Tuesday evening briefing and open thread

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The Republicans will be attempting to suppress the vote by using poll challengers.  Poll challenges are legal, but Republicans have a tendency to train poll challengers to break the law, or to encourage them to excessively use the challenge to slow down the vote.  Mark Brewer discussed this a bit in his last segment with Tony:

(Voter suppression talk starts at about 11:05)

If you have any trouble voting, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

If you can’t GOTV, can you be a comfort captain?

Absentee voters will be able to track their ballots online at www.michigan.gov/sos

Ruth Johnson is asking you to take a look at your ballot before you go to the polls:

“Doing a little bit of homework and knowing what you are voting on before you reach the polls will make the voting process faster and easier for all voters, and help lines move more quickly in your polling location,” Johnson, Michigan’s chief elections officer, said in a statement.

Of course we’re all in agreement with this, but let’s not pretend she wants voting to be easier for anyone.

More over the fold


Michigan is not in play, but it really is, because MRCI was behind in the polls but then won overwhelmingly.  Because people were too embarrassed to say they didn’t want to support affirmative action but they were willing to vote against it.  And now people are proud we elected a black president but are willing to vote against him.  

So that little ditty ought to take care of the last person out there who doesn’t think Henry Payne is a loon.

OMG.  Meatloaf is wasted.  Thank you Eclectablog.  This is … well, I don’t know what this is.

Romney:  Jeep production is going to China.  Definitely totally going to China.  I really mean it.
Chrysler:   “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.”    
Republican Michigander:  Yeah but Romney’s telling the truth because it MAY go to Europe because of Obama.   
Corinthian Scales:  Me too.

Stolen from Crooks & Liars:


There was a forum tonight on #bolgerschmidtfraud.  I hope someone blogs it.  

Speaking of #bolgerschmidtfraud, Gongwer is reporting that Bolger’s race against Bill Farmer is too close to call.  Mlive  has details.  And here’s some info on what Bolger has spent to defend his seat.

The Michigan State Supreme Court races are big business. 

While the six major candidates for the three seats nominated by the two parties – Justice Stephen Markman, Justice Brian Zahra and Oakland Circuit Judge Colleen O’Brien by the Republicans, and Wayne Circuit Judge Connie Kelley, Oakland District Judge Shelia Johnson and University of Michigan professor Bridget McCormack – have combined raised about $2.8 million this election year, according to figures filed with the state elections bureau.

But the two parties have spent about $10 million on the campaign, and not had to report those expenditures because they are for issue advertising, said the MCFN.

Michigan stuff

Snyder won’t say whether he’ll sign right to work legislation: “I don’t do theoretical questions,” No surprises there.  He didn’t do theoretical questions in the campaign for Governor either.  

Michigan needs to grow knowledge-based industries.

During the great recession, from December 2007 through May 2011, employment in the lower education industries — manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality and temporary services — sank by 9 percent. During the same time period, the sectors that require a four-year degree lost only 1 percent of their workforce.
Likewise, the strongest areas of growth for the U.S. are in the knowledge-based sectors, such as engineering. Employment nationally in those areas rose 34 percent compared with 14 percent in the rest of the economy.

The report argues that we need vibrant cities in order to attract the knowledge workers.  I would ask where I have heard that before but I already know the answer.

Price fixing.  Disappointing.

Nagoya, Japan-based Tokai Rika Co. Ltd.becomes the ninth company to plead guilty in a U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on auto supplier price fixing …

Tokai Rika will pay $17.7 million after pleading guilty at U.S. District Court in Detroit to one count of conspiracy to restrain trade in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and one count of obstruction of justice, under an agreement with Justice’s Antitrust Division announced today.

That brings the total to more than $808 million in fines, in just over one year of criminal prosecutions against various Japanese and European supplier companies with subsidiaries or operations in metro Detroit.

Pleading guilty and accepting fines to date are Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. ($200 million), Denso Corp.($78 million), G.S. Electech Inc. ($2.75 million), Fujikura Ltd. ($20 million), Autoliv Inc. ($14.5 million),TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH, a German unit of Livonia-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.($5.1 million), and Nagaoka, Japan-based Nippon Seiki Co. Ltd., which houses its NS International Ltd.headquarters in Troy.

Just.  Gross.

Term limits launching political careers, Free Press analysis shows

President Clinton endorses Prop 2.

Speaking of Prop 2, the Republicans get caught lying about it.  

(I hope you were sitting down for that)

Colin Powell will be speaking at CMU in January.  Something tells me these guys will be mad.  (Because of this, of course)

Census DailyTuesday, October 30th. Against the backdrop of rising concern about the cost of energy, most homeowners across the nation are anxiously watching the dropping temperatures as fall advances. Most homes in the U.S. have central heating, and six-out-of-10 have a warm-air furnace. By far the most popular heating fuel is gas — either piped in or bottled — which heats just over 60 percent of the nation’s homes. About one-third use electricity. Fuel oil, while still important in New England, is used to heat just under 8 percent of U.S. homes. And coal and wood, which used to heat a majority of houses, now combine to provide warmth to less than 2 percent of homes.


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