New FOIA Requests Filed In Oakland County

For Immediate Release: CONTACT: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 Frank Houston (248) 808-7166 NEW FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS FILED IN OAKLAND COUNTY, CITING REPUBLICAN POWER GRAB POTENTIALLY PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS Earlier E-mails Point to Oakland County Officials’ Republican Political Agenda Paid for by Taxpayer Dollars; More Information Requested from County Executive Brooks Patterson, County […]

Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporations

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Originally published on April 5 and re-published on April 23 to coincide with this event. ~Christine Republicans in Michigan are pushing forward with an effort to remove the cap on so-called “cyber schools” (also known as “virtual schools”) in our state. Already passed in the Senate as Senate Bill 619, it has been reported out […]

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. […]

Restraining order against House Republicans now in place

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Last Tuesday we reported that an Ingham County Judge had issued a temporary restraining order against House Republicans. This information was reported to us by the House Democratic Caucus, but was based on a misunderstanding between the Court and the House attorneys. The Republican Caucus received the same message as the Democrats at the time. […]

Judge issues temporary restraining order against House Republicans

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Well it’s finally happened. The Republicans have lapped themselves on the race track of ridiculousness, unfortunately dragging the entire State of Michigan with them. Today the House Dems filed suit in Ingham County Circuit Court over the Republican Party violations of the Michigan Constitution. The plaintiffs in the suit are Democratic Leader Richard Hammel, Democratic […]

HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW

HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW – SUPREME COURT HEARS CONTROVERSIAL CASE ON REPUBLICAN POWER GRAB LEGISLATION TODAY For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 CONTACT: Frank Houston (248) 808-7166 HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW SUPREME COURT HEARS CONTROVERSIAL CASE ON REPUBLICAN POWER GRAB LEGISLATION TODAY LANSING, MI – After […]

Republicans lied about the Oakland County power grab

File this under “I’m shocked! SHOCKED!!” Shocked like when I found out that Nigerian business opportunities are scams. Evidence shows GOP lawmakers lied to manipulate redistricting process News sources confirmed today that Republican bills which reduced Oakland County Commission seats from 25 to 21 members were done solely to allow the GOP controlled body to […]

Justin Amash votes against extending middle class tax cuts, Trevor Thomas responds

I don’t know exactly how a tea party politician like Congressman Justin Amash does it exactly, but somehow this guy can justify supporting extending the budget-busting Bush tax cuts but not the middle class tax cuts. But that’s exactly what he has done. Trevor Thomas, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Amash […]

House GOP gins up another fake war on religion

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Republicans are so desperate to find an election issue to get their bases excited about their poor Presidential field that they have made up another phony war on religion based on President Obama’s decision to require employers to make birth control available to workers with no co-pay. On Wednesday Michigan House Republicans got into the […]

Republicans a no-show at Emergency Manager forum in Ann Arbor

All photos by Anne C. Savage – used with permission On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Political Science department at the University of Michigan held a public forum/debate on Public Act 4 – the Emergency Manager law. The panelists were Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor); Howard Ryan, Director of Legislative Affairs, MI Department of Treasury; […]

Adam Zemke leads in MI-55 fundraising, GOP incumbent considers switching parties

Zemke showing strong support in redistricted MI-55 Last November, I broke the news that Adam Zemke had announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 55th state House district. This district was recently reconfigured and is now strongly Democratic-leaning – it is considered to be an easy pick-up for Dems. Zemke has only one Democratic opponent at this […]

Republican union-buster & hypocrite Rep. Mike Shirkey violates campaign finance laws

Tut, tut, Mike When I last wrote about Right to Work (for less) cheerleader State Rep. Mike Shirkey, it was it was discovered he took federal Stimulus dollars for his company and then laid people off. Michigan state Representative and advocate for making Michigan a Right to Work for Less state, Mike Shirkey, has been […]