Sorry, face. This nose has GOT to go...Tea party types in Michigan, facing the stinging blow of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitution, are now working on a self-defeating effort to make sure that Michigan doesn't create a health insurance exchange for Michiganders to shop for affordable health insurance. This comical effort apparently disregards the fact that, if they are successful, the federal government will create one FOR us, limiting our state legislators' ability to have any say or control in the matter. This is from an email I received yesterday from the Tea Party of West Michigan (all typos and grammatical errors are theirs, not mine - like the grammatically incorrect tagline at the top of every page on their website: "Influence policy, effect elections, protect the Constitution")... [Email and more after the jump.]
The other day, I made a list of the things that scare me about Mitt Romney’s stated policies:
• He wants tax breaks for the rich larger than George W. Bush’s breaks
• He feels the president can attack Iran any time for any reason
• He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and defund Planned Parenthood taking basic reproductive health from millions of women
• He wants to write bigotry against gays and lesbians into the Constitution with an anti-gay marriage amendment
• He believes he can make life for millions of undocumented mothers, daughters and grandmothers miserable enough that they will eventually deport themselves
• He won’t end tax breaks for companies that send American jobs overseas
An impressively awful list.…
Oh, yeah, that's gonna work, PeteLast February, I asked the question "Is media group that produced Pete Hoekstra’s racist ad full of Democrats?" I'm asking this question again because Hoekstra's latest ad basically highlights his failure to stop the Affordable Care Act that he claims "takes your freedoms away". With last week's Supreme Court ruling, all this ad does is show how bloody ineffective he is. Video after the jump.
Mission Partially AccomplishedYesterday, I wrote about the March for Democracy and Freedom being organized by Rev. Charles Williams II and his group, National Action Network - Michigan Chapter. The march was modeled on the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches of the mid-60s and was in protest of voter suppression legislation passed by Michigan Republicans as well as the anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 4. Yesterday, Governor Snyder stunned the state by vetoing the three most egregious bills in the election reform package sent to him by the Republican legislators. Based on this, the march has been postponed. Rev. Williams' statement after the jump.
GOPocrisy ALERT: Romney spokesperson whines about Obama going negative when that’s ALL their campaign does
Oh, THAT'S richToday, the Obama campaign did a full-court press on Romney's offshore tax havens where he hides money to reduce his taxes significantly. We'll have more to say about that in upcoming posts but, in an act of utter GOPocrisy, Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul went on a whining spree about the Obama campaign going negative. This, from a campaign that has done NOTHING but negative attacks on the president.
UPDATED: Gov. Snyder vetoes 3 GOP voter suppression bills, Speaker Bolger resorts to bringing up nonexistent ACORN
HallelujahIn a surprising blow to conservative Michigan Republicans working to make it harder to vote in our state, Governor Rick Snyder vetoed three key components of a package of voter suppression bills. The move apparently caused House Speaker Jase Bolger to temporarily lose his mind.
INTERVIEW: Rev. Charles Williams II to lead march from Detroit to Lansing to protest voter suppression, Public Act 4 (updated)
March for Democracy and Freedom in MichiganUPDATE: This march has been cancelled. See my update HERE. For five days later this month, July 23-27, the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network will march from Detroit to Lansing along Grand River Avenue, to protest the egregious actions of Republicans in Michigan. From overreaching voter suppression laws to the Public Act 4 -- Michigan's anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law -- activists from around the state are outraged by Republican efforts to disenfranchise Michigan voters. An organizing meeting will take place this Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit (6100 14th Street, Detroit.) I spoke with Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan Chapter of NAN this afternoon. He told me that this march is modeled after the Selma to Montgomery march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965.
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