Republican-led voting registration restrictions finally come to Michigan

I think in our heart of hearts, all of us progressives in Michigan knew this was coming.

Senate Bill 754 is one of a series of bills introduced this year with the purpose of making it harder for people to register to vote, and harder for the nonprofit organizations that perform the service of helping them to register to vote.

The Michigan bill was introduced last week and is pending in Committee on Local Government and Elections.

First, SB 754 requires people trying to register at a government agency to bring state-issued photo ID with them. If they do not, their application will be treated like a mail registration.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Detroit – October 25, 2011 – PHOTOS!

First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop in Detroit today for a Democratic fundraiser. Appearing at the elegant Book Cadillac Hotel, she was met by an enthusiastic crowd.


First Lady Michelle Obama

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Before the event, she met with a group of supporters.


Democratic supporters waiting to meet the First Lady



Sharing a laugh with her staff


Ready to take the stage

Mrs. Obama was introduced by State Representative Rashida Tlaib of Detroit who urged the crowd to stand up and work in the upcoming election.…

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Rep. Eric Cantor to speak at University of Michigan on Oct. 31, will be greeted by protesters

Next Monday, October 31, 2011 (Halloween!), Congressman Eric Cantor will be giving a speech on the Campus of the University of Michigan. When he arrives, he will be greeted by a multitude of protesters angry with his obstructionism and his anti-Middle Class agenda.

Dear Fellow Graduate Student or University or Michigan faculty member,

After previously canceling a public appearance at the University of Pennsylvania because he was unwilling to face public criticism over his destructive votes on economic and social policy, U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor is now scheduled to speak at the Ford School of Policy on Monday, October 31st at 1:00 PM.

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The constitutional hypocrisy of the tea party

I am on a number tea party email lists, just for the occasional laugh. I got one this morning from the Tea Party of West Michigan. The title of the email was “A message to all members of Tea Party of West Michigan: WE NEED YOU TO GET ACTIVE ON THIS STUFF OR WE WILL LOSE OUR REPUBLIC“.

Here’s a snippet:

You may not realize it but these rules by unelected bureaucrats will affect you. When your internet service provider raises your monthly fee it will be because of these new regulations. When you get lower quality healthcare or less healthcare it will be because of these new regulations.…
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Gov. Snyder & Att. Gen. Schuette involvement in Paul Scott recall is “clumsy and nakedly partisan”

As if it weren’t a big enough travesty that Rep. Paul Scott is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider their ruling that his recall go on. Now Governor Rick Snyder & Attorney General Bill Schuette are sticking their noses into the matter.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette filed requests with the Michigan Supreme Court today, asking the court to delay the Nov. 8 recall election targeting state Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc.

In documents filed with the court, Snyder and Schuette said the legal tangle surrounding the case – which has been ordered on, off and back on the ballot over the course of the last two months – has left voters confused and in danger of being disenfranchised.

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Climate change deniers get pwned by their own Koch-paid-for study

So, you know the routine: the conservatives in this country are convinced, despite all scientific data to the contrary, that global climate change is a myth concocted by Al Gore and his minions to … raise money or something. (I don’t really understand their rationale, quite frankly.)

Well, they got a bunch of climate scientists together and created the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team. From their FAQ:

What is Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature?
Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature aims to contribute to a clearer understanding of global warming based on a more extensive and rigorous analysis of available historical data. The study has reviewed data from over 39,000 temperature measurement stations across the globe.…
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Cain’s 9-9-9 tax scheme: a MASSIVE tax cut for the wealthy

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan (or 9-0-9 for po’ foke.) It’s not only a regressive tax that disproportionately impacts poor people, it’s also a MASSIVE give-away to the very, very rich.

That weird looking thing to the right of this text is a graph of whose taxes go up and whose taxes go down under Cain’s plan. Those red lines on the right are how much the taxes of the über-wealthy will drop if his ridiculous 9-9-9 plan is adopted. I have had to shrink a ton in order for it not to consume this page.…

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The convoluted history of the recall of Michigan Rep. Paul Scott

Cross-posted at Wisconsin’s Dane101 blog. State Representative Paul Scott was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 51st District in 2008. He won reelection in 2010 and, since then, has been at the forefront of attacking unions in general and the teachers union specifically. Scott didn’t run on an anti-teacher platform during his campaign. In fact, many have been surprised at his aggressiveness on the issue. His campaign focused on the Republican mantra of lower taxes and smaller government. However, as the Chair of the Education Committee, he has been unrelenting in his efforts to strip the teachers’ union, the Michigan Education Association, of its power and to kneecap teachers’ collective bargaining rights.…

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