What's New in Michigan Politics January 2012

Lake St. Clair Sunset
Lake St. Clair Sunset | Source
A feature article by an Israeli reporter, Ronen Bergman, explores the issue of Iran's nuclear activities and Israel's current reaction.
A feature article by an Israeli reporter, Ronen Bergman, explores the issue of Iran's nuclear activities and Israel's current reaction. | Source
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President Obama Gets a Warm Welcome at University of Michigan

Evangelical Doubts About Gingrich


"In fact there has been an aggressive response from religious men, too. Jason (Molotov) Mitchell, a Christian television producer who has linked Obama to Nazism, released a video in which he accused Gingrich--'the Kim Kardashian of the G.O.P.'--of being 'the walking , talking definition of untrustworthy,' sneered at Callista for being 'quite the missionary,' and asserted that 'Newt and Callista are the last role models we want our sons and daughters looking up to.'"

"The third wife doesn't get to be the first lady." Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.

Mike Huckabee: "I hear from friends who are conservative women who say, 'I will not vote for Newt Gingrich.' I say why? 'He's walked out on two wives.'"


The New Yorker, January 23, 2012.

Gingrich's Open Marriage Proposition

Governor Snyder's State of the State Address

No surprises in Gov. Snyder's State of the State address. He was his usual, genial, conciliatory, positive self. He took credit for reducing unnecessary, burdensome regulations, the decline in unemployment, and removal of the cap on charter schools. He pledged to proceed on the international bridge despite the lack of support from Republicans in the legislature, stating that it was a jobs issue, not just a bridge issue.

Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address -1-18-12
Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address -1-18-12 | Source
Governor Snyder's State of the State Address, January 18, 2012
Governor Snyder's State of the State Address, January 18, 2012 | Source

1-17-12--"The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" Reports that the "Pimps and Prostitutes Coalition" is Endorsing Ron Paul for President

As if Stephen Colbert's SuperPac doesn't provide enough humor to the current shootout for the Republican nomination, Lawrence O'Donnell reported tonight that the Pimps and Prostitutes Coalition has endorsed Ron Paul for the nomination. Dennis Hof, proprietor of the Midnight Bunny Ranch in Nevada, who appeared with two of his "bunnies" on O'Donnell's show said "We're pimpin' for Paul." Cami Parker, former Hustler centerfold, and Caressa Kisses said they believe Paul will do a wonderful job for the country because he supports states rights for drugs and prostitution and because he "wants to keep the Internet free."

The Original Levi's Store at Somerset Collection Going Out of Business Sale, January 2012
The Original Levi's Store at Somerset Collection Going Out of Business Sale, January 2012 | Source
One of several vacancies at Somerset Collection
One of several vacancies at Somerset Collection | Source
Somerset Atrium January 2012
Somerset Atrium January 2012 | Source

Selling Sex at Somerset

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Nieman can help you become a One-percenter!
Nieman can help you become a One-percenter! | Source
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This will help you break out of the 99%
This will help you break out of the 99% | Source
A headstart on reading, Somerset Collection January 2012
A headstart on reading, Somerset Collection January 2012 | Source
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A little rest after some hard shopping.
A little rest after some hard shopping. | Source

"Casino Jack" Abramoff Proudly Reveals his Modus Operandi in His Recently Published Unrepentant Autobiography

Robert Frank in the February 2012 Harper's reviews Jack Abramoff's recently published unapologetic autobiography. Here is one of the most revealing passages from Frank's review of Abramoff's book.


"Capitol Punishment": Abramoff Proudly Describes his Modus Operandi

Robert Frank in the February 2012 Harper's reviews Jack Abramoff's recently published unapologetic autobiography. Here is one of the most revealing passages from Frank's review of Abramoff's book.

"The supremely interesting chapter of the superlobbyist's life goes conspicuously unmentioned in Capitol Punishment. Still, the episode appears to have left its traces. Abramoff's Washington is a place where everyone is a pawn of someone else: a bought man or even an 'asset' of some lobbyist or all-powerful interest. When he would dangle a lucrative lobbying job before a Capitol Hill staffer, Abramoff tells us, 'I would own him...His paycheck may have been signed by the Congress, but he was already working for me, influencing his office for my client's best interests.'"

Troy Mayor, Janice Daniels
Troy Mayor, Janice Daniels | Source

What's New in Michigan Politics 2012

This site endeavors to provide news and commentary on Michigan politics and national political and economic news of importance to Michigan.

1-9-12 Outrageous Drug and Hospital Fees--Letter to the Editor of the Free Press

Outrageous fees

In response to the Dec. 30 article "Insurers urge state: Change no-fault system": More than scaling back unlimited coverage for catastrophic injuries, there is urgent need to put laws in place to curb the highway robbery perpetrated by the medical system on people who don't have insurance or have namby-pamby coverage that has no teeth to stand up to usurious rates.

To charge auto insurers $1,820 for a CT scan that Medicare allows only $261 is unconscionable. What is worse is that for a person who has no insurance and pays from pocket, the rates charged are even more outrageous.

My son had a surgery for the slightest of ankle fractures. The total time from entry into the revolving door of the hospital to coming out into the parking area was, at tops, three hours. His stay in the operating room was 45 minutes. The bill? A whopping $8,600. That did not include the surgeon's and anesthesiologist's fees and post-surgical medical supplies, all of which were in the stratosphere as well.

Surendra Kelwala, MD

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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Where the Real Jobs Are - NYTimes.com

The Keystone pipeline is bad energy policy and doesn’t do enough for the economy. President Obama should argue for alternative fuel sources and clean energy jobs.

NYTimes Editorial 1-1-12


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Affirmative action foe Ward Connerly Faces Allegations of Fiscal Misdoing - NYTimes.com

Ward Connerly is facing accusations from a former ally that he mismanaged — and exploited for his own benefit — donations made by fellow conservatives who oppose affirmative action.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

So Romney is worth a quarter of a billion? Doesn't really compare that a failing president is reported to be getting 75% more than that just for his relection war chest does it?

Interesting that Ford is giving raises.....since they didn't returned their stimulus money........maybe governmment isn't the answer after all! cuddos to capitalism and free enterprise!

thanks for the updates!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Ford didn't get any stimulus money. They had the foresight to batten the hatches, lining up $10 billion bank credit before the crash. Only GM and Chrysler got federal bailout funds.

Romney has lined up plenty of Superpac and campaign money. His 1/4 billion $ personal fortune is a separate issue.

Breaking news--apparently Santorum, based on the latest count, beat Romney in Iowa by 34 votes.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

I typed that wrong, meaning I think it is interesting that Ford DID NOT take stimulus money!

Why is it distastful for Romney to have money but you guys never mention Zoros, union money, Pelosi, Al Gore, John Edwards, Warren Buffet, etc? Conservatives with cash must have gotten it in some sort of evil manner, where Nancy voting not to raise the minimum wage in areas where her husbands canneries were located is OK with you love everyone libs??

I didn't see anything about Solyndra??? When Enron went down you libs told us conservatives were scum! Enron has now paid back almost all the money! ........when will Solyndra start paying back and who will you libs send to prison over this???????


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

You worry about Solyndra and Soros. I'll worry about Romney.

Further, there is an issue about Romney's claim that he created thousands of jobs when he was CEO of Bain Capital. That's not clear at all. Romney likes to brag about his success at Staples. However, the net effect on jobs may actually be negative because Staples's success resulted in the closure of independent stationery stores in every community where Staples put up a store. The employees of these stores who lost their jobs, benefits, etc., probably out number the employees hired by Staples. Staples also put pressure on suppliers to cut their prices, putting some of them out of business also. I don't have a big problem with this, but I do doubt the truthfullness of Romney's claims to have been a big job creator. I heard someone quoting him as saying during one of his campaigns against Kennedy in Massachusetts that "Bain isn't in the job creation business."


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

1-25-12NYTimes Magazine "Will Israel Attack Iran?"

Will Israel Attack Iran? - NYTimes.com

When I mentioned to Barak the opinion of former Mossad chief Dagan & former chief of staff Ashkenazi — that the Iranian threat wasn't as imminent as he and Netanyahu have claimed and that a military strike would be catastrophic (and that they, Barak and Netanyahu, were cynically looking to score populist points at the expense of national security), he reacted with anger.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

1-31-12NYTimes OP-ED "Money Can't Buy Romney Love" Charles Blow

Its true Romney's money has kept him in this race but he just can't seem to close the deal. I think Santorum may actually win the nomination if he wins Michigan and Arizona but no doubt he will be lambasted with attack ads.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. I agree. If Santorum beats Romney in Michigan, that could be the end for Mitt. Or at least a very bad sign for his campaign. (This is last month's "What's New." Check What's New In Michigan February 2012.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Hi Ralph, I highly recommend this read . . .

http://www.alternet.org/economy/154745/How_America...

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