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Michigan Republicans pass bowling safety law – Jobs created: ZERO

No new jobs initiatives from Michigan’s legislature so far but we do have THIS:

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill that provides bowling centers immunity from civil prosecution if patrons wear bowling shoes outside, then slip and fall after returning inside.

I’m glad they’re tending to these critical problems holding Michigan back from recovery. This’ll have a huge impact on our unemployment numbers, I feel certain.


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Bullet hits the White House

In case any of us are laboring under any misconceptions about the fact that our president is basically in mortal danger just doing his job, this news from Associated Press is a wake-up call:

WASHINGTON— The Secret Service says a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass.

An additional round of ammunition was also found on the exterior of the White House. The bullets were found Tuesday.

The discovery follows reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday. Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area. An AK-47 rifle was also recovered.

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Democratic Congresswoman says GOP colleagues admit to tanking the economy to hurt Obama

We all knew it, right? But it’s especially painful to hear it put so bluntly. Rep. Loretta Sanchez from California:

Interviewer: Harry Reid said yesterday, and frankly we’ve heard this from a lot of Democrats, the Republicans oppose the jobs bill for political reasons, that it helps them if the economy stays in bad shape. But, is that fair?

Sanchez: Well, it certainly is fair. I mean, I’ve heard my own colleagues on the Republican side say, “We just want to make Obama look so bad. We don’t care how bad the economy gets. We can win this election, we want our president –“

Interviewer: You’ve heard them say that?

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As states fail, Republicans still want to dump everything back on the states

Nearly every proposal I hear lately from Republicans in some form or another involves putting it back on states. Health care. Abortion rights (or lack thereof.) Job creation. Social security. Medicaid. Same-sex marriage. Environmental protection.

It’s a nearly endless drumbeat during the Republican debates.

I listen to that and then I look at what’s happening in my state of Michigan. Until 2010, the Congress was so dysfunctional that they couldn’t find a way to balance our budget or make any other major decision. After 2010, Republicans have taken over so completely that they are make radical, sweeping, unprecedented changes, changes that have created a tremendous backlash.…

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Just scrap the cap

REAL old school in the house. Give it up for the gee-eezers…

Heh, heh.

H/T Carol…

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Cutting government waste: Obama administration is doin’ it right

Politicians always talk about “trimming waste” in government. The Obama administration shows ’em how it’s done. Almost $18 billion-with-a-“B” in savings this year alone (and 2011 ain’t over yet.) Over $20 billion since 2010.

And more to come, thanks to a new Executive Order, part of the President’s ongoing “We Can’t Wait” initiative where he’s taking action Congress just can’t seem to get around to.

We Can’t Wait: Agencies Cut Nearly $18 Billion in Improper Payments, Announce New Steps for Stopping Government Waste

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today announced that the Administration cut wasteful improper payments by $17.6 billion dollars in 2011 as part of the Obama Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, fueled by decreases in payment errors in Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grants, and Food Stamps.…
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Anti-teachers union StudentsFirst wants to “collaborate” with Michigan teachers union

After spending scads of money to defeat the recall of Paul Scott, a recall backed financially by the Michigan Education Association (MEA), Michigan’s teachers union, suddenly Michelle Rhee’s anti-teachers union group StudentsFirst wants to play kissy-face with them. From their recent press release:

StudentsFirst Vice President of Communications Hari Sevugan sent a letter to Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook Tuesday seeking collaboration on improving an anti-bullying bill moving through the Michigan legislature.

The bill is intended to address bullying in Michigan schools, but a Senate amendment to the bill would actually allow bullying based on religious or moral grounds.

StudentsFirst believes that, just as the law would protect a child from being bullied because of the religious beliefs he or she holds, it should also protect a child from bullying that is somehow grounded in someone else’s religious beliefs.

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Jocelyn Benson responds to my criticism of the Engage Michigan conference

Jocelyn Benson responds to my criticism of the Engage Michigan conference

I received this very thoughtful response from Jocelyn Benson on my post criticizing the Engage Michigan conference. I thought it should be seen by a wider audience.

Thank you for your feedback on the Engage Michigan Convention. I’m sorry that your experience was not what you had hoped. Allow me to offer my own reflections on your post.

The question of the day for Engage Michigan attendees was this: What will you do in your communities to engage your peers in your work to improve Michigan? We sought to develop a day that would provide you with the tools to do Engage your friends, family, networks, etc.

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Tim Walberg attends ribbon cutting for facility funded with Recovery Act funds he opposed (updated w/ photo)

Tim Walberg attends ribbon cutting for facility funded with Recovery Act funds he opposed (updated w/ photo)

Yesterday afternoon, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility at the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Medical Center.

The VA Ann Arbor Medical Center will hold an open house for its Hematology-Oncology Infusion Center on Monday. […]

Infusion therapy is a type of treatment in which medications or other treatment agents are delivered directly into the body via a vein. This type of therapy is used when oral therapy would not be practical, safe or effective, according to a news release.

The open house will highlight the features of the $763,000 project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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It’s a hoop hoop hoopty bus

It’s a hoop hoop hoopty bus

Because it can’t be all politics ALL the time. This bus was parked around the corner from my friend Doug’s place in Minneapolis this weekend.

All aboard!

UPDATE: Turns out, the bus is a rolling art project/experiment/journey/adventure:

We’re traveling around the country for a year in our bus studio exploring creativity with people and organizations. We’d love to have you be part of the journey.

H/T: John Waltz, proving you can be a Congressional candidate against Fred Upton and hip all at the same time.

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Anti-teachers union StudentsFirst says their defeat is a “victory”

Hoo boy, talk about putting lipstick on a pig. This is from Ben Smith at Politico, via a memo from Michelle Rhee’s anti-teacher organization StudentsFirst that spent an enormous amount of money on trying to keep Paul Scott from getting recalled last week:

In Michigan, Rep. Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association because of his support for a number of issues related to the budget and education. An August poll commissioned by MIRS and conducted by Practical Political Consultants had shown Scott losing his recall by 61% – 39%, and campaign finance reports filed as of last week show that the MEA contributed at least $175,000 to the recall of Scott, with likely more being poured in over the weekend.…
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