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Michigan Presidential Primary Follies

Michigan Presidential Primary Follies

The following is a guest post by Mark Miller, chair of the 6th District Democrats and Kalamazoo Township Trustee. It first appeared at Blogging for Michigan and contains useful information for ALL Michigan Democrats. Across Michigan, absentee ballot applications for the Feb. 28 Presidential Primary are even now being received by many permanent absentee voters, and some of them, if […]

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Julie Mack at MLive.com asks “If not emergency managers, then what?”

Julie Mack at the Kalamazoo Gazette has a piece titled “Are emergency managers part of the problem or part of the solution?” that quotes me extensively and asks, if not an emergency manager, then what is the solution to our failing cities’ problems? You can vote on the answer HERE. Two comments to Ms. Mack: characterizing me a just a […]

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My debut on “Blog Role” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

My debut on “Blog Role” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

If you’re near a radio or computer or smart phone this morning at 8:35 a.m. Eastern, be sure to tune into First Shift with Tony Trupiano to listen to the new segment “Blog Role”. It’s on AM 1310, WDTW. You can stream it live from the First Shift web page, as well. If you have a smart phone, you can […]

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A moment in the day in the life of a dog

A moment in the day in the life of a dog

We call this the “In and Out Game”. Our dog and our cat both play it.

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The “reasonable” Republican dilemma

It has got to be tough being a moderate, reasonable Republican these days. Sitting here watching the skabillionth Republican primary debate, the only person that is even close to being reasonable is Jon Huntsman and he doesn’t have a prayer of getting the nomination. I think we’re going to begin seeing a LOT more things like this piece by a […]

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My op-ed in the Muskegon Chronicle: “Emergency manager law an assault on democracy”

Earlier this week, the Muskegon Chronicle published an op-ed by Steve Gunn, the conservative Communications Director of the anti-teachers union Education Action Group. In his op-ed he places the blame for the financial catastrophes happening in Michigan cities and school districts at the feet of unionized public employees. The people who hate the [Emergency Manager] law want you to believe […]

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I was born a poor blah child

By now you’ve likely heard about Rick Santorum‘s offensive statement to a group of supporters in Iowa. “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” Santorum begins. “I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.”Santorum did not elaborate on why […]

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Major win for rape victims – Obama admin updates definition of rape

Today the Obama administration announced that it is updating the formal definition of rape. This move will help many rape victims who were previously unaccounted for achieve justice against their perpetrators and will more accurately reflect the extent of the problem of sexual crimes in our country. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) […]

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris shuts down city radio station

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris shuttered the city’s only radio station this week, citing “efficient use of the city’s resources”. Two Benton Harbor city commissioners threatened the city’s emergency manager with a lawsuit Wednesday after he shuttered the city’s radio station. The low-power FM radio station WBHC-LP 96.5, which is broadcast out of City Hall, shut down Jan. 1. […]

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Benton Harbor still deep in the red. Is the magic of an Emergency Manager simply not enough?

Benton Harbor still deep in the red. Is the magic of an Emergency Manager simply not enough?

Joe Harris has been on the job as Emergency Manager in Benton Harbor for over a year and a half now. However, a recent report indicates the success he is credited for at “turning Benton Harbor around” may not be based in fact. Michigan Radio has this important story. The State Treasurer’s office is reviewing an independent audit of Benton […]

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Governor Rick Snyder sued by ACLU and the Oakland County Democratic Party

[UPDATE: I have corrected this post to indicate that the Oakland County Democrats are the ones suing Governor Snyder over the redistricting there, not the Michigan Democratic Party as I initially (and incorrectly) wrote.] Governor Rick Snyder is facing two impending lawsuits. One is from the ACLU over new law prohibiting health insurance benefits for to same-sex partners of public […]

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