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Judge allows end to welfare benefits for tens of thousands of essentially unemployable Michiganders

Judge allows end to welfare benefits for tens of thousands of essentially unemployable Michiganders

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Early this month, I wrote about how a move by the Snyder administration to through over 10,000 Michigan families off the welfare rolls had been temporarily halted by a U.S. District Court judge.

A federal judge in Michigan today smacked down a new Republican-passed law that will throw tens of thousands of Michiganders off the welfare rolls with little notice, temporarily halting its implementation.
A federal judge today accused the state of “sleight of hand,” and halted plans to end welfare benefits to nearly 41,000 Michigan residents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman determined after a hearing today that the state failed to give proper notice to those it planned to cut off, and although the issue was brought to the federal court in a lawsuit filed by just three plaintiffs, the judge also granted class status to include everyone affected by the state’s decision.

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Nurses aides at Michigan veteran’s health care facility get reprieve from privatization

Last month, I wrote about an attempt to privatize the nurse aides at a veteran’s health care facility in Michigan.

A plan to privatize nurses aides at a state-run veterans health care facility is drawing sharp criticism from unions as well as patients at the facility. At a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) hearing this week, Commissioners heard from a variety of speakers asking them to reverse their decision.

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The move is another effort by Michigan Republicans to privatize as many state-provided services as possible to save money, $4.2 million annually in this case. Unfortunately, the money savings from this move may actually threaten the health of military veterans.

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Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak from South Korea in Michigan (PHOTOS)

Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak from South Korea in Michigan (PHOTOS)

This past Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited a GM plant in Lake Orion, Michigan. The visit was, in part, a celebration of a new trade pact between our countries. Unlike previous free trade agreements, Democrats were able to win protections for American workers that will help guard against the types of abuses that have come from NAFTA.

All photos by Anne C. Savage. Please do not use without permission. We’re serious about that. Please ask first. She’s very easy to work with.

Transcript of the Presidents’ remarks after the jump. Click any image to see larger versions and more photos.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero welcomes Occupy Lansing protesters to the Capitol

Only a handful of mayors have voiced support of the hundreds of Occupations going on across the country. Most have been on the west coast.

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Occupy the Board Room – Your chance to take your story straight to the 1%

Occupy the Board Room – Your chance to take your story straight to the 1%

A friend of mine at Venice for Change has put together a rather interesting idea. Her group has obtained the contact information of a significant number of high level executives at the major banks (Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, etc.) Their new website allows you to send your personal story directly to one of these executives to let them know “how the other half lives.”


The 1% have addresses. The 99% have messages.

Life gets awfully lonely for those at the top. What can we do to let them know someone’s thinking of them? Maybe they need some new friends! We’ve thought of two ways we could help them with that.…

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Autumn Chill

Autumn Chill

Kona the blind, nearly-deaf diabetic Everyready Doggerz:

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LIVEBLOG: Occupy Lansing – Mayor Virg Bernero in complete support

LIVEBLOG: Occupy Lansing – Mayor Virg Bernero in complete support

I’ll be live-blogging the Occupy Lansing event in Lansing, Michigan today. One thing that sets this particular event apart from many of the others is that the mayor of Lansing, Virg Bernero, is in total support of it. He has sent portable toilets, garbage dumpsters and given the protesters a permit without an expiration date to protesters at Reutter Park where the encampment started earlier this week. Here’s his Facebook update from Wednesday:

Our political system has become increasingly corportized, privatized and profitized by the filthy rich. The unholy alliance of Washington and Wall Street have conspired against regular folks to all but obliterate the American Dream and bastardise our democracy.…
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Read this. Read this now. Share it with everyone you know.

Seriously, if you haven’t read “An open letter to that 53% guy”, you need to do so.

And then share it far and wide.

It’s the most cogent explanation of why #occupywallstreet is happening right now in this country.

Period.

P.S. it’s officially the most viral and widely-shared post ever to appear on Daily Kos. That’s saying more than most people realize.

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Presidents Obama and Lee in Michigan today

Presidents Obama and Lee in Michigan today

Here are a couple of early photos by my wife Anne C. Savage from a visit to Michigan today by President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. They were visiting GM’s Orion Assembly Plant, in part to tout the new trade agreement passed by Congress this week.

Also, the President Obama told the crowd that, unlike Republicans, he believes helping save the domestic automakers in the USA was a good idea. Most Michiganders (except Republican politicians, it seems) agree. Whole-heartedly.

[Please do not use photos without permission. Really. Seriously. Check first. Thanks.]


Go Tigers!

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Chair of Michigan Republican Party says auto bailout was wrong

Like father Romney, like son Schostak:

Obama and the Democrats will continue to hammer away at the fact that it was their decision to rescue GM and Chrysler with billions of dollars of aid. Romney, for one, has said the auto companies needed to go through a structured bankruptcy – as they did – but that taxpayers should not have been on the hook for the money lent them.

Schostak made the same argument during the call today, saying capital markets – the banks – would have been there to invest in the auto companies, leaving the taxpayers out of it.

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Michigan GOP giddy about new bill allowing residents to waste energy with impunity

Oh, my. This must have Republicans just giggling with giddiness.

On a nearly party-line vote, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that would skirt a federal phaseout of older, less efficient light bulbs and allow Michigan manufacturers to make and sell the old version of bulb in the state.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, called the bill the “Right to Light,” bill

and said that consumers should be able to choose what products they buy.

But Democrats in the House said the bill flouts the state’s status as a magnet for green technology and is a fantasy because there are no businesses in Michigan who make the older variety of light bulb.

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