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Terri Lynn Land: Some of my best friends are women

by: Eric B.

Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 17:33:32 PM EDT

Terri Lynn Land won't talk to journalists. There's probably a reason for that. She did the next best thing, which was to go on Fox News and talk to Gretchen Carlson about Terri Lynn Land's weird statements about what women want. Terri Lynn Land's answer was magnificent in its stupidity. She says it's ridiculous to attack her over Republican policies about women because she has worked with women. It is Terri Lynn Land saying that she has binders full of women. I am not lying about this.

And, when confronted by Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, a person who frequently gives you the impression that she could get lost on her way to the mailbox, about specific policies, Terri Lynn Land said that the real War on Women is Obamacare. I am also not making this up.

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Rick Jones wishes to mollify the masses with a 30 buck a week raise

by: Eric B.

Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 17:19:35 PM EDT

And here I thought the Legislature was dead set against doing anything with the minimum wage this year.

LANSING — The state’s minimum wage of $7.40 an hour would go to $8.15, and the minimum wage paid to tipped employees like wait staff and bartenders would go from $2.65 to $2.75 per hour under a bill proposed by Sen. Rick Jones.

The bill, which was introduced Thursday, is intended to usurp a petition drive underway in the state that would raise the minimum wage for all employees to $10.10 per hour, phased in through 2017.

Why does this feel like it's not going to be a real thing, that what we have here is the introduction of legislation intended to generate earned media by pretending that it's a serious proposal rather than just a cheap opportunity for Rick Jones to tell a reporter how awful raising the minimum wage would be?

“My intent is to stop the ballot initiative because of the crushing blow it would deal to Michigan restaurants. A lot of good friends work as waiters and waitresses and they don’t want these jobs to go away,” he said. “A typical restaurant in my district would lose $250,000 a year, which would result in massive layoffs or closing the restaurants.”

Yeah, like that.

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Throwback Thursday: The upline swindle that took place over our loud objections

by: Eric B.

Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30:16 AM EDT

This disappeared from the YouTubes shortly after the 2006 election. I was pleased to find that someone had made it reappear a few years back.

We actually voted to not have Amway Guy as our governor, but we got it anyway. And, we got government run as a business, Amway specifically, where the poor schlubs at the bottom (that's you and me) get told that if we work our asses off and keep buying the motivational tapes and books written by other con artists, that eventually we'll all retire to villas in Hawaii, with stables of fine ponies and grand pianos made of cherry wood and garages filled with black SUVs and heliports and French hookers and shopping trips to London and such. What we've instead gotten was the same as all those other suckers who bought into running government like Amway: Broken roads, crappy schools and prisons filled to capacity. We also have lawmakers who'd rather sell off art to rebuild Detroit than offer state aid because they find value only in dollar figures and think that cities can rebuild themselves without outside help (and because many of them still get a case of the willies from black people), and who say that freedom for the little guy can't be achieved when the little guy joins his tiny bit power with the tiny bits of power of other little guys into a collective big and mighty power, that the little guy is better off by himself.

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Skubick to speak to Calhoun GOP

by: Eric B.

Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 14:03:25 PM EDT

This is kinda interesting.

The Calhoun County Republican Party will host a silent auction and dinner at its annual Lincoln Day Celebration next month.

Political commentator Tim Skubick, who hosts “Off the Record” on WKAR-TV, will be the event’s guest speaker. Donated items, including Michigan State University football tickets and a one-week stay on Marco Island, Fla., also will be auctioned.

I wouldn't necessarily read anything into this, because it's not terribly unusual for media people to speak to varioius private organizations (I once spoke to a local Rotary Club!) and what you can pull out of Skubick's work doesn't pose him as a rightwing bomb thrower or anything. It's kind of interesting that the Calhoun Republicans would ask him, however.

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Terri Lynn Land releases ad begging Gary Peters to define her

by: Eric B.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 17:47:19 PM EDT

Terri Lynn Land has a new ad out. It's vacuous, trite, and insults the intelligence of everyone who watches it. But, it commits an even graver sin. It begs Gary Peters to define Terri Lynn Land.

She is practically begging Gary Peters to respond with an ad (again) highlighting her support for everything in the Republican War on Women, and framing her as an enemy from within.

What a dumb move.

Update! ... Dumb, just dumb.

LANSING - Timing is everything. The same day Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land released her first ad, which contained more elevator music than substance, attempting to push back on her out of touch record on women's issues, she earned Rick Santorum's endorsement. Santorum would clearly like to turn the clock back on Michigan women.

Why on Earth would she even go public with this at all? The only people Rick Santorum carries any weight with are conservative Catholics, and he couldn't even win the 2012 Republican primary here. His endorsement carries no value in the general election, and undercuts her own first ad by tying herself to Santorums decidedly anti-woman ideas. Whoever is responsible for signing off on this ought to be fired, even if it's the candidate herself.

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Most of the people who are running for office this year - the near-final list

by: ScottyUrb

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 17:33:36 PM EDT

It's 5:30 - do you know who your candidates are?

Here's the unofficial list of Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor, US Senate and House, state legislature, and judgeships. Keep in mind that candidates have until 4:00 on Friday to withdraw.

Gongwer had a piece today about some of the big surprises of filing deadlines past, including the Great Schmidt-storm of 2012 and a guy who tried to run for Governor against Posthumus and Schwarz but who didn't get enough valid signatures. 

No huge surprises of that sort today, but a few remarks below the fold.


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Todd Courser wishes to fail yet one more time

by: Eric B.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 14:50:13 PM EDT

From MIRS.

Todd COURSER, the conservative Republican who was pondering whether to challenge Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY, has decided to run for the Michigan House.  

In a press release this afternoon, Courser said he's filed paperwork to run for the open 82nd District seat, which is currently held by term-limited Rep. Kevin DALEY (R-Lum).

Normally I'm a sucker for a man with grit and determination. This is a bit different. This feels like a guy who simply wants really badly to be in the public eye and will do anything to get there. He's a fourth-rate Kardashian.

"I am excited for what God has in store on this journey," Courser said. "Over the coming months I will be working hard and reaching out to the voters of my district. I look forward to hearing their stories and concerns. I hope to gain their trust and get the support of their vote on Aug. 5." 

I was not aware that Todd Courser's sense of personal ambition doubled as Lord and Savior of us all.

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Detroit invited to submit bid for 2016 Democratic convention

by: Eric B.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 11:48:51 AM EDT

CNN takes a break from reporting on the missing Malaysian airliner.

The Democratic National Committee's official request for proposal or "RFP" was sent to cities late Monday and they are required to submit their bids to host the convention by June 6.

Cities that received the DNC's "RFP" include: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Great news for Andy Dillon!

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Todd Courser fails one more time

by: Eric B.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:25:49 AM EDT

From MIRS this morning.

After waiting for months to do it, Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE is endorsing Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY for the statewide ticket this fall. 

The endorsement was never really in question, according to one source. The only question regarded the timing and this source told MIRS, "It was the right time to do it now."

And, after receiving the Kiss of Death from Michigan's finest legal mind, comes the real news...

The news comes as Calley's potential primary challengers for the second spot, Tea Party leader Wes NAKAGIRI and conservative activist Todd COURSER both told MIRS this morning they were unable to get the needed signatures to make the convention ballot. 

This is great news for the political prospects ... in the same way that failing to qualify a "Repeal Obamacare" ballot question was a massive victory for the Tea Party.

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2014 MI State House Estimate

by: memiller

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 13:44:46 PM EDT

(Read this. Read this now. - promoted by Eric B.)

In the Easter open thread, there was a comment: “Wondering what those of you who follow the races closely feel are the chances that we take back the legislature in November?”

I’ve been wondering the same thing, and lazily hoping that someone else would run an analysis to answer this question. I Googled around, and found nothing. “All right”, said the little red hen…

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John Olumba: Man without a district

by: Eric B.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:13:34 AM EDT

Well, now, this is interesting...

Olumba tells Elrick he does not live in the fourth-district house, but his wife stays there and he goes "back-and-forth." Olumba even says his neighbors in the third district would vouch for him.

Elrick went and spoke with two of those neighbors. Neither recognized Olumba.

Just thought I'd share.

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Detroit News blogger wonders why land management agency has armed officers to manage land

by: Eric B.

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 14:21:32 PM EDT

Detroit News blogger and retired editorial writer Jeff Hadden thinks that after waiting for two decades for Nevada welfare bum Cliven Bundy to settle up what he owes the feds that they should have waited some more, and thank god a bunch of armed nuts showed up to attract Tee Vee cameras so they would. Then, after saying that people shouldn't provoke potentially violent confrontations with armed federal officers carrying out court orders, wonders the BLM has agents in the first place.

I don’t recommend or support armed citizens confronting armed federal agents. But Investors Business Daily, which quoted Napolitano, reasonably asks why so many federal agencies and departments, including the Bureau of Land Management, EPA and even the National Oceananic and Atmospheric Administration, have armed agents.

The idea that a land management agency would have its own internal law enforcement agency to deal with laws governing the management of public land seems like it would answer itself. So instead lets go with an even more strange example ... NOAA.

NOAA is also one of the oldest agencies, and used to stick to charting the coasts. Now, a lot of what it does is scientific. In fact, the clowns in the House have legislation pending that would prohibit NOAA from studying climate, which seems like a good idea. Why do they have armed agents? I wonder if the answer is so arcane that going to NOAA's website and look around for a FAQ page is not a solution. Well, no.

We protect marine fisheries, wildlife, and habitat by enforcing domestic laws, international treaties, and obligations to ensure these global resources are available for future generations to use and enjoy. We are the only federal law enforcement agency fully dedicated to the enforcement of federal fishery regulations. Our work supports NOAA Fisheries’ core mission mandates—maximizing productivity of sustainable fisheries and fishing communities and protection, recovery, and conservation of protected species.

Hadden suggested that law enforcement functions of those agencies be turned over to the FBI and Marshal's Service. It wouldn't save any money, because they'd still need people who are experts in fisheries law to enforce fisheries law, which means the agents currently employed by NOAA would stimply be folded into another agency with yet another layer of bureaucracy.

None of this, on the other hand, explains why Cliven Bundy's supporters would have been any less threatening if they were dealing with federal agents from the FBI rather than the BLM.

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Lieutenant governor just now becoming aware that same-sex marriage is an issue

by: Eric B.

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:35:41 AM EDT

Tim Skubick had a column yesterday in which the lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, takes a whiff on domestic partner benefits ... because he hasn't studied the issue. And, we all know what "I haven't studied the issue" means: That the person giving the answer would prefer not to give an answer because either way it will make a lot of people angry. This comes at a time when the Illinois Republican party booted members who wanted to get rid of a pro-same sex marriage party chairman. It doesn't track perfectly with the Michigan Republican Party's inability to get rid of the Michigan Republican Party's official spokesperson Goat Killer, despite the many, many times he's covered them with shame, because they voted these clowns out of office rather than finding a pretext within their governing documents (which exists) to get rid of them.

This is simply another reminder that when Goat Killer slurs LGBT folks and Muslims and everyone else that he speaks on behalf of the entire Michigan Republican Party.

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Happy Easter. The thread is open

by: Eric B.

Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 09:39:56 AM EDT

Forgot all about this yesterday, probably because I was up to something sinister. Better late than never. Here's your open thread.
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Jase Bolger, who once toured Detroit, might scuttle Detroit bankruptcy deal just to be a dick

by: Eric B.

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 17:15:42 PM EDT

A few months ago, everyone made a big deal that Jase Bolger visited Detroit and said that something needed to be done to help out the people of Detroit. Today, we learn what it is that he thinks needs to happen to help Detroit: Detroit's unions need to be extorted or else he's happy to let Detroit's bankruptcy drag on. Along the way, Ari B. Adler burns yet another bridge.

Ari Adler, a spokesman for Bolger, said: “I think it’s entirely reasonable to expect the unions to give back to the very people they profited from.”

“The union leaders made these deals that couldn't possibly have been afforded; they built up their own savings from membership dues paid for by unaffordable contracts,” he said. “Now they want to walk away, effectively leaving the retirees they are supposed to have represented holding the bag.”

The great thing is that he essentially waited until the last minute to say this, rather than letting everyone know ahead of time that it was his expectation.

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