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More on Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel’s decision to forfeit millions in HUD funds for Pontiac

Yesterday, I wrote about how Pontiac Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel signed an agreement with Oakland County to manage monies from a substantial HUD grant. This boneheaded decision, it turns out, would have resulted in a loss of upwards of $800,000 per year for Pontiac. Thankfully, Congressman Gary Peters stepped in to prevent this from occurring. Federal and local politicians lined […]

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Whirlpool and the theft of Benton Harbor

Generally speaking, the political writing I do is catharsis for me. It helps me to deal with the things that upset me in the realm of politics and government. But, every once in awhile, I write something that actually makes me more upset. My most recent piece for A2Politico is one of them. The piece is titled Whirlpool Corp — […]

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Recall effort for Senator Phil Pavlov underway

Recall effort for Senator Phil Pavlov underway

The effort to recall Senate Education Chair Phil Pavlov got underway on January 7th. The group working toward his recall now has a webpage, RecallPavlov.org, and is actively seeking petitioners, petition signatures and financial support. Senator Pavlov voted to support the odious “anti”-bullying bill that was not anti-bullying. He has supported legislation that reduces tax credits used by many Michiganders […]

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US Rep Gary Peters rescues millions of dollars nearly forfeited by Pontiac Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel

US Rep Gary Peters rescues millions of dollars nearly forfeited by Pontiac Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel

This is shocking to me (though I suppose it shouldn’t be.) Pontiac’s Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel that all but gave away millions of dollars dedicated to the City of Pontiac due to a single decision he made as EM. He was able to do this with no accountability because he is, after all, completely in control of the entire government […]

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Think Jon Huntsman is a “moderate”? Think again.

Republican Jon Huntsman comes across as the most reasonable of the presidential primary candidates. He is generally viewed as moderate, as well. This morning, Ezra Klein disabuses us of that notion, despite a confusing headline. In the end, the polls were right. Mitt Romney took first, Ron Paul took second, and Jon Huntsman took third. Huntsman’s weak finish led many […]

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MLK Day march on Gov Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor home – Monday, January 16, 2012 (interview with Pastor David Bullock)

MLK Day march on Gov Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor home – Monday, January 16, 2012 (interview with Pastor David Bullock)

Last night I spoke on the phone with Pastor David Bullock, the president of the Michigan Chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Highland Park NAACP. He and his group are organizing a Martin Luther King Day march on the Ann Arbor home of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Details on the “Occupy for Democracy Rally” to protest Michigan’s anti-democratic […]

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Snyder admin: Detroit city union members give up $100 million or Detroit gets an Emergency Manager. Period.

It’s been no secret that Governor Snyder and his team were going to force union members to bear the full brunt of the financial problems Detroit faces. Now they have finally gotten around to saying it publicly. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council must reach concessions with city unions by early February to avoid a recommendation of state […]

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New logo – The final edition

Just a quick note to let you know that we have landed on a final version of the new Eclectablog logo. This one is a vast improvement in a variety of ways. First, the lettering is bolder and more legible. We wanted to keep the font because it’s unique and characteristic. However, the font itself is not that “fat” so […]

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UPDATED: More on the Michigan Democratic Primary vs. Caucus + MDP Chair to propose rule change

Yesterday, I had a guest post from Mark Miller called Michigan Presidential Primary Follies”. In it, Mark describes how the Michigan Republicans basically forced a Democratic candidate (Barack Obama) to appear on the February primary ballot as a way of making it look like Dems shared blame for the expenses incurred by having a primary instead of a caucus. The […]

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Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels doubles down on homophobic stupid

Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels doubles down on homophobic stupid

As Tony Trupiano asked on his Facebook page, “How the the hell was [Janice Daniels] elected?” From the Detroit Free Press: Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, lambasted at a City Council meeting last month for calling gay people “queers” on her Facebook page, is embroiled in another controversy about gay people — this time involving students from Troy High School. While […]

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MI GOP Sen calls PR Exec a “hooker”, Gretchen Whitmer responds & GOP strategist calls her a “govt hooker”

MI GOP Sen calls PR Exec a “hooker”, Gretchen Whitmer responds & GOP strategist calls her a “govt hooker”

Last week, Senator and serial sexist Rick Jones from Lansing called public relations executive Kelly Rossman-McKinney a “hooker”. Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press describes the situation: [Senator Jones] likened longtime Lansing public relations executive Kelly Rossman-McKinney to “a hooker” in the Michigan Information and Research Services’ widely read Capital Capsule, a daily report on state government news. Rossman-McKinney, […]

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