Lt. Gov. Brian Calley fights not to let his principles get in the way of doing the right thing

Wait. He said WHAT???!

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley has a most amazing quote up on the front page of MIRS News’ website today:

Every once in a while you have to rise above principle and do the right thing.

- Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY in talking about his support for legislation requiring insurance companies include autism treatment in its policies, despite opposition from business groups.

This reminds me of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner during the fight to preserve the middle class tax cuts:

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing…

It’s not always easy to do the right thing…

[W]hy not do the right thing for the American people, even though it’s not exactly what we want?…
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Michigan Republicans succeed in creating major Democratic primary battle in MI-14

What’s say you and him and her fight?

When Michigan Republicans redistricted our state this past year, they intentionally created a major battle ground in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District which makes up much of the metropolitan Detroit area.

As was already announced, Hansen Clark who currently represents the 13th District and Gary Peters, Representative from MI-09 will be contending for the Democratic nomination in the newly-drawn 14th.

Now enter Southfield mayor Brenda Lawrence, running mate of Lansing mayor Virg Bernero his his failed 2010 gubernatorial bid.

Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence will run in the new 14th Congressional District, jumping into a race that already has two incumbent Democratic congressmen.…
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Day 1 – First quarter fundraising drive

Brothers & sisters, can you spare a dime?

Hello, folks. As I have been talking about for some time, I am going to be doing quarterly week-long fundraising drives for Eclectablog. This is in place of running those incredibly annoying third-party ads for cellulose reduction or hot Russian singles that you see on some blogs. Once a day for seven days each quarter, I will be soliciting donations from my readers.

I put a great deal of time and care into Eclectablog. Last week I liveblogged the MLK Day march on Governor Rick Snyder’s home and then livetweeted the State of the State address two days later.…

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Saturday evening sanity break

Crikey, enough of the emergency manager stuff already

This is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in ye very long tyme:

IN WHICH I FIX MY GIRLFRIEND’S GRANDPARENTS’ WIFI AND AM HAILED AS A CONQUERING HERO.

Lo, in the twilight days of the second year of the second decade of the third millennium did a great darkness descend over the wireless internet connectivity of the people of 276 Ferndale Street in the North-Central lands of Iowa. For many years, the gentlefolk of these lands basked in a wireless network overflowing with speed and ample internet, flowing like a river into their Compaq Presario.…
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Another casualty of Emergency Management: Detroit’s historic school buildings

Historic Detroit treasures lost in rush to save money

Eric T. Campbell has a fine piece up at The Michigan Citizen where he talks about the loss of Detroit’s historic school buildings. The Detroit Public School Emergency Managers Robert Bobb and, now, Roy Roberts, don’t appear interested in saving these historic buildings.

Once they are gone, they are gone forever.

The historic building that formerly housed Redford High School is now considered blight to many in Detroit’s northwest Redford neighborhood.

The 1.1 million square foot building, built in 1924, has been sitting vacant since 2007. With the announcement of a deal between Meijer, Inc.

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Suttons Bay school district fights back against imposition of an Emergency Manager

Emergency Managers: Not just for black cities anymore

As I wrote last week, tiny Suttons Bay in the “Pinky” of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is facing the imposition of an Emergency Manager for their school district. This past week they held a community budget forum to discuss the issue. Here is video of the 90+ minute forum:

You can see the Powerpoint Presentation made by Superintendent Mike Murray. One slide stood out from the rest for me. It’s the per-pupil funding levels in Michigan over the past few years:


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Interesting statistics considering the Governor Snyder made a big deal about supporting education and educators in his State of the State address this week.…

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Indiana Republicans pass Emergency Manager bill out of committee

Collective Bargaining Contracts Vulnerable

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.

A bill allowing the appointment of an emergency manager to right a cash-strapped local government’s finances passed a Senate committee on Tuesday.

The bill authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, sets up a five-member board that local governments, including school districts, can voluntarily petition for help.

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Friday Emergency Manager news round-up

No earth-shattering news about Michigan’s on-going Emergency Manager Emergency, but there are some tidbits worth noting.

  1. Flint Community Leaders Hold Public Forum to Discuss Emergency Manager Emergency.
    Flint community leaders held a public forum on Tuesday to discuss Public Act 4 and its impact on the community.
    The panel discussion will revolve around “The Emergency Manager: Concerns and Outcomes for Flint,” according to a news release.

    Panelists are City Councilman Delrico Loyd, Flint resident Paul Jordan, political science Professor Paul Rozycki, and state Rep. Woodrow Stanley, D-Flint.

    You won’t have to worry about what happened at the “Emergency Manager: Concerns and Outcomes for Flint Forum”, however, because no news outlets appear to have reported on it.

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