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Meet Michigan House member Matt Maddock. He’s a Republican who bought into the fiction that a gurgling bucket of Twinkie filling and circus peanut goo couldn’t have possibly lost to that nice man with the infectious smile and conspicuous lack of boat parades. He also thinks fact checkers need to...

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  • May 12, 2021

Remember Mellissa Carone? Of course you do. She’s the crucial election witness who was so unhinged that Rudy Giuliani—who on a good day makes marginally less sense than a paint fumes hallucination—attempted to shush her while she spun her cray-cray stolen-election theories. Many people thought she was drunk. When I...

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  • January 26, 2021

The GOP had a big plan in Michigan on Monday to throw the election to Donald Trump. It was a guaranteed ace in the hole, just like everything else they said was a sure-fire promise that they’d overthrow the election. Unfortunately for Michigan House Representative Gary Eisen, it’s also the...

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  • December 14, 2020

The latest bit of gross stupidity and waste of state taxpayer funds is one state suing others because fraud, something, something…. abstracting from actual votes is more representative of the will of the people….maybe…and go Constitutionally big or go home. This Texas parlor trick requires the same thing all the...

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  • December 8, 2020

RNC Chair Ronna [formerly Romney] McDaniel and the Michigan Republican chair are trying more chicanery in Michigan today: they want certification put off until an audit is done. But under Michigan law, an audit can only be performed after the election is certified. RNC chair urges Michigan board to pause...

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  • November 21, 2020

I’m originally from Wisconsin, and I always wondered why the UP wasn’t part of our state. I mean, look at it. It’s connected and everything. And I’ve been there. To the UP, that is. Culturally, it’s Wisconsin, as evidenced by the sheer number of deer carcasses on the roofs of...

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  • November 20, 2020

I’ve seen a lot of epic rants, but this one was particularly potent. Ned Staebler viciously and correctly called out the blatant racism of two Republican who were refusing to certify the presidential election results in Michigan’s Wayne County.  Staebler pointed out the two Republican racists—Board of Canvassers members Monica Palmer and William...

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  • November 18, 2020

Brooks Brothers riot of intimidation returns from 2000: x Wow. Actually identical now to the Bush 2000 playbook. https://t.co/zTtsayW1a4 — Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) November 4, 2020 GOP millennium tribute band x A Detroit elections officials attempting to deescalating an increasingly tense situation outside the ballot count at TCF Center. republican...

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  • November 4, 2020

More damn mischief. GOTV, dammit. Fortunately the FBI is on the case. x https://t.co/b9Ak1VMZnI— Forbes (@Forbes) November 3, 2020 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, on Tuesday alerted voters in Dearborn about a suspicious text message making the rounds that claimed a “typographical error” on the on the ballots, which were inexplicably described...

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  • November 3, 2020

Trump’s now doing shtick at his virus-fests, focusing on grievance and culture-war nonsense, nearly promising Michiganders that he’ll not visit Minnesota if he loses the election. “Remember that time Trump got Herman Cain killed?” x Trump says “lock them all up” as his fans direct “lock her up!” chants toward...

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  • October 17, 2020

projects.fivethirtyeight.com/… The NYT/Siena Poll, rated A+ by 538, has Joe Biden with a 48% to 40% lead in Michigan and a 51% to 41% lead in Wisconsin. The polls are of likely voters and were taken October 8-11. New polls show Biden is gaining in the Northern battlegrounds among white...

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  • October 12, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist did not mince his words as he decimated the president. He made all the president defenses moot as he proved Trump's callous incompetence. Trump's shallow response decimated by Gilchrist x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist appeared on an MSNBC...

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  • September 11, 2020

Well, this sure isn’t good news for the guy who won Michigan by the gross, spray-tanned skin of his weird, wobbly dentures. Seems another GOP stalwart has jumped off the Donald Trump boat parade and onto the Biden juggernaut.  The Detroit News: Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday he...

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  • September 3, 2020

Nature rules, because there are naturalism arguments. Hunter King, a drone pilot at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), was monitoring an area of the lake near the state’s Upper Peninsula. Then bad stuff happened. Bald eagle attacks $950 state drone, drops it into Lake Michigan...

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  • August 16, 2020

A Hodas & Associates Poll, just released, shows Joe Biden with big leads in Michigan and Wisconsin and a smaller lead in Pennsylvania despite apparently being designed to damage Biden and Democrats by asking leading questions. politicalwire.com New battleground polls from Hodas & Associates, a Republican polling firm: Michigan: Biden 53%,...

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  • August 4, 2020

Stephen Rodrick at Rolling Stone has a great piece about Michigan’s status as a battleground state during a pandemic which is a sobering reminder of while we should expand our map, we can’t take these states for granted: James Carville once famously said that between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is...

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  • July 16, 2020

I have to admit, this is a strategy that never occurred to me: burning your own absentee ballot application to protest too much voting by the other side. This should become a national movement. Show them what you’re made of, Trump fans. You’re no fools! So, yeah, Grand Rapids, Michigan, MAGAs were...

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  • June 14, 2020

Some very good news today out of Michigan: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden doubled his lead over President Trump in the battleground state of Michigan, according to a new poll. Biden leads Trump by 12 points, with 53 percent support compared to Trump’s 41 percent, according to a EPIC-MRA poll reported by The Detroit...

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  • June 7, 2020

Some very good news today out of Michigan: x MICHIGANBiden 50% (+6)Trump 44%.#MIsen:Peters (D-inc) 48% (+9)James (R) 39%@ppppolls/@ProgressMich (D) 5/29-30https://t.co/Jdpcx5a2tL— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 1, 2020 Click here for the fulls results. Let’s keep up the momentum and win Michigan. Click below to donate and get involved with Peters, Biden...

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  • June 1, 2020

Trump tells an African-American Roundtable “What do you have to lose”. President Donald Trump said African American residents were experiencing historic economic prosperity before “we had the plague flow in from China” and disproportionately impact minority communities. Trump convened administration officials, local elected leaders and Detroit-area business owners at Ford...

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  • May 21, 2020

Trump: “I was honored as the Man of the Year in Michigan… 5 or 6 years before I even thought about running for President.” x Here's my old fact check about “Man of the Year in Michigan.” Former GOP Rep. Dave Trott called me up to solve the mystery of...

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  • May 20, 2020

Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson tweeted a response to Trump’s claim that mailing out absentee ballot applications  to all voters is illegal, pointing out that a number of Republican states are doing the same thing for the primaries. Trump has threatened to withhold federal election funding from Michigan and...

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  • May 20, 2020

COVID-19 case and death rates are high enough but not high enough to stop RWNJs from threatening public officials. “The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan is now over 50,000.” And the death toll will soon reach 5,000. On Thursday, Michigan closed down its capitol building and canceled its legislative session...

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  • May 16, 2020

Even though Joe Biden’s exposure has been limited of late while Donald Trump hosts a daily Corona Clown Show, Biden has extended his lead over the pr*sident in the latest Ipsos/Reuters poll of three key Midwestern battleground states. Reuters: The poll, which ran from April 15-20 in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,...

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  • April 22, 2020

This article first appeared on Up North Progressive on April 15, 2020 Today the sheriffs of four counties in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan issued a press release stating they would pick and choose when and if they would enforce Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders. “While we understand her desire to...

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  • April 18, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) in support of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I wanted you to be the first to hear it from me: I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President. We need a President that’s ready to create real, effective change for everyday Americans...

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  • April 16, 2020

Apparently, this guy has known all along that Donald Trump is, as he calls him, “deranged” — but he voted for the ocher abomination in 2016 anyway. He reasoned that Trump’s derangement might lessen as the gravity of his office became more apparent. As we all know, the opposite happened. And...

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  • March 10, 2020

The House voted both impeachment articles and Trump seemed to be in denial during his speech in Battle Creek Michigan at a 10,000 seat arena. “I'm the first person to ever get impeached and there's no crime. Like, I feel guilty.” Trump: “By the way, it doesn't really feel like...

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  • December 19, 2019

http://www.freep.com/… An Epic-MRA poll of Michigan voters released today shows Donald Trump trailing in the key battleground state of Michigan, a state he won by less than 1% in 2016. Biden is the only Democrat polled against Trump by Epic-MRA. He leads in the Detroit area 57% to 35%, and leads...

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  • June 14, 2019

I’ll keep this short and (not so) sweet. You can read the rest HERE.  Most of you know that the group Michigan Time to Care gathered and submitted more than 380,000 signatures to put a solid paid sick leave law on the ballot in Michigan in November. The legislature took up...

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  • December 5, 2018

Originally posted at Eclectablog.com. Bombshell news coming via Progress Michigan this morning detailing how Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is using fees for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to interfere with government transparency. Earlier this year, Progress Michigan asked the state government for copies of all communications between Paul...

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  • October 8, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. In their neverending quest to screw over workers to benefit employers, Republicans in Michigan are now turning their attention to those making minimum wage. A bill that would lower the minimum wage by 15% for those under 20 years old was passed out of the Senate...

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  • June 17, 2015

This will be short but bitter. Despite claims that he doesn't support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) for Michigan, this afternoon, Gov. Snyder signed a package of three bills into law that are accurately described as “RFRA for Adoptions”. By signing the legislation into law, Gov. Snyder is joining...

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  • June 11, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog.com. Republicans have successfully branded themselves as the party that worships “local governmental control”. They want federal regulations repealed and the power given to the states on all sorts of things from the environment to the Affordable Care Act. But, when it comes to actual local control,...

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  • May 13, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog.com. There is a great deal of speculation on how the Supreme Court will decide the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that will likely decide once and for all whether or not same-sex marriage bans at the state level are constitutional or not. Yesterday, they...

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  • April 29, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. After the owner of Indiana pizzeria Memories publicly declared she wouldn't make her pies for same-sex weddings, she raked in well over $800,000 from a GoFundMe.com fundraiser. Eager to get in on the action, or at least to share the limelight and maybe be interviewed on...

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  • April 21, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. When the owner of Memories Pizza in Indiana recently told reporters that she would refuse to bake pies for wedding receptions if the couple were gay or lesbian, the story went viral. Lawrence Billy Jones III set up a GoFundMe page to “relieve the financial loss...

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  • April 7, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. Michigan's Bigot-in-Chief, Attorney General Bill Schuette, has put forth some pretty remarkable excuses for his crusade to ensure that same-sex couples cannot marry or adopt children together. For example, he suggested that marriage in our state is for regulating sexual relationships to make babies, news that...

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  • March 30, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. Earlier this month I wrote about a woman in Midland who had her Planet Fitness membership cancelled because she spent her days in their gym warning anyone who would listen that Planet Fitness had a “No Judgment Zone” policy that permitted a transgender woman to enter...

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  • March 24, 2015

One year ago today, my wife Anne and I spent an extraordinary day at the County Clerk's offices in Washtenaw and Oakland counties in Michigan, watching as some of the 300+ same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in our state's history. You can revisit that day with...

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  • March 22, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. A man who bravely goes by the name of Nunya Beeswax online went for an “open carry walk” in southeastern Michigan and prompted a lockdown of the Lamphere High School in Madison Heights. Police are aware of the guy who is known for doing provocative things...

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  • March 12, 2015