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Michigan GOP to teachers: We’re not done with you yet

Michigan GOP to teachers: We’re not done with you yet

Improving education by attacking teachers? Michigan Republicans are not done with teachers yet, not by a long shot. Now they are going after their pensions and healthcare. Lawmakers and Michigan’s largest teachers’ union are locking horns over how to bring the state’s school employee retirement system — underfunded by some $44 billion — back into the black. The Michigan Public […]

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Freedom from what?

Freedom from what?

Medicare for me only. The definition of freedom is at stake this week in the Supreme Court. Franklin Roosevelt defined the state that all Americans hope to enjoy best with the Four Freedoms. Freedom of speech and expression Freedom of worship Freedom from want Freedom from fear Conservatives have a different kind of freedom in mind. They want freedom from […]

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UPDATED: Michigan House Democrats get temporary restraining order against House Republicans for violating the constitution

UPDATED: Michigan House Democrats get temporary restraining order against House Republicans for violating the constitution

Constitution schmonstitution [NOTE: This story has been updated HERE.] The Michigan Republicans in a rather remarkable display of arrogance have taken to passing bills lately and voting to give them “immediate effect”. They are, in general, allowed to do this and it bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period after the bill is signed into law by the governor. However, under […]

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Rush Limbaugh: Trayvon Martin was over-zealoused to death

Rush Limbaugh: Trayvon Martin was over-zealoused to death

Wait. This guy gets paid for this???

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that Trayvon Martin was shot to death a month ago. Turns out you’re wrong. According to radio Hate Show host Rush Limbaugh, he was actually “over-zealoused” to death. Who knew?

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Obama tries to end Big Oil subsidies. Will the GOP let him?

Obama tries to end Big Oil subsidies. Will the GOP let him?

Subsidizing hugely profitable companies is a good idea why again? President Obama is leading the charge on ending taxpayer subsidies to the massively profitable oil companies. This week, the Senate voted in a procedural vote on Senate bill 2204, the Repeal Big Oil Subsidies Act, to do just that. The vote was a lopsided 92-4 but that’s not because Senate […]

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Why #ILikeObamaCare

Why #ILikeObamaCare

We can’t afford not to. Republicans like to pretend that poor people get rich off the government. As if that makes sense. 99 percent of Republicans do or will depend on the social safety net at some point in their lives. Like most Americans, they’re one illness from poverty, one illness from never being able to afford health insurance on […]

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Flint Mayor Dayne Walling loses his job to Emergency Manager. Again.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling loses his job to Emergency Manager. Again.

What the good judge giveth, the Appeals Court taketh away

On March 20th, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sent Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing as she overturned the work of the review team that put him in place. Once again it was for violations of Michigan’s Open Meeting Act.

I characterized that decision as “for now” and I was, not surprisingly, right. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals overturned her ruling and Brown is back in while the state appeals the decision.

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Lt. Governor Calley not cold-hearted enough for the tea party

Lt. Governor Calley not cold-hearted enough for the tea party

Lipton Lite?

Once the darling of the tea party, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley seems to have fallen out of disfavor of late. Calley, the father of a child with autism, has championed mandatory insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. This does NOT sit well with his tea party brethern, nosiree Bob.

I have been tempted to write about Calley’s interesting situation. His tea party support suggests that he’d be against any sort of mandate like this but, apparently, having an autistic child has pried open his heart a bit, at least in that regard. At any rate, I haven’t been inclined to criticize him for his hypocrisy or for his use of his position of power to advocate for a cause that’s near and dear to his heart and family, not when it can help out a group that needs it.

But the tea party is. They are totally inclined.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette carries the tea party water jug

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette carries the tea party water jug

Drinking the “tea” in Michigan

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has an op-ed in today’s Detroit News regarding the Supreme Court case involving the Affordable Care Act that reads like a tea party manifesto. He appears to representing the small number of Michiganders that call themselves tea partiers while the rest of us have our views disregarded.

He describes it as “an unprecedented power grab” and says it “ends limitations on federal powers”. Neither of these things are true and, as LOLGOP said earlier today, the vast majority of SCOTUS watchers believe they will uphold the ACA as constitutional.

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Affordable Care Act v. Roberts Court

Affordable Care Act v. Roberts Court

Supreme Court to decide if being smart about health care is constitutional. The fact is: We’re already mandated to pay for our fellow Americans’ health care. The question is: Will we be mandated to pay for our own? This week the Affordable Care Act faces its first big challenge of the year. The Supreme Court will hear arguments about the […]

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On Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi and “taking our country back”

On Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi and “taking our country back”

They’ve taken our country back, alright…

I haven’t yet written about the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin, not because I had nothing to say but because I wasn’t sure I had anything to add to the conversation. Then, over the weekend, an Iraqi mother in California was beaten to death and left with a note that said “Go Back To Your Country, You Terrorist”. It was then that I realized that fearful, angry conservatives have achieved their goal of “taking our country back”. They have taken it back to the 1950s and before.

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