Congressman Dan Benishek getting roasted by Progress Michigan & nurses union for PAC fundraising

What? ME?! Oh, you shouldn’t have…

Last year, Republican Congressman Dan Benishek headlined a One Nations PAC “Scotch and Cigars” fundraiser. This year, he was again listed on the invitation as being an honoree. This prompted a press release by the Michigan Nurses Association and an online petition by Progress Michigan. Here is a bit of the press release:

Michigan Nurses Challenge Congressman to Donate the Price of
Admission for Fundraiser to Local Clinic Helping Families in Need

OKEMOS – Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) is set to headline a $1,000 per person “Scotch and Cigars” PAC fundraiser Thursday night in Washington, D.C.…
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More on the Republican no-show at Ann Arbor Emergency Manager forum – Shame on Mark Ouimet

Seriously? TWO HOURS???

Professor Lisa Disch, the woman who organized the Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor on February 6, 2012 left me a very kind comment on the cross-posting of my report over at Blogging for Michigan.

In her comment, Professor Disch informs us that Representative Mark Ouimet cancelled his appearance only two hours before the event was scheduled to begin. Two hours. So that he could attend “a school board meeting”.

You can’t tell me it wasn’t intentional that he skipped out that late so that it would be impossible to find another Republican to replace him.…

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Government workers won’t have to take furlough days in 2012

Small favors…

The Lansing State Journal is reporting that, due to the state government budget surplus, unionized government workers will not have to take four unpaid furlough this year as was previously believed.

Nearly 37,000 unionized state employees will not have to take four furlough days before Oct. 1, 2012, as originally projected, state officials said this afternoon.

Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said today that a higher-than-anticipated surplus will allow the state to waive the furlough days for the employees.

With the fight over the budget surplus funds heating up, it appears that some of it has now been allocated.…

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Snyder to reward successful schools, punish those who don’t “progress”

Penalizing struggling schools solves what exactly?

The Detroit Free Press has an article in today’s edition titled “Rick Snyder’s push to tie school funding to performance still needs a scale”. They quote Governor Rick Snyder from last April:

“In my 2013 budget message, I will be proposing that school districts receive a bonus beyond the per-pupil state foundation allowance for demonstrating student growth in reading, math and other … selected subjects,” Snyder said.

“By rewarding growth, and not only proficiency, students who have fallen behind their grade level are not forgotten. Instead, they are viewed as having the most to gain.”

While the article doesn’t have a new information in it, it raises a question many have been asking for some time.…

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BREAKING: Congressman Gary Peters scores coveted SEIU endorsement in MI-14

Game on

Congressman Gary Peters faces two solid primary opponents in the newly-drawn 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Congressman Hansen Clark and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, a situation intentionally created by Republicans during the redistricting process last year.

This morning, Peters announced that he has picked up the much-coveted endorsement of the SEIU:

I’ve got some great news to share with you – we just received word that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Michigan State Council has endorsed our campaign for Congress in the new 14th district. This endorsement means that we’ll have the support of the nearly 30,000 SEIU workers in Southeast Michigan.…
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Emergency Mgr Joe Harris puts Benton Harbor city radio station equipment on eBay – UPDATED

What’ll ya give me for it?

Back in January, I wrote about Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris closing down the radio station that was run from the City Hall basement. He figured it would save the city $10,000-20,000 a year.

This week, Harris put the equipment up for sale on eBay:


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Item specifics
Low Power radio station and equipment
Transmitter
3 mics
Mackie 16 channel board
2 CD players
Cords included
antenna – negligible on removal [negligible? negotiable?]

The sale has some locals worried. One person wrote to me:

Yes, [the radio station] was low tech and “unprofessional” – but the real folk listened in.…
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Job opportunities in Michigan – MichAGAIN & the MiVirtualCareerFair

Michigan’s back, Jack

This is a guest post from my Daily Kos friend dkmich. It talks about a couple of new economic development initiatives working to bring jobs to Michigan.

Take a look:
“Osama bin Laden’s dead & GM is alive”
The Great Recession gave a knock out punch to an already struggling auto industry and thousands of Michigan engineers and IT people poured into the unemployment lines. Things were so bleak for so long that most of them ended up moving out-of-state for work.

Thanks to President Barack Obama and former Governor Jennifer Granholm, the automotive manufacturers are now leading Michigan and the country into recovery.…

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