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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David slays Goliath? MI House Speaker Bolger recall petitioner proves Bolger is too smart by half

Maybe some good news for those of us without enormous amounts of money and powerful friends in high places today. In my latest piece at A2Politico, I write about Autumn Smith’s endrun around Michigan Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger. Bolger, as I have been documenting, is using a high-dollar law firm and, likely, his connections in the Calhoun County government to stall, delay and outspend Smith. You can read my previous blogs about the story HERE.

But now, it appears, Smith has shown Bolger and his legal eagles to be too smart by half. She points to a piece of Michigan’s election law, Michigan Election Law 168.952 Section 3, which states that:

“The board of county election commissioners, not less than 10 days or more than 20 days after submission to it of a petition for the recall of an officer, shall meet and shall determine whether each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall.

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UPDATED: Michigan teachers’ union to back recall of various GOP legislators

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 should make things interesting. As first reported by, the Michigan Education Association is now officially supporting the recalls of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and several other various so-far-unnamed GOP legislators. From the MEA’s website:

Next step is recall of out-of-touch legislators
Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.…
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Fox News calls in the Secret Service over Twitter hackerage. New hashtag #callinthesecretservice

Seriously, dudes? The U.S. Freaking Secret Service??? alerted the U.S. Secret Service, which is declining public comment. Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital, said was working with Twitter to address the situation as quickly as possible.

Time for a new Twitter hashtag: #callinthesecretservice

Here’s a couple of mine:

I can’t find my beer. #callinthesecretservice


Someone moved my sunscreen. #callinthesecretservice

What will YOU call in the U.S. Secret Service to investigate on this fine 4th of July?…

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager changes Jean Klock Park hours – again

I can’t figure this out. You’ll recall that I recently blogged about Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joseph Harris restricting access to Jean Klock Park by changing the hours of operation. The change happened in May but flew under the radar until Michigan Messenger’s Eartha Jane Melzer reported on it.

Now, it turns out, Joe Harris has changed the park’s hours again.

A May order by Benton Harbor’s emergency manager changing the hours of operation for Jean Klock Park has the Friends of Jean Klock Park up in arms.

But Emergency Manager Joseph Harris said the point is moot because he has changed the parks’ hours to almost what they used to be.

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I am Barack Hussein Obama and I am the American Dream

Love this. H/T Marla.

I was born in Hawaii to a single mother.
I was raised in Kansas by my two loving grandparents.
I went to Harvard Law School and became a community organizer in Chicago.

My story is one told a million times over in this country; from sea to shining sea. It is a dream shared by all who come to this country seeking opportunity and prosperity.


I am Barack Hussein Obama and I am the American Dream.


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