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Michigan tea partiers win, Gov. Snyder backs down from state health insurance exchange

Michigan tea partiers win, Gov. Snyder backs down from state health insurance exchange

Leadership? Not so much…

As I reported last month, tea partiers in Michigan have been working diligently against their own self-interest, trying to prevent a state-run health insurance exchange from being formed in Michigan. The exchange, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, would help up to a half million Michiganders obtain affordable health insurance.

If the state doesn’t create one of their own, the federal government will do it for them. And that, apparently, is exactly what is going to happen in Michigan because Governor Rick Snyder has backed down from his push for the Michigan-run exchange.

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1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields on Biden & Obama

1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields on Biden & Obama

Michiganproud

Enjoy.

“It’s pretty cool knowing when you represent your country, you’ve got a president and a vice president who represent you. We’ve had tough times in Michigan, but we never give up. We just get up and keep going. We keep fighting with the president and vice president who’ve got our backs.”

— Claressa Shields, 1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist

This needs to go viral. Share widely.

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Congressman Todd Akin says he is sorry for what he said about “legitimate rape”. So why did he say it?

Congressman Todd Akin says he is sorry for what he said about “legitimate rape”. So why did he say it?

Todd Akin is a pandering liar

Congressman Todd Akin, candidate for Senate from Missouri says he is sorry. He says he’s sorry because he said “the wrong words” when he said that women who are raped rarely get pregnant because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

He’s so sorry, he released a video saying how sorry he is.

He is sorry for all of the wrong reasons. And he’s not sorry at all.

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Paul Ryan goes full Palin. Romney and the Republicans go full Pinocchio.

Paul Ryan goes full Palin. Romney and the Republicans go full Pinocchio.

Aw, geez…

Wow. Even Republicans have to be flinching when their Number One Two on the ticket resorts to going full Palin on them. But that’s what Paul Ryan did on the campaign trail yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and the Republicans continue to lie their asses off as if nobody is watching or cares.

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What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Want You to Know

What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Want You to Know

What you don’t know about Mitt Romney could cost you your Medicare For someone who has betrayed every political position he’s ever taken and lies about nearly everything, Mitt Romney has been incredibly consistent about one thing: Secrecy. Mitt won’t detail his policy plans. He won’t even let Bain Capital tell you when he actually left the company. And though […]

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OMG! Romney is ahead in Michigan and by 14 points in Florida!!!

OMG! Romney is ahead in Michigan and by 14 points in Florida!!!

It’s a MIRACLE!!!

Oh, my freaking GOD! Romney has pulled ahead of Obama in both Michigan and in Florida! The Ryan Splat turned out to be the Ryan Kertwang after all!

That’s what one of the most highly discredited polling firms in the country, Foster McCollum White & Associates, says. Their Michigan poll, released on Friday, is breathlessly titled “Its official, Paul Ryan has created a significant bounce for Mitt Romney and down the ballot as well, creating a new challenge for President Obama and Democrats, per poll”. The poll has President Obama down by almost 4 percentage points and, hilariously, has Pete Hoekstra up by over two over Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Problem is, the people they polled were ridiculously old and white, way more so than the people who typically vote.

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Graphically @LOLGOP: Gay choice edition

Graphically @LOLGOP: Gay choice edition

To be or not to be, that is the question

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Will Romney & Ryan demand the GOP platform reflect their new views on abortion? Let’s ask them.

Will Romney & Ryan demand the GOP platform reflect their new views on abortion? Let’s ask them.

Who’s in charge of this party anyway?

Senate Candidate Todd Akin is now running away from his odious comment about “legitimate rape” and, in the process, proving he doesn’t have a damn clue about why it was so offensive in the first place. He’s now saying that he meant to say “forcible rape”, completely missing the point that nobody but completely out-of-touch conservatives believes that women rarely get pregnant from rape. The statistics show otherwise.

Akin’s not-so-subtle implication is that, if a women gets pregnant from rape, she must have enjoyed it.

This week the Republicans will put the finishing touches on their party platform. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have suddenly Etch-A-Sketched their positions on abortion being legal in the case of rape and now say they now support an exception being made when a woman is raped so that they are not forced to bear the child of their rapist if they choose not to. The question is how they square this with their own Party’s platform that is sure to be absent of that exception.

Let’s ask them.

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Michigan Attorney General Schuette pursues far-right, conservative agenda, not justice

Michigan Attorney General Schuette pursues far-right, conservative agenda, not justice

When you’re in the news this much, something is wrong

It’s not unusual for a state Attorney General to be in the news from time to time. If they are doing their job, that’s part of the job description. But Michigan AG Bill Schuette finds himself at the center of not one, but TWO big news stories. What his involvement in these two stories shows is that Bill Schuette is using his position as the Attorney General of Michigan to pursue a hardcore right wing, anti-labor agenda that benefits his political allies and harms his political foes.

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Women for Obama event in Ypsilanti THIS THURSDAY featuring Obama political director Katherine Archuleta

Women for Obama event in Ypsilanti THIS THURSDAY featuring Obama political director Katherine Archuleta

A side benefit of being in a swing state: you get ATTENTION!

This Thursday, August 23, 2012, the Obama campaign is hosting a special Women For Obama event at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5:00 p.m. The event will feature special guest Katherine Archuleta, Political Director of the Obama for America.

Other guests include State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, State Senator Rebekah Warren, DNC Member Debbie Dingell, Working America State Director Fran Brennan and State House candidate Gretchen Driskell.

Please RSVP for the event HERE.

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The Art of Fablemaking: New York Times lionizes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

The Art of Fablemaking: New York Times lionizes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

They could have asked US…

The New York Times published a rather fawning review of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Saturday that suggests he’s a centrist leader who basically isn’t afraid to piss off and on anyone, no matter what their political persuasion. And, while it’s true that there are those on both the right and the left that are less than happy with the Tough Nerd, the NYT piece is noticeably free from some of the essential facts about his governorship.

My friend and fellow Michigander Marcy Wheeler from emptywheel has an elegant fisking of the article. It’s so good, rather than write one of my own, I will simply highlight some of the better parts of her essay, “The Gray Lady Falls Off the Balance Beam”, and point you to it to read the entire thing. Which you absolutely should do.

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