Friday briefing and open thread

TGIF. Overused, but genuine.

  • Oh, the suck of it. Romney hits up Snyder for an endorsement on his education plan:

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took on the role of Mitt Romney surrogate this week praising his newly released education plan as “on the right track.”

    The Republican governor endorsed Romney shortly before Michigan’s Feb. 28 primary, but this is the first time since Romney’s chief rivals dropped out of the race the campaign has tapped Snyder for a campaign press release.

    “Too many students are being forced to move back home with their parents after graduating because they can’t find a job. Mitt Romney has a long track record as a job creator; he understands what it will take to get the economy running again. Mitt Romney’s plan to align higher education with the needs of the job market is on the right track. Simplifying the student loan process and giving students the tools they need to make informed decisions will help ensure they are able to start their careers without being saddled with massive debt. Here in Michigan, we approved tenure reform legislation that makes it easier to reward great teachers and remove ineffective ones from the classroom. We also recently approved changes that will give parents and students more choices about where to attend school, including expanding options for online classes. Mitt Romney will bring ideas like these to the national stage. As a proud nerd, I’m encouraged by Mitt Romney’s education reform plan.”

    I LIKE this, not because of what it may do to Romney and Snyder, but because of how it might help keep the GOP attacks on education in the news. There’s a lot of potential here to help the House Dems. Snyder thinks that Bain was a job creator. Snyder thinks that having the 4th worst job creation record as a Governor makes Romney a successful job creator. Snyder thinks that telling kids to borrow money from their parents is a good substitute for tuition and/or loan reform.

    We win.

  • Jack Lessenberry has an article on the Peters v Clark in the 14th CD.

    Last week, in a clear sign that the establishment is ready to place its bets, a group of influential Detroiters—all of them black—endorsed white, suburban Congressman Gary Peters. “We desperately need someone who can bridge the gap … and bring our communities together to solve problems we all face. Gary Peters is that person,” said Bishop Edgar L. Vann II of Second Ebenezer Baptist Church. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, and several Detroit councilmen and legislators and other clergymen joined him in the endorsement.

    But, when reached by telephone in Washington, Congressman Clarke said he didn’t care. “I’m going to win this race,” he said. “This nation and this city and its people are in a severe crisis, and I am in Washington trying to deal with it. I think that is what’s matters to people. I don’t have time for that nonsense — chasing endorsements,” he said, adding that he thought people made up their own minds. “Yes, you have to do some fundraising, but as a means to an end, not the end in itself.”

    There is a disarming openness about Hansen Clarke, whose father was a Muslim refugee from what was then East Pakistan, and whose mother was an African-American school crossing guard. Ask Gary Peters’ campaign a question and you tend to get a carefully nuanced response, often filtered though press aides. Ask Hansen Clarke, and the Congressman often calls you back directly.

    Whoever wins, we’ll end up sending good man to Congress. Unfortunately we’ll also end up losing a good man in congress. Which of course, was the purpose of the new map.

  • Ok, this is gross.

    Catch & Cook allows charter fishing clients who catch fish from Michigan’s Great Lakes an opportunity to take their fresh catch to a participating Michigan restaurant to cook and serve those fish to those clients.

    I love fishing and I love fresh fish, but taking my catch to a restaurant just seems wrong. The health & safety issue has me more concerned than anything else.

    “But what happens today is a formal recognition of both the expertise that charter boat captains have with food safety and also the working with restaurants and local public health officials to make sure everyone is comfortable, so we can actually highlight this and make a difference.”

    Keep in mind this isn’t your grandma’s house where you drop off your mess of bluegills and come back later for a fish fry. Regulations require only charter fishing clients can partake in this unique experience.

    I didn’t know charter boat captains were so well versed in food safety. Nevertheless, how long before one of Snyder’s committees say that requiring a charter license (or whatever) is a job killer?

  • Tim Skubick weighs in on the Republican “tax relief”

    Twenty-five bucks a year. The next year 50. The next year 75 and then 100,” explains Monroe Republican Randy Richardville. “You know the good thing is, it’s not $25 more. It’s 25 less.”

    But the figure is a tad misleading. For those of you dragging down a hefty salary your savings will be well above that mark if a lobbyist for the truly needy, Karen Holcomb-Merrill, has her math right.

    “If you are making about a million dollars…you would get $444 back.”

    Hum. $25 vs. $444.

    Holcomb-Merrill, public policy director for the Michigan League for Human Services, sees all this as just election year “maneuvering” by the GOP to offset the tax hikes they imposed on the public last year. They disagree saying it’s just time to share the wealth with everyone.

    But if you do the math, this meager tax rate reduction will not come anywhere near replacing what you are still paying the state through lost tax credits and the like.

    However they are hoping you don’t do the math and just focus on the term “tax cut,” which does have some appeal until you discover it ain’t much.

    The governor, who has signed off on all this, notes, “I’m a taxpayer, too and if I can get a little more relief, I’d be happier about it.

    Yep, the “good nerd” likes to joke and chuckle about how he’s just like the rest of us. He gets us.

    Just like Romney does.

Census Daily

Friday, May 25th. This coming holiday weekend will see the great seasonal migration begin to decks, balconies and backyards to fire up our gas or charcoal grills. May is not only National Barbecue Month, but also National Hamburger Month. While cooking food outside has occurred throughout history, grilling became a popular recreation in the U.S. in the 1920s. The first charcoal briquets were produced by Henry Ford, using scrap wood left over from making Model T’s. More than a third of U.S. adults enjoy grilling out, and some 12.5 million do so at least twice a week. That may help account for the 58 pounds of beef and 56 pounds of chicken that Americans eat on average each year.

Solidarity forever, brothers and sisters!!!

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  • Scott Urbanowski

    Whoever wins this primary should go on to run for Senate in 2014 (assuming Levin retires), then whoever loses this August should run again. So if Peters wins this August, he should run for Senate in 2014 (he would be as strong a candidate as any Democrat), with Clarke making a comeback to Congress that year.

    We need both Clarke and Peters to remain involved in politics.