We call this the “In and Out Game”. Our dog and our cat both play it.
It has got to be tough being a moderate, reasonable Republican these days. Sitting here watching the skabillionth Republican primary debate, the only person that is even close to being reasonable is Jon Huntsman and he doesn’t have a prayer of getting the nomination.
I think we’re going to begin seeing a LOT more things like this piece by a moderate Republican named Jeff Wartman: Why I’m leaving the Republican Party…and Endorsing President Obama..
Earlier this week, the Muskegon Chronicle published an op-ed by Steve Gunn, the conservative Communications Director of the anti-teachers union Education Action Group. In his op-ed he places the blame for the financial catastrophes happening in Michigan cities and school districts at the feet of unionized public employees.
This fight really pits the vast middle class against the very small but extremely powerful public service labor unions.[…]
That means local municipal workers may keep getting their annual raises and reimbursement for unused sick days while vital government services are cut.…
By now you’ve likely heard about Rick Santorum‘s offensive statement to a group of supporters in Iowa.
Here’s the video:
Santorum is now denying he said “black people”. According to him, what he really said was (I still cannot believe this) “blah people”.…
Today the Obama administration announced that it is updating the formal definition of rape. This move will help many rape victims who were previously unaccounted for achieve justice against their perpetrators and will more accurately reflect the extent of the problem of sexual crimes in our country.
Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris shuttered the city’s only radio station this week, citing “efficient use of the city’s resources”.
The low-power FM radio station WBHC-LP 96.5, which is broadcast out of City Hall, shut down Jan. 1. […]
[Commissioner Juanita Henry] Henry said Wednesday night the radio station, which played music and had programs hosted by Commissioners Muhammad, Henry and Dennis Knowles, was not a burden on the city’s budget, but had its own funding.
The radio station gave the Benton Harbor residents what they always ask for – a communication link between citizens and city officials, Henry said.…
Joe Harris has been on the job as Emergency Manager in Benton Harbor for over a year and a half now. However, a recent report indicates the success he is credited for at “turning Benton Harbor around” may not be based in fact. Michigan Radio has this important story.
The audit shows Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris cut the yearly operating deficit by about $126,000 from when elected city leaders were governing.…
[UPDATE: I have corrected this post to indicate that the Oakland County Democrats are the ones suing Governor Snyder over the redistricting there, not the Michigan Democratic Party as I initially (and incorrectly) wrote.]
Governor Rick Snyder is facing two impending lawsuits. One is from the ACLU over new law prohibiting health insurance benefits for to same-sex partners of public employees. The other is from the
Michigan Oakland County Democratic Party over a recent redistricting of Oakland County.
The ACLU’s suit challenges the new ban on same-sex partner benefits as “wrong, discriminatory, and unconstitutional” because its impact is limited only to same-sexcouples.…
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