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ALEC, the move to codify the extremist Republican agenda, and the Michigan connection

Reading a column by Paul Krugman just now on the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in pushing so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, I was reminded by a recent article in Mother Jones about how ALEC, working through the Mackinac Center, played a role in passing Michigan’s Public Act 4, […]

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Romney, hoping to stem the Santorum surge, pretends to drive a car through Detroit in a desperate attempt to connect with Michiganders

Given Rick Santorum’s recent, come-from-behind primary wins, and the fact that Super Tuesday is just a few short weeks away, the February 28 primary in Michigan is shaping up to be more important than anyone could have predicted. According to the most optimistic polling that I’ve seen, Romney, the son of former Michigan Governor George […]

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Celebrating two years of corporate rule under the terms dictated by Citizens United

It’s been two years since the Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case, giving corporations the ability to spend unprecedented amounts of money to influence American elections. Here, with some some thoughts on the ramifications of that decision is our favorite journalist, Chris Hedges. …Our electoral system, already hostage to corporate money and corporate lobbyists, […]

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As many as 400 Emergency Financial Managers to be trained in Michigan

Bloomberg is reporting that Michigan may be training as many as 400 Emergency Financial Managers to take over the state’s struggling communities and school systems. Pervious reports had put the number at less than half that. Here’s a clip from the article. …Michigan is giving hundreds of financial professionals and public employees a crash course […]

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If I can’t sleep, no one can…

I’m up late reading the news, and there are three things I wanted to pass along, in hopes that they might keep you awake as well. 1) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, while proposing deep pay cuts for employees of local government, “is using state funds to pay more than $81,500 a year to the 26-year-old […]

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