Tag: Flint Water Crisis

Republican Congressman Walberg’s takeaway on the #FlintWaterCrisis: “Government can’t protect us against everything”

Republican Congressman Walberg’s takeaway on the #FlintWaterCrisis: “Government can’t protect us against everything”

Yesterday on the Michigan’s Big Show, MI-07 Republican Congressman Tim “I was a tea partier before there was a tea party” Walberg was asked about the Flint water crisis. His takeaway message from the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead is that “government can’t protect us against everything”: “This shows that government can’t […]

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State loan to Flint during #FlintWaterCrisis came with deadly string attached: Must not return to Detroit water system

State loan to Flint during #FlintWaterCrisis came with deadly string attached: Must not return to Detroit water system

The Michigan Democratic Party released shocking documentation this morning showing that a $7 million emergency loan to the city of Flint in April of 2015 came with a very deadly sting attached. Two actually. First, they were not allowed to return to water supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). Second, they were compelled to remain in the Karegnondi Water Authority, a regional water system that won’t be completed until this summer. The two conditions had the effect of forcing Flint to stay with the Flint River as its source of drinking water, a decision that has led to the poisoning of Flint residents with the powerful, odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead.

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Gov. Snyder boldly responds to #FlintWaterCrisis by replacing communications team (and much more news)

Gov. Snyder boldly responds to #FlintWaterCrisis by replacing communications team (and much more news)

“Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” by DonkeyHotey When in doubt, change the messenger Further demonstrating an inability to deal effectively to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with a powerful neurotoxin, Gov. Snyder took the bold step of replacing his communications director and his press secretary: Gov. Rick Snyder removed his communications director and press secretary Thursday amid the […]

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Michigan Republicans create all-white, all-male committee that has something to do with the #FlintWaterCrisis

Michigan Republicans create all-white, all-male committee that has something to do with the #FlintWaterCrisis

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter have formed a committee called the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency that has something to do with the public health catastrophe in Flint. They plan to hold hearings, looking into all levels of government from local all the way up to federal. […]

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: More Republicans admit “running government like a business” led to poisoning Flint’s water

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: More Republicans admit “running government like a business” led to poisoning Flint’s water

NOTE: There is simply too much news arising from the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water to do separate posts for everything. Therefore, I am assembling various news items into a single news round-up on a semi-regular basis. You can follow all of our coverage HERE. Former Snyder advisor concedes that “running government like a business” led to the poisoning of […]

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#FlintWaterCrisis transparency dealt another blow with no-bid contract awarded for lead water line replacement (updated)

#FlintWaterCrisis transparency dealt another blow with no-bid contract awarded for lead water line replacement (updated)

This post has been updated below. Transparency was something Gov. Rick Snyder crowed about during his first election campaign. He issued a white paper titled “Create A Culture Of Ethics In Michigan’s Government” in which he said, “As Governor, I will ensure that government is open, fair, and accountable to the citizens by making Michigan a national leader in transparency […]

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Michigan Republicans are secretly admitting that “running state like a business” has failed & has killed people

Michigan Republicans are secretly admitting that “running state like a business” has failed & has killed people

John Lindstrom, the publisher of Gongwer News Service, one of the top news outlets covering state government and state politics, published an essay this week that shows, despite the shiny, happy face that Gov. Snyder is putting on and despite his continuing calls for more privatization and the success of Emergency Management, they know full well it has been an […]

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Lt. Gov. Calley explains why no lead water lines have been removed in the #FlintWaterCrisis and, oh brother…

Lt. Gov. Calley explains why no lead water lines have been removed in the #FlintWaterCrisis and, oh brother…

It’s now been 142 days since Gov. Snyder admitted in public that he and his administration knew there was a problem in Flint. A big problem, actually: the poisoning of the city’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead. Since then exactly ZERO lead water lines running into the homes of Flint residents have been replaced. This morning Lt. Gov. […]

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Asked about #FlintWaterCrisis FOIA revelations, Gov. Snyder goes into full-on Palin Mode™ word salad

Asked about #FlintWaterCrisis FOIA revelations, Gov. Snyder goes into full-on Palin Mode™ word salad

“Wharrgarbl” – Gov. Rick Snyder At a recent visit to a Flint food kitchen, Gov. Snyder was asked by a reporter about revelations that have come from FOIA requests by various media and watchdog groups like Progress Michigan. “Getting back to those FOIAs, what has disturbed YOU most about what has come out of those?” she asked. What transpired after […]

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#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

There are two rallies planned to protest the Snyder administration’s lack of effective response to the catastrophic poisoning of the drinking water in Flint. Today, there will be a rally starting at 11 a.m. that being organized by UlltraViolet, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America: A number of organizations are set to protest in Lansing this week in hopes of getting […]

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: State House (committee) finally approves money to offset residents’ water bills (and more)

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: State House (committee) finally approves money to offset residents’ water bills (and more)

NOTE: With so much news coming out of the Flint water crisis, it’s simply not feasible for me to write a separate post about each of them. Therefore, I am putting many of the stories together into a single news round-up post every day or two. You can read all our coverage of the Flint water crisis HERE or by […]

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