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Just scrap the cap

REAL old school in the house. Give it up for the gee-eezers… Heh, heh. JustScrapTheCap.com H/T Carol

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Cutting government waste: Obama administration is doin’ it right

Politicians always talk about “trimming waste” in government. The Obama administration shows ’em how it’s done. Almost $18 billion-with-a-“B” in savings this year alone (and 2011 ain’t over yet.) Over $20 billion since 2010. And more to come, thanks to a new Executive Order, part of the President’s ongoing “We Can’t Wait” initiative where he’s taking action Congress just can’t […]

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Anti-teachers union StudentsFirst wants to “collaborate” with Michigan teachers union

After spending scads of money to defeat the recall of Paul Scott, a recall backed financially by the Michigan Education Association (MEA), Michigan’s teachers union, suddenly Michelle Rhee’s anti-teachers union group StudentsFirst wants to play kissy-face with them. From their recent press release: StudentsFirst Vice President of Communications Hari Sevugan sent a letter to Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook […]

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Jocelyn Benson responds to my criticism of the Engage Michigan conference

Jocelyn Benson responds to my criticism of the Engage Michigan conference

I received this very thoughtful response from Jocelyn Benson on my post criticizing the Engage Michigan conference. I thought it should be seen by a wider audience. Thank you for your feedback on the Engage Michigan Convention. I’m sorry that your experience was not what you had hoped. Allow me to offer my own reflections on your post. The question […]

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Tim Walberg attends ribbon cutting for facility funded with Recovery Act funds he opposed (updated w/ photo)

Tim Walberg attends ribbon cutting for facility funded with Recovery Act funds he opposed (updated w/ photo)

Yesterday afternoon, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility at the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Medical Center. The VA Ann Arbor Medical Center will hold an open house for its Hematology-Oncology Infusion Center on Monday. […] Infusion therapy is a type of treatment in which medications or other treatment agents are delivered directly into the body via a […]

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It’s a hoop hoop hoopty bus

It’s a hoop hoop hoopty bus

Because it can’t be all politics ALL the time. This bus was parked around the corner from my friend Doug’s place in Minneapolis this weekend. All aboard! UPDATE: Turns out, the bus is a rolling art project/experiment/journey/adventure: 7cees.org We’re traveling around the country for a year in our bus studio exploring creativity with people and organizations. We’d love to have […]

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Anti-teachers union StudentsFirst says their defeat is a “victory”

Hoo boy, talk about putting lipstick on a pig. This is from Ben Smith at Politico, via a memo from Michelle Rhee’s anti-teacher organization StudentsFirst that spent an enormous amount of money on trying to keep Paul Scott from getting recalled last week: In Michigan, Rep. Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association because of his […]

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More “We Can’t Wait” awesomeness from the Obama White House

I like this: We Can’t Wait: Health Care Innovation Challenge will improve care, save money, focus on health care jobsNew funding available for next generation of health care innovations WASHINGTON, DC — Up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and save money. Launched […]

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Michigan Dems in the minority: finding new ways to have a voice & an impact

I have a piece up at A2Politico this week that talks about how Democrats in the Michigan legislature are finding ways to have a voice in our state despite their minority status. Using the example of the “anti”-bullying bill passed by Senate Republicans earler this month, I show how they managed to impact a similar bill that was passed by […]

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Mich GOP Senate contender on the wealth gap: “I think it should be wider”

Here’s how the GOP rallies “the 99%”: In regards to the Occupy Wall Street movement, [GOP Senate candidate Clark] Durant said the protesters should “go find a job.” In regards to the wealth gap the movement decries, Durant said, “I think it should be wider.” Get a job, hippy! Too bad there aren’t jobs available. As I recently pointed out, […]

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Michigan Democratic Party’s “Engage Michigan” conference engages Dems’ ears – and not much else

Michigan Democratic Party’s “Engage Michigan” conference engages Dems’ ears – and not much else

This past Saturday, the Michigan Democratic Party held their “Engage Michigan” conference. It was billed as a “chance to have your say as we discuss everyone’s ideas for forging a stronger, more prosperous future for Michigan.” It was anything but. Let me start this off by saying I did not want to write this entry. I wanted to write an […]

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