GOP Birth Control Mania Peaks

The 2012 election exists to prove that the GOP can do worse than Sarah Palin.

By the great @LizzWinstead.

On MSNBC this afternoon, Rick Santorum’s mega-baker Foster Friess (delicious name) said, “Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who was conducting the interview, paused to grab her fan and soothe her sudden case of the vapors.

 Meanwhile, the elders of Salem were convened on Capitol Hill by House Oversight Committee Chairmen Darrell Issa to look into the mandate for employers to provide women birth control.…

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The Michigan Santorum Surge continues – UDPATED

Santorum surging all over Michigan

On top of two recent polls showing Santorum surging all over Mitt Romney in Michigan, we now have two more:

Two more polls show Rick Santorum with a lead in Michigan’s presidential primary — and a sizeable one at that.The MRG Michigan Poll, done in concert with Lansing-based Inside Michigan Politics, shows Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, with 43 percent of the support to 33 percent for native son Mitt Romney, who grew up in Oakland County and has long been considered the front-runner in Michigan.

In the MRG poll, they were trailed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (11 percent) and U.S.

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My piece in The Nation on Michigan’s Emergency Manager law

Michigan’s Emergency Managers in the national spotlight

In the current issue The Nation magazine, I have a piece titled “The Scandal of Michigan’s Emergency Managers” which is a general overview of Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. For regular Eclectablog readers, there isn’t much new there but for those who haven’t been following, it’s likely to be a bit of a bombshell.

Here’s an excerpt:

Everyone agrees that something must be done to “fix” Michigan’s struggling urban centers and school districts, although news of a $457 million surplus in early February prompted the state budget director to declare, “Things have turned.” But at what cost?…
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Pete Hoeksta’s “Yellow Girl” apologizes

Now let that be a lesson to you

The 21-year old actress that was in Pete Hoekstra’s racist campaign ad, described in his now-defunct website’s code as “Yellow Girl” (which their web team disingenously/laughingly describes as “a typo”), has apologized. Via the Angry Asian Man blog:

The 21-year-old actress just released the following statement on her Facebook page expressing regret and asking for forgiveness for her role in the ad:
“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am.
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Endorse Mitt Romney

Millionaire Faux-Moderates Unite!

Rick Snyder isn’t the county’s least popular governor, anymore. But his anti-democratic embrace of the Emergency Manager law and the forthcoming “Tax Bomb” of 2012™ have put him on edge, reluctant to go full Scott Walker by signing the “Right to Bust Unions” legislation that may hit his desk.

This isn’t the time when you imagine the Governor wants to be put his diminished credibility on the line.

However, Snyder has decided to use his voice, which is sounding more and more like Kermit the Frog, to give a full-throated endorsement to the flagging campaign of the severely unpopular Mitt Romney.…

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Daily Kos’ “Operation Hilarity” – getting Dems to vote for Santorum – is a HUGE mistake

Who spiked the water cooler?

The Daily Kos crew, a group of people I normally admire and adore, has completely gone off the rails with a project they are calling “Operation Hilarity”. First announced by kos himself and further expanded upon by Chris Bowers, it is essentially an effort to encourage Democrats to vote in the open Republican primaries in a variety of states, including Michigan, for Rick Santorum.

Yes, you read that right. FOR Rick Santorum. They have this idea that somehow, if they can get Santorum to surge, it will extend the GOP primary and help the Democrats. They are even raising money and doing ad buys on Facebook, etc.…

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Severely Depressing New Michigan Poll Numbers for Mitt Romney

I knew Governor Romney. I was friends with Governor Romney. Mitt, you’re not our Governor Romney.


by @rkref

PPP Polls has new numbers out, and it’s bad news for Mitt. Even worse news than finding out the car he was driving in his latest commercial about Michigan was made in Canada.

More than half of Michigan voters support how the President bailed out Detroit. Supporters of the so-called “bailout” favor the President an 81-15 margin.

The strange justice of Mitt’s political career coming to in an end in Michigan would be Shakespearean if it weren’t so David Simon-ish.…

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Wednesday afternoon Emergency Manager news round-up – 2/15/2012

All the news that’s fit to make you cringe

Lots of news to get to today. Lots more after the jump, too, so make sure you click through.

UPDATE: My article for The Nation magazine on Michigan’s Emergency Manager law will be in the issue that goes to print today and will hit the stands later this week. It may or may not be online unless you are a subscriber. I’ll keep everyone posted when it’s available.

  • Michigan Forward to turn in petition signatures February 29th
    Michigan Forward’s petition drive to repeal Public Act 4 is near its end and they will turn in well over 200,000 signatures on February 29th.
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