Last month, I wrote about the selection of John Covington to run a new group in Michigan called Education Achievement Authority (EAA) tasked with helping to work with failing schools. I also wrote that he faked a conflict with his former employer to get out of his contract and could make as much as $1.4 million in four years. Today, we learn that the school district he last ran, the Kansas City School District, has lost its accreditation.
This ad just came up on my iPhone Pandora app:
It was complete with the President’s voice exhorting me to call Congress to urge them to pass his jobs bill. “Learn about it, fight for it!”
That’s how you use social media/new media, kids. That’s how you win the future. FTW.
(P.S., it’s paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Just saw/heard it again.)…
I have a new piece up at A2Politico, a review of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new book A Governor’s Story, co-authored with her husband and partner, Dan Mulhern. The book, released today, is an important contribution to the political discussions taking place in America today.
Here are a few excerpts from my review.
Isn’t this spayshul? Republican Speaker of the Michigan House Jase Bolger is endorsing Mitt Romney to be the GOP presidential candidate. Remember Mitt and his last salvo in Michigan? He is the one who said THIS:
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses.…
This should make progressives VERY happy. In fact, it ought to make the Congressional Progressive Caucus especially happy because the Obama administration is pushing to adopt a key component of their People’s Budget (pdf): forcing the banks that caused our country’s economic crisis to help pick up the pieces by paying for the losses incurred by taxpayers in helping save our domestic auto industry and other emergency measures. The mechanism is a “Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee“.
My, my. Who woulda thunk it? After a summer of “Obama is throwing seniors and poor people under the BUS!!!” coming from the left, it turns out, HE ISN’T. According to the New York Times and others, President Obama is proposing cutting the deficit by $3.6 tillion over the next ten years and paying for at least half of it with a new, minimum tax on the über-wealthy.
I’m reprinting a guest column titled “Dunes Decision Troubling for All”, first published at The Bridge. In this piece, Alison Swan describes how Aubrey McClendon and his development company circumvented the normal legislative process and took his fight to develop the sensitive, rare and, of course, beautiful Saugatuck Dunes directly to the courts. Here, with his deep pockets and bloated back account, he could simply outspend the local municipality to eventually prevail.
The most disheartening thing about these types of fights is that the developer only has to win once but the local village, city or township must keep fighting developers endlessly and win every battle.…
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.
The measure would bar the employers from including domestic partner benefits as a subject of collective bargaining after the expiration of current contracts.
The legislation is largely aimed at ending the practice of extending benefits to a public employee’s domestic partner.…
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