Michigan Republicans ignore a House floor full of Democrats calling for a roll call vote (PHOTO)

This is NOT what Democracy looks like

As I reported yesterday, on Monday Ingham County Circuit Judge Clinton Canady III will consider whether to grant the Michigan House Democrats a Restraining Order against Republicans who they say are violating the state constitution by denying them roll call votes on making laws take “immediate effect”.

The Michigan Republicans in a rather remarkable display of arrogance have taken to passing bills lately and voting to give them “immediate effect”. They are, in general, allowed to do this and it bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period after the bill is signed into law by the governor.…
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Mich Secretary of State confirms 225,885 signatures submitted for repeal of Emergency Manager law

Stop Public Act 4!

The Michigan Secretary of State’s (SOS) office has confirmed that the Stand Up for Democracy coalition has turned in 24,151 valid sheets containing 225,885 signatures, exceeding the 161,305 needed to put the law on hold and the referendum on November 2012 ballot. [NOTE: this does NOT mean the signatures themselves have been validated, just that they have turned in valid petition sheets containing that many unvalidated signatures.]

The SOS has pulled a random sample of signatures that
opponents may challenge. There is a 10-day challenge period
that ends on April 9. The random sample (chosen through a formula) has 3,451 signatures.…

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Newt Gingrich to charge $50 for a picture. I can fix this.

Only 12 percent of Americans blame the President for the high price of Newt Gingrich pictures.

With even his billionaire sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson telling Newt that his campaign is “at the end of his line“, Newt Gingrich still has one amazing asset that no one can take from him: America’s insatiable desire to pose in a picture with Newt Gingrich.

And for this incredible honor, he is charging $50 a pop. WOH. $50?

Frankly, that’s a price too many Americans cannot afford. We all need a picture with Newt and we should all be able to afford one.…

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Trevor Thomas

MONEY BOMB for Trevor Thomas: a true progressive taking on two millionaires in MI-03

A Campaign for us ALL

Trevor ThomasMichigan's 3rd Congressional District is currently represented by Tea Party member Justin Amash. Polling shows that Amash is vulnerable and that this seat is actually competitive for Democrats. In February, I wrote about the Trevor Thomas filing paperwork to unseat Amash. Here is what I wrote about Thomas a week before he announced: After spending some time speaking to Trevor Thomas, I came away impressed. He is smart, eloquent, fiery, and charismatic. He is a passionate advocate for the middle class and those without a political voice. At the same time he is pragmatic and a realist. I believe he will appeal to a broad section of Michigan voters. He is pro-Choice, a supporter of the rights of young people, vets and union members and he is decidedly NOT an establishment candidate, something that many voters will find compelling in the current political climate. Today I'm joining a host of other bloggers in a blog swarm to help the "Campaign for us all" raise some funds. You can contribute to Thomas's "Campaign for us all" HERE. It's important to contribute TODAY because his campaign has a critical fundraising deadline in the next 24 hours.
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Mitt Romney thinks closing Michigan factories is “humorous”

Oh, now THAT is funny. Not.

Mitt "I'm-a-Michigander-through-and-though" Romney barely got his foot out of his mouth before he stuck the other one back in today. This time it was to have a good belly laugh at the expense of -- wait for it -- Michigan. Speaking to a group of Wisconsinites from Texas, he related a "humorous" story about his dad, former President of American Motors and Michigan Governor George Romney sending jobs out of Michigan and to Wisconsin: "One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin."
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Michigan GOP to teachers: We’re not done with you yet

Improving education by attacking teachers?

Michigan Republicans are not done with teachers yet, not by a long shot. Now they are going after their pensions and healthcare.

Lawmakers and Michigan’s largest teachers’ union are locking horns over how to bring the state’s school employee retirement system — underfunded by some $44 billion — back into the black.

The Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, commonly known as MPSERS, is the state-run school employee retirement system comprised of both pension and retiree health-care benefits.

Last week, the state Senate made an initial attempt to address the promised, but underfunded, benefits primarily through increased contributions by employees.

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Freedom from what?

Medicare for me only.

The definition of freedom is at stake this week in the Supreme Court.

Franklin Roosevelt defined the state that all Americans hope to enjoy best with the Four Freedoms.

  • Freedom of speech and expression
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear

Conservatives have a different kind of freedom in mind.

They want freedom from you.

That want to be free to not care about their fellow Americans unless it’s time to invade a country. They want to be free of taxes yet entitled to every benefit that taxes pay for. They want to be free of the sick, though they will be sick, too.…

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UPDATED: Michigan House Democrats get temporary restraining order against House Republicans for violating the constitution

Constitution schmonstitution

[NOTE: This story has been updated HERE.]

The Michigan Republicans in a rather remarkable display of arrogance have taken to passing bills lately and voting to give them “immediate effect”. They are, in general, allowed to do this and it bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period after the bill is signed into law by the governor. However, under the state constitution, this requires a 2/3 vote by the legislature must allow a record roll call vote on immediate effect if one-fifth of the members request it. The Republicans have decided to just ignore that inconvenience and go right to a voice vote against the wishes of the House Dems.…

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