This is what we’ll be watching this afternoon:
This year: live tweets!
Last November, I broke the news that Adam Zemke had announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 55th state House district. This district was recently reconfigured and is now strongly Democratic-leaning – it is considered to be an easy pick-up for Dems. Zemke has only one Democratic opponent at this point, Bob Davidow.
I posted this yesterday but got some pertinent facts wrong, not once, but twice. So, I pulled the post until I could get my facts straight.
In my defense, the situation surrounding the fight to save Jean Klock Park is very confusing – unnecessarily confusing, in my opinion. In a city with less than 10,000 residents there are actually TWO groups fighting to save/protect the 90-acre park: Protect Jean Klock Park and Friends of Jean Klock Park (aka “Save Jean Klock Park”).
UPDATE: I have removed comments regarding these two groups being adversaries because they both assure me they are not.…
In early January, I broke the news that Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer would be asking the state committee to bypass enforcing rules against Democrats voting in both the Democratic caucus and in the primary.
When I last wrote about Right to Work (for less) cheerleader State Rep. Mike Shirkey, it was it was discovered he took federal Stimulus dollars for his company and then laid people off.
Yesterday in my Emergency Manager news round-up, I linked to reporting by WXYZ saying that a Lansing judge had “ruled” that meetings by financial review teams, in a lead up to imposing an Emergency Manager on a school or municipality, violated the Open Meetings Act. Turns out that WXYZ had it quite wrong and Judge Collette made no such ruling. Michigan Radio, who reported the same thing based on the same WXYZ report, has since corrected their error.
As bad as things are right now in Michigan, they are about to get so much worse that I fear there is a genuine risk of the types of riots we haven’t seen since the 60s & 70s in my state. If you think we have too many failing schools and too many failing cities now, if you think the disenfranchisement of our citizens through the imposition of Emergency Managers was at a shocking level in 2011, wait until you take a peek at what’s to come in 2012.
This is corporatocracy and war on the 99% writ large and writ bold.…
Iraqi war vet and “Friend o’ the blog” John Waltz (pictured right) is running for Congress in Michigan’s 6th district against the pro-Big Oil, pro-Big Business, anti-environment incumbent Fred Upton. This is a good thing because, honestly, Upton is everything we do NOT want in a Congressional Representative.
Upton is the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Given his anti-EPA/anti-environmental protection position, him having this position of power is both ironic and frightening.
In a typical move for Upton, this week, he appointed a former Big Energy lobbyist to be the General Council for the Committee.…
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