How not to build community – Dexter Bakery is doin’ it wrong

I live in a small village outside of Ann Arbor called Dexter. It’s a quaint little place with a downtown area only a few blocks long and wide. My wife and I often call it “Stars Hollow” after the town in the Gilmore Girls. Like Stars Hollow, Dexter business owners form a community. They have a Chamber of Commerce that promotes the village businesses and, in general, they all cooperate to make Dexter a destination for shoppers and theater-goers. It’s an arrangement that is replicated in small towns and villages across the country.

The past few years have been tough on Dexter.…

Read full story Comments { 1 }

Mission Accomplished – Michigan Republicans pass Sndyer’s package of budget bills ahead of schedule

It’s oh-so-much easier to get things done when you have both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s office in your control. Today, Michigan Republicans showed just how much easier it is. Both the state House and Senate completed passage of the various packages of budgetary bills this week and, today, in a wham, bam, thank you, ma’am flurry of legislative action, they passed reconciled bills in short order and sent them to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature — four months ahead of the deadline required by our state Constitution.

What’s involved? There is the 242-page school funding bill that trims upwards of a billion dollars out of K-12 education.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Rep. Peters invites Sen. McCain to Michigan to rub his nose in the auto industry recovery

Remember way back in 2008 when presidential candidate John McCain was dead set against the loans being given to our domestic vehicle manufacturers to prevent the entire industry from collapsing? It has turned out to be a big win for President Obama and his administration since then, but John McCain didn’t think it was a good idea at all:

I regret the president’s decision to give away over $17 billion to the domestic automakers. Just last week, the Senate rejected a bailout plan because it failed to provide assurances that the domestic manufacturers would fundamentally change the way they do business to ensure their long-term viability.…
Read full story Comments { 0 }

Yet more Michigan Republican face recalls

Michigan Senator Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) from Michigan’s 33rd Senate District has had recall paperwork filed against her.

Recall fever in Michigan is now targeting state Sen. Judy Emmons.

On Wednesday, the Sheridan Republican became the latest state lawmaker who might be subjected to a recall election. Montcalm County officials received petition language in the mail seeking her ouster for supporting business tax reform and a pension tax increase.


Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard confirmed that her office received the petition request from Deanna Porter of Evergreen Township in Montcalm County, but the request is not yet considered official because Porter did not provide a notarized signature.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Republican douchebaggery on plain display, Rep. McHenry calls Elizabeth Warren a liar

By now you’ve probably heard of this bit of utter Republican embarrassment: Patrick McHenry, Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs, calling Dr. Elizabeth Warren, assistant to the President and interim head of the new department to oversee credit protection for Americans a liar. It comes in at about 0:58 or so and watch the expression on Dr. Warren’s face:

WARREN: I have other obligations I committed to based on the representations of your staff, and our effort to try to accommodate you and rearrange our schedule to accommodate you.…
Read full story Comments { 0 }

Light blogging – dog drama continues

Sorry for the light blogging the past couple of days. We’re still dealing with a very sick dog and it now appears she has liver disease which was the original cause of the thrombocytopenia. She had a liter of fluid drained from her belly yesterday and had a rough night. I thought for sure we’d be putting her to sleep today but we just got back from the vet and we’re going to give the new meds a few days to work.

Emotional rollercoaster, I tellzya.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Petition language for Pscholka recall approved

After failing in their first submission of petition language for the recall of State Representative Al Pscholka, recall advocates, led by Benton Harbor City Commissioner Dennis Knowles, were successful yesterday in getting petition language approved.

Unsuccessful earlier this month with its recall language, the group seeking Pscholka’s ouster covered its bases this time by submitting four separate wordings, said Berrien County Clerk Louise Stine, one of three county officials charged with reviewing recall language.

“We approved three of the four, and they picked the one they wanted to appear on the petitions,” she said.

Specifically, the wording asks that Pscholka be removed from office for “allowing emergency financial managers sole authority to remove local elected municipal government officials and elected school district board representatives from office.”

Pscholka, a former aide to Congressman Fred Upton, is the author of the bill that was signed into law as Public Act 4 or the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Herman and Newt: When weasels run

The crop of elephants running for the GOP’s presidential nomination are just chock full o’ laughs, aren’t they?

First we have Newt “I was for Paul Ryan’s plan to kill Medicare before I was against it” Gingrich last week on CBS’s Face the Nation.

BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): You heard at the top of this broadcast, we kind of laid it out there. You began your campaign last week on Meet The Press with what I have to say was just withering criticism of the plan passed by the Republican House to replace Medicare with government subsidized private insurance and– and you heard them.…
Read full story Comments { 0 }
eXTReMe Tracker