Michigan GOP takes first steps toward eliminating teachers from the classroom

Republican sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 619 recently passed the Senate. This bill represents what could be the first steps toward eliminating large numbers of teachers from Michigan classrooms.

A proposal in Lansing would remove most restrictions on the ability of students to attend school over the Internet, in their pajamas, without setting foot inside a classroom.

The proposal would remove caps on enrollment in and the number of “cyberschools,” or those in which students learn online through a teacher in another location.

Students either spend a portion or the entire school day learning in front of a computer — an option some lawmakers say expands opportunities for students who learn differently than others.

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Almost-secret hearing on Mich Workers Compensation changes happening TODAY!

For those of you reaching this post via Susan Demas’ silly article wherein she calls out some random liberal blogger on the internet, assigns his opinion as that of “the left”, and then files the story as “news”, I commend your attention to THIS POST.

Last week, I wrote about proposed changes to Michigan’s Workers Compensation laws being put through by Republicans. The House has already passed the legislation and it is now being considered in the Senate as House Bill 5002. These changes rely on the use of imaginary wages and imaginary pensions to intentionally cut benefits for injured workers.…

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Michigan Republicans end their recall efforts against Democrats

Turns out the Republicans’ retaliatory efforts to recall Democrats in Michigan was just an effort to collect contact information. Yesterday, Michigan Republican Party ended its recall drives against Democrats.

Michigan Republicans have halted their efforts to recall state Democratic lawmakers, a spokesman said today.

Stu Sandler, a consultant to the Michigan GOP who was organizing more than a dozen recall campaigns against Democrats, said the decision was made after discussions with Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders.

“We met our strategic goals,” Sandler said. “We spent a minimal amount of money and gained thousands of contacts” and “I think the Democrats were clearly on the defensive.”

In other words, they were never serious about recalling Democrats.…

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GOP using back door to derail government regulation – REINS Act & Regulatory Accountability Act

There are a pair of bills going through Congress right now that have the potential to radically alter the government’s ability to regulate industries and organizations in our country.

The first of these is the childishly-named “Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act”(H.R. 10). Currently, Congress passes a regulatory law and it is up to the agencies within the Executive branch to write the regulations based on that direction from the Legislative branch. If Congress doesn’t like how it is done, there are expedited ways for them to halt the new or changed regulations.

Under the REINS Act, this all changes.…

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Update on Ann Arbor teens’ anti-bullying petition

Last week, I wrote about Carson Borbely & Katy Butler, two inspiring Ann Arbor teens who have done something tangible and important to combat bullying in Michigan. Fighting back against a Senate-passed “License to Bully” bill that claims to be “anti-bullying”, the created a petition at Change.org. When I wrote my piece last Thursday, the petition had a bit over 53,000 signatures. Today, only five days later, it has over 55,000.

Katy and Carson are also beginning to get noticed. Shortly after my piece (along with some targeting tweeting and emails), AnnArbor.com did a piece about them. So did the Macomb Patch.…

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Remember when they pepper-sprayed the tea party demonstrators?

Remember when they tear-gassed pepper-sprayed the tea party demonstrators?

Yeah, me neither.

Or the Westboro Baptist Church morons?

Funny about that, isn’t it?

But, then, they weren’t being all threatening and violent by just, you know, sitting there, right? Like these guys?

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President Obama vows to veto efforts to shortcut Deficit Supercommittee’s failure trigger

Republicans are talking about passing legislation to shortcut the automatic spending triggers built in to the Deficit Reduction Supercommittee’s failure to come up with a plan. President Obama is having none of it. From this afternoon:

Good afternoon. As you all know, last summer I signed a law that will cut nearly $1 trillion of spending over the next 10 years. Part of that law also required Congress to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion by the end of this year.

In September, I sent them a detailed plan that would have gone above and beyond that goal. It’s a plan that would reduce the deficit by an additional $3 trillion, by cutting spending, slowing the growth of Medicare and Medicaid, and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

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Pretend Democrats Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen say President Obama must not run in 2012

Only on Fox News and the pages of the Wall Street Journal are PUMA-inciters Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell considered “Democrats”. Nevertheless, Fox and the WSJ trot them out from time to time to show the world that there is disharmony in the ranks of liberals and Democrats. The fact is, however, despite their resumes, these two are no more Democrats than my cat Spooky (who is pretty Libertarian, just sayin’…)

The latest effluvient from these two is an editorial in the WSJ today saying that there is no way that President Barack Obama can govern when he wins in 2012 so the president should just step aside right now and let the real leader of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton take center stage.…

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