Emergency Manager Joe Harris to leave Benton Harbor soon

In a clear sign that Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris will soon be departing his position, job postings have begun appearing for a new City Manager.

Benton Harbor has begun advertising for a city manager, a signal that the city’s state-appointed emergency manager, Joseph Harris, could be leaving the city soon.

Before Harris can go, he said the city has to find someone “with the guts to jump into the fray.”

If experience is any indicator, Benton Harbor’s new city manager – the city’s 16th in 29 years – could face shouting matches with city commissioners, a frustrating battle to keep the city’s finances on track and an unceremonious boot out the door for his or her efforts.

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Status of Michigan recalls

I have a new post up at A2Politico that talks about the recalls going on around the state of Michigan. I won’t spoil the fun by reprinting it here. Go have a look. It talks about the recalls against Republicans, Democrats and Governor Snyder as well.

Here’s a list of the 26 recalls against Republicans and their current status so far as I have been able to tell.

  • Brad Jacobsen (46th House District) – ongoing
  • Nancy Jenkins (57th House District) – unsuccessful
  • House Speaker Jase Bolger (63rd House District) – ongoing
  • Mike Shirkey (65th House District) – ongoing
  • Al Pscholka (79th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Kurt Damrow (84th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Joel Johnson (97th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Kevin Cotter (99th House District) – ongoing
  • Phil Potvin (101st House District) – ongoing
  • Patrick Colbeck (7th Senate District) – ongoing
  • John Pappageorge (13th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (17th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • Mike Nofs (19th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • John Proos (21st Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • Mike Green (31st Senate District) – ongoing
  • Judy Emmons (33rd Senate District) – ongoing
  • Darwin Booher (35th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • John Moolenaar (36th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Howard Walker (37th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Tom Casperson (38th Senate District) – ongoing

A 27th recall attempt, against Representative Paul Scott, was dealt a major blow last week when his appeal of approved petition language was successful.

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Why the HELL did Obama put troops in Africa? I’ll tell you why.

President Obama put troops into Africa to rid the planet and the area around Uganda & Sudan of one of the most evil groups of terrorists you’re likely to ever learn about. From a Christianity Today article from 2006:

Sixty years after Allied soldiers liberated the Nazi death camps, the world stands silent in the face of another holocaust—one so horrifying that U.N. officials call it “one of the worst human-rights crises of the past century.”

The perpetrators commit atrocities with such malevolence that even the most irreligious people familiar with their acts describe them as “unrestrained evil.” The targets of the butchery are children.

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Yet another Mich city faces imposition of a Gov-appointed chancellor …errr .. Emergency Manager

Next up: Inkster:

State officials are reviewing the finances of the city of Inkster — the first step on a path that could lead to appointment of an emergency manager.

The 30-day review under the state’s toughened emergency manager law for local governments and school districts began last week, said Terry Stanton, a spokesman for the Treasury Department.

~SNIP~

Inkster recently submitted a deficit reduction plan to the state. Interim city manager Ron Wolkowicz could not immediately be reached for comment Monday morning.

Earlier this year, the state ordered preliminary reviews of the finances of Highland Park Schools and the city of Flint.

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Working America introduces the “Job Tracker”. You can help make it viral.

Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has created a Job Tracker that allows you to identify companies are not doing their part to help our country and our economy.

Find out which companies in your area are exporting jobs, laying off workers, endangering workers’ health or involved in cases of violations of workers’ rights. The database contains information on more than 400,000 companies nationwide.

Easy to use, you simply plug in your Zip Code and hit the “Search” button.

How can YOU help? By voting for the Job Tracker HERE. They are in a close race to win this Department of Labor competition which will allow them to receive more funding.…

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Judge allows end to welfare benefits for tens of thousands of essentially unemployable Michiganders

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Early this month, I wrote about how a move by the Snyder administration to through over 10,000 Michigan families off the welfare rolls had been temporarily halted by a U.S. District Court judge.

A federal judge in Michigan today smacked down a new Republican-passed law that will throw tens of thousands of Michiganders off the welfare rolls with little notice, temporarily halting its implementation.
A federal judge today accused the state of “sleight of hand,” and halted plans to end welfare benefits to nearly 41,000 Michigan residents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman determined after a hearing today that the state failed to give proper notice to those it planned to cut off, and although the issue was brought to the federal court in a lawsuit filed by just three plaintiffs, the judge also granted class status to include everyone affected by the state’s decision.

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Nurses aides at Michigan veteran’s health care facility get reprieve from privatization

Last month, I wrote about an attempt to privatize the nurse aides at a veteran’s health care facility in Michigan.

A plan to privatize nurses aides at a state-run veterans health care facility is drawing sharp criticism from unions as well as patients at the facility. At a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) hearing this week, Commissioners heard from a variety of speakers asking them to reverse their decision.

~SNIP~

The move is another effort by Michigan Republicans to privatize as many state-provided services as possible to save money, $4.2 million annually in this case. Unfortunately, the money savings from this move may actually threaten the health of military veterans.

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Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak from South Korea in Michigan (PHOTOS)

This past Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited a GM plant in Lake Orion, Michigan. The visit was, in part, a celebration of a new trade pact between our countries. Unlike previous free trade agreements, Democrats were able to win protections for American workers that will help guard against the types of abuses that have come from NAFTA.

All photos by Anne C. Savage. Please do not use without permission. We’re serious about that. Please ask first. She’s very easy to work with.

Transcript of the Presidents’ remarks after the jump. Click any image to see larger versions and more photos.

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