Virginia AG Cuccinelli freezes payments to non-profits, says they’re “unconstitutional”

Well, it’s the Kick in the Teeth du jour for our country’s neediest people. This time it’s courtesy of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:

On Friday, Cuccinelli’s office informed state officials that it has completed its review of a number of charities funded through the Virginia Department of Health, deeming some payments unconstitutional.

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[T]he decision could endanger millions in funding slated for groups that work with some of the state’s neediest residents. The agency said it would not release the names of the groups affected until next week, as allowed under public information laws, to give time for its officials to deliver the news to affected groups.

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Teacher layoffs in Michigan reaching an epidemic level – nearly 5,500 in Detroit alone

To say things are bad for teachers in Michigan is tragic understatement. Layoff notices are being issued around the state (per union contracts) for the coming school year. The most significant was announced this week:

Detroit Public School teachers union members get pink slips

Detroit Public Schools administrators have mailed layoff notices to the 5,466 members of the teachers union

as they prepare to scale back the workforce and jettison as many as 25 schools in June.

The district said it expects to revise union contracts next month, using authority granted by the state’s new emergency manager law.

District officials announced late Thursday the notices were sent to members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

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Friday morning dogger blogging

We had a couple of really nice, sunny days last weekend and the president of the Eclectablog Fan Club enjoyed it, too. Like us, she’s been waiting, not so patiently, for the warm weather to finally arrive.

Here she is, ladies and gentlemen: Hara!

Her expression says it all, don’tchya think?

(Photo by my lovely wife with her iPhone.)

I’m just sayin’……

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What the hell? Are Democrats FINALLY getting it on messaging?

Seriously, who are these people and what have you done with my Democrats? These people appear to have a clue about how to effectively deliver their message with a *punch* and succinctly frame the debates of the day.

Here’s Congressman Joe Crowley of New York. You won’t want to miss this.

Here’s the message in total:

LAST FALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

GAVE US OUR MARCHING ORDERS

JOBS JOBS JOBS

100 DAYS OF GOP RULE =

0 JOBS BILLS

SO, IF NOT JOBS

WHAT HAS THE GOP BEEN UP TO?

GOP’S PRIORITY 1:

Cut more than 700,000 American Jobs

GOP’S PRIORITY 2:

Take away healthcare for the people…

but keep it for themselves

Surely, a jobs bill must be priority #3

GOP’S PRIORITY 3:

Manipulate tax code to pursue ideological agenda…

at the expense of women & small businesses

REALLY, GOP?

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Tea partiers outnumbered 10-to-1 by labor ralliers once again

It’s beginning to become a bit of trend here in Michigan: tea partiers have a rally that is dwarfed by a liberal/Democratic/labor rally. This week was no exception.

Yesterday, the biggest protest rally yet by union members on the steps of the State Capitol building drew an estimated 4,500 attendees.

Thousands rally at Capitol against Michigan budget, cuts to education, pension taxes

Thousands of protesters angry at Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget converged on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday to send a message to legislators.

The rally, estimated to be the biggest one of the year, drew approximately 4,500 people, many of them union members.

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Eric Cantor is so out of touch he doesn’t even know when tax day is

Fer cryin’ out loud, I thought these guys were tax freaks? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a guy who steeps himself in tea party rhetoric with every breath and oozes tea from ever pore, is, apparently, so completely out of touch with the everyday lives of average Americans that he doesn’t even know when Tax Day is this year.

Leader Cantor Responds to President Obama’s Tax Hike Speech

I had an opportunity today to go to the White House with Speaker Boehner and the other leaders in the House and the Senate. We had a very serious discussion with the President.

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John Kyl: If you’re a Senator, it’s okay to lie to make your point

Senator John Kyl is a liar. This has now been established.

Last Friday he said this on the Senate floor:

“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.

Sounds great conservatives, I’m sure. Problem is that it’s a complete lie. Abortions account for only about 3% of what Planned Parenthood does.

When Kyl got called on his blatant lying, his staff issued the following statement:

[The senator's remark] was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.…
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New Twitter hashtag: #33seniors

Today I’m announcing a new hashtag: #33seniors. It comes from President Obama’s budget/deficit speech yesterday:

[The Republicans have] a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each.…
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