Category: Michigan Republicans

Michigan Senate Majority Leader won’t pursue “Right to Work” — except for teachers

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said yesterday on the news talk program “Off the Record” that he won’t pursue so-called “Right to Work” laws for Michigan EXCEPT FOR TEACHERS. These laws, often called “Right-to-Work-for-LESS”, remove the requirement for employees at a union shop to join the union. RTWFL laws are used to reduce the power held by unions and allow […]

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BREAKING – More Mich GOP freakout: Robocalls warn against identity theft from signing petitions.

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Snyder administration is freaking out over the legal challenge to the Emergency Manager law. On that same day, residents on the west side of the state starting getting these robocalls: NOTE: this player requires Flash. Click HERE if it doesn’t work for you. This is an identity theft alert. Petitions are being circulated door-to-door […]

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More fake “concessions” by Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans

I’ve written in the past (HERE and HERE) about how Rick Snyder uses a tactic of making draconian cuts to specific programs then dials it back a bit (but not all the way, of course) and calls it a “concession”. Well, he’s doing it again: As part of his agenda to reinvent Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder reshaped revenue sharing, a […]

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Update on efforts to recall Michigan Republicans – building a head of steam!

Organizers for the recall of Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) report that they now have enough signatures to put the recall on the November ballot. In addition, recall organizers for the recall of Nancy Jenkins (R-Clayton) will announce later today that, they too, have enough signatures. According to the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), this brings to 26 the number […]

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Thank heavens for teeny tiny eensy weensy itty bitty li’l gifts

Like this one. The relatively inactive summer continues for the Michigan Legislature. The state House technically has a session scheduled for Wednesday but no roll call votes are expected. Attendance won’t be recorded. A House appropriations subcommittee has scheduled a hearing, but otherwise there are no formal meetings of lawmakers planned for the state Capitol. The next scheduled House session […]

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Mich GOP kicks the poor while they are down, limits lifetime welfare to 4 years

Times are tough. People are out of work and many have been for a long time. You can almost imagine Michigan Republicans sitting around smoking cigars and drinking 20 year-old scotch wondering…wondering… “Hmmmm…let’s see…we shortened the time they can get unemployment, slashed aid to the working poor, cut education, eviscerated labor unions (especially teachers hahahahahahaaa) and started taxing old people. […]

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New Michigan GOP law will let children under 10 carry loaded firearms

Just when you thought the Republicans in Michigan had completely lost their minds, this week we find they had just a bit more of their minds to lose. On July 7, both the state House and Senate passed bills that will allow children under the age of 10 to carry loaded weapons to go hunting. I’m not making this up. […]

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The jackbooted foot of Republican overreach on the neck of every Michigan union member

It’s been a really tough week in Michigan, but yesterday was the worst day. The Republicans in our state legislature passed a package of four bills designed to strip away significant rights from unionized teachers. Two of them, H.B. 4626 and 4628, were particularly egregious. House Bill 4626 allows schools to fire teachers for almost any reason that is not […]

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MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall

MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall

MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall effortDetails are emerging on Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger’s fight to avoid facing a recall. I have written about Autumn Smith’s efforts HERE, HERE and HERE, by way of background. In one of those posts, I noted this: I want to clarify Autumn’s situation a bit. […]

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An eloquent takedown of the Emergency Manager Law from a TEA PARTY candidate

A while back, I wrote a piece for A2Politico.com in which I took the Michigan Democratic Party to task for, among other things, not supporting the efforts stop Public Act 4 (or, as I call it, the “Financial Martial Law Act”). Subsequent to that article, I contacted the Michigan Republican Party and several leaders of tea party groups around the […]

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Prisons funded better than schools in Michigan

EclectaReader Anthony sent me this link. The Superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools in Michigan sent a letter to Republican Governor Rick Snyder in which he suggests that his students would be better off if they were treated as prisoners. That way, there would be more per-pupil-funding than there is now. Here’s his letter: In these tough economic times, schools are […]

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