Mich Supreme Court: Homeless sex offenders must still list a “home” or be fined/jailed

It’s bad enough that Michigan is run entirely by Republicans at the moment. But now we learn that our GOP-led Supreme Court has completely lost its mind. Yesterday, they ruled that homelessness is no excuse for sex offenders not registering their home with the local officials.

A Michigan Supreme Court says homeless sex offenders must report their home address to the state even though they don’t actually have homes. Paroled sex offenders are legally required to provide their home address to the state sex offender registry. But what if they’re homeless?


[T]he Michigan Supreme Court says homelessness is no excuse.

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Lawrence O’Donnell: What you are seeing is the most masterful rope-a-dope ever seen by a president

This made me go to bed late last night. Brilliant analysis. Whenever I find myself doubting what the president is doing, I’m always reassured by recalling how many previous times I have had those doubts only to be shown by the end that his strategy was brilliant and successful, achieving the best possible results given the situation.

The debt ceiling debate is a stunning example of this according to O’Donnell. It’s long, but it’s worth every second.

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What you are now witnessing is the most masterful rope-a-dope ever performed by a president against an opposition party in Congress.

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Lizz Winstead kicks off her WTF tour to support Planned Parenthood in Michigan – Delicious eye candy within!

All photos by Anne C. Savage. Please do not use without permission. For more photos, click any image.

Lizz Winstead kicked off her “Planned Parenthood, I Am Here For You!” tour (aka, the “WTF” (What’s the Fuss?) tour) in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday and I was privileged to be there to cover it. Lizz Winstead is the co-creator of the Daily Show and co-founder of Air America radio. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s her name — “Lizz Winstead Co-creator Of The Daily Show And Co-founder of Air America” — because that’s how she is always introduced.

After Saturday night, I think she should be renamed:

“Lizz Winstead, Heroic Supporter Of Planned Parenthood”

The purpose of the tour is to bring attention to Planned Parenthood and the efforts by those on the right who will stop at nothing to prevent them from helping women across the country.…

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Why the Michigan GOP took the “Financial” out of “Emergency Financial Manager”

When Michigan Republicans passed the legislation that became Michigan Public Act 4 of 2011 or P.A. 4 or the “Emergency Manager Act” or “local government and school district fiscal accountability act” or, as I call it, the Financial Martial Law Act, they took a subtle step that few noticed. They changed the name of “Emergency Financial Manager” to simply “Emergency Manager”.

Why did they do this? A quick look at the new law tells the tale.

In P.A. 4, there is a “Definitions” section and one of the items there is this:

“Emergency manager” or “manager” means the emergency manager appointed under section 15.…
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BREAKING: Mich Teachers’ Union WILL be supporting recall of Gov. Rick Snyder!

Early this week, I reported that the Michigan Education Association (MEA), the union for Michigan teachers, was getting involved with various recall efforts around the state. After hearing from Chris Bowers at Daily Kos, I pulled my punch a bit with this update:

UPDATE: As Chris Bowers from Daily Kos indicates, the MEA has not officially endorsed the recall of Rick Snyder. As you can see below, their language seems to indicate that they are but it is vague enough that a true endorsement isn’t implicit. I’ll update with more information as I get it.

Well, THIS is your update. The MEA WILL be getting involved with the recall of Governor Rick Snyder along with a number of other GOP lawmakers.…

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Breaking election fundraising laws is okay in Michigan – If you are a Republican

Well, isn’t this special???

Area Democrats want to know why Gov. Rick Snyder used his staff and local county governments to spread invitations to a Grand Traverse County Republican Party fundraiser.

Greg Andrews, the governor’s Marquette-based northern Michigan representative, sent an email to local governments that encouraged officials to attend the Governor’s Breakfast on Saturday during the National Cherry Festival.

The breakfast is a traditional event that acts as a fundraiser for the local Democratic or Republican party before the Cherry Royale Parade.

The email was referred to Prosecutor Alan Schneider, who said he won’t take action.

Schneider said a recent state Supreme Court decision determined that the use of even one taxpayer-funded keystroke for political fundraising violates state law, though it has to be a knowing violation.

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UPDATED: Rick Snyder recall news – looking for a place to sign a petition? Big push this weekend!

First of all, if you’re looking for news regarding the recall of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, you should “Like” their Facebook page and then monitor it. Lotsa news there.

Also, Bruce Fealk at The Rochester Citizen has this news:

The effort to recall Governor Rick Snyder is in its final four weeks. The effort requires 807,000 valid signatures and the group that is organizing the campaign is aiming to turn in over one million signatures.

This weekend is the biggest effort yet to collect signatures in one day. In Oakland County, there will be four locations where registered voters can sign a petition.

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Washington Post taking nominations for the best state blogs

Know any good state blogs? The Washington Post needs your nominations:

More than two years ago, we put out a call to Fixistas around the country to help us build a list of the best political blog (or blogs) in each of the 50 states.

Well, a lot changes in two years — Fix Jr. was but a wee sprout back then — particularly in politics. During that time, some of the blogs that made our original list stopped publishing while other great ones popped up. (Check out our 2009 best state-based blog list as a reference point.)

With the 2012 election drawing nearer, we thought now was the perfect time to update our list.

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