Friday briefing and open thread

Nice and simple today.

  • First up, a clip from Jennifer Granholm:

    Federal court ruling on DOMA shows ‘equality is not a partisan issue’

    Aisha Moodie-Mills, from the Center for American Progress, talks to Jennifer Granholm about the implications of the first federal court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. “Today’s ruling is really critical and a great gain for those of us working to create equality in America.” Moodie-Mills says the case represents a mood-shift in the U.S., with conservatives on the side of equal rights. “What we’re seeing right now in America is that equality is not a partisan issue,” she says. “What we saw today was really an interesting precedent that some well respected conservative judges found DOMA unconstitutional.”

  • The Free Press has an article on Ruth Johnson trying to nail Donna Brazile down on some “voter fraud” BS:

    Johnson asked Brazile, who is vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee, if she was concerned about election integrity, citing a recent Michigan auditor general report that said records showed voting by about 1,500 dead people and prisoners between October 2008 and June 2011.

    Johnson asked Brazile if she favored laws like ones she has pushed requiring photo ID for ballot-related issues, provided such requirements are accompanied by a safety feature that allows people without ID to vote if they swear an affidavit.

    Brazile said she opposes impediments to people voting. “Your job is not just to clean up the election process but make sure every eligible citizen in this state can vote,” she told Johnson.

    The Free Press goes on to point out an interesting fact:

    Still, it was a surprise that Johnson raised the May report by Michigan Auditor General Thomas McTavish as evidence of voter fraud, since her officials told both the auditor general and the media, after the report was released, that every instance McTavish cited was the result of errors by local clerks, not fraudulent voting.

  • O.M.G.

    Commentary: Michigan tea party is still a work in progress

    Attorney General Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young courted support from tea parties, but all of those candidates won their respective offices by working very hard to convey their vision to all voters.

    Moreover, all of those candidates were objectively superior choices to their opponents. So, while the tea party was certainly part of the tide, its adherents were not the make-or-break reason behind it. Case in point: Gov. Rick Snyder also won office in 2010. While Snyder might someday be considered legendary among Michigan’s governors, it won’t be because he fed red meat to tea partiers.

  • The US EPA has created a Great Lakes protection advisory board:

    The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is designed to make progress on some of the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as invasive species, toxic pollution, disappearing wetlands and other wildlife habitat, and runoff from farms and cities.

    Congress has appropriated more than $1 billion for the initiative. President Barack Obama has requested $300 million for the next fiscal year.

    The water quality agreement is a U.S.-Canadian blueprint that identifies problems needing long-term attention. The two nations are renegotiating the agreement, first signed in 1972 and amended several times since.

  • Expect AG Bill Schuette to file a lawsuit claiming that the federal government has no right to protect water that touches Michigan.

  • Senators Stabenow & Levin have announced some first responder grants:

    The grants are part of The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. I am very appreciative of the Flint grant, that’s a huge shot in the arm.

  • And finally, the AG is investigating the McCotter fraud, and McCotter says thanks:

    Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette said he’s taking action after getting a formal referral from the state elections bureau.

    “I thank the Michigan secretary of state and attorney general for commencing the criminal investigation of petitions I requested Tuesday (and) will assist as they see fit,” McCotter said Thursday in a statement.

    “I do feel like someone I trusted lied to me. And that, in my line of work, is shocking.”

    Why is it a shock? He surrounds himself with Republicans, right?

Census Daily

Friday, June 1st. What is now routine for millions of Americans each day —checking an all-news cable television channel for the latest events around the world — began on this day in 1980. That’s when CNN — the Cable News Network — started its service. At the time, some critics questioned whether the public would be interested in a channel that carried nothing but news 24 hours a day. Now, there are not only a number of such news channels, but others dedicated fully to weather, golf, automobiles and cooking, among other special interests. When CNN began operations, about 16 million households were hooked up to cable. Today, cable television reaches nearly 66 million homes across the U.S.

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  • Hector Solon

    Great Daily Brief today Christine! Missed you last night, we had brews for ya. Thanks to everyone who came to Blog-n-Brew and Mark (and Eclectablog) for getting it together.

    Remember CNN on October 4, 1993 watching a single tank shell the Russian “White House” (Parliament) and armored troops storm in LIVE. That was something to see.