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Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

A group of Michigan Republicans is sick and tired of having to go through training on how to handle a weapon and all that damned paperwork that it takes to get a concealed pistol license. One of the sponsors, Triston Cole, calls the permitting process “government overreach”.

That’s why he signed on to co-sponsor House Bill 5303. It changes the current law by striking out the language requiring a concealed pistol license:

(2) This act or a rule promulgated or order issued by the department or the commission under this act shall not be construed to prohibit an individual from transporting a pistol or carrying a loaded pistol, whether concealed or not.…
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With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

President Obama now has less than a year left in his final term in office. But that hasn’t stopped the drumbeat of calls for his impeachment among the most fervent haters of the country’s first African American POTUS.

This past week, the Michigan 7th Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution asking Congressman Tim Walberg to introduce articles of impeachment. In their resolution, these legal geniuses accuse the president of “Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud”, “Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office”, and “Aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States”. They say that impeachment is “the proper constitutional solution to Obama treason, tyranny and treachery.”

In other words, they are classic racist tea party birthers.…

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More corruption in Snyder administration: AG Schuette took money from group involved with investigation he's conducting

More corruption in Snyder administration: AG Schuette took money from group involved with investigation he’s conducting

When state Senate Republicans announced that they were moving their offices to a new building in Lansing, red flags went up around the city. A bipartisan group asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to look into the $134 million project to ensure that nothing shady was going on. This was in light of at least one report that the state had drastically overpaid for the building.

Then, in the waning days of 2015, family members of the group that owns the building where the new offices will be, Boji Group, made a $14,000 donation to Schuette’s campaign war chest:

The 13 Watchdog team is taking a close look at political contributions made to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s candidate committee from a well-known donor in Lansing.
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THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

THIS is how you know Michigan Republicans are absolutely freaking out over the #FlintWaterCrisis that they created

After passing legislation to slash revenue sharing to already struggling urban areas including Flint and after passing an anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law – Public Act 4 – and after passing another anti-democratic Emergency Manager law – Public Act 436 – after voters rejected the first one (and making it democracy-proof with an unnecessary appropriation) and after these Republican-appointed overseers – the Emergency Managers of Flint – made decisions that lead to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water and after our Republican-led administration altered water test data to avoid taking action when lead was found and after our Republican administration lied to the USEPA about treating the Flint River water and after our Republican administration violated the Clean Water Act and the Lead and Copper Rule and after our Republican administration ignored, maligned, and ridiculed the heroes who blew the whistle on the Republican-made catastrophe in Flint and after our Republican-run administration ignored and delayed and obfuscated until they no longer could and were forced to take action months after lead was found in Flint’s drinking water, Michigan Republicans now want you to believe that THEY are the ones taking care of business and that the federal government is somehow failing Michigan.…

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DeVos family responsible for HALF of campaign contributions to Michigan House Republicans in last quarter of 2015

Ka-CHING!

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Michigan Republicans received a whopping 50% of their campaign contributions from members of the DeVos family. Four vulnerable Republican House members, Holly Hughes, Brandt Iden, Tom Barrett, and John Bizon all received $9,000 each for a total of $36,000 which is nearly the median income for Michigan residents according to analysis done by the Pew Charitable Trusts. In fact, these rich individuals, in their effort to purchase the best state legislature money can buy, gave 75% of the median Michigan family income in just a single quarter.

On top of that, DeVos family members also dropped another $340,000 on the House Republican caucus’s PAC bringing the total to $376,000, exactly half of the campaign contributions received by ALL House Republicans in Michigan in the fourth quarter.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: State inaction means many Flint citizens still unaware of the problem (+ much more)

I’m starting today’s news round-up by featuring an essay published by Ann Arbor social worker Beverly Davidson, LMSW, at her “Voices from the Infant, Toddler and Family Field” blog. The post is titled “No words” and the title is cruelly apt. Here’s a taste of what she saw during a recent day of volunteering in Flint:

We knocked on one door to deliver filters and water. A young man answered who was happy to see us. “Do you have a filter?” He does, but it did not fit, so we gave him another one which would work in his unit.
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GUEST POST: The #FlintWaterCrisis didn't just happen

GUEST POST: The #FlintWaterCrisis didn’t just happen


Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.
The Flint water crisis didn’t just happen. It’s been a story decades in the making.

Cities in America have been on the downswing for many years — deliberate policy on the federal and state level has favored suburbs, and also the preferences of the Boomer generation was to go in that direction too. So, people and money has slowly (or quickly in some cases) filtered out of the cities into suburbia. Also the shift of manufacturing out of America has hit the Midwest very hard (aka the “Rust Belt”).…

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Bill to shield oil & gas companies from FOIA requests advances in Michigan legislature, now in a more friendly committee

Bill to shield oil & gas companies from FOIA requests advances in Michigan legislature, now in a more friendly committee

A bill to shield oil and gas companies from having information about details of their pipelines and other infrastructure from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests was introduced as House Bill 4540 last May. It sat in the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics without action until last December. At that point, it was clear that supporters on the the six-member committee – all Republicans – did not have enough votes to vote it out favorably. Republican Martin Howrylak joined Democrats Rose Mary Robinson, Minority Vice-Chair and Kristy Pagan in opposing the bill which would effectively prevent Michigan citizens from knowing anything about oil and gas pipelines, even if they were running under their own property.…

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Some Flint schools are in as deplorable condition as Detroit's (and they can't use the water)

Some Flint schools are in as deplorable condition as Detroit’s (and they can’t use the water)

In the ongoing scandal of the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water by the Snyder administration and the heart-wrenching reports of the dilapidation of Detroit Public Schools, there’s another untold story being reported today by the Detroit Free Press. Because the schools are old and may contain lead in the water lines, students cannot drink, shower with, or swim in the water:

Mike Williams lives in Grand Blanc and coaches boys basketball at Flint Beecher, which is in Mt. Morris Township, so the Flint water crisis doesn’t hit home with him … until he goes to his day job.

Williams teaches physical education at Flint Northwestern, which is kind of like ground zero for the disaster that has people in Flint unable to drink the water in their homes.

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The GOP's #FlintWaterCrisis blame game continues as Republicans freak out over protest rally planned for today

The GOP’s #FlintWaterCrisis blame game continues as Republicans freak out over protest rally planned for today

Republicans across the state and even across the country are working diligently to make sure that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder doesn’t take the fall for his administration’s role in the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water. Michelle Malkin and the Hot Air blog are both of examples of conservative, corporatist water-carriers who want the country to blame the U.S. EPA for the failures of Gov. Snyder.

UPDATE: The conservative site The Federalist has an op-ed this morning that also attempts to exonerate Gov. Snyder. You can read Dennis Sanders’ revisionist history piece titled “Hillary Clinton Can’t Blame Michigan’s Governor For Flint’s Water” HERE.…

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The worst part about the poisoning of Flint's drinking water is that nobody will go to prison for it

The worst part about the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water is that nobody will go to prison for it

No Snyder administration officials will be held accountable. And that’s exactly the problem.

At long last, after activists and elected officials and even bloggers like LOLGOP and I have been sounding the alarm about the poisoning of Flint residents with lead in their drinking water, the story has finally hit the national stage. In the past week, in addition to the Michigan media outlets who have been doing yeoman’s work exposing the role Snyder administration officials played in this human tragedy, national media groups have been reporting the story. The Rachel Maddow Show has run numerous segments including a recent interview with ACLU investigative journalist Curt Guyette.…

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