UPDATED: Rep. Al Pscholka WILL chicken out of Benton Harbor parade

As I have been talking about, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and State Representative Al Pscholka are scheduled to be in tomorrow’s Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade that starts in St. Joseph and ends in Benton Harbor. It turns out, Rep. Pscholka may chicken out.

“We always have a big law enforcement presence at the Blossom parade, up and down the route, the whole way,” Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said. “We always do that.”

Regarding any potential protests, “As long as they do it in a peaceful manner, there won’t be any problems,” Bailey said. “We won’t tolerate anyone disrupting it or stopping the parade.”

Bailey said he recognizes there’s a lot of political controversy but said the parade is intended to celebrate agriculture and youths.

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More photos from the Benton Harbor march & rally

My wife, Anne Savage, has started a new blog at her Anne Savage Photography website called Politics in Pictures which features her political photography. She has some amazing photos from last weekend’s march and rally in Benton Harbor.

I won’t spoil the surprise by showing you the best stuff. Instead, I highly commend your attention to her blog HERE.…

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More meta

Three things:

First, I am continuing to get reports of folks’ antivirus programs sounding the alarm from my site. I have been trying out four new ad companies and one of them is the culprit. I have 86ed two of them but the problem may not be resolved yet. If you get any warnings from your antivirus software while you are visiting the site, please email me or tweet me so that I know I’m still having issues. I promise I will correct this as soon as I possibly can and apologize profusely for any inconvenience or hassle this has caused anyone.…

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Emergency Financial Managers: A burgeoning industry

As I have written about recently, particularly in my piece The connection between Michigan’s EFM power grab, Rep. Fred Upton and Big Oil/Gas, my biggest concern about the use of Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs), particularly in areas where there are abundant natural (and other) resources to be exploited, is that they represent prime opportunities for businesses and corporations to use the economic crisis to line their own bank accounts and real estate portfolios with little regard with what’s good for the local community or the state.

These are reasonable fears. When you look at the training materials for the Emergency Financial Manager training session held in Michigan last February, you realize that this is indeed an industry.…

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Republicans blink on coupon program for Medicare

Looks like the Frank Luntz focus groups showed that old people don’t want coupons for health insurance. They want something easy to understand, reliable and non-risky. Apparently, the Republicans finally got a clue.

Senior Republicans conceded Wednesday that a deal is unlikely on a contentious plan to overhaul Medicare and offered to open budget talks with the White House by focusing on areas where both parties can agree, such as cutting farm subsidies.

On the eve of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Biden, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) said Republicans remain convinced that reining in federal retirement programs is the key to stabilizing the nation’s finances over the long term.

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Wait. What?!

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

Time to brush your teeth.

UPDATED: Did you notice the flavor of the toothpaste? “Poultry”. Mmmmmmm…

I’m just sayin’……

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Rep. Al Pscholka wants his day in court – errrr…on The Rachel Maddow Show

This should be fun. Al Pscholka is begging to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow.

The west Michigan lawmaker who sponsored emergency financial manager legislation that has been repeatedly pilloried by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow — especially for the way it has been applied in Benton Harbor — is asking Maddow to allow him to make a live appearance on her show to discuss the new law.

Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said Maddow’s program has “chosen a highly selected and skewed interpretation” of the Fiscal Accountability Act “as well as the circumstances surrounding Benton Harbor’s financial trouble.”

“Your program has displayed a blatant disregard for the facts,” Pscholka said in the letter.

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Feedback needed

You’ve probably notices some changes to the blog this week. I apologize for the ads. However, I work very hard to make this site a good one and I’m trying to make a tiny bit of income from it in the process.

I have had a complaint about a Trojan virus activating when someone loaded the page, probably due to one of the ads. I have removed one of the ad companies but I can’t be sure it was the right one (I’m trying out several.) If any of you have any further issues with viruses, etc., please let me know right away.…

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