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Michigan Republicans on course to cut income taxes by an astonishing 0.1% (after raising them 23% last year)

Michigan Republicans on course to cut income taxes by an astonishing 0.1% (after raising them 23% last year)

Michigan Republicans: Making an art form out of pandering to the stupid.

Last year, the Michigan Republicans raised taxes on over half of the residents of Michigan. In fact, the tax increase was an average 23% according to a report by the Michigan League for Human Services (pdf).

Yesterday, they reached an agreement to lower personal income taxes. By how much?

0.1%

They raised taxes by 23% now they are cutting them by one-tenth of a percent. Just another example among many of Republican FAKE CONCESSIONS.

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UPDATED – Beer With Bloggers update – Thurs, May 31st, 7-9 p.m., Corner Brewery in Ypsi

UPDATED – Beer With Bloggers update – Thurs, May 31st, 7-9 p.m., Corner Brewery in Ypsi

This is gonna be good


We have some news regarding on our Beer With Bloggers event. Several new folks have agreed to join us and it’s shaping up to be quite an impressive line-up. The plan was hatched back in February when Mark Maynard and I met for beers at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. If you don’t know who Mark Maynard it, he’s only one of the best bloggers in the state of Michigan and you should totally be a regular reader of his website MarkMaynard.com.

The event takes place at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Michigan on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. More details about the evolution of this event HERE.

First, we have learned that…

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Mitt Romney copies President Obama’s “Make a donation, win dinner with me” fundraising technique

Mitt Romney copies President Obama’s “Make a donation, win dinner with me” fundraising technique

Copycatting is the sincerest form of flattery. And laziness.

Back in 2010, President Obama began raising campaign funds by holding a contest where, for a donation of $3 or less, you could win dinner with him. Since then he’s held a bunch of them.

They a appear to be working because Mitt Romney has totally ripped off the idea.

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President Barack Obama: Governing for the people, not the investors

President Barack Obama: Governing for the people, not the investors

For-profit government? I don’t think so.

Earlier this week, Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker responded to an Obama campaign ad pointing out that Mitt Romney is running on his experience as a business person and explaining what that, in fact, means. He called the ad “nauseating” and “a distraction”. President Obama responded eloquently.

[Video and transcript and more after the jump.]

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A Memorial Day “Funeral for Democracy” – Interview with Rev. D. Alexander Bullock

A Memorial Day “Funeral for Democracy” – Interview with Rev. D. Alexander Bullock

“It’s time not to fight back, but to fight forward”

Next Monday is Memorial Day in the USA, a day to remember those who gave their lives to defend our country and our democracy. On that day, a coalition of civil rights, labor, and faith leaders from around the state are staging another memorial: the death of democracy in Michigan.

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Michigan’s Emergency Manager meetings not subject to Open Meetings Act, opponent faces federal indictments

Michigan’s Emergency Manager meetings not subject to Open Meetings Act, opponent faces federal indictments

Things are NOT getting better

Today, the State Court of Appeals ruled that the review teams that recommended Emergency Managers for Detroit and Flint were not subject to the Open Meetings Act. The court ruled that they are not a “governing body” so they are exempt from the requirement.

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Meta Tuesday morning – Beer with Bloggers update and stuff

Meta Tuesday morning – Beer with Bloggers update and stuff

Back in the saddle again…

Regular readers may have noticed that blogging has been light for the past few days. Both of my kids graduated from college this past weekend so Saturday morning found us at the Cleveland Institute of Music watching Arleigh graduate from graduate school (she’s a bassoonist.)

Then it was off to Ithaca, New York to watch Cameron graduate with an undergraduate degree in film making from Ithaca College…

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Waking Up to President Romney

Waking Up to President Romney

The era of the big middle class is over Mitt Romney is now delving into science fiction. After a successful hostile takeover of the tea party and what remains of the Republican Party, he’s convinced he is ready for his greatest illusion: convincing America that what we need is George W. Bush on Steroids. He’s so confident he made an […]

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Netroots for the Troops — Progressives turning out to help out our military men and women

Netroots for the Troops — Progressives turning out to help out our military men and women

Yes, I’m asking for your money again

Yes, yes, yes. It’s that time again. Time for the awesomeness that is Netroots for the Troops®. Wait, you don’t know what NFTT is? NFTT is a what I call “The 33-Minute Miracle”. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

Every year at the annual Netroots Nation conference, the largest event of the year for progressive blogggers, writers and activists, a group of dedicated individuals pull of an major service event where hundreds of CARE packages are assembled and then shipped to our troops over seas. This year, we’re including some vets that are in U.S. hospitals, returned from war.

You can help by making a donation HERE.

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UPDATED: The Roy Schmidt saga continues – collusion and fraud in the Michigan Republican Party

UPDATED: The Roy Schmidt saga continues – collusion and fraud in the Michigan Republican Party

Oh, how subtle…

Following up on a story I wrote about yesterday (“‘Democrat’ Roy Schmidt pulls ultimate dick move, jumps to GOP too late for another Dem to run”), we now learn there is much more to this story and House Speaker Jase Bolger is implicated.

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Obama campaign “goes there” again, calls Karl Rove out on his “BS” – VIDEO

Obama campaign “goes there” again, calls Karl Rove out on his “BS” – VIDEO

Thank you, may I have another?

Earlier this month, OFA deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter released a video in which she calls the lies of President Obama’s opponents “BS”. This week, she did it again.

[Video after the jump.]

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