An astonishing act of Republican dickishness

Going above and beyond the call of duty?

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien is displaying a level of complete and utter dickishness unlike anything I have ever seen in my life.

State Rep. Tony Soltani is threatening legal action because he says House Speaker Bill O’Brien has refused to accommodate his disabilities in his seating assignment as part of an ongoing political dispute.

“Since my election, and throughout my ordeal, I have been mistreated by the House leadership,” Soltani, an Epsom Republican, said in a letter last week to Greg Moore, O’Brien’s policy director. “I have been accorded no accommodation whatsoever.

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Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporations

Class, may I have your attention please?

Republicans in Michigan are pushing forward with an effort to remove the cap on so-called “cyber schools” (also known as “virtual schools”) in our state. Already passed in the Senate as Senate Bill 619, it has been reported out of the House Education committee and will be voted on in the near future.

It is nothing more than a diversion of taxpayer funds intended for education into the coffers of for-profit corporations.

Cyber schools enjoy all the financial benefits of traditional “brick and mortar” schools without the need to supply busing, athletics, meals, arts and music, etc., much less an actual physical building with its upkeep and maintenance.…

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Benton Harbor's Whirlpool Corp. - Corporate citizen or corporate blackmailer?

Benton Harbor’s Whirlpool Corp. – Corporate citizen or corporate blackmailer?

“I’m sure we can work something out…”

In a fawning editorial about Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool (linked in yesterday’s Emergency Manager news round-up), Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press wrote this:

[T]hings are improving, says Jeff Fettig, CEO of Benton Harbor’s largest taxpayer and corporate citizen, global appliance maker Whirlpool.

“Our view is that it’s working and a lot of progress has been made,” Fettig told me Thursday in Detroit.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s back up a minute here, shall we? Rewind.

…Benton Harbor’s largest taxpayer and corporate citizen, global appliance maker Whirlpool…???

Whirlpool doesn’t pay TAXES, Tom, you silly news guy!…

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Rising gas prices not suppressing consumer spending

Okay, Republicans, you can stop cheering now

If you lean out your window, you can probably hear Republicans around the country cheering for high gas prices. Not because they want Americans to use less of this polluting fossil fuel and decrease our dependence on Mideast oil. No, it's because they are literally counting on gas prices to be the death knell for President Obama's reelection campaign. It doesn't matter that he's not responsible for it (hint, hint: it's Wall Street.) That doesn't matter one bit. Here's the problem: rising gas prices aren't actually ...
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Tuesday morning Emergency Manager Law round-up – 4/3/2012

Yes, it’s still the law

In what appears to be a never-ending saga of a ham-handed, clumsy implementation of a constitutionally-questionable law, the Snyder administration has finally won a court battle which put Flint Mayor Dayne Walling out of a job (again) and Emergency Manager Michael Brown back in (again). This and the continuing battles in Detroit and elsewhere to make the Snyder administration obey the law, in this case the Open Meetings Act, have slowed down the relentless push to install Emergency Managers in struggling cities across the state.

I should say that I don’t think the Governor actually relishes the thought of all these cities being his responsibility.…

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Who Said It? Mitt Romney or Mitt Romney?

The true story of a real boy trying to become a puppet.

Yesterday Ann Romney said the general election campaign will “unzip” her husband to reveal just how not “stiff” Mitt actually is.

Echoing the “Etch A Sketch” comment from a few weeks ago, Mrs. Romney is suggesting we haven’t met the Mitt Romney yet. Though Mitt has been running for office since before Justin Bieber was born, somehow the real Mitt is still hiding somewhere in his mom jeans. As if suddenly, in August or September, he’s going to appear as a fully formed super Republican — Jesus “Rand” Reagan.…

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Snyder recall language submitted, clarity hearing set for April 9, 2012

Second time’s a charm

Michigan Rising has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of the first attempt to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and is giving it a second try. Last week, they submitted petition language in Washtenaw County. They had no trouble getting their language approved last year so there is little reason to believe they will have any problems this time either.

Here is their press release from earlier today:

Michigan Rising has filed new language to recall Governor Rick Snyder. The language was filed on March 26th in Washtenaw County. The clarity hearing will be held in Washtenaw County on April 9th at 1:45 p.m.…
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Mitt Doesn’t Value Work

Romney. It’s Mandarin for “job creator”.

In one sentence, what’s wrong with the American economy after 30 years of conservative voodoo economics?

We don’t value work.

I say “we” because, like it or not, we all go down together. We—though we may know better—allow our society to be co-opted by those who value playing with money more than working for it. That’s why a slim majority of Republicans like Mitt Romney, the man personifies the victory of high finance over labor.

Mitt Romney’s expertise is eliminating jobs.

You know how a company’s stock goes up after it announces big layoffs?…

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