Friday briefing and open thread

People have been talking about gay marriage for decades and you know what? If we had push it through without any debate people would be hollering from the rooftops. So, no, to say that an idea’s been bandied about in society or cocktail parties or whatever, is not good enough. That’s not how the system supposed to work, and that’s why there’s such a fundamental problem at the Capitol. ~Gretchen Whitmer

That’s Gretchen Whitmer’s response to the Republican’s ridiculous claim that right to work for less has been debated for years, so there was no reason to debate it before ramming it through lame duck. The interview is great, you can listen to the whole thing here. There’s more from Gretchen here.

If you can stomach it, you can also listen to Jase Bolger here, talking about how the Democrats were sitting on their hands when Snyder was talking about reaching across the aisle. I don’t know why it is so hard for Republicans to understand that Democrats aren’t enthusiastic about them right now. Republicans must be dumb.

Tim Greimel has been doing a good job letting people know that Democrats are going to be putting our own agenda out there, and we’ll be meeting with folks around the state to get their input on the GOP swath of destruction. This listening tour that he’s talking about will inform the policies put forth by the Democrats in Lansing. This feels like a return to the chicken-in-every-pot Democratic Party. Whether it is, we’ll see. But this plus the organizing that will be done around right to work for less, plus the inevitable enormous success of the Blue Tiger Bloggers and other messaging, is a great start to fixing Michigan. And the process of this will be one more way in which we can differentiate the Democrats from the increasingly irrelevant Republicans. While they’re importing pre-fab government from ALEC, Democrats are cultivating policy from grassroots.

There’s more GOP pre-fab government over the jump.

The latest in the Michigan pre-fab crap is the Michigan Firearms Freedom Freedom Firearms Firearms Freedom Freedom Freedom Freedom Act. Something like that. SB 63, you can see it here. It comes from this site, it seems to be a copy/paste of the Missouri Freedom Freedom Freedom thing, MO HB361. There’s an MLive article on this here.

Here’s what the sponsor Phil Pavlov had to say:

“We’re under a constant threat by the federal government to infringe on our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “With the environment today, we need to be standing up for our states rights and our Second Amendment rights.”

Sweet Jesus. Here’s Gretchen Whitmer:

“Aside from the fact that any first year law student could tell you this bill violates the supremacy clause of our nation’s constitution, how out of touch does a Senator have to be to even think it’s appropriate to nullify federal firearm regulations at a time when Americans are asking federal and state officials to develop smarter and more comprehensive gun laws to keep our kids safe?” she asked.

Republicans aren’t really concerned about being in touch with anyone. I mean, they do have events like minority outreach panels, but they hold them in places named after celebrity slave holders. No seriously, you can’t make this up.

Off topic: A Native American looks down at a newly-completed section of the transcontinental railroad. Nevada, about 1868

Census Daily Friday January 18. The X-ray machine, the first medical imaging device, was invented in Europe in the late 19th century. Americans got their first glimpse of this medical marvel on this date in 1896 in an exhibit in New York City. It quickly came into use in U.S. medicine, and then into overuse. Thomas Edison’s assistant Clarence Dally, after long, unshielded experimentation with X-rays, had both arms amputated, and then died in 1904 from exposure to radiation. X-rays have been largely surpassed by MRIs, CAT scans and PET scans. Manufacturing medical devices and supplies is the business of over 12,000 establishments in the country, with over 300,000 employees.

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