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  • Detroit Area Police Officer Shot and Killed

    09/10/2012 3:27:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | September 10, 2012
    The West Bloomfield Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own this morning. According to media reports, the West Bloomfield Police Officer was shot and killed early this morning. West Bloomfield is located about 40 minutes northwest of Detroit. Authorities are at a home where a man has barricaded himself inside with a gun. There is a bomb squad there as well. This could be related to the shooting.
  • What Would 'Protect Our Jobs' Actually Do?

    09/10/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2012 | Michael Reitz
    The Wall Street Journal says Michigan is the new battlefield in organized labor’s national campaign to preserve political power. In a Labor Day editorial, The Journal discusses the so-called “Protect Our Jobs” amendment that would enshrine collective bargaining in the Michigan Constitution. The editorial reflects the work of Mackinac Center analysts, noting the effect of the proposal: “The amendment would reduce the ability of Michigan lawmakers to change labor laws and end-run efforts to give workers a choice about whether to join a union.” The Journal also notes that organized labor hopes to invalidate and ban other meaningful reforms with...
  • Man shoots attempted robber at Detroit gas station(MI)

    09/09/2012 8:18:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 7 September, 2012 | NA
    DETROIT - A man is in the hospital after being shot when he allegedly tried to rob a man who had a gun at a gas station on Detroit’s west side. According to police, a man stopped at Sunoco Gas Station near Joy and Hubbell roads Friday night. He went into the station and when he was walking back to his car two men attacked him and tried to rob him. “I think it’s just terrible, it’s bold,” said a woman who asked not to be identified. During the altercation, the man pulled a gun, which he is licensed to...
  • Owner of Detroit party store opens fire on intruders, killing 1, wounding 2(MI)

    09/09/2012 8:31:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 7 September, 2012 | NA
    DETROIT - Detroit police said a store owner on Detroit's west side shot three men who were allegedly breaking into his business early Friday morning, killing one of them. Police said the 51-year-old owner heard the men breaking into his liquor store on Joy Road near Ohio just after 3 a.m. He opened fire on them, killing a man in his 20s. The other two were critically wounded and are hospitalized, police said.
  • Flush with cash, Romney moves into Obama territory, upper Midwest states (Michigan and WI)

    09/09/2012 1:52:08 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Flush with cash, Mitt Romney plans to open a new front in the White House race by challenging President Barack Obama in upper Midwest states where he might not have dug in otherwise. Obama is intensifying his efforts to cast his Republican rival as out of touch, which he's already been working pretty hard at doing. This is the beginning of the homestretch to Election Day, when everything in the two campaigns goes into overdrive and a September or October surprise could upend it all. -snip- In the coming weeks, Romney's team is expected to pay for...
  • Indian American governers Haley, Jindal bat for Romney (Some nobody MI Dem defends Hussein)

    09/08/2012 11:03:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    INDOlink ^ | September 9, 2012
    Charlotte: Unimpressed by US President Barack Obama's fiery speech seeking re-election, the two Indian-American Governors, Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal, today said that Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, is the best person to lead the country. Both Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana, and Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, are rising stars of the Republican party and were quick to issue statements after Obama concluded his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech. "The last time Barack Obama spoke before the Democratic National Convention, he told us of hope and change that we could believe in. What a difference four years...
  • Barack Obama's war on America's fresh water supply: China is buying up Lake Michigan!

    09/07/2012 9:12:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 88 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/7/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Barack Obama is keeping his promise to lower the sea levels, and he’s starting with the drought plagued Midwest where Lake Michigan water is being shipped by the boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 million to $1.8 million per day profit. By draining the precious jewel of the Great Lakes in the middle of America, our federal water managers are allowing the export of our water out...
  • Michael Moore: No Obama Didn't Save Detroit

    09/07/2012 10:02:02 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    For several years the left and their media minions have claimed that by bailing out Chrysler and General Motors, President Obama saved Detroit. On Friday, the perilously liberal schlockumentarian Michael Moore debunked this in an article at the Huffington Post astonishingly saying, "No, he didn't." "Last week, I said on the HuffPost Live webcast that we had all better start practicing how to say 'President Romney' because, living in Michigan, I can tell you that there's trouble here on the two peninsulas and it's not just because Romney is a native son or that we like to watch kids from...
  • Romney WILL play in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

    09/07/2012 10:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    When the Romney-Ryan ticket announced a major ad campaign in eight states last night, the media noted that Wisconsin and Michigan were not among them and then jumped to the conclusion that these states are no longer in play. Wrong. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Right Turn that the campaign is “definitely not” abandoning these states. She told me: “Stay tuned.” The Romney-Ryan camp, I was told, has expensive ground games in these states, as well as in Pennsylvania. Saul provided the stats: Michigan * 21 offices across the state * More than 1 million voter contacts * Sixth most...
  • Michael Moore: "President Romney" – How to Prevent Those Two Words From Ever Being Spoken

    09/07/2012 4:31:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MichaelMoore.com ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Moore
    In two months we Americans will go to the polls once again to decide who the president will be for the next four years. We will not be allowed to vote on those who wield the true power in this country. On November 6th we will not vote for the chairman of ExxonMobil or JPMorgan Chase or Citibank or the Premier of China. That day will come, but not this year. Now, I know there are a goodly number of you out there who believe there's not a snowball's chance in Kenya that Barack Obama will not be re-elected to...
  • Michigan Supreme Court Rules: Union Power Grab Proposal Will Be On Ballot

    09/07/2012 12:09:33 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/6/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Union bosses now have a chance to seize control of Michigan's constitution. The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the so-called Protect Our Jobs proposal will be on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. The union-backed plan would change the state constitution and allow unions to challenge any current, past or potential law that dealt with collective bargaining. Notably, it could undo significant education reforms signed into law in 2011. It also would prevent Michigan from ever becoming a right-to-work state, which gives workers the freedom to choose whether they want to belong to a union; it would make it more...
  • Jennifer Granholm DNC Speech Highlights: 'Rev Up Your Engines'(crazy eyes!)

    09/07/2012 2:16:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    youtube.com video ^ | September 6, 2012
    Blame Canada?
  • 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...