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Governor Rick Snyder appoints review team as latest step toward a Detroit Emergency Manager

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the next step toward placing Michigan’s largest city under the control of an Emergency Manager this afternoon, appointing a review team to go over Detroit’s finances.

A former Detroit police chief and a former Wayne State University president are among the members of a state-appointed team that will review Detroit’s finances under the emergency manager law. […]

The team has 60 days to report on Detroit’s finances after a preliminary review ordered by Dillon found evidence of financial stress.

The review could lead to appointment of an emergency manager to take control of the city.

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Newt Gingrich to the LGBTQ community: Vote for Obama

Yeah, well, at least Newt is honest about his position on LGBTQ rights:

Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich had one message for a gay Iowa man: Don’t bother with me, vote Obama.

Or so says a professor who met Gingrich at the Smokey Row coffee house in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University told the paper.

“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold continued.

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Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwaanza/Festivus. Third party ads are gone.

Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwaanza/Festivus. Third party ads are gone.

I’ve gotten reports from some folks, including JM Ashby of Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go!, that some anti-virus programs are causing false positives. I have pulled all the third party ads of this morning so you shouldn’t encounter any more of them and this will likely speed the site up a bit, as well.

Please consider making a donation instead if you like what you read at Eclectablog. You can do that here:

Thanks! And have a terrific holiday.

– Chris…

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks to children from Santa tracking station at NORAD

First Lady Michelle Obama talks to children from Santa tracking station at NORAD

This is awesome. First Lady Michelle Obama speaking to children from the Santa-tracking station at NORAD. Lots more after the jump.

Photo credit: Peter Souza

OPERATOR: You’re connected, ma’am.

MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama. How may I help you?

MRS. HARRIS: Hi, I have my daughter right here. She’d like to speak to you.

MRS. OBAMA: I would love to speak to her. Is her name Summer?

MRS. HARRIS: It sure is.

MRS. OBAMA: Okay, I’m ready for Summer.

MRS. HARRIS: Here she is.

SUMMER: Hello.

MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Summer? Is this Summer?

SUMMER: Can you tell me where Santa is?…

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More coverage of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law & its implications on The Rachel Maddow Show

A recap of sorts by Rachel Maddow tonight of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law and its impacts, particularly on Benton Harbor. A bunch of my photos from one of the early rallies are featured.

The bit at 5:15 is probably the most significant:

2011 is the year when the Republicans in the great state of Michigan decided that small “d” democracy is a problem in Michigan. It’s not the way Michigan solves its problems; democracy is itself a problem and it needs to be done away with in the name of efficiency.

What Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature did in Michigan this year gets my vote as the single most radical thing in American politics in this fairly radical year.

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Does Justice Dept’s ruling on SC voter ID law bode well for repeal of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law?

This could signal an important foreshadowing of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law and its disparate impact on African Americans.

The U.S. Department of Justice will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state’s own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents, DOJ said in a letter to the state on Friday.

The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.

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No, Speaker Boehner, it’s NOT “hard to do the right thing”

Keeping a tax break for the majority of Americans in place just like Republicans fought for on behalf of skabillionaires last year was, of course, “the right thing to do”. A clear no-brainer, barely worth the breath it takes to discuss it. One would have thought all those House Republicans that signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes would have bent over backwards to get this extension passed. Somehow, however, they managed to bend themselves into pretzels, instead, figuring out why it’s okay to raise takes on most Americans but not gajillionaires after signing the Norquist pledge.

But there’s one piece from yesterday’s massive and epic GOPfail that really stood out from me.…

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There is no Santa, just utility bills

There is no Santa, just utility bills

As seen at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor:

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Effort to unseat Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts a waste of time & energy

There aren’t too many people in Michigan more emphatic that we need to repeal Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager law – more than I am. But THIS is just an absurd waste of time.

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the office of emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools should be declared vacant because of a delay in administering the oath of office to Roy Roberts.

The high court announced Wednesday it will consider an argument rejected in October by the Michigan Court of Appeals that Roberts’ appointment in May is invalid because he failed to take the oath of office until months later.

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Michigan’s Emergency Manager situation gets coverage by MSNBC

Reverend Al Sharpton covered Michigan’s Emergency Manager law last night on Politics Nation. My now-famous chart showing the number of African Americans that will be impacted by this was mentioned with credit to me at around the 2:30 minute mark. They also used my audio of Emergency Manager Joe Harris without attribution. That comes in around 5:50 and is incorrectly identified as him speaking on a radio show (it was during a training session for potential Emergency Managers held in February 2011.)

The guests are Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson will be among a coalition of activists who will marching on Rick Snyder’s town on Martin Luther King, Jr.…

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The Toil Index – Keeping the 99% busy…at work

The Toil Index – Keeping the 99% busy…at work

Via Laura Conaway at The Maddow Blog:

Ezra Klein today runs a year-in-charts post that’s purely the excellent. It includes the Toil Index, by the excellent economist Robert Frank. Basically, it shows why it’s so hard for working people to live decently these days. Working families are running faster and faster just to afford the same things their parents enjoyed, namely decent homes and decent schools for the kids.

No wonder recruiting new activists is such a challenge. We’re all too goddam busy working to protest and get active. It’s the folks who are unemployed who are having to pull the rope the hardest.…

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