let teachers get farther away from union goons”, what you’re seeing is a classic case of transference. They are accusing others of the behavior they themselves are exhibiting.…

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Gov. Rick Snyder faces the tea party music, Lt. Gov. Calley denies reality

On Mackinac Island at the GOP Leadership Conference this week, Governor Rick Snyder got a frigid reception from tea party types on his position on a new bridge to Canada, Right to Work for Less bills, and a new proposal for doctors to report children’s body mass indices in an effort to curb childhood obesity. The question, at this point, is will he do his own thing or will he be co-opted by the tea party?

But the best part is this:

The governor said he thought he had made progress when given the chance to “explain the facts.” On the Detroit-Windsor bridge and the child body mass index, “a lot of people had jumped to conclusions.”

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BREAKING: Observers gather in Washington, D.C. in advance of the end of the world

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Eclectanews) – Observers from around the world gathered in America’s capitol this week to observe the expected end of the world as a confluence of three profound events threatened the planet Earth’s very existence.

First, on Tuesday of this week, a decades-old military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was repealed. This occured after over a year of intense debate in which repeal opponents warned the country that God’s wrath at such an event would result in a planetary catastrophe. Cindy Jacobs, a self-described prophet who was the first to connect the dots between DADT and birds falling from the sky and fish kills told Eclectanews:

If this Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell can cause birds to fall out of the sky and fish to die in our rivers, this repeal will surely bring God’s anger upon our country and lay waste to the sinners and fornicators.…
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BREAKING: World still here

I would just like to point out that DADT was repealed this week AND the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” opened for business and the world is still here. Repeat: the world is still here; it did NOT come to an end.

Guess we dodged a bullet, eh?…

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Michigan Right to Work advocate Rep. Mike Shirkey takes federal tax subsidies then lays off workers

Michigan state Representative and advocate for making Michigan a Right to Work for Less state, Mike Shirkey, has been busted for showing higher than normal level of Republican hypocrisy (“GOPocrisy”) today. Todd Heywood of Michigan Messenger reports that Shirkey benefited from a tax abatement involved with creating a “Tool and Die Recovery Zone”. The tax break gives his nonunion company Orbitforms up to 15 years of operation free from state and local taxation. When he applied for the tax break, Shirkey “told MEDC officials he believed the abatements would allow him to create as many as 12 jobs”.

Why is this hypocritical?…

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Privatization of nurses aides compromises Michigan veterans’ health in state-run facility

A plan to privatize nurses aides at a state-run veterans health care facility is drawing sharp criticism from unions as well as patients at the facility. At a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) hearing this week, Commissioners heard from a variety of speakers asking them to reverse their decision.

Don Slocum sought relief from the heat in the shade of tall trees outside the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans [GRHV] as he pondered losing people he considers his family.

The Korean War veteran and three-year resident of the state-owned home is unsettled by a plan to privatize the jobs of 171 resident care aides at the 758-bed retirement and nursing facility.

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You won’t have Thad McCotter to say “WHO? Really? For PRESIDENT?” about anymore

Thad McCotter has dropped out of the race for president.

Bye, bye, Thad. We hardly knew ya (by which I mean literally that almost everyone in the country has absolutely no idea who you are or that you were even running for president.)

Livonia Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

McCotter began his long-shot bid for the White House in July, billing himself as the voice for a new generation of conservatives.

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