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  • State Demands Child Take Cancer-Causing Drugs

    03/23/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 16, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    In what is being seen as a preview of a fully implemented Obamacare, government officials in Michigan are demanding that a 9-year-old child follow standard procedure and take a dangerous course of cancer medications that can cause additional cancer – even though the boy has had three scans indicating an absence of the disease. The case is being fought on behalf of Ken and Erin Stieler and their son Jacob by attorneys with the Home School Legal Defense Association. The organization concerns itself with home school rights, responsibilities and restrictions but also intercedes in cases that could have a significant...
  • Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)

    03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views
    fox17online.com ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Jason Volentine
    A man walked into Spike N' Mike's Party Store around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, intending to rob the place, according to the store's owner. The suspect, identified by a relative as Robert Slanger, didn't count on a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer stepping in, however. "I look at the cashier, I kind of know him, I come in there every day. I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, 'Are you getting robbed right now?' He said, 'Yeah,' like really scared," said Zack Thome, the GVSU college student who tackled the suspect. The store, located at the busy corner of...
  • 21 Sterling Heights police command officers suspended

    03/23/2012 4:28:10 AM PDT · by equaviator · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Daily Tribune ^ | 3/22/2012 | Gordon Wilczynski
    Twenty-one Sterling Heights police command officers have been suspended 10 to 30 days for the inaccurate submission of time cards. Police Chief Michael Reese could not be reached for comment, but he made his feelings clear at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A report, released by Internal Affairs Lt. Luke Riley on Wednesday to The Macomb Daily under the Freedom of Information Act, said the suspensions range from 30 days for lieutenants to 10-day suspensions for sergeants. Riley said the officers violated a department manual of rules that stipulates they are required to submit accurate timecards. The suspensions were...
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Political leaders fight to prevent Selfridge cuts

    03/21/2012 2:55:39 AM PDT · by equaviator · 12 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 20, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In an atmosphere more like a pep rally than a press conference, County Executive Mark Hackel told a group of business, community and military leaders today that the widespread regional opposition to cuts proposed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base will pay off. “I would be shocked if those cuts go through, because of the commitment of the people out there in Macomb County and across the region,” said Hackel, addressing a crowd of about 60 people in Chesterfield Township prior to the monthly meeting of the Selfridge Base and Community Council. At the same time, in Washington Sen. Carl...
  • Tornadoes Rip Through Michigan, Destroy or Damage Over 100 Homes

    03/16/2012 9:46:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 23 replies
    Yahoo via ABC ^ | 16 Mar 2012 | KEVIN DOLAK
    Three reported tornadoes tore through southeastern Michigan Thursday, destroying 13 homes and leaving 105 houses significantly damaged, while downing power lines, sparking fires and flooding streets in Dexter, Mich. Sheriff's spokesman Derrick Jackson said there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities. A tornado touchdown was reported in Dexter and the surrounding area northwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan Thursday night, according to Marc Breckenridge, director of Emergency Management for Washtenaw County. The National Weather Service said a "significant'' tornado touched down in Washtenaw County at about 5:15 p.m., and there were over 200 reports of severe weather Thursday from...
  • Flint Police violated man's rights by kicking him out of meeting, gun-rights adovcates say(MI)

    03/15/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, Michigan -- A spokesperson for a national organization that supports the open carry of firearms said Flint Police violated the rights of a man who authorities asked to leave the State of the City Address at City Hall because he was wearing a pistol strapped to his side in plain view. Spokespeople from groups that advocate open carry firearm rights said Flint Police violated the rights of an Occupy Flint protestor when they asked him to leave the State of the City Address on Monday at City Hall because he was carrying a firearm. "This is clearly a violation...
  • PHOTOS: Tornado Pics & Damage Images (Dexter, MI)

    WXYZ) - An intense line of storms is bringing tornadoes rain, winds and hail to southeast Michigan.
  • When Is Quoting Van Halen a Crime?(FIRE,gun)

    03/15/2012 2:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    reason.com ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    This week Gary D. Russi, president of Oakland University in Michigan, rejected a request from the Foundation for Inividual Rights in Education (FIRE) to reconsider the three-semester suspension imposed on a student for commenting on the attractiveness of his creative writing instructor in a journal he maintained as part of the course. The "daybook" was supposed to be "a place for a writer to try out ideas and record impressions and observations," including "freewriting/brainstorming" and "creative entries." The student, Joseph Corlett, says his instructor, Pamela Mitzelfeld, repeatedly assured him that no topic was off limits, which turned out to be...
  • Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Breaks Down

    03/09/2012 7:03:51 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports, via Yahoo ^ | March 8, 2012 | Consumer Reports Staff
    Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken. We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual...
  • Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]

    03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman
    A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image. "It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday. In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to...
  • Karma Comedian: Obama's 'Undriveable' Electric Car

    03/12/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Industrial Policy: A leading consumer product testing firm takes one of the administration's dream green cars for a spin and had to call a gasoline-powered flatbed truck to tow the lemon away. At least it can go from zero to $529 million in stimulus dollars in nothing flat. When the testers at Consumer Reports took it for a test drive, not only was the $107,850 dream car unable to complete the evaluation, but also it had to be towed away, a visible metaphor for the Obama administration's green energy failures. In a test conducted last Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine,...
  • Live Election Results From Mississippi

    03/13/2012 5:50:30 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2012 | ANON
    Republican Results Mar. 13, 2012| Polls Close: 8:00 pm ET County Results » Exit Poll » 7of 1,889Precincts Reporting | ★ = Projected Winner | Delegates = Estimated Delegate Count Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/primary-election-results-2012/state.shtml?state=MS#ixzz1p31az74e
  • No more iPods or paid parking tickets; DHS updates rules on how it'll help foster kids

    03/13/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kieri · 7 replies
    MLive/ ^ | 03/13/2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING — Michigan has made several changes to its Foster Youth in Transition Program in light of an audit that found it spent thousands of dollars on iPods, prom dresses, senior trips and a traffic ticket. The audit, released last month, found that the Michigan Department of Human Services did not effectively evaluate and monitor the payments and services it provided to youth transitioning out of foster care. The program is 80 percent funded by federal funds and 20 percent with state general fund dollars. State representatives questioned DHS officials about the audit and changes made during a House committee...
  • Ann Arbor 5th-graders find black doll in tree with chain around neck

    03/13/2012 1:57:41 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 40 replies
    annarbor.com ^ | 3-13-2012 | Danielle Arndt
    A black doll with a chain around its neck was discovered hanging from a tree on Ann Arbor Public Schools property Tuesday, according to an email from the elementary school’s principal. A group of six to seven fifth-grade girls at Burns Park Elementary found the doll while outside on recess. District Spokeswoman Liz Margolis said the doll was stuck in between two high limbs in a tree on the east side of the school’s property. She said the position of the doll did not resemble a hanging. A few of the girls that discovered the doll were black, Margolis said....
  • Detroit Unveils New 9-1-1 Policy: No Serious Danger? You’ll Get Transferred

    03/13/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The Detroit Police Department unveiled a new 9-1-1 policy recently, and it’s got some people worried. Why? Because unless there seems to be an imminent threat, callers will get transferred to a crime reporting unit. “This is how it works,” WJBK-TV explains. “If you’ve been held up and the gunman is long gone, or you’ve been assaulted but not too badly, or your home has been broken into, that’s not 911 anymore. They’ll transfer you or you can call the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit yourself at 313-267-4600.”
  • Rep. Tim Walberg could face challenge from former Rep. Joe Schwarz, newsletter says

    03/13/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Bob Wheaton | jwheaton@mlive.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Bob Wheaton
    Michigan Democrats are trying to convince former Rep. Joe Schwarz to run, Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the newsletter, said on Twitter on Monday evening. He cited unnamed Michigan sources, who said the Democrats are "close" to getting Schwarz to run against Walberg. Walberg, R-Tipton, represents the 7th Congressional District that includes Jackson County. Schwarz, of Battle Creek, lost to Walberg in the 2006 Republican primary. Schwarz lives outside the district now that boundary lines have been redrawn. But U.S. House candidates are not required to live in a district to represent it.
  • Selfridge Air National Guard council blasts Carl Levin on base cuts

    03/13/2012 3:03:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In a scathing letter from the Selfridge Base Council, the civilians who assist the Air National Guard Base blasted U.S. Sen. Carl Levin for failing to take a firm stand against Pentagon cuts planned for the facility. The letter from the 10-member council questions Levin’s allegiances and claims that the senator’s staff has snubbed them. The Base Council also warns that the plans to eliminate the 24-plane 107th Fighter Squadron would inevitably lead to the closure of the 3,600-acre Harrison Township base. “Your office has led us to believe that you support the president’s budget and we are not satisfied...
  • Jackson County committee OKs policy to allow employees to carry guns at work(MI)

    03/12/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON — Jackson County may soon become the first government body in Michigan, as far as it knows, to let employees to carry concealed pistols at work. A revised policy on workplace violence would essentially end a work rule against guns by allowing employees and contractors to carry pistols on county property if they have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Despite disagreement from county department heads, many commissioners appear to believe they should not interfere with employees' rights to carry guns if properly licensed. "I think its a constitutional right," said Commissioner David Elwell, chief of the Columbia...
  • Michigan Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases

    03/11/2012 6:58:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Recently, state Senator Tom Casperson (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 984, legislation that would allow Michigan residents to purchase long-guns, from any other state as long as they comply with current federal firearms laws. It would also allow non-residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in Michigan. At the moment, SB 984 has been referred to the state Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Moreover, such sales could...
  • Lawyers Who Backed Obama Advised on Failed Loan Programs

    03/09/2012 3:59:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | March 9, 2012 | Submitted by Paul Chesser
    Last week NLPC reported that an international law firm, whose employees provided significant campaign support for President Obama, was paid $1.8 million from the stimulus to review and conduct “due diligence” for the Department of Energy’s suspended loan to Fisker Automotive, an electric vehicle start-up company. Fisker sent 65 workers to the unemployment lines. Debevoise and Plimpton, which employs top Obama bundler and fundraiser David Rivkin, wasn’t the only largely Democratic law firm to reap such rewards. At least four other major law practices also analyzed DOE’s loan programs and its grantees – three of which gave large sums of...
  • How the Chevy Volt Is Like ObamaCare

    03/10/2012 9:21:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 10, 2012 | Merrill Matthews
    March is an important month in the ongoing saga of President Obama’s abject policy failures. First, Chevrolet announced that it would temporarily cease production of the president’s much-touted car for the green economy, the Chevy Volt. Second, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the state-led challenge to the president’s health care legislation. And while “ObamaCar” and ObamaCare may seem like unrelated topics, in this case they have at least three elements in common. Both were sold as a key to creating jobs and economic growth. Only last year the president predicted that there would be 1 million electric cars on...
  • Haskell seeks Democratic nomination against Walberg

    03/09/2012 1:28:37 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 2 replies
    Jackson Citizen Patriot ^ | 3-8-2011 | Lauren Gentile
    Kurt Haskell, Newport attorney announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 7th District congressional seat currently held by Rep. Tim Waberg according to the Adrian Daily Telegram. Haskell has recently begun to collect signatures for petition to receive the nomination. He told the Adrian Daily Telegram he expects to have enough signatures by next Wednesday.
  • Michigan Considers Free Tuition (What a terrible idea)

    03/09/2012 6:00:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    Michigan Democrats have introduced a plan to pick up the tab for tuition at state universities — up to $9,500 a year — for every student who has attended Michigan schools for his entire K–12 career. The plan is expected to cost $1.7 billion per year, or $442 for every household in the state. It is a dramatic change from the status quo — currently, Michigan subsidizes its state universities less than almost any other state. And it is a terrible idea — it is a handout to middle- and upper-class parents and students, as well as an incentive for...
  • Mitt’s Nomination Manipulation

    03/07/2012 10:16:58 PM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 5th, 2012 | Craig Robinson
    Only twelve states have held primaries or caucuses, and shockingly, many of them have either been scandal ridden, had their dates manipulated in violation of proposed nomination calendar, or broke the delegate distribution rules set by the Republican National Committee. State GOP chairs in Iowa and Nevada have resigned in disgrace, and others have come under heavy scrutiny following the completion of their caucus or primary. The Iowa Caucuses became the butt of too many jokes when Iowa GOP Chairman refused to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the caucuses following the state GOP’s certification process, which clearly showed Santorum...
  • Carl Levin calls for hearing on plans to cut Selfridge personnel by one-third

    03/08/2012 4:27:33 AM PST · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 7 2012 | Chad Selweski
    U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has scheduled a March 20 hearing of his Senate Armed Services Committee to scrutinize Air Force plans to cut Air National Guard troops across the nation, including a one-third reduction of military personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. An Air Force report concludes that eliminating Selfridge’s 24 A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft while adding four KC135 air refueling tankers would cost the Harrison Township base 720 jobs. But the Michigan National Guard said errors in the Air Force count puts the true number at 561, compared to an overall troop force at Selfridge of 1,586. In a...
  • Michigan woman still collecting food stamps after winning $1 million lottery

    03/07/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 3/7/12 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Amanda Clayton (Local4)People love stories about someone winning the lottery and then giving the money away. They're less likely to feel fondly about Amanda Clayton, who won $1 million in the Michigan State Lottery but is still collecting food stamps. "I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton, 24, told Local 4 news in Detroit. Back in December, a woman in Washington State fell under scrutiny when it was revealed she was receiving state economic benefits even though she lives in a $1 million waterfront...
  • Lottery Winner Claims Welfare: 'I'm Struggling,' She Says

    03/07/2012 9:01:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 6, 2012 | Sami K. Martin
    One million dollars may be a lot to most people, but apparently it is not enough for lottery winner Amanda Clayton, who is still receiving welfare assistance. The 24-year-old Michigan native won a $1 million state lottery prize in Sept., but has remained on the state's welfare system. Reports show that Clayton receives over $200 per month in food stamps and other state assistance. "I'm still struggling," she told WDIV, the local TV station. After being tipped off about Clayton's benefits, reporters began following her around and investigating her claim. "I feel that it's okay [to receive welfare] because I...
  • Michigan School's Own Italian Cruise Ship Captain

    03/07/2012 5:42:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    It is heartbreaking to witness the unfolding scandal at Muskegon Heights [MI] Public Schools. The breathtaking mismanagement has inflicted long-term damage on students, the community and the staff of the school system. More than anything, this sad situation developed due to a lack of leadership in the school district. When it came time to pitch in to help bail water out of the sinking ship, Superintendent Dana Bryant “accidentally” fell into the lifeboat of a taxpayer-funded pension in the middle of the current school year. How much is that pension, you ask? We don’t know. That’s apparently none of the...
  • Air Force looks to cut 652 Mich. Air Guard jobs (out of 986)

    03/06/2012 4:58:28 PM PST · by library user · 13 replies
    Air Force Times | March 6, 2012 | Maureen Groppe
    Source is link only. STORY
  • Consumers Energy looking to recover $32.6 million from electric customers

    03/05/2012 9:41:10 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Mlive.com / Jackson Citizen Patriot. ^ | March 05, 2012 | Tarryl Jackson/ Mlive.com
    JACKSON --Consumers Energy wants to recover $32.6 million from electric customers. The Jackson-based utility filed an application last week with the Michigan Public Service Commission to recover revenue for the period of December 2010 through November 2011 to level out variations in sales. Consumers filed two options to recover this money. The first would refund about $5.2 million to residential customers, charge $6.2 million to those who use lower voltages of power, and charge $31.6 million to higher-voltage customers. The second option would be to charge all customers $28.2 million, charge $4.8 million to lower-voltage customers and refund $396,000 to...
  • Man detained after legally bringing gun to school considers lawsuit, loses job offer (video)(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:38:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 73 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 2 March, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman said he was not surprised the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office found he complied with state law while carrying a gun into an elementary school voting precinct this week. He’s disheartened with what he sees as a lack of understanding with open-carry gun laws and has hired an attorney to “explore the possibility” of a lawsuit against local law enforcement authorities. Looman questions whether being “detained” in an office at Aberdeen Elementary School on voting day violated his personal rights. He is upset with how the whole situation was handled. "The prosecutor went out of his...
  • MSP: Law allows some to carry guns in schools(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:15:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    wzzm13.com ^ | 1 March, 2012 | Matt Campbell
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police say a man who walked into a Grand Rapids school with a gun was protected by state law. Around noon Tuesday, the man walked into the polling place at Aberdeen Elementary School with a gun clearly visible in his holster. The man told administrators he had a concealed carry permit, and was trying to stand up for his legal right to carry a gun on election day. Previous Coverage - GRPS: Voter may be charged for bringing gun to school School leaders expect the man to face a misdemeanor charge, but that may...
  • Is the Woodward Loop hurting Pontiac's downtown?

    03/03/2012 6:24:40 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 3-3-2012 | Shaun Byron
    It’s been called the Woodward Loop and Wide Track Drive. It’s also been cited as the reason for downtown Pontiac’s struggle to survive, circling traffic around local merchants and restaurants. Oakland County planners are trying to figure out ways to attract traffic into downtown Pontiac, rather than have traffic diverted around the downtown district. The public is invited to attend a meeting with local government officials, planners, residents and business owners to discuss how to fix what many argue has become a barrier for the neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Funding for the effort was through a $300,000 Sustainable Communities Challenge...
  • Obama: Fuel-Efficient Cars an Answer to Gas Prices (Yea, just run out and buy a $42,000 Volt)

    03/03/2012 11:15:03 AM PST · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    abc ^ | 3/3/2012 | JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
    President Barack Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. "That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over...
  • Obama's Energy Plan: Buy Fuel Efficient Cars

    03/03/2012 10:04:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3 2012 | Kat Hicks
    Keystone pipeline? Nah. Just buy a Prius! Or better yet -- a Volt! Yes, President Inflate-Your-Tires has once again found a real solution to America's energy problems: buy a fuel efficient car! In his weekly address this morning, Obama suggests that the remedy to rising gas prices is coming from Detroit -- but it won't actually be here until 2025. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. "That means folks will be able to fill up every...
  • Effort to Recall Troy (MI) Mayor Moves Forward

    03/02/2012 11:21:10 AM PST · by kiryandil · 5 replies
    Troy Patch ^ | March 1, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    The Oakland County Election Commission unanimously approves the language in one of two recall petitions Thursday afternoon, allowing the effort to recall the controversial mayor to proceed. Recall Janice Daniels, a political action committee comprised of "concerned citizens" leading the effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, will soon begin collecting signatures after one of its petitions was approved Thursday afternoon. Daniels first came under fire in December for her anti-gay Facebook comment and has remained the center of controversy after voting against the Troy Transit Center (a scaled-down version was later approved), telling the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance...
  • Rush: Romney is winning like a liberal

    03/02/2012 5:32:36 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 192+ views
    Rush | February 29th | Rush
    This is a side comment about something Rush said the other day: Santorum won 57 out of 83 counties. That's an incredible percentage, and it reminds me of the map of the United States, red and blue by county, when you look at that after a presidential race. The whole country is red (signifying Republican) except LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit. The Republicans win 80% of America's counties and lose the White House. Santorum won 57 out of 83 counties. And, as of now, Santorum, while losing the popular vote, has won seven...
  • Santorum’s Campaign Up In Arms – Using The Word "Rig"

    03/01/2012 2:40:00 PM PST · by Southnsoul · 67 replies · 14+ views
    GretaWire ^ | March 1, 2012
    Michigan GOP has allotted both popular vote delegates to Romney. So with each winning 7 cong dists for 14 delegates each; Romney now gets 16-14. The santorum camps response is below... “There’s just no way this is happening. We’ve all heard rumors that Mitt Romney was furious that he spent a fortune in his home state, had all the establishment political connections and could only tie Rick Santorum. But we never thought the Romney campaign would try to rig the outcome of an election by changing therules after the vote. This kind of back room dealing political thug-ery just doesn’t...
  • Michigan GOP Changes Delegate Rules, Gives Primary Edge to Romney

    03/01/2012 5:27:18 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 50 replies · 32+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 1, 2012 | Staff
    The Michigan Republican Party voted to break a delegate tie Wednesday night, awarding 16 delegates to Mitt Romney and 14 to Rick Santorum. The decision, which broke a 15-15 tie that would have resulted under the pre-primary interpretation of the rules, caused disbelief at Rick Santorum’s campaign. A spokesman rejected the decision. Even Romney supporters in the Michigan GOP said the decision was unfair to Santorum. “I have this crazy idea that you follow the rules,” said former Attorney General Mike Cox said after a 4-2 vote by a Michigan GOP credentialing committee, according to the AP. “I’d love to...
  • Santorum Won More Michigan Delegates

    03/01/2012 3:16:46 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 29 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | February 29th, 2012 | Tony Campbell
    According to the MSM, and most people who blindly follow their reports, Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary last night by about 3 points, 41 to 38. However, like the Electoral College, the point of the contest is not to win the popular vote (Gore – 2000) but to win more delegates per state based on the apportionment of those delegates. Michigan’s primary delegate system allows for a set number of delegates to be won by state wide popular vote and the rest to be evenly distributed by Congressional districts. When you consider the facts of the contest, and the...
  • Michigan's delegates to be split between Romney and Santorum

    02/29/2012 7:36:28 AM PST · by kidd · 41 replies · 3+ views
    various ^ | 2/29/12 | various
    From sources that can't be posted on FreeRepublic (Rhymes with Spew-Ez-Hay To-Pay). Posted about an hour ago.
  • Mitt Romney plays Leap Year politics with GOP conservatives

    Mitt Romney made it out of the Michigan GOP primary with barely his expensive negative ad driven campaign intact, in what appears to now be a first place tie with challenger former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. When all of the hot political air is cleared, both Romney and Santorum will net about 15 convention delegates each, in this Leap Year dance for the presidential nomination Leap year appears to be the year of multiple photo finishes for GOP conservative presidential primary and caucuses, with Newt Gingrich, Libertarian leaning congressman Ron Paul and Rick Santorum battling Mitt Romney; the moderate...
  • Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Tie In Michigan, Based On Delegates Awarded

    02/29/2012 7:42:08 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 38 replies · 7+ views
    ABC.com ^ | February 29, 2012 | Jonathan Karl
    Not so fast. When it comes to delegates, it turns out Mitt Romney did not win Michigan. ABC News projects that the 30 delegates awarded based on Michigan’s Tuesday primary will be evenly split – 15 delegates for Mitt Romney and 15 delegates for Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney may have won the overall vote by a margin of 3 points , but Michigan awards it’s delegates based on how the candidates did in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts, not solely on the popular vote totals. The system works like this: the winner of each Congressional district gets two...
  • Ron Paul Flyer Written In Arabic Outside Michigan Mosque Touts His Desire To Cut Aid To Israel…

    02/29/2012 6:18:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 2/29/12 | zip
    In typical sleazebag fashion the English side of the flyer makes no mention of Israel. Via Big Peace: Ron Paul, who has consistently engaged in anti-Semitic nonsense over the course of the past few decades, has largely attempted to hide his anti-Semitism throughout his campaign. No longer. Ron Paul has issued this Arabic-language flyer outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan [seen above].
  • Gov't Motors Gives Unions Big Bonuses, Taxpayers Still On Hook for Billions

    02/29/2012 3:51:28 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/16/2012 | Tom Krisher-Associated Press
    General Motors earned its largest profit ever in 2011, two years after it nearly collapsed into financial ruin. Strong sales in the U.S. and China helped the 103-year-old carmaker turn a profit of $7.6 billion, beating its old record of $6.7 billion in 1997 during the pickup truck and SUV boom. GM is a vastly different company than it was back then. It’s smaller, has less debt and its contract with the United Auto Workers is less costly. But it took a government bailout and a trip through bankruptcy protection in 2009 to cut its bloated costs. The company made...
  • Congressman facing pressure from Jewish groups on adviser's religious divorce dispute (Change.Org?)

    02/29/2012 3:19:22 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 29 | Judson Berger
    A top House Republican is facing a swell of pressure from Jewish communities across the country as they lobby, not for legislation, but for his intervention in the personal life of an adviser. The adviser, Aharon Friedman, has been shunned by Jewish leaders for refusing to grant his ex-wife a religious divorce known as a "get."
  • GRPS: Voter to be charged for bringing gun to school(MI semi barf)

    02/29/2012 12:36:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    wzzm13.com ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Matt Campbell and Jessica Puchala
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman says a man was trying to make a political statement by bringing a gun into a school that was also serving as a voting site. The incident happened around noon Tuesday at Aberdeen Elementary School, 928 Aberdeen St. NE. Spokesman John Helmholdt says the man entered the school's gymnasium -- the location of the polling site -- through the doors designated for voters. The man voted, then tried to exit through the school building. Helmholdt says a teacher spotted the man and saw he was clearly carrying a gun in...
  • Man who brought gun to school voting precinct frustrated after police called(MI)

    02/29/2012 12:22:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies · 2+ views
    mlive.com ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman says he carries a gun on a regular basis to exercise his rights as a licensed firearms holder. He’s carried a pistol while grocery shopping, attending public events and while going about other parts of his daily routine. Looman believes he’s well-versed in the state’s right-to-carry laws. So when he was stopped outside a voting precinct after casting his ballot in Tuesday’s primary election, Looman, 25, said he was frustrated, more than anything, with what he believes is a lack of understanding over what the laws are. “I don’t want to be a problem. I...