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Meet a charming young power couple: Mary Pat Foster & Chris Christie

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NotNailedDownw244h398Forget Bill and Hill,  Barack and Michelle ... meet the younger college Power Couple:  university age Mary Pat Foster and Chris Christie.

Another guest post by our friend hardibear of freerangetalk.com

Continuing to report in depth on the slow Fall of Trenton, Rachel Maddow introduced us to yet another important player's name to memorize in Jersey politicking:  the first incarnation(s) of Governor Chris Christie. It's a must savor. Enjoy the video below.

As the scandals and subpoenas continue to pile up, one more name has surfaced in the list of those Christie has ... 'assisted' to power, shall we say ... that of the aforementioned Miss Mary Pat.

Is anyone that sh-shocked that Governor Arsehole is not beloved of either party from Florida to Texas?? What is of nouveau interest is something the goodly muck-rakers at Talking Points Memo have been reporting on, that the Bully and Bullshit Show has been on the road since his proverbial salad days. [He did have them, WaPo columnist and C. C. critic, Eugene Robinson!] The University of Delaware must be kicking themselves for not seeing what they had let loose on the Northeast.

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Who was the succeeding president of the formidable D.U. Student Congress? Clue: her future brother-in-law Todd managed her campaign, dear man. First Lady Mary Pat Foster Christie is no gubernatorial desperate housewife -- probably why Bravo's notorious Real Housewives of New Jersey people haven't strapped a mic-pack on her. Yet.

Of her unopposed triumph, the outgoing president said to a press he could control, "Mary Pat is a good person and all the experience in the world can't compensate for that", the young Christie told their mutual college newspaper, The Review. Adding that [paraphrased] 'even though Foster · ran unopposed in the election, it was more a sign of silent approval than voter apathy'. 

Oh, he was always this good a truth bender. Mary Pat Foster, however, has played the Good Cop rather well. She may well be a saint and cough completely uninvolved in any iota of the dirtier handwork, but this description of her breadth of skill from her Governor husband just in 2013 speaks volumes. Original story at Bloomberg.  

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drew laughs at the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville last month as he explained the “ugly truth” of his 27-year marriage: His bond-trader wife is his meal ticket.

Courtesy governorasshole dot com

Courtesy governorasshole dot com

Not a bad strategy ... have you SEEN Drumthwacket?! It beats the Soprano Manse by a Jersey mile, the guv'nah couple's current residence.

The governor, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, often boasts that his spouse is the reason he could give up his career as a lawyer and enter politics. A managing director at Angelo Gordon & Co., Mary Pat Christie is the main earner. She also juggles raising four children and oversees a $33 million Hurricane Sandy charity.

Image courtsey Lehigh Valley News

Image courtsey Lehigh Valley News

Of course no other than George Wackadoo Bush brought this pair of career politicians back to life ... following many many campaign donation dollars and Eastern Corridor loyalty promises. Thanks W. Again.

From Drumwalk dot com.

From Drumwalk dot com.

Steve Bennen, Maddow Blog guru and recently seen in select cable programming wonk-heaven moments, has some fresh squeezed juicy goodness,  whilst going back to the original angles. Why, you might ask? Because Rachel is a dying-breed sort of modern journalist, and that is what they DO. Find and broadcast facts. Occasionally after stepping awaaaay from a keyboard and infectious hysteria.

His fine updates continue here.

In December, the governor belittled reporters and lawmakers who took the bridge controversy seriously. Asked about false testimony his top aide at the Port Authority delivered to the state Assembly, Christie said his “curiosity is more than satiated.” Asked whether he look for additional information, the governor replied, “Why would I? … I have a lot of things to do. I know you guys are obsessed with this. I’m not. I’m really not. It’s just not that big a deal.”

"It's just not that big a deal." I think Joe Biden might have a different term (not to mention opinion and some future deserved resentment re the University of Delaware). Massively BFD, Dude. Enjoy the last days at Drumthwacket.

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Detroit proposes plan to turn to "Obamacare" to ease bankruptcy costs

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So will the GOP blame thank Obama and his evil Marxist socialist Kenyan Muslim Affordable Care Act for helping Detroit cope with bankruptcy, financial martial law (see above video), and failed GOP state and national economic policies, erosion of public services, union busting, and deregulation? Will they admit their hypocrisy?

You can stop laughing now.

Via the New York Times:

As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.

Similar proposals that could shift public sector retirees into the new insurance markets, called exchanges, are already being planned or contemplated in places like Chicago; Sheboygan County, Wis.; and Stockton, Calif. [...]

[T]he health law’s guarantee of federal subsidies to help people with modest incomes afford coverage has made the new insurance markets tantalizing for local governments.

The downside: Policies bought through an exchange could be more expensive for retirees than public sector health plans. On the other hand, some could end up spending less on coverage bought through the online markets than they do now.

And because Michigan is under King Rick Snyder's control, it is one of the Republican states that opted out of expanding Medicaid. Way to go, Ricky!

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VIDEO: Rev. Al Sharpton files lawsuit against Michigan Emergency Management system (aka financial martial law)

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MSNBC:

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.

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MI Dictator, er, Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Detroit, will appoint emergency manager to take over

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Let's recap what exactly the king dictator governor of Michigan has been up to.

King Ricky’s appalling financial martial law was, and apparently will continue to be, the legislation that allows one person (the emergency manager) to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. It renders local officials and voters powerless. For example:

  • He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Doesn't matter. OUT.
  • You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.
  • You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.

Then there's the GOP’s ongoing goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule.

Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It’s important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.

But back to Financial Martial Law. It's ba-a-ack. Bloomberg:

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder plans to name an emergency manager to handle Detroit’s fiscal crisis, stripping power from local officials [...]

His decision may inflame opponents, as the administration of a white Republican seizes control of a place that is predominantly black and Democratic. [...]

Detroit... would be the sixth Michigan city put under state control [...]

Opponents say state takeovers disenfranchise voters by stripping elected officials of their power over municipalities or school districts, and may protect bondholders at the expense of employees, services and taxpayers... Some have said a takeover is racist because, along with Detroit, cities where almost half of Michigan’s black residents live would be under state control. Managers are already in charge in Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint and Pontiac.

Take a look at this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show from January 2012:

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WTF is the matter with Michigan? Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It's important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.

Speaking of remembering, remember King Ricky's appalling financial martial law? That was the legislation that allowed one person to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. For example:

He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Pfft, fuggetaboutit. OUT.

You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.

You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.

Remember all my rants about the GOP’s goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule? Me too.

And now Michigan's House has passed new version and sent it to the Senate all nice and repackaged under a different name, and they're pushing it right on through as they are wont to do:

The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.

Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK'd by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan's "pro-life" Republicans:

Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.

The bill, OK'd 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]

Public schools - currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon - would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill... [U]nintended consequences - more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers' guns in locked places.

Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?

Because Republican just can't seem to learn any lessons from the November elections, they decided to pass a bill attacking LGBTs and women. And to make double super sure that their so-called "small government" keeps their big paws off the rights of individuals, they included a "conscience objection" for health care providers who don't want to give that care when they feel it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Never mind anyone else's beliefs... or non-beliefs.

In other words, they get to discriminate against gay people and female people, even when it means that their well-being is at stake:

The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

There you have it, Michigan in a very ugly nutshell.

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Michigan's big extreme anti-union, abortion restriction day

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I'm here in Michigan, standing at the corner of One Party Rule and War on Civil Rights.

King Rick Snyder of Michigan of “strong medicine, financial martial law” and radical assault on Michigan's working families fame is also waging a fierce war on women. Think Progress is reporting that state lawmakers are likely to "revive an omnibus anti-abortion bill that sparked widespread protests after it passed the House this summer, in addition to a host of other restrictive abortion legislation they hope to force through the current lame duck session."

Because under Snyder, government hasn't been intrusive enough.

The state senate may consider multiple anti-abortion bills that aim to:

1) Regulate abortion clinics out of existence.

2) Limit abortion access for women in rural areas

3) Impose further guidelines for the disposal of fetal remains (treat them in the exact same manner as dead bodies).

4) Prevent private insurance companies from covering any abortion services.

5) Allow doctors to refuse to perform abortion services because of their personal beliefs.

More details at the link.

Republicans love to demand small government and whine and moan about Democratic overreach. Welcome to Hypocrisyville.

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