BREAKING: Michigan EFM outsources water treatment to company facing 26 felony Clean Water Act violations

I have a new piece up today at A2Politico that shows just how far Michigan’s CPA-style Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs) will go to cut costs.

Michael Stampfler is Pontiac, Michigan’s EFM. He has the dubious distinction of being the first Michigan EFM to use new powers granted by Michigan Republicans to cancel a union contract. What went nearly unnoticed was that last week, he dissolved the Pontiac Planning Commission and replaced it with a smaller number of his own hand-picked, unelected members. But he also did another thing. He made a contract for water treatment services with United Water Services permanent, outsourcing the water treatment to them and laying off city water treatment officials.…

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How Republicans view their female candidates

You have to hand it to the Republicans. Only they could take a Good Thing like encouraging more women candidates, even in the top races (like for president), and turn it into an argument about which beauty queen is the brainiest.

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s prospective 2012 campaign appears increasingly set on a collision course with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The coming confrontation is being driven by a belief in Bachmann’s camp that the same grassroots, conservative primary voters and caucus-goers may have to choose between the two women—and that they will choose Bachmann if she presents herself as a more seasoned, reliable, and serious conservative than her high-profile rival.

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UPDATED: More Michigan Republicans facing recalls – tally now at 20!

Here’s what we have so far:

Pat Somerville (23rd House District)
Anthony Forlini (24th House District)
Jeff Farrington (30th House District)
Andrea LaFontaine (32nd House District)
Mark Ouimet (52nd House District)
Rick Olson (55th House District)
Dale Zorn (56th House District)
House Speaker Jase Bolger (63rd House District)
Al Pscholka (79th House District) – Donate to his recall effort HERE.
Kurt Damrow (84th House District)
Joel Johnson (97th House District)

Mike Nofs (19th Senate District) – Petition language just approved.
Judy Emmons (33rd Senate District)
John Moolenaar (36th Senate District)
Howard Walker (37th Senate District)

And now comes:

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (17th Senate District)
Mike Green (31st Senate District)
Tom Casperson (38th Senate District)

UPDATE: Thanks to Longdaniel2 in the comments, I missed a couple more:

Mike Shirkey (65th House District)
Nancy Jenkins (57th House District)

If my abacus is working properly, that brings the total to 18 20 members of the state legislature looking to pay the price for their support of Rick Snyder’s Big Money GiveawayTM to his business pals.…

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Iowa Republican to students at Congressional hearings: Shut up and “go home”

State Senate Republican Shawn Hamerlinck made it clear yesterday that he has no use for the political opinions of students.

After students representing each of Iowa’s state Universities testified before the Senate Education Appropriation Committee today to oppose severe budget cuts for higher education, Senator Shawn Hamerlinck of Dixon, ranking Republican on the committee, responded to the students’ testimony by telling them to “go home.”

Hamerlinck stated, “I do not like it when students actually come here and lobby me for funds. That’s just my opinion. I want to wish you guys the best. I want you to go home and graduate.

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Updated: Anthony Weiner kicks Dems everywhere in the teeth

There are only a very small handful of Democratic politicians who have really disappointed me to the point of anger in my life. The first was Bill Clinton. This was a man who had the potential to do so very much to help promote Democratic ideals and policies. Yet, at the pinnacle of his power, he engaged in sexual dalliances, got busted, and completely wasted any chance he had to take things to the next level.

Next up is John Edwards. Edwards, though I didn’t support him in the 2008 Democratic primary, was a man I respected. He really seemed to care for the American “underclass”.…

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Benton Harbor EFM continues the disenfranchisement of voters, tightens his power

Note: to find all of my coverage of the Benton Harbor situation, click HERE. The most recent posts are at the top.
Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph L. Harris took further steps to reconfigure the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the group responsible for directing how brownfields, former industrial sites, are developed. Note that there is a great deal of funding through grants and loans for brownfield redevelopment. Also, access to this prime real estate in the shoreline city is very valuable, particularly if it can be obtained for very low-cost and subsidized through federal and state grants.

The order is HERE.…

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Netroot for the Troops – Team Eclectablog needs YOU!!!

Okay, I haz a sad. Look at my poor Netroots for the Troops fundraising thermometer:

Only 42% of my goal and the conference is in less than two weeks.

Not sure if this is a worthy effort to drop a few dollars on? Read more about it HERE or watch this video:

Are YOU going to Netroots Nation in a couple of weeks? I am coordinating the volunteers for the Netroots for the Troops activities so if you’d like to pitch in, send me a note in the comments or an email at eclectablog at gmail and I’ll get you set up with a shift or two.…

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Recalling Rick Snyder – Volunteers needed

The effort to recall Rick Snyder is underway and they are in need of volunteers. Fortunately, they are being given a huge shot in the arm by the most powerful liberal blogging site on the internet, Daily Kos.

At Daily Kos, we are joining this recall effort. Our first step will be running Facebook and Google ads across the entire state of Michigan to quickly sign up 10,000 volunteers to gather recall petition signatures. Typically, using online ads costs about $2 per sign up, so we’re going to need $20,000 to pull this off. Can you contribute $6 to Daily Kos, to help us sign up three of the 10,000 volunteers needed to recall Rick Snyder?…
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