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  • Who fact checks the fact checkers?

    08/26/2014 10:14:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/24/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A recent “fact check” from the Michigan Truth Squad, a project of the Center for Michigan, takes a look at an ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer attacking Gov. Rick Snyder. In its analysis of K-12 state funding, the truth-checkers state, “In his first year in office, Snyder approved a budget that resulted in school funding $930 million lower than the previous year.” For the Record: The Truth Squad cites a Senate Fiscal Agency report, but they do not include $455.5 million in additional state funding used for “best practices” and retiree benefit costs. That amount is listed in...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • Mark Schauer expected to announce Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as running mate in governor's race

    04/02/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    <p>DETROIT, MI -- Candidate for governor Mark Schauer plans to announce his running mate in a series of news conferences Thursday.</p> <p>Two Lansing-based news services, Gongwer and MIRS, report that Schauer is expected to name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his candidate for lieutenant governor.</p>
  • Holder says feds will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages despite governor's decision

    03/28/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/28/13 | ap
    ttorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before a federal appeals court halted them, despite a decision by Michigan's governor not to recognize those unions. The decision means federal benefits will be extended to those couples -- including the ability to file taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. "These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said in a statement.
  • US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages

    03/28/2014 9:17:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/28/2014 | ROGER SCHNEIDER and COREY WILLIAMS
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which means they can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other benefits. The attorney general said the families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in...
  • Executive vs. Judiciary: Michigan Governor Refuses to Recognize Gay Marriages Performed in State

    03/27/2014 8:16:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    Michigan's governor has refused to recognize the gay marriage licenses issued after a judge declared the state's ban on same-sex unions unconstitutional. Gov. Rick Snyder stated that the approximately 300 gay marriages performed last weekend after the decision but before the stay on the decision will not be legally recognized. Snyder made the announcement Wednesday after an appeals court put a stay on the implementation of the recent ruling by federal Judge Bernard Friedman of Detroit. "Snyder's announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples," reported the Associated Press. "Snyder says the marriages were legal...
  • Michigan Supreme Court bans Detroit Judge Wade McCree Jr. from bench until 2021

    03/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/26/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is barred from presiding over a courtroom until January of 2021. The Michigan Supreme Court enacted a recommendation that the judge, suspended without pay since Feb. 3, 2013, be suspended from holding a judgeship for six years from Jan. 1,2015, should he be re-elected in this year's election. The 57-year-old must also pay $11,645.17 in costs, according to the Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday.
  • Rick Snyder will abide by Marriage Ruling [takes no position on same sex marriage]

    03/25/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/24/2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state, and insisted he has never taken a public position on the issue.Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan on Monday, as gay couples who married in the last few days awaited clarity after a federal judge put a temporary hold on a ruling overturning Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.
  • Gay couples wed across Michigan in 24 hours same-sex marriage was legal (Stay issued)

    03/23/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday. With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses. But an appeals court put a stop to the immediate wedding planning, issuing a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's Friday ruling that called the Michigan Marriage Act unconstitutional. Friedman issued a decision that rejected all of the state's arguments that voters made a...
  • Judge Strikes Down Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage

    03/21/2014 3:19:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2014 | By ED WHITE
    Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar prohibitions across the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman released his 31-page ruling exactly two weeks after a rare trial that mostly focused on the impact of same-sex parenting on children. He noted that supporters of same-sex marriage believe the Michigan ban was at least partly the result of animosity toward gays and lesbians.
  • Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

    03/26/2014 4:37:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-26-14 | DAVID EGGERT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. The announcement came a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages. It will likely take months for the court to make its own judgment about whether a Michigan constitutional amendment that says marriage only is between a man and a woman violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the gay marriage ban Friday. Four counties took the extraordinary step...
  • Gov. Snyder: Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

    03/26/2014 11:22:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    FOX News and AP ^ | March 26, 2014 | AP
    Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. The marriages were performed Saturday before a federal appeals court suspended a decision that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Snyder's announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples. The move comes after a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages.
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Detroit's Bankruptcy Plan Comes Under Heavy Assault

    02/22/2014 3:00:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/21/14 | John W. Schoen
    The road back for Detroit seems to be getting longer. More than three months after its historic bankruptcy filing, city officials Friday offered up their proposed plan to pay bondholders, pensioners and other creditors holding its $18 billion debt substantially less then they're owed. "We think the plan is reasonable," emergency manager Kevyn Orr told reporters. "We really don't have time for a lot of acrimony and litigation." But even before Orr had a chance to formally unveil it, the plan was under heavy attack from investors, unions representing city workers and other creditors.
  • Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate's Support For Corporate Welfare

    02/19/2014 1:50:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/17/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for governor, is railing against tax breaks for businesses. In a recent ad Schauer alleges that Gov. Rick Snyder cut education spending and used the revenue "to give tax breaks to businesses even if they send jobs overseas." Schauer's spokesperson, Zack Pohl, reiterated the claim in a recent Detroit Free Press article: "Snyder chose not to find new revenue for education because he used that money to pay for his huge $1.8 billion corporate tax break." The media has recently given more scrutiny to this narrative. Yet over the past decade Schauer himself was one of...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 21 July 2013

    07/21/2013 5:15:20 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 188 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 21 July 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows July 21st, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and Washington Times columnist.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich.; Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio; Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.FACE THE NATION (CBS): House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry’s ‘Delusional’ Analysis of Bankrupt Detroit May Stun You(Gov't to small?)

    07/20/2013 4:12:59 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/20/13 | Jason Howerton
    On Friday, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry put forth a theory as to why Detroit inevitably went bankrupt — terminal lack of government. We’ll do our best to explain. While discussing Detroit’s downfall, Harris-Perry and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean agreed that “you’ve got to have a government to run the place.” Harris-Perry noted Detroit’s declining population, and in turn its tax base. The population of the city has declined dramatically over the last 10 years. Mediaite’s Noah Rothman, who calls the MSNBC host’s assessment “delusional,” provides some analysis and facts: Harris-Perry presents this fact as though former Detroit residents left –...
  • 2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take - Part 5 [Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio]

    06/16/2013 7:49:50 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 42 replies
    Red State ^ | June 14, 2013 | davenj1
    If ever there was a region where incumbent Republican governors can experience the great GOP gubernatorial apocalypse, it is the upper Midwest. Three of the races involve Republican incumbents who rode the Republican wave of 2010 into office. They are Rick Snyder in Michigan, John Kasich in Ohio and Scott Walker in Wisconsin. That potential loss of three Governor’s offices may be mitigated by a Pat Quinn Democratic loss in Illinois. The problem is that Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are less red than Illinois is certainly blue.
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Another Look at Fracking

    12/21/2012 10:46:34 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/21/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    In a speech recently, Gov. Rick Snyder reiterated his support of natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This is a good sign for taxpayers, job seekers and environmentalists. Despite the alarmism, fracking is safe — and much safer than the alternatives. Most of the fear about gas extraction comes from a disingenuous scene from a film in which people light the methane coming through their water pipes on fire because of alleged improper well construction, which has nothing to do with fracking. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing has been going on for...
  • Urban Problem Bigger Than Detroit

    03/25/2013 4:29:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Star Parker
    We are now hearing the usual voices of protest in Detroit in the wake of Michigan governor Rick Snyder appointing an outside expert to take over financial management of the near-bankrupt city. Detroit is the largest city in American history to be seized in this fashion and turned over to an outside manager. Reported deficit of the city is $327 million dollars and long-term liabilities are in the range of $14 billion. But no matter to the unions, politicians, and bureaucrats who have been at the helm for years as the city has spiraled into the depths of the black...
  • Detroit's new czar faces deep decay of city's neighborhoods

    03/24/2013 9:59:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2013 | Steve Neavling and Bernie Woodall
    When the state-imposed manager of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, starts the job on Monday he will wade into a city of crumbling neighborhoods where police fail to respond to some calls, arson fires burn out of control and residents scour charred buildings for scrap metal to sell. Except for the business district and a cultural area including a university, museum and some theaters, the city of Detroit, population 700,000, is in bad shape. Orr, a Washington, D.C.-based bankruptcy lawyer, will have the official title of "Emergency Financial Manager." But his remit as an unelected administrator will range far beyond money. His...
  • Detroiters pledge uprising during state takeover: ‘Make sure you are prepared and you will survive’

    03/15/2013 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 179 replies
    Councilman Kwame Kenyatta and a packed room of Detroiters warned today of an impending revolt against state intervention, urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies. “Even the Bloods in the hood fight for their territory,” Kenyatta said during a 20-minute monologue on the civil rights struggle at today’s city council meeting. “You are going to have to drag me out of here for me to leave.” Kenyatta cited Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an intellectual and civil rights icon, because of his position that black people must sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to win freedom...
  • Detroit's Decline

    03/14/2013 6:05:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents. The recent conviction of Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, on multiple charges, including racketeering, fraud and extortion, adds another insult to the city's injury, increasing its misery. During the mid-20th century, Detroit was a vibrant city with a population of almost 2 million. Today, it stands near ruin. The number of residents has now been estimated at just over...
  • No bailout for Motown (Ted Nugent disagrees with GOP guv pushing state help for bankrupt Detroit)

    03/06/2013 8:19:34 PM PST · by Perseverando · 19 replies
    WND ^ | March 6, 2013 | Ted Nugent
    My beloved Motor City is bleeding to death. The facts are that Detroit is a financial wreck, an unmitigated disaster, a sheer cataclysmic catastrophe – you pick. No doubt all of the above. Good Gov. Rick Snyder has decided to step in and see what he can do to save Detroit. He is appointing an Emergency Financial Manager in an attempt to solve Motown’s self-imposed financial hemorrhaging. The Democratic Party that has controlled Detroit for decades is obviously opposed to Gov. Synder’s approach. “Today, Governor Snyder has decided to unilaterally take over control of the City of Detroit from its...
  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Macomb Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court

    02/27/2013 4:30:23 PM PST · by equaviator · 6 replies
    http://www.sourcenewspapers.com ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | By CHARLES CRUMM
    Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Michigan Supreme Court. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment at 3 p.m. Wednesday in a livestreamed event. "This is a tremendous honor for me, for my entire family," Viviano said. "I am committed to the rule of law. I believe in the separation of powers." Viviano replaces former Justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January amid charges of fraud regarding a home she owns. "He's truly a rule of law judge, which is critically important," Snyder said. Snyder said the candidates for the state's...
  • Unions and “Democracy”

    12/20/2012 8:50:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ed Feulner
    “This is what democracy looks like!” That’s a popular protest chant among liberals. It could be heard at many “Occupy” gatherings. It’s a staple at union-backed protests. We all know that in a democracy, sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don’t. The big question is, how will you react? For example, many conservatives were disappointed by the results of last month’s elections. Despite high unemployment, sluggish economic growth and an unpopular health care program, a majority of voters returned a staunchly liberal president to office. But just as there are no permanent victories, there are no permanent defeats....
  • Helpful union surrogate vows to chase Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s daughter to soccer game

    12/15/2012 10:47:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    The great thing about Democracy – as I’m sure you’ll all agree – is that once the campaigns, debates and battles are over and the people have spoken, everyone can pick up the pieces and get on with productive work to advance the principles each side believes in. Clearly, such is the case in Michigan, where defeated but undaunted union advocates have already begun dusting themselves off and …Nope. LANSING — A speaker at a union protest against right-to-work legislation said if Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill he would get “no rest” and that protesters would be at his...
  • The Fall of the House of Labor

    12/14/2012 5:42:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor. Knowland's plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was rejected 2 to 1. Knowland's career was over, and the Republicans were decimated nationally for backing right-to-work. Badly burned, the party for years ran away from the issue. This history makes what happened in Michigan, cradle of the United Auto Workers, astonishing. A GOP legislature passed and Gov....
  • Michigan Unions Targeted Obama Enemy: Koch Brothers

    12/13/2012 4:19:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Dece,ber 12, 2012
    Politics: The union mob that tore down that tent outside the Michigan state capitol was aiming at a free-market advocacy group on the president's enemies list promoting right-to-work and other pro-growth measures. In an editorial headlined "Drinking the Kochs' Kool-Aid," the Detroit Free Press, a newspaper in a decaying city with 18.9% unemployment, opined it was pressure from the Koch brothers, David H. and Charles G., who head a Kansas-based conglomerate with 50,000 U.S.-based employees, that moved Michigan Republicans to make the state adopt right-to-work legislation. Randy Richardville, majority leader of the state Senate, and Gov. Rick Snyder may have...
  • Michigan Poised to Become Right to Work State; Protesters Shout 'Heil Hitler' in Response

    12/07/2012 5:44:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Toownhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    Michigan is one step closer to becoming a Right to Work state. Last night, both the state House and Senate passed bills that would forbid the public sector unions from taking 2% out of workers’ paychecks for dues payments, regardless of whether or not they’re members. The bills can’t be passed into law until Tuesday, owing to procedural requirements, but they’re almost sure to prevail, at which point Gov. Rick Snyder has vowed to sign them. The House and Senate each passed bills on the same day they were introduced that give private and public sector workers the right to...
  • 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...
  • MI poll: Romney 46% Obama 45% (WXYZ-TV)

    06/07/2012 9:27:29 AM PDT · by tellw · 27 replies
    WXYZ TV ^ | 6/7/12 | Chuck Stokes
    If the General  Election were held today, 46-percent of 600 likely voters would cast their ballot for Romney, and 45-percent would vote to re-elect Obama.  In a statewide poll conducted last month, President Obama was leading Governor Romney,  47-percent to 43-percent.  
  • SHOCK POLL: ROMNEY EDGES OBAMA IN MICHIGAN

    06/07/2012 11:24:44 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 139 replies
    drudgereport.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | staff
    <p>President Barack Obama’s popularity in Michigan has slipped in recent months, leaving him in a dead heat with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new poll of state voters by EPIC-MRA of Lansing.</p> <p>The poll, released this morning to the Free Press and four TV stations, shows Romney leading Obama 46%-45%, a reversal from the last EPIC poll in April which showed Obama ahead 47%-43%.</p>
  • Group ends Mich. recall effort after Wis. results

    06/07/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-7-12 | ap
    LANSING, Mich.—A group seeking to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that it has ended the effort following Gov. Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin's recall election. The group called Michigan Rising said it would stop collecting signatures, noting it already was short of its own gathering goals. Instead, the group said it will focus on a long-term effort to form a progressive think tank, develop progressive leaders and support current progressive legislators.
  • Illegal arrangement that netted SEIU $29.4 million from the developmentally disabled comes to an end

    04/17/2012 5:14:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Mackinac Center
    MIDLAND — Michigan’s 60,000 home health care aides will no longer be deemed government employees — meaning they cannot be forced into a government employee union and have dues withheld — as a result of legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The next step is for the Michigan Department of Community Health to immediately stop the collection of dues from subsidy payments intended to assist developmentally disabled adults and the diversion of those funds to the Service Employees International Union, said Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “Ending this lucrative charade is terrific news for...
  • Illinois Woman Charged With Making Death Threats Against Mackinac Center

    02/21/2012 4:58:46 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Last spring, a caller to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy unleashed a profane series of death and bomb threats in phone messages left at the Center's headquarters in Midland, Mich. On Feb. 2, a Laura Campbell of Waukegan, Ill., was charged with making death and bomb threats against the Mackinac Center on April 1, 2011, according to court documents. She was to be arraigned on those charges Feb. 15, but the arraignment was rescheduled until next week, according to Kim Nerheim of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Attorney charged that Campbell used a telephone to make an “alleged...
  • Michigan Gov. Snyder to endorse Romney

    02/15/2012 10:08:20 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 2-15-2012 | Sarah B Boxer
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will endorse Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, in advance of the state's primary on Feb. 28, GOP sources told National Journal and CBS News. Snyder will announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor at a lunch in Farmington Hills, Mich., where Romney is to address the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Livonia Chamber of Commerce.
  • Michigan's Solyndra?

    01/31/2012 12:04:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/31/2012 | Jack McHugh
    According to The Detroit News, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm made a deal with a group of wealthy and politically connected individuals in Oakland County to use state pension funds to guarantee $18 million they borrowed to set up a film studio in Pontiac, essentially making the pension fund the “co-signer” on the loan. The “business model” for this studio was completely dependent on another of Gov. Granholm’s corporate welfare schemes, a subsidy program that paid up to 42 percent of film producers’ Michigan expenses. No reputable economist has ever defended these subsidies, which are pure “political development” programs, not economic...
  • Public School District in Michigan Robocalls for Petition to Recall Governor

    07/13/2011 7:32:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 29 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2011 | Jack Spencer
    A public school district in Michigan has used its phone alert system to point voters toward the recall effort against Gov. Rick Snyder. In early June, shortly after the Snyder recall reached the petition-gathering phase, the alert system for Lawrence Public Schools sent out the following robocall to residents of the district: “This is a message from the Lawrence Public Schools (inaudible) alert system. This is an informational item and not directly associated with the school. Concerned parents interested in cuts to education . . . we're here to inform you that there is information about the problem. Also, be...
  • VIDEO: Fourteen Protesters Arrested at Michigan Capitol Building

    03/17/2011 8:56:28 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 4 replies
    Protesters have now hit the Michigan capitol building in uproar over Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget and bills in the legislature which resulted in the arrest of 14 people. Some of those arrested were from the group BAMN – By Any Means Necessary- whose full name is the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. Within the video, the report tells of the 5 BAMN members arrested. However, a report by Detroit News confirms that number to be 14 total. All of them will be facing charges.
  • Schultz: Supporting Republican Michigan Gov Equals 'Lining Up With Communist Party'

    03/16/2011 8:02:03 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wait a sec! Wasn't it Republicans who supposedly were irresponsibly accusing Dems of being socialists and Commies? Check that. Ed Schultz has declared--not paraphrasing, actually quoting--that Tea Partiers who support Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are "lining up with the Communist Party." Schultz was set off by Snyder's signing off an emergency bill giving, as per this report, "broad new powers to emergency financial managers appointed by the state of Michigan to run struggling cities and schools, including the ability to terminate union contracts." View video here.
  • Cain Thanks Palin for Publicizing His Column

    02/23/2011 10:17:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Time Magazine / RealClearPolitics ^ | February 23, 2011 | Scott Conroy
    Herman Cain may be a longshot Republican presidential hopeful, but the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza showed on Tuesday night that he is a savvy enough politician to take advantage of some free publicity from a far more well-known potential GOP contender. When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin posted to her Facebook page and her Twitter feed a link to a column that Cain had penned for Investor's Business Daily, the Atlanta businessman responded within minutes to underscore the high-profile exposure by thanking Palin over Twitter and adding an additional link to his piece for anyone who had missed it....
  • Public-Sector Unions Fight to Keep Bloated Benefits

    02/04/2011 5:57:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/4/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    Between Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for a substantial business tax cut and a $1.8 billion state overspending budget gap, lawmakers are looking for places to save. Many both in and outside government are calling for lowering government employee benefits to private-sector levels, so not surprisingly public-sector unions are gearing up for a fight. The first offensive began with a media onslaught: “(T)he state’s largest teachers union says school employee compensation is comparable to the private sector,” wrote Peter Luke of The Grand Rapids Press. His column reports that the Michigan Education Association will “provide the data” during the upcoming budget...
  • Gov. Snyder to Break Michigan's Corporate Welfare Habit

    02/03/2011 8:58:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    Although details are not yet clear, according to early reports Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed Michigan Business Tax replacement appears to be good news for advocates of sound economic policy. Whatever the final details, lowering the tax burden on job providers and making the system much less complex will surely provide a boost for commerce in the Great Lakes State. Arguably of equal importance, press reports are saying the governor’s proposal would also end the Michigan Economic Growth Authority’s selective corporate tax break and subsidy program, and the state film subsidies as well. Research by Mackinac Center analysts shows that, at...
  • A Decision Must Be Made - Vote against Rick Snyder for governor

    08/01/2010 12:48:11 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 27 replies · 32+ views
    Right Michigan ^ | 8-1-2010 | Jason Gillman
    .......A three way statistical tie exists that could possibly gain the Nerd King his bucket list item number 9. Rick Snyder has been able to pull into a potential win situation along side Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra, while Bouchard cannot get above 10-12% in any polling. This is a bad thing. Its a bad thing, because Snyder is NOT who people think he might be. - Rick Snyder has NOT signed the Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform "no new tax pledge." Three have signed it. Mike Cox, Pete Hoekstra, and Mike Bouchard.....Rick Snyder has no interest in signing...
  • Will Rick Snyder and other candidate’s election year fundraising Include Life Agenda?

    03/13/2010 10:14:44 AM PST · by Kfobbs · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Ann Arbor Examiner ^ | March 13, 2010 | Kevin Fobbs
    Local elections in Washtenaw County and all over Michigan as well as the nation are just beginning to pick up steam. Soon calls for you to dip into your pockets to support fundraising will follow. While early-on polling for the Republican nomination for governor clearly had shown Congressman Peter Hoekstra as having an early edge and state Attorney General Mike Cox in second place, a new entry who seems monetarily well-positioned to be a contender enter the fray. Gubernatorial hopeful businessman Rick Snyder started bombarding the airwaves in Michigan on Super Bowl Sunday with his “One Tough Nerd” commercial. He...
  • Mich. Candidate for Governor Runs Superbowl Ad

    02/08/2010 6:29:23 AM PST · by USALiberty · 8 replies · 358+ views
    WWJ Radio (part of state-controlled CBS Radio) ^ | Sunday, 07 February 2010 11:10PM
    A local Republican running for Governor ran a local ad during the Super Bowl Sunday night. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says Rick Snyder is an entrepreneur, and a self-described non-politician. "His TV spot is a 'doozy.' It will create a buzz, but the question is will it create the kind of buzz that Snyder wants," said Skubick in a live interview on WWJ. In the ad, Snyder infers that people should elect him because "it's time for a nerd."
  • Rick Snyder Criticizes Opponent PeteHoekstra for Citing Attempted Terror Attack In Fundraiser Letter

    12/29/2009 4:54:18 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 31 replies · 869+ views
    Mlive.com ^ | December 29, 2009, 7:02AM | Brian McVicar The Grand Rapids Press
    Candidate Rick Snyder criticizes opponent for governor Pete Hoekstra for citing attempted Detroit terrorist attack in fundraising letterU.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra was blasted Monday for using an attempted terrorism attack to raise money for his campaign for governor. A fundraising solicitation Hoekstra's campaign e-mailed Monday criticized the response by President Barack Obama administration's to a failed attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it neared landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The solicitation showed poor judgment, according to a campaign spokesman for Rick Snyder, an Ann Arbor venture capitalist and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate. Grand Rapids Press File PhotoRick...