Michigan labor & environmental leaders unite to fight efforts to weaken environmental protections

Environmentalists & unions – not-so-strange bedfellows

Last week in Lansing, Michigan, leaders from labor and environmental groups around the country gathered to show a united front in their opposition to efforts by Republicans in Congress to weaken environmental protections.

As John Walke at the National Resources Defense Council wrote about last fall, the drumbeats are incessant:

The week of October 2nd, two bills aimed at blocking critical health protections against mercury and other toxic air pollution from incinerators and boilers (H.R. 2250) [pdf] and cement plants (H.R. 2681) [pdf] are expected to be brought up for a House floor vote.…
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Highland Park school board member asks judge to halt Emergency Manager takeover

Board member says review team violated Open Meetings Act

Today, newly-minted Emergency Manager Jack Martin had his first day on the job. To celebrate the occasion, school board secretary Robert Davis asked a Lansing judge to issue a temporary restraining order, halting Martin from taking over.

A Highland Park school board member is asking a judge to void the recommendations of a state-led financial review team that resulted in the appointment of new Emergency Manager Jack Martin for the district.

Robert Davis, board secretary of the Highland Park School District, filed the emergency request Monday before Ingham County Judge William Collette, who will decide Feb.

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Indiana Senate decisively passes Emergency Manager bill

Look out, Indiana! It’s comin’ right for ya!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about Indiana’s slide toward an Emergency Manager law of their own.

I have been wondering how long it would take for a state other than Michigan to pursue an Emergency Manager law. The wait is over. This week, a Republican-sponsored bill allowing the imposition of an Emergency Manager on a “distressed political subdivision” (i.e., a municipality or school district) passed out of committee and goes on to the full state Senate. […]

Under the bill, Senate Bill 355, Emergency Managers have the power to, among other things, do the following:

  • Review existing labor contracts
  • Renegotiate existing labor contracts and act as an agent of the political subdivision in collective bargaining.
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Monday afternoon Emergency Manager news round-up – UPDATED

Anyone wanna buy a sewer?

Lotsa Emergency Manager tidbits to report today.

  1. Highland Park schools Emergency Manager takes the reins
    As I reported last Friday, a new Emergency Manager has been appointed in Michigan, this time it’s the Highland Park school district that has been taken over. You can read about Jack Martin HERE. He’s also on the team that is looking over Detroit’s finances which has raised some eyebrows.

    UPDATE: A community group has formed to oppose the imposition of a Emergency Manager for Highland Park schools:

    Community leaders opposing Highland Park Schools new emergency financial manager held a news conference Monday to make sure their thoughts were known.
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Allen West: People who disagree with me (like Pres. Obama) should “get the hell out of the USA”

Deport the democrats!

Congressman Allen West doesn’t like anyone who disagrees with him and his politics. He doesn’t even want them in the country. This past weekend, he said that President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz should “get the hell out of the United States of America”:

West gave a 10 minute speech at the Lincoln Day Dinner, telling a very approving audience that, “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Debbie Wasserman Schultz), let them know Florida ain’t on the table.”

West then told his rivals to, “Take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.

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Governor Rick Snyder disses President Obama during his visit to Michigan

President schmesident

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder snubbed President Obama during his visit to Michigan last Friday. Instead of attending the speech at the University of Michigan, Governor Snyder instead gave a speech in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Press Association (MPA) convention. He also didn’t greet the President when he arrived in Michigan on Thursday night.

[W]hen he got the invitation to meet with Obama when he visits Michigan today, Snyder’s spokeswoman Sarah Wurfel, said, “We can’t make it work.”

Snyder was to give a speech to the Michigan Townships Association annual meeting Thursday night in Detroit when Obama was arriving at Metro Airport.

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Last Day – First quarter fundraising drive

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraising drive this week. As I have said to most of you, I will do everything I can to earn your donation.

There are two things I plan to use the donations for in the coming year. First, I will be purchasing electronic subscriptions to the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times as well as increasing my monthly contribution to Michigan Public Radio. Why should I do this when their content is online for free? Because good reporting must be paid for and supported financially.…

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More photos, video and interactive content from President Obama’s visit to Ann Arbor

Picture this

My wife has put up an amazing multi-media post from yesterday’s visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan at her blog Politics in Pictures.

If you were there, you can look for yourself in a fully interactive panoramic image (you can even make it go fullscreen and zoom in and out!) If you don’t see yourself, you can also look for your face in this amazing widescreen image:

Click image for much larger version.

There is also some video and LOTS of still images.

I highly commend your attention to her terrific post. It’s amazing and not something you’ll find anywhere else.…

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