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AFL-CIO enthusiastically endorses President Obama for his full-throated support of labor

AFL-CIO enthusiastically endorses President Obama for his full-throated support of labor

“I’ll place my bet on the American worker any day of the week” Yesterday, Richard L. Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, sent out this statement: This afternoon, the AFL-CIO’s General Board voted unanimously to endorse President Obama for re-election. For many reasons, we are pledging to work with President Obama throughout the elections and in a second term. The […]

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What would you call a state that allowed employers to fire users of contraception? Arizona

What would you call a state that allowed employers to fire users of contraception? Arizona

Holy mother of goddess It’s almost impossible to believe this is true but Republicans that control Arizona’s legislature are pushing through legislation that will allow employers to fire employees who use contraception. You read that right: Legislation that will allow employers to fire employees who use contraception. The Republicans who control the Arizona legislature are pushing through a bill that […]

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Profound examples of how the Affordable Care Act is saving lives

How dare anyone call this evil? This first video is about Zoe. She was born with half a heart. By the time she was 6 months old, she had already had two open heart surgeries and was half-way to using up her lifetime cap. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, she is alive and will grow old. Here’s Zoe’s mom, […]

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Michigan Republicans pass anti-union bill that saves no money simply to harass unions

What’s the polite phrase for “dick move”? This past week, Michigan Republicans passed House Bill 4929 that prohibits school districts from doing automatic deductions from teachers’ paychecks to pay for their union dues. It was touted as a cost-saving measure by some. How much will it save? See, that’s the thing: Nothing. According to the most recent Senate Fiscal Analysis: […]

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Tuesday afternoon Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up – 3/13/2012

In our last episode… Detroit may avoid Emergency Manager by agreeing to a consent agreementThis morning, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder presented a consent agreement to Detroit city officials. This is basically his last offer before imposing an Emergency Manager on Michigan’s largest city. Michigan Radio reporting news from the Associated Press: Councilman James Tate says the deal includes an advisory […]

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Indiana House of Representatives passes Emergency Manager bill, heads to Governor to become law

There goes another one, just like the other one… As I wrote about in January, the Indiana Senate decisively passed an Emergency Manager bill similar to but different than Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. The vote was 48-1. Last Friday, the Indiana House passed the Emergency Manager bill unanimously, 96-0. Local governments and school corporations in financial distress could ask a […]

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Obama administration goes after China for unfair trade of rare earth metals (Updated with transcript)

Obama administration goes after China for unfair trade of rare earth metals (Updated with transcript)

It IS a matter of national security, actually The Obama administration announced this morning that it is requesting a “consultation” with China with the World Trade Organization over unfair export restraints on rare earth metals, as well tungsten and molybdenum, materials used in a wide array of electronics including the burgeoning industry of electric vehicle batteries. U.S. Trade Representative Ron […]

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Can We Call Mitt Romney a Liar?

Can We Call Mitt Romney a Liar?

When Mitt lies, Atlas shrugs You know the GOP’s favorite Karl Rove tactic: Take an opponent’s strength and make it his weakness. This is how Vietnam evader George W. Bush beat war hero John Kerry. This is why Sarah Palin, who was vetted as well as a pair of shoes purchased online, says President Obama wasn’t properly vetted. This blurs […]

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Tea party supporters of Mayor Janice Daniels of Troy go completely off their nut, file 10 Daniels recall petitions

Tea party supporters of Mayor Janice Daniels of Troy go completely off their nut, file 10 Daniels recall petitions

Hoo-boy. Tea partiers in Troy, Michigan have pretty much completely lost it, apparently. I retaliation for the recall initiated against Mayor Janice Daniels, they have now filed no less than ten additional recall petitions to muddy up the works. In response to a recent recall effort against Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, a Troy resident has issued 10 recall petitions in […]

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Rick Santorum: “It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter” a month after he used one a CPAC

Rick Santorum: “It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter” a month after he used one a CPAC

Hypocrisy, thy name is Rick Santorum Good goddess, are you freaking kidding me??? Rick Santorum actually said, “it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter”. No, seriously. You mean like this, Rick, when you were at CPAC? Photo credit: Washington Post Let’s review, from my post last month: Here’s Joe Scarborough with his teleprompters. And Marco Rubio with his. […]

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Mich Sen. Hune decries Dem effort to provide all students with college education as raising taxes on “my people” (businesses)

Mich Sen. Hune decries Dem effort to provide all students with college education as raising taxes on “my people” (businesses)

Well, at least he’s honest… Earlier this month Michigan Democrats released a plan they call Michigan 2020. The plan would identify $1.8 billion in corporate tax cuts that aren’t being effective and redirect that money to education so that all Michigan students have the opportunity to go to college. The Michigan 2020 Plan would provide Michigan high school graduates – […]

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