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Snyder to reward successful schools, punish those who don’t “progress”

Penalizing struggling schools solves what exactly? The Detroit Free Press has an article in today’s edition titled “Rick Snyder’s push to tie school funding to performance still needs a scale”. They quote Governor Rick Snyder from last April: “In my 2013 budget message, I will be proposing that school districts receive a bonus beyond the per-pupil state foundation allowance for […]

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BREAKING: Congressman Gary Peters scores coveted SEIU endorsement in MI-14

Game on Congressman Gary Peters faces two solid primary opponents in the newly-drawn 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Congressman Hansen Clark and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, a situation intentionally created by Republicans during the redistricting process last year. This morning, Peters announced that he has picked up the much-coveted endorsement of the SEIU: I’ve got some great news to share […]

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Emergency Mgr Joe Harris puts Benton Harbor city radio station equipment on eBay – UPDATED

Emergency Mgr Joe Harris puts Benton Harbor city radio station equipment on eBay – UPDATED

What’ll ya give me for it? Back in January, I wrote about Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris closing down the radio station that was run from the City Hall basement. He figured it would save the city $10,000-20,000 a year. This week, Harris put the equipment up for sale on eBay: Click image for larger version Item specificsLow Power […]

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Job opportunities in Michigan – MichAGAIN & the MiVirtualCareerFair

Michigan’s back, Jack This is a guest post from my Daily Kos friend dkmich. It talks about a couple of new economic development initiatives working to bring jobs to Michigan. Take a look: “Osama bin Laden’s dead & GM is alive”The Great Recession gave a knock out punch to an already struggling auto industry and thousands of Michigan engineers and […]

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Rev. Charles Williams II & clergy call for Quicken Loans to denounce racist Hoekstra ad

Rev. Charles Williams II & clergy call for Quicken Loans to denounce racist Hoekstra ad

The fallout continues Good to see the civil rights leaders and clergy of Michigan getting involved with decrying the racist ad put out on Sunday by Pete Hoekstra. The Rev. Charles Williams II and a coalition of clergy members are asking Hoekstra campaign contributor Quicken Loans to denounce the commercial and ask Hoekstra to pull it. Here’s their press release: […]

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The Republican freakout over Chrysler’s Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad – UPDATED

Sometimes the truth hurts Republicans around the country are freaking over Chrysler’s Super Bowl half-time ad that was narrated by Clint Eastwood. Here is the ad, in case you missed it: Karl Rove had this to say about it: The President of the United States’ political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the […]

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Republicans a no-show at Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor

Republicans a no-show at Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor

We’re sorry, the number you have dialed… All photos by Anne C. Savage – used with permission On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Political Science department at the University of Michigan held a public forum/debate on Public Act 4 – the Emergency Manager law. The panelists were Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor); Howard Ryan, Director of Legislative Affairs, MI Department […]

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Racist Hoekstra ad reframes the conversation, but not how he wanted it to

Racist Hoekstra ad reframes the conversation, but not how he wanted it to

Missed it by THAT much Pete Hoekstra is nearly giddy about all the attention his racist ad had garnered. Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Holland, stood his ground Monday, saying the ad did what he wanted: It drew a clear contrast between himself and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. […] “We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on […]

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Is media group that produced Pete Hoekstra’s racist ad full of Democrats? (Updated)

Is media group that produced Pete Hoekstra’s racist ad full of Democrats? (Updated)

Waaa-aaait a minute… I hadn’t realized this until MaddowBlog retweeted me yesterday, but the media company that created the train wreck of a racist ad for Pete Hoekstra is the same company that did two other catastrophic train wrecks: the infamous “Demon Sheep” ad for Carly Fiorina in California and Christine O’Donnell‘s legendary “I Am Not a Witch” ad. The […]

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My “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

My “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

A face for radio… If you are interested in listening to my Blog Roll segment on The First Shift with Tony Trupiano radi show his morning, click HERE. We talked about a number of topics but mainly about my piece last week about the ticking tax time bomb in Michigan. Enjoy.

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BREAKING: Financial review teams leading to Emergency Mgr must comply with Open Mtgs Act

Score one for transparency In a stinging rebuke of the Snyder administration, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette ruled today that review teams that are part of the lead-up to imposing an Emergency Manager on a city or school district must comply with the Open Meetings Act. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette ruled this afternoon that state-appointed […]

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