Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: A mile wide and an inch deep

Last night was the second State of the State address by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Pundits around the state are weighing in on how shallow it was, with no specifics or new initiatives announced.

Before I get into my analysis, it’s worth noting how difficult the Republicans made it for me, my wife Anne and Christine Barry from Blogging for Michigan to get media passes. It was only through the efforts of Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin that we finally did get passes.

Once in the building, media was consigned to one room. This is normal. What was not normal was the extreme level of security.…

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I’ll be on First Shift with Tony Trupiano at 7 a.m. to discuss the State of the State address

Tune into First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning at 7 a.m. if you’d like to listen in on our conversation about last night’s State of the State address by Governor Rick Snyder. You can stream it live from his website or listen on the radio on 1310 AM, WDTW.

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Livetweeting of the Michigan State of the State address – Join us!

Christine Barry and I will be livetweeting the Michigan State of the State address live from the media room inside the Capitol Building. Follow the action at Blogging for Michigan.

Christine Barry, blogger extraordinaire

The general State of the State Twitter hashtag is #MOSOTS. Apparently there was major drama about whether or not it would be #MISOS or #MISOTS. All media outlets and government offices were involved in the dramatic battle of the hashtags. Fortunately, it appears to have been resolved without bloodshed or the imposition of an Emergency Manager.…

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President Obama’s statement on the Keystone XL pipeline permit denial

As I posted earlier, President Obama will be denying the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. He isn’t weighing in on the merits of the project. Rather, he is denying it because, as I predicted, the Republicans were trying to force his administration to make a rushed determination.

Here is the first part if his statement. The entire statement after the jump.

Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.…
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Obama administration will NOT approve permit for Keystone XL pipeline

As I hoped (and predicted), the effort by Republicans to force President Obama to make a rush decision on issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline has backfired.

The State Department Wednesday will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, multiple sources following the project tell POLITICO.

The formal announcement is expected at 3 p.m. from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Although the permit would be rejected, TransCanada would still be allowed to continue to work on and pitch an alternative route through Nebraska.

Now, can all of you on the left who keep attacking President Obama for things he has not done and does not ultimately do stop doing that???!

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Emergency Managers, sticklers for detail? Uhhh…not so much

When you put a single man in charge of the city of Flint, a non-elected financial guy with no accountablility to the local residents, answerable only the Governor, you’d probably want to choose someone who pays crazy close attention to detail, wouldn’t you? Someone who is truly gifted at dotting the the “I”s and crossing the “T”s?

Well, apparently that is not a job qualification for our Michigan Emergency Managers. Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown released a 19-page “Financial and Operating Plan” this week. Right square in the middle of the document, is the date: January 15, 2013.

Yup, he got the date wrong.…

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Michigan Republicans move to make illegal strikes illegal(er)

It’s a good thing we don’t have any real problems in the state of Michigan. The fantastic shape we’re in and the abundance of jobs gives Republicans the opportunity to work on things like THIS.

A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers sue striking workers who get in the way of their businesses, and make it more complicated for unions to get dues deducted from employee paychecks.

The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.

“It’s just to give clarity,” said Rep.

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Michigan Forward extends signature collection to repeal Emergency Manager law into February

I checked in with Brandon Jessup from Michigan Forward yesterday after the protest at the gates of Governor Rick Snyder’s gated neighborhood. Their initial plan was to turn in the signatures yesterday. They need just over 160,000 valid signatures.

Jessup told me that they now have over 180,000 petition signatures and are preparing to deliver the petitions sometime in late February or early March.

If you are collecting signatures, don’t stop! It’s important to get as many as possible since there are always invalid signatures, including some duplicates from folks that didn’t recall signing one in the past. It’s essential that they have the required number of valid signatures so that PA 4 is put on hold immediately.…

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