Tag: Michigan Republicans

How our constitution is going Up In Smoke! – The hypocrisy of Michigan’s “constitutional conservatives”

How our constitution is going Up In Smoke! – The hypocrisy of Michigan’s “constitutional conservatives”

“Constitutional conservatives”, yes, even at the state level, believe that their main, driving purpose is to protect the constitution, both at the federal level and the state level. Agree or disagree, it is what they claim to want, fight for, and live for. That is, except when they disagree with said constitutions.

Case in point on the state level is a little-known reality in our constitution that basically says that, as a citizen, if the legislature fails to respond to the will of the people, the people have a right to petition the public to create laws the legislature refuses to, for whatever reason they choose.…

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The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

I’ve been writing lately about the attempt by the Snyder administration to continue the undemocratic takeover of local schools facing financial difficulties without having to use an Emergency Manager. Thanks to the Flint water catastrophe where the residents’ drinking water was contaminated with lead thanks to decisions made by Emergency Managers, that phrase has become (pardon the pun) toxic. As I have written (HERE and HERE), the individual put in charge of taking over the school districts is now called a “CEO”. And the CEO has all sorts of power:

  • Assume the financial and academic authority over multiple schools;
  • Assume the role of the locally elected school board for those schools they have been assigned;
  • Control all funds attributable to pupils at the school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Permanently close a school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Sell closed school buildings without the consent of the locally elected board; and
  • Convert schools into charter schools without the consent of the locally elected board.
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Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

I have known for quite awhile that you can’t bring a sign into the State Capitol Building. You can’t miss the signs telling you to leave your signs behind when you enter the august edifice. What I did NOT know until recently is that bringing a gun into that same building is A-OK. Thankfully, sanity is prevailing, at least on the side of Democrats who have introduced legislation to prohibit firearms in the Capitol and allowing people to express their First Amendment rights by bringing in a sign

As it stands today you can openly carry a firearm, but not a sign, into the state capitol.…

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NOT THE ONION: REAL Emergency Managers are sick of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder besmirching their good name and profession

NOT THE ONION: REAL Emergency Managers are sick of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder besmirching their good name and profession

The term “Emergency Manager” was not invented by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and his corporatist Republican colleagues. In fact, Emergency Managers existed before that crew got around to passing what is perhaps the most anti-democratic legislation ever seen in the United States.

According to the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Emergency Managers are professionals whose job it is to “focus on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters or crisis situations.”

And they are none to happy that Gov. Snyder and his colleagues are running their job and their profession into the mud:

“One thing must be made absolutely clear: the term ’emergency manager’ in the Flint, Michigan situation refers to a fiscal-only function that bears no relationship to the term as it is commonly and universally used on a national and international basis,” stated Robie Robinson, IAEM-USA president.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Gov. Snyder knew about Flint water issues 9 months before admitting it (and MORE!)

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Gov. Snyder knew about Flint water issues 9 months before admitting it (and MORE!)


“Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” by DonkeyHotey

Gov. Snyder knew about Flint’s water issues nine full months before going public

Time after time after time, Gov. Rick Snyder’s response to questions about his administration’s lackadaisical response to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful, odorless, invisible neurotoxin lead has been “I never knew about it”. He has claimed that, until October of last year, his closest advisors and staffers kept the critical information from him, blowing a huge hole in his claims of being a superlative CEO for our state where he “runs government like a business”. We now have solid evidence that he knew there were problems as far back as February of 2015:

An email sent by Governor Rick Snyder shows that he planned to discuss “Flint water” with top staffers in February 2015 — nearly nine months before the governor claims to have known about a water crisis in Flint.

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Philandering religio-hypocrites Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat will do the perp walk, felony charges filed

Philandering religio-hypocrites Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat will do the perp walk, felony charges filed

Following an investigation by the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, philandering Republicans Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser have had multiple felony charges filed against them today. Read more ›
MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

Earlier this week, former Michigan state legislator Jason Allen told UP Matters reporter Brittany Denny that he is “troubled” by the recent reports of disabled veterans in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans suffering under the atrociously inadequate care provided by J2S Group. J2S Group is the for-profit healthcare corporation that was the beneficiary of Gov. Snyder’s privatization scheme that would carve over $4 million out of the healthcare facility’s budget for nurses aides and other support staff. “I’m very troubled about the findings of the report and I trust that the Governor and the Board of Managers will take the appropriate steps to ensure that care improves for our veterans and they get the care they deserve,” he told Denny.…

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Michigan Republicans create all-white, all-male committee that has something to do with the #FlintWaterCrisis

Michigan Republicans create all-white, all-male committee that has something to do with the #FlintWaterCrisis

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter have formed a committee called the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency that has something to do with the public health catastrophe in Flint. They plan to hold hearings, looking into all levels of government from local all the way up to federal.

The committee is made up of two Democrats, Rep. Jeff Irwin and Sen. Jim Ananich, along with four Republicans, Rep. Ed McBroom, Rep. Ed Canfield, Sen. Jim Stamas, and Sen. Joe Hune.

The role of the committee seems to be in some dispute.…

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Michigan Republicans are secretly admitting that “running state like a business” has failed & has killed people

Michigan Republicans are secretly admitting that “running state like a business” has failed & has killed people


John Lindstrom, the publisher of Gongwer News Service, one of the top news outlets covering state government and state politics, published an essay this week that shows, despite the shiny, happy face that Gov. Snyder is putting on and despite his continuing calls for more privatization and the success of Emergency Management, they know full well it has been an utter failure and, in the words of one of them, “This is on us.”

Here are some of the highlights:

[C]onversations this reporter has had recently with Republicans, mostly, [are] so very interesting. We met in a variety of settings — at a funeral, at lunch, at the gym and other places – so they were all at ease, off the clock, during the conversations.…

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As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

Back in 2011, reports began to emerge that conditions in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans had deteriorated after part of the staff had been privatized. According to reporting by The Detroit News, “contract workers [were] responsible for incidents in which a veteran suffered a broken neck as a result of improper lifting procedures and another veteran had a gastric tube pulled out of his stomach and was forced to eat solid foods against a doctor’s written orders”.

Despite this, Michigan Republicans continued their efforts to privatize the entire staff.

The move was fought by AFSCME, the union representing the healthcare workers in the home and it was temporarily put on hold by an Ingham County judge.…

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Republicans want to stop Michigan from informing people about state’s “Healthy Michigan” (Medicaid expansion) program

Republicans want to stop Michigan from informing people about state’s “Healthy Michigan” (Medicaid expansion) program

The history of Medicaid expansion in Michigan as part of the Affordable Care Act is a long and troubled one. The Republican-led legislature hemmed and hawed and finally passed it in a way that wasted hundreds of millions of dollars and unnecessarily delayed working poor Michiganders from obtaining coverage.

When they finally got around to passing it, they did it without giving the new law “immediate effect” which extended the delay by another three months. The year they passed it, they gave nearly all of their new laws – 94.3% – immediate effect. But not Medicaid expansion:

The program was anticipated to cover an additional 470,000 people but it has been so successful that 600,000 Michigan residents have coverage that would not have it without the program called “Healthy Michigan”.…

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