Does Justice Dept’s ruling on SC voter ID law bode well for repeal of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law?

This could signal an important foreshadowing of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law and its disparate impact on African Americans.

The U.S. Department of Justice will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state’s own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents, DOJ said in a letter to the state on Friday.

The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.

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No, Speaker Boehner, it’s NOT “hard to do the right thing”

Keeping a tax break for the majority of Americans in place just like Republicans fought for on behalf of skabillionaires last year was, of course, “the right thing to do”. A clear no-brainer, barely worth the breath it takes to discuss it. One would have thought all those House Republicans that signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes would have bent over backwards to get this extension passed. Somehow, however, they managed to bend themselves into pretzels, instead, figuring out why it’s okay to raise takes on most Americans but not gajillionaires after signing the Norquist pledge.

But there’s one piece from yesterday’s massive and epic GOPfail that really stood out from me.…

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There is no Santa, just utility bills

As seen at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor:

I KNOW THERE IS NO SANTA
NO GIFTS AT MY TREE
JUST BILL’S IN MY MAILBOX
FROM MOFO DTE ENERGY…
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Effort to unseat Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts a waste of time & energy

There aren’t too many people in Michigan more emphatic that we need to repeal Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager law – more than I am. But THIS is just an absurd waste of time.

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the office of emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools should be declared vacant because of a delay in administering the oath of office to Roy Roberts.

The high court announced Wednesday it will consider an argument rejected in October by the Michigan Court of Appeals that Roberts’ appointment in May is invalid because he failed to take the oath of office until months later.

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Michigan’s Emergency Manager situation gets coverage by MSNBC

Reverend Al Sharpton covered Michigan’s Emergency Manager law last night on Politics Nation. My now-famous chart showing the number of African Americans that will be impacted by this was mentioned with credit to me at around the 2:30 minute mark. They also used my audio of Emergency Manager Joe Harris without attribution. That comes in around 5:50 and is incorrectly identified as him speaking on a radio show (it was during a training session for potential Emergency Managers held in February 2011.)

The guests are Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson will be among a coalition of activists who will marching on Rick Snyder’s town on Martin Luther King, Jr.…

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The Toil Index – Keeping the 99% busy…at work

Via Laura Conaway at The Maddow Blog:

Ezra Klein today runs a year-in-charts post that’s purely the excellent. It includes the Toil Index, by the excellent economist Robert Frank. Basically, it shows why it’s so hard for working people to live decently these days. Working families are running faster and faster just to afford the same things their parents enjoyed, namely decent homes and decent schools for the kids.

No wonder recruiting new activists is such a challenge. We’re all too goddam busy working to protest and get active. It’s the folks who are unemployed who are having to pull the rope the hardest.…

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Republicans in Washington beginning to turn on their own

You know how piranhas and sharks, when they are in the middle of a feeding frenzy, will start to eat each other??? That’s pretty much what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now.

From Dana Bash at CNNPolitics:

“The House Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They are on their own,” a Senate GOP leadership aide told CNN.

“This is a lose – lose situation for us. They’ve let the Democrats get the messaging advantage and more specifically we’ve turned one of our key issues on its head. The Republicans look like they are the ones blocking tax relief,” said the Senate GOP leadership aide, who also called it “inexcusable.”

The House Republicans pulled defeat from the jaws of victory,” said the senior GOP Senate aide.

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Tim Walberg voted against extending the middle class tax cuts & extending unemployment insurance

Yesterday during Roll Call Vote 946, my Representative, Congressman Tim Walberg, voted against extending the middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance for unemployed Americans. The bill is H.R.3630.

I just sent him this note and I urge you to do the same:

I am appalled that my Representative to Congress voted AGAINST the bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, extend Federally funded unemployment insurance benefits, and prevent decreases in reimbursement for physicians who provide care to Medicare beneficiaries. After fighting to prevent a one-year extension, you now turn around and vote against a 2-month extension because you claim it’s not long enough?…
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