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  • The Problem With That Catcalling Video (Race Card)

    10/30/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2014 | Hanna Rosin
    <p>On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it’s a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.</p>
  • How the Far-Left Hijacked a Cat-Calling Debate and Started to Eat Itself

    10/31/2014 12:34:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | October 31, 2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    This, however, seems to be too rubish a deduction for its critics. So reflexive has the search for complexity become that even the most straightforward of questions are now twisted and bent into more pleasingly distressing shapes. In her Brooklyn Magazine piece, Iverson argues that “it’s no coincidence that Roberts is presented in the video as being explicitly not responsible for the attacks on her because she’s not wearing ‘provocative’ clothes and she doesn’t respond to any of the verbal assaults thrown at her.” At first blush, one would have imagined this to be a positive thing. Does not the...
  • Why Cat-Calling Really Is a Problem

    10/31/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 167 replies
    National Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | Christine Sisto
    A new video about street harassment has gone viral and it proves that . . . how do I put this? It proves that I was right. The video, released by the nonprofit anti-street-harassment organization Hollaback, features a moderately attractive woman, Shoshana Roberts, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, walking in silence through Manhattan for ten hours. The trek was recorded on a hidden video camera, carried by Roberts’s boyfriend, who walked in front of her. The camera picked up over 100 instances of street harassment in one day, according to the group, ranging in severity from men shouting “good morning,”...
  • Statement about recent street harassment PSA [Liberals admit to "racial bias" in their video]

    10/31/2014 2:35:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    ihollaback.org ^ | October 30, 2014
    When the street harassment video was launched earlier this week, we hoped that it would make an impact but never imagined that it would be viewed more than 15,000,000 times in the first three days. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many women feel a little less alone and a little more validated in their experiences and we have heard support from our partners, new and old. Rob Bliss Creative donated time and labor to create this video and support our work. We are grateful for his work and the wide reach that his video has achieved but we feel...
  • “Hey, Beautiful”: On the Racist and Classist Implications of the Catcalling Video

    10/31/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    Brooklyn Magazine ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kristin Iversen
    ... the video chooses to showcase the experience of a white woman experiencing harassment almost exclusively at the hands of black and Latino men... ... the video helps to perpetuate the long-held, erroneous belief that harassment mostly takes the form of white women being bothered by “low class” men of color... Hollaback is soliciting viewers for donations, and is thus counting on the outrage of people with money, i.e. people who have disposable income and a certain place in the pre-existing power structure which has no problem with the ongoing propagation of the myth of the white woman as the...
  • Catcall video reaction: Is 'hello' in the street sexual harassment?

    10/31/2014 5:32:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 30, 2014 | Anne Steele
    Is "hello" harassment? Rob Bliss, creator of the viral video documenting the verbal harassment a woman encountered walking through the streets of Manhattan for a day, says "yes." Some are hailing the video – which claims this woman was catcalled or otherwise harassed 108 times in a 10-hour span – as an exposé on a serious social scourge. But others are criticizing the video's assumptions, such as that a man greeting a woman on the street is harassment. Bliss, who has a video marketing agency, admits that some of the scenes are more mild than others, but that "hello," in...
  • Liberals Cannibalize Each Other Over Supposedly Racist Catcalling Video

    10/31/2014 5:39:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | October 30, 2014 | Michael Luciano
    If you want to know why liberals such as myself are feeling less at home on the Left these days, some of the reaction to this viral video about street harassment with a woman named Shoshana Roberts is a good place to start. Unlike some men, I’m not the least bit surprised at the amount of harassment she was subjected to while walking around New York City. I’ve seen it firsthand many times, and have had plenty of women tell me about the “creepy guy” on the street or the subway that they just had to put up with. It’s...
  • Director of catcalling video responds to race debate [apologizes for "racial bias"]

    10/31/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2014
    The director of a video showing a woman being catcalled on the streets of New York has weighed in on the seeming racial disparity of the men featured. Rob Bliss, who posted the video on behalf of the anti-street-harassment group Hollaback!, told CNN that those shown were just a small sample. "First, we regret the unintended racial bias in the editing of the video that over represents men of color," Hollaback! said in a statement released Tuesday. "Although we appreciate Rob's support, we are committed to showing the complete picture. It is our hope and intention that this video will...
  • Release the suppressed footage of white men catcalling Shoshana Roberts [change.org petition]

    10/31/2014 6:14:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 63 replies
    Full title: Release the suppressed footage of white men catcalling Shoshana Roberts so that Hanna Rosin can re-edit the video. The insensitively-named organization Hollaback!, together with internet marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative, recently released a video of an actress being repeatedly harassed by catcallers as she went about her business in New York City. Unfortunately, as Hanna Rosin has pointed out in her Slate piece entitled "The Problem with that Catcalling Video: The White Guys Were Edited Out," the video was made in a way that reflects the omnipresent implicit racism of our day: it doesn't depict a representative number...
  • Political Pranksters

    10/31/2014 2:08:28 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 22 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | 6foot2inhighheels
    Mysterious L.A.-style art activism popped up in Lansing, Mich. yesterday, raising suspicions that not only do mild-mannered conservatives “get” the culture, but they’re suddenly a little more daring in their activism. I understand that the individuals involved spent less than $50 and a only a few hours of time to achieve this protest against Democrat Gary Peters. What do Rico-pals think about this? Is it time for Conservatives to get hip with protest art, or should we tone it down? Full disclosure; I was tipped off to the prank, and took photos yesterday. I watched as some nearly apoplectic democrat...
  • Lansing Pranksters' Street Art - LA style

    10/31/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 28 replies
    RomanGenn.com ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Melissa Dawdy
    "Michigan is about as far away from the conservative LA art activism scene as possible, but anonymous pranksters in Lansing decided to make their voice heard with posters critical of Democrat Senate candidate Gary Peters. -By Editor" My comment: Lansing has never seen the kind of conservative LA art activism that brought us the famous "Ted Cruz with Tattoos" poster seen last year. (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/14/Ted-Cruz-Posters-Appear-in-Beverly-Hills) It's very exciting to see that conservatives are beginning to understand that art is very important in communicating, and are willing to stick their necks out for principles. No one has come forward yet to take...
  • AD Dave Brandon leaving Michigan

    10/31/2014 12:19:12 PM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 31, 2014 | Dan Murphy
    The Dave Brandon era in the Michigan athletic department officially ended Friday afternoon. The university's 11th athletic director handed in his resignation earlier this week amid a storm of controversy. A string of athletic department mishaps over the past several months dominated headlines around the Michigan campus and served as a regular distraction at sporting events. "Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions," said...
  • The Union Told Us to "Check the Facts." We did.

    10/31/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 10/28/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced today that Brighton Area Schools and the local union “have removed illegal language from a contract in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Brighton High School teacher who said the union and district were violating his freedoms under Michigan’s right-to-work law.” The union president for the Brighton Education Association blasted the lawsuit when it was filed last week. "It would behoove Mr. Neuman and the Mackinac Center to check their facts before filing and publicizing this lawsuit that is 100 percent untrue," Ellen Lafferty told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus....
  • Outrageous: How Many Wives Can A Muslim Man Have On Welfare In Michigan?

    10/30/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Girls Just Wanna have Guns ^ | October 28, 2014 | Regis Giles
    While polygamy is illegal in the United States, our government doesn’t seem all that concerned about Muslims in Michigan claiming welfare for their multiple wives. Yup, that’s right. They are completely fine with them taking American taxpayers dollars (your money) while breaking the law. Check it out.
  • Union, District Strike Illegal Language from Contract

    10/31/2014 9:17:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/26/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Within two weeks of being sued by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the Brighton Education Association and Brighton Area Schools agreed to strike illegal language in its teachers contract requiring non-union members to pay a fee to support teachers leaving the classroom to conduct union business. Brighton High School teacher Adam Neuman, the plaintiff in the case, says he is relieved as a non-union member to no longer live with the treat of payroll deductions for so-called release time. “This was never anything personal against the union or the district,” he said. “I’m glad that we got a resolution so...
  • West Michigan music program receives $2 million federal grant to enhance teaching,learning

    10/30/2014 4:25:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    MLive.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Monica Scott
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The local nonprofit Mind Meets Music Inc. is the recipient of a four-year, $2 million federal grant to enhance teaching and learning through arts education. U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $13.4 million to 34 organizations. "We are thrilled, honored and humbled," said Monique Salinas, who founded the program six years ago. "We have a wonderful product that's making a difference in children’s lives. "Music helps academic achievement, helping the brain in unique and wonderful ways." The program consists of two 30-minute sessions per class twice a week in 10 schools -- seven that...
  • School Choice and More at Risk in High-Stakes Board of Education Race

    10/31/2014 5:54:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/30/2014 | Jack Spencer
    It might be easy to overlook the State Board of Education race on the Nov. 4 statewide election ballot. Its outcome, however, could profoundly impact Michigan’s education policies on issues ranging from charter public schools to teacher and school district performance evaluations. Four candidates are vying for two seats on the State Board of Education; they are Republican-nominated Maria Carl and Jonathan Williams and Democrat-nominated Pamela Pugh Smith and Casandra Ulbrich. Democrats currently control the board with a 6-2 majority. If both Carl and Williams were to be elected it would change that to a 4-4 balance; any other result...
  • Detroit man fights $30k child support bill for kid that is not his

    10/28/2014 8:54:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Kim Russell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The State of Michigan is ordering a Detroit man to pay tens of thousands of dollars, or go to prison. The reason? He owes back child support for a child that everyone agrees is not his. "I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go," said Carnell Alexander. He says he learned about the paternity case against him during a traffic stop in Detroit in the early 90s. The officer told him he is a deadbeat dad, there was a warrant out for his arrest. “I knew I didn’t have a child, so I...
  • Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

    10/28/2014 5:59:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Five years and $500 million later, Michigan has fewer film jobs than it did when the state started its subsidy program. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan had 1,561 film jobs in 2013 (the latest year information is available). In 2008, the state had 1,663 film jobs. See chart nearby. Michigan currently spends $50 million per year subsidizing film productions. Previously, the program was uncapped – in 2010-11, the state spent $115 million. Overall, as of this year, taxpayers have devoted $494.7 million to the program. Because film productions are so mobile, among other reasons, the economic...
  • Michigan Charges Man $30K in Back Child Support Despite DNA Test Proving Child Isn't His

    10/26/2014 11:27:45 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 26 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/26/14 | Aurelius
    A Detroit man, who has been jailed for not paying a child support bill for a child that everyone agrees is not his, now faces a $30,000 charge for the same child. “I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go,” said Carnell Alexander, the man facing the bill. Detroit agrees with Mr. Alexander that the child in question is not his, but insists that he must pay regardless. The state of Michigan said that Mr. Alexander father a child in 1987, and demanded that he pay back child support over two decades ago....
  • Young Michigan Hunter Receives Death Threats After Shooting Albino Deer

    10/26/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 105 replies
    Field and Stream ^ | October 23, 2014 | Kristen A. Schmitt
    An 11-year-old hunter from Oceola Township, Michigan, took a rare albino 12-pointer with a crossbow last week while hunting with his father. The albino buck was well known in the area, but Gavin Dingman ended up being the lucky hunter to harvest it. Sadly, the celebration ended for Dingman and his family, as they became the subject of death threats and social media backlash. "My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it,'” Dingman told the Livingston Daily on Monday. The...
  • 'Anti-Tesla Bill' Means Economic Loss for Michigan

    10/25/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Against the interests of Michiganders, Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla Motor’s direct-to-consumer automobile sales in the state.The original focus of House Bill 5606 was on determining how franchise-dealership fees are charged. Then, right before the vote, an amendment banning automobile sales directly to consumers was added by State Senator Joe Hune. This backhanded maneuver shielded the amendment from public comment and debate. Passed unanimously in the State Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House, the “anti-Tesla bill” is an economic loss for Michigan. The state will miss out on tax revenue from sales...
  • Michigan to Tesla Motors: You're Not Welcome

    10/22/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2014 | Micheline Maynard
    Michigan’s Republican governor signed legislation on Tuesday that officially bans Tesla Motors and any other carmaker from selling directly to consumers in the state. But Rick Snyder, who is seeking re-election next month, maintained in a letter to lawmakers that the bill simply clarified the state’s existing law and that such direct sales already were not legal in Michigan, home to Detroit’s big auto companies. Now, state law requires that Tesla, or other car companies, must sell vehicles through networks of franchised dealers. If the company doesn’t have its own network, the state requires it to sell vehicles through another...
  • Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs

    10/21/2014 2:06:32 PM PDT · by dware · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | FoxNews.com
    Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.
  • Michigan sheriff: Super drunk driver arrested after she mistook Van Buren County jail for bar

    10/20/2014 8:41:15 AM PDT · by dware · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.19.2014 | AP via Fox News
    PAW PAW, Mich. – One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.
  • Democrat Gary Peters is pulling way ahead in Michigan's vital Senate race

    10/24/2014 6:52:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 85 replies
    The Week ^ | 10/23/14 | Jon Terbush
    ....In the poll, Peters leads Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land 53 percent to 39 percent among registered voters. That spread is roughly in line with the findings from other recent polls....
  • Seeking Michigan (Part 1)

    10/25/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 2014 | Eric Hines
    Please watch in Fullscreen & HD with sound for best quality. To avoid skipping, please let the video fully load. Seeking Michigan is an ongoing personal project that I started work on in February 2013. Over the past year, I have been making trips around Michigan and up to the Upper Peninsula on a frequent basis to discover and explore the beauty of this state. Sleeping in the back of my car, walking through forests at night, getting lost on dirt roads, and driving for hours on end around this gorgeous place has been an incredible inspiration to me. So...
  • Democratic Candidate Jobs Plan Pricetag: $3.7 Billion

    10/24/2014 11:17:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tom Gantert
    At a time when state spending has reached a record high, proposals in a "Jobs Blueprint” posted on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer’s website would increase it by about $3.7 billion, according to an analysis by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The extra money would go to public schools, universities, community colleges, film subsidies, state revenue sharing payments to local governments, higher unemployment benefits, universal pre-school programs and more. Schauer offers few details on how he would pay for the increases beyond non-specific suggestions like “cut wasteful spending to save taxpayer dollars,” "review state contracts" and “make government more...
  • Prosecutors: Michigan Girl Meant To Kill Family

    10/23/2014 11:36:00 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    YahooNews ^ | October 23, 2014 | COREY WILLIAMS
    Prosecutors: Michigan Girl Meant To Kill Family By COREY WILLIAMS PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so that she could run off with a 23-year-old man appeared in a suburban Detroit courtroom Thursday, where a judge set her bond at $1 million. The girl, who is charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder and conspiracy to commit murder in last Friday's attack, wore a red jail jumpsuit at the hearing, which her parents attended. Michael Rivera, the man she allegedly...
  • UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

    10/20/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    United Nations human rights experts described Detroit’s mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit’s officials said the two lawyers’ actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city’s progress in helping residents keep or regain service. Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable—and particularly discriminate against Detroit’s majority black population. …
  • Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union

    10/20/2014 11:45:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In recent arguments against states requiring voters to show a photo ID, the United Auto Workers Local 6000 has compared concerns about voter fraud to belief in the fictional Loch Ness monster and Yeti. The union wrote on its Facebook page that requiring a photo ID for voting is the goal of the “billionaire funded” American Legislative Exchange Council, and is intended to create obstacles for voters who might support a more “progressive” agenda. When its own members, however, want to exercise their freedoms under the new right-to-work law in Michigan to opt out of paying union dues as a...
  • Muslim Man Beats Wife, Drags Her Body with Car as his Children Watch (Dearborn, MI)

    10/19/2014 2:08:36 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 84 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Aurelius
    Hassan Sayed is looking at years in prison after beating his wife as their children looked on, then dragging her with a car. The incident was caught on tape. Sayed's wife was driving when he started to threaten her. She was so frightened, she pulled over and began to run from Hassan as their children watched. Away from her enraged husband, she called police. In the meantime, Sayed had gotten into the driver's seat. When his wife started to walk back to the car, Sayed started pushing her and punching her in the face. As she stumbles back to once...
  • A wealthy Michigan suburb who built FENCES across the streets to keep out Detroit 'have-nots'

    10/19/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 October 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline
    On one side, there are dilapidated houses, gardens overflowing with weeds and a high crime rate. On the other, there are streets filled with spacious homes, well-manicured lawns and yoga studios. This is one of numerous fences that have been erected by the wealthy 'haves' of the Michigan suburb of Grosse Pointe Park to 'prevent 'have-nots' from Detroit from driving into the city'. The brick barrier, reading 'Road Ends', represents a significant divide between the two cities, which despite their proximity, differ greatly in terms of average salary, crime rates and general desirability.
  • Michigan's Gary Peters Resorts to War on Women Attack Ad in Face Of Questions About Fabricated

    10/13/2014 7:40:36 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 13 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Michigan Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) has launched a new advertisement that falsely claims GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land wants to cut women’s access to various female health services. The new ad comes as Peters and his campaign have completely publicly ignored an investigation by Breitbart News into Peters’ military background, in which documents and interviews with military leaders—including one of Peters’ former commanding officers—have shown that he fabricated much of his service record for political gain on the campaign trail. “This is an important election for women,” a woman in the Peters campaign ad says. “And...
  • In Attempt To Disprove Story Showing He Fabricated Military Record, Gary Peters Gives

    10/13/2014 7:31:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 13 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Michigan Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) accidentally proved to the Daily Beast he lied on his campaign website and on the campaign trail about his military record as part of an effort to disprove a Breitbart News investigation—and the Daily Beast’s Tim Mak fell hook, line and sinker for the Peters’ campaign’s spin despite being provided with evidence by Peters that Peters lied. “To rebut the Breitbart story, the Peters campaign provided The Daily Beast with a document signed by a commanding officer showing that the candidate qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist on August 5,...
  • Michigan funeral home provides drive-thru option

    10/17/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT · by dware · 49 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10.17.2014 | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home. Drive-thru viewings. Paradise Funeral Chapel recently started offering the option, which allows mourners to pay their last respects on the go. It was designed in part to cater to those with physical limitations.
  • Grimes campaign shows Democratic women of the U.S. Senate supporting her in new ad

    10/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Half of all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate are featured in a new video voicing their support for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. The video, released Thursday after first being shown at Grimes’ event with Hillary Clinton Wednesday evening, shows six women in the U.S. Senate saying “Shatter the glass. Break the ceiling. It’s time for Alison!” Of the twelve women in the Senate Democratic caucus, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are shown...
  • Gubernatorial Campaign Should be About Things That Matter

    10/17/2014 5:26:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | James Hohman
    The 2014 Michigan gubernatorial election should be a referendum on the major changes to Michigan made by Governor Rick Snyder’s administration. Unfortunately, the debate is saturated instead with false claims of education cuts. Snyder’s opponent, former congressman Mark Schauer, centered his campaign around the allegation that Snyder “cut $1 billion from the schools.” Most school revenue in Michigan is channeled through the state. So the annual budget is closely followed. Overall spending on education is up over Snyder’s term. From the fiscal year 2011 budget — the last budget passed prior to the Snyder administration — to the fiscal 2015...
  • Afghanistan vet does battle with Michigan teachers union

    10/16/2014 6:33:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Adam Neuman left the classroom in Michigan to serve in the army in Afghanistan. Michigan high school social studies teacher Adam Neuman was surprised when he saw the $80 deduction on his paycheck from the Brighton Public School District. Then, he was angry. The U.S. Army veteran, who served one tour in Afghanistan, had opted out of the Brighton Education Association and parent organization, the Michigan Education Association, in August, as was his right under the state's 2012 law. He knew he wasn't subject to dues withholding, yet the itemized stub showed the deduction. “I don’t feel that they should...
  • More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

    10/14/2014 6:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new survey of communities from the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan shows an uptick in the percent that say they are better able to meet their fiscal needs. This is good as it generally tracks with an improving state economy, but there are some warning signs ahead. The survey notes, “For the first time in six years, more Michigan communities report that they are better able to meet their fiscal needs this year than those who say they are less able to do so.” (See chart nearby.) Local government property tax revenue...
  • Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus D68, a pernicious strain of a spreading virus

    10/11/2014 10:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 11, 2014 | Greg Botelho
    A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in two months. Madeline Reid died at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she had been transferred "for advanced services," according to the Detroit hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini. "The CDC confirmed EV-D68 after her arrival here, and she subsequently succumbed to her illness," Valentini said. A Facebook page, dubbed "Team Maddie!," devoted to the 21-month-old's plight also confirmed the sad news. "Madeline Reid became our angel at 2:55 p.m. (Friday)," read one post. "She passed peacefully...
  • Michigan toddler dies from enterovirus D68

    10/11/2014 5:37:37 PM PDT · by wtd · 39 replies
    Click on Detroit/AP ^ | October 11, 2014 | Mara MacDonald
    Michigan toddler dies from enterovirus D68DETROIT - A 21-month-old girl is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the country, state health officials said Saturday.Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus D68, according to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. Its chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini, said in a statement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illness after the Clinton Township girl's arrival, but did not specify which day she arrived.
  • Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

    10/10/2014 1:53:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 9, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum—from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.They don’t specify exactly what they want Obama to do—they say “demonstrable, meaningful steps”—but note that a 1992 law “authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong.”Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is president pro tempore and Judiciary chairman, leads the letter with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Rubio.“The people of Hong Kong have sent a strong...
  • Michigan truck driver files coercion charge against UAW union

    10/10/2014 10:14:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 22 replies
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the United Auto Workers union for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation. Michigan became the 24th so-called "right-to-work" U.S. state after a contentious battle in the state's legislature in December 2012. This means that workers cannot be required to join a union or be forced to pay union dues.
  • All Four Teachers in New Dem Ad Claiming School Cuts are in Districts Receiving More Money

    10/10/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A new Mark Schauer for governor political advertisement features four teachers from four different school districts who claim that Gov. Rick Snyder has cut funding to their districts. But in fact, on a per-student basis, all four districts actually received more taxpayer money in 2013-14 than they did in 2010-2011, which was the last budget approved by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The ad features seven teachers but only four specifically cite lower funding. For months Schauer, who is the Democratic candidate for the state’s top office, has claimed that Gov. Snyder cut funding to public schools. This claim has been refuted...
  • Michigan's Great Lakes water levels may do something only achieved 4 times in last 154 years

    10/09/2014 6:04:12 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 58 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 09, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    Lake Michigan and Lake Huron water levels may do something only achieved four times in the last 154 years. This time of year is normally the season when Great Lakes lake levels begin to fall. Typically evaporation is greater than precipitation and runoff from rivers and streams. So there is normally less water going into Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior at this time of year. On Lakes Michigan-Huron July is typically the high water month. Lake Superior usually sees peak water level in July or August. This year is different. Lakes Michigan-Huron, and Lake Superior have continued to rise, even...
  • An Industrial-Size Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel

    10/10/2014 12:47:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | October 9, 2014 | By Kevin Bullis
    Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator. Power plants waste huge amounts of energy as heat—about 40 to 80 percent of the total in the fuel they burn. A new device could reduce that waste, cutting fuel consumption and carbon emissions by as much as 3 percent and saving companies millions of dollars. (Three percent might not seem like much, but for context, air travel accounts for 2 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.) The generator makes use of a novel, highly efficient thermoelectric material discovered recently at the University of...
  • Libertarian Think Tank Grades Gov. Snyder Low for Tax Hike Intentions

    10/10/2014 8:25:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A free-market think tank has given Gov. Rick Snyder a “D” grade for his performance in office the last two years, ranking him in a two-way tie as the lowest-rated Republican governor in the country. The Cato Institute’s 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors had Snyder tied for 35th place with Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich with a score of 44. But an author of the report said Gov. Snyder was hurt the most for his plan to increase gas taxes, something that never was enacted. “The gas tax is what really hurt him,” Cato Institute Budget Analyst...
  • State Legislators Take Care of Themselves - Even from the grave

    10/09/2014 10:08:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Members of the political class here and elsewhere have a reputation for always taking care of their own. Chasers of public office may wax eloquent about their selfless “public service,” but the truth is that no one checks their self-interest at the doors of the Capitol. Elected officials maximize their own interests in a number of ways: pay, prestige, perquisites and more. Under term limits, perhaps the highest priority of the political careerists who populate the Legislature is paving the way for their next elected or appointed job when they are termed-out of their current one. Toward this end, they...
  • New Poll: Michigan Battleground For U.S. Senate, GOP Candidate Within Margin Of Error

    10/09/2014 5:43:56 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A new poll out of Michigan’s U.S. Senate race shows that GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land is within the margin of error against Democratic nominee Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). The poll, conducted by Wenzel Strategies from Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, shows Land at 44.3 percent and Peters at 46.9 percent. The survey of 615 likely voters in Michigan has a margin of error of 3.93 percent, meaning Peters’ 2.6 percent lead is within the margin of error. A total of 52.4 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Peters and 37.3 percent viewed him unfavorably, while 50.9 percent...