INTERVIEW: Former U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer from the BlueGreen Alliance

Former MI-07 Congressman Mark Schauer rode the Democratic tidal wave into office in 2008, defeating “The Original Tea Partier” Tim Walberg, only to be sent packing by a fickle MI-07 electorate in 2010. Since his defeat that put Walberg (eww) back in office, Schauer has stayed involved in politics and now works with the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) as the national Co-Chair for their Jobs21! project.

BGA is a fascinating collection of labor and environmental groups, 14 in all, working to help promote a “green economy”. The Jobs21! campaign is a grassroots effort, coordinated by BGA, to create millions of new jobs in the green energy sector.…

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BREAKING! Michigan Democratic Party finally gets involved in recalls – Wahoo! Oh. Wait.

Yup. I got an email today telling me that the Michigan Democratic Party is finally getting involved in various recalls around the state and asking me for money to help with the effort.

Which recalls?

The ones against Democrats.

Fellow Democrats:

Last week, the Michigan Republican Party and its Tea Party allies succeeded in the first steps to recall Democratic State Representatives Jim Townsend (Royal Oak), Lisa Brown (West Bloomfield), and Brandon Dillon (Grand Rapids). The recall language approved was based on their votes AGAINST massive tax breaks for corporations at the expense of schools and seniors and the dictatorial Emergency Financial Manager legislation.

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Occupy Wall Street events around Michigan

By now you’ve surely heard about the Occupy Wall Street protest rally happening in New York City. The rally cry of “The Other 99%” is resonating across the country as these protesters, many coming in from far away, protest the Wall Street firms and individuals that ran our country into an economic black hole and came out shiny clean and with fat bonuses in their paychecks. Meanwhile, after bailing their corrupt and sorry asses out of the mess they created, the taxpayers of America struggle to keep their nose above the proverbial water line. Sometimes they go under.

Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.…
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Planned Parenthood’s 14th Annual Ann Arbor Beer Tasting – TOMORROW! 10/5/2011

Tomorrow night is Michigan Planned Parenthood’s 14th Annual Ann Arbor Beer Tasting. They hope to raise $2,500 for the cause while raising awareness about the important role Planned Parenthood plays in the lives of Michigan women and women across the country. From their Facebook page:

Get your tickets NOW!

Three ticket levels
Lager $30
Pilsener $50
Stout $100

The battle to protect Planned Parenthood and women’s health is ongoing. We need our friends and supporters now more than ever to stand up for Planned Parenthood and the 90,000 men, women, and teens who count on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, STD testing, and birth control right here in Michigan.

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Coolness break

Okay, THIS is totally cool.

In his 18 years at Pinckney Community High School, Jim Darga, the principal, said, the homecoming queen had always been crowned at halftime of the school’s football game. Never before, though, had she had to be summoned from the team’s locker room.

Brianna Amat, the first girl to make the Pinckney varsity football team, said her teammates had “been so accepting of me.”

And that was just the beginning of Brianna Amat’s big night.

If being named homecoming queen is a lifetime memory for a high school student, so, too, is kicking a winning field goal.

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Federal judge puts new Michigan law throwing tens of thousands off welfare rolls on ice

A federal judge in Michigan today smacked down a new Republican-passed law that will throw tens of thousands of Michiganders off the welfare rolls with little notice, temporarily halting its implementation.

A federal judge today accused the state of “sleight of hand,” and halted plans to end welfare benefits to nearly 41,000 Michigan residents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman determined after a hearing today that the state failed to give proper notice to those it planned to cut off, and although the issue was brought to the federal court in a lawsuit filed by just three plaintiffs, the judge also granted class status to include everyone affected by the state’s decision.

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1st of two lawsuits challenging Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law dismissed

As I reported back in April, two pension boards in the City of Detroit filed suit in the U.S. District Court challenging the Republican-passed Public Act 4 — The Emergency Manager Law. From a now-unavailable Detroit Free Press article:

The City of Detroit’s two pension boards have challenged part of the state’s new emergency financial manager law, calling it unconstitutional and a threat to the pension systems.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claims the law gives the governor and state treasurer unbridled power to appoint emergency managers with “czar-like powers” that could usurp collective bargaining rights of city employees who negotiated pension plans.

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Michigan GOP: Schools are down. Let’s kick ‘em!

Reporting by the Livingston County Press & Argus shows that Michigan schools will take hit of over a half billion dollars under a new plan by Michigan Republicans to eliminate the state’s Personal Property Tax (PPT).

The elimination of a state tax on business furniture and machinery would further cut funding for Michigan’s public schools, state and school officials said.

Elimination of the tax on commercial personal property would create a loss of roughly $573 million in revenue for Michigan’s public schools, based on 2010 revenue figures, according to a House Fiscal Agency report.

Michigan schools, which will receive a total $470-per-student cut this school year, would suffer an even greater hit if the tax is eliminated and not replaced with other revenue, said Dan Danosky, superintendent of Pinckney Community Schools.

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