GOP ‘Skunk Works’ document calls for Michigan Education Card to be used at any public ‘Value School’

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This pdf is the Oxford Foundation “Skunk Words” Designed Value School Document. Oxford Skunkworks document (pdf) “The following is a concept outline to design and implement a prototype “Value School,” a public school that is designed to maximize the educational performance and value of a public school through technology and the implementation of new teaching […]

Walt Sorg on GOP destruction of environmental protections and Michigan’s natural resources

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Walt Sorg joins us to discuss the way that the Republicans in Lansing are gutting the bejoobers out of our environmental protections. It’s scary and heart-breaking. We talk about the content in Walt’s recent article in the Lansing City Pulse – The pendulum has swung Today we talk about The history of environmental protections in […]

Katie Carey on how a bill becomes a law, lowering the barriers to civic engagement, Snyder thinks pension tax is fair, and oil flows through the Grand River

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Today we talk to Katie Carey about how a bill becomes a law, then I discuss the purpose of the podcast and what it means to lower the barriers to civic engagement. Then we’ve got a couple of headlines and our normal 5 Minute Activism. Stephanie Miller and the mooks join us after the stinger […]

Snyder campaigns for Bobby Schostak, promises 6 more years of himself

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Sweet Jesus, Snyder must still be high off the fumes of sizzlin’ lame duck. You probably know that Schostak is out campaigning for re-election as Chair of the Michigan GOP. There was some speculation as to whether he could hang on, but things are looking up for him now: From: Governor Rick Snyder Date: Sat, […]

Snyder using his rtw strategy as a template for rigging Electoral College

Remember the other day, when I was wondering what the Republicans were going to do exactly, to hose us with NRAV? Well unfortunately I think we’ve found it. Obama won the popular vote with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1 percent, to Romney’s 60.9 million and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral […]

The real State of the State 2013

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“In fact they were so intent on ignoring the voices of Michigan residents that they closed down the Capitol.” – Tim Greimel, The Real State of the State Well I won’t be going to the State of the State tonight as planned. I’m home with the flu because some sick jackass came to work and […]

News flash: Snyder’s ‘shared sacrifice’ is a cookbook

“And the book?” I demanded, annoyed. “What about that — How to Serve Man? That wasn’t put there for you to read. They mean it. How do you explain that?” “I’ve read the first paragraph of that book,” he said. “Why do you suppose I haven‟t slept for a week?” I said, “Well?” and he […]

Snyder tarnishes Pure Michigan

Senate Dems bring us a video expressing what most of us have been feeling since Snyder went wild on his rtw binge: News broke today that Snyder is claiming that he didn’t know about the ad and wouldn’t have written it that way: “I would not have been emphasizing one issue the way it was […]

Union busting via right-to-work-for-less is already creating government jobs

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Hey hey right to work for less is already creating jobs in Michigan. One job that is. More specifically, one government job. At the advanced level – this position will be responsible for performing Freedom to Work and Right to Work research and analysis of laws pertaining to FTW laws in conjunction with other laws […]

Snyder hints that rtw was on his agenda since last summer

So Snyder has been repeating a few things since he pushed rtw through lame duck: 1. It wasn’t on his agenda until everyone else put it there. 2. It was put on his agenda because of the union push for Prop 2 3. He never lied about this issue, not ever ever ever. And then […]

Thinking about hunting wolves in Michigan? Not so fast.

In the briefing yesterday we linked to info on one of Snyder’s 260+ lame duck oh-my-god-get-the-pepper-spray-I-gotta-get-this-through-right-now bills. This one established wolves as game animals in Michigan: This law doesn’t establish a hunting season for wolves; it does establish that wolves are a game animal, which means that the Natural Resources Commission can establish a hunting […]

Who does Snyder work for? Follow the money

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So Rick Snyder is a wealthy man. According to a recently released federal income tax return, Snyder … had capital gains income of just more than $1.3 million in 2011… dividend income of just more than $350,000; wages of $141,547; interest income of close to $54,000, and real estate income of just more than $6,000. […]