Michigan GOP ready to end employer-paid domestic partner benefits for public employees

Not that this is any surprise but Michigan Republicans are poised to make sure that schools, counties, cities and the state itself do not offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.

Michigan cities, counties, schools, universities and the state itself would be prohibited from offering domestic partner benefits to the live-in companions of their employees under legislation narrowly approved by the state House on Thursday.

The measure would bar the employers from including domestic partner benefits as a subject of collective bargaining after the expiration of current contracts.

The legislation is largely aimed at ending the practice of extending benefits to a public employee’s domestic partner.

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If Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination, he should probably just skip Michigan

I’m reading former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new book A Governor’s Story in preparation for a review I’ll be writing for its release in a couple of days. I came across a paragraph which reminded me why Mitt Romney should probably just skip right over Michigan if he were to win the nomination. He should probably skip over Michigan trying to win the nomination, in fact. Granholm is telling the story about the CEO’s of the Detroit Three auto companies going to Washington, D.C. to appear before Congress for a second time, this time with their plans in-hand for turning their companies around.…

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Detroit gets some good news: Tigers win their division!

The Detroit Tigers won the American League Central division title for the first time since 1987 and are going to post-season play for the first time since 2006.

Good news for Detroit. Good news for Michigan.

By the way, when did they change their logo from this:

to this?

Answer: never. The bottom one is on their caps only. Both are in current use. The top one with the tiger face is actually NOT in use any longer. They quit using it in 1993.

When Jim Leyland came on as the Tigers’ manager in 2006, the first thing he did was get rid of this logo:

Leyland said it looked like a “caged Tiger” and he wasn’t having any of that!…

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One Michigan Supreme Court justice has a MAJOR conflict of interest on the Emergency Mgr Law

The Sugar Law Center is requesting that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman recuse himself from anything related to their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager Law:

Lawyers fighting Michigan’s tough new emergency manager law want a Michigan Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from the case because his wife represents the government in a separate lawsuit challenging the same law.

Lawyers from the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice said in a brief filed Wednesday that Justice Stephen Markman should recuse himself from their challenge of the emergency manager law’s constitutionality, which Gov.

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Michael Moore has now COMPLETELY lost me

I used to adore Michael Moore. I still like his “documentaries” mostly. But him, as a person who speaks for ‘liberals’? Ummm…not so much. Dude totally does not speak for me.

To wit:

I voted for the black guy and what we got was the white guy.

Shut up, asshole. Seriously. Just shut the fuck up.

H/T Angry Black Lady

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Republicans think protecting children from lead poisoning is “job killing”

I was taking a gander at one of the Republicans’ latest bits of anti-Obama pablum, a report called “Broken Government: How the Administrative State has Broken President Obama’s Promise of Regulatory Reform” (pdf). In it, the very first job-killing regulatory move they decry is described thusly:

The removal of the opt-out provision in the EPA lead paint rule is a blatant example and has dire consequences for job creators.

What is the “opt-out provision in the EPA lead paint rule”? Essentially, the EPA removed a provision that allowed remodelers to opt out of “complying with training and work practice requirements of the rule when the firm obtains a certification from the owner of a residence he or she occupies that no child under age 6 or pregnant women resides in the home and the home is not a child-occupied facility”.…

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Response filed challenging Gov. Snyder’s request for Supreme Ct. intervention on PA 4 suit

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Governor Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene in a Sugar Law Center lawsuit on behalf of 28 Michigan citizens, challenging Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager Law. Snyder asked the Court to expedite the process and make an instant decision, avoiding the discovery process and fact-finding that takes place as suits wend their way through the lower courts. This week, the Sugar Law Center has filed a response challenging the governor’s request. Here is their press release detailing their response filing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Contact: Tova Perlmutter, 313-993-4505

Response Filed Challenging Snyder Supreme Court Request
Sugar Law Center Says Fast-Tracking Emergency Manager Suit Short-Circuits Justice

LANSING, MI – Lawyers for 28 Michigan citizens challenging the state’s emergency manager law have filed a response with the Michigan Supreme Court opposing an extraordinary request by Governor Rick Snyder that the high court bypass normal procedures and immediately take up a legal challenge to the controversial law.

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The quiet diplomacy of Barack Obama

An event took place this past week that didn’t get much attention but shows us that a lot happens in the White House that we never hear about. Efraim Halevy, an Israeli intelligence expert and former head of the Mossad spoke in New York about the recent uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. He tells the story of three Israelis who were trapped in the Cairo embassy and, but for the intervention of President Obama, they never would have made it out alive.

We’ve been talking these days about Turkey and about Egypt. And I would like to say something about the event which took place last Friday evening or through the night in Cairo, which I think to a large extent was a seminal event, not only in the history of the Middle East but also in the history of the relations between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and the United States of America.
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