Monday briefing and open thread

“We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney told the crowd, according to a person who attended the meeting. “I will continue to help.” ~Mitt Romney

Oh gross. I don’t know, I guess he’s going to be like an angry version of the clap. The sores will go away sometimes but the infection will still be there, messing with your life.

Well at least we’re not the carriers on that one.

Tony Trupiano returns tonight with Night Shift,

First the details of the new show. We will be on from 7 to 10 PM on 1130 AM WDFN. The show will be streamed live at www.the tonyshow.org and on iHeart radio and you can download the free app right from the Tonyshow.org website. The 7- 8 p.m. hour will only be heard on the live stream and not on WDFN. From 8- 10 PM you’ll be able to hear the show live at 1130 AM WDFN. There are plans in the works to syndicate the show statewide in key markets in the state of Michigan. That is why the show will start at 7 PM for the markets that are currently looking at taking the show live in its entirety on their stations. Because of previous commitments with the 7-8 PM timeslot on WDFN that hour was not available and the best solution was to stream the show live in that first hour for those that want to hear it and it will also be available via podcast as will the entire show.

Tony’s guests tonight are

  • Chris Michalakis, Pres. Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
  • Mark Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party
  • Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press

Blog Role will be returning Thursdays at 9:35pm. Which is about 1 hour and 35 minutes after I normally go to bed, but I’ll do anything to be famous. :D

Dale Hansen over at DNB has a new post up; Rick Snyder’s broken promises:

Whether you support the governor or not, this list of broken promises is embarrassing and concerning. Rick Snyder came to this job touting his business roots and his ability to turn things around with a laser-like focus on “jobs, jobs, jobs.” His willingness to constantly abandon the ideas that got him elected in favor of big government self-preservation doesn’t instill confidence in the leadership capabilities of a man who can now be more aptly described as “One Unprincipled Nerd.”

Good stuff from Dale as always.

A proud moment for the Democrats; Kwame is out of jail. Hooray for him, and grab your wallets.

(In case there’s any confusion, I never liked that guy. Not when he was in Lansing, not when he was in Detroit, and not anytime after that either.)

Schools bring their own toilet paper.

House Republicans give the House more money, though the Democrats ended up getting more than the GOP because the Democrats picked up seats.

Michigan Democrats may be key to passage of road revenue plan

“If you’re the Democrats, why should you be the one to bail Snyder out and get the project approved, and then let the Republicans take a walk and vote ‘no,’” Ballenger said.

(I’m assuming we all know who Ballenger is) Ballenger also said the Dems might dicker and deal: road funding for concessions on the EAA. Brian Calley said no: ““We do resist the urge to tie unrelated issues together in that way”

That’s right. Because they only tie together things like Pure Michigan and Right to Work. Or [insert any issue] and “freedom.”


Skyrocketing poverty among Detroit kids. Not that anyone is looking, but Kwame still owes the city $800,000 in restitution.

Tim Skubick has an article on Whitmer v Schauer for Gov. My prediction: this will be worked out before one of them decides. It will be a backroom deal. And I’m inclined to put them both on a ticket. They were a good team in the Senate, at least from my seat.

Senator Batshit – “Guns had nothing to do with the Connecticut shooting”

Snyder admits rtw isn’t about jobs. In other news the Iraqi Information Minister admits US Troops made it to Baghdad.

And finally, Royal Oak will be voting tonight on the homos.

“This is not only the right thing to do, but also it reflects the values of Royal Oak as the inclusive place that it is,” said Roland Leggett, field director for Equality Michigan, a Detroit-based gay rights group.

Leggett, 31, a native of Rochester Hills, said “the vast majority of folks I went to high school with are in Chicago.” Human-rights ordinances “help make the case for keeping our creative, young people in Michigan,” he said.

Off topic: A Japanese family returning home (Seattle, Washington) from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho on May 10, 1945

Census Daily Monday, January 28th. As the Great Depression approached its worst, Wisconsin made the nation’s first governmental direct relief effort for the unemployed. On this date in 1932, it enacted unemployment insurance. Wisconsin was soon followed by a half-dozen other states before the Social Security Act in middecade moved all states to adopt such programs by 1937. Wisconsin’s program issued it’s first unemployment check in August, in the amount of $15. By 2010, states and local governments took in over $75 billion from the payroll tax to fund unemployment insurance. But they spent nearly $135 billion in such assistance, more than double the outlay of 2009.


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