Forum on Public Act 4 to be held TONIGHT in Ann Arbor

Emergency Manager law under the microscope

Tonight, a community forum will be held in Ann Arbor on the subject of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law.

On Monday, February 6, from 6 to 8pm in the Eldersveld Room in the Department of Political Science (Haven Hall 5th Floor), the Undergraduate Political Science Association will host: “A Debate on the Emergency Financial Manager Law: Democracy, Expertise, and the Public Good in Financially Troubled Cities”. We often hear in public discourse that government ought to be run more like a business, with streamlined decision-making by expert managers being preferred over the more cumbersome ways of making decisions that are associated with democratic institutions.…
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Justin Amash to get a solid Democratic challenger??? Maybe so if Trevor Thomas runs.

Trevor Thomas mulls throwing his hat into the ring in MI-03

There is no question that Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is vulnerable. As a self-identified tea partyer and with the popularity of the failed tea party agenda dwindling more every day, Amash’s own popularity is sinking as well.

Enter Trevor Thomas. Born and raised on the west side of the state, Thomas’ parents were both automotive factory workers. He has spent his life fighting for the middle class, working with struggling young people and and advocating on behalf of our troops. Now, it appears, he is mulling a run for the 3rd District seat.…

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Pete Hoekstra airs offensive, racist ad during Super Bowl XLVI – UPDATED

Who thought THAT was a good idea?

[NOTE: I have posted updates to this ongoing story HERE.]

Twitter Pete” Hoekstra, the man who wasn’t even smart enough to buy his own domain during his run for Governor of Michigan, ran an ad during this year’s Super Bowl that was so blatantly racist and offensive to Asians that even GOP consultants are flinching.

The portrayal of a young Asian woman speaking broken English in a Super Bowl ad being run by U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra against Michigan incumbent Debbie Stabenow is bringing charges of racial insensitivity.

GOP consultant Nick De Leeuw flat-out scolded the Holland Republican for the ad.

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Are you ready for some Puppy Bowl???

Superbowl, schmuperbowl

This is what we’ll be watching this afternoon:

This year: live tweets!

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Adam Zemke leads in MI-55 fundraising, GOP incumbent considers switching parties

Zemke showing strong support in redistricted MI-55

Last November, I broke the news that Adam Zemke had announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 55th state House district. This district was recently reconfigured and is now strongly Democratic-leaning – it is considered to be an easy pick-up for Dems. Zemke has only one Democratic opponent at this point, Bob Davidow.

This week, Zemke announced that he had raised more money than both Davidow and the Republican incumbent Rick Olson combined.

Candidates for the legislature were required to file campaign finance reports with the Michigan Secretary of State on January 31 disclosing campaign funds raised in 2011.…
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The ongoing travesty of Jean Klock Park and the comedy of Emergency Manager Joe Harris, TAKE 2

Let’s try that again, shall we?

I posted this yesterday but got some pertinent facts wrong, not once, but twice. So, I pulled the post until I could get my facts straight.

In my defense, the situation surrounding the fight to save Jean Klock Park is very confusing – unnecessarily confusing, in my opinion. In a city with less than 10,000 residents there are actually TWO groups fighting to save/protect the 90-acre park: Protect Jean Klock Park and Friends of Jean Klock Park (aka “Save Jean Klock Park”).

UPDATE: I have removed comments regarding these two groups being adversaries because they both assure me they are not.

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Michigan Dems can vote in both primary and caucus this year

Fighting back against Republican dirty tricks

In early January, I broke the news that Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer would be asking the state committee to bypass enforcing rules against Democrats voting in both the Democratic caucus and in the primary.

I have spoken with Michigan Democratic Chair Mark Brewer to ensure that this information is correct. He told me (and this is breaking news) that he will be proposing that the Michigan Democratic Party leadership vote to either not enforce or to waive the rule saying that Democrats may not vote in both the February primary and the May caucus.…
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Michigan Republican union-buster & hypocrite Rep. Mike Shirkey violates campaign finance laws

Tut, tut, Mike

When I last wrote about Right to Work (for less) cheerleader State Rep. Mike Shirkey, it was it was discovered he took federal Stimulus dollars for his company and then laid people off.

Michigan state Representative and advocate for making Michigan a Right to Work for Less state, Mike Shirkey, has been busted for showing higher than normal level of Republican hypocrisy (“GOPocrisy”) today. Todd Heywood of Michigan Messenger reports that Shirkey benefited from a tax abatement involved with creating a “Tool and Die Recovery Zone”. The tax break gives his nonunion company Orbitforms up to 15 years of operation free from state and local taxation.…
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