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Michigan GOP House Speaker Cotter absolves himself while Todd Courser goes deeper into BizzaroLand

Michigan GOP House Speaker Cotter absolves himself while Todd Courser goes deeper into BizzaroLand

One of the worst parts about my chronicling of the Gamrat/Courser fiasco is that, as much as I’m sick of it and want to stop, I’m now all but obligated to continue writing about it as things continue to unfold unravel. Today is no exception. We now have the House Business Office (HBO) “Report on the Investigation of Alleged Misconduct of Representative Todd Courser and Representative Cindy Gamrat”, Todd Courser’s typo-filled tome of over 4,000 words constituting his “response”, and another of their former aides stepping forward to dish dirt on the pair.

Starting with HBO’s report, what we have is nine pages from a group controlled by Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter which absolve Speaker Cotter of any responsibility with only passing mention that “in hindsight”, his office should have investigated complaints by staffers earlier in the process.…

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More champagne bubbles from Gov. Snyder's office

More champagne bubbles from Gov. Snyder’s office

Governor Snyder persists in his feelgood announcements about Michigan job growth, but he does hedge his enthusiasm because too many of us observe the realities of what is now passing as “job growth.” Yes, reality rains on Snyder’s parade every time. Most of those non-automotive jobs are low paying part time jobs that keep people zigzagging back and forth across the poverty line and keep one out of four Michigan children in poverty.

It’s clear that Governor Snyder recognizes the tepid nature of Michigan’s recovery which is why he continues to point to Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy and why he is currently courting Pure Michigan tourism by people living in the nearest large cities, Cleveland, Chicago, and others, including China.…

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Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

The summer of 2015 will go down in the annals of Michigan history as a time when the Republican in our state displayed an complete and utter lack of leadership. Don’t forget that the GOP controls literally every level of government of significance – and have for the past five years – so this abject failure is theirs and theirs alone.

The most egregious failure to lead, of course, is their inability to figure out how to pay for critical infrastructure repairs to our roads and bridges. Their party now has so many anti-tax zealots that they have become paralyzed. The partially sane wing of the Michigan GOP knows that there is no way to fill the over $1 billion hole we’re in with regard to road repair without raising new revenue.…

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Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan Republicans have long been known for as being ultra-friendly to our major utility companies. The most recent evidence of that comes from legislation that will end what’s known as “net metering”. With net metering, homeowners who install solar installations that produce more energy than they use can send the bonus electricity back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill. When they don’t generate enough electricity for their own use, they can cash in the credit.

New legislation – Senate bill 438 – would force these homeowners to purchase ALL of their electricity from the local utility at retail prices.…

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Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Todd Courser throws chaff into the air hoping the shiny things will make us forget his scandals

Last night Todd Courser posted a cryptic “I’ll be posting a statement int he morning” on his Facebook page. As the world waited impatiently for his latest word salad, some begged and pleaded with him to issue a resignation statement.

That was not to be the case (though if Courser ever does decide to resign, my money is on him doing it on Facebook since he’s too much of a coward to do it in a press conference, judging by his behavior so far.)

So, what was the big news? He’s calling for an investigation by Attorney General Bill Schuette over the purchase of the Capitol View Office building.…

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Michigan Republicans plan raise $1.4 billion for roads AND cut the state budget AND cut the state income tax

Michigan Republicans plan raise $1.4 billion for roads AND cut the state budget AND cut the state income tax

Not just predictable. Predicted..

Republicans in the Michigan Senate have a plan to fix the roads and they are going to raise $1.4 billion to git ‘er done. It’s going to happen by raising the gas tax, something I am 100% unequivocally totally completely entirely supportive of. That’ll raise about $700,000,000 by their reckoning.

So, where does the other $700,000,000 come from? By cutting existing programs:

Sen. Mike Kowall, the GOP floor leader, said an emerging plan calls for a 15-cent gas tax hike over three years to generate $700 million when fully implemented and earmarking $700 million in existing general revenue for road repairs.
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ComebackCreep Snyder

If 2016 is your answer to the debacle in Michigan last week, then we are asking the wrong question

For the many of us who watch and participate in democracy on a daily basis, this past week was perhaps the most damaging and disheartening week for Michigan in many, many years. Yes, I said years. It is clear that the Republican agenda – their “in your face” agenda – is clearly working for them, even though their agenda is not in concert with the vast majority of people in the state. Their ongoing and relentless pursuit of demoralizing the LGBTQ community and their constant attack on most things considered good and decent is a result of having a majority at all levels of state government.…

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Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

BREAKING: Michigan is breaking

It’s been a tough week in Michigan.

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BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed "RFRA for Adoption" bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed “RFRA for Adoption” bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

Despite claims that he doesn’t support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) for Michigan, Gov. Snyder has signed a package of three bills into law that are accurately described as “RFRA for Adoptions”.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder signs law letting adoption agencies refuse referrals that violate beliefs.

— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) June 11, 2015

By signing the legislation into law, Gov. Snyder is joining his fellow Republicans in saying that children waiting to be adopted are better off without a permanent home than they are with two loving parents of the same gender.

Actions like this are not “progress”.…

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UPDATED: June 10, 2015 was a sad day in Michigan history as Republicans spit in the faces of Michiganders

UPDATED: June 10, 2015 was a sad day in Michigan history as Republicans spit in the faces of Michiganders

NOTE: This post has been updated HERE.

Yesterday, June 10, 2015 was a red letter day in Michigan history, one that we will all look back on with disdain and disgust. Here are the highlowlights of what Michigan Repbulicans did in a single day:

Sending a package of bills – “RFRA for Adoption” – to ensure that adoption agencies can legally discriminate against LGBT couples trying to adopt

Deciding that being without a “forever home” is better for children waiting to be adopted than being with two loving couples who are of the same sex, House and Senate Republicans passed House Bills 4188, 4189, and 4190 and sent them to Gov.…

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