Job opportunities in Michigan – MichAGAIN & the MiVirtualCareerFair

Michigan’s back, Jack

This is a guest post from my Daily Kos friend dkmich. It talks about a couple of new economic development initiatives working to bring jobs to Michigan.

Take a look:
“Osama bin Laden’s dead & GM is alive”
The Great Recession gave a knock out punch to an already struggling auto industry and thousands of Michigan engineers and IT people poured into the unemployment lines. Things were so bleak for so long that most of them ended up moving out-of-state for work.

Thanks to President Barack Obama and former Governor Jennifer Granholm, the automotive manufacturers are now leading Michigan and the country into recovery.…

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Rev. Charles Williams II & clergy call for Quicken Loans to denounce racist Hoekstra ad

The fallout continues

Good to see the civil rights leaders and clergy of Michigan getting involved with decrying the racist ad put out on Sunday by Pete Hoekstra. The Rev. Charles Williams II and a coalition of clergy members are asking Hoekstra campaign contributor Quicken Loans to denounce the commercial and ask Hoekstra to pull it. Here’s their press release:

Rev Charles Williams II, and coalition of clergy call on Quicken Loans contributor to the Pete Hoekstra campaign to denounce commercial and urge the campaign to end it immediately.

Detroit – 2/7/12 – Republican candidate for U.S Senate Pete Hoekstra endorsed and appeared in a new campaign commercial launched during the Super Bowl Sunday night.

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The Republican freakout over Chrysler’s Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad – UPDATED

Sometimes the truth hurts

Republicans around the country are freaking over Chrysler’s Super Bowl half-time ad that was narrated by Clint Eastwood.

Here is the ad, in case you missed it:

Karl Rove had this to say about it:

The President of the United States’ political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best wishes of the management, which has benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back.

Yeah. Okay, Karl. Except that is totally cuckoo for Coco Puffs.

He was still talking about it tonight on cable news as they watched the primary/caucus returns roll in.…

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Republicans a no-show at Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor

We’re sorry, the number you have dialed…

All photos by Anne C. Savage – used with permission

On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Political Science department at the University of Michigan held a public forum/debate on Public Act 4 – the Emergency Manager law. The panelists were Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor); Howard Ryan, Director of Legislative Affairs, MI Department of Treasury; Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner; and Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint.

One chair was empty – the one that was supposed to have been occupied by Mark Ouimet, a Republican state Representative (my Representative, in fact.) He cancelled at the last minute saying his presence was required “a school board meeting”.…

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Racist Hoekstra ad reframes the conversation, but not how he wanted it to

Missed it by THAT much

Pete Hoekstra is nearly giddy about all the attention his racist ad had garnered.

Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Holland, stood his ground Monday, saying the ad did what he wanted: It drew a clear contrast between himself and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. […]

“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this, but we’re in a time when people are fed up with the spending and we wanted to capture that frustration,” Hoekstra said. “It hits Debbie smack-dab between the eyes on the area where she is most vulnerable.”

Let’s have a look at the headlines to see if he has, indeed, reshaped the conversation to talk about Debbie Stabenow’s spendthrift ways.…

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Is media group that produced Pete Hoekstra’s racist ad full of Democrats? (Updated)

Waaa-aaait a minute…

I hadn’t realized this until MaddowBlog retweeted me yesterday, but the media company that created the train wreck of a racist ad for Pete Hoekstra is the same company that did two other catastrophic train wrecks: the infamous “Demon Sheep” ad for Carly Fiorina in California and Christine O’Donnell‘s legendary “I Am Not a Witch” ad.

The creator is Fred Davis of Strategic Perception Inc. from California. When you consider the impact that these three ads have had in reshaping the conversation about these candidates into something completely unintentional, you really have to wonder: Is Fred Davis a Democrat???

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My “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

A face for radio…

If you are interested in listening to my Blog Roll segment on The First Shift with Tony Trupiano radi show his morning, click HERE.

We talked about a number of topics but mainly about my piece last week about the ticking tax time bomb in Michigan.


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BREAKING: Financial review teams leading to Emergency Mgr must comply with Open Mtgs Act

Score one for transparency

In a stinging rebuke of the Snyder administration, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette ruled today that review teams that are part of the lead-up to imposing an Emergency Manager on a city or school district must comply with the Open Meetings Act.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette ruled this afternoon that state-appointed local financial review teams are public bodies that must comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act. […]

State officials have maintained that these review teams do not have to comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

Judge Collette agreed with the plaintiff in the case – Robert Davis, the board secretary of the Highland Park School District [who argued that] the state’s financial review team violated Michigan’s Open Meetings Act by holding private meetings, failing to post public notices for the meetings, and for failing to keep minutes of the meetings.

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