Flint Mayor Dayne Walling loses his job to Emergency Manager. Again.

What the good judge giveth, the Appeals Court taketh away

On March 20th, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sent Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing as she overturned the work of the review team that put him in place. Once again it was for violations of Michigan's Open Meeting Act. I characterized that decision as "for now" and I was, not surprisingly, right. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals overturned her ruling and Brown is back in while the state appeals the decision.
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Lt. Governor Calley not cold-hearted enough for the tea party

Lipton Lite?

Once the darling of the tea party, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley seems to have fallen out of disfavor of late. Calley, the father of a child with autism, has championed mandatory insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. This does NOT sit well with his tea party brethern, nosiree Bob. I have been tempted to write about Calley's interesting situation. His tea party support suggests that he'd be against any sort of mandate like this but, apparently, having an autistic child has pried open his heart a bit, at least in that regard. At any rate, I haven't been inclined to criticize him for his hypocrisy or for his use of his position of power to advocate for a cause that's near and dear to his heart and family, not when it can help out a group that needs it. But the tea party is. They are totally inclined.
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette carries the tea party water jug

Drinking the "tea" in Michigan

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has an op-ed in today's Detroit News regarding the Supreme Court case involving the Affordable Care Act that reads like a tea party manifesto. He appears to representing the small number of Michiganders that call themselves tea partiers while the rest of us have our views disregarded. He describes it as "an unprecedented power grab" and says it "ends limitations on federal powers". Neither of these things are true and, as LOLGOP said earlier today, the vast majority of SCOTUS watchers believe they will uphold the ACA as constitutional.
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Affordable Care Act v. Roberts Court

Affordable Care Act v. Roberts Court

Supreme Court to decide if being smart about health care is constitutional.

The fact is: We’re already mandated to pay for our fellow Americans’ health care. The question is: Will we be mandated to pay for our own?

This week the Affordable Care Act faces its first big challenge of the year. The Supreme Court will hear arguments about the individual mandate, Medicaid expansion and how these  both affect the constitutionality of the entire law. The court’s decisions on these matters are expected before the election, which is the second big challenge of the year.

Here’s the first thing you should know: 85% of Supreme Court watchers believe the ACA will survive this challenge.…

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On Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi and “taking our country back”

They've taken our country back, alright...

I haven't yet written about the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin, not because I had nothing to say but because I wasn't sure I had anything to add to the conversation. Then, over the weekend, an Iraqi mother in California was beaten to death and left with a note that said "Go Back To Your Country, You Terrorist". It was then that I realized that fearful, angry conservatives have achieved their goal of "taking our country back". They have taken it back to the 1950s and before.
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Welcome to the new Eclectablog

We have officially made the change to Wordpress which will allow us to do much more in terms of layout and useful tools. If you encounter glitches along the way, please tweet me or send an email using the Contact link at the very top of the page. I am pretty excited about this and hope you enjoy the new look. Many thanks to my wife Anne and Ms. LOLGOP who were largely responsible for this happening.
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Appeals Courts allows state to sign Consent Agreement with Detroit, unions make concessions

You win some, you lose some

Last night the Michigan Court of Appeals stuck down a ruling by Ingham County Judge William Collette barring the Snyder administration from moving forward with a Consent Agreement with the city of Detroit until after a March 29th hearing on violations of the Open Meetings Act.

A three-judge appeals panel reversed a ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette earlier this week that barred Snyder and members of a state financial review team from entering into a consent agreement with Detroit until after a hearing Thursday on alleged violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act.The portion of Collette’s ruling “precluding defendants from executing a consent agreement is reversed,” said the appeals court in its ruling.

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Sign the "I Like Obamacare" petition and "Like" Obamacare on Facebook - UPDATED

Sign the “I Like Obamacare” petition and “Like” Obamacare on Facebook – UPDATED

All the cool kidz are doing it

On this, the second year anniversary of the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), the Obama campaign has a new petition up where you can let everyone know you actually LIKE Obamacare. It’s a great idea, taking the whole “Obamacare” thing, embracing it, and turning it into something positive.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Since then, the law that almost everyone calls Obamacare has been doing exactly what the other side has hoped it wouldn’t do: It’s been working.

It’s about time we give it the love it deserves.

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