Cross-posted at Wisconsin’s Dane101 blog. State Representative Paul Scott was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 51st District in 2008. He won reelection in 2010 and, since then, has been at the forefront of attacking unions in general and the teachers union specifically. Scott didn’t run on an anti-teacher platform during his campaign. In fact, many have been surprised at his aggressiveness on the issue. His campaign focused on the Republican mantra of lower taxes and smaller government. However, as the Chair of the Education Committee, he has been unrelenting in his efforts to strip the teachers’ union, the Michigan Education Association, of its power and to kneecap teachers’ collective bargaining rights.…Read more ›
Pete Hoekstra, candidate to unseat Debbie Stabenow as Michigan Senator, has an idea: President Obama should return his Nobel Peace Prize. (It’s at Newsmax so I’m not linking it.) Why is Twitter Pete suggesting this? I don’t know. You read it and see if you can figure it out. Because, if I’m reading this right, it’s to free him from the shackles the Peace Prize has put him in and, get this:
To show that he’s BIPARTISAN!!!
I’m totally not kidding.
Nolan Finley at the Detroit News just can’t seem to bash the Occupy Wall Street folks enough. First, it was his article where he basically called the protesters a bunch of animals and derided them as being simply “malcontents”.
This week, he trots out a debunked-many-times-over myth that “the 1% does most of the giving”.
Rep. Paul Scott re-appeals to the Supreme Court, says he’s caused too much confusion for recall to continue
Oh, this is freaking rich.
The on-again, off-again nature of the recall, which had been ordered to a halt by lower court rulings before the Supreme Court intervened, has led to too much confusion for voters and elections officials, and “could raise concerns over the validity of the results,” [House Speaker Jase Bolger’s spokesman Ari] Adler said.
On Thursday of last week, I broke the story that the Supreme Court had overruled a lower court’s decision to halt the recall of anti-teacher/anti-union Paul Scott.…Read more ›
If there is anyone out there that continues to say that the only reason Barack Obama enjoys such immense popularity among African Americans because he is himself African American, I offer you THIS from Herman Cain’s visit to Detroit:
“The bottom line, folks, is that 9-9-9 means jobs jobs jobs,” he said to several dozen people gathered in Detroit to hear him speak. “Let’s renew the economy of this nation.”
To be fair, the Detroit News put the number at “more than 100”.…Read more ›
New Jersey Senate candidate Phil Mitsch says women should be “whores in the bedroom. Well, to be fair, he has apologized. But not before saying some other (not) awesome things by way of giving “relationship tips”.
First, he tweeted (TWEETED!):
Then, in an interview he doubled down, saying his tweet was a “great tip” that shows “the utmost respect for women”.
What passes for “respect for women” among some Republicans suggests to me that they don’t understand the meaning of the word “respect”.…Read more ›
Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announce new initiative to hire returning veterans & military spouses
Here’s some big news I bet you didn’t hear much about this week. On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, announced a commitment by the American Logistics Association (ALA) and their 270 affiliate companies to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011
270 companies committing to employ veterans and military spouses
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, while visiting Joint Base Langley-Eustis with President Obama on Day Three of the American Jobs Act bus tour, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the American Logistics Association (ALA) and their 270 affiliate companies have committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.…
In a move that has taken many, including ME, by surprise, the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision this morning (pdf) denying Rep. Paul Scott’s request for a preliminary injunction meaning that his recall is back on for the November 2011 ballot.
As I wrote yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals had put an injunction in place on the recall petitions until Scott’s appeal of the petition language could be considered. Due to time constraints, this essentially made a 2011 recall null and void. However, the Supreme Court today smacked down Paul’s defense and denied his injunction. They basically told Scott that if he was going to pursue something like this, he should have gone to the Supreme Court first rather than dragging it out through the lower courts.…Read more ›
As regular Eclectablog readers will have noticed, I’ve done some tinkering with the site. In addition to removing the top logo, I have changed the content to the right side and added Google+ buttons to the posts for you to easily share stuff here over at Google+.
Like it? Hate it? Have suggestions? Let me know in the comments or by email.
Cheers!…Read more ›