PROTEST: Michigan GOP fundraiser tonight featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Birds of a feather

The most-reviled governor in the country, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, will be in Troy Michigan tonight to headline a Republican fundraiser. The venue is the same one where Americans for Prosperity held their forum a couple of months ago — The San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road.

As you might imagine, there will be a protest. The Michigan chapter of the National Action Network headed by Rev. Charles Willams II has teamed up with the UAW and will be joined by Occupy Detroit, other labor unions, local pastors and other groups to issue “subpoenas” to the two “Co-Conspirators.…

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SHOCKER! Republicans side with the 1%, vote down the Buffett Rule

Won’t someone think of the millionaires?

Not that it’s a surprise but Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of the Buffett Rule today that would have ensured that the most-wealthy Americans would pay their fair share in taxes. It wouldn’t have raised that much money but it’s a good first step.

President Obama was much nicer about it than I would have been:

Tonight, Senate Republicans voted to block the Buffett Rule, choosing once again to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest few Americans at the expense of the middle class.

The Buffett Rule is common sense. At a time when we have significant deficits to close and serious investments to make to strengthen our economy, we simply cannot afford to keep spending money on tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans don’t need and didn’t ask for.

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Where is the media on the font-size challenge to Public Act 4 repeal petitions?

Hello? Anybody out there?

I really have to ask the question, “Where is the mainstream media on the challenge to Public Act 4 repeal petitions?” This is not just a wonky, technical discussion. This is an attempt to silence the voices of nearly a quarter million Michiganders on a concocted technicality. (If you’ve missed my previous posts on this, you can read them HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

So, where IS the media on this? Many news groups gleefully reported the challenge in the first place. However, except for one piece by Michigan Radio (and The Rachel Maddow Show, of course, [watch their segment HERE]), there’s been no digging into the Sterling Corporation who runs Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, the group who is challenging the petitions.…

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Pete Hoekstra pays the price for racism and sexism

Karma's a hardass, Pete

Pete Hoekstra, the Republican Party's leading hopeful to defeat Democrat Debbie Stabenow in November is not looking so hopeful these days. Right out of the chute he ran a clearly racist ad during the Superbowl. That was such a catastrophe that he has since scrubbed all mention of it from every corner of the internet he could. This past week he joined the GOP's War on Women by calling the Lilly Ledbetter Act -- the law forces employers to pay women the same as men for equal work or face a lawsuit -- "a nuisance". Yes, Pete, it's such a nuisance to pay the ladies the same as men. All of this is taking its toll on Hoekstra's campaign. In February, he was down in the polls against Stabenow 53-42%. Now we find out his campaign donations are down by nearly a third.
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There’s a funny thing about the “Romneycare” that Mitt Romney hates so much: It’s making health insurance rates drop.

I hate when that happens

Mitt Romney is traveling around the country telling Americans what a complete disaster Obamacare is, the health insurance reform modeled after his own Romneycare back in Massachusetts. He calls it "an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement, and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives." Meanwhile, back Massachusetts, health insurance rates in the program are actually dropping.
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More analysis of Emergency Manager repeal petition fonts (IMAGES)

You fontin' me, bro?

Yesterday, I took a look at the font size on the petitions to put the repeal of Public Act 4 -- Michigan's Emergency Manager law -- on the November ballot. Recall that the group Citizens for Financial Responsibility is challenging the more than quarter million citizen signatures on a minor font-based technicality. As I said yesterday, it's a desperate move and one that's not even based on anything legitimate. The rules (which you can read HERE [pdf]) don't actually tell you what type of font is required. If you wanted to, you could use Comic Sans or anything else that is readable. However, the font choice makes a BIG difference in the height and width of font. [More analysis with example fonts after the jump.]
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Is the heading font on Public Act 4 petitions too small? Yes! No! Maybe! Ack! (PHOTOS) – Updated

Clear as mud

I was cleaning up my office today and came across a couple Public Act 4 repeal petitions. I thought it would be interesting to see how wrong the fonts are. Recall that Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility wants to toss out nearly a quarter million petition signatures because they say the heading font is smaller than the required 14-point boldface font (state regulation HERE (pdf).) They aren't saying that the petition language itself is too small, just the heading. Follow me over the jump for photos and comparisons and all sorts of fonty goodness.
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Why Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers member Jeff Timmer should recuse himself from PA4 repeal challenge

Not all conflicts of interest are created equal

The continuing saga of the desperate attempt to derail putting the repeal of Public Act 4 -- Michigan's Emergency Manager law -- on the November ballot continues with a piece published on the Michigan Radio website titled "Ballot box politics: Conflicts of interest for Michigan's Board of State Canvassers". As I wrote about earlier this week, one of the members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BSC), the group that will decide on the challenge to the petitions collected by Stand up for Democracy, is Jeff Timmer. Timmer works for a company that is intimately tied to the effort to defeat the repeal. His company, Sterling Corporation, is one and the same as the group "Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility" that is challenging the 226,000+ signatures because they font size of the heading is 12 rather than 14. Note that the printer's affidavit certifies that the font is the correct size. Like I said: desperate... [More after the jump]
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