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  • Jennifer Granholm DNC Speech Highlights

    09/07/2012 6:58:37 AM PDT · by Darteaus94025 · 24 replies
    Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm addresses DNC.
  • Romney, GOP Groups Pull Ads From Michigan and Pennsylvania

    09/06/2012 4:24:23 PM PDT · by taildragger · 120 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 9/6/2012 | Eric Kleefeld
    Republicans signaled this week that they might have given up hope in two important swing states. TPM Slideshow: Romney Takes The Stage At The RNC The Romney campaign and conservative groups like Crossroads GPS have pulled TV ads in Michigan, Romney’s home state, according to the Detroit News. Nor are the campaign and super PACs running advertising in Pennsylvania, after unleashing a barrage there over the past five months. It is still possible for groups to purchase TV advertising in either state at a later date. The PollTracker Averages show President Obama ahead 48.9 percent to 45.4 percent in Michigan,...
  • School Districts Increase Taxes On Residents Without A Vote

    09/06/2012 1:58:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2012 | Anne Schieber
    When school begins this week, Oceana County property owners will be paying $1.02 million more a year in taxes thanks to a school district merger that was approved without a public vote. A few weeks after school ended in June, board members from the Mason-Lake Intermediate School District and the Oceana ISD agreed to a merger. Taxpayers in Oceana will now have to pay the higher millage rate assessed in Mason-Lake. According to the Oceana County treasurer, the higher millage rate will cost Oceana County property owners $150 for every $100,000 in taxable value. Residents will start paying it in...
  • Before Emergency Manager, City Had 87 Different Health Plans

    09/06/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Talk about bureaucratic red tape. Try dealing with 87 different government union health insurance plans. That was one of the headaches Lou Schimmel faced when he became emergency manager for the city of Pontiac. The city now has one plan and will save millions by consolidating, which would have been nearly impossible without the state's emergency manager law. "Every union had their own negotiated health plan with either no or low deductibles and co-pays,” said John Naglick, Pontiac's finance director. "These plans had been negotiated over the years. An employee who retired under a certain health plan expected to be...
  • 'Protect Our Jobs' Amendment Would End Binding Arbitration

    09/05/2012 1:19:44 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/2/2012 | Vincent Vernuccio
    The Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal that seeks to change the state constitution with union-friendly provisions would eliminate a big negotiation tool for public safety unions, according to a Mackinac Center for Public Policy analysis. If passed, the Protect Our Jobs Amendment would end the practice of binding arbitration. Police and firefighters can't go on strike nor would they have the right to go to an arbitrator during contractual impasses. The Mackinac Center thinks the Protect Our Jobs Amendment would end binding arbitration, which is also known as Public Act 312. Ending binding arbitration would benefit taxpayers significantly, according to...
  • Schools Are Responsible For Providing School Supplies — Not Parents

    09/05/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 42 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/4/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school deal hunting season. Hoping to give their kids every possible advantage, millions of Michigan parents will flock to nearby retailers for new school supplies. But before loading up on notebooks, pencils and crayons, parents should remember that their local public school is required by law to supply these necessities to every student free of charge. The details are laid out in a 2011 Michigan Department of Education memo listing specifically what supplies schools must provide, including pencils, paper, crayons, scissors and glue sticks. In addition, school districts may not charge for registration or...
  • Michigan Stands Out on High Cost of Car Insurance

    09/04/2012 1:56:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/1/2012 | Dr. Gary Wolfram
    A recent study found that Michigan’s car insurance rates are the highest in the nation. When looked at as a percent of annual median household income, Michigan drivers spend 8 percent on car insurance, according to CarInsuranceQuote.com. The next highest state was Louisiana at 5.5 percent. Michigan’s rates as a percentage of income were nearly double that of the fifth-most expensive state, Mississippi, which came in at 4.04 percent. When looking at the median price of an annual car insurance policy, the result is the same. Michigan is No. 1 at $4,490, and by far the most expensive state for...
  • State Spends $42.8 Million on Disability Payments, Recipients' Afflictions Unknown

    09/04/2012 11:28:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    9/3/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The state of Michigan apparently does not keep track of the afflictions of state workers collecting disability payments provided by taxpayers. According to the departments that should be overseeing the program, the state spent $42.8 million in 2011 on disability payments without knowing whether employees are disabled. If true, the state may be breaking the law. A decade ago, Michigan spent $35.5 million on disability payments. The state has 47,818 current employees in the system and 3,527 people receiving disability benefits. But when asked, multiple state agencies were unable to provide a basic list of afflictions of those receiving benefits...
  • Detroit Says "Thanks Joe" by Ripping Off Biden

    09/04/2012 3:37:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2012 | John Ransom
    It’s a good thing that Joe Biden and Barack Obama saved the car company that saved Detroit. Some Detroiters were so thankful that they stole some Biden gear that was headed down to the Democrat National Carnival. A U-Haul with Biden’s VP accoutrement was jacked over the weekend from the Westin hotel according to the Secret Service.“Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the USSS,” reports ABCNews blog The Note “told ABC News the truck carrying equipment was stolen between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at the Westin Hotel in Detroit. He would not specify what kind of equipment was...
  • Michigan’s Emergency Managers Seen as Major Threat by Labor

    09/03/2012 6:44:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | By Melissa Maynard, Staff Writer
    Gerald McEntee had Michigan on his mind in June when he delivered his final address as president of the nation’s largest public employee union. “Our sisters and brothers in Michigan are on the front lines in the next critical battle,” McEntee told the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He declared that the imperative was “defeating Governor Rick Snyder's anti-worker and anti-American emergency manager’s bill. These managers are local dictators who rip up union contracts.” Focusing on an emergency manager bill in one state might seem an unlikely valedictory for a legendary labor leader who has served his...
  • Detroit police too busy to arrest man in killings

    09/03/2012 3:44:14 AM PDT · by StevenFlorida · 15 replies
    DETROIT — A man suspected of fatally shooting two men and seriously wounding two others had to turn himself in twice before Detroit police would arrest him, authorities said. Detroit police said the 36-year-old man got into an argument at a party on Saturday, retrieved a gun and opened fire. Four people were shot, and two died. The man turned himself in at a fire station about two hours later, and fire officials called police, but no officers turned up. Police said in a statement that “due to area patrol units being busy handling high priority runs, no units were...
  • The Detroit PD Doesn’t Like Competition(MI)

    09/03/2012 4:42:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Dan Zimmerman
    Rick Ector takes a back seat to no one in his advocacy for Second Amendment rights. His latest caper: staking out a Detroit gun buyback with some like-minded buddies across the street from St. Cecilia Catholic Church and offering to pay those who showed up more than the measly $25 to $100 being offered inside. They didn’t get many takers, though. That may have been due to the thin blue line of intimidation thrown up in the middle of the street by the cops . . . Ector organized the “protest” for the same reasons we think buybacks are such...
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • 'PM tells US 'time has run out' on Iran diplomacy'

    08/31/2012 7:31:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    J Post ^ | 8/31/2012 - 13 Elul 5772
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got into a diplomatic shouting match with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro over US President Barack Obama's handling of Iran's nuclear program, saying "time has run out" for diplomacy, Yediot Aharonot cited a source as saying on Friday.
  • Netanyahu Goes Nuclear on Obama

    09/02/2012 9:37:59 AM PDT · by Justaham · 98 replies
    .breitbart.com ^ | 9/2/12 | Awr Hawkins
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly shouted "Time has run out!" at U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, as the two met in Israel earlier this week and discussed the Obama administration's position on Iran. The Jerusalem Post reported that Shapiro was in Israel for meetings with Netanyahu, and at some point the PM couldn't hold his frustration with President Obama in any longer: "Instead of pressuring Iran in an effective way, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities." Those present say Netanyahu then said assertively: "Time has run out!" Shapiro responded by alleging that Netanyahu...
  • Man complains to police of prostitute price hike

    09/01/2012 3:17:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 1, 2012 | AP
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police in southeast Michigan say a man called to complain that a woman he had agreed to pay for sex unexpectedly increased the price. AnnArbor.com reports (http://bit.ly/Rw4Wcl ) that police were called to an Ann Arbor home late Wednesday on a report of a robbery. Police say the 45-year-old man and a 19-year-old Ohio woman he contacted online had agreed on a price, but that the man claimed she upped the cost after taking his money.
  • Forced Unionization Campaign Pretending 31-Year-Old Program Doesn't Exist

    08/31/2012 10:14:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Proponents of the "Keep Home Care Safe" proposal are trying to sell it to voters by claiming it would create a program that's been in existence for more than 30 years. In reality, the measure would lock the forced unionization of home health care workers in the State Constitution if Michigan voters approve it on Nov. 6. Of course the real reason doesn't sell as well with voters so the Service Employees International Union and its supporters are pushing the idea of safety instead. Only the protections they're talking about have existed in a federal program since 1981. To get...
  • Gun advocates outbid Detroit police for unwanted guns at buyback event(MI)

    08/30/2012 8:04:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 30 August, 2012 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT — Gun advocates, in competition with Detroit police, offered a buyback program of their own Thursday. As police conducted a gun buyback event at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 10400 Stoepel in Detroit, about a dozen protesters stood across the street making offers of their own. "Guns Wanted! Cash" and "Cash for guns," their signs read. They beckoned those in line with their guns concealed in towels and bags, to come across the street for a better price. The police program paid gun owners between $25 and $100 for their guns. "These guys out here are willing to double and...
  • Hillsdale Constitution 201: “The Progressive Rejection of the Founding"

    08/31/2012 3:59:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 08/31/2012
    This new 10-week online course taught by Hillsdale College professors will examine American progressivism: its historical roots and principles; its rejection of America’s founding principles and Constitution; its political successes in the New Deal, the Great Society, and in recent years; the ongoing political debate between progressives and conservatives; and the chance of a constitutional revival. Constitution 201 Schedule: Each lecture is pre-recorded and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday according to the schedule. Once released, they are available to view at your convenience. You will receive an email each...
  • Ohio and Michigan Battleground State conservatives hold key to Obama Loss

    08/29/2012 10:29:53 AM PDT · by Kfobbs · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 29, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    America is at a crucial tipping point in its illustrious history. The socialist minded presidential principles of Obama have joined with millions of illegal aliens who have been given a presidential pass to demand entry through your gates to rights and privileges given citizens. They can ignore federal and state citizenship laws, and walk openly into your cities to demand housing in your neighborhoods. Illegal aliens can insist upon free health care at your hospitals and soon sue for the right to the keys to your child’s college education. This is not the future in America…This is America today, this...