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  •  Here's the whole story... (11+ / 0-)

    Snyder didn't really want this 'cos it was going to be toxic to his re-election efforts.  The MI Senate leader Randy Richardson didn't want this for the same reason.  It's the house guy, Jase Bolger, chief teabagger, who really wanted this, so he pushed it... hard.  Labor figured that we were in trouble, so they put the prop 2 amendment on the ballot to try and head things off.  That failed, and it gave Bolger the best scapegoat for pushing this shit through.

    Snyder made it clear that he's too weak to control his own caucus.  Richardson was the big obstacle, but they got to him, too.  The teabaggers rallied a bunch of GOP Senators to instigate a coup if Richardson didn't comply, and that was that...

    What happens next, I don't know.  Simple repeal has been removed as an option because the appropriation loophole, but according to my sources, popular vote repeal is still possible.  We'll have to wait until after it passes to see what all the details are.

    It's not over, yet.  Still, it's not looking that hot for us right now.  RTW laws are very hard to overturn.


    by LordMike on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:47:52 AM PST

    •  Snyder is an ALEC stooge too he has supported RTW (5+ / 0-)
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      all along, but on the "down-low" so it couldn't be hung around his neck.

      With the defeat of Prop. 2 in November the GOP figured it was time to ram it through.

      •  It was their last chance to do so... (1+ / 0-)
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        Although, they probably would have done it last June had there been no initiatitive attempt.  The pundits screaming about how "pushing" prop 2 caused this is bullshit.


        by LordMike on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:59:50 AM PST

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        •  Yes, it's BS (1+ / 0-)
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          but smart -- helps to divide us against each other. That is what the RW pundits want.

          Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

          by memiller on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:53:20 PM PST

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