Category: Politics

GUEST POST: Michigan Democrats Get More Votes, Lose Anyway

GUEST POST: Michigan Democrats Get More Votes, Lose Anyway

Below I am crossposting a piece written by Walt Sorg and published at his blog The Michigan Curmudgeon. Walt has held senior positions in all three branches of Michigan state government, serving under Speaker Bobby Crim and Governor Jim Blanchard as well as at the State Bar of Michigan. He began his 48-year tenure in or around Michigan government as […]

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Why the right messaging is essential to a winning campaign strategy

Why the right messaging is essential to a winning campaign strategy

First, you need to be clear on what you stand for. Then you need to make sure everyone knows exactly what that is. While LOLGOP was posting an excellent piece on how Democrats fell short of making the best possible case for voters to elect them (and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should), I was posting along […]

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Reflections on the 2014 Republican Wave in Michigan

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, […]

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Don’t just vote, get OUT the vote

Don’t just vote, get OUT the vote

That is all.

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Guess which Michigan candidates had 6,000+ people rally for them yesterday. HINT: it wasn’t the Republicans.

Guess which Michigan candidates had 6,000+ people rally for them yesterday. HINT: it wasn’t the Republicans.

While Michigan Republican Party chair Bobby Schostak, the man behind “The Worst Campaign Ad That Human Beings Actually Paid for This Year”, tells anyone who will listen that President Obama’s visit to Michigan yesterday is going to harm the election chances of Mark Schauer, Gary Peters, and all of our Democratic candidates, over 6,000 people showed up to see him […]

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Michigan Republican Arlan Meekhof calls security on reporters asking about his support of dark money in politics

Michigan Republican Arlan Meekhof calls security on reporters asking about his support of dark money in politics

There’s little doubt that Republicans love mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money in our political process and elections. And it’s no wonder. They benefit more from the increased limits on political donations more than Democrats. Considerably more. What they especially love is money where the donors can be kept secret. That way, the donors don’t have to answer to anyone […]

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Are you better off than you were four years ago?  Well, are you, really?

Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you, really?

1980 was the first year I was able to vote in a presidential election and, with chest puffed out, off I went to the polls to vote for Jimmy Carter on November 4, 1980. It began a long, sad slide for me personally as the country was electing Republicans at a record pace, and I seemingly was voting for people […]

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Photo Credit: Anne Savage

INTERVIEW: Catching up with Tony Trupiano

“I truly believe that this is my destiny.” Photo by Anne C. Savage I first met Tony Trupiano shortly after he returned to the radio airwaves after an unsuccessful run to unseat Thad McCotter in Congress. Tony’s morning radio show, First Shift with Tony Trupiano was a progressive breath of fresh air amidst the plethora of right wing radio hosts. […]

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PODCAST: Tony Trupiano is BACK! Listen in as we talk Michigan politics and Republicans gone wild!

PODCAST: Tony Trupiano is BACK! Listen in as we talk Michigan politics and Republicans gone wild!

Tony Trupiano’s “Night Shift with Tony Trupiano” radio show has been off the air for the past couple weeks as he recovers from some major surgery. He’s not fully back on his feet yet but is recording podcasts as he finishes healing up. It’s a delightful alternative to the constraints of a 30-minute segment which compresses our conversations into two […]

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More on the ‘happens all the time’ legislation-stealing that almost nobody knows about

More on the ‘happens all the time’ legislation-stealing that almost nobody knows about

This is not good government

I’ve been writing a lot about how both Republicans and Democrats submit identical legislation, sometimes in the same legislative session, in order to get credit for passing bills and joint resolutions that enjoy widespread bipartisan support (HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

After writing about this, I heard from folks across the country that told me that (a) this isn’t something that’s by any means unique to Michigan, (b) both Democrats and Republicans do it, and (c) “it happens all the time”. From the outside looking in, this looks like nothing more than plagiarism and credit stealing. In some cases, it certainly is, particularly in terms of getting credit for passing good legislation. However, there’s a bit more to the story that’s worth getting out there so that we can discuss the issue with as many of the facts in hand as possible.

It’s all there waiting for you after the jump.

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This is why we can’t have nice government, Part 2

This is why we can’t have nice government, Part 2

A pox on ALL their houses…

Last Thursday, I wrote about the how legislators appear to be stealing each others legislation in order to get credit for something that seems to have widespread support in a piece titled “Michigan Republicans stealing bills introduced by Democrats to deny them legislative victories”. After writing it, I updated later when I learned the Democrats steal legislation, too, and posted about my frustration that good, bipartisan legislation is getting polluted by the politics of who gets credit.

It appears that the situation is even more complicated than I first realized. As it turns out, the legislation that Democrat David Knezek apparently had stolen from him by Republican Jim Stamas is identical to legislation that Stamas himself introduced or supported in the two previous legislative sessions and that Knezek himself lifted the language verbatim from them.

More after the jump.

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