Wednesday briefing and open thread

Updated with today’s reading:

  • Two teens from DeWitt are heroes today. Check it out:

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Deputies say two Michigan teens on spring break in north Florida pulled a couple from a burning car following a crash.

    The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Cody Decker and Luke Vaughn, both 17, saw a vehicle crash and catch fire seconds after it sped past them on Tuesday.

    Deputies say the teens pulled 42-year-old Carlos Adams and 44-year-old Tracy Lopez from the burning 2002 Jaguar. One of the teens broke the glass and bent the door frame to get the couple out.

    Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming says their quick action likely saved the couple.

    Nice job guys!

  • Twitter will be opening a Detroit office. Huzzah!

    “Detroit’s emerging mix of automotive and digital cultures made it a natural location for Twitter’s newest office,” said Adam Bain, Twitter’s president of global revenue. “We’re excited to work face-to-face with the city’s most established brands and happy to play a role in downtown Detroit’s digital renaissance.”

  • Generally not a fan of linking to comments on other blogs to respond to what they’re saying, but this comment pretty much sums up the opposition to a Snyder recall effort:

    It doesn’t seem too progressive to me to waste time and money on an effort that, even if successful, will change absolutely nothing about the way government in the state of Michigan operates.

    … and it is flawed on several levels. To start with, it states that a successful recall will change nothing about the way government operates. True, it’s not changing procedures or the operations of government, but a successful effort will be a wake-up call to any Republican who is up for re-election for the next 4-6 years. It will definitely change the culture in the House of Representatives.

    Secondly, it assumes that the time and money is wasted. Perhaps I am pointing out the obvious to say that if it’s not your time and money, then it’s none of your business. There’s no MDP or union support here, so it isn’t being paid for with dues. If Michigan Rising wants to recall Governor Snyder, I’m all in favor of it.

    To reiterate, I’m not speaking directly about that person who made the comment or trying to be derogatory toward him in any way. His comment just does a good job of briefly summing up what all of the haterz are saying.

    I’d focus the recall efforts on Bill Schuette if I had my way. But that’s a whole ‘nother post.

  • The Michigan County health rankings are out. You can read the report here. Leelanau is the healthiest county, and Ontonagon was the least healthiest. Interesting stuff.


Hi & Happy Wednesday :)

I’ve got some cool stuff for the briefing today but unfortunately I won’t be able to spend time on it until this afternoon. So check back then for some interesting news.


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Census Daily

Profile America — Wednesday, April 4th. During this year’s political campaign, much has been said about the role of women in government and women’s health issues. One item that received very little notice is that today marks the 125th anniversary of America’s first woman mayor. The citizens of the small town of Argonia, Kansas made history that day. They voted Susanna Salter to be their mayor — making her the first woman elected to that position in the U.S. Her election also surprised Salter, since her name had been put on the ballot without her knowledge. She served in office for one year at the salary of $1. The 111th Congress had 72 female members in the House and 17 in the U.S. Senate.

Solidarity Forever brothers & sisters!!!

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  1. memiller says:

    Re: Snyder recall, you say — “…if it’s not your time and money, then it’s none of your business.”

    True. Folks are free to do what they want. The assumption that contributions made there would otherwise be made to Democratic candidates, may or may not be true, but it is beside the point.

    But actually, the shoe is on the other foot. I’ve had recall supporters try to guilt me into volunteering and contributing to their cause; if I don’t, they’ll take away my Liberal Card. My response to that, also from over at ML, was:

    Currently, I am circulating petitions to put the right to collective bargaining on the ballot, to nominate Sen. Stabenow, to nominate our local Congressional candidate, and to nominate (ahem) myself. After all that is over, I will be working to raise money for all of the above, plus our Supreme Court candidates. After that, I will be out knocking doors for the same.

    Where does a quixotic attempt to recall the Governor fit into that? It doesn’t.

    • Yeah I don’t appreciate people trying to apply a purity test to me either. (I’ve accepted long ago that I’m not “pure” anything yuk yuk) Activists just have issues in the way that we relate to each other, and I don’t think that’s any different than it has ever been in the thousands of years of political frenemies.

      We all prioritize our resources in accordance with what we decide will be most effective. If you don’t believe the recall will be a success, even with 110% of your efforts, then it makes sense for you to redirect those efforts to other places. I suspect you are in this category, where you are just making the best use of your limited resources.

  2. Bruce Fealk says:

    I think Quixotic is how most pundits referred to the recall of Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

    Oh, my, I guess they were wrong. Recalling Snyder is worth the effort and certainly Rick Snyder is even worse for Michigan than Scott Walker is for Wisconsin.

    Rick Snyder is no moderate and his policies and those of the Republicans in the Michigan legislature are ruining Michigan for generations.

    If the people don’t stand up, Republicans will crush democracy forever.

    Power to the people.

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