Tuesday briefing and open thread

Hello Tuesday and everyone sharing Tuesday with us here at the Blogging for Michigan blog. It’s a short briefing today and includes a skoch of ipecac-ish material. Don’t hate.

  • Let’s start with Bolger’s “apology”

    Lansing— House Speaker Jase Bolger apologized to voters Friday in a newspaper column for his role in a party switching scandal.

    “I’m disappointed in myself and I apologize to the voters for my temporary lack of focus,” Bolger wrote in a reference to helping state Rep. Roy Schmidt of Grand Rapids switch to the Republican Party and plant a fake Democrat on the ballot to be Schmidt’s opponent and block others from running.

    “My mistake was being drawn in to political gamesmanship. Politics is highly competitive. I sought to compete within the rules,” he wrote.

    What he meant was,

    “I’m disappointed in myself and I apologize to the party for getting caught.”


  • MDP Canvasses Bolger’s District, Calls on Constituents to Demand Resignation Voters in House District 63 Fed Up with Bolger’s Shenanigans

    “Today we met with voters in Marshall to learn their reactions to this embarrassing scandal,” MDP Chair Mark Brewer said. “It’s apparent that after showing such blatant disregard for the voters of Grand Rapids, Jase Bolger is now losing the trust of his own constituents back in the district. He should step down from House leadership as soon as possible, so he can focus on rebuilding his broken relationship with the people of Calhoun County.”

    The Michigan Democratic Party first canvassed in Bolger’s district back in June, when details of Bolger’s election fraud had yet to be made public. With the release of Kent County Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth’s report last week, the MDP returned to Bolger’s hometown of Marshall to learn how his constituents were responding to the news.

  • From Karoli; Rick Warren on the shootings

    Karoli writes:

    And so it comes to pass that the screen shot of a now-deleted Rick Warren tweet about the Aurora tragedy surfaces, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that there is no sunlight between Mr. Warren’s judgmental attitude and the odious American Family Association.

    For some unknown reason, a guy who by all accounts was an introverted churchgoer at some point in his past, a camp counselor and a boy genius type snaps. He booby-traps his apartment in an apparent attempt to murder his neighbors and any innocent bystanders who might have actually had the misfortune to be there, packs up his car with his four guns, his body armor and proceeds to inflict deadly and grievous harm to nearly one hundred people and would have done much more had his gun not jammed.

    After all of that, a Christian pastor’s response to this is to say what? That he behaved like an animal because he was raised to believe he was one? Um, no. That’s so wrong. So, so very wrong.

  • Thom Hartmann, Bigger Picture

    In tonight’s Bigger Picture discussion, Thom talks the latest from the Colorado massacre, the Anaheim police shooting and the continued power and influence of the Koch brothers and “charity” organizations. In tonight’s Daily Take, Thom ruins breakfast for everyone when he looks at the state of our country’s factory farms.

  • The President

    Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sally Ride. As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sally’s family and friends.

  • Who’s nuts? This lady.

    The mainstream news media and many Americans are remembering Sally Ride, who died today at age 61, as though she was some sort of American hero for being the first female astronaut. She was not. Not even close. Instead, she was the beneficiary of militant feminism, in whose ranks she was proudly present, and blatant gender-based affirmative action. Many male astronauts and astronauts-in-waiting were far more qualified, had more experience, and had been waiting much longer for a ticket to ride on the space shuttle. But they were passed over because NASA had just instituted affirmative action and wanted to please feminists

  • Gary Peters leads in the 14th

    Tracking poll results shared with Local 4 show Congressman Gary Peters with a lead well above the margin of error over Congressman Hansen Clarke. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former Michigan Rep. Mary Waters are also running but per the latest polling not in contention for a win.

    “I think everyone knew Hansen wouldn’t be able to compete monetarily but what people didn’t estimate was his lack of fire heading into this election,” Disano said. “He seems rather listless. His organization never really got off the ground and you combine that with anemic fundraising and you have the loss of an incumbent congressman.”

    Click through for more. It’s a short article so I don’t want to quote to much of it, and it’s worth reading.

  • Let’s finish up on a happy note


    Chrysler is considering making a big investment in the motor city.

    The automaker may invest nearly $200 million at its Mack Avenue I Engine Plant in Detroit, which could create as many as 250 new jobs. Money from the investment would be used to ramp up production of its Penstar engine.


Census Daily

Tuesday, July 24th. This is National Drive-Thru Day –- noting the popularity of restaurants that take your order by intercom and then hand it out a window to drivers while they remain behind the wheel. The first such service was the idea of Robert Peterson, at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in San Diego in 1951, serving hamburgers for just 18 cents. At the time, drive-in restaurants were very popular, where staff brought food to people who stayed in their parked cars. Some even brought out the food on roller skates, and the order was delivered to a tray attached to the car door. Today, drive-throughs are a feature of many of the more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S., which generate over $151 billion in sales each year.


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