The little GOP recall that could – recalling anti-teacher, anti-union Rep. Paul Scott

In what can only be called a nail-biter last night (see my liveblog HERE to see what I mean), the effort to recall anti-teacher, anti-union Republican Rep. Paul Scott from Grand Blanc was successful last night. After all of the votes were counted, Scott was recalled by a margin of only 197 votes – 50.4% to 49.6%. This is, however, quite a different result than the final poll before the election that had Scott winning by 8 percentage points.

Over the course of this campaign, the recall organizers displayed a nearly-Herculean level of determination. Recall language approval happened very late in the game.…

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LIVEBLOG: Recall of Michigan Rep. Paul Scott – UPDATED: Recall succeeds!!!

At 10:12 p.m., with 65.7% of precincts counted, the recall of anti-teacher, anti-union Michigan State Representative Paul Scott stands thusly:

49.49% FOR recall
50.51% against recall


10:18 p.m., with 74.29% of precincts counted, the recall of anti-teacher, anti-union Michigan State Representative Paul Scott stands thusly:

49.39% FOR recall
50.61% against recall

Difference is 237 votes. Think your vote doesn’t count?


10:39 p.m. Okay, Genesee County just took the Scott recall numbers off their website


10:43 p.m. Okay, Scott recall numbers back up. With 82.86% of precincts counted:

49.21% FOR recall
50.79% against recall

Difference is 302 votes.…

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Detroit’s latest hero: Ace the Pit Bull. Will the City of Detroit kill him?

This little guy is “Ace”. Ace was found near an Ace Hardware store in Detroit last Friday, unbelievably emaciated and near death. He was turned over to Detroit Animal Control who operate under a Detroit law that says they must hold him for four days unless the owner retrieves him. After that, he will be euthanized because adoption of pit bulls to non-owners is not allowed in the city.

Ace’s story has taken off like wildfire. A Facebook page was created. The page had around 4,000 likes this morning. As I type this Tuesday evening, it has almost 7,300 (300+ just while I was writing it.) An online petition was put up.…

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Michigan Governor Snyder says Flint is next for Emergency Manager

While many of us expected this and knew it was coming, it’s still painful to see. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says Flint is ready for an Emergency Manager.

Governor Rick Snyder says a financial emergency exists in Flint.

That determination could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager for the city.

“The State’s decision shows how serious our financial challenges are in the City of Flint,” Mayor Dayne Walling said in a statement. “Significant progress has been made to stabilize the City’s finances during a very difficult economy, but without shared sacrifice across the board the City has not been able to implement all of the necessary cost-savings.

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Banks glad you’re moving your money to credit unions – you aren’t profitable enough & they have too much $$$

I’m sorry, but I’m having a REAL hard time believing this load of manure:

DCDecoder asks [Motley Fool's] Morgan Housel: Why do you think Bank Transfer Day may end up working out for banks AND customers?

Housel: One of the drivers behind [Bank Transfer Day] is people trying to teach banks a lesson. The irony of that is since the financial crisis, and especially over the last three months as there has been a panic about Europe… banks have been inundated with cash deposits. They’ve been seeing a higher inflow of deposits than they can turn into loans.

That’s putting pressure on their margins because banks have to pay [Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.] premiums and overhead costs.

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Lance Enderle announces run for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District

Lance Enderle, who ran against incumbent Republican Mike Rogers in 2010, has announced he will run again in 2012. From his candidate’s website:


I am honored to announce that I have begun my campaign to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District in 2012.

I am on a continued mission that began when I ran for the same office in 2010. During that election, I made a commitment to the people of Michigan’s 8th District that I would not quit on them, no matter the circumstances. I have stuck to that promise. Since the 2010 election I have been busy fighting for the issues that matter to Michigan’s citizens and fighting for the rights of the working class.

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Sugar Law Center to host lecture and fundraiser – November 16, 2011

Friend of the Blog™ (hey, if Stephen Colbert can have a Friend of the Show™…) Sugar Law Center is having a very special night next week, Wednesday, November 16th. First, they are hosting the Leonard Grossman Memorial Lecture. As you know if you read this blog regularly, Sugar Law Center is suing the State of Michigan over the Emergency Manager Law (Public Act 4.) They have taken this issue by the horns and have already had some incremental victories. I fully endorse this organization and encourage you to support them in whatever way you can.

So, first, the lecture:

The Leonard Grossman Memorial Lecture:
Movement Lawyers and Citizen Activists—Essential Collaboration For Justice

by Attorney Michael Pitt

Free and open to the public

Michael Pitt is a nationally acclaimed litigator in employment and civil rights cases.

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The GOP debate train wreck finds it’s way to Michigan. Help Planned Parenthood and others “welcome” them.

This Wednesday, the train wreck known as the GOP primary crashes its sorry way into Michigan when the skabillionth debate will be held at Oakland University. As you might imagine, there are a few folks that would like to “welcome” them to our fair state.

First, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPOM) will be there to meet the GOP contenders, every single one of which is anti-choice.

This Wednesday, November 9, 2011, a Republican Presidential Debate will be taking place at Oakland University. All of the GOP candidates are anti-choice, with many supporting a “personhood” amendment that would not only outlaw abortion but ban common forms of birth control, emergency contraception, and in vitro fertilization.…
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