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Court of Appeals to rule on Emergency Manager petitions soon — without all the information they need

How long are we going to put up with this?

Yesterday in Detroit, the three Republican judges on the Michigan Court of Appeals heard testimony regarding the font-size challenge to the petitions gathered to put the repeal of Public Act 4 -- the Emergency Manager Law -- on the November ballot. As I wrote about the other day, they did so without complete information because expert analysis of the font used on the petitions -- analysis requested by the Michigan Director of State Elections -- was not included in the overview given to the Board of State Canvassers before they made their decision on April 26. Laura Conaway at The Maddow Blog spoke with the expert, Assistant Professor Chris Corneal of the Graphic Design in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. Here's what he had to say:
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“Democrat” Roy Schmidt pulls ultimate dick move, jumps to GOP too late for another Dem to run

There are dick moves and then there are DICK MOVES. This is the latter.

NOTE: this post has been updated HERE.

It’s not often you see an elected official act like this much of an asshole and to do it such a dickish and public way.

Ten minutes before the filing deadline to run for the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Roy Schmidt, a “Democrat” from the 76th District in Grand Rapids, switched parties and decided to run as a Republican. This gave the Democratic party no candidate in a very tough district for Democrats after last year’s redistricting.…

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UPDATED: Why I must (at least try) to defeat Scott Walker

UPDATED: Why I must (at least try) to defeat Scott Walker

Or what I learned by thinking like a conservative news clown

This post is all about getting you to donate to Barrett for Wisconsin to defeat Scott Walker. You can do that now.

When North Carolina’s discriminatory and hateful Amendment One won by twenty points earlier in May, I thought, “I didn’t do enough. I should have done more.” (I think the President felt the same, BTW.)

This was a strange revelation to me. As a Democrat, my thought after a loss is usually: “XXXXXXX didn’t do enough.”

This time I thought, “Goddamit, I’ve gotta do something.”

I was like Michele Bachmann if she’d found out that her twenty-four year old son watches Glee.…

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Ruben Marquez secures enough signatures to get on the ballot to challenge Tim Walberg in MI-07

Let's roll!

As I have reported before, Jackson County Democratic Party Chair Ruben Marquez has entered the race to challenge Tim "The Original Tea Partier" Walberg in Michigan's 7th Congressional District. Marquez announced after Republican Joe Schwarz declined to run as a Democrat. This gave him less than two weeks to secure the required 1,000 petitions signatures to get on the ballot for the August primary. He was successful.
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More misogyny in the Michigan House of Representatives – Rep Frank Foster calls nurses union staffer a c**t

Boys will be boys pigs

It's just another episode in a long, long string of episodes where some Michigan Republican men can't get into any sort of back and forth with a woman without whipping out the sexist derogatory slurs. This time, it's state House Representative Frank Foster. While visiting the neighborhood of a Michigan Nurses Association staffer, he called her a "cunt".
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Michigan elections officials had proof Emergency Manager repeal petitions were legal but kept it secret


I find myself using the word "astonished" or "astonishing" a LOT lately when it comes to Michigan politics. My level of cynicism seems to be rising exponentially as each week passes when I see the outrageous and egregious things that Republicans are doing in our state. But this might take the cake.
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Why Mitt Romney and the GOP Love Debt

Why Mitt Romney and the GOP Love Debt

Hint: It’s why arsonists love fire

Hiring the GOP to get rid of your debt problem is like hiring the GOP to get rid of your bin Laden problem. It has never worked before and it won’t work now.

Like Paul Ryan, Mitt has used this so-called debt emergency to propose a budget that cuts anything that doesn’t specifically benefit the rich. He then offers the richest Americans more tax breaks on top of the already untenable Bush tax breaks that were supposed to expire before the GOP let the economy become a global financial crisis.

Mitt claims that he’ll pay for some of his tax breaks with offsets—and Mitt, of course, refuses to name one offset.…

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Beer With Bloggers event – 7-9 pm Thursday, May 31 – Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti

Getting to knooo-ooow you, getting to know all abooo-uuut you...

Super, uber blogger Mark Maynard of the legendary in Ypsilanti (and beyond) is resurrecting an event he used to hold semi-regularly called "Beer With Bloggers". It's a chance for us, the men and women behind the html code, to hang out with the folks that read our words and look at our photos and other artwork, answer your questions, and get drunk. Mark tells me the last time he did this (over two years ago), he had 90 people show up. The next Beer With Bloggers event is Thursday, May 31 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti and YOU are invited. Details are after the jump.
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