Some in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula calling for secession from state due to government overreach

That's it. We've had it. So long.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a magnificent place and really is a world all to its own. Touching three of the Great Lakes, its climate, geography and culture is completely separate in many ways from the rest of the state. Over the years, there have been at least four different attempts to secede from the state to form the state of "Superior" or "Ontonagon". With the massive overreach of the current government of Michigan, some in the Upper Peninsula are renewing the call for secession...
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How the Death of Osama bin Laden Sent the GOP Chasing Its Tail

Politicizing 9/11 is terrible. But using it as a premise to invade the wrong country is cool.

Hi. I’m one of those death penalty hating, rule-of-law loving American progressives who cheered the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago today. Without a trial, the personification of Al Qaeda was summarily killed and dumped into the Indian Ocean. And I, like most Americans, was pleased.

As time went on, I reconsidered the mission in the context of what I thought were my values. I wasn’t—I think—glad that a man was dead or that justice was handed out summarily. I was cheered because suddenly we could move forward.…

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New vote on Michigan cyberschools TODAY – CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

You don't always get a second chance like this

Last month, in a post titled "Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporations", I wrote about the effort by Michigan Republicans to dramatically expand cyber schools in our state, an effort that is yet another step in destroying our public school system. This is from the fine folks at We Are the People Michigan...
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Michigan Democratic caucuses — THIS SATURDAY, May 5th, 9 a.m. – noon

Are you ready for some caucus? Then get your caucus on!

This Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, Michigan Democrats will hold caucuses around the state to choose Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president in 2012. While this may seem like a formality, there’s a bit more to it than that so you should plan to attend the caucus in your area on Saturday morning.

The caucuses give Democrats a chance to meet, discuss the election ahead, meet local candidates in an easy, conversational setting and to learn about the various ballot measures for petitions are currently being circulated.…

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Fighting on: A stunning response to the lie that stole the voice of a quarter million Michigan citizens

Speaking truth

My good friend Brit Satchwell, educator and president of the Ann Arbor Education Association, is always on the forefront of fighting for workers and for those in Michigan who are most acutely impacted by the Republicans that currently have control of our state government. Whether it's circulating petitions for the repeal of Public Act 4 -- Michigan's vile Emergency Manager law -- or to recall Governor Rick Snyder or to enshrine collective bargaining rights in our state constitution, Brit is there, defending our democracy. When the Board of State Canvassers met last week and two Republican men betrayed and silenced the voice of nearly a quarter million Michigan citizens with a vote based on a concocted lie, Brit was there and on his feet shouting "Traitor!" at those men. Detroit News photographer captured the moment exquisitely (you can see it HERE.) Brit took pen to paper recently and composed a heartfelt and perfectly-worded response to this egregious act which he then sent to the Board. I am reprinting here from the blog of Michigan Forward with permission...
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Here’s a good one: Ted Nugent is “insulted” by the U.S. Army

I'm insulted that you're insulted that we're insulted

Mitt Romney surrogate, chicken hawk, pedophile and misogynist Ted Nugent is "insulted" Why? Because the Army cancelled the performance of this anti-American idiot at the Fort Knox Army base where he was scheduled to headline. They did this after he called President Obama and his administration “vile”, “evil”, and “America-hating”. [More after the jump.]
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Are you better off now than you were when the GOP crashed the global economy?

Are you better off now than you were when the GOP crashed the global economy?

How the GOP plans to punish Barack Obama’s success.

If you’re a homophobe, if you’re a health insurer who spends less then 80-85% of your revenue on actual health care, if you’re a member of Al Qaeda, the answer to the question “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” is simple.

No.

If you live in Michigan or any state that relies on auto industry, if you have a child with pre-existing conditions, if you’re on Medicare and paying less for your prescription medication, the answer is also simple.

Yes.

The fact is we will soon reach that point in the year when any America with a 401k will be able to say confidently, “Hell, yes.…

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Day 7 – Second quarter fundraiser — grand finale

Thank you for your support. Hint. Hint.

Today is the final day of our quarterly fundraiser and the last time we’ll ask you to pitch in a bit to support the work we do — for a while.

As I pointed out before, I was an Eclectablog supporter before I became a contributor. And if you’ve been debating about whether you should kick in a few shekels, I ask you to read Eclectablog’s recent post on the travesty that took place this Thursday in Lansing when the will of a quarter million Michiganders was thrown out by two men.

Chris was there.…

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