Yet there they were “pounding” him to change his mind. In the room was Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet). He reportedly had a contentious discussion recently with the new state Democratic Party chair Lon Johnson about the coronation of Mr. Schauer. But when asked on camera to confirm his dissatisfaction he high-tailed it for the north woods.This is just perfect. Complaining after the fact ... always the most productive way forward.
Others included former Rep. Pat Gagliardi, Rep. Joel Sheltron, Rep. Matt Gillard, Rep. Steve Adamini, and former Gov. Blanchard aide and longtime U.P. inside player Tom Baldini.
O.K. a handful of Yoopers in a room pushing to have one of their own does not mean the end of the Schauer candidacy. But there are rumblings, especially among some Democratic women, that they are none to happy with the manner in which Mr. Johnson engineered this whole shebang.
This is why we can't have nice things.
DETROIT - The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled Mike Duggan will remain off of the ballot for Detroit mayor.
As a matter of regular practice, I don't take sides in elections in which I will not cast a ballot, so I have no strong opinions either way who ought to be mayor of Detroit. I will tell you that this outcome is just plain stupid. Mike Duggan is being punished for turning in his paperwork too early.
I hope the Supreme Court hears this and I hope they do the eminently sensible thing of overturning this.
Continuing his long history of equating judgement about the wisdom of certain activities with hatred of doing business of any kind, today conspiracy mongerer and former curator of Henry Payne's Museum for Half-Formed Thoughts Henry Payne declares Gary Peters an enemy of mankind for opposing the giant pile of polluting petroleum coke in the city of Detroit.
Yet the experience of Marathon and Koch shows how treacherous Detroit’s business climate remains — even towards established manufacturing and commodities industries. Indeed, this hostility echoes a national problem as Democrats’ War on Carbon threatens growth in America’s struggling economic recovery.
He goes on to lament that without this kind of economic activity, the city of Detroit would be lighter 155 full-time jobs. One wonders how he'd tie in the loss of the 350 jobs that will be lost when Pulte Homes pulls out. No doubt, somehow it's the convenient fault of Gary Peters, who among his other sins is running for the U.S. Senate next year as a Democrat.
Like most things Henry Payne, there's not much in it that's worth reading unless you're a student of nonsensical tirades that in this case ties together pet coke and its competition in the marketplace, coal. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost in Appalachai, he thunders, apparently oblivious that a) the marketplace for coal energy fell out a couple of years ago when the fracking-driven natural gas boom began, and b) competes with coal as a feedstock. In other words, there might be a war against coal, but it's being waged by the producers of pet coke and natural gas and it's taking place in the marketplace.
And, yes, by logical extension his argument that any opposition to any form of business activity equates to hostility towards business activity in general would mean that anyone who opposes the construction of a munitions plant or a paper factory right next to an elementary school hates economic activity of any kind.
But, you don't bother Henry Payne with pesky things like reality when he's on a tear. You just get out of the way.
Mike Rogers wants you to know that he understands that you don't trust government because ... Benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI! ... but you should, because the idea that the same outfit that turned out the keys to the national security state to a guy who didn't flee to a non-extradition treaty wouldn't ever abuse or misuse your personal information. Also, if you don't trust them, the terrorists win.
At a time when the Obama administration’s IRS, Benghazi and Justice Department scandals have understandably damaged Americans’ trust in their government, it is important to understand why these programs are different. Neither program allows the NSA to read e-mails or listen to phone calls of American citizens. Both programs are constitutional and do not violate any American’s Fourth Amendment rights. Both are strictly overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a federal court created in 1978 to protect the rights of American citizens in the course of foreign intelligence gathering.
It used to be a uniquely American trait to not just simply trust your social betters. This is especially the case when it involved a social better who spent hundreds of words to say something he could have said in less than five. I appreciate that hundreds and thousands of terrorist plots have been prevented by invasive government surveillance. What I'd appreciate even more are details about them. Because, you know, when we get those details it turns out more than often not that invasive government surveillance had very little to do with anything.
We're focusing on the small these days, small contributions to big problems and people-focused solutions rather than waiting for Big to show up and fix things. The power of small.
Same thing has been the theme this last week in a donation drive. I've asked people to give a little, and you've responded better than I expected. I greatly appreciated.
At the outset, I said this would be a one-week affair. That means tomorrow, Sunday, is the final day of the official fund raising drive. Depending on what other things make demands on my time tomorrow, I might not get to a wrap-up and final pitch for donations.
If you've considered donating a little -- and I'm only expecting $10 or $20 donations (a couple of generous souls have given more) -- please do so. Here's the link. Of, you can mail a check (made out to me) to: 319 S. Oak St. Apt. A, Mount Pleasant, MI, 4885 (or, if you drive past and want to shower the front porch with pennies ... feel free to do that, too).
School employees in the dissolved districts would not have rights to jobs in the receiving district — even though their district dissolved through no fault of their own. The legislation initially protected school employees in the dissolved districts by providing them with the right of first refusal for jobs in the receiving district, but an amendment by state Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, stripped away all employee protections.
Franz’s amendment was fully supported by House Education Committee Chairwoman Lisa Lyons, R-Alto. In response to school employees’ concerns, Lyons said from the House floor: “Pigs get fat — hogs get slaughtered.”
Another example of legislation written to apply to singular situations, which is terrible policy making in the first place. In the second, how does it help things that one of the lawmakers responsible referred to teachers and other school employees as hogs to be slaughtered. The financial distress at Buena Vista wasn't caused by the teachers.
A long time ago, we arrived at the point where they -- the Legislature -- just did things to do things, and didn't care how spitefully they came across. At the end of the day, you have to ask is what about this kind of comment will ever make it easier for people to work together.
You know, for most things it's not how quickly you get a job done but how well you do it, like creating a budget.
It was a little late (they were shooting for June 1), but they got it done.
Michigan Gov. Snyder signed the budget into law this afternoon. After doing so they took to social media to fluff their feathers about their accomplishment:
What follows is a little pic taking credit for a balanced budget the third year in a row, which -- ummm -- is mandated in the state constitution. It's also something that used to get done by this time of year routinely. The difference is that during the Granholm years, the senate majority leader let his personal hatred for the governor interfere with his willingness to get the job done in timely fashion.
What should be a simple decision apparently flummoxes the House Speaker.
LANSING - Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger says he hasn’t decided how to proceed on the question of possibly protecting gays in the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Bolger, R-Marshall, says it’s a “struggle” to reach a decision on how gays might be addressed in the state’s Elliott-Larsen anti-discrimination law.
Update Michigan law in a way that huge majorities of most demographics thinks is important and that is also morally good and that promotes the best known business-friendly social policy today, or continue to yield to a small and dying minority of bigots whose ideas are today considered primitive. Yes, I could see how a man could genuinely struggle with that.
She segues from going after pet coke polluters to pointing out the obvious: Maura Corrigan's "bootstraps" approach to helping the poor costs us money she intended to save by cutting benefits.
As the longest standing member on the House Appropriations Human Services subcommittee, I have never seen so many mistakes made by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Mistakes are made, but it’s unconscionable when they cost Michigan more than $70 million.
In 2011, MDHS Director Maura Corrigan interfered with the Legislature’s intent when she implemented a federal 60-month lifetime limit on cash assistance. The implementation of state and federal lifetime limits were in conflict,and she should have stayed with the 48-month limit the Legislature approved. According to the House Fiscal Agency, the lawsuit over this matter has so far cost the state $43.9 million.
Go read the entire thing. If you can't, to sum up: Maura Corrigan cut benefits to a bunch of people to save the state money. Instead, through the incompetent way the department did it, it's wound up costing us more than we were ever going to pay out.
By the way, this is the same Maura Corrigan who booted the state's college students off food aid on the grounds that when Maura Corrigan was in school and the state paid for about three-quarters of her schooling costs, she had a job.
I have to apologize for yesterday's lack of posts. I spent the afternoon building a watering station at our local community garden and it took most of my day. The rest of it was spent resting and falling asleep early and rising to muscle soreness related to using muscles that are rarely used.
It's in that spirit that we welcome our current sponsor, the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council and their ongoing campaign to get people to find alternative means to getting around than "one person, one car." One person can make a little difference, and if added up to a lot of people equals a big difference.
Please take this opportunity to show your appreciation for their support by reading a little about Mid-MEAC and their Smart Commute campaign. And, if you live in Lansing (or anywhere else ... I'm sure they'd love to know that they had broader impact), consider taking part. If you already do this, consider participating in spirit by doing something else but related. Help plant a garden, catch rain water, turn off a light, eat a smaller portion of meat, something.
Of, if you'd like to join Mid-MEAC and other people and organizations that have sponsored Michigan Liberal in the past, you can do that. It's open all summer starting soon, and I'm always happy to have a little help. Rates are $25 a day, $100 a week, and $360 a month. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, via text message (517-881-8008 ... I don't pick up calls from unknown numbers), or social media.