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Gov. Snyder Thinks He Was Elected Dictator of Michigan!

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This morning on Morning Joke Joe, Rev. Sharpton asked an excellent question, which prompted Governor Snyder to reveal how he feels about our right to elect our local leaders.

Rev. Al: …how do you deal with the fact that the “customers” as Kevin called them, feel disenfranchised. I mean, you made a unilateral decision. Their elected officials have really been, their power has been taken away and it undermines peoples right to vote because the only one who voted for Kevin was you. And this is something that is very disturbing that you have governors undermine the will of voters. There was s referendum last year that was opposed to this kind of action, you did it anyway.
Gov. Snyder: Reverend, if you look at it, the old law went away but we put in a new one that really was responsive to the issues that came up during that process. If you look at it, I’m also the elected official. I was elected by the people of Michigan, so there is an elected official responsible for this process and I think that is critically important. Continue reading

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Michigan Republican Lawmaker Jumps on Birther Train; Nation Yawns

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Duh.

Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Dum-Dum) has decided to jump on the birther train. He still has questions about where Obama was born, and the dadgum gotcha media has failed to answer them, instead choosing to give the Kenyan Usurper a pass on his nefarious skullduggery:

State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, was on Michael Patrick Shiels’ Lansing radio program today and had some fun and interesting things to say about where President Obama was born.

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Michigan Lawmakers Introduce State-Mandated Rape Bill… AGAIN. [update]

transvaginal transducerOn Tuesday, Michigan lawmakers introduced an ultrasound bill — again — because if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Last year, it was HB 4433. This year, it’s HB 4187.

Via Angi Becker Stevens at RH Reality Check:

Tuesday, anti-choice Michigan legislators re-introduced a piece of legislation I wrote about last session, that will force all women seeking safe abortion care to undergo an ultrasound with the most technologically-advanced imaging equipment available, a minimum of two hours prior to obtaining an abortion.

And lest you think this is just the same old bill, similar to those defeated in Virginia and Alabama last year, Stevens reminds you that it’s potentially worse:

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Obama Slams Michigan ‘Right to Work’ Laws as ‘the Right to Work for Less Money’ [updated]

20121210-165710.jpgThis afternoon, President Obama gave a speech in Detroit blasting the Michigan GOP’s effort to jam right-to-work laws down Michigan citizens’ throats:

Right-to-work laws are “giving you the right to work for less money,” Obama said in his speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant.

“What we shouldn’t be doing is try to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions,” he said, arguing for the need for high-skilled, well-payed workers. “We don’t want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top.”

Here’s video from TPM:

For full coverage of the disaster that is becoming Michigan democracy, including photographs from the lovely Anne Savage, please check out ABLC’s friend, Eclectablog.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to Eclectablog’s coverage of today’s rally.

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Michigan GOP Wants to Give Tax Break to Fetuses — Yes, Seriously

This is just plain stupid:

One of the jokes I have often made about so-called personhood amendments is that if you give a fertilized egg full rights as a person, you should get to claim them on your taxes, too.

Suddenly, that joke is a lot less funny.

Michigan Republicans are now pushing a bill that would grant a tax credit to any fetus proven to be at least 12 weeks along by December 31st. Calling it an “advance” on the actual tax break the family would receive the next calendar year, the GOP frames the financial help as a chance to offset expenses with pregnancy.

Michigan slashed the child tax credit last year.  Now Michigan Republicans want to give fetal tax credits.  They also don’t want you to say “vagina.”

Stop the planet, please. I want to get off.

[via RH Reality Check]

Walk and Talk the Vote: ‘The West Wing’ Reunion Campaign Ad

This ad is UH-MAZING.

Bridget Mary McCormack is seeking election to the Supreme Court in Michigan. Her sister, Mary McCormack, was a member of the cast of “The West Wing.” Cast members reunited to make this video stressing the importance of voting on the nonpartisan section of the ballot, and it is AWESOME:

Make sure you check your ballot carefully, people!

To find out more, check out Bridget Mary McCormack’s campaign website.

You’re welcome.

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And the Voter Suppression Begins

Here we go. Make up bullshit rules, and even if they’re deemed illegal and unenforceable, the mass confusion it causes will deny arguably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of eligible voters across the country their Constitutional right to vote.


Michigan Radio first became aware of the situation when talking to Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Rich Robinson who said he was refused a ballot because he would not check the box. He refused because it is not legally required…

…When Rich Robinson went to the polls in East Lansing this morning, poll workers refused to give him a ballot because he would not check a box declaring he was a U.S. citizen. Checking that box is not required under law. Robinson works for the Michigan Campaign Finance Network and is familiar with election law. He says he wonders how many others are being denied the right to vote today because local election officials are misinformed.

“If the information couldn’t travel accurately five miles down Michigan Avenue from the capitol to the East Lansing City Clerk, what’s going on in Ontonagon or Monroe or points in between.”

And all of this is due to the decision of Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to add the citizenship box on the ballot after the bill requesting that provision was vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. You know, because voter fraud and freedoms.

This doesn’t even begin to tackle the subject of voter ID laws tantamount to poll taxes and what will be considered legal ID in the differing eyes of thousands and thousands of volunteer percent workers. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen the people manning my voting booths, and I don’t think they’re capable of filling out a postal service change of address form, let alone figure out what’s a real ID and what isn’t.

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Michigan Republican Lawmaker Is Pretty Sure Obama is a Secret Muslim

What is going on here. Seriously.

Oh for fuck’s sake:

Yesterday you may remember how state Rep. and Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema was saying that he’s totally cool with an ethically-deficient Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. Believe it or not, this isn’t the stupidest thing Agema said this week.

According to the firewalled Gongwer [News Service], Agema thinks that (a) President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim and (b) pretty much all terrorists are Muslims.

Gongwer: “Which is it? He can’t be both,” he said. “It’s disingenuous to say one time you’re a Christian and then say another time you’re a Muslim.”

Mr. Agema said his other problem is with Mr. Obama saying Islam is a religion of peace.

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim,” he said. “I disagree that Islam is a religion of peace.”

Not only is President Obama a gay crackhead, but he’s also Muslim! (Never mind that President Obama has never said he was ever Muslim (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), and even if he was, he couldn’t possibly be Christian now because people never change religions. That’s unheard of, right Newt Gingrich?)

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Bitter Wingnut Obamacare Tears: Former Head of the Michigan GOP Matt Davis Edition

I may just keep posting Wingnut Obamacare Tears posts all damn day because I’ve got a full bottle of wine and no brain filter right now.  I guess one could say that I don’t give a fuuuuuuuuck.

That said, here is former spokesman for the Michigan GOP calling for armed rebellion because of the SCOTUS ruling today:

Like many conservatives, Matt Davis, the former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, was upset that the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama’s health care law on Thursday.

But unlike those who simply saw it as a rallying cry to elect more conservatives in November, Davis wants to know whether an “armed rebellion” will be necessary to overturn the law.

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Michigan Rep. Wayne Schmidt: Lisa Brown Saying ‘Vagina’ is Like a ‘Child Who Needed a Time Out’

What war on women?

GOP Representative Wayne Schmidt discussed Vagina-Gate on a radio show and likened Lisa Brown to a child who clearly doesn’t know how to behave when it comes to debating Michigan Republicans who are hell bent on legislating women’s body parts:

You know, as I said to someone up north here, it’s like giving the kid a time out for a day. Hey, time out, you went a comment too far, you spoke your piece, we’re gonna let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we’ll get back to business. But unfortunately, business has become a sideshow.

Here’s Sam Seder talking about the controversy on The Majority Report.  This video is a must watch:
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