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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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Delta County GOP names Republicans like Tim Walberg who “Blatantly Surrendered to the Homosexual & Stealth Jihad Agenda”

AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN USE ALL CAPS!!!

LOLOLOL. You might think you have some rabid tea partiers in your area, tea partiers that are the worst of the worst, more steeped in vitriolic tea than anybody else’s tea partiers. You might think you have the most over-the-top, unhinged, detached from reality tea partiers of all of the unmoored tea partiers that ever were, that are now, and ever will be.

You would be wrong.

Those tea partiers are running the Facebook page of the Delta County Republican Party. Delta County, the political powerhouse of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

To wit:

In Case You Are Not Keeping Record: The Following Are the Republicans Who Have Blatantly Surrendered to the Homosexual and Stealth Jihad Agenda (By Virtue of their attacks on Dave Agema)

Republican National Chair Reince Priebus

Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak

Michigan Attorney General.

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Tea party PAC calls LGBT advocacy group Equality Michigan a “hate group” and homophobe Dave Agema “a prophet”

Under fire and on the run

You can always tell when you have the tea party backed into a corner. That’s when they bring out the Big Crazy guns with both barrels blazing. That happened this week when the tea party’s Madison Project Michigan PAC sent out an email from Jack Hoogendyk, a tea partier who primaried U.S. Representative Fred Upton because he wasn’t conservative enough to pass their litmus test. The Madison Project Michigan PAC was there to endorse Hoogendyke in this failed attempt.

The email from the PAC whose tag line is “Less Government. Lower Taxes. Personal Responsibility” christened homophobic bigot Dave Agema “a prophet” for spewing anti-gay rhetoric and lies at a recent Republican Party fundraiser.…

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Disgraced/recalled homophobic Troy Mayor Janice Daniels loses bid for City Council seat

And STAY out!

As I reported back in August disgraced former Troy mayor Janice Daniels was on the ballot yesterday for one of three seats on the Troy city council. Daniels, a known homophobic tea partier who was recalled from office in 2012 after only a year in office, was rejected again by voters, this time coming in fourth place. She received only 11.33% of the vote. It was a victory for sanity for Troy. The only question remaining is whether Ms. Daniels will take "get the hell out of here" for an answer. If the past is prelude to the future, sadly, she won't.
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In Washington and in Lansing, tea party zealots are costing us a fortune as they waste our hard-earned tax dollars

This is what happens when you elect people who hate the government to run the government

Whether it’s the Tea Party Nation, TeaParty.org, the Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots, or any number of the myriad local tea party groups across the country, their message is the same: We hate president Obama Shrink government and lower our taxes. “TEA”, they tell us, means “taxed enough already”. Never mind that tax rates are lower now than they’ve been in decades. The top tax rate today is around 35%. When Ronald Reagan took office, it was 70%.

The Tea Partarians in Congress tell us that the fight over raising the budget ceiling is all about reining in government spending.…

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The media-enabled tea party has run amok and it’s time for the media to quit enabling them

Don’t feed the seagulls.

Last Thursday, Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer ventured into the lion’s den and made a campaign appearance in conservative Howell, Michigan in Livingston County. From the reports that I’ve seen, over 100 people showed up which is remarkable because (a) we’re still 13 months out from the election and (b) there are people who would tell you there aren’t 100 Democrats living in Livingston County. So, it was a pretty big deal. The local newspaper, the Livingston County Press & Argus made a brief mention that the event was happening 12 days before in its “News Briefs” section but that was it.…

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