Tuesday briefing and open thread

Happy week after Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you had a great holiday weekend. I enjoyed unplugging and just chilling out with the family.

Since it’s been a week since the last briefing, this will be a regular briefing + a link dump. Lots of good stuff out there to look at.

  • A long article but worth the time. Revenge of the Reality-Based Community

    At least a few conservatives now recognize that Republicans suffer for epistemic closure. They were genuinely shocked at Romney’s loss because they ignored every poll not produced by a right-wing pollster such as Rasmussen or approved by right-wing pundits such as the perpetually wrong Dick Morris. Living in the Fox News cocoon, most Republicans had no clue that they were losing or that their ideas were both stupid and politically unpopular.

    I am disinclined to think that Republicans are yet ready for a serious questioning of their philosophy or strategy. They comfort themselves with the fact that they held the House (due to gerrymandering) and think that just improving their get-out-the-vote system and throwing a few bones to the Latino community will fix their problem. There appears to be no recognition that their defects are far, far deeper and will require serious introspection and rethinking of how Republicans can win going forward. The alternative is permanent loss of the White House and probably the Senate as well, which means they can only temporarily block Democratic initiatives and never advance their own.

  • Prop 2 vote wasn’t an endorsement of ‘right to work’
  • Gongwer is reporting that Democrats would hold 18 seats in the State Senate today if the Senate had been up this year. Of course it wasn’t, which makes this meaningless except for this excerpt:

    However, Ed Sarpolus said the results of this month do not promise necessarily better results in 2014, when the Senate is up for grabs. Still, Democrats could finish with as many as 16 seats in 2014, while House Democrats could see some seats lost in 2014.

    Democrats can only really hope to retake either chamber if the voters soundly reject Governor Rick Snyder in his bid for re-election, Mr. Sarpolus said. Plus, Democrats would have to see the same partisan turnout in 2014 that they saw this year.

    But it is rare to see Democrats enjoy that type of turnout in the midterm year. In the last six midterm elections, the only one that saw Democrats make appreciable gains in the Legislature was 2006, when Governor Jennifer Granholm was running for re-election and Republicans were pummeled nationally in the sixth year of President George W. Bush’s tenure.

  • From Susan Demas – Republicans say they don’t have to change to win — and they could be right
  • Thom Hartmann – The Big Picture – The Walmart Hunger Games

    Thom talks with author and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum about Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and why Romney lost the election. Also discussed: the increasing drone war across the Middle East, how the government may gain new access to read your emails and how Republicans in Florida are finally admitting to their plan to suppress the vote. In tonight’s Daily Take, Thom discusses why Black Friday should be renamed the Walmart hunger games.

More over the jump ….

  • The New Republicans (Krugman)

    There has been a lot of talk since the election about the possible emergence of a new faction within the Republican party, or at least among the conservative intelligentsia. These new Republicans, we’re told, are willing to be more open-minded on cultural issues, more understanding of immigrants, and more skeptical that trickle-down economics is enough; they’ll favor direct measures to help working families.

    So what should we call these new Republicans? I have a suggestion: why not call them “Democrats”?

  • Pressure Mounting For Justice Hathaway Resignation

    The release from the republican party says that democrats must demand her resignation “or go down in history as hypocrites that put partisanship first.”

    Democrats are shooting back.

    Bob McCan, a spokesperson for the Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, said “I’m glad the republicans have finally woken up and realized that ethics matter from our elected leaders.”

    He went on to say that republicans should call on Speaker Bolger to resign “his office should [a] grand jury find sufficient evidence for him to be bound over for trial.”

    But both democrats and republicans agree on one thing.

    “If the allegations against Justice Hathaway are true, she certainly should step down.” said McCan a spokesperson for Senator Whitmer, a democrat.

    And that is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. No Republican would ever say what McCan said there. A Republican would have said that this is a partisan distraction and we need to focus on creating jobs.

    Just pointing out the difference.

  • Tim Skubick: Will Gov. Snyder’s education plan succeed where others have failed?

    No, it’s bullshit. Let’s just call it what it is.

  • The Senate Dems on the aforementioned bs – Republican Plan Would Corporatize Education System, Dems Say
  • What is the “electable” candidate? An interesting article from Republican Michigander.
  • Newaygo RESA board member: Under school finance reboot, ‘cities and small towns throughout the state would cease to exist’

    Unbundling of public education means that neighborhood public schools would no longer be the center of a community’s education for their children, let alone any recreation, arts, or cultural activities.

    Over time, cities and small towns throughout the state would cease to exist as we know them following the extinction of traditional neighborhood public schools.

    As schools decline in student population and employees, employers including small businesses, will decline in proportion to their declining schools and go out of business too. Municipalities throughout Michigan that would like to grow and prosper would likely cease to exist and become ghost towns of the 21st century.

  • State Sen. Whitmer, Secretary of State see the election process in a very different way
  • Democrats lose the Appalachian working man – “More thoughtful and insightful commentary from Henry Payne,” she typed, as she wiped away tears of laughter.
  • A Brief Defense of Lindsey Stone, Facebook Idiot. Rude on the girl at Arlington.
  • Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Expand absentee voting, paired with ensuring election integrity – in other words, Ruth gives us NRAV if we give her photo ID in person at the clerk’s office.
  • Groups send letter to governor concerning immigrants’ rights

    The letter was signed by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan, American-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Arab-American Civil Rights League, Association of Chinese Americans, Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NAACP – Detroit Branch, State Representative for Michigan’s 12th House District, Rashida Tlaib, United Auto Workers and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

    See next link for more details

  • Feud Breaks Out in Michigan Over Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

    At issue is whether these immigrants, brought illegally to the United States as minors, should be allowed to obtain driver’s licenses, which under Michigan law require lawful U.S. presence.

    Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, recently ordered that beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s so-called deferred action program not be allowed to obtain licenses.

    Snyder said that unlike other, more densely populated states, Michigan does not have a sweeping public transportation system, and that having a car is a necessity. Roughly 23,000 immigrants in Michigan could be eligible for the program, said the Detroit Free Press. Nationally, more than 1 million are believed to be eligible to apply.

  • Antarctic lake’s clue to alien life

    “It’s plausible that a life-supporting energy source exists solely from the chemical reaction between anoxic salt water and the rock,” said co-author Dr Christian Fritsen, also from the DRI.

    If this is indeed the case, said Dr Murray, it provides “an entirely new framework for thinking of how life can be supported in cryo-ecosystems on Earth and in other icy worlds of the Universe”.

    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa represents one such target.

    Dr Ellis-Evans commented: “If you go to somewhere like Europa, this sort of finding is really of interest. You can apply this more or less directly.

    Hey do you guys remember Odyssey Two and Europa? I’m not sayin. I’m just sayin.

  • State Rep. Fred Durhal to announce candidacy for Detroit mayor
  • Oily sludge spills in Novi : Police say substance at 10 Mile, Beck is not hazardous
  • Michigan militia member cleared by judge seeks cash, says feds tampered with her guns

    Tina Stone says the barrel on her shotgun was replaced with a cheaper barrel, and the bolt on an AR-15 had similar treatment. Stone wants the government to pay more than $300 to have the guns repaired.

    She also believes she’s entitled to $20,000 for possessions seized by the FBI but not returned. The government has until Dec. 4 to respond. A court hearing is set for Jan. 25.

  • FDA reports of deaths impact bond rating of 5-Hour Energy firm
  • Rest in PC: Is the era of the personal computer nearing an end?
Census DailyAs the old song says — “Button up your overcoat” because winter storms are not far away. With the calendar moving toward the end of the year, it’s increasingly time for water-resistant boots and jackets, sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves. In some areas, these are needed just to continue going about everyday business, whether it’s working on a ranch or commuting to a big office building downtown. To answer this wide variety of needs, there are just fewer than 190,000 clothing stores across the country. Some cater to men, some to women, some to children, and others to entire families. Each year, the combined sale of these stores is $162 billion.

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