Michigan Rising ends recall efforts against Governor Snyder

It was inevitable after the results of the recall efforts in Wisconsin: Effort to Recall Governor Snyder Enters New Phase as Recall Effort Ends Michigan Rising has been deeply impressed by the energy and passion shown by the thousands of volunteers and petition signers over the past 15 months. Michigan residents from all walks of […]

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 […]

Snyder to consider deregulation of 18 industries

I’ve chatted a little about the proposal to eliminate state licensing for certain professions. See here, here, and kinda here. Here’s a little closer look at the subject. Let’s start with how it started. The Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) put together an advisory board of 14 “attorneys, occupational association professionals, business owners and […]

Tim Skubick, et al vs. Bruce Fealk on Snyder Recall.

On April 29th, MLive journalist, Tim Skubick wrote an articleGovernor Snyder’s approach to labor distances him from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.   In that article Skubick spoke about the effort to recall Governor Snyder. Skubick wrote, “Meanwhile regarding the Michigan recall aimed at Mr. Snyder, he is not exactly shaking in his boots over that. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rick Snyder is Just Another Fat Cat Politician. Here is Proof.

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The signing of House Bill 4929 is proof positive that our Governor is just another politician.  The bill prohibits school districts from automatically deducting teacher’s union dues.  Since the process is automated, the bill does not save money.  Republicans defeated an amendment to the bill that would have allowed the process to continue if the […]

Jennifer Granholm on an active and strategic government

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“While I would love to take full credit for Michigan’s turnaround, I can’t. And my successor, Governor Snyder, would probably like to take full credit too, but he can’t either since the new tax policies he enacted just took effect a few weeks ago. But you know who can take much of the credit? President […]

Rick Snyder’s Michigan Data: Reversing Engler Mistakes by Reviving Them (Slash, Burn, Repeat…)

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On the eve of Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s second year 2012 Michigan State Budget announcements, this ANALYSIS, in simple pictures, looks back at what historical data says. Facts found in this fountain of tables, graphs and charts reveals much, and in many cases, might surprise many Michiganders. It gives a unique view not only […]