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Michigan Sec of State Johnson: If PA 4 repeal petition font is wrong, ALL other ballot initiatives are disqualified, too

Michigan Sec of State Johnson: If PA 4 repeal petition font is wrong, ALL other ballot initiatives are disqualified, too

Didn’t think of THAT didjya?

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson filed a brief (pdf) with the state Supreme Court last week that gives me hope. In the case the Court is hearing in front of a packed courtroom today regarding the font size issue with the Public Act 4 repeal petitions, her office suggested that if the PA 4 repeal petitions are disqualified, the petitions for ALL SIX of the other ballot initiatives would also be disqualified.

Details after the jump.

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Romney resorts to Breitbart-style editing in latest attack against Obama (UPDATED x2)

Romney resorts to Breitbart-style editing in latest attack against Obama (UPDATED x2)

Mitt Romney: sinking to new lows every day

Playing off the anger generated by anti-Obama types on the right who took the President’s words out of context to make it sound like he was maligning small businesses, Mitt Romney has now gone full Breitbart in his latest attack ad. Pretty much any journalist with a pulse has written put this one in the “lying his damn ass off category”.

More, including the Obama campaign’s response ad and video after the jump.

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Graphically LOLGOP – Dictionary edition

Graphically LOLGOP – Dictionary edition

Larger version suitable for sharing after the jump.

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Special Obama photomosaic poster offer – A gift for you and a birthday gift for President Obama

Special Obama photomosaic poster offer – A gift for you and a birthday gift for President Obama

Forward!

In 2008, Anne and I worked tirelessly to get Senator Barack Obama elected. After the election, Anne wanted to do more. Realizing that she had literally thousands of photos of people who had attended Obama rallies in Michigan, she put together a photomosaic of then President-elect Barack Obama. Titled “Out of Many, We Are One”, it is composed of thousands of faces of people she photographed that summer and fall. She posted it on Flickr and, much to her surprise, it was picked up by Time magazine. In January of 2009, it ran as a full two-page spread in their Person of the Year issue.

A special offer for our Eclectablog readers after the jump!

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Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away this week, her partner to receive NO federal benefits (UPDATED)

Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away this week, her partner to receive NO federal benefits (UPDATED)

THIS is how we treat our heroes?

Astronaut and Stanford physicist Sally Ride passed away this week from pancreatic cancer. She was the first woman American* and the youngest American of either gender to travel into space. My family has a small but important (to us) connection with Dr. Ride. When my daughter was in grade school, she had a project where they dressed as their heroes and, during an open house, played the role of their hero, answering questions and chatting with the parents that visited. My daughter was there, dressed in a blue jumpsuit and sporting my motorcycle helmet, a third grade astronaut. Her picture even ended up in the local newspaper.

When Dr. Ride, a lesbian, passed away this week, she left behind her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy. Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), O’Shaughnessy will receive no federal benefits, benefits she would receive if she were a man. Despite their life-long partnership, she is treated as if she were just an acquaintance.

The two met when they were 12 years old.

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What Would Mitt Romney Do Differently Than George W. Bush?

What Would Mitt Romney Do Differently Than George W. Bush?

Fool us three times? Shame, shame, shame. If you can stand it, try a little experiment: Ask a Republican how Mitt Romney would be different than George W. Bush. I’ll tell you the answer you’ll get later and why it’s a lie. But first, let’s review how Mitt compares to George. THE SAME Advisers According to the Washington Times: Mr. […]

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TOMORROW! Join the anti-Emergency Manager Law protest at the state Supreme Court

TOMORROW! Join the anti-Emergency Manager Law protest at the state Supreme Court

Public Act 4: Anti-democratic, anti-American

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25th, the Michigan state Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the petitions used to gather signatures to put Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. At issue is whether or not a concocted lie about the font size of a single phrase on the petition, “REFERENDUM OF LEGISLATION”, is enough to disenfranchise Michigan voters and throw away the voice of the nearly quarter million people who signed the petitions.

You can join the protest at the Supreme Court tomorrow and free bus rides are available from around the state. Details after the jump.

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Graphically LOLGOP – Fishing edition

Graphically LOLGOP – Fishing edition

Teach a Republican to fish…

Anne and LOLGOP are teaming up to pair his Greatest Hits tweets with some of Anne’s photos. Their first one, shown below, has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook already and it was just posted last evening.

We’re calling the new series “Graphically LOLGOP”. Enjoy.

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New ad features President Obama doing what he does best — connecting with YOU

New ad features President Obama doing what he does best — connecting with YOU

“Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face? It couldn’t be bigger.”

The Obama campaign has a new ad out that’s spectacular. Rather than presenting you with a lot of charts or facts, it features a calm, relaxed and confident President Obama looking straight at you. Light piano music plays in the background. He simply explains to essential differences between him and Mitt Romney.

It’s very effective. Have a look after the jump.

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It is a myth that most small businesses would be hurt by ending the Bush tax cuts

It is a myth that most small businesses would be hurt by ending the Bush tax cuts

A successful myth, of course, but a myth nonetheless

A study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released last week shows that the claim by Republicans that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on the wealthiest among would harm small businesses is a myth. In fact, only 2.5% of small business owners are in the top two tax rates and only 0.5% of them are millionaires.

Ammunition to fight back against these lies after the jump.

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Jase Bolger: “Nothing to see here, move along, we have unions to crush, women to deprive of reproductive rights”

Jase Bolger: “Nothing to see here, move along, we have unions to crush, women to deprive of reproductive rights”

I’m sorry we paused in our union-crushing, women’s rights ending crusade…

Late in the afternoon on Friday when most people were thinking more about their summer weekend ahead and not about state politics, Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger gave the apology version of the Friday afternoon “news dump”. In a piece published in the Detroit Free Press and put online at 2:56 p.m., he “apologized”.

More after the jump.

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