Following the money: who wants Paul Scott’s recall to fail – Michelle Rhee, the DeVos family, and beyond

You can tell a great deal about a given situation, as they say, by following the money. As anti-union, anti-teacher Republican state Rep. Paul Scott faces the voters of his district in a recall election tomorrow, it’s useful to see who has been pouring money into his coffers for the past couple of months. All of this information is available from the Secretary of State’s website.

Contributor Date of donation Amount of donation
AUTO DEALERS OF MICHIGAN PAC 11/4/11 $1,000.00
MI MCDONALD’S OPERATORS ASSOC PAC 11/4/11 $250.00
MOVING MICHIGAN FORWARD FUND 11/4/11 $500.00
ONE TOUGH NERD PAC 11/4/11 $2,124.00
SMALL BIZ PAC 11/2/11 $2,500.00
DTE ENERGY PAC 10/27/11 $1,000.00
DTE ENERGY PAC 10/18/11 $1,000.00
MI DOCTOR’S PAC 10/27/11 $1,000.00
LEADERSHIP UNDER NEW DIRECTION FUND 10/27/11 $561.60
LEADERSHIP UNDER NEW DIRECTION FUND 10/27/11 $1,180.84
TEACHING ENCOURAGING & MOTIVATING 10/6/11 $3,700.00
REALTORS PAC OF MI 9/20/11 $10,000.00
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD 9/27/11 $2,500.00
LEADERSHIP UNDER NEW DIRECTION 10/20/11 $1,700.00
MI BEER AND WINE PAC 10/19/11 $299.20
DENTAL PAC OF MICHIGAN 10/21/11 $250.00
AT&T MICHIGAN PAC 9/6/11 $1,000.00
AUTO DEALERS OF MI PAC (ADM PAC) 9/27/11 $250.00
BCBSM PAC 9/22/11 $2,500.00
GENETSKI FOR CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY 10/19/11 $100.00
MICHIGAN CHAMBER PAC III 10/20/11 $7,594.00
MICHIGAN CHAMBER PAC III 10/20/11 $6,808.01
MICHIGAN CHAMBER PAC III 10/20/11 $4,945.00
MICHIGAN CHAMBER PAC III 10/20/11 $3,120.99
MICHIGAN CHAMBER PAC III 10/20/11 $2,532.00

Those last few from the Michigan Chamber PAC are for radio and television ads.…

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Governor Rick Snyder loudly booed at Ypsi Bob Seger concert

Bob Seger got a warm reception on the campus of Eastern Michigan University this past week in Ypsilanti. He did, that is, right up until Seger mentioned that Governor Rick Snyder was in the audience.

The only time fans seemed to turn on him was when Seger sent a shout-out to Gov. Rick Snyder and his wife, Sue, who were in attendance. The boos seemed to have the edge, and one audience member could be heard trying to start a “recall Rick” chant.

From reports I have received, the anti-Sndyer response was pretty impressive.

I’m not a bit surprised.…

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Ann Arbor Obama campaign office opens with 100+ activists in attendance

After several years of hearing how Democrats are demoralized and unwilling to get involved in politics and elections, an event in Ann Arbor showed that the so-called “enthusiasm gap” is slimming and not just by a little bit.

On Sunday, Obama for America (OFA), the official campaign of the Obama reelection drive, opened their campaign office in Ann Arbor. Despite relatively little publicity in our local media, over 100 people showed up to get involved. It was a standing room only crowd.

State OFA Director Garrett Arwa was there to fire up the volunteers, telling the crowded room that the Democratic Party is the party who is there for the unemployed, for firefighters, for veterans, for teachers, and for the middle class.…

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Occupy the Michigan Democratic Party!

Next Saturday, the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is having its first-ever Fall Issues Convention. It is called Engage Michigan and is being chaired by former Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson.

Here’s a bit about what is being envisioned, from Chair Benson:


What intrigued me most was when the conversations turned to the people in the room: what could we do better to engage our families and colleagues in fighting for a better Michigan?

What solutions could we offer to fix the short and long-term problems in our neighborhoods, cities and state?

How can we better frame these solutions when we talk to others or write letters or post blogs – in a way that inspires and motivates others to get involved?

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Occupy Chicago protesters shut down WI Gov. Walker appearance with The People’s Microphone

This is exactly the kind of civil disobedience I can completely get behind. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared at a public policy breakfast at the Union League Club in Chicago. A collection of about 50 Occupy protestors purchased tickets and sat quietly, dressed to the nines, eating, conversing and waiting. Waiting until Governor Walker took the podium to give a speech.

At that point, the protesters stood up and used The People’s Microphone to completely shut down Walker’s speech.

Watch it:

Now that is how you get a message across and out to the world. Positively brilliant.…

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Herman Cain is shocked that the press is doing journalism

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich had a mini-debate this past week, just the two of them. During this debate, Cain expressed his utter shock at the fact that [you won't believe this] the news media actually looks into the pasts of presidential candidates and investigates the things they say and do.

Tea party organizers explicitly limited to the discussion to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Gingrich, however, gave Cain an opportunity to address the allegations with an open-ended question about what has surprised him about running for president.

Cain didn’t hesitate: “The nit-pickiness of the media,” he said.

“It is the actions and behavior of the media that have been the biggest surprise,” he said, his voice rising.

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Sunday morning kitteh bwahahaa!

Some ideas are better than others and sometimes, once you’re committed, it’s hard to change your mind.

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Latest poll shows Paul Scott recall VERY close, gives Scott the edge

The lastest poll conducted by MIRS and Practical Political Consulting shows GOP Rep. Paul Scott winning his recall vote by a very narrow margin.

New polling shows Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, beating Tuesday’s recall election with half of the vote.

The poll, commissioned by Michigan Information and Research Service and conducted by Practical Political Consulting, shows Scott getting 50 percent, 42 percent supporting the recall and 8 percent undecided.

The robo-call survey was conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

If you thought this one’s in the bag or that you don’t need to get involved, think again. With numbers this close, the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort will literally make ALL the difference.…

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