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Michigan, Michigan, Michigan, what are we going to do with you? For example, a Michigan high school chose to protect a star basketball player instead of his rape victims.
And of course, there's that pesky Michigan Emergency Management system (aka financial martial law).
Not the best track record, and we have the GOP to thank. But turn that frown upside down, it's not all bad news. There are Democrats who live and work and do good things in that state, and one is about to announce a run for retiring Senator Carl Levin's seat.
Rep. Gary Peters will announce his campaign for Senate on Wednesday, giving Democrats a top candidate to run for the open seat in Michigan. [...]
CQ Roll Call Contributing Writer Stuart Rothenberg rates this race as Safe Democrat.
A Peters spokesperson says he's still "weighing his decision," but
it looks like he is running.
Republicans have yet to field a recruit for this seat. But former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Reps. Justin Amash and Mike Rogers continue to consider campaigns.
As President Obama would say, please proceed, because Peters has out-raised Amash and Rogers combined.
Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
Yesterday I posted a video: AR pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, but Exxon won’t pay taxes to cleanup fund, and before that I covered the lunacy of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (scroll) over and over again.
As you can see from the Maddow Show video above, so did Rachel. Please watch the entire segment, and then call or write your Congress members and the White House.
And with that, your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
While President Obama didn't address the Keystone XL Pipeline directly at a San Francisco fundraiser on Wednesday, he did give a hint that political reality – or his perception of it -- will compel him to approve it.
He said, "The politics of this are tough."
“[T]he thing that I’m going to have to try to work to persuade the American people a little more convincingly on is this notion that there’s a contradiction between our economy and our environment is just a false choice,” Obama said at a San Francisco fundraiser.
“If we invest now, we will create jobs, we will create entire new industries; other countries will be looking to catch up, they will be looking to import what we do,” Obama said at one of two fundraisers supporting Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee efforts to retake the House next year.
Obama’s remarks came at the home of billionaire Tom Steyer, a major supporter of green energy and climate initiatives who is planning to play an active role in the 2014 elections.
Obama said earth’s temperature probably isn’t the “number one concern” for workers who haven’t seen a raise in a decade; have an underwater mortgage; are spending $40 to fill their gas tank, can’t afford a hybrid car, and face other challenges.
The remarks of the president didn't mention Keystone, but given the recent State Department Report -- written with input from pipeline consultants -- that gave the project a green light, Obama appears to be preparing even a billionaire opponent for the inevitable: approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline because of "the politics." [...]
Oddly, Obama called for Congress and others to educate the middle class and America about climate change, but except for some remarks in his recent State of the Union, the president himself has done little to dispel the myths about the so-called positive aspects of the pipeline.
For example, it will only create a few thousand short-term jobs more or less. Furthermore, the tar sand extraction process in Canada is what will cause the devastating impact on carbon release, not the pipeline itself. It is the Keystone XL Pipeline that will facilitate, at a lower transportation cost, the transfer of this heavy oil to Houston thus making it profitable to proceed with its environmentally disastrous production. Furthermore, the oil is not directed at lowering US gas prices. It will be sold on the world spot market to the highest bidders, whoever will provide the biggest profits to the oil companies.
Yesterday, BuzzFlash at Truthout posted the commentary: "President Obama: If 'XL Pipeline Is Harmless to Environment' as Your State Department Claims, Then Explain Exxon-Mobil's Tar Sands Pipeline Rupture-Evacuation in Arkansas"
Please read the entire post here.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting on what Republican national committeeman Dave Agema's posted on Facebook during the Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage equality.
LANSING -- A prominent Michigan Republican was not backing down or apologizing Thursday as he faced calls for his resignation over an antigay posting on his Facebook page. [...]
The post depicts gay people as sexually promiscuous, rife with sexually transmitted diseases and responsible for "half the murders in large cities." It cites 30-year-old studies for some of its statistics and sources such as the Congressional Record and special-interest groups for others.
The article he posted is titled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals." You can link over and see the despicable content for yourself.
Here's how it appears on his Facebook page:
See? "Dave likes" that article!
After criticism poured in, he responded with this:
"It's not hate. It's facts derived from several studies. The trouble is many don't like facts."
"Many don't like facts" but "Dave likes" that article!
The next day he said that it was worth sharing, plus this:
"Some publications and even a few liberal Republicans have chosen to take the words of someone else and cast them as my own... I will not back down... I will dig in and fight even harder to defend our conservative values from these attacks by liberals in the media, and even in our own party."
Of course he also insisted that he doesn't hate or discriminate against anyone.
Of course not. Why would anyone ever suggest such a thing? But Dave sure "likes" that article!
Just to be clear about what kind of extremist nutball this guy is, here are a couple of other items he has posted on his Facebook page:
On Thursday, Michigan’s Public Act 36 comes into effect and Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr becomes Emergency Manager (EM), granting him an expansion of his authority over the city, including the ability to unilaterally override collective bargaining agreements. However, a group of activists which includes PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton is working to strip him of those powers entirely. Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, has filed a federal lawsuit contending that the Emergency Management system is unlawful.
King Ricky Snyder's response to protests over stomping all over democracy by undermining voters?
“The old law went away, but we put in a new law that really was responsive to the issues that came up during that process,. And 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 in charge of that process, and I think that’s critically important.... It's not about excluding people, it's about teamwork... solving problems together..."
Said the elected official who gets to remain in power as he pulls the plug on other elected officials' power.
Teamwork my ass.
We've covered this story often, including this from earlier this month: MI Dictator, er, Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Detroit, will appoint emergency manager to take over.
Stuart Rothenberg has a piece in Roll Call that gives Democrats hope for 2014 regarding potential governorships:
If Democrats can win a number of these big-state governorships, even if they don’t take back the U.S. House, it could well bolster the narrative of Democratic momentum leading up to the 2016 elections. It also would put Democrats in the position to retain those governorships four years later, in 2018, when states will select governors who will play a role in the next round of congressional redistricting.
Vulnerable Republican governors in four of the 10 largest states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — give Democrats obvious targets, as well as the bragging rights that go along with any victories.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers are in the toidy, as are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s. Ohio’s Republican governor, John R. Kasich's approvals have recently improved, though, but he could be vulnerable. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, or as I like to call him, King Ricky (of Financial Martial Law infamy), could also be in trouble.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds Gov. Rick Snyder (R) trailing three possible Democratic challengers in 2014 match ups.
Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease. Maybe we'd be able to reverse a few bad GOP laws:
Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — along with Virginia this year and Maine in 2014 — constitute Democrats’ top opportunities in the 38 gubernatorial races up between now and next November. Winning a number of the big states would further shake Republican confidence and swing the nation’s political pendulum further toward the Democrats.
Keep your far left hand's blue fingers crossed, because with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) not seeking reelection in 2014, we could lose a Senate seat. We need all the political boosts we can get.
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