Thousands rally to protest Rick Snyder’s cuts to education in Michigan

UPDATED with some new photos.

Several thousand people rally in front of Michigan’s Capitol building. A great turnout and LOTS of Snyder recall petitions being signed. There had to have been at least 5,000 people there. Maybe more. I was able to catch a bit of it. Here are some photos. Enjoy.

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Approaching the Capitol Bldg. about 4:45 pm

Getting closer (sorry for the finger)


From the Capitol Steps, looking straight down Michigan Avenue

Stage right

Stage left

From behind the crowd

Needless to say, a LOT of Rick Snyder recall petitions got signed today.…

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Daily Kos gets on board with the Rick Snyder recall effort

From my email this morning:


A petition drive has begun to recall Rick Snyder. In order for the recall to appear on the November ballot, 807,000 valid signatures of Michigan residents must be submitted before August 5.

To make this happen, you need to volunteer to help gather petition signatures with The Committee to Recall Rick Snyder. Their volunteer signup form is here.

Despite Rick Snyder’s egregious power grabs and plummeting approval ratings, the recall effort does not have the official backing of either the Michigan Democratic Party or local labor unions. As such, it does not have many resources.

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Liveblogging the Michigan Summit

Today I am attending the Michigan Summit in East Lansing, Michigan. Several hundred progressive leaders from around the state, convened to talk about our State’s future. You can watch the live stream HERE.

The main focus of the Summit is on cities. In fact, the title this year is “Cities as Leaders”.

I won’t have a lot of photos but I thought it would be useful to share some of the ideas that are being expressed.

Things started off with Hillary Doe, the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network and Kevin Dean from the Michigan State University chapter.…

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Open mike — take it away

Probably no blogging today or tomorrow. We’re prepping the garden and harvesting something like six pounds of spinach to be turned into spinach pizzas for the freezer. Tomorrow, I’ll be attending the Michigan Summit (and missing the big recall kickoff at the Capitol, unfortunately.)

So, I’m turning the blog over to you folks for awhile. What’s the news of the day in your part of the world? What indignities are you suffering at the hands of Republicans?

The floor is yours.…

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Eclectablog gets a byline – A2Politico

I am happy to announce that I have been offered a “job” writing a column for the Ann Arbor-based website. The weekly column is under the byline “Savaged” (based on my last name, of course.) I’ll be writing about national and state politics as they relate to Michigan.

This is a first for me. I’ve never been paid to write or give my opinions before and, although I won’t be quitting my day job, I’m thrilled at the chance.

A2Politico fills an rather empty niche in the Michigan media and political scene, particularly in the Ann Arbor area. With the demise of most of the print media outlets, particularly the Ann Arbor News, the void has only been partially filled by…

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Eclectadog update – the news is good!

Here’s a quick update for all those who have asked. Hara is doing much better. Here’s a shot my wife took of her on their trip to the vet yesterday:

Her bruising is almost entirely healed up. Her red blood cell levels are on the rise and, best news yet, the vet said we may actually be able to get her off the Prednisone entirely at some point. We’ll have her platelet count back today but the vet is pretty convinced that we’ll have good news there, as well. She’s simply doing too well for it not to be better.

So, we appear to be on the mend.…

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Apparently it’s not raining inside the Michigan Governor’s mansion

Michigan got some good news this week.

LANSING — A healthier Michigan economy is churning more tax revenue than was expected and will produce a $429-million windfall for the state this fiscal year, economists agreed Monday.

Another $234 million in extra revenue was predicted for 2012…

That’s terrific, eh? I mean, honestly, fewer states could use it more than Michigan with our huge unemployment rate and draconian cuts to education on the very near horizon?

Turns out Governor Rick Snyder isn’t so sure he want to actually USE this unexpected windfall to help soften the blow to education or other areas.…

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If you don’t support the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, then what is your plan?

I’ve gotten a fair amount of pushback on my support of the effort to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. My blog pointing out how the Michigan Democratic Party isn’t supporting the effort prompted a front page response from Eric B. at Michigan Liberal titled “Circular Firing Squad: “Ready! Aim! …”

We have met the enemy and he is us. Or, if you prefer, the real villain in the new budget and EFM law is Mark Brewer and the Democratic Party infrastructure.

Joe D., I think, offered on Tony Trupiano’s show last Friday, a fairly logical answer to the cage rattling question of why Mark Brewer and the Michigan Democratic Party shouldn’t get involved in this, which is that the involvement of Mark Brewer or the MDP takes away any ability of organizers of benevolent overlord Rick Michigan’s recall and the recall of any of his allies in the Legislature to claim it a grassroots effort.

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