You ain’t from around here is you, boy? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had quite a day yesterday. First, he was greeted by upwards of 2,000 protesters at an speech for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Then, when he got to Michigan, he was greeted by a crowd estimated to be anywhere from 1,300 to nearly 3,000. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker […]Read more ›
Won’t someone think of the bombers? Nevermind. Someone did. When the deficit cutting committee failed to reach agreement last year, it set in motion a series of automatic budget cuts which included some military cuts. This, of course, is an anathema to the Republicans so they have been scrambling like crazy to find a way to trim the budget to […]Read more ›
Oh. NOW you tell us. Former Emergency Manager of Pontiac Michael Stampfler is giving a presentation to the Rotary Club of Wyandotte about why Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — isn’t working and cannot work. Stampfler says, “I do not believe EMs can be successful — they abrogate the civic structure of the community for a period […]Read more ›
Birds of a feather The most-reviled governor in the country, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, will be in Troy Michigan tonight to headline a Republican fundraiser. The venue is the same one where Americans for Prosperity held their forum a couple of months ago — The San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road. As you might imagine, there will be a […]Read more ›
Won’t someone think of the millionaires? Not that it’s a surprise but Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of the Buffett Rule today that would have ensured that the most-wealthy Americans would pay their fair share in taxes. It wouldn’t have raised that much money but it’s a good first step. President Obama was much nicer about it than I […]Read more ›
Hello? Anybody out there? I really have to ask the question, “Where is the mainstream media on the challenge to Public Act 4 repeal petitions?” This is not just a wonky, technical discussion. This is an attempt to silence the voices of nearly a quarter million Michiganders on a concocted technicality. (If you’ve missed my previous posts on this, you […]Read more ›
Karma’s a hardass, Pete
Pete Hoekstra, the Republican Party’s leading hopeful to defeat Democrat Debbie Stabenow in November is not looking so hopeful these days. Right out of the chute he ran a clearly racist ad during the Superbowl. That was such a catastrophe that he has since scrubbed all mention of it from every corner of the internet he could.
This past week he joined the GOP’s War on Women by calling the Lilly Ledbetter Act — the law forces employers to pay women the same as men for equal work or face a lawsuit — “a nuisance”. Yes, Pete, it’s such a nuisance to pay the ladies the same as men.
All of this is taking its toll on Hoekstra’s campaign. In February, he was down in the polls against Stabenow 53-42%.
Now we find out his campaign donations are down by nearly a third.Read more ›
There’s a funny thing about the “Romneycare” that Mitt Romney hates so much: It’s making health insurance rates drop.
I hate when that happens
Mitt Romney is traveling around the country telling Americans what a complete disaster Obamacare is, the health insurance reform modeled after his own Romneycare back in Massachusetts. He calls it “an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement, and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives.”
Meanwhile, back Massachusetts, health insurance rates in the program are actually dropping.Read more ›
You fontin’ me, bro?
Yesterday, I took a look at the font size on the petitions to put the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — on the November ballot. Recall that the group Citizens for Financial Responsibility is challenging the more than quarter million citizen signatures on a minor font-based technicality. As I said yesterday, it’s a desperate move and one that’s not even based on anything legitimate.
The rules (which you can read HERE [pdf]) don’t actually tell you what type of font is required. If you wanted to, you could use Comic Sans or anything else that is readable. However, the font choice makes a BIG difference in the height and width of font.
[More analysis with example fonts after the jump.]Read more ›
Clear as mud
I was cleaning up my office today and came across a couple Public Act 4 repeal petitions. I thought it would be interesting to see how wrong the fonts are. Recall that Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility wants to toss out nearly a quarter million petition signatures because they say the heading font is smaller than the required 14-point boldface font (state regulation HERE (pdf).) They aren’t saying that the petition language itself is too small, just the heading.
Follow me over the jump for photos and comparisons and all sorts of fonty goodness.Read more ›
Why Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers member Jeff Timmer should recuse himself from PA4 repeal challenge
Not all conflicts of interest are created equal
The continuing saga of the desperate attempt to derail putting the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — on the November ballot continues with a piece published on the Michigan Radio website titled “Ballot box politics: Conflicts of interest for Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers”.
As I wrote about earlier this week, one of the members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BSC), the group that will decide on the challenge to the petitions collected by Stand up for Democracy, is Jeff Timmer. Timmer works for a company that is intimately tied to the effort to defeat the repeal. His company, Sterling Corporation, is one and the same as the group “Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility” that is challenging the 226,000+ signatures because they font size of the heading is 12 rather than 14. Note that the printer’s affidavit certifies that the font is the correct size.
Like I said: desperate…
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