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  • Official: Absentee ballots unaccounted for in Auburn Hills

    10/22/2012 2:29:48 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 10-22-2012
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - A city officials says more than 800 of the 1455 absentee ballots mailed out earlier this month were unaccounted for nearly two weeks before Election Day. Auburn Hills City Clerk Terri Kowal says the issue came to light after less than half of the mailed ballots, which were sent out on Oct. 3, were returned as of Monday. "We do know that at least 650 did receive them because they have been returned," said Kowal. "Most voters immediately return their ballots so we have reason to be concerned about the 800 not returned, especially considering...
  • Here Come The Other States

    10/21/2012 9:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Dick Morris
    While all national attention is focused — indeed riveted — on the seven to nine swing or battleground states, a major shift is taking place in the rest of the country: Voters are turning off Obama and onto Romney. In the forty states where the Obama campaign has not spread toxic negative ads against Romney, the Republican is gaining by leaps and bounds and will likely carry a bunch of “non-swing” normally blue states. Specifically, Romney is now three points ahead in Pennsylvania, one point behind in Michigan, and only two points behind in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Together, these four...
  • Police put Michigan drivers on alert after series of shootings

    10/21/2012 1:24:39 PM PDT · by veritas3 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 21
    Michigan police are warning motorists to remain alert after more than a dozen shootings in two days that officials say are targeting drivers.
  • West Michigan: Debbie Stabenow or Pete Hoekstra for Senate? (Freep this Poll)

    10/19/2012 1:59:12 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 16 replies
    M-Live ^ | October 19, 2012 | Editors
    Next week, MLive.com and The Grand Rapids Press will make the decision about who we believe should be elected Michigan's U.S. Senator. We'd like your help. Unfortunately, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, couldn't reach an agreement on debates, so you won't get to see them square off on the issues. But you've likely seen or heard a campaign ad and maybe you've made your decision. Now help us make ours.
  • School District's Costly Decisions Protect Union Interests

    10/19/2012 8:53:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In less than a year, the Fruitport Community Schools Board of Education made two decisions involving union contracts that cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the day before a state law would have mandated its employees pay 20 percent of their health care costs, the school board unanimously approved a teacher union contract that called for 12.5 percent health care contributions in 2011-12, and 15 percent to 17.5 percent in 2012-13. If government union school employees paid the same amount toward their health care costs as federal employees in Michigan (27 percent), taxpayers would save at least...
  • Proposition 2: Not Wanted

    10/18/2012 12:28:47 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-10-18 | Tom Fletcher
    On November 6th the people of Michigan will go to polls and vote whether to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution or allow Michigan’s legislature to retain control of its state. The simple fact is that Proposition 2 will give Big Labor free reign over a range of issues and will allow them to essentially veto anything they don’t like. According the Mackinac Institute, Proposition 2 could potentially cost the taxpayers of Michigan billions in savings. Current laws that could be affected include: Health insurance premium sharing. Recent legislation protects taxpayers from paying lavish government employee health insurance premiums....
  • Obama only at 44% in auto-bailout Michigan? (By a Democrat-linked pollster, no less)

    10/18/2012 8:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/18/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Usually, an incumbent who can't get to 50% in pre-election polling is in trouble. An incumbent who can't get to 45% is almost certain to lose, especially with less than three weeks to go, as undecideds are already disinclined to support the candidate they know best. What does it mean when a poll from a firm linked to Democrats in a key Democratic state can't produce anything better than 44% for a Democratic incumbent and a virtual tie with a Republican challenger?Disaster: Released Wednesday, the poll of 600 likely voters showed Obama leading Romney in Michigan, 44.2 percent to 40.5...
  • Romney’s Rust Belt Surge Threatens Obama’s Firewall

    10/18/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Published October 18, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    “I hear Pittsburgh is very nice this time of year.” -- A senior Romney campaign staffer talking to Power Play about the strategy for the closing weeks of the campaign. Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney trailed in five Rust Belt battleground states by an average of 6.9 points in the Real Clear Politics Average of polls. This morning, his average deficit was just 3.2 points. While all 11 swing states have moved his direction since the Republican nominee’s boffo performance in his first debate with President Obama, Romney has seen the most significant improvement in the core column of the...
  • CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak (over 230 cases now)

    10/16/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231. The CDC said there were two additional cases of infection in joints after a steroid injection but these were not confirmed as meningitis, bringing the total of infections nationwide to 233. The death toll from the unprecedented outbreak was unchanged at 15, the CDC said.
  • Israeli Flags Now Illegal in Dearbornistan

    10/15/2012 7:40:26 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 61 replies
    frontpagemag.com/the-point ^ | October 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    First, Christians were banned in Dearbornistan. Now, it’s Jews who are illegal. Why not just declare the place an outpost of Saudi Arabia and be done with the whole business. “On 9-14-2012, Dearborn Fordson High School principal called the police on me for driving with 2 Israeli flags on my truck.When the students began their assault he rolled down his window asking them to stop. After they pulled him over the police used the rolled down window as a pretext to accuse him of instigating the altercation.  While being questioned by the police in front of the high school...
  • Chinese investment in battery maker A123 sparks controversy

    10/15/2012 3:03:24 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 5 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | August 9, 2012 | Steve Hargreaves
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. battery maker A123 Systems said Wednesday it is receiving up to $450 million from a Chinese firm, the latest controversial foreign investment in an American company in the electric car space. If completed, the deal would give China's Wanxiang Group Corporation an 80% percent stake in a company that many held up as America's answer to Asian dominance of the battery market.
  • Sheer hypocrisy of the left: Iraq War under bush VS. Benghazi scandal

    10/14/2012 6:37:23 AM PDT · by Milagros · 13 replies
    On NBC, DEM Rep. --former . Gov Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)-- again repeated VP Biden's line that that was the info we got from the intel, at the time of the attack, and that it was the REP. that cut the defense, thus(as a result) it affected (somehow) the security around the embassy... My question is, why is it that liberals can not stop hammering us on Iraq and refuse to take the truthful answer that we all thought that Saddam Hussein had WMD according to our intel at the time? -- BTW The DEM Mayor Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) kept spinning...
  • Yankees' Derek Jeter fractures ankle, out for the year

    10/14/2012 6:13:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    The New York Yankees' World Series hopes may have just taken a hit, as shortstop Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle in game one of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. Jeter suffered the injury while fielding a ground ball in the top of the 12th inning, with New York trailing 5-4. He immediately went down in pain, staying face down momentarily.
  • Meningitis Death Toll Rises To 15

    10/14/2012 3:45:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    WBUR/AP ^ | Oct 13, 2012
    -excerpt- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has now sickened 197 people in a 13 states.
  • Why Statewide Education Policy Fails

    10/12/2012 5:52:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/10/2012 | Audrey Spalding
    Calumet is more than 500 miles away from Lansing. Trust me — I recently drove up to Michigan's nearly most northern point. Had I started in Detroit instead of Midland, the drive to Calumet would have taken more than 10 hours. During this trip, the notion of drafting statewide policies to govern places as different as Midland, Calumet and Detroit seemed increasingly absurd. State officials who have begun to call for increased vocational training could look to Calumet High School for ideas. Calumet is near Michigan Technological University, enabling its students to collaborate with Michigan Tech students on vocational projects....
  • Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne (!) Counties in Michigan in Romeny's Camp?

    10/11/2012 5:27:46 AM PDT · by taildragger · 38 replies
    10/11/2012 | taildragger
    Folks, You can find the story at the various banned from FR Detroit Media Outlets. It was on TV this a.m. and I was shocked at what they were reporting and it dosen't fit IMHO with the overall number or Romney being down.... What was said was Romney is ahead in Oakland, Macomb ( home of the "Reagan Democrats" and 2 points ahead in Wayne County. That one Wayne is striking, Detroit is in Wayne, that to me means the burbs around "Detwaa" that are part of Wayne have thrown "O" overboard.From what I know it is these 3 counties...
  • Kid Rock introduces Paul Ryan: 'Sorry' Obama 'didn’t do a better job'

    10/09/2012 1:19:49 PM PDT · by drewh · 22 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | - 10/09/12 09:22 AM ET | Adele Hampton
    Kid Rock said Monday he's proud the nation elected its first black president, but is sorry Barack Obama didn't do a better job. "I also want to be real clear that I am very proud to say that we had elected our first black president," Rock said during an introduction for GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in Michigan on Monday. "I’m sorry — I’m sorry he didn’t do a better job. "I really wish he would have. I do," continued Rock, one of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's highest-profile celebrity endorsers. "But the facts are the facts and we...
  • Paul Ryan Ends Interview Early After "Strange" Question

    10/08/2012 6:59:53 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 81 replies
    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan walked out of an interview with Detroit's ABC News affiliate after the local news anchor attempted to "stuff words" in his mouth. Ryan was answering a series of questions about violence, guns and gun control laws. Ryan, addressing gun violence, said the best thing to do is to "help teach people good discipline [and good character. Local anchor Terry Camp asked Ryan if he could do all of that "by cutting taxes" which caused him to get up and end the interview.
  • Ryan cuts off Michigan reporter grilling him on gun violence, tax cuts

    10/08/2012 7:44:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2012 | Joy Lin
    ROCHESTER, Mich. - Paul Ryan abruptly ended an interview with an ABC affiliate in Flint after the reporter tried to grill the vice presidential candidate on gun violence and tax cuts. "Does the country have a gun problem?" WJRT's Terry Camp asked in a one-on-one interview. "This country has a crime problem," Ryan responded. After the anchor pressed him on whether he thinks the country has a "gun problem," the self-described deer hunter elaborated, "If you take a look at the gun laws we have, I don't even think President Obama is proposing more gun laws. We have good, strong...
  • Kid Rock to introduce Congressman Paul Ryan at Oakland University (GOP Victory Rally)

    10/08/2012 2:15:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 9 replies
    MILive ^ | October 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    A week after saying he would "probably" vote for the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the choice for Detroit rocker Kid Rock seems pretty clear. A press release today said Kid Rock will "appear and introduce" Congressman Ryan at a rally Monday night at Oakland University’s Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester. The rally begins at 7 p.m. An Associated Press story today said ticket can be obtained online or picked up at campaign offices today and Monday in Royal Oak, Lake Orion, Bloomfield Hills and Utica. The rally is being called a "Victory Rally with Paul Ryan...
  • Anti-Obama Group Will Caravan from Brighton to Paul Ryan Rally (Rochester Hills, MI)

    10/08/2012 8:57:46 AM PDT · by Impeach98 · 5 replies
    WHMI Radio - 93.5 FM ^ | 10/08/2012 | Jon King
    Anti-Obama Group Will Caravan From Brighton to Ryan Rally October 8, 2012 10/8/12 - A national bus tour in support of Mitt Romney will make its way to Livingston County this afternoon, with an invitation to caravan to an appearance by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan tonight in Rochester Hills. The "Rebuild America - Defeat Obama" tour will arrive for a rally supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket at 5pm at Millpond Park in downtown Brighton. Organizers say they will then depart in two buses at 6:30 with an invitation for anyone to caravan with them to Oakland University, where Ryan plans...
  • Michigan unions fight to enshrine bargaining rights in constitution

    10/08/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/8/2012 | Andrea Billups
    They have been playing defense elsewhere across the Midwest, but labor unions in Michigan have gone on the attack with a proposed first-in-the-nation amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine a right to collective bargaining for public — and private-sector workers — and invalidate any past or future laws to the contrary. Proposal 2, backed by Michigan’s teachers and other public-employee unions, is being closely watched by labor and management groups across the country after a string of setbacks for the union movement in states such as Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states are likely to follow Michigan’s lead if...
  • Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

    10/08/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 08, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/08/lg-plant-that-got-150m-to-make-volt-batteries-in-michigan-puts-workers-on/#ixzz28l2MseL9
  • EXCLUSIVE POLL: Romney narrows gap on Obama in Michigan

    10/08/2012 3:41:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | October 8, 2012 | Chuck Stokes
    Once again, the campaign for US President is a horse race in the battleground state of Michigan! The momentum has now shifted to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney because of his winning performance in the first of three scheduled debates against President Barack Obama. In September, the momentum was behind the President after he received a big boost from the Democratic National Convention. In a new and exclusive poll for WXYZ, the Detroit Free Press, and our statewide media partners, 48 percent say they would vote for Democrat Obama if the election were held today. Forty-five percent of the 600...
  • Big News in Michigan - TODAY!

    10/08/2012 7:18:54 AM PDT · by Impeach98 · 42 replies
    The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama ^ | 10/08/2012 | Joe Wierzbicki
    BIG NEWS FOR TONIGHT:CARAVAN LED BY CAMPAIGN BUSES WILL LEAD HUNDREDS FROM BRIGHTON RALLY TO ROCHESTER HILLS PAUL RYAN RALLY Today will be a huge day for supporters of the Romney/Ryan ticket in southeastern Michigan. Tonight at 5:00 PM supporters will gather at Brighton's Millpond Park for a "Rebuild America - Defeat Obama" rally featuring speeches and patriotic musical performances. (Website:  www.RebuildAmericaTour.org) Then around 6:30 PM supporters will caravan to Rochester Hills for rally featuring Congressman Paul Ryan and musical legend, Kid Rock.  The caravan will be led by the two "Rebuild America - Defeat Obama" buses that feature...
  • Anti-Obama Bus Tour Rolls into Brighton Next Week (Monday!)

    10/06/2012 7:36:40 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 1 replies
    WHMI Radio - 93.5 FM ^ | 10/04/2012 | Jon King
    Anti-Obama Bus Tour Rolls Into Brighton Next Week 10/4/12 - Following up on last night’s debate, a national bus tour in support of Mitt Romney will make its way to Livingston County next week. The "Rebuild America - Defeat Obama" tour will arrive for a rally supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket on Monday, October 8th from 5 to 6:30pm at Millpond Park in downtown Brighton. The Brighton rally is part of a 72-city national bus tour that will be in Kalamazoo and Lansing on Sunday and then Grosse Pointe earlier in the day Monday. Rally organizers say Michigan has emerged as...
  • Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors

    10/06/2012 9:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    WWJ) ^ | October 6, 2012 10:57 AM
    DETROIT (WWJ) – The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it. Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives. “Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn...
  • Michigan Schedule of Rebuild America - Defeat Obama Bus Tour!

    10/06/2012 4:25:17 AM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 3 replies
    LloydMarcus.com ^ | 10/6/2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    We are a short 31 days away from making President Obama a one term President! There is much to do over these next several weeks and that is why we at the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama are spending the weekend in Michigan on the Rebuild America - Defeat America bus tour. This is an exciting time and you don't want to miss this! Please come out and join us as we spend 5 1/2 weeks on the road to rally the troops and help defeat Obama. This is a long journey, but well worth the fight. It is going...
  • Contracting Helps Cash-Strapped City Add More Police Officers For Less Money — And Better Service

    10/05/2012 8:28:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    For eight consecutive years, the city of Pontiac broke the law by spending more for police services than it budgeted. According to the city records, Pontiac violated the State Budget Act from 2002 to 2009 and was part of the reason why an emergency financial manager was appointed in 2009. In August 2011, Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel worked out an arrangement where the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office took over as provider of police services for Pontiac. The sheriff’s office brought in the existing 50 Pontiac police officers and re-hired 13 other former Pontiac police officers who had been laid off,...
  • SCHOOLED Classmate of both candidates stumped by debate outcome

    10/04/2012 6:00:25 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 63 replies
    The Daily ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Mara Gay
    The man who went to school with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and predicted the president would "smoke" the Republican nominee says he is dumbfounded by Obama's poor showing in the first debate. "I'm surprised. I was shocked, actually," Sidney Barthwell, a district court magistrate in Michigan who attended Cranbrook with Romney and Harvard Law School with Obama, told The Daily. "That was not the Barack Obama I’ve seen through the years. I’m thinking the man might have had the flu or something." Barthwell, who has remained friendly with both candidates over the years and is staying neutral in...
  • Union Ballot Proposal Would Protect Teachers Who Are Drunk, Dealing Drugs In the Classroom

    10/04/2012 7:13:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/2/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A union labor contract agreed to by the Bay City Public Schools school board and local teachers' union permits educators to to sell drugs to students two times before being fired. In fact, as Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported last week, teachers are able to come to school drunk up to five times before they can be fired. It lets them teach while high on drugs up the three times before dismissal. The contract states on page 93 (see image nearby) that the first offense of a misdemeanor sale of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs results in three day unpaid...
  • FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra

    10/04/2012 12:41:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI - Boston - Press Release ^ | October 3, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2012/fbi-seeks-assistance-in-locating-wanted-fugitive-ahmad-abousamra FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra $50,000 Reward is Being Offered for Information Leading to His Arrest FBI Boston October 03, 2012 BOSTON—FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers announced today that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted terrorist Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who left the United States in 2006. He may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one child (a daughter), and extended family. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information...
  • Detroit Police Chief Accused Of Affair With The Same Woman Who Brought Down The Last Police Chief

    10/03/2012 10:43:43 AM PDT · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-3-2012 | Abby Rogers
    Detroit Police Chief Accused Of Affair With The Same Woman Who Brought Down The Last Police Chief Abby RogersOct. 3, 2012, 10:59 AMDetroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee A myriad of sex scandals has gripped the Detroit Police Department. Its latest chief Ralph Godbee was suspended for 30 days after an affair with police officer Angelica Robinson took a turn for the worse, 7 Action News reported Tuesday. His predecessor, Chief Warren Evans, was also forced to resign after sleeping with a police officer Monique Patterson. In a bizarre coincidence, Godbee is also accused of having an affair with Patterson. But...
  • Michigan Professor Strips Naked In Class, Shouts 'There Is No (Expletive Deleted) God'

    10/02/2012 8:54:02 AM PDT · by profit_guy · 179 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 02, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    The rigors of teaching apparently got to Michigan State University professor John McCarthy Monday. According to multiple sources, the math teacher stripped naked in the middle of his Calculus 1 class and started shouting obscenities.
  • Michigan Gives Unfair Tax Handouts To Try and Counter 'Right to Work' States

    10/02/2012 12:37:47 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/30/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan State Rep. Woodrow Stanley says right-to-work states aren’t as attractive as Michigan to companies considering a move, but the Flint Democrat ignores the millions of dollars the state hands out to try and be competitive. In fact, the chief executive office of one of the companies Rep. Stanley says chose Michigan over a right-to-work state said in a video on the Michigan Economic Development Corp. website that he wouldn't have chosen Michigan without the MEDC tax handouts. That video is now listed as “private” on a MEDC website. In a column he wrote for The Detroit News, Rep. Stanley...
  • County Blocks Private Citizens From Purchasing Home; Buys The Property Itself

    10/02/2012 5:16:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Kent County government blocked private citizens who had interest in buying an abandoned house and purchased the property itself so the county could then re-sell it for an estimated $100,000 profit. And a county official said it was all legal. The house in Alpine Township was designated as "blighted" and before it was offered to realtors or others who might have been interested in the property, the Kent County Land Bank Authority acquired it for $10,448.28. "It is true that from the outside, this house looks to be in good shape," said Kent County Treasurer Ken Parrish, who also...
  • Video: Herman Cain Schools Anti-American College Hecklers

    10/01/2012 3:24:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Former presidential candidate and successful CEO Herman Cain participated in a jobs forum at the University of Michigan last week.  During his presentation, Cain told several hundred students that they'll enjoy at least one significant advantage when the enter the job market, triggering an interesting response from a handful of hecklers:   Cain: "This is the greatest country in the world."Students: "Not," "It's not!" The rest of the audience gasped, booed, and a few chanted "U-S-A."  Cain then launched into an epic impromptu monologue about the greatness of America -- her liberties, her prosperity, her military strength, and her opportunities...
  • Michigan 25X2025 Green Energy Proposal Would Result in Lost Jobs, Higher Costs

    09/27/2012 6:21:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan would have 10,540 fewer jobs in 2025 if Proposal 3 passes in November, according to a new study on the renewable energy mandate proposal. The study, done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Beacon Hill Institute in Massachusetts, also concluded that Prop 3 would lower disposable income in Michigan by $1.42 billion; reduce net investment in the state by $147 million and impose net costs on the Michigan economy of $2.55 billion. "Our study also indicates that even if voters reject Proposal 3, Michigan residents will still bear some of these costs," David Tuerck, one of...
  • Debbie Stabenow's China policy wins over lifelong Republican Grand Rapids business owner

    09/27/2012 5:40:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    http://www.mlive.com/ ^ | september 17, 2012 | Shandra Martinez
    Mark Chappell says he's a lifelong Republican who will be voting for Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She's got his back on an important issue: China trade violations, from currency manipulation to making knock-offs of American products. Alexander Dodds Co. makes woodworking machines for high-end furniture.
  • James Zogby: Arab American Voters 'Overwhelmingly' Support Obama

    09/27/2012 3:58:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Prominent Middle East expert Dr. James Zogby tells Newsmax that President Obama is polling about 18 percent below his 2008 numbers among Arab-American voters. But those Arab-Americans who are Muslims now “overwhelmingly” support the Democratic candidate compared to four years ago, he adds. Zogby also discloses that Arab-Americans across the board consider jobs and the economy as the most important issue in this year’s elections. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based organization that serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community, and author of the book “Arab Voices: What...
  • Media Bias Sees Unions as 'Grassroots' - Conservatives As Not

    09/26/2012 4:25:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    MLive columnist Rick Haglund writes that the 2/3 tax limitation and international bridge ballot proposals are not a grassroots effort. If you think a proposal on the November ballot requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes was put there by a grassroots, tax-limitation group, you’re wrong. Proposal 5 is another maneuver by billionaire Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun to try to stop construction of the proposed New International Trade Crossing bridge linking Detroit and Windsor. Haglund notes that a small group of people funded petition gathers and innocent-sounding groups to put these issues on the ballot....
  • Legal Foundation Seeks End to Forced Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

    09/26/2012 7:46:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/26/2012 | Jack Spencer
    The Service Employees International Union has engaged in unfair labor practices against workers stemming from the union's 2005 forced unionization of Michigan home-based caregivers, according to a Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filing made today with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. The legal action against the SEIU asks the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to reverse the decision that recognized the forced unionization of those workers nearly seven years ago. It also asks that the money being taken from the Medicaid checks of disabled and elderly people in Michigan be immediately ended and for the return of about six months' worth of...
  • Prop 4 Supporters Promise Programs That Already Exist

    09/26/2012 5:13:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2012 | Manny Lopez
    Fresh off the heels of the disingenuous television ad from the unions telling people what Proposal 2 won’t do instead of what it will do comes a doozy from the unions supporting an initiative to add a home-based caregiver unionization scheme into the state constitution. The ad from the “Keep Home Care Safe” group shows Monette Winfield saying how happy she was that she didn’t have to go to a nursing home after a surgery because of the woman who came to her house to help her during her recovery. Monette then says that Proposal 4 ensures that will continue....
  • $1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Michigan Union Proposal

    09/25/2012 5:12:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2012 | Vincent Vernuccio
    Proposal 2, the “Protect Our Jobs” constitutional amendment, would fundamentally change the power structure in Michigan. The amendment would allow government unions to effectively veto laws passed by Michigan’s elected representatives. Little to no attention, however, has been paid to the foreseen financial cost to taxpayers should Prop 2 pass. Prop 2 gives government unions an increased power at the bargaining table, which will cost taxpayers through compensation increases, padded benefits and negotiation on previously prohibited subjects. It is impossible to precisely calculate the taxpayer cost because the amendment would protect collectively bargained winnings without exception — making the cost...
  • Rep. Rogers slams State Department for Pakistan ads denouncing anti-Islamic film

    09/23/2012 5:21:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | unattributed
    A leading House Republican criticized the Obama administration Sunday for running ads in Pakistan denouncing the anti-Islamic film that allegedly sparked violent and deadly protests across the Middle East and North Africa, calling the roughly $70,000 project a “horrible idea.” “I think it was a horrible idea,” said Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “It gave credibility and it gave a permission slip to Al Qaeda, to Pakistani officials.” The ad features President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the 14-minute Internet film trailer “The Innocence of Muslims,” purportedly by South California filmmaker Nakoula...
  • Rick Santorum stumps for Pete Hoekstra in his Senate bid

    09/23/2012 8:18:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    The Holland Sentinel ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | ANDREA GOODELL
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in Holland campaigning for Pete Hoekstra’s Senate bid Tuesday afternoon, said Michigan is key for Mitt Romney's chances. [Snip] Santorum called Michigan a “potential decider.” “If Mitt Romney wins Michigan, he’s going to be president of the United States,” Santorum said. The two talked about national security, the Senate race and Hoekstra’s opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “Debbie Stabenow’s taking up space,” Santorum said, later pointing to the lack of a budget proposal from the Senate Finance Committee, on which she sits. [Snip] Top of the list was national security. The U.S. has fewer allies...
  • Memo that prompted Pentagon to purge ‘Offensive to Islam’ material released

    09/23/2012 9:37:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER COLLINS
    The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced late last week that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and released the letter sent by 57 Muslim groups demanding the removal of military instructions that they say is offensive to Islam. In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way...
  • Riots, denials and black mobs in Flint

    09/20/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | Colin Flaherty
    "Violent event dubbed 'tremendous success'"If you want to know how bad the Flint, Mich., riots of August 2011 were, just check the video from the Flint riots of 2012. Compared to last year, this year’s violence was a “tremendous success,” said the local paper. The scene was the annual “Back to the Bricks” car show: vintage cars parked downtown during a several day festival in what used to be an international center of the car business. Videos show hundreds of black people fighting, destroying property, disregarding police orders and creating mayhem – one with his pants falling down as he...
  • Pension Study Consultants Have History Defending Expensive Pension Plans

    09/21/2012 5:06:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/19/2012 | Jack Spencer
    The company the Michigan Legislature choose to do an independent study on teacher pension costs concluded previously that closing defined benefit pensions plans is a bad idea. That's what the Segal Co. said in a study about the Nevada public employee retirement system. "While many find the stable cost structure of a defined contribution plan attractive, the closure of a defined benefit plan to new members would make the cost of the defined benefit plan increase significantly," the company wrote in its report for Nevada. Legislators passed a teacher pension reform bill this summer that kept the defined benefit system...
  • Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wind Energy - Greens Push On

    09/19/2012 1:56:56 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The newest wind turbines are nearly 500 feet tall and will be needed in Michigan to try to meet the demands of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, if voters pass the amendment in November. That's because almost the entire state of Michigan is “poor” or “marginal” for wind as a resource at 50 meters above ground (see image), according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The information says Michigan’s best wind opportunities at 50 meters, which would be classified as "excellent" and "outstanding," are all located offshore. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says...