Is Democrat Steve Pestka buying Facebook “Likes” for his MI-03 campaign page?

Those are some interesting demographics you have there, sir…

A few weeks ago, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer sent a letter to the two Democratic candidates running for the seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, Steve Pestka and Trevor Thomas. In the letter (pdf), he asked them to sign a pledge to run a “clean and fair” primary campaign. The pledge contains six items, most of which are pretty standard fare. But one of them is not. It has the candidates pledging to “avoid attacks on each other’s records and positions by any means, including the media, campaign literature, advertisements, phone calls, mailings, e-mail, and speaking engagements.”

This is a condition that clearly favors the 60-year old politician Steve Pestka.…

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We’ve looked at Romney’s business experience, now let’s take a look at his governing – devastating new video

Wait, this is just as bad as his business approach...

The media, helped along by the Obama campaign, has spent considerable time recently looking at Mitt Romney's past as a businessman and top dog at Bain Capital. With the release of a devastating new video this morning titled "Broken Promises: Romney's Massachusetts Record", it appears they are turning their attention to his past as the governor of Massachusetts. It's not pretty. [Video after the jump]
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Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Rick Snyder hits the ground running

Get your democracy on

Michigan Rising, the group working to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, has hit the ground running. According to spokesperson Bruce Fealk, the group already has tens of thousands of petitions in the field in the first few weeks of their signature-gathering drive.

As of this week they have distributed more than 50,000 petitions in 57 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

There are currently eight permanent signing locations in the state in Traverse City, Frankfort, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, Allegan County, Ypsilanti, St. Clair and Macomb County. You can find the exact locations of the fixed petitions HERE.…

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Beer With Bloggers TOMORROW! Don’t miss it!

Our Beer With Bloggers event tomorrow is turning out to be quite a gala affair. With so many bloggers in attendance, it may be the "most blogged about" event in southeastern Michigan in quite some time! [Meta update and the current Beer With Bloggers bloggers list after the jump]
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The GOP is Threatening Your Job

The GOP is Threatening Your Job

If you have to sabotage the economy to win, your ideas suck

Of all the terrible lessons the Republicans have learned since 2009, the worst is: Economic sabotage works.

In 2009, the President’s immediate efforts to stimulate the economy and rescue the auto industry took us from losing 800,000 jobs a month to creating thousands. But, before the policies were even in place, the GOP called it a failure.

KNOW THIS: The Stimulus was the most successful economic effort since World War II. Yet the GOP was able to make it a bad word by employing Karl Rove tactics with Koch brothers money–carefully crafted talking points repeated endlessly.…

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Congressman Thaddeus McCotter fails to make the ballot, fraud investigation underway – UPDATED


Congressman Thaddeus McCotter first took office in 2002. This year he won't even make the ballot in the August primary. After submitting 2,000 signatures to be eligible for the primary, the Secretary of State notified him he did not have the minimum 1,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. His petitions are now part of a fraud investigation. [More after the jump...]
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Book Recommendation: Rachel Maddow’s “Drift”

Book Recommendation: Rachel Maddow’s “Drift”

Again and again as I’ve come across some fact or story that befuddles me, I’ve thought: I need Rachel Maddow to explain this to me.

Again and again, her ability to build context through anecdote, to invoke emotion without blurring logic, to raise the issues that matter through the muddle that don’t inspires me to attempt to remain sane. And her first book—Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power—Maddow projects her always fresh insight into one of the most complex, troubling issues of our time: the creep of permanent war.

The pleasure of reading this book, which is always stimulating and occasionally hilarious, is completely at odds with the disturbing narrative it crafts.…

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BREAKING: Mitt Romney reveals that energy costs are important to industry!

Mitt Romney, Master of the Universe Obvious

Mitt Romney believes that, between him and President Obama, only one of them knows one Very Important Fact: Energy costs are important to businesses. No, no. I'm serious. [Proof after the jump.]
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