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  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will appear in Michigan

    05/25/2015 1:33:58 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Oakland Press News ^ | 05/15/15, 6:55 PM EDT
    BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) >> Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be in Michigan in early June. Cruz, a senator from Texas, will be the main attraction at a Livingston County Republican event in Brighton on June 3. He’ll speak at the party’s Lincoln Day dinner. Local party chairman Dan Wholihan tells radio station WHMI it’s exciting to have a presidential candidate as a guest. A dinner ticket costs $60. A ticket for dinner and a reception is $150. Cruz’ campaign in Michigan is being led by Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the state Republican Party.
  • Massive tanker fire out; I-75 remains closed at I-375 (Detroit)

    05/24/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | May 24, 2015
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - A massive tanker fire is finally out, and I-75 remains closed at I-375 in both directions. Drivers heading southbound on I-75 are getting off at Mack, and northbound drivers are being routed off at the I-96 interchange. Related: TRAFFIC: Alternate routes to avoid the I-75 and I-375 closure The truck tipped over on the I-75 overpass. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said there are no injuries in the fire, and they started getting calls about 8:45 a.m. The tanker is carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel, which is burning, according to Shaw. He also said they...
  • Incoming Boston University professor talks about the time she impersonated another woman online

    05/22/2015 7:41:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 05.21.15 | Charlotte Wilder and Allison Manning
    Incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2008 after she made a fake account for another woman on an adult website. Grundy was a graduate student at the University of Michigan at the time. Grundy first gained widespread attention this month because of tweets in which she called white, college-aged males a “problem population.” She’s most recently been in the news due to comments she posted on a Facebook thread in February, when she argued with a woman who’d been sexually assaulted. ... Grundy was charged with felony counts of identity theft and using...
  • ACLU sues MI over transgender driver’s licenses

    05/21/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    WOODTV - NBC Local ^ | May 21, 2015 | By ED WHITE
    DETROIT — The state of Michigan is being sued over its refusal to change gender identities on driver’s licenses without a new birth certificate. The ACLU says an amended birth certificate in Michigan requires proof of transgender surgery, although most transgender people don’t want surgery. Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the agency is following state law.
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Let Syrians Settle Detroit (NY Times editorial alert)

    05/18/2015 10:05:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | David D. Laitin and Marc Jahr
    Detroit, a once great city, has become an urban vacuum. Its population has fallen to around 700,000 from nearly 1.9 million in 1950. The city is estimated to have more than 70,000 abandoned buildings and 90,000 vacant lots. Meanwhile, desperate Syrians, victims of an unfathomable civil war, are fleeing to neighboring countries, with some 1.8 million in Turkey and 600,000 in Jordan. Suppose these two social and humanitarian disasters were conjoined to produce something positive. Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican, has already laid the groundwork. [Snip] Grants from the federal government and from philanthropic foundations would be needed...
  • GOP Presidential hopeful Cruz to visit mid-Michigan

    05/15/2015 7:46:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    WLNS ^ | May 14, 2015, 11:02 am
    LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Michigan is once again in the spotlight as Presidential candidates drum up support for their campaigns.Republican Senator Ted Cruz will visit Livingston County on June 3rd as the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Howell. Senator Cruz is the latest in what is expected to be a number of visits from Republican Presidential candidates looking ahead to the March 8, 2016 party primary. Sen. Ted Cruz was the first Republican to announce a 2016 Presidential run. Known for his conservatism, Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants. Prior to going to Washington...
  • Michigan couple welcomes their 13th son

    05/15/2015 2:51:58 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | May 14, 2015
    CNN)—They already have enough sons to field a baseball team. And if their streak continues, they'll be able to add a basketball team, too. Kateri and Jay Schwandt, a Michigan couple with 12 sons and no daughters, welcomed their 13th child Wednesday morning.
  • Anuzis cruises into Cruz campaign

    05/14/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 49 replies
    WKAR ^ | Wed, May 13 2015 | Kevin Lavery
    Eighteen months away from the 2016 presidential election, two Democrats and six Republicans have formally thrown their hat into the ring. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first Republican to announce his candidacy. Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants who before his congressional career was the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas history. This week, Cruz began his ground game in Michigan by announcing his new state chairman. Saul Anuzis served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005 to 2009. Later, he was a candidate for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Now, as part of...
  • Harper announces new Windsor-Detroit bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    05/14/2015 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 52 replies
    CP24 ^ | May 13, 2014
    WINDSOR, Ont. - A new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe. Howe, who is now 87, was born in Floral, Sask., and came to be known as "Mr. Hockey." The still-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020. The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land crossing between the two countries and the border has long been a bottleneck. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the river separating Canada and the U.S. Harper praised Howe as a proud...
  • Official Who Opposed Concealed Carry Reform Arrested for Shooting Up His Ex-Wife’s Car

    05/13/2015 12:02:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On Sunday, Michigan state senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) was taken into custody for allegedly firing a rifle at his ex-wife’s car following an argument earlier that morning. [Editor’s note: contrary to early reports, the official police report states that Smith fired a rifle, not a shotgun, at his ex-wife’s vehicle, not his girlfriend’s. This article has been updated to reflect these changes. Also, the police report alleges that Smith was naked during the incident.]
  • Michigan reports four secondary violations under Jim Harbaugh

    05/11/2015 11:13:40 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 9 replies
    NFL.COM ^ | 05/11/2015 | Chase Goodbread
    Before new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has put his first points on the scoreboard in The Big House, the school has self-reported four minor NCAA violations in football that have occurred under Harbaugh's watch. The violations are classified as Secondary/Level III. Violations of that nature typically result in no punitive action by the NCAA and are handled through education of the coaching staff through the school's compliance department. According to mlive.com, two of the violations directly involved the former San Francisco 49ers head coach. In one violation, Harbaugh donated an autographed team helmet and a jersey to an auction...
  • Michigan voters reject road funding ballot measure, Proposal 1 (sales tax road maintenance)

    05/11/2015 7:35:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Michigan Radio ^ | 05 May 2015 | Mark Brush
    We in Michigan have been talking about fixing our roads for years. "Just fix the damn roads," was the mantra Michigan lawmakers heard over and over from their constituents. Now the refrain sounds more like "just don't fix the damn roads this way." Voters overwhelmingly voted "no" on Proposal 1 - the statewide road funding ballot initiative that would have raised the state's sales tax from 6% to 7% in order to change the way fuel is taxed in Michigan. The changes in fuel tax would have generated new road funding. See vote tallies here. Now it's back to the...
  • Alcohol “possibly” played a role in Stony Creek triple fatal, sheriff says

    05/11/2015 6:56:02 AM PDT · by equaviator · 13 replies
    The Macomb Daily ^ | 05/10/15 | Mitch Hotts
    Alcohol “possibly” played a role in the horrific fatal accident that claimed the lives of three high school students at Stony Creek Metropark, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Sunday. The sheriff said investigators worked throughout the weekend on the Friday evening incident, which also resulted in severe injuries to two other teens who were in the car when it crashed. Asked on Sunday whether the investigation uncovered evidence that alcohol was a factor, Wickersham said: “Possibly. That’s a possibility. We still need to wait for the results of some toxicology tests that were conducted.” Asked if it was the...
  • DPD source says Mich. Sen. Virgil Smith fired shotgun shots after arguing with girlfriend

    05/11/2015 5:48:03 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 55 replies
    May 10 2015 ^ | Local 4 - ClickOnDetroit news staff
    DETROIT - Police searched a state senator's home Sunday after he was accused of firing a shotgun following a fight with his girlfriend. Sources told Local 4 state Sen. Virgil Smith, who represents the fourth district, fired several shots into the woman's car. Investigators walked out of state Smith's home with what appeared to be a shotgun wrapped in a garbage bag. Investigators with Detroit police placed it in the backseat of an unmarked car. Around 1 a.m. Sunday police were called to Smith's home for reports of shots fired Sources told Local 4 that early Sunday morning Smith and...
  • DNC Chair: “Ted Cruz Is The Embodiment Of Everything That Is Wrong With The GOP”

    05/10/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 98 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 10, 2015, 2:12 PM | Patch Adams
    The next presidential election may very well determine if the United States survives as the world’s protector of individual Liberty or not. Nothing demonstrates it better than the beliefs of one Republican Presidential hopeful and a recent comment made by the Chairman of the Democratic Party.Ted Cruz says the Constitution is “Our Standard“. The DNC Chair says that Ted Cruz represents everything that is wrong with the GOP.The Detroit News reports that during a speech to Michigan Democrats at their annual dinner the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, stated that GOP Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz embodies everything that is wrong with...
  • Lefties let loose at Public Citizen tribute to Phil Donahue: Love him, hate (almost) everybody else

    07/26/2010 7:30:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    WashPo 'blogs ^ | July 19, 2010 | The Reliable Source
    Get a bunch of lefties together, mix liberally with wine, and the bombs start exploding. Public Citizen, the consumer group founded by Ralph Nader, gave its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Phil Donahue on Thursday night at the National Press Club. There were plenty of tributes for the talk show host, but it was impossible for the room full of pumped-up progressives to get through the evening without finding plenty of people to criticize -- including Barack Obama. "We have a president that many of us, particularly here on the left, we really want to cheer," investigative journalist Seymour Hersh...
  • Detroit Reporter Tells Truth About Muslims in Michigan: Forced to Apologize

    05/09/2015 11:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/09/2015 | Rick Moran
    A reporter for a Detroit TV station got in hot water earlier this week when she mentioned that, given the substantial Muslim population in the state, “it should not come as a real surprise” if there was a Michigan connection to Islamic State.The reporter was roundly criticized. Not for stating the obvious, but because she said the words “Muslim” and “ISIS” in the same sentence.Mediaite: During a Wednesday broadcast on NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV Local 4, anchor Carmen Harlan discussed a possible ISIS-connected threat in the state. “Given the fact that we have the largest Arab population outside of the Middle...
  • Detroit TV Anchor Angers Local Muslim Community with ISIS Comments

    05/09/2015 8:56:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    A Detroit-based local news anchor found herself in hot water this week after making a comment connecting Michigan’s large Muslim community to potential ISIS threats. During a Wednesday broadcast on NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV Local 4, anchor Carmen Harlan discussed a possible ISIS-connected threat in the state. “Given the fact that we have the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East, I guess this should not come as a real surprise,” she said. Seeing as the state has a substantial Muslim population, several organizations spoke out against Harlan, calling upon her and the network to officially apologize, the Lebanese Examiner reported.
  • Rick Snyder not running for president

    05/06/2015 5:20:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/6/15 | Alex Isenstadt
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will not run for president in 2016, according to two sources familiar with his planning. Snyder, a Republican who was first elected in 2010, has been traveling across the country in recent weeks but has decided against a White House bid. One source close Snyder said he’d expressed concern about the time commitment needed for a national campaign. “He is concerned about solving the problems in Michigan and the time commitment needed for out-of-state travel,” one source said. A Snyder spokesman declined to comment. The decision comes one day after a Snyder-backed ballot initiative, which would...
  • IRS Scandal: I was targeted and I've got proof it was a Democratically-led conspiracy

    05/05/2015 8:57:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 05, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I was targeted by the IRS in a coordinated attack at the highest levels of government...and we now have the proof. My IRS files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, clearly implicate the IRS and a Democratic U.S. senator. "An IRS audit that required researching my political views clearly wasn’t a “normal random audit.” I was targeted for my political views. My civil rights were clearly violated." Per Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch: “The Obama IRS obstructed the release of Wayne Root’s tax documents. The abuse of process Judicial Watch and Wayne suffered through to...
  • Michigan voters defeat tax hike in debate over road funding

    05/06/2015 6:10:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    AP ^ | May 6, 2015
    <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will be forced to consider yet another alternative to address Michigan's deteriorating roads after voters' resounding rejection of a ballot measure that would have increased taxes to pump $1.2 billion a year more into transportation infrastructure.</p>
  • ISIS POSTS WARNING: “We Have 71 Trained Soldiers in 15 States” – NAMES 5 TARGETS

    05/05/2015 7:31:20 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 179 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The terrorist group says they will murder Pamela Geller and kill anyone who shields her. The terrorists also say they have 71 fighters in 15 different states and they 23 have signed up already for missions like the failed Sunday attack in Garland, Texas. Via Sooper Mexican: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is...
  • Veterans Affairs Employee Stole $150,000, Spent it on Strippers and Prostitutes

    05/05/2015 2:15:09 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 5, 2015 | BY: Brent Scher
    A former Veterans Affairs employee who managed one of the department’s retail stores admitted that he stole $150,000 from the store and spent it on strippers, prostitutes, and gambling, according to the Justice Department.
  • The Texas Terror Connection To Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s Minneapolis District

    05/05/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 5 May 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    An Islamist radical recruited to Somalia from Minneapolis inspired the would-be “Texas Terror” killers, who were gunned down in Garland, Texas Sunday night by a sharp-shooting law enforcement officer before they could carry out their mass-murder plot at an art exhibit sponsored by First Amendment heroine Pamela Geller. It’s just the latest example of how and why Minneapolis—and specifically the congressional district of Muslim Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) —has become ground zero for the threat to the United States from Islamist terror groups such as ISIS and Al-Shabaab. ... The terrorist threat emanates from the Minneapolis neighborhood known as...
  • Ann Arbor voters talk school and road tax choices (Vote NO on Proposal 1 Statewide!)

    05/05/2015 5:26:36 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-5-2015 | Ben Freed
    Ann Arbor area voters went to the polls Tuesday morning facing questions about the future of their roads and schools. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials have asked voters to approve a 10-year extension for the district's millage rate, which would raise an additional $33 million for area schools. The millage rate is scheduled to gradually fall off from its current 2.45-mill rate starting next year. If voters pass the ballot proposal it will stay at that rate for an additional decade. The district has said it would use the funds to purchase new classroom furniture, buses and instruments as well...
  • Soros Uses His Foundations to Dodge Taxes

    05/02/2015 4:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Obama Inc. targets conservative groups, it isn’t going to annoy the guy who bought its boss his spot in the White House. Soros’ wealth increased tremendously during Obama’s time in office. And much of it came from dodging taxes. You know, the taxes he insists that middle class peons and small business owners need to be socked with. George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed...
  • What Was That Rumble? Officials Confirm 4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Michigan

    05/02/2015 10:43:16 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 46 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 5-2-2016 | Unkown to me
    KALAMAZOO (WWJ) – If you thought you felt an earthquake on Saturday — you did. And It was one of the strongest quakes ever experienced in Michigan. Officials with the United States Geological Survey said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of focus of 5.9 km was measured around 12:23 p.m. about nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo, near Galesburg. Multiple residents in several different regions beyond Kalamazoo — from Mount Pleasant and Sterling Heights to Lansing and even as far as Cleveland, Ohio — reported feeling a rumble and the ground shake for between five and...
  • Here's Moody's latest sobering take on Chicago's pension crisis

    05/02/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | May 01, 2015 | Thomas A. Corfman
    Chicago has a simple financial choice: Stay in frying pan or get in the fire. That in simple terms is what Moody's Investors Service said in a report today about the difficult options the Emanuel administration faces over the city's woefully underfunded pension funds. The city must cut spending and raise taxes now or the risks of becoming insolvent will grow, forcing even harsher decisions later. The credit rating agency offers a sobering reminder of what's at stake in the eight-page report, which focuses on the pensions problems. ... A CUT ABOVE JUNK. Moody's, typically the most conservative of the...
  • Moody's downgrades CPS credit rating [ Chicago Public Schools ]

    03/07/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/06/2015 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    Moody’s Investors Service on Friday announced it had reduced its rating on Chicago Board of Education debt to one level above junk bond status. Moody’s downgraded the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 on the board’s general obligation debt. That rating applies to a total of $6.3 billion in outstanding debt held by Chicago Public Schools. That lowered rating, according to Moody’s, “reflects CPS’s continued reliance” on its reserves to cover ongoing operating expenditures, “particularly pension contributions, which will steadily increase in the coming years.” ... the lowered CPS rating also takes into account the city’s own credit rating, which also...
  • Detroit prosecutor resigns after saying (on Facebook) Baltimore rioters should be shot

    05/01/2015 6:46:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/1/15 | Serena Maria Daniels - Reuters
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit prosecutor who said on Facebook that people involved in Baltimore rioting should be shot has resigned, after her comments ignited fierce criticism, the prosecutor's office said on Friday. Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Teana Walsh had posted comments about this week's unrest in Baltimore, which was sparked by the death of Freddie Gray after he was fatally injured in police custody, according to a screenshot of her page posted on MyFox Detroit.com. She described "large swarms of people throwing bricks etc at police who are fleeing from their assaults" and then suggested using guns. "Simple. Shoot...
  • Rick Snyder is Likely Running for President in 2016

    05/01/2015 5:54:50 PM PDT · by yuffy · 44 replies
    redmillenial ^ | April 30th 2015
    Who in the world is Rick Snyder? I am sure most of you are asking yourselves this very question. Let me start out by making it very, very simple: Rick Snyder is the two-term governor of Michigan. He has the business background of Carly Fiorina, the policy wonkiness of Bobby Jindal, the mild-mannerism of Ben Carson, and the Midwestern appeal of Scott Walker. “I met with Rick Snyder yesterday. He’s running,” former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) stated at the Jewish Republican Committee’s meeting in Las Vegas last Saturday. Governor Rick Snyder has not formerly announced his candidacy for president,...
  • DNR may cancel U.P. deer hunting season

    05/01/2015 1:52:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Up North Live ^ | May 1, 2015
    UPPER PENINSULA -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering changing, or even cancelling deer hunting season this year. DNR officials say that the winters in the Upper Peninsula have been especially harsh and have severely thinned out the deer population. According to Deer Management Specialist Chad Stewart, the most recent deer harvest will be one of the lowest in the last thirty years. To help preserve deer population numbers in the U.P., the DNR has prepared six options that they will present to the Natural Resources Commission at their May 7th meeting. The most severe, and controversial, of...
  • BALTIMORE IS A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA’S PROBLEM

    04/29/2015 4:23:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 29, 2015 | JOHN NOLTE
    Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools,...
  • John McCain Lashes Out at Judicial Watch over Damning IRS Doc Release

    04/28/2015 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 83 replies
    PJMedia ^ | April 27, 2015 - 2:19 pm | Debra Heine
    The IRS documents released by the government watchdog group on April 9 revealed that the senator, along with Senator Carl Levin, pressured the agency to go after political nonprofits – which turned out to be overwhelmingly conservative non-profits.. A May 1, 2013, email exchange between Lois Lerner and other top IRS staffers revealed that 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission in a ABA meeting that the IRS had “inappropriately” targeted conservative groups, she met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen....
  • Justices Express Skepticism In Oral Arguments For Gay Marriage Case

    04/28/2015 8:42:02 AM PDT · by VinL · 139 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 4/28/2015 | Riley
    Members of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday whether now is the right time to force states to allow same-sex couples to marry, pointing to how quickly public opinion has shifted on the issue of marriage equality. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a key figure in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, suggested that he might be worried about the court moving too quickly to force states to marry same-sex couples. “This definition has been with us for millennia,” Kennedy said of male-female marriages. The justice also said it would be very difficult for the court to...
  • Al Sharpton to visit city, plan march to Washington over Gray's death

    04/28/2015 2:28:41 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 27, 2015 | Yvonne Wenger
    The New York-based civil rights activist also wants to plan a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington, expressing frustration in the lack of answers into Gray's death. Gray, who died April 19 after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody, was buried Monday. "I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since Day 1 to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement," Sharpton said in a statement.
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • Former Senator fuels speculation over Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: 'He's running' for president

    04/26/2015 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 37 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder "is running" for president, according to a former U.S. Senator, whose comments at a Republican confab were quickly contradicted by a spokesman for the governor, who said he has not made any decisions of that kind. "I met with Rick Snyder yesterday," former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman told reporters on Saturday morning at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting, according to the Guardian and other publications. "He's running. He's running." Snyder was in Las Vegas this weekend to attend the RJC meeting as part of what his advisors are calling an economic tour....
  • Michigan Women Missing For Weeks In The Wilderness Survived On Girl Scout Cookies, Police Say

    04/25/2015 12:59:06 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 25, 2015,
    The two Michigan women lost in the wilderness for almost 2 weeks survived on Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs, police say. Leslie Roy, 52, and her sister Lee Marie Wright, 56, were on vacation in a remote part of Michigan when they became stranded by heavy snow on April 11. According to police, the two women rationed food and gas as they tried to stay warm in their SUV. "They survived on eight boxes of girl scout cookies, a bag of cheese puffs," Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker of the Michigan State Police told ABC News.
  • Auto Shop Owner Brian Klawiter Remains Defiant

    04/22/2015 7:17:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 4/22/15 | Dave Blount
    Do we own our own businesses, or do we work at them on a sharecropper basis, keeping only those revenues allowed to us by the actual owners, who are the moonbat social engineers running the government? Maybe Brian Klawiter was attempting to answer this question when he defied authorities by declaring that open demonstrations of homosexual behavior are not welcome in his Grandville, Michigan auto shop.So far Big Government has not felt the need to grind Klawiter under its heel. As survivors of 1930s Germany can attest, freelance thugs will eagerly do the government’s dirty work in the early stages...
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • Ann Arbor Catholic priest causes stir by encouraging gun ownership

    04/21/2015 1:28:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    MLIVE.com ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Ben Freed
    An Ann Arbor Catholic priest announced that he will continue to hold concealed pistol license (CPL) classes at Christ the King parish and urged his parishioners to arm themselves, according to a letter he sent following the announcement of the lessons. The Rev. Ed Fride conducts mass in April 2005 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor.Lon Horwedel | Ann Arbor News file photo  The Rev. Edward Fride, who sent the letter, called upon his parishioners to not allow themselves to "assume that they live in Mayberry [the fictional North Carolina home of Andy Griffith], trusting that because...
  • Fund for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hints at presidential run

    04/17/2015 6:23:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2015 7:58 PM EDT | David Eggert
    People close to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have formed a fund allowing him to travel the country to more aggressively tell of the state’s rebound under his watch, raising the prospect of a potential Republican presidential bid. A spokesman for the governor told The Associated Press on Friday that a 501(c)(4) group, Making Government Accountable, was established within the past month. “Once we get into May, the governor will travel more out of the state and promote Michigan, particularly the remarkable economic comeback,” Jarrod Agen said. An aide close to the governor said Snyder is considering a presidential run and...
  • [Author/Professor] Mom's live tweets from her son's sex ed class

    04/17/2015 12:35:30 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2015 | Flora Drury
    An outraged mom live tweeted her son's sex education class after becoming outraged by its abstinence only stance. Author Alice Dreger took to Twitter to express her horror at what she heard at East Lansing High School, in Michigan, when she sat in on a lesson earlier this week. Ms Dreger, a respected professor, began furiously tweeting out the contents of the lesson - which was filled with horror stories about what happened to people who have pre-marital sex. MORE AT THE LINK ABOVE... SOME OF HER TWEETS: @alicedreger: Uh oh. They stuck me in the corner with my computer...
  • Fallen soldier monument stirs controversy in Milford (no "assault weapon" statues!)

    04/17/2015 5:55:53 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    13WMAZ.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Laura Colvin
    Officials worry a monument featuring a gun may be an inappropriate centerpiece in the village park. MILFORD, Mich. -- A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford's Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the village council isn't sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rifle — is an appropriate focal point for the park.Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval of the plan.The group wants to place a fallen soldier memorial...
  • Tea party state Rep. Cindy Gamrat kicked from House Republican caucus (Michigan)

    04/17/2015 6:13:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI - Freshman state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, has been indefinitely removed from the Michigan House Republican caucus. Gamrat, a tea party favorite, allegedly broke caucus confidentiality rules by posting a comment on Facebook during an off-campus budget workshop on Wednesday afternoon. A source familiar with the situation said Gamrat was not aware that caucus rules were in effect during the workshop but was confronted by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, who later told her she was no longer welcome in GOP caucus meetings. "In no way did I reveal anything confidential from the meeting, and I have never violated...
  • Michigan auto-repair business owner: I won’t serve “openly gay” customers

    04/17/2015 7:51:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2015 | AllahPundit
    First case I know of since the gay rights/religious liberty debate sharpened up over the last few years where a Christian business owner threatened to refuse all service to gay — or “openly gay,” i.e. affection-displaying — clients rather than service for gay weddings specifically. Although, strictly speaking, this isn’t a “religious liberty” case: There are no state or local laws where this guy lives that require him to serve gays. He can refuse for any reason he likes, religious or not. I wonder if it occurred to him when he was posting to Facebook that what he wrote,...
  • Planned fallen soldier monument in Mich. veterans memorial causes controversy over prominence of gun

    04/17/2015 7:37:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Fox News
    A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford's Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the Village Council isn't sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rife — is an appropriate focal point for the park. Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval of the plan. The group wants to place a fallen solder memorial – also known as a battle field cross – at the end of the brick paver walkway...