A SoapBlox Politics Blog
[Mobile Edition]
- About Us
- Email Us (news/tips)
- Editorial Policy
- Posting Guidelines
- Advertise Here

Subscribe to Michlib daily email summary. (Preview)
Enter address:

Become a sponsor and support our work.

 MichLib sponsor list

Michigan Political Blog Ad Network

Advertise Liberally

50 State Ad Network

Dear benevolent overlord Rich Michigan's people: The Friday news dump ain't what it used to be

by: Eric B.

Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 15:39:00 PM EST

Of course, he signed the "Democracy is for rich people" bill that had its origins in Arlen Meekhoff's contempt for a political system not awash in dark money.

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder said today he has signed a controversial bill doubling campaign donor limits and protecting the secrecy of “issue ad” donors.

Although it includes a provision designed to thwart an effort by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to reveal who pays for issue ads that have becoming increasingly influential in Michigan political campaigns, Snyder said in a news release the legislation will “bring an unprecedented level of transparency and openness to the state’s political system.”

I get why the media is giving Ruth Johnson a pass on her "effort" to reveal who pays for issue ads, but guys ... she sat on that proposal an entire month (and probably a half!) before waiting until the day the Senate voted on a campaign finance legislation to go with it. The media is giving her a pass because they've been conditioned to think that any extended olive branch has to be taken seriously and not some contrived stunt, because serious people are expected to assume the best from everyone ... even if their entire personal and political history says the direct opposite thing.

Anyway ... good going, benevolent overlord Rick Michigan. Two days after Christmas, you decided to leave a turd in our collective stocking.

Eric B. :: Dear benevolent overlord Rich Michigan's people: The Friday news dump ain't what it used to be
Tags: (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

Ruth Johnson reformer (4.00 / 1)
Ruth Johnson's reform proposal was as phony as a three dollar bill.  

"Reform" is Republican-ese for "gut" (4.00 / 2)
Especially when education, pensions, or the tax code is involved.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

[ Parent ]
Dump (0.00 / 0)
This is a friday news dump in every meaning of the word "dump."  I didn't even have an inkling of hope that he'd veto this.  He realizes he's too far in.  Why turn back, now?

He better hope to god his monied friends show up for his campaign season, next year.

And a two-days-after-Christmas news dump, no less! (0.00 / 0)
[ Parent ]
This (0.00 / 0)
This particular issue may be the one where the local media finally turns on him, as it strikes directly at his promise to be more transparent than Granholm.  And, not only that, what the media hates more than anything else is a secret.  The signing of this bills also reveals just how venal this guy is.

They've spent all year pretending that the Right to Work push was just "controversial", instead of what it was, which was the most devisive tactic used in generation to pit Michigander against Michigander.  They can no longer pretend that this stuff is a blind power grab.  Even the News couldn't swallow this crap.

[ Parent ]
Turn on him? (0.00 / 0)
This is the same bunch that has given Republicans a pass on everything from RTW to taxing seniors to abortion insurance. They have studiously ignored the failure of businesses to flock to our right to mooch state. They even pretend the House Speaker never tried to commit election fraud.

I'll believe it when I see it.  

[ Parent ]
I was right (0.00 / 0)
The Free Press's Stephen Henderson finally turned on him.  It's funny how much it takes before they cry "uncle", the lap dogs.

[ Parent ]

Progressive Blogroll
For MI Bloggers:
- MI Bloggers Facebook
- MI Bloggers Myspace
- MI Bloggers PartyBuilder
- MI Bloggers Wiki

- Blogging for Michigan
- Call of the Senate Dems
- [Con]serving Michigan (Michigan LCV)
- DailyKos (Michigan tag)
- Enviro-Mich List Serve archives
- Democratic Underground, Michigan Forum
- Jack Lessenberry
- JenniferGranholm.com
- LeftyBlogs (Michigan)
- MI Eye on Bishop
- Michigan Coalition for Progress
- Michigan Messenger
- MI Idea (Michigan Equality)
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
- Rainbow Mittens
- The Upper Hand (Progress Michigan)

Upper Peninsula:
- Keweenaw Now
- Lift Bridges and Mine Shafts
- Save the Wild UP

Western Michigan:
- Great Lakes Guy
- Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott
- Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Gay
- Public Pulse
- West Michigan Politics
- West Michigan Rising
- Windmillin'

- Among the Trees
- Blue Chips (CMU College Democrats Blog)
- Christine Barry
- Conservative Media
- Far Left Field
- Graham Davis
- Honest Errors
- ICDP:Dispatch (Isabella County Democratic Party Blog)
- Liberal, Loud and Proud
- Livingston County Democratic Party Blog
- MI Blog
- Mid-Michigan DFA
- Pohlitics
- Random Ramblings of a Somewhat Common Man
- Waffles of Compromise
- YAF Watch

Flint/Bay Area/Thumb:
- Bay County Democratic Party
- Blue November
- East Michigan Blue
- Genesee County Young Democrats
- Greed, Eggs, and Ham
- Jim Stamas Watch
- Meddling Outsider
- Saginaw County Democratic Party Blog
- Stone Soup Musings
- Voice of Mordor

Southeast Michigan:
- A2Politico
- arblogger
- Arbor Update
- Congressman John Conyers (CD14)
- Mayor Craig Covey
- Councilman Ron Suarez
- Democracy for Metro Detroit
- Detroit Skeptic
- Detroit Uncovered (formerly "Fire Jerry Oliver")
- Grosse Pointe Democrats
- I Wish This Blog Was Louder
- Kicking Ass Ann Arbor (UM College Democrats Blog)
- LJ's Blogorific
- Mark Maynard
- Michigan Progress
- Motor City Liberal
- North Oakland Dems
- Oakland Democratic Politics
- Our Michigan
- Peters for Congress (CD09)
- PhiKapBlog
- Polygon, the Dancing Bear
- Rust Belt Blues
- Third City
- Thunder Down Country
- Trusty Getto
- Unhinged

MI Congressional
District Watch Blogs:
- Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (CD08)

MI Campaigns:
MI Democratic Orgs:
MI Progressive Orgs:
MI Misc.:
National Alternative Media:
National Blogs:
Powered by: SoapBlox