Thursday briefing and open thread

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Thursday evening already? The week is flying by. Presidential Let’s start with the indicators indicating that President Obama will be elected. According to we are winning the Presidential Mask poll. And as you may (or not?) know, the Presidential mask poll predicts the outcome of the election. We already won the kid poll. And […]

New ad targets Pete Hoekstra on Medicare

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Progress Michigan has released a new ad that highlights Pete Hoekstra’s support for a budget to end Medicare: You remember Politician Pete Hoekstra. In Congress, Politician Pete sided with the special interests to privatize Social Security. Now, Pete Hoekstra works for Washington lobbyists, getting rich standing up for special interests. Hoekstra supports a plan to […]

Michigan primary election results – US Senate and US House of Representatives

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Michigan August 2012 primary election results – US Senate and US House of Representatives Hoekstra defeats Durant, etc. for the opportunity to lose to Debbie Stabenow in November. Not much question in the results: Clark Durant Gary Glenn Randy Hekman Pete Hoekstra Debbie Stabenow 217,457 36,128 45,299 357,186 397,613 Stabenow (inc) v Hoekstra in November […]

Tell Hoekstra and Romney NO on November 6


As you know, the 2012 elections are less than six months from now and the stakes are higher than ever. Whoever wins this election will determine whether our nation will continue to move to a new tune or rewind the same old song. We want leaders who can relate to and implement measures that will […]

Wednesday briefing and open thread


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 […]

Pandering Pete Hoekstra


In response to a wave of negative reactions to his $75,000 Super Bowl ad buy (filmed in California), Pete Hoekstra has tried to deflect criticism by accusing Democrats of “talk(ing) about race when they can’t defend their records…” Unfortunately for Pete, the ad has been panned by figures on all sides of the political spectrum, […]

Michigan Republicans vote to turn down federal money to create statewide health exchange

Republicans got very, very busy in the short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of the things House Republicans did was to vote to turn down federal funds for creating a statewide health exchange to help make health care insurance available to all Michiganders. In an action with major implications for health reform in Michigan, […]

Ann Arbor Obama campaign office opens with 100+ activists in attendance

After several years of hearing how Democrats are demoralized and unwilling to get involved in politics and elections, an event in Ann Arbor showed that the so-called “enthusiasm gap” is slimming and not just by a little bit. On Sunday, Obama for America (OFA), the official campaign of the Obama reelection drive, opened their campaign […]

Tim Walberg avoids his constituents & other Michigan news

My wife Anne and I spent the past week at The Most Beautiful Place in America (the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) and were once again reminded why we love this state so much. Our Congressman, Tim Walberg (Tea, MI-07), however, seems to be doing what he can to avoid Michigan, or at least his […]

Liberal Brunch


Good morning all and thanks for visiting BFM today.  A little bit of housekeeping … we’ve been having some internal discussions on how to structure the front page in such a way that you can easily scan through all of the new posts.  If you have any suggestions on this or anything else on the […]

Sens. Levin and Stabenow Discuss the Debt Ceiling and Deficit Reduction

Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., discussed the debt ceiling and deficit reduction.

Payne and Hoogendyk wrong on Stabenow

So I decided to visit old Crazy Jack’s blog today, for old time’s sake, and he’s got a post up ragging on Debbie Stabenow for being a social worker while also being a Senator who is encouraging investment in battery innovation: Would you hand over $2 billion of your money to a broker with Stabenow’s […]