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Crikey, enough of the emergency manager stuff already

This is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in ye very long tyme:


Lo, in the twilight days of the second year of the second decade of the third millennium did a great darkness descend over the wireless internet connectivity of the people of 276 Ferndale Street in the North-Central lands of Iowa. For many years, the gentlefolk of these lands basked in a wireless network overflowing with speed and ample internet, flowing like a river into their Compaq Presario.…
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Another casualty of Emergency Management: Detroit’s historic school buildings

Historic Detroit treasures lost in rush to save money

Eric T. Campbell has a fine piece up at The Michigan Citizen where he talks about the loss of Detroit’s historic school buildings. The Detroit Public School Emergency Managers Robert Bobb and, now, Roy Roberts, don’t appear interested in saving these historic buildings.

Once they are gone, they are gone forever.

The historic building that formerly housed Redford High School is now considered blight to many in Detroit’s northwest Redford neighborhood.

The 1.1 million square foot building, built in 1924, has been sitting vacant since 2007. With the announcement of a deal between Meijer, Inc.

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Suttons Bay school district fights back against imposition of an Emergency Manager

Suttons Bay school district fights back against imposition of an Emergency Manager

Emergency Managers: Not just for black cities anymore

As I wrote last week, tiny Suttons Bay in the “Pinky” of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is facing the imposition of an Emergency Manager for their school district. This past week they held a community budget forum to discuss the issue. Here is video of the 90+ minute forum:

You can see the Powerpoint Presentation made by Superintendent Mike Murray. One slide stood out from the rest for me. It’s the per-pupil funding levels in Michigan over the past few years:

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Interesting statistics considering the Governor Snyder made a big deal about supporting education and educators in his State of the State address this week.…

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Indiana Republicans pass Emergency Manager bill out of committee

Collective Bargaining Contracts Vulnerable

I have been wondering how long it would take for a state other than Michigan to pursue an Emergency Manager law. The wait is over. This week, a Republican-sponsored bill allowing the imposition of an Emergency Manager on a “distressed political subdivision” (i.e., a municipality or school district) passed out of committee and goes on to the full state Senate.

A bill allowing the appointment of an emergency manager to right a cash-strapped local government’s finances passed a Senate committee on Tuesday.

The bill authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, sets up a five-member board that local governments, including school districts, can voluntarily petition for help.

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Friday Emergency Manager news round-up

No earth-shattering news about Michigan’s on-going Emergency Manager Emergency, but there are some tidbits worth noting.

  1. Flint Community Leaders Hold Public Forum to Discuss Emergency Manager Emergency.
    Flint community leaders held a public forum on Tuesday to discuss Public Act 4 and its impact on the community.
    The panel discussion will revolve around “The Emergency Manager: Concerns and Outcomes for Flint,” according to a news release.

    Panelists are City Councilman Delrico Loyd, Flint resident Paul Jordan, political science Professor Paul Rozycki, and state Rep. Woodrow Stanley, D-Flint.

    You won’t have to worry about what happened at the “Emergency Manager: Concerns and Outcomes for Flint Forum”, however, because no news outlets appear to have reported on it.

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Sometimes “relentless positive action” doesn’t work – a photographer’s attempt to photograph the State of the State address

Sometimes “relentless positive action” doesn’t work – a photographer’s attempt to photograph the State of the State address

My wife, Anne C. Savage accompanied me and Christine Barry, owner of Blogging for Michigan, to the State of the State address on Wednesday. She was there, as were we, with media passes. However, her effort to actually do any photographing of the event was completely shut down by overly-aggressive security and what seems to be a clear effort by Republicans to limit our access.

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From her post about her experience:

We went to our assigned room and I asked the gentleman in charge of the press area about the wait list for photographers.…
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Michigan Gov Rick Snyder to make another fake concession, this time on school funding

Rick Snyder is the master of the “fake concession”. He takes money away from something, gives a little back and then paints it as a “concession”. It’s not.

He did it on the Earned Income Tax credit in late April:

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget eliminates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which helps the working poor, especially those with kids.

In a dramatic concession, he’s agreed to give qualifying families $25 per child . This represents 5.8% of the EITC the average family would have received.

He will now tell everyone he made a concession. But, if his budget passes in May as it most likely will, he will have actually slashed an important bit of assistance for many poor Michiganders with families by 94.2%.

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Podcast of my “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

If you missed my discussion on the Governor’s State of the State address on Tony Trupiano’s radio show and are interested in hearing it, the podcast can be found HERE.…

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Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

After reading a number of disparaging comments on the Facebook page of First Shift with Tony Trupiano, aimed at the organizers of Michigan Rising (formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, CRRS), I thought it would be a good idea to dig deeper and sort out truth from fiction.

I have a piece up today at A2Politico titled “Michigan Rising: Aiming to Recall Snyder—While Disgruntled Former Volunteers Target Michigan Rising” that is the result of my inquiries.

In the process of preparing the article, I met with most of the core organizing committee for Michigan Rising. I spoke with folks from Daily Kos and Fieldworks who helped them in the latter stages of the first recall effort.…

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Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen has a piece out today that debunks the absurd notion that “The Stimulus didn’t work!”

In terms of metrics, keep in mind, when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly.

The jobless claims number last week was 352,000.

As usual, Benen’s charts do most of the speaking for him. This is a chart of initial unemployment claims dating back well before the so-called “Stimulus” spending started.

The best response to this came from Adam Serwer from Mother Jones via Twitter:

Things I’d add to @stevebenen’s chart: An arrow to indicate where Obama traveled back in time and caused the recession…

Nailed it.…

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Associated Press photog catches Eclectablog Eclectablogging

Associated Press photog catches Eclectablog Eclectablogging

Wanna see what it looks like when I’m out Eclectablogging an event for a liveblog? Here you go:

Photo credit: William Archie | Detroit Free Press/Associated Press

That’s me in the red hat, uploading a photo to my liveblog of the protest march on Martin Luther King Day earlier this week, caught in the act by Detroit Free Press photographer William Archie and picked up by the Associated Press for national distribution. Run, little blogger, run!

Heh, heh.…

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