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Real Bravery: The Ryan/GOP Budget v. The Affordable Care Act

Real Bravery: The Ryan/GOP Budget v. The Affordable Care Act

And by “brave,” I mean it gives me millions in tax breaks On this day in 2010, this President signed the Affordable Care Act. It’s a law that will help more than 30,000,000 uninsured Americans get health care. It stops private insurers from being able to deny care based preexisting conditions or mistakes in applications. It will insure that women […]

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Romney economic advisor posts joke about deporting seniors to cut the budget on the day the Ryan plan was released

Romney economic advisor posts joke about deporting seniors to cut the budget on the day the Ryan plan was released

Stay classy, professor A top economic adviser for Mitt Romney, a Harvard professor named Greg Mankiw posted a “joke” on his blog yesterday that really makes you question the guy’s judgement. Here’s a screen shot: Click for a larger version Budget CutsNext Month, the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and […]

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Hey! Guess who still gets mega tax breaks under the GOP budget plan? BIG OIL!

Hey! Guess who still gets mega tax breaks under the GOP budget plan? BIG OIL!

It’s good to be the king Not only is Paul Ryan’s “Path to Poverty” budget going to give rich people tax breaks and cut benefits to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while maintaining current levels of military spending, it does something else, too. The GOP budget preserves massive subsidies to Big Oil companies while cutting investments in renewable energy. [I]t […]

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Judge sends Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing – for now.

Judge sends Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing – for now.

Take your victories where you can get them Flint Mayor Dayne Walling As I mentioned earlier, a judge had put a restraining order on Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown due to potential violations of the Open Meetings Act. The hearing was this afternoon and, now that it’s over, Michael Brown is unemployed and Dayne Walling is mayor again. Not only […]

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Michigan judge bars Snyder administration from signing Detroit Consent Agreement – for now

Michigan judge bars Snyder administration from signing Detroit Consent Agreement – for now

Can’t win for losin’… The Snyder administration was handed another in a long list of legal setbacks today as my now-favorite judge, Ingham Country Judge William Collette, smacked them down again. Recall that Judge Collette had already issued a mighty smackdown to the Detroit Emergency Manager Review Team earlier in the month: An Ingham County judge this afternoon ordered all […]

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Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Let’s try that again, shall we? Inspired by the success of Wisconsin Democrats (though lacking the support of the state-level Democratic Party), Michigan Rising is gearing up to take another shot at recalling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: During our last petition drive to recall Rick Snyder we collected nearly 500, 000 signatures. We did this with very little material support, […]

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GOP releases latest budget proposal. Surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the rich

GOP releases latest budget proposal. Surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the rich

It’s deja vu all over again Paul Ryan and his GOP pals released their latest budget proposal today. While it aims to eliminate the deficit by 2040. How do they hope to do this. No surprise: it cuts Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and Social Security, leaves military spending alone and cuts taxes on the wealthy. The New Ryan Plan leaves the […]

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Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicks off in Ann Arbor

Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicks off in Ann Arbor

And they’re off! Last night the Michigan Energy & Environment for Obama Team kicked off its effort to reelect President Obama at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. Environmental luminaries from around the state were in attendance in cluding Ken Berlin, the Director of the National Energy & Environment Team. Berlin told us that the team formed 18 months […]

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Emergency Manager panel discussion in Ann Arbor – 3/19/2012

Emergency Manager panel discussion in Ann Arbor – 3/19/2012

We all agree, this isn’t easy Last night, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan held a public panel discussion on Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. On the panel were Deputy State Treasurer for Local Government Services Roger Fraser, Chairman and CEO of Michigan Forward Brandon Jessup, Benton Harbor Emergency Manager […]

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Would the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Would the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

The real Shady Willard A few weeks ago, I asked you to call Mitt Romney a liar. I’m not the only one obsessed with Mitt’s lying, of course. Fine minds including Steve Benen, Greg Sargent, Jonathan Chait and Jamelle Bouie have all been struggling with Mitt’s disturbing willingness to dissemble and the media’s even more disturbing unwillingness to call him […]

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Racist denies she’s a racist – says “Don’t Renig in 2012” bumpersticker isn’t racist

Racist denies she’s a racist – says “Don’t Renig in 2012” bumpersticker isn’t racist

Right, dude. Whatever. Last May, I posted a piece titled “Don’t let ANYONE EVER tell you racism isn’t alive and well in the USA” that showed a bumpersticker and t-shirt saying “Don’t renig in 2012”. The t-shirt actually showed the Obama campaign logo on it making it clear what it was about. From my post: That bumpersticker says “Don’t RENIG […]

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