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Jase Bolger

Ok, so who thinks that the Republicans have jumped the shark?

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    From sub only Gongwer:

    Va-Jay-Jay Day Overshadows M.P.S.E.R.S. Fail, Tax Cuts

    House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) had informed House Minority Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) that Ms. Brown would not be allowed to speak on the MPSERS bill, nor on any other issue for the day, after Ms. Segal submitted her name as one of the Democrats that wanted to speak on the MPSERS legislation. Mr. Stamas also informed Ms. Segal that Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga), who shouted “Vasectomy!” during the abortion bill debate, also was barred from speaking during the day, but he did not detail why.

    Voting began on the MPSERS bill (SB 1040*) and as House Republicans headed toward a long-sought victory on a major issue, Ms. Brown marched up to the tables where reporters sit on the House floor and informed them the Republicans had banned her from speaking for the day. She said she presumed it was because during the debate on the anti-abortion bill (HB 5711*), she said, “I’m flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”

    “What is wrong with that?” she said to reporters Thursday, asking if lawmakers were now going to be banned from referring to elbows.

    House Republican spokesperson Ari Adler said Ms. Brown was barred from being recognized to speak on the floor for her “actions” and not for any specific comment or topic she addressed.

    The story immediately went into the stratosphere, picked up by national media outlets from Politico to ABC News and certain to attract substantial play in the state’s major newspapers. Ms. Brown later appeared on liberal television host Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program.

    So here we go with Republicans again throwing their weight around in the dumbest of ways. Remember when Bishop decided that people shouldn’t read blogs that say bad things about him? Well now we have Bolger deciding that women shouldn’t talk about pregnancy.

    During the day, various Republicans in the Capitol were flabbergasted at the move by House Republicans. One staffer was incredulous that House Republicans had turned Ms. Brown into a liberal martyr as she prepares to run against Republican Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard. Others groused that the entire message the GOP wanted to communicate about the final day of session was ruined.

    That’s what hubris does, folks.

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    Another from Gongwer:

    Brown, Byrum Rip House G.O.P. For Silencing Them On Floor

    Ms. Brown came over to reporters as the House was voting on SB 1040*, the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System legislation, to say she would have spoken on the measure but had been barred from doing so.

    She said it made no sense to bar her for referring to her vagina, noting it is a medically correct term.

    Ms. Brown raised the possibility that she may have been punished because she spoke on Wednesday about how her Jewish faith deals with the issue of abortion, since she was never given a reason from Mr. Stamas.

    “It is terribly unfortunate Rep. Brown felt the need to suggest religious persecution rather than simply admitting that her comments yesterday were inappropriate and uncivilized,” Mr. Adler said. “I’m only sort of Jewish and even I’m offended that she would play that card.”

    Ari Adler, only “sort of Jewish” on the Jewish woman’s reproductive rights. And that’s not all:

    Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville), who is Jewish, said he consulted his rabbi and believes Mr. Brown’s interpretation of the Talmud as it relates to abortion is incorrect.

    Which is weird because there’s never any disagreements in interpretation over any other religious text or practice. That’s crazy.

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    And from the Free Press:

    Brown wondered whether she was being silenced because of her comments that bill was forcing others’ religious beliefs on her or that she used the word “vagina, which is an anatomically medically correct term. If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it.”

    Byrum added, “I was ignored by the majority floor leader and not allowed to speak on my amendment which would have held the same standards for men and women when it comes to legal, voluntary procedures in reproductive health and now I am being silenced for standing up for women. This is yet another example of this Republican majority’s misogynistic and cowardly tactics.”

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    Gretchen Whitmer and Rebekah Warren:

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    Lisa Brown with be on with Tony Trupiano this morning at 7am.

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Census Daily

Profile America — Friday, June 15th. One of the joys of summer — a trip to the ice cream store for several dips of your favorite flavor — goes back to this month in 1786, when Hall’s Ice Cream Store opened on Chatham Street in New York City. But the supply was limited. In 1851, Baltimore milk dealer Jacob Fussell decided to make ice cream commercially. He built larger versions of the hand-cranked machines still popular today for backyard picnics. However, ice cream didn’t become a widespread favorite until the advances in electrical power and refrigeration in the early 20th century. In 1910, each American consumed a little less than two pounds of ice cream a year. Today, counting all frozen dairy products, that figure is over 24 pounds.

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  1. The Republicans have undoubtedly jumped the shark on this one and hopefully this incident can be used to show voters that Republicans are not really interested in governing, but they are interested in ruling the people of the state of Michigan as subjects and women are not invited into the kingdom.

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