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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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Some good news for Detroit: Chrysler adds shift, 1,100 jobs at Jefferson plant

Good news is hard to come by in Detroit these days but, yesterday, they got some very good news. Chrysler announced it is adding a third shift at the Jefferson Assembly Plant, restoring 1,100 jobs. Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday that it will add a third shift — with 1,100 new jobs — at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in […]

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The Onion: “Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve For Another Term”

Scarily believable (unlike New Hampshire Republicans sponsoring a bill requiring that new legislation reference the fucking Magna Carta): PITTSBURGH—Citing three years of exhausting partisan politics, constant gridlock in Congress, and an overall feeling that the entire nation has “completely lost it,” President Barack Obama openly asked a campaign-rally crowd Tuesday why he’d want to serve another term as president of […]

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New Hampshire Republicans jump the shark, introduce bill mandating laws reference the Magna Carta

New Hampshire Republicans jump the shark, introduce bill mandating laws reference the Magna Carta

I couldn’t believe this was true when I read it at Angry Black Lady Chronicles. Sadly, it is. As in other lines of work, lunchtime discussions among lawmakers at the State House often spur ideas. Sometimes those ideas become bills. And sometimes those bills seemed less strange over lunch. House Bill 1580 is the product of such a brainstorming session […]

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Imposition of yet another Emergency Manager in Michigan + other EM news

The Emergency Manager juggernaut continues to roll unabated in Michigan. In early December, I reported that Muskegon Heights school district was requesting an Emergency Manager and that a state review had been initiated. Yesterday, the Snyder administration added Highland Park schools to the list. An emergency manager may soon take charge of the Highland Park School District. A state review […]

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New logo

New logo

My lovely wife is tinkering around with an awesome new logo. You may see it change a bit over the next few days. Here are some current favorites: We’re wide open to feedback so let us know what you think.

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The amazing brilliance of Obama’s January 4th recess appointments

The amazing brilliance of Obama’s January 4th recess appointments

Yesterday, I wrote about President Obama giving recess appointments first to Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and then to three National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members. In a blockquoted piece from Talking Points Memo was this tidbit: On the unprecedented nature of the appointment, McConnell and Boehner have a decent case. Both parties have […]

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As predicted, President Obama recess appoints three members to the National Labor Relations Board

As I predicted earlier this morning, President Obama has made three recess appointments in addition to Richard Cordray to be Director the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All three are to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Sharon Block, Member, Terence F. Flynn, and Richard Griffin. These appointments are extremely important because without them, the NLRB cannot act. On anything. The […]

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David Cobb, champion of ending corporate personhood, to speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Cobb, champion of ending corporate personhood, to speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Cobb, a former Green Party candidate for president and current spokesperson for the Move to Amend initiative, will be speaking in Grand Rapids on January 12. I have no affiliation with Mr. Cobb or his group but their effort to revoke the treatment of corporations as persons (“corporate personhood”) with rights like “freedom of speech” and the ability to […]

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