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Flint’s new Emergency Manager starts off by violating the city charter, fires staffers, mayor & City Council

Buried in the lede of the news about Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown firing seven staffers and essentially firing the the Mayor and City Council, as well, is this little tidbit: In his first orders as emergency manager, Michael Brown on Friday fired seven City Hall staffers — including the mayor’s second-in-command — and eliminated pay and benefits for the […]

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s poll numbers sinking like a rock

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s poll numbers sinking like a rock

Today we get some unsurprising news: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s poll numbers are crashing. Less than 20 percent of Michigan residents believe Gov. Rick Snyder is doing an excellent or good job running the state, a survey to be released Monday afternoon shows. The Fall 2011 State of the State survey conducted by the Institute for Public Policy and Social […]

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US Government makes major investment in biofuels

The Obama administration is announcing this week that they are making an historic investment in biofuels by purchasing 450,000 gallons of drop-in biofuel made from waste cooking oil and from an algae-based system. The fuel is called “drop in” because it can be blended with the traditional fuels used now with no need for equipment modifications. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus […]

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Tea Party mayor of Troy, Michigan thinks homophobic comments are “funny”

The mayor of Troy, Michigan, Janice Daniels, a proud member of the tea party, updated her Facebook status in June with this: “I think I’m going to throw away my I love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married.” She refused to apologize for this insulting public statement until this morning. Daniels apologized for the comment on […]

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Michigan state Rep. Dave Agema wants you to be afraid of Sharia law.

I got an email a couple of days ago from the Tea Party of West Michigan. This is the group with the comical and never-correct grammatical error at the top of every page of their website. The email, true to form, was hard to parse: “Come join me at Dave Agema is speaking on Sharia law and other topics. on […]

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Flint Emergency Manager eliminates pay and benefits for mayor and City Council, fires others

Newly-minted Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown got right to work last. On Friday (pdf) he fired seven staff members at City Hall and then eliminated pay and benefits for Flint’s newly-elected mayor and the City Council. The order says: Mayor Dayne Walling’s salary and all other compensation and benefits, including the accrual of post-employment benefits, are eliminated. Flint City Council […]

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Emergency Manager near for Inkster. With Detroit and Inkster, OVER HALF of Michigan blacks disenfranchised.

Lost in the media hubub regarding the possibility that Detroit may be put under the control of an Emergency Manager (EM) was related news about Inkster, Michigan. I reported in October and then again in November that Inkster is on a glide path toward a take over by an EM. The penultimate step toward that final outcome was taken this […]

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Nah-nah, nah, nah. Hey, hey, hey. Goo-oodbye, Mr. Cain

Nah-nah, nah, nah. Hey, hey, hey. Goo-oodbye, Mr. Cain

Later, dude. Herman Cain, a little known businessman who became a frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, suspended his campaign Saturday following allegations of an extramarital affair and claims of sexual harassment. You have to wonder if THIS didn’t have a little something to do with it. On Thursday, Cain provided new details on his relationship with White, including the […]

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Michigan Rep. John Conyers: Emergency Manager law violates the US Constitution

The Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4, is alread being challenged on two fronts. First with a petition drive by Michigan Forward to put it on the 2012 ballot as a referendum. They are nearing their signature goal and, once they have enough signatures certified, the law is immediately put on hold. Second, the Sugar Law Center and its partners […]

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Eclectablog on Fox News with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Nolan Finley

Here’s the video from my appearance on Fox News Detroit’s “Let it Rip” show last night. I shared the riser with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero who ran against Rick Snyder in the gubernatorial race last year and Nolan Finley, the very conservative Editorial Page Editor from the Detroit News. The topic was the announcement that Governor Rick Snyder will be […]

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gets it right — twice

A couple of things happened this week in the Governor’s office that I think were good moves and I commend Governor Snyder for them. First, earlier in the week, he signed legislation that moves all school board elections across the state to November of even-numbered years. This is a smart move that will save money and will encourage far higher […]

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