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  • GM to invest $918M in 4 of its U.S. plants for V-8, EV production

    01/20/2023 12:18:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 20, 2023 / 2:19 PM | By Doug Cunningham
    Jan. 20 (UPI) -- General Motors announced Friday it will invest $918 million in four of its plants to build its sixth-generation small block V-8 engine and to support electric vehicle production. The Flint Engine Operations plant in Flint, Mich., will get $579 million for new V-8 engine production. GM will invest $216 million in its Bay City, Mich., GPS plant to support Flint engine production. Defiance, Ohio will get a $55 million investment, including $8 million to "support future EV strategies." And in Rochester, N.Y., GM plans to invest $68 million, including $56 million for battery pack cooling lines...
  • Why Michigan is trying to shut down Canada's Enbridge Line 5 pipeline

    01/14/2023 11:22:59 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/14/2022 | Leana Hosea
    An ageing pipeline crossing part of the Great Lakes has led to a standoff between the US state of Michigan and Canada. The outcome of the battle over Line 5, which delivers energy to the US Midwest and central Canada, will be viewed by many as a bellwether of how North America will balance its energy future with its environmental commitments. The most contentious part of the Line 5 pipeline - which runs from Superior, Wisconsin, by way of Michigan to Sarnia, Canada - sits on the bed of the Straits of Mackinac. The narrow waterway connects Lake Michigan and...
  • University of Michigan protesters call for ‘Intifada,’ demise of Israel: ‘A call to murder Jews’

    01/14/2023 7:27:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14, 2023 | Gabriel Hays
    Social media users were shocked and outraged over a recent anti-Israel rally put on by pro-Palestinian protestors at the University of Michigan this week. Clips of the protest depicted marchers, chanting “Intifada, Intifada! Long live the Intifada” a call to violent overthrow of the Jewish state inspired by Palestinian riots and rebellions against Israel in the late 80s, early 90s, and early 2000s. “There is only one solution!” a female marcher was seen chanting, as the crowd behind her responded, “Intifada! Revolution! Marchers, seen walking around the Ann Arbor campus screaming into bullhorns and waving Palestinian flags, were also heard...
  • Detroit-area city OKs animal sacrifice for religious reasons

    01/11/2023 5:51:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    APNEWS ^ | January 10, 2023
    HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Residents of a Detroit-area community with a large Muslim population can sacrifice animals at home for religious reasons. The Hamtramck City Council explicitly approved the practice, 3-2, Tuesday, another step in recognizing a cultural shift in a city whose 20th century history was shaped by Polish immigrants. Muslims often slaughter animals, typically goats or sheep, or pay someone to do it for them during the holy holiday of Eid al-Adha. Meat is shared with family, friends and the poor.
  • Urban flooding research focused on climate equity in southeast Michigan

    01/10/2023 8:02:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | January 10, 2023 | By Sheri McWhirter
    A new pilot project to find ways to inject equity considerations into transportation planning in southeast Michigan will focus on how urban flooding affects historically disadvantaged communities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partner agencies are launching this research project to better create infrastructure that is more resilient to flooding impacts from climate change. The study’s focus will be to better understand how transportation disruptions during major urban flooding events affect areas already struggling with poverty challenges. NOAA will contribute $150,000 to the study, which includes partner groups the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Fernleaf Interactive, and...
  • Michigan county commissioners obliterate woke Marxist policies, programs at very first meeting

    01/08/2023 9:20:04 AM PST · by Michigan Bowhunter · 24 replies
    Lifesite ^ | Stephen Kokx
    Newly elected lawmakers in West Michigan’s Ottawa County are going all out against woke-ism, leaving liberals, moderate Republicans, and local media in tears as they institute real reforms. Their example should be followed by conservatives across the country. Thanks to an effective pro-family (and pro-medical freedom) message — as well as a forward-thinking campaign strategy — eight members of the recently-formed Ottawa Impact PAC won seats as county commissioners last year. That means nine out of the board’s 11 total members either belong to or are
  • Michigan AG pledges to pursue case against Trump electors

    01/07/2023 6:32:40 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 35 replies
    Toledo WTVG ^ | Jan 7, 2023 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan attorney general said Friday there’s “clear evidence” to pursue charges against pro-Donald Trump Republicans who claimed they were the state’s presidential electors in 2020, despite Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. Dana Nessel referred the matter to federal prosecutors last year, but no public action has been taken. A year later, she said it’s time for state authorities to step in. “Let’s be fair about what this was: It was an effort to overturn a lawful election,” Nessel, a Democrat, said. “That type of activity can’t go without any consequences. ... There are laws that specifically...
  • Top Democrat Senator Announces Abrupt Retirement (Stabenow)

    01/06/2023 5:43:18 AM PST · by norwaypinesavage · 28 replies
    Populist Press ^ | 1/6/23 | Populist Press
    "The first domino has fallen in the Democrat Party’s bid to keep the Senate majority"
  • Breaking: Sen. Stabenow to retire, creating GOP pickup opportunity in Michigan

    01/05/2023 6:28:30 AM PST · by RandFan · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/05/23 9:21 AM ET | BY ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and a close ally of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), announced Thursday she is not running for re-election in 2024. The announcement is a blow to Democrats’ hopes of keeping their Senate majority in 2025 as they face a tough Senate map this cycle.
  • With Speaker Vote In Chaos, Former Rep. Justin Amash Offers To Step In

    01/04/2023 6:59:19 PM PST · by TBP · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 04, 2023 | MICHAEL GINSBERG
    Former Michigan Rep. Justin Amash is offering to serve as Speaker of the House in the event that Republicans and Democrats can not elect a sitting member to lead the lower chamber. “I’m here because I think this process is really uncertain where it goes. And I think I provide a good alternative to a lot of the options being discussed,” Amash told reporters at the Capitol. “I’m just here at this point because this is interesting, this is exciting in many ways. I think it’s a positive thing for representative government that we have a disagreement on the floor.”...
  • Troopers buy Christmas presents for kids after arresting father for domestic violence

    12/29/2022 6:01:36 AM PST · by MarMema · 16 replies
    WILX ^ | 12/28/22 | Kayla Jones, Emily Van de Riet
    HILLSDALE COUNTY, Mich. (WILX/Gray News) – Troopers in Michigan pooled their own money to buy a family Christmas presents after they learned the father, whom they arrested, did not buy any gifts for his children. According to Michigan State Police, troopers were sent to the home on Christmas Day and arrested the father for domestic violence and felonious assault. While they were there, the troopers learned that the father had not given his four children any Christmas presents. After leaving the home, troopers decided to pool together their own money to buy and wrap gifts for the kids. The troopers...
  • Barry Croft Jr. sentenced to over 19 years in Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot

    12/28/2022 11:09:19 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/2022 | Priscilla DeGregory
    One of the ringleaders in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to more than 19 years behind bars Wednesday — a day after an accomplice was slapped with a 16-year prison term, federal prosecutors said. Barry Croft Jr., 47, was handed the 19½-year sentence by Michigan federal Judge Robert Jonker four months after his conviction for conspiring to kidnap the Democratic governor from her Elk Rapids vacation cottage in 2020. Croft, a trucker from Delaware, was the fourth and final defendant in the plot to learn his fate. The judge described him as “the idea guy”...
  • Whitmer kidnap plotter gets 16 year sentence

    12/27/2022 11:01:16 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/2022 | ELIZABETH CRISP
    The right-wing extremist who federal authorities say led the failed plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been sentenced to 16 years in prison — dodging what could have been a life sentence that federal authorities had sought in the rare domestic terrorism case. Adam Fox, 39, was convicted in August on two conspiracy charges relating to the kidnapping scheme and another to obtain and use a weapon of mass destruction related to a side plot to blow up a bridge in order to distract authorities. Federal prosecutors identified Fox as...
  • Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Plotting to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

    12/27/2022 8:38:07 AM PST · by RandFan · 26 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 27 | By JOEY CAPPELLETTI and COREY WILLIAMS
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The co-leader of a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for conspiring to abduct the Democrat and blow up a bridge to ease an escape. Adam Fox returned to federal court four months after he and Barry Croft Jr. were convicted of conspiracy charges at a second trial in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were accused of being at the helm of a wild plot to whip up anti-government extremists just before the 2020 presidential election. Their arrest, as well as the capture of 12 others, was...
  • Democrats, Feeling New Strength, Plan to Go on Offense on Voting Rights

    12/27/2022 6:35:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    DNYUZ ^ | December 26, 2022 | Staff
    NEW ORLEANS — For the last two years, Democrats in battleground states have played defense against Republican efforts to curtail voting access and amplify doubts about the legitimacy of the nation’s elections. Now it is Democrats, who retained all but one of the governor’s offices they hold and won control of state legislatures in Michigan and Minnesota, who are ready to go on offense in 2023. They are putting forward a long list of proposals that include creating automatic voter registration systems, preregistering teenagers to vote before they turn 18, returning the franchise to felons released from prison and criminalizing...
  • Brutal Christmas storm: Is it climate change — or just weather?

    12/24/2022 10:15:41 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 65 replies
    HILL ^ | 12/24/2022 | ANDREW PERSHING, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
    Many Americans are facing brutal cold this Christmas Eve. Freezing temperatures are plunging into Florida and Texas. Single-digit lows in the Plains and Great Lakes, and blizzard conditions are wrecking travel plans, while the same “bomb cyclone” is driving coastal flooding in the Northeast. Is climate change playing a role here? Weird weather and wild extremes have been the calling cards of a changing climate, and it’s almost reflexive to question how much influence the warming world has in this last angry burst of 2022. Recent advances in the science of weather attribution can offer quick insight — and believe...
  • STORM AND OUTAGE DETAILS PJM ASKS CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE POWER

    12/24/2022 12:22:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Extremely cold temperatures across the region have created extraordinary demands on the power system. We are asking businesses and the public to help by immediately reducing electricity use as much as possible without sacrificing safety.
  • 9 House Republicans Break with Party to Help Democrats Pass Spending Bill

    12/16/2022 2:21:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | December 15, 2022 at 7:53am | Jack Davis
    On the backs of several lame-duck Republican members, the House on Wednesday passed a resolution to keep the federal government running until Dec. 23 in the hope of passing a massive budget bill by then.Although the official House Republican position was to oppose the bill, nine GOP representatives supported the package, which passed 224-201, according to The Hill.Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Chris Jacobs and John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Fred Upton of Michigan, Steve Womack of Arkansas and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania supported moving the...
  • 41 House Democrats File Bill to Bar Donald Trump from 2024 Eligibility

    12/16/2022 6:02:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 December 2022 | WENDELL HUSEBØ
    Forty-one House Democrats filed a bill on Thursday to bar former President Donald Trump from running for president in 2024, citing section 3 of the 14th Amendment. “Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an insurrection on January 6, 2021 with the intention of overturning the lawful and fair results of the 2020 election. You don’t get to lead a government you tried to destroy,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) wrote in a press release: Even Mitch McConnell admits that Trump bears responsibility, saying on the Senate floor that ‘[t]here’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for...
  • ILLINOIS PUBLIC PENSION DEBT GROWS TO $140B

    12/16/2022 10:52:35 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2022 | Bryce Hill
    Illinois’ five statewide pensions system saw their debt increase by nearly $10 billion to a grand total of $140 billion in fiscal year 2022. Pensions will cost the state nearly $11 billion next year, but that’s still $4.4 billion too little. Illinois’ state pension debt now stands at $139.7 billion, according to a new report from the Illinois General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. That is up $9.8 billion from 2021, when state pensions were benefitting from healthy investment returns. After markets cooled substantially, state pension debt in the fiscal year that ended July 1 continued to grow,...