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So... what's next?

by: ScottyUrb

Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:59:02 PM EST

Well, that was fun.

I hope you had a chance to see the inauguration of Khalid Sheikh bin Hussein bin Soetoro bin Obumbum.  He actually got sworn in on two bibles (or was one a Koran? Hmm... Just kidding!) If you didn't watch it, watch it. Now. It is good.

At any rate, this is about the point, four years ago, when many people just decided that they were done with politics for the time being. And we all know what happened in the months and years after that.

If Right-to-Freeload and the overall ignorance of the Michigan Republican party have you workd up there are a couple of things you can do:

Get involved with Organizing for Action. It is the new successor to the Obama campaign. It is going to be, for the most part, member-driven. I, for one, am looking forward to getting involved in the 'new' OFA.

Make sure you are an MDP member by Friday, and head to the MDP Convention on February 23. While the state party leadership, including Mark Brewer, will be re-elected, a lot of caucuses will also be electing officers and setting their agenda for the next couple years. We will gather in congressional district caucuses to elect district officers and State Central Committee delegates and alternates. Those district parties and caucuses are great opportunities for you to get involved. (Also, this is a good chance to annoy Mark Brewer. I don't quite plan to do that, but...) NOTE: If you're like me and you're struggling to find work, please keep in mind that you are not required to pay for an MDP membership, although it is encouraged.

Don't forget this year's elections! A lot of communities will be electing mayors, city councilmembers/commissioners, and other elected officials. We need people to step up and run for (and get elected to) these kinds of positions. Consider running for office yourself - or at the very least, ask someone to run.

Whether or not we win in 2014 and 2016 will depend on what we do now. Let's restore our state to its former glory!

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The most immediate thing to do,
is to persuade the Senate to enact REAL filibuster reform.  Harry Reid claims he has the necessary 51 votes but he's giving McConnell a chance to propose a reasonable alternative.  Who knows what's really going on.

It turns out that Michigan's role is absolutely critical.  Senator Levin is working with Senator McCain to further a watered-down alternative.  I cannot, for the life of me, understand why he is doing this.

Perhaps more to the point, we must persuade Senator Stabenow to vote contrary to her MI colleague.  Of course, she favors the general concept of filibuster reform but, so far as I know, she has not publicly committed to the "real deal," ie the Udall-Harkin-Merkley proposal.  Senator Stabenow has a fresh six-year mandate, and this likely affects her approach to this, but that could go either way.  She needs to hear from us, NOW.

That is a GREAT point!
The filibuster (and Republicans' abuse thereof) has contributed significantly to the problems we are facing. It is much easier to get 51 votes than 60 votes.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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Thanks for posting...
... this and being a "fighting progressive" need a lot more of those.

Blogger meet in Feb? Just asking.

The Bloggers Caucus is starting back up!
We hope to have a Bloggers Caucus meeting at the Convention... stay tuned!

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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This is great news.
About four (six?) years ago, the Bloggers Caucus had grown so big that they met in a large room at Cobo, and all the major MI politicians addressed it.

Then, it disappeared.

I'd like to help restart it.  Please keep us informed.

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MDP Chair
There's a lot of intrigue going on behind the scenes ahead of the Dem convention. Seems King is trying to throw Brewer under the bus but has no consensus pick. Names being floated are the same old retreads. Can you explore this issue on this blog? :)

Haven't heard that...
Anyone else know anything about King and/or Brewer vis-a-vis next month?

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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picking sides
It seems UAW and Teamsters are ready to abandon him. AFT and MEA are with him. Other unions are uncommitted/haven't said anything. Biggest problem is no suitable replacement.

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It's a sad state of affairs...
...when the #1 argument for keeping your state Party chair is that no one else can be found who both WANTS the job and can DO the job.

Call this heresy, but...this thing we have -- where a small group of union leaders dictate who our Party chair will be, not to mention who gets the nomination for Secretary of State, Attorney General, etc., leaving the vast majority of Democrats and Progressives with nothing to do but rubber-stamp the Labor-approved slate -- is EXACTLY what Republicans point to when they go on about "union bosses."

The Republicans that bothered to make coherent arguments using real-world examples, that is.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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