Michigan Senate Majority Leader introduces bill to prohibit university students from unionizing

Oops. Almost forgot one.

In the Michigan Republican’s never-ending effort to stamp out every single public employee union in the state, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville introduced legislation this week to make sure university graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) don’t get any wise ideas.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has introduced a bill that would bar graduate student research assistants from unionizing.

The bill comes as debate swirls at the University of Michigan about whether GSRAs are employees, and thus allowed to unionize, or are students, and therefore ineligible to be represented by labor unions. The Michigan Employee Relations Commission (MERC) is holding hearings on the issue.

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Both GOP presidential front-runners would have let Chrysler & GM fail

It’s a winning message…for President Obama

It’s not just Mitt Romney that would have crashed the economy by letting Chrysler and GM fail. Rick Santorum would have, too:

Making his Michigan campaign debut in the home of the auto industry, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday he would not have supported the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.”If we had just stayed out of it completely and let the market work, I believe that the market would have worked,” Santorum said in an address to the Detroit Economic Club. “Would the auto industry look different than it does today?…
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Could Mitt Romney Go Bankrupt?

His morals have been in a blind trust for decades

Mitt Romney isn’t stupid.

Okay, in 2007-2008 he apparently invested $35.4 million in a presidential run that was over by Valentine’s Day. But that was to be the next Reagan. Priceless.

He hasn’t spent any of his quarter billion in assets yet for this Reaganpalooza. He isn’t receiving much support from small donors as compared to President Obama or John McCain. But Wall Street loves him.

The problem is NO ONE expected this primary to go this long.

The way you earn big donations in the primary is to appear inevitable while making your opponents seem implausible.…

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris appoints himself to several city commissions

It’s good to be the king

The Herald-Palladium reports today that Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris appointed himself to several city commissions. I guess he’s not planning on leaving soon after all…

In an order dated Tuesday, Emergency Manager Joseph Harris removed, appointed or reappointed members to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Cemetery Board, the Twin City Area Transportation Authority, the Downtown Development Authority, the Golf Course Oversight Panel, the Benton Harbor Housing Commission, the Benton Harbor Public Library Board, the Planning Commission, the Public Safety/Recreation Committee and the Board of Review.

Harris said Wednesday the city has to make appointments and reappointments to the committees annually but had not done that in the past.

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Michigan GOP rebuked by TWO rulings by the SAME judge. Highland Park Emgcy Mgr may be out of a job.

Take that! And THAT!

Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette is on a roll. Yesterday he delivered two rulings that set Michigan Republicans back on their heels.

First, he ruled that an obscene and blatant power grab by Oakland County Republicans is unconstitutional.

An Ingham County judge on Wednesday struck down a controversial state law that changed the way Oakland County’s commissioner districts are drawn.

Judge William Collette said the law was unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs hailed the striking down of what they described as a “Republican power grab.” Lawyers for Gov. Rick Snyder, a defendant, said an appeal is likely.

Collette ruled the law, Public Act 280, should have received a two-thirds majority vote because it dealt with a local matter; violated the Headlee Amendment against unfunded mandates, and impinged on the rights of county voters to petition for judicial review of their reapportionment plan.

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The Romney Desperation Syndrome

The best election money can buy

How desperate is Mitt Romney to win in his “home state” of Michigan? THIS desperate.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his allies at the super PAC Restore Our Future are spending $1,240,230 in Michigan this week, according to a Republican media buyer. The former Pennsylvania senator is spending $42,443 — not a typo — and none of his super PAC supporters have spent anything.That means there will be 29 times more Romney ads than Santorum ads on the air in the Wolverine state.

Twenty. Nine. Times.

Good lord. And he’s losing to Santorum in the last four polls taken in Michigan.…

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GOP Birth Control Mania Peaks

The 2012 election exists to prove that the GOP can do worse than Sarah Palin.

By the great @LizzWinstead.

On MSNBC this afternoon, Rick Santorum’s mega-baker Foster Friess (delicious name) said, “Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who was conducting the interview, paused to grab her fan and soothe her sudden case of the vapors.

 Meanwhile, the elders of Salem were convened on Capitol Hill by House Oversight Committee Chairmen Darrell Issa to look into the mandate for employers to provide women birth control.…

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The Michigan Santorum Surge continues – UDPATED

Santorum surging all over Michigan

On top of two recent polls showing Santorum surging all over Mitt Romney in Michigan, we now have two more:

Two more polls show Rick Santorum with a lead in Michigan’s presidential primary — and a sizeable one at that.The MRG Michigan Poll, done in concert with Lansing-based Inside Michigan Politics, shows Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, with 43 percent of the support to 33 percent for native son Mitt Romney, who grew up in Oakland County and has long been considered the front-runner in Michigan.

In the MRG poll, they were trailed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (11 percent) and U.S.

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