Ann Arbor teen who fought “anti”-bully bill takes on another “Bully” issue

Look out world, here comes Katy Butler. Again.

Last November, I wrote about an amazing teenager from Ann Arbor named Katy Butler (HERE and HERE.) She and her friend Carson Borbely put a petition on to try to force legislative change on what became known as the “License to Bully Bill”.

Well, Katy is back at it. Because she has been such an activist on the issue of bullying, starting at the tender age of 16 and continuing now that she’s 17, she is very well-informed about the issue. She recently found out about a new documentary film called “BULLY” that follows several teens who are dealing with bullies and reveals the impact this has on them and their family and friends.…

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Judge issues stunning smackdown to Detroit Emergency Manager review team

Yeeouch. That’ll leave a mark.

One of my newest heroes these days, Ingham County Judge William Collette has had just about enough of Governor Sndyer’s Detroit Emergency Manager review team. As I mentioned this afternoon in my Michigan Emergency Manager news round-up, this review team tried to circumvent the Open Meetings Act, which Judge Collette had already found them in violation of, by setting up a subcommittee that would continue to meet in secret.

Judge Collette is pissed.

An Ingham County judge this afternoon ordered all 10 members of the Detroit emergency financial review team to appear in his courtroom March 12 to answer why they should not be held in contempt for attempting to evade his finding that the review team is subject to the Open Meetings Act by forming a smaller committee to meet in secret.
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Public Act 4 repeal signatures delivered + Michigan Emergency Manager New Round-up

It just goes on and on and on and on

Lots of news to cover today. Make sure you click through to the jump page if you’re reading this from the front page of Eclectablog.

  • Stand Up For Democracy coalition delivers 226,637 petition signatures
    Yesterday, the Stand Up For Democracy coalition and Michigan Forward delivered well over the 160,304 signatures needed to put the repeal of Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law – on the November ballot to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office in Lansing.

    Here is Michigan Forward’s statement:

    Today, Michigan Forward, the Stand Up for Democracy Coalition and countless volunteers and supporters representing the labor, civic, and faith based communities from around the State of Michigan submitted 226,637 signatures to repeal the “Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act,” known as Public Act 4 (PA 4).
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LOLGOP of the Week

It may be impossible to just pick one

Here’s the idea. We’re going to pick a LOLGOP Moment of the Week but we need your help.What is the clunkiest, most telling GOP gaffe you’ve come across this week?Is it Rush admitting he doesn’t know how birth control works? Santorum revealing his vomitous response to the Separation of Church and State? Or Mitt’s record setting flip flop?…

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The GOP clownshow continues – Michigan edition

You call that “winning”?

Although Mitt Romney is crowing about his big win in Michigan this past Tuesday, it appears that he split the Michigan delegates evenly with Rick Santorum.

Comically, though, the Romney camp is saying that’s not true.

Santorum, campaigning in Tennessee, one of 10 states with contests on Super Tuesday next week, said he and Romney have split Michigan’s total of 30 delegates.”We tied the state of Michigan,” John Yob, adviser for the Santorum campaign, said in a press phone call Wednesday. “We view that as a major success.”

But Romney’s camp disputed the issue was closed.

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Andrew Breitbart has died – UPDATED


The Los Angeles coroner’s office has confirmed that Andrew Breitbart has died. A post on his website says that he died unexpectedly “of natural causes” at the age of 43 just after midnight in Los Angeles. Oddly, he was tweeting between 11 p.m. and midnight Los Angeles time last night.

He is survived by his wife Susie and four children.

The image to the right is one of the last ones taken of Breitbart when I photographed him at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan last Saturday.

UPDATE: Breitbart apparently collapsed while going for a walk:

Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean says, the Associated Press reports.…
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US Economy is looking better than previously thought

This is GREAT news for John McCain Barack Obama!

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Commerce Department has upgraded the fourth quarter 2011 GDP results up to 3% growth from 2.8%.

The economy grew slightly faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter and a gauge of factory activity in the Midwest hit a 10 month-high in February, pointing to underlying strength in the economy.

Gross domestic product expanded at a 3 percent annual rate, the quickest pace since the second quarter of 2010, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday in its second estimate.

The reading, which was up from the 2.8 percent pace the government reported last month and reflected modest upward revisions to almost all components of GDP, added to the recent run of fairly upbeat economic reports.

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Mitt Romney Sets a New Flip Flop Record

We used to call it lying

This afternoon, I was alarmed to learn that Mitt Romney had taken a sensible position. He said that he opposed the so-called Blunt Amendment the US Senate Amendment. This amendment allows any employer to deny birth control to his employees based on religious beliefs.

If Republicans spoke to their wives (or smart women like Elizabeth Warren), they would know that opposing this amendment makes sense. It’s the kind of issue you don’t want to make an issue. It’s a position Mitt Romney will have to take eventually.

And he took it. For 15 minutes.…

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