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66 elected Democrats send letter to Snyder decrying Emergency Manager law

Not only are Senators Stabenow & Levin asking Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to reconsider his imposition of Emergency Managers on cities around the state, 66 elected officials, all Democrats, have sent a letter of their own (pdf). Although we come to this matter from a variety of differing perspectives and ideologies, we all share in the belief that applications of […]

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The new official First Family portrait

The new official First Family portrait

Now this is a fine-looking First Family: The photo was taken by White House super-photographer Pete Souza. The last one was taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz two years ago. My, my, those two kids are growing like weeds. They’re going to be a couple of very beautiful women, just like their mom. So proud. [From the White House blog]

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Senators Stabenow and Levin urge Rick Snyder to reconsider Emergency Manager law

In a letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin are urging the governor to reconsider the Emergency Manager law, citing constitutional concerns and its divisive nature. December 14, 2011 Govemor Rick SnyderP.O. Box 3001iLansing, Michigan 48909 Dear Governor Snyder,We are writing to express our concern regarding the state’s Emergency Financial Manager law. We are deeply […]

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Friday night fun: Yoga with a cat

I’m in Ithaca, New York this weekend and tired from a 9-hour drive so instead of my usual Eclectablather, I offer you this amazing video. She’s really, really good at Sun Salutations. So’s the lady.

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Michigan Republicans pass bill to ensure cities under Emergency Mgrs remain under state control

In the increasingly likely event that Michigan Forward and Stand Up For Democracy secure enough petition signatures for the referendum to repeal Public Act 4, the law immediately goes on hold. This leaves the question “what now?” Will the previous law go back into effect or, because PA 4 replaced that law, will there simply be no law allowing for […]

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Jonathan Mahler publishes important piece about Benton Harbor

For most of the summer, Jonathan Mahler has been working on an article for the New York Times Magazine about Benton Harbor. At one point, my wife and I met him there over pizza and beers to give him a bit of our perspective, primarily as outside observers unhappy with the new powers granted the city’s Emergency Manager Joe Harris. […]

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Obama admin acts to provide min wage & overtime protections for nearly 2 million in-home care workers

More “We can’t wait” goodness from the Obama adminstration today. The White House today will announce new rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would provide minimum wage and overtime protections for nearly two million workers who provide in-home care services for the elderly and infirmed. Many of these workers provide critical in-home health care services such as […]

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Lawrence Wilkerson: Republican response to the end of Iraq War “may cause me to leave this party”

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell was absolutely amazing on The Rachel Maddow Show last night. He was talking about the end of the Iraq War and the shameful response coming from Republicans, including those running for president. The only way I can explain it, Rachel, is their hatred of President Obama. And […]

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Emergency Manager Joe Harris: “Benton Harbor has been a joy”

Emergency Manager Joe Harris: “Benton Harbor has been a joy”

Back in April, I released exclusive audio of Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris audaciously talking about how he had taken over the town and was now in complete control. The EFM order, an “order” or directive, has the force of law. It is the same as a resolution or an ordinance so you’re running the city. You are the […]

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Michigan gets some good unemployment news

Alright! Now THIS is more like it! Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by eight-tenths of a percentage point last month to 9.8 percent. This is the first time since November of 2008 that Michigan’s jobless rate has dropped below 10 percent. The national November unemployment rate is 8.6 percent. The jobless rate fell by eight-tenths of a percentage point in November. […]

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THIS is why Fox viewers are dumber after watching Fox

THIS is why Fox viewers are dumber after watching Fox

There is a very good reason that people that watch Fox News are more stupid than their non-Fox watching counterparts: Fox actually lies to them. Check this out. When the unemployment rate numbers came out last week showing that we had dropped below 9% for the first time in forever, here’s the chart that Fox used: Check that out. The […]

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