Mark Schauer announces he will not run for Congress in 2012

Well, this is a disappointment. From an email I received from former MI-07 Congressman Mark Schauer this morning:

I wanted to personally email you, before you heard it in the press, that I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2012. As you can imagine, with all the dysfunction in the Congress today, this was not an easy decision.

A combination of factors led me to this conclusion — the joy I’ve found in re-connecting with my family, especially our three little grandsons; the difference I’m making as national co-chair of the BlueGreen Alliance Jobs 21! campaign; and Republican Congressional redistricting that removes my hometown of Battle Creek from my old Congressional district.

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Michigan Radio’s “The Environment Report” wins coveted Edward R. Murrow Award

Kudos to Michigan Radio:

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award.

The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future.

In the series, The Environment Report‘s Rebecca Williams, Mark Brush, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country and the true costs of our dependence on coal. The series explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living.

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John “Who???” McCulloch drops out of race for Stabenow’s Senate seat

Not only did most people not see this coming, they probably hadn’t even heard of the person involved in the first place.

Now that a candidate with a lot of name recognition has entered the race to unseat Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow in the 2012 election, a candidate with little name recognition has dropped out.

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch announced he is withdrawing from the race (he entered the race just 11 days ago) and endorsing Republican Pete Hoekstra’s bid.

Eleven days. Way to keep at it there, John. Maybe next time around you can get to two full weeks.…

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Ahem. Speaker Boehner? A word please, sir?

Um, Speaker Boehner? Sir? About that press conference of yours last night? I’d like to correct a few misstatements lies, if you don’t mind.

These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why.

People aren’t struggling because of this mythical “spending binge” you talk about. They are struggling because YOUR party’s president crashed our economy a few years back, sir.

President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual — yet another routine increase in the national debt limit — we in the House said ‘not so fast.’ Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.…
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Public Act 4 Repeal townhall in Flint this THURSDAY

Last night I participated in a Repeal Public Act 4 townhall in Ypsilanti. Over 40 people attended to learn about the repeal effort and to ask questions. Participants received information from Representative David Rutledge from the 54th District, Michigan Forward CEO Brandon Jessup, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo, me and a number of others.

In addition, attendees got instructions on how to circulate petitions and gather valid signatures.

When asked what the deadline for the petition drive is, Jessup said, “Our goal is to have enough valid signatures by Labor Day. Our deadline is TODAY!”

On Thursday of this week, a similar event will happen in Flint.…

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Pulpit: bullied

Last night, President Obama spoke to the country about the looming crisis, imposed on the country by Republicans who have what appears to be a single interest in mind: protecting the interests of every single millionaire and billionaire in the USA from having to give up even one penny of their money. It should never have come to this but this is the state of our country at the moment with Republicans the skabillionaires who control Republican in charge.

[Our] approach says, let’s live within our means by making serious, historic cuts in government spending. Let’s cut domestic spending to the lowest level it’s been since Dwight Eisenhower was President.…
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May I have your attention, please?

Eclectacat, Spooky.

May, I have your attention, please?

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The debt ceiling & the individual mandate: how you know GOP negotiators were NEVER serious

With Mitch McConnell’s declaration earlier this year that his main political goal is ensuring that Barack Obama is a one-term president, everything else that has happened since makes sense. But there’s something that happened in the negotiations between the White House, Congressional Democrats and Congressional Republicans that tells you, beyond a doubt and without any room for argument, that the GOP “leaders” were never serious about reaching a compromise package on raising the debt ceiling and comprehensive deficit reduction.

From Talking Points Memo:

But talks broke down along three major differences: the two sides were $400 billion apart on taxes, Obama rejected a last minute demand from the GOP that the deal include a repeal of the individual mandate in healthcare reform, and the two sides were still haggling over a difference of $40 billion in cuts to Medicaid, according to the White House.…
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