More Romney Bunk on Auto Bailout – Ad in Ohio Debunked

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Jeepers, Creepers… Just for the record, Mitt Romney is back on the auto bailout AGAIN this week – this time it’s Chrysler and their supposed plans to shutdown their Toledo plant and move the production to the People Republic of China. Just one of the debunkers was Rachel Maddow last night (VIDEO). Romney AD TRANSCRIPT: […]

MI-06 Who is the “New” Fred Upton? Debates with Mike O’Brien Reveal Much in Michigan’s 6th CD Race

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US Rep Fred Upton (R- St Joseph), the current Republican Chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee is facing the first serious challenge in 13 terms by a relative new comer, Mike O’Brien (D- Douglas), whose O’Brien for Congress campaign continues to close the gap on the 26-year congressional veteran, Upton. This ANALYSIS […]

MI-06 Mike O’Brien Shreds Fred Upton in first debate: Can He Do it Again? Polls & Race Closing

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As the national presidential debates come to a close, it is time to return to local debates and races where Democratic challengers are gaining ground, one of those is the Mike O’Brien for Congress campaign closing race with 26-year Republican incumbent Fred Upton, GOP Chair of the Energy and Commerce committee in the US House […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)

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Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words… Michigan Poverty Up, Incomes Down, Business Taxes… WAY DOWN

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A picture says a thousand words about thousands of fellow Michiganders… the poor and impoverished have less – a lot less. READ the FULL article from the Michigan League of Human Services entitled “Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured” on Michigan’s 2011 stats. Also re-read this classic “Historic tax shift hits low-income families 1,000 times […]

Michigan Needs ALEC Accountability Act NOW (Bonus: Who is Richard McLellan?)

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Michigan needs the “ALEC Accountability Act” NOW or yesterday or actually over a decade ago. Since it should be abundantly clear by now that the Michigan State Legislature, like dozens of other states, has a special interest infestation and corporate corruption problem something should be done. But what to do about it? This week dozens […]

Walmart Wants ‘Out’, Michigan Goes ‘All-In’ – Will Detroit 3 Dump ALEC Too?

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The mega-retailer Wal-Mart announced yesterday their “suspension” of their corporate membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they were also joined by Medtronics Corporation, who like several members claimed to have given up ALEC membership much earlier in 2010. But the question remains – Will Michigan’s “Detroit 3” (GM, Ford and Chrysler) also drop […]

MediaMatters Hits Michigan Media for Not Covering Identified ALEC Asbestos Bill Passage

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Cross-posting this time from Kos. This just out from MediaMatters.org with the title “No Oxygen: Michigan Media Silent As State Passes ALEC Bill Limiting Compensation For Asbestos Victims“: “Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) approved a bill that curbs the ability of asbestos-exposure victims to recover losses from some companies that are legally responsible. […]

Wednesday briefing and open thread (April 18, 2012)

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Filling in for Christine today, and since it was an enormously busy day and evening yesterday running a bit late, but that’s a good thing. Means things are happening. Sooooo right on with some news…. In the News: Protest at Scott Walker Republican Fund Raiser in Troy, MI Yesterday, hundreds of protesters jeered at Michigan […]

Thursday briefing and open thread

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Once again, I have the pleasure of posting the daily story rundown filling in for the unsinkable Christine Barry (been watching too much RMS Titanic stuff on PBS). Did you know that the White Star Line immediately fired the crew of the RMS Titanic? Even as the victims were just settling into their graves on […]

Wednesday briefing and open thread

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Well, somebody made the mistake of letting me fill in for Christine today and tomorrow, so the entire round up will be on ALEC… Just kidding, but take TIME for that story, will try not to mention it again today. Did you know? The daily Front Pages of Michigan Newspapers are posted by the Newseum […]

NRA/Florida ALEC Gun Model Most Closely Matches Michigan Bill & more OMG Gun Stuff

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A new report shows that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in the middle of the Trayvon Martin tragedy was written by the NRA and pushed in multiple State Legislatures by ALEC finds that a Michigan 2005-2006 Bill most closely matches the controversial Florida law. Even as all that is happening, the Michigan ALEC member sponsor […]