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President Obama positively SURGES in most recent PPP poll

President Obama positively SURGES in most recent PPP poll

Welly, well, well, well. Who whoulda thunk it?

Favorability rating: UP 11 points

Job approval rating: UP 6 points

Congressional Republicans: DOWN a whopping 15 points!

Poor David Nir at Daily Kos just can’t explain it. “I can tell you what changed in our cross-tabs,” he says, “but I can’t tell you why things changed.” It’s a complete mystery why the president could possibly be surging to him? I’ma go out on a limb and say four simple words:

The. American. Jobs. Act.

Pass it. Now.

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Millionaires March in New York is underway – as is the occupation of Lansing & Grand Rapids

Millionaires March in New York is underway – as is the occupation of Lansing & Grand Rapids

Occupy Wall Street protesters are taking their protest to the homes of mega-wealthy 1-percenters today and the march is now underway, according to a friend who just texted me

Accompanied by an “unreal” number of camera crews, the protesters are protesting, in part, the expiration of a two-percent “millionaires tax” later this year.

“99 per cent of the residents of New York are going to suffer from this tax giveaway so the one per cent who already live in absolute luxury can put more money in their pockets,” one organiser said. It comes as Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe confirmed that the President is on the side of the Occupy Wall Street protesters – and said the Republicans are not.

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New Mich GOP law will override local laws, roll back LGBT protections – the lie of “small government”

New Mich GOP law will override local laws, roll back LGBT protections – the lie of “small government”

Local control, local government, local self-determination. These are the hallmarks of the tea party Republicans and conservatives in general. Recent efforts by Michigan Republicans prove conclusively that this is a lie. They are not interested in local control; they are interested in conservative control. Period.

In September, I wrote about two bills passed by the House to limit domestic partner benefits for any public employees in the state.

Not that this is any surprise but Michigan Republicans are poised to make sure that schools, counties, cities and the state itself do not offer domestic partner benefits to their employees…

It’s obviously nothing more than a blatant effort to make sure same-sex partners are never afforded the same benefits their “different-sex” counterparts enjoy.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Markman refuses to recuse himself in EM case

Last month, I wrote about how Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman was being asked to recuse himself from the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manager Law.

Lawyers fighting Michigan’s tough new emergency manager law want a Michigan Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from the case because his wife represents the government in a separate lawsuit challenging the same law.

Lawyers from the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice said in a brief filed Wednesday that Justice Stephen Markman should recuse himself from their challenge of the emergency manager law’s constitutionality, which Gov. Rick Snyder wants sent directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Next on the Michigan GOP hit list: Police and firefighters

They’ve pretty much villified and demonized the unionized teachers in Michigan and taken every available step to stripping them of any ability to bargain for and/or receive decent labor agreements. So who is next on the Michigan Republican’s hitlist? Police and firefighters, of course.

Police and fire unions are opposing a bill they said would limit compensation and suitable health coverage if hurt in the line of duty.

House Bill 5002 would amend the state’s Worker’s Disability Compensation Act, a policy some legislators say is outdated and needs to be revamped to be more reasonable for businesses.

The act applies to all workers who have access to worker’s compensation, but the bill includes new rules for fire and police officers.

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Rally & March to support University of Michigan nurses in their contract dispute

The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) has been in contract negotiations with the University of Michigan for over six months. The University has been holding firm on not making any significant concessions which is making the possibility of a strike by the 4000 unionized nurses more and more likely.

I have a friend who is a U of M nurse. She told me, “I have voted Republican my whole life. But now it seems like they just want to screw us. It’s not fair. We work hard and deserve to be treated with respect and to be paid a fair wage with good benefits.” It’s clear to me that the statewide Republican effort to demonize unions is starting to convert some former Republicans to the Democratic party which is far more supportive of their position.…

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The Power of Working People film series and social forum

My good friends at the Washtenaw Community Action Team are hosting a film series and social forum called “The Power of Working People”. Their announcement follows. Highly recommended!

The Washtenaw Community Action Team
The Power of Working People
A Film Series and Social Forum

The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) announces — The Power of Working People – A Film Series and Social Forum. The Power of Working People will take place over October and November at several Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti locations.

The Power of Working People responds to the attack on the rights and welfare of working people, the unemployed and students in our Washtenaw County communities and the State of Michigan.…

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Eclectablog has the best readers in the blogosphere

Eclectablog has the best readers in the blogosphere

I want to take a moment to appreciate the readers that I have at Eclectablog. While I don’t get scads of comments, the ones I do get are generally high quality, even from those that disagree with me.

Yesterday I got what I consider to be the best comment I’ve ever received on this site. I was in regards to my post about Scott Anderson, the first openly-gay minister ordained by the Presbyterian Church.

A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.
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Who said THAT???! – Religious bigotry edition

Here’s a good one. Who said this?

“The purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion.”

Answer after the jump.

The answer is Bryan Fischer, an official at the American Family Association (AFA), a virulently anti-gay and anti-Mormon organization.

We have the “pleasure” of having and AFA moron running for Senate in Michigan against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Gary Glenn is so odious that even Republicans don’t want him in the primary. From the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans’ press release.

The Michigan Log Cabin Republicans are calling on Gary Glenn, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate to get out of the race as he continues his gay-baiting.…
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Presbyterian church enters the 21st Century, ordains 1st openly gay minister


A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.

In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, 56-year-old Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.

“To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks,” Anderson said. “And I give thanks for those who disagree with what we’re doing today yet who know that we are one in Jesus Christ.”

Slowly, drip by drop, bit by bit, the ship is turning.…

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Detroit News editorial: Occupy Detroit protesters are a “menagerie of malcontents”

Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor for the Detroit News, is never a person I would expect to understand what it means to be unemployed, losing your home, or otherwise a victim of the banking collapse that resulted in the economic tar pit we find ourselves in today. He has proven, time and again, that he’s an staunch ally of the moneyed elites that have all the power, political and financial, in our country and has little positive to say about the remaining 99% of us.

But today’s editorial in The News is above and beyond Finley’s normal level of dispassion and callous disregard for the plight of the poor and unemployed in our state and country.…

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