Trevor Thomas

MONEY BOMB for Trevor Thomas: a true progressive taking on two millionaires in MI-03

A Campaign for us ALL

Trevor ThomasMichigan's 3rd Congressional District is currently represented by Tea Party member Justin Amash. Polling shows that Amash is vulnerable and that this seat is actually competitive for Democrats. In February, I wrote about the Trevor Thomas filing paperwork to unseat Amash. Here is what I wrote about Thomas a week before he announced: After spending some time speaking to Trevor Thomas, I came away impressed. He is smart, eloquent, fiery, and charismatic. He is a passionate advocate for the middle class and those without a political voice. At the same time he is pragmatic and a realist. I believe he will appeal to a broad section of Michigan voters. He is pro-Choice, a supporter of the rights of young people, vets and union members and he is decidedly NOT an establishment candidate, something that many voters will find compelling in the current political climate. Today I'm joining a host of other bloggers in a blog swarm to help the "Campaign for us all" raise some funds. You can contribute to Thomas's "Campaign for us all" HERE. It's important to contribute TODAY because his campaign has a critical fundraising deadline in the next 24 hours.
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Mitt Romney thinks closing Michigan factories is “humorous”

Oh, now THAT is funny. Not.

Mitt "I'm-a-Michigander-through-and-though" Romney barely got his foot out of his mouth before he stuck the other one back in today. This time it was to have a good belly laugh at the expense of -- wait for it -- Michigan. Speaking to a group of Wisconsinites from Texas, he related a "humorous" story about his dad, former President of American Motors and Michigan Governor George Romney sending jobs out of Michigan and to Wisconsin: "One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin."
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Michigan GOP to teachers: We're not done with you yet

Michigan GOP to teachers: We’re not done with you yet

Improving education by attacking teachers?

Michigan Republicans are not done with teachers yet, not by a long shot. Now they are going after their pensions and healthcare.

Lawmakers and Michigan’s largest teachers’ union are locking horns over how to bring the state’s school employee retirement system — underfunded by some $44 billion — back into the black.

The Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, commonly known as MPSERS, is the state-run school employee retirement system comprised of both pension and retiree health-care benefits.

Last week, the state Senate made an initial attempt to address the promised, but underfunded, benefits primarily through increased contributions by employees.

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Freedom from what?

Medicare for me only.

The definition of freedom is at stake this week in the Supreme Court.

Franklin Roosevelt defined the state that all Americans hope to enjoy best with the Four Freedoms.

  • Freedom of speech and expression
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear

Conservatives have a different kind of freedom in mind.

They want freedom from you.

That want to be free to not care about their fellow Americans unless it’s time to invade a country. They want to be free of taxes yet entitled to every benefit that taxes pay for. They want to be free of the sick, though they will be sick, too.…

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UPDATED: Michigan House Democrats get temporary restraining order against House Republicans for violating the constitution

Constitution schmonstitution

[NOTE: This story has been updated HERE.]

The Michigan Republicans in a rather remarkable display of arrogance have taken to passing bills lately and voting to give them “immediate effect”. They are, in general, allowed to do this and it bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period after the bill is signed into law by the governor. However, under the state constitution, this requires a 2/3 vote by the legislature must allow a record roll call vote on immediate effect if one-fifth of the members request it. The Republicans have decided to just ignore that inconvenience and go right to a voice vote against the wishes of the House Dems.…

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Rush Limbaugh: Trayvon Martin was over-zealoused to death

Wait. This guy gets paid for this???

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that Trayvon Martin was shot to death a month ago. Turns out you're wrong. According to radio Hate Show host Rush Limbaugh, he was actually "over-zealoused" to death. Who knew?
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Obama tries to end Big Oil subsidies. Will the GOP let him?

Subsidizing hugely profitable companies is a good idea why again?

President Obama is leading the charge on ending taxpayer subsidies to the massively profitable oil companies. This week, the Senate voted in a procedural vote on Senate bill 2204, the Repeal Big Oil Subsidies Act, to do just that. The vote was a lopsided 92-4 but that’s not because Senate Republicans actually want to end these subsidies. It’s because, for some reason, they think this is a winning issue for them and that it will go down in flames in the end while making the Obama administration look bad in light of rising gas prices.…

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Why #ILikeObamaCare

We can’t afford not to.

Follow @JohnFugelsang

Republicans like to pretend that poor people get rich off the government. As if that makes sense.

99 percent of Republicans do or will depend on the social safety net at some point in their lives. Like most Americans, they’re one illness from poverty, one illness from never being able to afford health insurance on their own. The Affordable Care Act fixes this. But the shame of this vulnerability and dependence in the conservative brain is stronger than logic.

Politics is not about logic. It’s about emotion. You don’t win with arguments. You win by framing yourself and your opponent.…

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