Federal judge throws out FEC ruling that shields funders of political attack ads

Federal judge throws out FEC ruling that shields funders of political attack ads

Sunshine on elections makes me happy…

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has thrown out a 2007 FEC ruling that allowed some funders of political ads to remain anonymous, striking a blow for transparency and sterilizing sunlight on at least some of the political attack ads we see ad nauseum during election Silly Season.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington ruled that the Federal Election Commission went beyond its power in 2007 when it ruled that corporations and nonprofits didn’t have to reveal the identities of those who financed certain election ads, AP reported. The ruling can be seen here.…
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Wall Street has its best 1st quarter since 1998

Wall Street has its best 1st quarter since 1998

Lookin’ good, lookin’ good…

This bodes well for the Obama re-election campaign. The Republicans are counting on a tanking economy and for corporate interests to come running to their rescue. And then comes this: Wall Street had its best first quarter since … wait for it … 1998!

Despite falling six out of the last nine sessions, the S&P 500 gained 12 percent in the first quarter, its best start of the year since 1998 and the best overall quarter since the third quarter of 2009. The broad-market average sits just off four-year highs.

Hard to imagine an outpouring of corporate money flowing to the GOP when Wall Street is doing so well.…

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Romney believes Obama may be conspiring to "sell out the country’s interests after the election is over"

Romney believes Obama may be conspiring to “sell out the country’s interests after the election is over”


I was reading an article in the National Journal about how the Obama campaign is asking Mitt Romney to release more of his tax records. It appears that he may have gamed the system in the past to pump up the value of his IRA into the tens of millions of dollars. Then I came across this bit of derp:

The Romney campaign pushed back Friday with their own request in an e-mail to National Journal: that Obama release the transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders.

“The Obama campaign is playing politics, just as he’s doing in his conduct of foreign policy,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul wrote.

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Obama administration announces Great Lakes offshore wind consortium

This will blow your mind...err...wind turbine

In an effort to jump start a recently-announced $180 million initiative to spur the development of offshore wind energy projects, the Obama administration and the Department of Energy today announced the formation of 5-state, 15-agency consortium in the Great Lakes region to cut through red tape and shorten the licensing period for new offshore developments. (I have written about the various types of offshore wind turbines HERE.) More after the jump...
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Women understand what’s at stake in 2012

Imagine the media freakout if Romney led the President by 12%

Here’s something you may not have heard:

In the Pew Research Center’s most recent national survey, conducted March 7-11, Obama led Mitt Romney by 20 points (58% to 38%) among women voters. It marked the second consecutive month that Obama held such a wide advantage over Romney among women (59% to 38% in February). In both February and March, Obama ran about even with Romney among men.

The President leads Mitt Romney in the last Pew Research poll by 12%. And this entirely attributable to this President’s advantage with women.

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Programming note: Eclectablog on Tim Skubick's "Off The Record" NEXT WEEK

Programming note: Eclectablog on Tim Skubick’s “Off The Record” NEXT WEEK

I’m heading off to East Lansing this morning to record a “Bloggers Edition” of “Off the Record”, Tim Skubick’s political talk show. If you’re not from Michigan, this is sort of the state-level version of “Meet the Press”.

I’ll be on the show with Democratic political consultant Joe Disano and the Mackinac Center’s Jack Spencer.

The show airs this evening and again a couple of times on Sunday Friday, April 6th and twice on Easter Sunday. I’ll post the YouTube of it on Friday.…

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Michigan Republicans ignore a House floor full of Democrats calling for a roll call vote (PHOTO)

This is NOT what Democracy looks like

As I reported yesterday, on Monday Ingham County Circuit Judge Clinton Canady III will consider whether to grant the Michigan House Democrats a Restraining Order against Republicans who they say are violating the state constitution by denying them roll call votes on making laws take “immediate effect”.

The Michigan Republicans in a rather remarkable display of arrogance have taken to passing bills lately and voting to give them “immediate effect”. They are, in general, allowed to do this and it bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period after the bill is signed into law by the governor.…
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Mich Secretary of State confirms 225,885 signatures submitted for repeal of Emergency Manager law

Stop Public Act 4!

The Michigan Secretary of State’s (SOS) office has confirmed that the Stand Up for Democracy coalition has turned in 24,151 valid sheets containing 225,885 signatures, exceeding the 161,305 needed to put the law on hold and the referendum on November 2012 ballot. [NOTE: this does NOT mean the signatures themselves have been validated, just that they have turned in valid petition sheets containing that many unvalidated signatures.]

The SOS has pulled a random sample of signatures that
opponents may challenge. There is a 10-day challenge period
that ends on April 9. The random sample (chosen through a formula) has 3,451 signatures.…

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