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  •  MI is teabagger heaven.... (13+ / 0-)

    Not only are they pushing right to work against everyone's will, polls support that, they are bringing in for-profit corporations to open k-12 schools that they plan to fund with public money.    These people are real SOB's.   We are a DC on a state level.  

    I think the Democrats could leave town, and they'd still have a forum to conduct business - not that this group cares about rules or votes.    We repealed the Emergency Manager law, and they going to put one into Detroit regardless.   These people have no concern for the democracy or the rule of the law.

    If money is speech, then speech must be money.

    by dkmich on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:35:10 AM PST

    •  They have an agenda, and they're intent... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...on seeing it through until they can't.

      And our "Benevolent Dictator" is going to enable them so long as it doesn't get in the way of his tax elimination crusade.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:46:31 AM PST

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    •  I hope someone with standing sues them on this (4+ / 0-)
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      We repealed the Emergency Manager law, and they going to put one into Detroit regardless.
      •  they did... (0+ / 0-)

        ...and lost.  Remember that the MI judiciary are all teabaggers, too.

        GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

        by LordMike on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:02:08 PM PST

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      •  I just got this from Crain's Business Detroit: (1+ / 0-)
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        Proposed emergency manager law replacement moves ahead

        LANSING (AP) — A proposed replacement for an emergency manager law rejected by Michigan voters last month has been approved by a state House panel.

        The House Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee voted 9-5 Thursday along party lines with one "pass" vote on what's known as The Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.

        Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders unveiled it Wednesday. The plan gives four choices to communities and school districts found to be in a financial emergency: accept an emergency manager, bankruptcy, mediation or a consent agreement with the state like the one in Detroit.

        Voters decisively rejected Proposal 1 in November. The state since has been operating under a previous law that gives managers fewer powers.

        Under the proposed legislation, financially distressed Michigan cities and school districts could choose between mediation with creditors, bankruptcy or a state-appointed emergency manager.

        The new financial rescue proposal would retain the state's power to declare financial emergencies in cities and school districts, while giving local governments the options to reach a consent agreement with the state -- similar to one Detroit has - - mediation, an emergency manager or a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing.

        -- Crain's Detroit Business contributed to this report.

    •  I am so disappointed (5+ / 0-)
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      at how my home state as (de)evolved since I left there 20 years ago.

      It wasn't cutting edge then, but it wasn't Alabama in the rust belt. I can barely stand to read the political news that emanates from Michigan these days.

      My mom still lives there, and is friends with a number of people who are squarely middle-class, some union. Presumably Democratic-leaning voters. But mom tells me they're all brainwashed by watching Fox News. (And I know many of these friends, they're very nice. I avoid talking politics with them.)

      I have friends back home that think the Democrats and sane and progressives will soon roar back (as they did in Minnesota and elsewhere).

      God speed to them. I hope they are right.

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