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Rick Snyder offers a non-response to a constituent regarding impending No-Fault insurance reform

One of the many people who are working to ensure that Republicans do not hand a gift to insurance companies by “reforming” our state’s auto insurance laws wrote to Governor Rick Snyder. They asked him to veto any changes to our current law that would remove the requirement for lifetime benefits in the event of catastrophic injuries sustained in a car accident. As I wrote last week, this so-called “reform” is nothing more than a gift to auto insurance companies that not only will not save Michigan consumers money but will, in fact, increase our costs.

Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance is the GOP’s current target for reform.…
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Some views from last Saturday’s Occupy Lansing rally (VIDEO)

A great video shot by Doug Miller of Capture Me Films last weekend at Reutter Park and the state Capitol during the Occupy Lansing rally. Really good stuff.

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Recall target Republican Kurt Damrow gets tossed out Republican Party

Bwahahaha! Even the Republicans don’t want Kurt Damrow around, it seems. Damrow, a Republican who, as I reported today in an A2Politico piece was the target of a failed recall attempt, has been unceremoniously tossed out of the Huron County Republican Party.

The Huron County Republican Party’s Executive Committee voted 18 to 2 to immediately remove 84th District State Rep. Kurt E. Damrow’s membership of the Huron County Republican Party.

During a meeting Tuesday morning at the Peppermill Restaurant in Bad Axe, local Republicans reviewed a seven-page resolution outlining a number of reasons for removing Damrow from the local party.

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Attention Michigan medical community: Occupy Detroit needs YOU!!!

The organizers of Occupy Detroit are putting out an urgent call to the Michigan medical community. Your help is urgently needed to staff a medical tent at the occupation in Grand Circus Park. From Monica RW at Reach Out Job Search:

A Facebook Logistics page has been set up to coordinate the URGENT NEED medical staff for the Occupy Detroit Movement to continue. Please share this page with others!
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The Occupy Detroit movement has placed a call on their Facebook page calling for an urgent need for staff with medical experience to volunteer at the first aid assistance tent in Grand Circus Park.…
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Emergency Manager Joe Harris to leave Benton Harbor soon

In a clear sign that Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris will soon be departing his position, job postings have begun appearing for a new City Manager.

Benton Harbor has begun advertising for a city manager, a signal that the city’s state-appointed emergency manager, Joseph Harris, could be leaving the city soon.

Before Harris can go, he said the city has to find someone “with the guts to jump into the fray.”

If experience is any indicator, Benton Harbor’s new city manager – the city’s 16th in 29 years – could face shouting matches with city commissioners, a frustrating battle to keep the city’s finances on track and an unceremonious boot out the door for his or her efforts.

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Status of Michigan recalls

I have a new post up at A2Politico that talks about the recalls going on around the state of Michigan. I won’t spoil the fun by reprinting it here. Go have a look. It talks about the recalls against Republicans, Democrats and Governor Snyder as well.

Here’s a list of the 26 recalls against Republicans and their current status so far as I have been able to tell.

  • Brad Jacobsen (46th House District) – ongoing
  • Nancy Jenkins (57th House District) – unsuccessful
  • House Speaker Jase Bolger (63rd House District) – ongoing
  • Mike Shirkey (65th House District) – ongoing
  • Al Pscholka (79th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Kurt Damrow (84th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Joel Johnson (97th House District) – unsuccessful
  • Kevin Cotter (99th House District) – ongoing
  • Phil Potvin (101st House District) – ongoing
  • Patrick Colbeck (7th Senate District) – ongoing
  • John Pappageorge (13th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (17th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • Mike Nofs (19th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • John Proos (21st Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • Mike Green (31st Senate District) – ongoing
  • Judy Emmons (33rd Senate District) – ongoing
  • Darwin Booher (35th Senate District) – unsuccessful
  • John Moolenaar (36th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Howard Walker (37th Senate District) – ongoing
  • Tom Casperson (38th Senate District) – ongoing

A 27th recall attempt, against Representative Paul Scott, was dealt a major blow last week when his appeal of approved petition language was successful.

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Why the HELL did Obama put troops in Africa? I’ll tell you why.

President Obama put troops into Africa to rid the planet and the area around Uganda & Sudan of one of the most evil groups of terrorists you’re likely to ever learn about. From a Christianity Today article from 2006:

Sixty years after Allied soldiers liberated the Nazi death camps, the world stands silent in the face of another holocaust—one so horrifying that U.N. officials call it “one of the worst human-rights crises of the past century.”

The perpetrators commit atrocities with such malevolence that even the most irreligious people familiar with their acts describe them as “unrestrained evil.” The targets of the butchery are children.

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Yet another Mich city faces imposition of a Gov-appointed chancellor …errr .. Emergency Manager

Next up: Inkster:

State officials are reviewing the finances of the city of Inkster — the first step on a path that could lead to appointment of an emergency manager.

The 30-day review under the state’s toughened emergency manager law for local governments and school districts began last week, said Terry Stanton, a spokesman for the Treasury Department.

~SNIP~

Inkster recently submitted a deficit reduction plan to the state. Interim city manager Ron Wolkowicz could not immediately be reached for comment Monday morning.

Earlier this year, the state ordered preliminary reviews of the finances of Highland Park Schools and the city of Flint.

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