Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris appoints himself to several city commissions

It’s good to be the king

The Herald-Palladium reports today that Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris appointed himself to several city commissions. I guess he’s not planning on leaving soon after all…

In an order dated Tuesday, Emergency Manager Joseph Harris removed, appointed or reappointed members to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Cemetery Board, the Twin City Area Transportation Authority, the Downtown Development Authority, the Golf Course Oversight Panel, the Benton Harbor Housing Commission, the Benton Harbor Public Library Board, the Planning Commission, the Public Safety/Recreation Committee and the Board of Review.

Harris said Wednesday the city has to make appointments and reappointments to the committees annually but had not done that in the past.

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Michigan GOP rebuked by TWO rulings by the SAME judge. Highland Park Emgcy Mgr may be out of a job.

Take that! And THAT!

Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette is on a roll. Yesterday he delivered two rulings that set Michigan Republicans back on their heels.

First, he ruled that an obscene and blatant power grab by Oakland County Republicans is unconstitutional.

An Ingham County judge on Wednesday struck down a controversial state law that changed the way Oakland County’s commissioner districts are drawn.

Judge William Collette said the law was unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs hailed the striking down of what they described as a “Republican power grab.” Lawyers for Gov. Rick Snyder, a defendant, said an appeal is likely.

Collette ruled the law, Public Act 280, should have received a two-thirds majority vote because it dealt with a local matter; violated the Headlee Amendment against unfunded mandates, and impinged on the rights of county voters to petition for judicial review of their reapportionment plan.

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The Romney Desperation Syndrome

The best election money can buy

How desperate is Mitt Romney to win in his “home state” of Michigan? THIS desperate.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his allies at the super PAC Restore Our Future are spending $1,240,230 in Michigan this week, according to a Republican media buyer. The former Pennsylvania senator is spending $42,443 — not a typo — and none of his super PAC supporters have spent anything.That means there will be 29 times more Romney ads than Santorum ads on the air in the Wolverine state.

Twenty. Nine. Times.

Good lord. And he’s losing to Santorum in the last four polls taken in Michigan.…

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GOP Birth Control Mania Peaks

The 2012 election exists to prove that the GOP can do worse than Sarah Palin.

By the great @LizzWinstead.

On MSNBC this afternoon, Rick Santorum’s mega-baker Foster Friess (delicious name) said, “Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who was conducting the interview, paused to grab her fan and soothe her sudden case of the vapors.

 Meanwhile, the elders of Salem were convened on Capitol Hill by House Oversight Committee Chairmen Darrell Issa to look into the mandate for employers to provide women birth control.…

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The Michigan Santorum Surge continues – UDPATED

Santorum surging all over Michigan

On top of two recent polls showing Santorum surging all over Mitt Romney in Michigan, we now have two more:

Two more polls show Rick Santorum with a lead in Michigan’s presidential primary — and a sizeable one at that.The MRG Michigan Poll, done in concert with Lansing-based Inside Michigan Politics, shows Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, with 43 percent of the support to 33 percent for native son Mitt Romney, who grew up in Oakland County and has long been considered the front-runner in Michigan.

In the MRG poll, they were trailed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (11 percent) and U.S.

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My piece in The Nation on Michigan’s Emergency Manager law

Michigan’s Emergency Managers in the national spotlight

In the current issue The Nation magazine, I have a piece titled “The Scandal of Michigan’s Emergency Managers” which is a general overview of Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. For regular Eclectablog readers, there isn’t much new there but for those who haven’t been following, it’s likely to be a bit of a bombshell.

Here’s an excerpt:

Everyone agrees that something must be done to “fix” Michigan’s struggling urban centers and school districts, although news of a $457 million surplus in early February prompted the state budget director to declare, “Things have turned.” But at what cost?…
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Pete Hoeksta’s “Yellow Girl” apologizes

Now let that be a lesson to you

The 21-year old actress that was in Pete Hoekstra’s racist campaign ad, described in his now-defunct website’s code as “Yellow Girl” (which their web team disingenously/laughingly describes as “a typo”), has apologized. Via the Angry Asian Man blog:

The 21-year-old actress just released the following statement on her Facebook page expressing regret and asking for forgiveness for her role in the ad:
“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am.
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Endorse Mitt Romney

Millionaire Faux-Moderates Unite!

Rick Snyder isn’t the county’s least popular governor, anymore. But his anti-democratic embrace of the Emergency Manager law and the forthcoming “Tax Bomb” of 2012™ have put him on edge, reluctant to go full Scott Walker by signing the “Right to Bust Unions” legislation that may hit his desk.

This isn’t the time when you imagine the Governor wants to be put his diminished credibility on the line.

However, Snyder has decided to use his voice, which is sounding more and more like Kermit the Frog, to give a full-throated endorsement to the flagging campaign of the severely unpopular Mitt Romney.…

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