Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker “welcomed” to Michigan by nearly 2,000 protesters

You ain’t from around here is you, boy?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had quite a day yesterday. First, he was greeted by upwards of 2,000 protesters at an speech for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Then, when he got to Michigan, he was greeted by a crowd estimated to be anywhere from 1,300 to nearly 3,000.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was greeted in Michigan by nearly 2,000 union protesters chanting for his recall, but inside the San Marino Club the embattled governor received a standing ovation from GOP faithful cheering his reforms.

The Republican governor is trying to hold onto his job in the aftermath of his successful efforts to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin.

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Republicans come to the rescue of the military but food stamp recipients will have to pay the price

Won’t someone think of the bombers? Nevermind. Someone did.

When the deficit cutting committee failed to reach agreement last year, it set in motion a series of automatic budget cuts which included some military cuts. This, of course, is an anathema to the Republicans so they have been scrambling like crazy to find a way to trim the budget to avoid cuts to military spending.

They have prevailed. They will be cutting benefits to food stamp recipients.

This is based on the belief, recently spelled out by Paul Ryan, that things like food stamps “transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.”

[C]onservatives are alarmed that the level of income-related government benefits continues to rise.…
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Former Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler says Public Act 4 isn’t working (and can’t work)

Oh. NOW you tell us.

Former Emergency Manager of Pontiac Michael Stampfler is giving a presentation to the Rotary Club of Wyandotte about why Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — isn’t working and cannot work.

Stampfler says, “I do not believe EMs can be successful — they abrogate the civic structure of the community for a period of years then return it virtually dismantled for the community to attempt to somehow make a go of it. The program provides no structure for long term recovery, and that is why most communities slide back into trouble, if they experience any relief at all — a vicious cycle.…
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PROTEST: Michigan GOP fundraiser tonight featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Birds of a feather

The most-reviled governor in the country, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, will be in Troy Michigan tonight to headline a Republican fundraiser. The venue is the same one where Americans for Prosperity held their forum a couple of months ago — The San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road.

As you might imagine, there will be a protest. The Michigan chapter of the National Action Network headed by Rev. Charles Willams II has teamed up with the UAW and will be joined by Occupy Detroit, other labor unions, local pastors and other groups to issue “subpoenas” to the two “Co-Conspirators.…

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SHOCKER! Republicans side with the 1%, vote down the Buffett Rule

Won’t someone think of the millionaires?

Not that it’s a surprise but Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of the Buffett Rule today that would have ensured that the most-wealthy Americans would pay their fair share in taxes. It wouldn’t have raised that much money but it’s a good first step.

President Obama was much nicer about it than I would have been:

Tonight, Senate Republicans voted to block the Buffett Rule, choosing once again to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest few Americans at the expense of the middle class.

The Buffett Rule is common sense. At a time when we have significant deficits to close and serious investments to make to strengthen our economy, we simply cannot afford to keep spending money on tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans don’t need and didn’t ask for.

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Where is the media on the font-size challenge to Public Act 4 repeal petitions?

Hello? Anybody out there?

I really have to ask the question, “Where is the mainstream media on the challenge to Public Act 4 repeal petitions?” This is not just a wonky, technical discussion. This is an attempt to silence the voices of nearly a quarter million Michiganders on a concocted technicality. (If you’ve missed my previous posts on this, you can read them HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

So, where IS the media on this? Many news groups gleefully reported the challenge in the first place. However, except for one piece by Michigan Radio (and The Rachel Maddow Show, of course, [watch their segment HERE]), there’s been no digging into the Sterling Corporation who runs Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, the group who is challenging the petitions.…

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Pete Hoekstra pays the price for racism and sexism

Karma's a hardass, Pete

Pete Hoekstra, the Republican Party's leading hopeful to defeat Democrat Debbie Stabenow in November is not looking so hopeful these days. Right out of the chute he ran a clearly racist ad during the Superbowl. That was such a catastrophe that he has since scrubbed all mention of it from every corner of the internet he could. This past week he joined the GOP's War on Women by calling the Lilly Ledbetter Act -- the law forces employers to pay women the same as men for equal work or face a lawsuit -- "a nuisance". Yes, Pete, it's such a nuisance to pay the ladies the same as men. All of this is taking its toll on Hoekstra's campaign. In February, he was down in the polls against Stabenow 53-42%. Now we find out his campaign donations are down by nearly a third.
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There’s a funny thing about the “Romneycare” that Mitt Romney hates so much: It’s making health insurance rates drop.

I hate when that happens

Mitt Romney is traveling around the country telling Americans what a complete disaster Obamacare is, the health insurance reform modeled after his own Romneycare back in Massachusetts. He calls it "an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement, and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives." Meanwhile, back Massachusetts, health insurance rates in the program are actually dropping.
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