Thursday briefing and open thread

“Last year, for example, the Legislature claimed to propose a no-reason absentee voting bill that actually would have added ID requirements to absentee voting, increasing barriers to the vote,” ~Jocelyn Benson

So at the #misots last night, Snyder came out in favor of ‘no reason absentee voting’ / NRAV. Now, no one who knows this Governor believes for one second that he (or any other Republican) is interested in helping people vote. We have tons of data to show that Republicans do not want people to vote, and after the past couple of months, we have tons of data to show that Snyder is a Republican. So what’s this about?

Johnson and Snyder will be crafting the NRAV stuff together, and it looks like it may end up being a classic shortchange con game on NRAV. It starts by using language that progressives like, such as “no reason absentee voting.” Then they add ID and in-person requirements to exercise the NRAV, which ends up helping constituencies that traditionally vote Republican anyway. Seriously, it’s not any easier for me to go to the County Clerk’s office during business hours on a weekday than it is to get to the township hall during extended hours on a Tuesday. What the hell? So while you’re thinking that NRAV is making voting easier by opening up NRAV-by-mail, they’re actually increasing restrictions AND taking away your NRAV battle cry.

I didn’t follow the State of the State too closely, but I see there aren’t many high praises for Snyder’s speech. Sure you have the platitudes by the official mouthpieces, but if you look closely, those mouthpieces are spending more effort complaining about the Democratic response than they are praising Snyder’s SotS. Even the right-wing bloggers can’t get excited over Snyder, except to the extent that they get to celebrate Granholm going away. And Snyder for his part has so little confidence in his own bullshit that he keeps asking who would like to return to 2009, rather than asking who would like to return to 2010 when Michigan’s economy was in recovery AND our laws made a lot more sense AND we had an election that most of us would like to do-over. And the Republicans, with their above-average abilities in math and science and logic, are using the lack of raised hands in last night’s speech as evidence of Democratic support for Snyder’s first two years.


Because it was a very serious question that deserved a very serious showing of hands, and nobody at all would have criticized any of the Democrats for responding to something that the Governor said during the State of the State …


They make it easy sometimes. But regardless, no one wants to go backward in the national recovery, to a time when our national recovery was just getting going. That desire to not go backwards is not actually empirical evidence that Republicans are good.

More over the fold.


Ok let’s get to some other topics here.

A security officer accidentally left a gun unattended at a school. No one was hurt and the gun was secured pretty quickly. Here are the details. You know what would fix this problem? More guns.

A new lead on Hoffa. I hope this puts an end to the mystery, but as usual there are those who doubt his story.

Randy Richardville is trying to convince everyone that he is a very thoughtful and deliberate person. Putting aside all of his wtf double-speak where he non-apology apologizes for right to work, the most interesting part of that article is this:

In other matters, he said one of his first priorities in the new legislative session will be to introduce a bill that would call for less political divisiveness at the state level, so that Lansing will not have the same kind of gridlock as the federal level.

A bill that will call for less divisiveness? What?? This should be fun to watch.

My new best friend rants on the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories. This is 25 minutes but it’s worth it, especially in discussing the scientific method and the way conspiracies are presented on the Internet. Please find the time.

Off topic: Jewish refugees, approaching allied soldiers, become aware that they have just been liberated, April, 1945

Census Daily Thursday, January 17th. There’s been a lot of emphasis lately on making houses that are more energy efficient — with better insulation and windows that seal out heat and cold. Many feature the use of solar panels to capture the natural heat of the sun. The first house in America with solar heating and radiation cooling opened this week in 1955 in Tucson, Arizona. A large, slanting slab of steel and glass converted sunlight into heat, which was ducted into the house. In America’s nearly 115 million occupied housing units, gas remains the most common heating fuel, outpacing electricity — 54 percent to 36 percent. All other types of fuel are used in just under 9 percent of U.S. homes.


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