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By JGillman, Section News
While Michigan gets a stale store bought pizza generic "happy Holidays", the lucky folks in Arizona get the Buddy's Pizza of Yore, Real Deal.
A 'holiday' message sent from Jan Brewer to Arizonans:
Now THAT is leadership.
And how appropriate is that "Rosie the riveter" pose for this Michigan blog post?
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By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Donald Verrilli, Jr. is the Solicitor General of the United States. He argues the federal government's position in the most important cases that reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
He's not having a good 2012.
After getting pounded by the court in the health care litigation arguments (see here and here), he had to turn around less than a month later and argue that Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, had been preempted by federal immigraton law. The case, Arizona v U.S., featured another legal beat-down and, unlike the health care cases, the liberal wing of the court didn't exactly leap to his defense. To top it off, his Arizona opponent was the same person he had faced in the health care cases - the great Paul Clement.
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By JGillman, Section News
Let me start by telling Michigan Congressmen and Super Committee members Dave Camp and Fred Upton--I am not yelling (or typing, rather) at you--I am yelling (yeah, typing) to you.
"Balancing the budget" by killing the dollar bill and forcing Americans to carry little burlap bags full of dollar coins like it is the 12th century, not the 21st? I know this is RightMichigan.com, not 30 Rockefeller Center, but... Seriously?
According to Roll Call, that's the proposal being floated by a "Republican" Congressman from Arizona by the name of Dave Schweikart. (Because the last time Republicans followed the lead of an Arizonan it worked out so well. (ZING!))
Schweikart (pictured at right swimming in cold, hard home-state-mined cash) claims that burning all the paper money and forcing Americans to use those gold colored copper one-dollar coins (you know, the ones you immediately hand back to the cashier or the bank teller asking for "real money" every time she tries to hand it to you?) will help balance the budget by saving less than $200 million a year. Coins are more durable, the argument goes, so they'd last longer and cost less to reproduce.
Yeah they last longer. Because they sit in the bottom of our sock drawers since you'd have to lug around eight pounds of metal to buy a freaking Big Mac! The American people have had the option -paper or coin--for years. We've chosen lighter pockets and fewer trips to the chiropractor.
Camp and Upton sit on the powerful Super Committee and have not yet provided any clear inclination that they back this expensive, onerous, poorly thought out bit of cow-towing to Arizonan special interests (I'll get there, bear with me), but its just a sneakily stupid enough of an idea I figured it'd be worth raising the red flag.
Please read more below the fold.
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By JGillman, Section News
Regulars know I am pushing for Freedom to work (right to work) in Michigan. Part of the argument going forward in this state will be to present the data for all to see. For this installment, we look at the top Job creating states versus the bottom.
Right to Work states lead the nation in creating new jobs (1999-2009)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.
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By Saul Anuzis, Section News
Last Friday Bill Schuette and David Leyton met on the set of "Off the Record" with Tim Skubick for what was billed as a no-rules debate.
You can read the reports about the debate all over the internet or you can watch it for yourself at wkar.org. It turned out to be one of the wilder debates you'll ever see and actually proved to be quite informative.
Most voters don't know much about David Leyton other than the fact that he's the local prosecutor in Flint, the 4th most violent city in the United States and a city where local community leaders have demanded Governor Granholm deploy the National Guard to protect the streets because of Leyton's ineffectiveness.
After Friday's debate, we now know a bit more. Granted, we still don't know how Leyton voted on Michigan's medical marijuana law. He was asked directly five times and each time would only answer that "the people have spoken." But he did have a few answers liberal enough that he felt comfortable providing. According to David Leyton himself-
*Leyton supports affirmative action.
*Leyton supports unrestricted human embryonic stem cell research.
*Leyton supports civil unions and "special benefits" for gay couples. (Those are his words.)
But maybe more informative than what Leyton said directly was what he said when attempting to dodge one question in particular.
Attorney General Mike Cox months ago went to court to back Arizona's common sense illegal immigration law. Skubick asked the candidates whether or not Michigan needs an Arizona style immigration law of its own.
"Michigan needs a law that's good for Michigan and that's an Attorney General who cracks down on employers who hire illegal immigrants."
The answer to the illegal immigration problem, to national security and to securing Michigan's borders is to declare war on job makers and only to declare war on job makers. And that shuffling noise you hear is the sound of more job providers making their way towards Michigan's exits in case another job killing liberal like Leyton lands in Lansing.
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
Mike Cox lays out the reasons for backing Arizona..
I love the line about a "healthy tension" between states and the federal govt... YES.
The idea that he is using these issues to advance the campaign is understandable, but given the severe need for the measures in the first place it is a good thing.. altruistic or not. Fact is, if he did not pursue Asian Carp, The Health care debacle, or assert sovereignty on the states right issues of protecting our borders, he would be called to the carpet for not doing his job by some.
We have been fortunate to have Mike Cox as our AG. I hope his replacement is as active in protecting the interest of Michiganders.
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