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Defense Sec. Panetta announces draw down of troops in Afghanistan – prepare for liberal and conservative backlash

Can’t win for losin’…

Well, this certainly seems like good news:

The United States and NATO will seek to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year and shift to a role of providing support and training to Afghan security forces, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday.

U.S. military commanders had said in recent weeks they would begin a transition this year toward taking more of an advisory role as Afghanistan’s national army and police take greater responsibility for fighting the insurgency. But Panetta’s remarks were the first time the Obama administration has said it could foresee an end to regular U.S.

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Wednesday afternoon Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up

It just goes on and on and on again…

  • Decision to close Highland Park school not made by Emergency Manager Jack Martin
    Contrary to what some outlets have reported, the decision to close Barber Focus school was NOT made by new Emergency Manager Jack Martin
    During a parent meeting on Monday, superintendent Edith Hightower announced that Barber Focus School would merge with Ford Academy. The decision to close Barber was made prior to Martin’s arrival without his knowledge, contrary to other published media reports.

    At the meeting, tempers flared with one attendee saying, “I’m sick of them in Lansing sending these black men in here to take over”, before being escorted out.

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Most awesome Democratic response EVER!


I just got DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s response to Mitt Romney crushing Newt Gingrich in Florida’s primary tonight. And it’s good. Very good.

But the best part? The preface that came before it from her media person Greg Greene:

Before I give you the Chair’s comments about tonight, it’s worth underscoring that Mitt Romney had the best victory a massive financial advantage can buy. When the ads on the air on your behalf outnumber those for your opponent by a factor of 65-to-1, we can put to rest any notion that you won because of grassroots passion for your ideas.…
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Rainbow Push Detroit responds to closing of Highland Park school + Flint EM holds meetings

Let’s get right to work, shall we?

New Highland Park schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin got right to work yesterday, his first day on the job. He closed Barber Focus School.

Parents and students of Highland Park schools learned Monday evening how the newly appointed emergency manager will change the troubled district, starting with a closure that will leave only two schools.

The moves follow a Highland Park school board member asking a judge Monday to void the recommendations of a state-led financial review team that resulted in the appointment of Jack Martin.

Martin began work Monday saying Barber Focus School for K-8 children would close in the coming week for the rest of the school year and students would move to Henry Ford Academy.

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State Rep. Mark Ouimet whitewashes new tax on pensions

State Rep. Mark Ouimet whitewashes new tax on pensions

GOP supports tax hikes? Only on the 99%

A couple of weeks ago, my state representative Mark Ouimet posted an op-ed at titled “New plan treats income of retirees just like that of working seniors”. In his piece, he whitewashes a new tax on pensions that will adversely impact a significant number of our state’s seniors.

The plan is about creating jobs for Michigan families while safeguarding Michigan’s seniors, low income families and small businesses.

The plan is a long-term solution to Michigan’s structural failures. We are making tough, necessary decisions to put this state on the path to recovery.

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Michigan labor & environmental leaders unite to fight efforts to weaken environmental protections

Michigan labor & environmental leaders unite to fight efforts to weaken environmental protections

Environmentalists & unions – not-so-strange bedfellows

Last week in Lansing, Michigan, leaders from labor and environmental groups around the country gathered to show a united front in their opposition to efforts by Republicans in Congress to weaken environmental protections.

As John Walke at the National Resources Defense Council wrote about last fall, the drumbeats are incessant:

The week of October 2nd, two bills aimed at blocking critical health protections against mercury and other toxic air pollution from incinerators and boilers (H.R. 2250) [pdf] and cement plants (H.R. 2681) [pdf] are expected to be brought up for a House floor vote.…
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Highland Park school board member asks judge to halt Emergency Manager takeover

Board member says review team violated Open Meetings Act

Today, newly-minted Emergency Manager Jack Martin had his first day on the job. To celebrate the occasion, school board secretary Robert Davis asked a Lansing judge to issue a temporary restraining order, halting Martin from taking over.

A Highland Park school board member is asking a judge to void the recommendations of a state-led financial review team that resulted in the appointment of new Emergency Manager Jack Martin for the district.

Robert Davis, board secretary of the Highland Park School District, filed the emergency request Monday before Ingham County Judge William Collette, who will decide Feb.

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Indiana Senate decisively passes Emergency Manager bill

Look out, Indiana! It’s comin’ right for ya!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about Indiana’s slide toward an Emergency Manager law of their own.

I have been wondering how long it would take for a state other than Michigan to pursue an Emergency Manager law. The wait is over. This week, a Republican-sponsored bill allowing the imposition of an Emergency Manager on a “distressed political subdivision” (i.e., a municipality or school district) passed out of committee and goes on to the full state Senate. […]

Under the bill, Senate Bill 355, Emergency Managers have the power to, among other things, do the following:

  • Review existing labor contracts
  • Renegotiate existing labor contracts and act as an agent of the political subdivision in collective bargaining.
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Monday afternoon Emergency Manager news round-up – UPDATED

Monday afternoon Emergency Manager news round-up – UPDATED

Anyone wanna buy a sewer?

Lotsa Emergency Manager tidbits to report today.

  1. Highland Park schools Emergency Manager takes the reins
    As I reported last Friday, a new Emergency Manager has been appointed in Michigan, this time it’s the Highland Park school district that has been taken over. You can read about Jack Martin HERE. He’s also on the team that is looking over Detroit’s finances which has raised some eyebrows.

    UPDATE: A community group has formed to oppose the imposition of a Emergency Manager for Highland Park schools:

    Community leaders opposing Highland Park Schools new emergency financial manager held a news conference Monday to make sure their thoughts were known.
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Allen West: People who disagree with me (like Pres. Obama) should “get the hell out of the USA”

Deport the democrats!

Congressman Allen West doesn’t like anyone who disagrees with him and his politics. He doesn’t even want them in the country. This past weekend, he said that President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz should “get the hell out of the United States of America”:

West gave a 10 minute speech at the Lincoln Day Dinner, telling a very approving audience that, “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Debbie Wasserman Schultz), let them know Florida ain’t on the table.”

West then told his rivals to, “Take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.

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Governor Rick Snyder disses President Obama during his visit to Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder disses President Obama during his visit to Michigan

President schmesident

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder snubbed President Obama during his visit to Michigan last Friday. Instead of attending the speech at the University of Michigan, Governor Snyder instead gave a speech in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Press Association (MPA) convention. He also didn’t greet the President when he arrived in Michigan on Thursday night.

[W]hen he got the invitation to meet with Obama when he visits Michigan today, Snyder’s spokeswoman Sarah Wurfel, said, “We can’t make it work.”

Snyder was to give a speech to the Michigan Townships Association annual meeting Thursday night in Detroit when Obama was arriving at Metro Airport.

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