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Gov. Snyder breaks his own record. Now TWENTY schools & cities are in financial crisis in his “Turnaround state”.

Time to update my chart…

Back in December, I took a look at how many cities and schools were in financial crisis under Governor Rick Snyder compared with his predecessors. The results were pretty shocking:

When you look at the situation under Governor Snyder compared with his predecessors, the data is striking. Including all cities and schools that have either had a consent agreement, an emergency manager, or that are being considered for an emergency manager, Governor Snyder is far and away the leader.

Under John Engler, there were 3 cities (Flint, Hamtramck, and Highland Park).

Under Jennifer Granholm there were 5 cities (Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Highland Park, Pontiac, and Three Oaks Village) and one school district (Detroit Public Schools).

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POLL: Michiganders largely oppose Right to Life “plan ahead for your abortion” proposal

A new poll conducted on behalf of the ACLU of Michigan underscores the need to let voters decide on this reproductive health issue.

Eclectagraphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

If Right to Life of Michigan and their supporters in the Michigan Legislature have their way, women could be hit with a new limit on their right to choose: Buy separate insurance coverage in case you think you might ever need an abortion.

We’ve been covering this extensively at Eclectablog, and you can learn more HERE, HERE and HERE.

It’s worth understanding the complexities of this issue, but here’s the gist: A petition with signatures representing 4% of Michiganders was presented to the Michigan Legislature by Right to Life of Michigan.…

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More Michigan cities and schools in financial crises under Rick Snyder than all other governors combined

Governor Snyder: it’s not working

Three new municipalities are now under consideration for an Emergency Manager: Lincoln Park, Royal Oak Township, and Highland Park. If Highland Park goes, it will be its second time around and it will be the third city to come out of financial crisis under an Emergency Manager only to go back under an Emergency Manager once again (along with Flint and Hamtramck.)

When you look at the situation under Governor Snyder compared with his predecessors, the data is striking. Including all cities and schools that have either had a consent agreement, an emergency manager, or that are being considered for an emergency manager, Governor Snyder is far and away the leader.…

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Michigan Republicans continue with GOP effort to rebrand themselves as the party of choice for African Americans

I hate to tell you this, but it’s not going to work

The Republican party is in desperation mode trying to ingratiate themselves with the African American community. Having spent the last several decades using race-baiting techniques to drum up support with southern whites, they’ve suddenly seen the light and know that, unless they can begin appealing to the black people in American and other non-white groups, they’re destined to become a party that is irrelevant and unelectable.

Which explains this:


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The Michigan Republican Party is attempting to co-opt Rosa Parks, champion of civil rights and a hero to the left, and her message of courage in the face of adversity.…

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Michigan House Republicans 2013-14 “Action Plan” released today. LOLs ensue.

Why do I get the feeling there’s a LOT they aren’t telling us?

The Michigan House Republicans released their “2013-14 House Republican Action Plan” (pdf) today and, while there’s much I still need to digest, there were enough glaring LOLs in it to warrant pointing them out.

The 21-page plan, titled “Brighter Days Ahead”, is almost half “Executive Summary” and is full of photos of happy, smiling white people. Reading the Executive Summary is an odd experience. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was either a Democratic proposal or something a bipartisan group put out. You honestly would never know that this is the party that focused so intensely over the past two years to crush unions, demonize teachers and other public employees and that led the way in the Republican War on Women.

Details after the jump.

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Michigan Court of Appeals smacks down Republicans

Nice try, jerks

Last month I wrote about how my favorite judge, William Collette, had found Republican redistricting in Oakland County to be unconstitutional:

An Ingham County judge on Wednesday struck down a controversial state law that changed the way Oakland County’s commissioner districts are drawn.

Judge William Collette said the law was unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs hailed the striking down of what they described as a “Republican power grab.” Lawyers for Gov. Rick Snyder, a defendant, said an appeal is likely.

Collette ruled the law, Public Act 280, should have received a two-thirds majority vote because it dealt with a local matter; violated the Headlee Amendment against unfunded mandates, and impinged on the rights of county voters to petition for judicial review of their reapportionment plan.

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Michigan AFL-CIO holding rallies to urge members of Congress to extend jobless benefits due to expire

Here we go again

With the impending expiration of federal unemployment benefits for many Americans, the AFL-CIO is holding rallies in front of the offices of key Republican members of Congress in Michigan tomorrow (Friday, February 10, 2012). See their press release below for details.

Workers and Community Members to Rally at Michigan Congressional Offices as Jobless Benefits Approach Expiration
Benefits could run out within weeks if Congress doesn’t act, cutting lifeline for thousands in Michigan

LANSING – As federal unemployment benefits approach expiration, workers and community members will gather at the offices of eight members of Congress this Friday to call for an extension of this critical lifeline for Michigan families.…
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Are Republicans setting State Government union employees up to take blame for use of budget surplus?

This doesn’t smell right

Yesterday I reported that the state government employees were not going to be forced to take unpaid furlough days due to the state budget surplus.

Later that afternoon, I received this press release from the House Democratic Caucus:

House Dems Champion Restoration of School Funding
Expect funds to be added in supplemental, next year’s budget

LANSING – The House Democratic Caucus today praised the small steps that appear to be leading to a restoration of school funds in an appropriations bill and the governor’s upcoming budget proposal on Thursday.

“I am thankful that the governor and House Republicans have finally seen the light and recognized the harm their school cuts were causing in our communities,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E.

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The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought

The GOP finally finds a good tax: on the poor

As bad as things are right now in Michigan, they are about to get so much worse that I fear there is a genuine risk of the types of riots we haven’t seen since the 60s & 70s in my state. If you think we have too many failing schools and too many failing cities now, if you think the disenfranchisement of our citizens through the imposition of Emergency Managers was at a shocking level in 2011, wait until you take a peek at what’s to come in 2012.

This is corporatocracy and war on the 99% writ large and writ bold.…

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Michigan Republican has solution to Michigan’s financial crisis: cut the state income tax

Out of touch and out to lunch

Republican state Senator Jack Brandenburg has an idea with what to do with the budget surplus created by taxing seniors’ pensions, cutting funding to cities and stripping $1 billion from schools: lower Michigan’s income tax.

I’m not kidding.

A proposal at the state Capitol would cut the Michigan income tax rate to 3.9 percent over the next five years. Right now the rate is 4.35 percent.

Republican state Senator Jack Brandenburg sponsored the measure. He said people in Michigan were promised the reduction during messy budget and tax deals made in 2007. Brandenburg said he told his Republican colleagues about his plan earlier this month.

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