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  • President Trump supporters hold rally in Holland (Michigan)

    02/18/2017 4:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WZZM-TV ^ | February 18, 2017 | Jaleesa Irizarry
    HOLLAND, MICH. - For weeks we have seen protests against President Donald Trump but on Saturday, dozens rallied in Holland in support of him. "I'm getting tired of picking up the paper everyday and reading that so many people are against Trump and the perception is he's a bad illegitimate President," Trump supporter, Jim Chiodo, said. "That's a lie and I wanted to get our side out." Chiodo helped organize Saturday's movement to counter-protest the push back against Trump. "We certainly support the safety of our country and banning of certain people of our country regardless of their religion. We...
  • Michigan Has Thousands of Crumbling Dams Pose Dangers

    02/17/2017 5:13:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    UpNorthLive ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017
    Michigan has thousands of aging and under-maintained dams that could pose localized risks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tells the Detroit Free Press that all but six of the state's 88 potential high-hazard dams are approaching 50 years old, the average engineered life span for a dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan a D grade on the condition of its dams in 2009, saying more than 90 percent of the state's nearly 2,600 dams would reach or exceed their design life by 2020.
  • Sen. Nugent? Motor City Madman mulls 2018 Senate run

    02/17/2017 1:57:34 PM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sasha Savitsky
    "I'm always very interested in making my country and the great state of Michigan great again and there is nothing I wouldn't do to help in any way I possibly can," Nugent told The Daily Caller. ... "There's a lot of excitement here in Michigan and we think Ted Nugent would be a great candidate to win against Debbie Stabenow," Anderson said. She said of Rock, "I think [Kid Rock] would be awesome," adding she would not "be surprised if there was a movement for him to run."
  • 3 Resign After Video Shows Michigan Teachers Making Vulgar Comments About Students

    02/15/2017 1:32:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    ktla ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | Tribune Media Wire
    A Michigan school district official and two teachers have resigned after a video surfaced apparently showing teachers and school staff playing a vulgar game at a bar. The footage shows staff members from Bangor Public Schools naming students and other teachers in the game, according to KTLA sister station WXMI in Grand Rapids. The game, which apparently took place at a restaurant or bar, was recorded last month by someone at a nearby table. The video was posted on YouTube and then shared widely, WXMI reported.
  • Video: Bangor teachers, staff play game of 'marry, kill' about students

    02/15/2017 7:25:09 AM PST · by Elvina · 46 replies
    WZZM ABC 13 ^ | 2/14/17 | Andrew Krietz
    BANGOR, MICH. - A video showing a group of Bangor teachers and staff making inappropriate comments about students prompted a school secretary to resign. The commentary, heard in a six-minute video posted Monday, Feb. 13, to YouTube, shows a group of adults sitting around a table at the Bangor Tavern Bar and Grill. Such comments from seven involved Bangor Public Schools faculty include ratings of who they'd have sex with, marry, or kill.
  • Video shows Bangor teacher duct taping student in class

    02/15/2017 7:21:02 AM PST · by Elvina · 15 replies
    WWMT News Channel 3 ^ | 2/14/17 | Mike Krafcik
    BANGOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – More controversy is hitting the Bangor school system. On the same day two teachers resigned after video of school employees making inappropriate comments about students went viral, new video has surfaced of a Bangor High School teacher duct taping a student in class and there is now a criminal investigation underway. The school system confirmed that a teacher resigned Tuesday after admitting to duct taping a 16-year-old student in his desk. Police say the boy felt embarrassed and wants the teacher to be prosecuted. The video, taken by a student, shows the Bangor High School...
  • How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes

    02/14/2017 10:36:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/12/2017 | Kahryn Riley
    States that make it harder for someone to work legally, typically through licensing requirements, tend to have higher levels of unemployment. Two studies released this past November show how these barriers are a particular problem for ex-offenders, thereby increasing their likeliness to reoffend. Scholars from Arizona State University and the Kaufmann Foundation studied the relationship between occupational licensing and recidivism. They discovered that states that require licenses for a greater number of jobs also experienced a higher recidivism rate. This suggests that efforts to reduce recidivism rates and other criminal justice reforms should take into consideration the impact of occupational...
  • Billionaire Little Caesars Pizza founder Mike Ilitch has died at 87

    02/10/2017 5:14:04 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    MLive ^ | February 10, 2017 | Danielle Salisbury
    DETROIT, MI - Little Caesars Pizza founder Mike Ilitch, the billionaire sportsman and champion for Detroit, died Friday at an area hospital. He was 87. "My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family," his son and Ilitch Holdings Inc. President and CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement. "He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his passion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his...
  • Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests

    02/10/2017 8:32:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2017 | Derek Draplin
    Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, says it took months for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to respond to his Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the Flint water crisis. The department initially said the documents did not exist, but months later the lawmaker received tens of thousands of documents the agency had withheld. Phelps sent a request in early September 2015 to the DEQ as well as the Michigan Department of Treasury and the city of Flint. Phelps said his FOIAs asked for any documents relating to officials knowing that Flint River water was safe for use...
  • Vanity post - Debbie Stabenow

    02/04/2017 4:33:19 PM PST · by a.c.t.32 · 32 replies
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    Have any of my fellow Michiganders noticed our "esteemed" Senator Debbie Stabenow standing beside Chuck Schumer any time he's on camera, speaking for the Democrats, lately? I've seen her several times on the evening news over the past few days. Why her?
  • Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

    02/01/2017 11:45:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2017 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Mackinac Center typically sends hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests to public offices every year. A FOIA request requires public entities to turn over documents and is an extremely important tool for holding government accountable. These requests have helped us uncover unions skimming money from home health care aides and child care providers, break news of a scandal involving a film studio, expose teachers who couldn’t be fired despite committing criminal acts, find out about millions of public dollars being used for private union employees, discover a pension spiking scandal and more. I’m the one who sends out...
  • Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up

    02/01/2017 9:18:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/29/2017 | Anne Schieber
    Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills that will require specified engineering standards in setting speed limits in Michigan, helping to put an end to what some motorists claim are speed traps. The changes went into effect when the governor signed them into law on Jan. 4. “This might be the best New Year’s present Michigan’s motorists and our visitors could have wished for,” said James Walker of the National Motorists Association, which supported the bills. The bills will increase speed limits, with the limit on rural interstates going up to 75 mph. They also require that limits on...
  • Macomb v media: voters who read little news think Trump had a great first week (Press frustrated)

    01/27/2017 9:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | January 27, 2017 | Ed Pilkington in Macomb County, Michigan
    In one short week in the White House, Donald Trump has managed to shatter the tradition of the honeymoon period enjoyed by new presidents. While predecessors eased themselves into the role and were showered with national adulation, he has prompted widespread criticism with a stream of provocations. Trump has proclaimed war on the media, was accused of serial lying, declared open season on environmentalists and undocumented immigrants, outraged the Mexican president, begun stripping millions of Americans of healthcare coverage, and revived the prospect of torturing terror suspects. The pugnacity of his pronouncements has left even Trump-hardened observers aghast, prompting speculation...
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • Fiat Chrysler Ready To Move Pickup Trucks From Mexico If Trump Plays Cards Right

    01/26/2017 9:13:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2017 | Joann Muller
    The chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said his company could quickly move production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks to Michigan from Mexico if President Donald J. Trump's "America First" economic plan provides enough incentives. "Properly motivated, it could be executed very quickly by FCA," possibly by 2019 or 2020, Sergio Marchionne told analysts during a conference call to discuss the company's record financial results for 2016. Automakers have been under pressure from the new Trump Administration to build more of their cars in the United States as part of the president's agenda to create more American jobs. But the...
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields ‘Excited’ for Donald Trump ‘Renaissance in American Manufacturing’

    01/24/2017 12:11:53 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation, and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing,” Fields told reporters after the meeting, according to the Detroit News. Fields also praised Trump’s decision to kill former President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, pointing out that it failed to address currency manipulation.
  • Michigan Man Whose Drug Sentence Commuted By Obama Is Shot Dead

    01/24/2017 8:06:21 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 110 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | January 24, 2017 10:01 AM | staff
    SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) – A man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted in November by President Barack Obama has been fatally shot at a federal halfway house in Michigan after two men with assault-style rifles sought him out, police said. Two men wearing masks went into Bannum Place in Saginaw on Monday night with plans to kill 31-year-old Damarlon Thomas, a former Saginaw gang member. Lt. David Kaiser said Thomas was shot several times by one of the men as some of the roughly two dozen people at the home were held at gunpoint.
  • Michigan Teacher Won’t Let Students Watch Trump’s Inauguration Speech

    01/18/2017 4:14:56 PM PST · by bigbob · 71 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 1-18-17 | Emily Zanotti
    Fourth-grade students in Williamston, Michigan, won’t be watching Donald Trump’s Inauguration speech during class time on Friday because their teacher feels Trump’s statements during the campaign compromise the historic event. According to radio host Steve Gruber, Brett Meteyer, who teaches the elementary school students, sent a letter to parents explaining that students would watch the 2005 and 2009 inaugurations instead, and will cut off viewing of Trump’s inauguration right before the President-elect speaks.
  • Teacher says he won't show Trump inaugural address to students

    01/18/2017 3:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    KIDY-TV ^ | January 18, 2017 | R. J. Wolcott, Lansing State Journal , WZZM
    WILLIAMSTON, MICH. - A Williamston teacher’s decision not to show President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration speech to his students prompted strong reactions on social media after a letter to parents was shared by Williamston graduate and current syndicated radio host Steve Gruber. On his website, Gruber, who also has two children in the school district, posted an email sent to parents Monday by Brett Meteyer, a fourth-grade teacher at Williamston’s Explorer Elementary School. Gruber said he received a copy of the email from another parent in the district. In the email, Meteyer explained that the President-elect's comments during the election about...
  • Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police

    01/17/2017 1:53:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2017 | Derek Draplin
    Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Jan. 3 that bans a cash bond requirement in civil asset forfeiture proceedings. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal proceeding that allows police and prosecutors to keep and sell seized property, in many cases even if the owner is never convicted or even charged with a crime. The new law builds on 2015 reforms to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture. Rep. Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Twp, first introduced House Bill 4629, now Public Act 418 of 2016, in May 2015. The law lifts a requirement that a person whose property is seized as part of civil asset...
  • He is headed to the UN ![Charismatic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 8:11:48 AM PST · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    A voice in the distance a wave in the air, But bearing no fruit except despair, A leader once of a country beloved, But now he attacks the messenger from above, The Dove of freedom he claims to hold, But truly in his hand is a hammer not gold, Denying The " T " ruth of "I AM "(JESUS), Causing grief to sacred land ! Soon he shall be revealed as that angel of old, That fell to the earth being vane and bold, His heart is black as his soul, But soon every one shall know, The Abomination about...
  • 2016 Was Good For Michigan

    01/12/2017 1:19:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/10/2017 | James Hohman
    It looks like 2016 has been a good year for the state economy. The first official reports show that jobs, income and production are all up and tended to grow faster than national averages. The data on the state’s current economic performance shows substantial growth, though much of it will not come out until after year-end. The state added 70,900 jobs from the end of 2015 to November 2016, the most recent release showed. That is a 1.7 percent increase compared to a 1.4 percent increase for the nation. There are now more jobs in Michigan than when the 2007...
  • Man Receives $128 Fine for Warming up Car in His Driveway

    01/09/2017 12:28:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | JANUARY 9, 2017 | K. QUERRY
    Police often warn car owners to not leave their cars unattended while warming them up on the driveway. Officials say leaving your car running is an open invitation for thieves who want to make a quick getaway. But it wasn’t thieves who targeted Taylor Trupiano’s vehicle. Trupiano, a Michigan resident, said many people have to warm up their cars for several minutes in the brutal Michigan winter. However, he didn’t know that he would be fined for it. After leaving his car running in the driveway for several minutes, he came outside to find a ticket on his windshield. The...
  • Fiat Chrysler pumps $1 billion, 2000 jobs, into Michigan and Ohio

    01/09/2017 11:52:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/09/17 | Robert Laurie
    Is America great again yet? It feels like, every few days since November 8th, we get another happy story about the U.S. business outlook. Whether it’s Carrier sticking around, Ford scrapping it’s Mexico plant, or SoftBank creating jobs for 50,000 Americans, it seems we’re just being inundated with good news. Now, we have some more. Fiat Chrysler will be investing a billion dollars in Michigan and Ohio, creating 2,000 jobs in the process. I’m not sure what happened on November 8th, but it sure looks like it’s working out.
  • Mexican Ford plant workers blame Trump for dashed dreams

    01/07/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2017 | Christopher Sherman
    VILLA DE REYES, Mexico (AP) -- Word spread quickly through cellphone messages and shouts between co-workers that Ford Motor Co. had canceled its new $1.6 billion car plant at its sprawling 700-acre high desert site in north-central Mexico. "When I saw it on the phone, (I thought), 'Well, no, it can't be,'" said Higinio Salazar, a security guard who spent the past five months logging traffic into and out of the site and hoped to have steady work for months to come. "It was on orders of Mr. Trump," he said bitterly....
  • [Vanity] The Real Election Hack

    01/06/2017 9:13:45 PM PST · by CurlyDave · 14 replies
    vanity | 01/06/2017 | Vanity
    I just read the DNI report and the bottom line is: DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying. However, if we remember Jill Stein's recount, the Michigan results show that there was a second entity which "hacked" the election. The Detroit results, with more votes than voters in 70% of the precincts, show that someone clearly hacked the vote tallying equipment. And, that someone, the hacker, was -- the Democrat party.
  • Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

    01/06/2017 1:55:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2017 | Jarrett Skorup
    As the latest legislative session came to a close, Michigan House Republicans failed to put a stop to two union schemes that are ripping off taxpayers. It is bizarre that, despite having a huge majority, the GOP continues to allow unions to misspend tax dollars for the sole purpose of enriching their officials. Earlier this year, the state Senate passed two bills ending these special union deals. Senate Bill 279 dealt with union pension spiking schemes, in which the state’s largest union teamed up with school districts to pretend its officials are still working for schools when they really are...
  • Ford Cancelling Mexico Plant, Invest $700 million in MI expansion instead

    01/03/2017 8:05:42 AM PST · by rb22982 · 218 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/3/2017 | CNBC
    Ford canceling plans for $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, investing $700 million in Michigan expansion instead
  • Sixth Circuit Court: Police Can Shoot Dogs For Nothing More Than Barking

    12/22/2016 7:59:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 89 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12/22/2016 | C.J. Ciaramella
    When is it constitutional for a police officer to shoot a dog during a raid? Any time it moves or barks, according to a federal appeals court. In a ruling released Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found Battle Creek, Mich. police officers were justified in shooting two pit bulls while executing a search warrant for drugs on the home of Mark and Cheryl Brown in 2013. The Brown's sued the police department in 2015, arguing the killing of their dogs violated their constitutional rights. The ruling creates a similar legal standard in the Sixth Circuit—which includes Michigan, Ohio,...
  • Jim Harbaugh shuts down reporter’s repeated bikini questions at Orange Bowl presser

    12/29/2016 9:09:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | December 29, 2016 | Nick Schwartz
    Jim Harbaugh met with the media in Miami Thursday, one day before his Wolverines face the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl, and his press conference ended on a bizarre note when a reporter earnestly asked him if he planned to take his players to the beach so they could “see some bikinis.”
  • Latinx middle schooler speaks out about life after her classmates’ pro-Trump harassment went viral

    12/28/2016 3:14:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Fusion ^ | December 28, 2016 | Rafi Schwartz
    You may not recognize Josie Ramon’s face or even her name, but if you’ve been following the wave of anti-Latinx harassment that’s accompanied Donald Trump’s political rise, there’s a good chance you’ve caught a glimpse of what the Michigan tween’s life was like in the days following the 2016 Presidential election. Ramon, who is 12, was a student at Royal Oaks Middle School outside of Detroit during the final months of the presidential race. On November 9, just one day after Donald Trump was elected president, Ramon was sitting in the lunchroom at school when a group of students began...
  • Another hijab hoax: University of Michigan student claimed man threatened to set her on fire

    12/21/2016 10:30:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 21, 2016 | John Sexton
    A University of Michigan student claimed last month that a man had threatened to set her on fire unless she removed her hijab. Now police say the story was a hoax. From the Detroit Free Press: According to a statement from the Ann Arbor Police Department, detectives worked along with the U-M Division of Public Safety and the FBI to investigate the case, which had been classified as ethnic intimidation. “Investigators conducted witness interviews and reviewed multiple surveillance videos of the area in question,” the department said. “During the course of the investigation, numerous inconsistencies in the statements provided by...
  • Michigan Dem Meeting Breaks Into Violence as Clinton Fans Repel Sanders Partisans

    12/21/2016 9:55:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Observer ^ | December 21, 2016 | Michael Sainato
    On December 3, the Michigan Democratic Party held a committee meeting, open to the public and party members, to vote on delegates to represent Michigan at the Democratic National Committee. Unfortunately, rather than learning from Hillary Clinton’s presidential election loss, and sincerely welcoming Bernie Sanders supporters into the party after scolding them for more than a year, the Democratic establishment has continued treating progressives as second class citizens. Michigan was one of the most closely contested races during the Democratic primaries. Sanders pulled off an upset victory there after polling suggested Clinton was likely to win. The most recent turmoil...
  • State 'Pure Michigan' Agency Refuses to Debate Ad Program's Cost Effectiveness

    12/21/2016 12:16:39 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2016 | Derek Draplin
    The government agency in charge of Michigan’s business subsidy programs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has declined an invitation from a free-market think tank to debate in public the validity and effectiveness of the “Pure Michigan” tourism marketing campaign run by the agency. The debate challenge was triggered by findings from an independent peer-reviewed study of the marketing program by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a longtime critic of taxpayer-funded business subsidies. Documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request reveal internal discussions between MEDC officials and agency vendors about the Mackinac Center’s study prior to its final...
  • As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes

    12/19/2016 8:06:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2016 | Derek Draplin
    DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson recently announced that the state’s largest electric utility plans to phase out the use of coal to generate power in Michigan. But critics say this could increase costs for consumers due to volatile price movements in the primary alternative, natural gas. Both DTE and the state’s other large utility, Consumers Energy, plan on transitioning entirely to natural gas and renewable energy sources. As of August 2016, coal plants generated 35.8 percent of Michigan’s electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural gas fueled 33.8 percent of the power generated, and 25.5 percent came from...
  • Michigan Electors in Line to Vote for Trump

    12/18/2016 9:41:06 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 13 replies
    SF Gate via AP ^ | December 18, 2016 | Jeff Karoub
    Electors in Michigan are in line to obey state law and vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. The state requires the 16 members of the Electoral College ... to vote according to the results of the Michigan's presidential election,... most state electors were interviewed by The Associated Press, and all of them pledge their support for him regardless. "We have a process, I'm respecting the process and he won by that process," said Joseph Guzman, an elector and assistant professor at Michigan State University's... "He's my candidate. If there were no rules, I would vote for him, too." ... in...
  • More Than 18,000 in Michigan Voted Without a Photo ID This Election

    12/16/2016 6:35:51 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    One out of every 266 voters participating in Michigan's Nov. 8, 2016, general election did not have a photo ID, according to the state elections bureau. Of the 4,874,619 votes cast in the state, 18,339 individuals signed the affidavit of identity required of individuals who want to vote without a picture ID. Nearly one-third of those affidavits — 5,834 — were signed in the city of Detroit. Other cities with a high number of affidavits included Grand Rapids (535) and Southfield (463). In the cities of Rochester and Livonia, all voters showed a photo ID.
  • Bill Closing Possible Loophole In Photo ID Voting Law May Be On Fast Track

    12/16/2016 5:09:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Derek Draplin
    The Michigan House Election Committee chaired by Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alto, advanced a last-minute bill Thursday that she says will strengthen ballot security but opponents claim will suppress voting. Lyons introduced the bill just two days earlier to revise the current system for individuals voting without a photo ID. It is unusual for legislators to bring new bills up for consideration with just weeks remaining in the session. Currently, a person who wishes to vote in Michigan without presenting photo identification must sign an affidavit of identity. One out of every 266 Michigan voters signed an affidavit this year. According...
  • More Detroit Voting "Irregularities": 95 Poll Books "Missing" For Days; 5 Still Nowhere To Be Found

    12/16/2016 5:14:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Last night we noted that Team Hillary, which was supportive of Jill Stein's recount efforts, should be careful what they wish for. New data released yesterday revealed that voting machines in 37% of all Detroit precincts, which skew heavily democratic, registered more votes than they had of actual voters showing up at the polls. The scale of the "voting irregularities" discovered prompted an automatic vote audit by the Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson. Today, we learn from the Detroit News, to our "complete surprise," that the "voting irregularity" rabbit hole in Detroit is a bit deeper than initially thought....
  • Politico: How Hillary blew Michigan, and the election

    12/15/2016 4:00:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 14, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    It wasn’t James Comey. It wasn’t the Russians. It wasn’t misogyny either, according to Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere. Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election because of the incompetence of Hillary Clinton and her team. Nowhere was this more evident than in Michigan, Dovere writes, where the SEIU wanted to shift resources in the final fortnight of the campaign: Everybody could see Hillary Clinton was cooked in Iowa. So when, a week-and-a-half out, the Service Employees International Union started hearing anxiety out of Michigan, union officials decided to reroute their volunteers, giving a desperate team on the ground around Detroit some hope....
  • Hillary Campaign ignored dire warnings from Michigan ground team, decided to day drink instead

    12/15/2016 7:53:06 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 59 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | | Rachel Stoltzfoos, DCNF
    The Hillary Clinton campaign repeatedly dismissed the concerns of its own operatives on the ground in Michigan, belittling their work and ignoring warnings that she might lose the state. Photo source: Politico Photo source: Politico The staffers based at headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, explicitly ordered operatives in Michigan not to build a voter turnout tracking system, saying they didn’t care about those numbers because their own data showed her winning by 5 points. Perhaps more importantly, they dismissed in-person voter outreach efforts and distributing literature as a waste of time, and discouraged the collection of information from what contact...
  • Report: Evidence of Detroit Voter Fraud, Too Many Votes in 37% of Precincts

    12/14/2016 9:55:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2016 | By Ben Kew
    Voting machines in 37 per cent of Detroit precincts recorded more votes than mathematically possible during November’s presidential election, according to records obtained by The Detroit News. Reports obtained by the newspaper from Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett found that in 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, more votes had been counted than the number of people who had been marked as having voted, which might serve as evidence of voter fraud across the city. Following the report, Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced plans to conduct a full investigation into the irregularities. Detroit was one of the areas...
  • Trump Michigan Elector: Democrats Threatened to Put a Bullet in My Head (police notified)

    12/14/2016 5:57:51 PM PST · by drewh · 65 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec 14th, 2016 4:26 pm | Jim Hoft
    Mike Banerian, a GOP Electoral College voter in Michigan, says he has received several death threats from Democrat voters. The Electoral College voters are meeting on December 19 to cast their vote for president. Mike says he has contacted police and was threatened to be shot in the head if he cast his vote for Trump. mike-banerian Mike Banerian is a youth chair of the Michigan Republican Party and an official elector obligated to cast his electoral vote for President-elect Donald Trump. Mike Banerian: I’ve been inundated with hundreds and hundreds of letters to my house and Facebook messages and...
  • Experts: Michigan Senate's Utility Bill Shackles State To Obama EPA Overreach

    12/14/2016 12:42:21 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Two days after the Nov. 8 election, the Michigan Senate passed a rewrite of the state’s electric utility law that some experts say would lock this state into a regulatory scheme that President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal. Supporters argue that without the bill, the state could face electricity shortfalls. It is not yet known if the state House has the votes to pass the bill in the lame-duck legislative session that begins Nov. 29. The bill’s proposed regulatory arrangements are part of this state’s response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Rule.” The rule would force states...
  • Michigan Elections Panel Weighs Value of Recount (then votes down 3-1 to formally reject it)

    12/13/2016 4:34:39 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    Election news.com ^ | 6:39 p.m. EST December 13, 2016 | Paul Egan
    LANSING — All sides agreed Tuesday that state and local election officials did a generally good job on a statewide presidential recount that was halted by the courts on Wednesday after two and a half days of counting. But testimony before the Board of State Canvassers differed on whether the partial recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein served a useful purpose. Still, the board voted Tuesday 3-1 to formally reject Stein's request for a recount. To Stein attorney Mark Brewer, who formally withdrew Stein's recount request at Tuesday's meeting of the state elections panel, the recount turned up...
  • What Voter Fraud? Michigan Recount Uncovers Too Many Votes in 37% of Detroit Precincts

    12/13/2016 8:07:51 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 64 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 13, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s Michigan recount unintentionally exposed major voter fraud in Detroit. Election officials in Michigan found that 37% of precincts in Detroit tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Hillary Clinton won Wayne County over Donald Trump 67% to 30%. State officials are planning to examine about 20 Detroit precincts where ballot discrepancies occurred. Detroit News reported: Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of...
  • Marxist Vegan Restaurant in Michigan Closes for Predictably Marxist Reasons

    12/13/2016 8:43:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Munchies ^ | 12/12/16 | CHARLEY LANYON
    After five years of business, Grand Rapids, Michigan’s famously Marxist vegan sandwich shop is closing its doors due to bumps in the road toward what it hoped would be an egalitarian, worker-run business model. The Garden Diner and Café put Grand Rapids on the alternative diet map thanks to its widely acclaimed vegan, vegetarian, and raw food offerings. Unfortunately, the restaurant also proved the old adage that it doesn’t matter how tasty your black bean patty is if you can’t afford to pay your workers and it takes 45 minutes for you to put a sandwich together. During its tenure...
  • Michigan to audit 'significant' mismatches in Detroit vote

    12/13/2016 6:02:48 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 37 replies
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections bureau ordered an investigation Monday into substantial ballot discrepancies in a small portion of Detroit's voting precincts, after the discovery of a polling place where 300 people voted but only 50 ballots were properly sealed in a container. Since learning of the issue last week during Michigan's presidential recount, state officials have learned of similar "significant mismatch" problems at roughly 20 of Detroit's 490 precincts, said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. He said there is no reason to think votes were not counted and the differences would not...
  • Wisconsin Recount Ends, Trump Picks Up 162 Votes

    12/12/2016 7:57:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    2016: The Race (Breitbart) ^ | December 12, 2016 | Breitbart News
    (AP) Republican Donald Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed Monday following a recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes. Wisconsin finalized its recount on the same day that a federal judge issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking. Green Party candidate Jill Stein successfully requested, and paid for, the Wisconsin recount while her attempts for similar statewide recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan were blocked by the courts. Stein only got about 1 percent of...
  • Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'Now we don't care'

    12/11/2016 1:04:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 87 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12/10/16 | Daniella Diaz
    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Friday he doesn't care about prosecuting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, after attendees at his rally chanted "lock her up." After the chants started at the President-elect's post-election "thank you" rally in Michigan, he responded, "That plays great before the election -- now we don't care, right?"