One of the main points I have raised repeatedly since the passage of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4, is that the imposition of an Emergency Manager (EM) does little, if anything, to solve the underlying problems that bring municipalities and school districts to the crisis point where an EM is deemed necessary.
With Joe Harris set to depart Benton Harbor sometime in the first few months of 2012, for example, what has he done that will prevent that town from simply returning to the same place it was when he entered the scene? The answer is, of course, little to nothing.…Read more ›
In spring of 2012, Michigan Rising (formerly Fire Rick Snyder) will start a second recall attempt against Governor Rick Snyder. The first recall effort was done without the formal help of the unions or the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). Considering a piece published last week in the Detroit Free Press, I think it’s safe to say that the UAW, at least, won’t be involved this time around, either. And with the direction of the MDP all but controlled by the UAW, the state level Dems will probably sit this one out, too.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the next step toward placing Michigan’s largest city under the control of an Emergency Manager this afternoon, appointing a review team to go over Detroit’s finances.
The team has 60 days to report on Detroit’s finances after a preliminary review ordered by Dillon found evidence of financial stress.
The review could lead to appointment of an emergency manager to take control of the city.…
Yeah, well, at least Newt is honest about his position on LGBTQ rights:
Or so says a professor who met Gingrich at the Smokey Row coffee house in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.
“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University told the paper.
“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold continued.…
I’ve gotten reports from some folks, including JM Ashby of Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go!, that some anti-virus programs are causing false positives. I have pulled all the third party ads of this morning so you shouldn’t encounter any more of them and this will likely speed the site up a bit, as well.
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Thanks! And have a terrific holiday.
– Chris…Read more ›
This is awesome. First Lady Michelle Obama speaking to children from the Santa-tracking station at NORAD. Lots more after the jump.
|Photo credit: Peter Souza|
OPERATOR: You’re connected, ma’am.
MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama. How may I help you?
MRS. HARRIS: Hi, I have my daughter right here. She’d like to speak to you.
MRS. OBAMA: I would love to speak to her. Is her name Summer?
MRS. HARRIS: It sure is.
MRS. OBAMA: Okay, I’m ready for Summer.
MRS. HARRIS: Here she is.
MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Summer? Is this Summer?
SUMMER: Can you tell me where Santa is?…Read more ›
A recap of sorts by Rachel Maddow tonight of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law and its impacts, particularly on Benton Harbor. A bunch of my photos from one of the early rallies are featured.
The bit at 5:15 is probably the most significant:
What Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature did in Michigan this year gets my vote as the single most radical thing in American politics in this fairly radical year.…
Does Justice Dept’s ruling on SC voter ID law bode well for repeal of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law?
This could signal an important foreshadowing of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law and its disparate impact on African Americans.
The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.…
Keeping a tax break for the majority of Americans in place just like Republicans fought for on behalf of skabillionaires last year was, of course, “the right thing to do”. A clear no-brainer, barely worth the breath it takes to discuss it. One would have thought all those House Republicans that signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes would have bent over backwards to get this extension passed. Somehow, however, they managed to bend themselves into pretzels, instead, figuring out why it’s okay to raise takes on most Americans but not gajillionaires after signing the Norquist pledge.
But there’s one piece from yesterday’s massive and epic GOPfail that really stood out from me.…Read more ›