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Terri Lynn Land has “solutions” for Michigan manufacturing that are as empty and false as the rest of her campaign

Not. Ready. For. Prime. Time

Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land recently released her “solutions” for strengthening Michigan manufacturing. More accurately, she’s calling them “solutions “. However, they are so blatantly empty of content and, in some cases, downright wrong that calling them “solutions” strains the bounds of the definition of the word.

You can find her “solutions” HERE, a webpage that is not linked anywhere else on her website or her Facebook page. In fact, unless you go looking for it and know specifically what to look for, you won’t find it anywhere.

Here are her “solutions” to strengthening Michigan manufacturing:

  1. Fair Trade: Developing fair trade agreements will open up markets to Michigan’s exports.
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Medicaid expansion comes to Michigan April 1: What you need to know

It should have come sooner, but let’s just be glad it’s finally happening.

Finally, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is almost here. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Medicaid expansion was delayed by four months because the Republican-led Michigan Senate refused to give it immediate effect — and Gov. Snyder did none of the things in his power to change that. It’s cost the state more than $600 million in funding and prevented nearly 500,000 low-income working Michiganders from getting health insurance until now. Come November, remember that this all happened as a result of political posturing on the part of Michigan Republicans.…

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2 years ago Dexter was a record-breaking 75F and hit by a tornado. This week, we hit a record low with record snowfall.

Global climate change, global schlimate change

The day before the Dexter Tornado hit Dexter, Michigan on March 15, 2012, Anne and I were installing a new garage door opener in shorts and t-shirts. Swarmed by mosquitoes, we were forced to slather up with bug spray because it go so bad. The next day, after hitting a record-breaking 75 degrees, we watched as never-before-seen-this-early F3 tornado took out a neighborhood less than a mile from our house.

This year, during the same week, we had a low of -7F breaking a record set in 1896. We also hit a record amount of snowfall for this area.…

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Michigan women who can’t afford abortions no longer have a choice

Thanks to Right to Life and Michigan Republicans, elective abortion is effectively outlawed for women who can’t afford it.


This is a historic week for Michigan women, and not in a good way. It’s the week the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act becomes law, forcing women to buy a separate insurance policy just in case they might need an abortion one day.

The thing is, not a single insurance company in Michigan offers such a policy, known as a rider, on the private market. So that leaves women who buy their own coverage — either through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace or direct from an insurer — unable to purchase a rider to pay for the cost of an abortion.…

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Michigan AG Schuette seeks to raise taxes, deny health insurance to citizens

By joining an anti-ACA lawsuit, Michigan panders to Tea Party extremists at the expense of the middle class.

It’s no secret that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Republicans detest the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They’ve done everything they can to discredit or dismantle the law known as Obamacare, out of disdain for President Obama and what they consider “his” big government overreach.

What has been a secret, however, is the fact that Schuette has joined a federal lawsuit that could cost Michiganders millions of dollars in tax credits available to purchase health insurance. The Detroit Free Press broke the story on Friday.…

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Religious and personal liberty: It’s not just for Christians

What’s happening in Kansas is particularly reprehensible, but discriminatory laws in the name of religion are a troubling national trend.


I admit, I don’t know much about Kansas aside from The Wizard of the Oz. Dorothy was sure eager to get out of there. The good-hearted girl would be even more desperate to escape these days, I’d wager.

The eyes of the nation are on Kansas, thanks to vile anti-gay legislation that was forced through the state House last week. Simply put, it’s state-sanctioned discrimination. It’s not the first time a law like this has been proposed and, sadly, it won’t be the last.…

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Rick Snyder’s record: Michigan is 49th in job growth & has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the USA

49th in job growth, 4th highest unemployment rate

We have one job over the next nine months. Repeat this message until it’s branded into the brains of every single Michigan voter:

Michigan is 49th in projected job growth and has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country.


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Repeat after me:

49th in job growth, 4th highest unemployment rate

49th in job growth, 4th highest unemployment rate

49th in job growth, 4th highest unemployment rate

ǝʇɐɹ ʇuǝɯʎoldɯǝun ʇsǝɥƃᴉɥ ɥʇㄣ ‘ɥʇʍoɹƃ qoɾ uᴉ ɥʇ6ㄣ

49th in job growth, 4th highest unemployment rate

49TH IN JOB GROWTH, 4TH HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

You know what to do.…

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Michigan Republican culture of retaliation and punishment has judges fearful of speaking out

Pipe down or be punished

For the past three years, Republicans in control of the Michigan legislature have created a culture of retaliation and punishment in order to stomp out any opposition they may encounter. The blazing speed of their right to work (for less) drive was, for all intents and purposes, designed to punish labor groups for having the audacity of putting Proposal 2 on the ballot, a referendum that would have enshrined collective bargaining rights in our state constitution. When labor unions around the state inked multi-year contracts with universities prior to the implementation of right to work, Republicans threatened to pull those university’s funding.…

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An Important Message For Michigan Educators

Michigan teachers are among the finest in the nation, but the media attention given to public education recently has been far from flattering. The public does not view our teachers in a positive light. From Proposal 2 last fall to failing school districts and emergency managers, it is easy for people to believe that teachers are not living up to public expectations.

The classical view of the classroom teacher, where a teacher is merely an orator who gives knowledge of facts, is widely persistent in public opinion. Ask the average person on the street to impersonate a teacher, and they’ll probably do something that is reminiscent of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.…

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VIDEO: GOP candidate David Trott endorsed subprime mortgages at the height of the subprime meltdown

That advice wasn't good for consumers. But it sure must have been good for Trott's business handling foreclosures.

David Trott, chairman and CEO of one of the country's largest law firms specializing in foreclosure services for the mortgage industry -- and a Republican candidate running in Michigan's 11th Congressional District -- has got some explaining to do. In September 2007, subprime mortgage firms were declaring bankruptcy, other financial institutions were refusing to take on more subprime loans and millions of Americans were at risk of losing their homes. At that same time, Trott appeared on the Michigan TV program "Due Process" and called subprime mortgages "a perfectly appropriate product." Yes, David Trott defended subprime mortgages even as the subprime mortgage market was collapsing. That collapse contributed significantly to the larger financial crisis that wreaked havoc on the global economy. Trott's statements on "Due Process" make it clear he didn't see anything wrong with endorsing a product he knew very well would result in even more foreclosures -- risking the homes of average Americans while driving more business to his law firm. Click through for video and more.
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