Tuesday briefing and open thread

Today in talk.

  • Tony Trupiano – Today Tony has James Clift, Occupy Detroit, and Chris Michalakis. You can live stream Tony from his web site from 6a-9a, or grab the podcasts here.
  • Stephanie Miller – You can stream Steph live video from ustream from 9am – 12pm. You can also stream Steph’s audio right after Tony’s show on iHeart.
  • Thom Hartmann – Today Thom is talking about Super Tuesday and the Ohio primary (which Mike DeWine has said would go to Rmoney), and the Fukushima disaster one year later.

    You can also watch Thom on Free Speech TV.

    Rush Limbaugh has a long history of making racist and sexist comments, so why is his latest comment receiving so much attention? Also discussed: what tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” will likely bring, Iceland’s ex-Prime Minister goes on trial for the banking crisis and will we soon be eating animal-free meat? In tonight’s “Daily Take” Thom discusses why the US should put a ban on exporting petroleum products (like India is now doing with Cotton).

  • Ed Schultz – You can listen to Ed live at www.bigeddieradio.com from noon – 3pm.
  • Randi Rhodes – You can listen live via her website from 3p-6p EST.
  • The War Room with Jennifer Granholm is on Current at 9pm.
  • Go Left TV on YouTube.

Reading

  • Tim Skubick weighs in on the Democratic plan to send students to college.

    “We can find the $1.7 to pay for kids to go to college,” advises Senate Democratic leader Grechen Whitmer of East Lansing.

    Traverse City GOP Senator Howard Walker, who works on the higher ed budget, jumps in, “We can’t afford it.” End of story.

    At this read?

    Don’t count on it.

    Let’s try anyway :)

  • Hoekstra has some challengers in his fight to take on Senator Stabenow:

    Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra headed into 2012 with an aggressive campaign to lock up the Republican U.S. Senate nomination before his challengers really got off the ground, but the script isn’t working as well as expected.

    Instead of being able to trade on the recognition and goodwill he earned during 16 years as a conservative west Michigan congressman and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, Hoekstra’s being hit with opponents’ charges that he’s not a true conservative and stumbling over his own campaign missteps.

    But it’s probably not going to matter ..

    Federal election figures show that Stabenow, who’s running for a third term, has raised $8.8 million and has nearly $5.9 million on hand. She’s been running ahead of the GOP contenders in polls so far.

    And that’s the way it should be :)

  • Pity the Rmoneys.

    Ann Romney: ‘I don’t even consider myself wealthy’

    “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” she said. “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.”

    She added: “How I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life, and that’s where my values are and that’s where my riches are.”

    I understand this, as I am a broke redneck and I feel wealthy most of the time. It has more to do with gratitude and where you choose to focus your attention. But it definitely helps that my income exceeds my expenses, I have a career that is effing awesome, and all of my needs are met. That being said, if I were to sit down next to a starving child and say that my very full pantry could be here today and gone tomorrow, and I don’t feel like I have a lot of food … well, maybe that wouldn’t be the way to connect with that child. In fact one might call that a bitch-slap.

  • From the Couldn’t Be More Obvious department, we have this bit on lobbying in Lansing,

    There are two essential aims to most lobbying. Pass legislation that is in your economic interest. Defeat legislation that isn’t. It helps if the cause being pushed matches the ideology of leader’s office.

    That’s why after persistent effort and backing from the Snyder administration, for-profit, online education firms are on the brink of a huge victory. …

    I would have quoted the entire article if I could. You should go read it. It’s not about education so much as the power of lobbying, and it makes a great segue into this ..

    The report, which draws on such sources as research conducted by Wayne State University political science professors, concludes that term limits have led to less experienced legislators and may have increased the influence of lobbyists and legislative staffers, who have more knowledge and greater institutional memory about issues.

    Yeah man.

  • Census Daily

    Profile America — Tuesday, March 6th. There are few bonds stronger than that between owners and their dogs. Just look at the television ads for dog foods and medicines. But that love carries responsibilities, too. One is getting dogs to regular checkups by a veterinarian. The other is making sure that your dog is licensed according to state and local ordinances. The first state-wide dog license law was enacted by New York this week in 1894. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was authorized to carry out the provisions of the law. In big cities, the fee was $2 a year. In households across the nation, there are more than 72 million dogs from tiny lap dogs to the largest hunting and work dogs. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

    Enjoy your day. :)

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