Mitt Romney is a truth-teller

Tellin’ it like it is…

You have to give Mitt Romney credit: the dude doesn’t mince words. One day he’s telling you corporations are people. The next day he’s being (very) honest about (very) poor people:

I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there…”

Then, last night, he told us what this next election is really about. Via Twitter:

Thank you FL! While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama. #Mitt2012

This election, for Mitt rMoney, anyway, isn’t about getting America working again. It’s not about lifting people out of poverty or giving everyone a fair shot a success and happiness.…

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Defense Sec. Panetta announces draw down of troops in Afghanistan – prepare for liberal and conservative backlash

Can’t win for losin’…

Well, this certainly seems like good news:

The United States and NATO will seek to end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year and shift to a role of providing support and training to Afghan security forces, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday.

U.S. military commanders had said in recent weeks they would begin a transition this year toward taking more of an advisory role as Afghanistan’s national army and police take greater responsibility for fighting the insurgency. But Panetta’s remarks were the first time the Obama administration has said it could foresee an end to regular U.S.

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Wednesday afternoon Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up

It just goes on and on and on again…

  • Decision to close Highland Park school not made by Emergency Manager Jack Martin
    Contrary to what some outlets have reported, the decision to close Barber Focus school was NOT made by new Emergency Manager Jack Martin
    During a parent meeting on Monday, superintendent Edith Hightower announced that Barber Focus School would merge with Ford Academy. The decision to close Barber was made prior to Martin’s arrival without his knowledge, contrary to other published media reports.

    At the meeting, tempers flared with one attendee saying, “I’m sick of them in Lansing sending these black men in here to take over”, before being escorted out.

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Most awesome Democratic response EVER!

Bwaahahahahahaa!!!

I just got DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s response to Mitt Romney crushing Newt Gingrich in Florida’s primary tonight. And it’s good. Very good.

But the best part? The preface that came before it from her media person Greg Greene:

Before I give you the Chair’s comments about tonight, it’s worth underscoring that Mitt Romney had the best victory a massive financial advantage can buy. When the ads on the air on your behalf outnumber those for your opponent by a factor of 65-to-1, we can put to rest any notion that you won because of grassroots passion for your ideas.…
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Rainbow Push Detroit responds to closing of Highland Park school + Flint EM holds meetings

Let’s get right to work, shall we?

New Highland Park schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin got right to work yesterday, his first day on the job. He closed Barber Focus School.

Parents and students of Highland Park schools learned Monday evening how the newly appointed emergency manager will change the troubled district, starting with a closure that will leave only two schools.

The moves follow a Highland Park school board member asking a judge Monday to void the recommendations of a state-led financial review team that resulted in the appointment of Jack Martin.

Martin began work Monday saying Barber Focus School for K-8 children would close in the coming week for the rest of the school year and students would move to Henry Ford Academy.

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State Rep. Mark Ouimet whitewashes new tax on pensions

GOP supports tax hikes? Only on the 99%

A couple of weeks ago, my state representative Mark Ouimet posted an op-ed at Heritage.com titled “New plan treats income of retirees just like that of working seniors”. In his piece, he whitewashes a new tax on pensions that will adversely impact a significant number of our state’s seniors.

The plan is about creating jobs for Michigan families while safeguarding Michigan’s seniors, low income families and small businesses.

The plan is a long-term solution to Michigan’s structural failures. We are making tough, necessary decisions to put this state on the path to recovery.

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Michigan labor & environmental leaders unite to fight efforts to weaken environmental protections

Environmentalists & unions – not-so-strange bedfellows

Last week in Lansing, Michigan, leaders from labor and environmental groups around the country gathered to show a united front in their opposition to efforts by Republicans in Congress to weaken environmental protections.

As John Walke at the National Resources Defense Council wrote about last fall, the drumbeats are incessant:

The week of October 2nd, two bills aimed at blocking critical health protections against mercury and other toxic air pollution from incinerators and boilers (H.R. 2250) [pdf] and cement plants (H.R. 2681) [pdf] are expected to be brought up for a House floor vote.…
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Highland Park school board member asks judge to halt Emergency Manager takeover

Board member says review team violated Open Meetings Act

Today, newly-minted Emergency Manager Jack Martin had his first day on the job. To celebrate the occasion, school board secretary Robert Davis asked a Lansing judge to issue a temporary restraining order, halting Martin from taking over.

A Highland Park school board member is asking a judge to void the recommendations of a state-led financial review team that resulted in the appointment of new Emergency Manager Jack Martin for the district.

Robert Davis, board secretary of the Highland Park School District, filed the emergency request Monday before Ingham County Judge William Collette, who will decide Feb.

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