Mich Sen. Hune decries Dem effort to provide all students with college education as raising taxes on "my people" (businesses)

Mich Sen. Hune decries Dem effort to provide all students with college education as raising taxes on “my people” (businesses)

Well, at least he’s honest…

Earlier this month Michigan Democrats released a plan they call Michigan 2020. The plan would identify $1.8 billion in corporate tax cuts that aren’t being effective and redirect that money to education so that all Michigan students have the opportunity to go to college.

The Michigan 2020 Plan would provide Michigan high school graduates – public, private or home-schooled – with the opportunity to have the cost of their college education paid for in its entirety. It is a plan that says Michigan believes in its future – and values our young people – by creating the most educated and highly skilled workforce anywhere in the nation.…
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Ohio Democrat introduces bill to protect men from themselves, help them make "informed decisions" re: treatment for erectile dysfuntion

Ohio Democrat introduces bill to protect men from themselves, help them make “informed decisions” re: treatment for erectile dysfuntion

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

Democratic State Senator Nina Turner has introduced legislation designed to help men seeking treatment for their “erectile dysfunction” make “informed decisions”.

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced legislation today that would protect men in Ohio from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence. Turner’s legislation would include provisions to document that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies. Physicians would be required to obtain a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before the medication could be prescribed.…
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Wake Up Call: They Can Win

Wake Up Call: They Can Win

Mitt Romney is in a cult: The Republican Party.

That any American could vote for a Republican after what that Party did to this country baffles me. That the Republican they’d vote for is Mitt Romney, a transparent shill who has embraced the worst policies of Bush and Cheney, makes me angrier than Chris Christie being interrupted by state worker while ordering dinner.

Today’s polls suggest that Romney and possibly even Santorum are leading the President in national polls. You can break these polls down and connect it to swing states. The situation is still bleak for the GOP.

But after humiliating themselves and alienating anyone north of the mental Mason Dixon line, this GOP should not be competitive.…

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More on the Protect Our Jobs constitutional amendment drive in Michigan

More on the Protect Our Jobs constitutional amendment drive in Michigan

Stop the attacks on organized labor

This past weekend at the Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift led a training session for people that will circulate petitions for the Protect Our Jobs constitutional amendment drive.

As I wrote before, the effort has the goal of enshrining protections for collective bargaining rights in Michigan’s constitution.

Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News has posted some videos from last week’s press conference and has offered to share them here with the Eclectablog audience. In it, various folks from education, labor, the clergy and others shared their feelings on the Protect Our Jobs push and the need to protect collective bargaining rights for all Michiganders.…

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Livetweeting HBO’s Game Change

Livetweeting HBO’s Game Change

How’s that “people take notes’ thing working out for you?

by @pourmecoffee

In the book “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Sarah Palin doesn’t enter into the second half. The bulk of the story is the battle between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. It’s a story will be told throughout American history, a story made even more relevant by Clinton becoming Obama’s Secretary of State and the image of them sitting together in the War Room during the bin Laden raid. Serious shit.

But in the “Game Change” movie premiering tonight on HBO, Palin is the star.…

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Scenes from the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention (LIVEBLOG)

Scenes from the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention (LIVEBLOG)

Here a pol, there a pol, everywhere a pol pol(itician)

I’m at the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit where the MDP will choose a host of candidates to appear on the 2012 ballot.

Here are some scenes from the event.

The vendors area doing a brisk business:

Congressman Gary Peters: for the newly-drawn 14th Congressional District.

The Protect Our Jobs table:

Lance Enderle, candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District:

Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO giving training on the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiation petition drive:

Shelia Johnson, Bridget Mary McCormack, and Connie Marie Kelley, “The Three Supremes”, a slate of Owen running for the Michigan Supreme Court and endorsed by both the Labor Caucus and Justice Caucus, speaking to the Justice Caucus audience:

Candidate for Congress in the 14th Congressional District and Mayor of Southfield, Brenda Lawrence:

Some scuttlebutt heard during the day:

  • Moderate Republican Joe Schwarz is being recruited to run as a Democrat to against Congressman Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional District (again).
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Harrisburg, PA under receivership that looks a LOT like a Mich Emergency Manager

Harrisburg, PA under receivership that looks a LOT like a Mich Emergency Manager

Using financial crises to disenfranchise citizens

Last year, faced by over $300 million in debt from a failed trash-to-energy incinerator, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg attempted to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

They were, however, rebuffed. A law passed in earlier in the year specifically to prevent Harrisburg from filing for bankruptcy prohibits them from doing so until July 2012.

In December, David Unkovic became the state-appointed receiver for Harrisburg as the state took control over the city. The appointment of Unkovic was controversial because he has ties to some of the city’s main creditors. However, a judge okayed the appointment determining that Unkovic did not have any conflicts of interest.…

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Rush Limbaugh tries to rewrite history, scrubs transcripts calling Sandra Fluke a slut & asking for sex videos of her

Rush Limbaugh tries to rewrite history, scrubs transcripts calling Sandra Fluke a slut & asking for sex videos of her

Dude, ever heard of “Google cache”???

I can’t imagine why he thinks this is going to change one goddam think but human swine Rush Limbaugh has scrubbed the transcripts of the show where he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut and where he said women receiving contraception through their health insurance should be required to post videos of themselves having sex onto the internet.

Scrubbed.

RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control.…
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