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 […]

Proof that Michigan’s Emergency Mgrs don’t work: 3 cities that had them in financial trouble again

One of the main points I have raised repeatedly since the passage of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4, is that the imposition of an Emergency Manager (EM) does little, if anything, to solve the underlying problems that bring municipalities and school districts to the crisis point where an EM is deemed necessary. With […]

Pscholka recall rally in Benton Harbor this coming Saturday featuring Wisc. State Sen. Lena Taylor

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On Saturday, June 18th, there will be a rally in Benton Harbor to kick off the recall of State Rep. Al Pscholka and to make sure Benton Harbor and what is happening there stays on the state and national radar screen. Click the image to download the flyer From the Facebook page for the event: […]

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Note: to find all of my coverage of the Benton Harbor situation, click HERE. The most recent posts are at the top. Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph L. Harris took further steps to reconfigure the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the group responsible for directing how brownfields, former industrial sites, are developed. Note that there […]

Benton Harbor EFM continues the disenfranchisement of voters, tightens his power

Note: to find all of my coverage of the Benton Harbor situation, click HERE. The most recent posts are at the top. Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph L. Harris took further steps to reconfigure the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the group responsible for directing how brownfields, former industrial sites, are developed. Note that there […]

Whirlpool has paid no corporate taxes for 3 years, got a tax refund in 2010

You know Whirlpool, the large corporation that is an integral part of the city of Benton Harbor and who received $3.87 million in tax breaks from the city last year as a bribe so they would build their new headquarters there instead of leaving Benton Harbor altogether? According to Business Week, they haven’t paid a […]

Benton Harbor, Eclectablog Audio, on Stephen Colbert

Benton Harbor and Eclectablog’s audio makes Stephen Colbert’s The Word.  Thanks Hector Solon in the Shoutbox for the heads up

Governor Rick Snyder Gets a Benton Harbor Welcome in Blossomtime Parade

The folks in Benton Harbor weren’t too happy to see Governor Snyder walking in the Blossomtime parade on Saturday in Benton Harbor. A few hundred vocal protesters were in town to let Governor Snyder know the dictator he appointed is not welcome. Chants of “Recall Rick” followed Snyder all along the parade route and at […]

Hundreds of Protesters Greet Governor Snyder in Benton Harbor

Hundreds of protesters greeted Governor Rick Snyder as me walked in the Blossomtime Parade in Benton Harbor.  Chants of Recall Rick could be heard along the parade route as protesters followed Governor Walker after he crossed the bridge from St. Joseph to Benton Harbor. Click here for the rest of the story.

Rep. Al Pscholka Pulls out of Blossomtime Parade

The following statement was postedn on Rep. Al Pscholka’s Facebook page. He thinks it isn’t tasteful to protest at the Blossomtime Parade. State Rep. Al Pscholka today made the following full statement with regard to protests that are scheduled to take place at the upcoming Blossomtime Parade in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor: “When I […]

Rep. Al Pscholka demands an interview on The Rachel Maddow Show

This should be fun. Al Pscholka is begging to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow. The west Michigan lawmaker who sponsored emergency financial manager legislation that has been repeatedly pilloried by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow — especially for the way it has been applied in Benton Harbor — is asking Maddow to allow him to make […]

Benton Harbor EFM Joe Harris to rescind City Commission’s “unconstitutionality” resolution

As I reported yesterday, the Benton Harbor City Commission passed a resolution, declaring the takeover of their city by Emergency Financial Manager Joseph L. Harris to be unconstitutional. Joe Harris doesn’t give a damn. He’s going to rescind their resolution. Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joseph Harris tells [WSJM] that he plans to issue an order […]