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Reflections on the 2014 Republican Wave in Michigan

Nobody likes to lose elections and when you’ve put has much heart and soul and time and effort into it as I and many of my friends have, it’s particularly depressing. I started working with a team of people in Washtenaw County to organize at the local level in February of 2013. From that moment until 8:00 p.m. last night, I was never worried about the election. I always had something I could do to affect the outcome. I could write something. I could make a phone call. I could compose an email or create training materials or or plan a meeting or any number of an endless list of things organizers do.…

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GOP Todd Courser campaign worker: “Would you change your vote if you knew his opponent has ‘faggots & blacks working for her?'”

A year and a half ago, Michigan Republican Party Chair got the scare of his life when tea party hero and “Freedom Caucus” favorite Todd Courser nearly defeated him in a narrow 833 to 768 vote for the Chair position. At the time, Courser made it very clear that he was working toward a tea party takeover of the Michigan Republican Party:

[Courser] expressed supreme confidence that his side was poised to “take over” the party from the establishment, which he described as “not committed to conservative convictions vs. convenience.” In so doing he questioned the governor’s conservative pedigree, suggesting that when Mr.…
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Republican Tim Walberg introduced bill to make top government positions subject to partisan politics

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is made up of the men and women who lead most of the major government agencies in the USA. According to the Office of Management and Budget, “Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal work force. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 Federal agencies.”

There are well-defined guidelines in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for removing people from these positions and they are set up to guard against the influence of partisan politics while ensuring that people who are not doing the job or who are engaging in “misconduct, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or failure to accept a directed reassignment or to accompany a position in a transfer of function” can be replaced.…

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Strange bedfellows: Republican Rick Snyder endorsed by anti-gun Michael Bloomberg AND the NRA

In what was a surprise to pretty much nobody, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Republican Rick Snyder this past week. He’s also spending $2 million on pro-Snyder ads. I say it’s unsurprising because (a) Bloomberg held a mega-fundraiser for Snyder back in June in the midst of the road funding battle in the Michigan legislature that ended up fully funding our road repair needs going absolutely nowhere in the vacuum of leadership provided by Gov. Snyder and (b) the Multi-Millionaire’s Club is small and they take very good care of each other.

But another odd thing happened: The National Rifle Association (NRA) also endorsed Snyder.…

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Terri Lynn Land signs pledge to repeal Obamacare which would deny healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders

The conservative group Independent Women’s Voice announced yesterday that Terri Lynn Land has signed their “Pledge to Repeal Obamacare”. The pledge reads:

The Repeal Pledge
(Candidate Version)

I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*

To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.

I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes.

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Terri Lynn Land embraces tea party’s “Force States to Raise Gas Taxes on Themselves to Fix Roads Act”

Back in February, “Crazy Kerry” Bentivolio published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press expressing his strong support for something called the “Transportation Empowerment Act” (TEA), legislation sponsored by ardent Tea Party Caucus members Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Tom Graves (R-GA). The TEA would do the following:

  1. Grant “all authority regarding federal highway and transit programs to the states over a five-year period”.
  2. Decrease the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents to 3.7 cents.
  3. Issue states a block grant with “fewer federal strings attached to it” during the transfer the funding of road repair back to states over a five year period.
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Michigan tea partiers in full-blown panic over possible creation of state-run health insurance exchange

With the recent conflicting rulings by federal courts over whether subsidies for health insurance can be used by residents in states relying on the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, there is discussion of revisiting the creation of a state-run exchange in Michigan.

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law. […]

Republican Jim Marleau chairs the state Senate Health Policy Committee. He says the federal health exchange has worked well for Michiganders since problems with the website were fixed late last year.

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Michigan Republicans propose fetal heartbeat bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks—or earlier

If the legislation passes, many women won’t even know they’re pregnant before it’s too late to get a legal abortion.

On the same day conservative Rep. Eric Cantor was primaried by his Tea Party candidate for being too liberal, Michigan Republicans proved just how far they’re willing to go to satisfy their extremist supporters.

Rep. Tom Hooker and 16 co-sponsors — all men, 15 Republicans and one Independent — introduced a package of bills that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, unless the life of the mother is at risk.…

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Kerry Bentivolio has a solution for Michigan’s roads: give control to state Republicans who have neglected them for so long

Oh, brother…

Kerry Bentivolio, the “accidental Congressman”, has a solution for the atrocious problems facing Michigan road repair. He wants to — and I’m not making this up — give the federal money spent on road repair in Michigan to Republican legislators who have shown absolutely no interest in fixing our roads for the past 2+ years.

In an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press today, Bentivolio says the answer to our problems is to revamp the Federal Highway Fund. His plan, as spelled out in legislation that he has co-sponsored, has three components:

  1. Grant “all authority regarding federal highway and transit programs to the states over a five-year period” – that’s the “Give it to Michigan Republicans” part since they control everything in our state.
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UPDATED: Conduct unbecoming: Par for the course with Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio

By tacit approval, Rep. Bentivolio endorses disparaging comments made by staffer Tim Bos about Rep. John Dingell.

UPDATE: Rep. Bentivolio’s office responds. See below.

When the news broke that U.S. Congressman John Dingell was retiring, social media was buzzing at full tilt. Almost to a person, everyone I saw comment on the news was respectful of Rep. Dingell’s longstanding service to his country. Politics were put aside to honor a senior statesman.

But it didn’t take long for the trolls to come out to play, which Susan J. Demas wrote about the following day. Read her terrific piece, because it shows both the best and the worst in modern politics.…

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