Michigan protests mounting, over 1,000 people yesterday

Yesterday, over 1,000 people flooded the lawn in front of the Capitol in Michigan and filled the Capitol itself at an AARP-sponsored protest rally. Photos by my friend, Larry.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop the state Congress from passing the oppressive Emergency Financial Manager act which creates Super Czars to take control of municipalities which the Governor has decided are in financial trouble and need to be rescued. The bill goes to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.

A group of about 40 people, led, in part, by former MI-08 candidate Lance Enderle, attempted to occupy the Capitol building last night after the 5:30 closing time but they were rebuffed by Capitol security.…

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Is it just me or has the GOP really lost its schpadoinkle?

UPDATE: Barb over at the Eclectablog Facebook Page suggested that we keep updating the list below so if you have something to add, email me at eclectablog at gmail yada yada and I’ll include it!
Borrowing a phrase from the inimitable Bob Cesca, but, honestly, have the Republicans really gone over the edge? Have they really lost their schpadoinkle???

Just a few signs of the GOPocaplypse:

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Eclectablog on “Virtually Speaking” tonight

I’ll be talking with Susie Madrak on her online radio show Virtually Speaking tonight. Madrak blogs at Suburban Guerrilla and she’ll be talking with Jude Toche of the blog First Draft and Dave Johnson from Campaign for America’s Future about the recent political upheaval in Wisconsin. I’ll be on to talk about what’s been going on in Michigan and how that ties in.

The show starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern and I should be on around 9:30 p.m. The Virtually Speaking website where you can tune in is HERE.

UPDATE: You can download the show as an iTunes podcast HERE.…

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Oakland County Republicans go for the power grab

In Michigan, counties are reapportioned into districts by Reapportionment Commissions after each census. The Reapportionment Commissions are, by law, required to be made up of the county prosecutor, county treasurer, county clerk, and the two heads of the two county parties that received the most votes in the last election for secretary of state.

In Oakland County, Michigan, this means that the current Reapportionment Commission is made up of three Democrats and two Republicans.

That’s not good enough for Oakland County Republicans. In response, their State Representatives and Senator have introduced legislation that would make it so that the Reapportionment Commission of counties with populations of 1 million or more would be made up entirely of the county board (rather than the five-members currently required by law.) From Spinal Column Online’s reporting on this GOP power grab:

House Bill (HB) 4380, sponsored by state Rep.…
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Anti-Snyder/Republican protest rallies scheduled for Michigan this week

Cross-posted at Blogging for Michigan and Public News Forum.

NOTE: Please check back regularly as I will update this post as new information becomes available.

There are two big rallies scheduled in Lansing this week at the Capitol building to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s rights-stripping Emergency Financial Manager law and his budget. His budget, as you probably already know, transfers nearly two billion dollars of tax money from poor and elderly Michiganders to corporations in the form of massive tax breaks. These tax breaks are funded by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit which helps the working poor and by taxing public and private pensions received by retirees.…

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President Obama will push for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

When I was a kid, my mom was an ardent feminist and fought hard for women’s rights. We attended rallies, she lobbied her members of Congress, and she was vocally outspoken about it. One of the buttons she wore on her purse was a simple forest green button with a simple white “59¢” it. The “59¢” represented the amount of money that women made, on average, for every dollar a man made doing the same job.

Today, 30 years later, that amount is about 77&cent”.

There is a law that Democrats have been trying to pass for quite some time that would change that.…

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Michigan’s “Nice Guy” Governor’s dirty budgetary trick

I said all along last fall that Rick Snyder’s persona as a “Nice Guy” is a bunch of bullshit. Well, if you didn’t believe me then, perhaps you will now.

As most of you know by now, Snyder’s proposed changes to our state’s tax code do all sorts of nasty things. Rachel Maddow has been highlighting all week how Republican governors are executing an epic and historical transfer of wealth from the poor and elderly to corporations. In Michigan, nearly $2 billion in tax breaks are being funded by raising taxes on private and public pensions and by raising the Earned Income Tax Credit that benefits the working poor.…

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Hitting the soft spot of “True Liberals”

I kinda felt bad for my wife last night. She was reading through the comments on the Daily Kos version of yesterday’s blog This whole “Teach Obama a Lesson” thing is working so perfectly, isn’t it? and was really upset at all the very nasty things people were saying about me. I really should have worn the Hazardous Conditions Flash Suit there on the right, graciously provided to me by a friend. My wife, more than anyone else on the planet, knows that I am one of the most progressive liberal people you are likely to meet. But she also knows I’m all about making actual progress.…

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