Public Act 4 repeal signatures delivered + Michigan Emergency Manager New Round-up

It just goes on and on and on and on

Lots of news to cover today. Make sure you click through to the jump page if you’re reading this from the front page of Eclectablog.

  • Stand Up For Democracy coalition delivers 226,637 petition signatures
    Yesterday, the Stand Up For Democracy coalition and Michigan Forward delivered well over the 160,304 signatures needed to put the repeal of Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law – on the November ballot to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office in Lansing.

    Here is Michigan Forward’s statement:

    Today, Michigan Forward, the Stand Up for Democracy Coalition and countless volunteers and supporters representing the labor, civic, and faith based communities from around the State of Michigan submitted 226,637 signatures to repeal the “Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act,” known as Public Act 4 (PA 4).
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LOLGOP of the Week

It may be impossible to just pick one

Here’s the idea. We’re going to pick a LOLGOP Moment of the Week but we need your help.What is the clunkiest, most telling GOP gaffe you’ve come across this week?Is it Rush admitting he doesn’t know how birth control works? Santorum revealing his vomitous response to the Separation of Church and State? Or Mitt’s record setting flip flop?…

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The GOP clownshow continues – Michigan edition

You call that “winning”?

Although Mitt Romney is crowing about his big win in Michigan this past Tuesday, it appears that he split the Michigan delegates evenly with Rick Santorum.

Comically, though, the Romney camp is saying that’s not true.

Santorum, campaigning in Tennessee, one of 10 states with contests on Super Tuesday next week, said he and Romney have split Michigan’s total of 30 delegates.”We tied the state of Michigan,” John Yob, adviser for the Santorum campaign, said in a press phone call Wednesday. “We view that as a major success.”

But Romney’s camp disputed the issue was closed.

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Andrew Breitbart has died – UPDATED

R.I.P.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office has confirmed that Andrew Breitbart has died. A post on his website BigGovernment.com says that he died unexpectedly “of natural causes” at the age of 43 just after midnight in Los Angeles. Oddly, he was tweeting between 11 p.m. and midnight Los Angeles time last night.

He is survived by his wife Susie and four children.

The image to the right is one of the last ones taken of Breitbart when I photographed him at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan last Saturday.

UPDATE: Breitbart apparently collapsed while going for a walk:

Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean says, the Associated Press reports.…
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US Economy is looking better than previously thought

This is GREAT news for John McCain Barack Obama!

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Commerce Department has upgraded the fourth quarter 2011 GDP results up to 3% growth from 2.8%.

The economy grew slightly faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter and a gauge of factory activity in the Midwest hit a 10 month-high in February, pointing to underlying strength in the economy.

Gross domestic product expanded at a 3 percent annual rate, the quickest pace since the second quarter of 2010, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday in its second estimate.

The reading, which was up from the 2.8 percent pace the government reported last month and reflected modest upward revisions to almost all components of GDP, added to the recent run of fairly upbeat economic reports.

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Mitt Romney Sets a New Flip Flop Record

We used to call it lying

This afternoon, I was alarmed to learn that Mitt Romney had taken a sensible position. He said that he opposed the so-called Blunt Amendment the US Senate Amendment. This amendment allows any employer to deny birth control to his employees based on religious beliefs.

If Republicans spoke to their wives (or smart women like Elizabeth Warren), they would know that opposing this amendment makes sense. It’s the kind of issue you don’t want to make an issue. It’s a position Mitt Romney will have to take eventually.

And he took it. For 15 minutes.…

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VIDEO: My appearance this morning on Democracy Now! with Dawud Walid of CAIR

Michigan in the spotlight

Here is the video of my appearance on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. I shared the segment with the most-impressive Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Michigan and I must say I learned a great deal from him in the short time we spent together.

Enjoy.

If that doesn’t work for you, try clicking HERE. You can find the podcast HERE.

(I know I should smile more. It’s just tough to smile about this stuff, ya know?)…

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Mitt Romney pays $10.40 for every Michigan GOP primary vote

The best nomination money can buy

Yesterday, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney squeeked out a win over his opponent Rick Santorum by a mere three percentage points.

He got 410,517 votes across the state to Santorum’s 378,124. Romney and his supporting PAC (Restore Our Future) outspent Santorum and his supportive PACs (Red White and Blue Fund & Susan B. Anthony List) nearly two-to-one ($4.27 Million to $2.27 Million).

Doing some quick math, Romney spent $10.40 for each vote. Santorum himself spent $6.00.

Also, 9 out of 10 Romney ads were negative. While that might not be “setting his hair on fire” (seems there is at least one thing Romney is not willing to do to win the nomination – muss his majestic coif), it does show how important Michigan was to him.…

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