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News for Spill Residents 7/26/2011


SPOTLIGHT: Michigan should look at unions' ideas

LSJ: Op-Ed by Cindy Estrada [international vice president with the UAW] and Phil Thompson [SEIU Local 517M]: Michigan should look at unions' ideas
Proposal could save more than the $145 million sought in concessions
Michigan taxpayers deserve leaders who will make the interests of working families their first priority. Right now, Gov. Rick Snyder has an opportunity to do just that. . . . In May, The Lansing State Journal said Gov. Snyder and his team "should take a hard look" at our "intriguing ideas." We have met with the governor, dozens of legislators, and the Office of State Employer to discuss our New Solutions for Michigan. So we were surprised to read in the Lansing State Journal that state officials have declared our negotiations at impasse before they have begun, threatening layoffs that would mean additional service cuts for communities. State employees, who actually begin bargaining next week, are working together to protect public services. Middle class Michiganders should not have to shoulder additional cuts to pay for massive $1.8 billion in tax breaks for big corporations.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


DN / DFP: Snyder recall effort fires spokesman, falling short on fundraising
ANN: 5,000 signatures collected during Ann Arbor Art Fair to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, organizers say
LIV: Locals join fight: Disagree with Snyder’s changes to emergency financial manager law

The committee, which set a $250,000 fundraising goal, had raised less than $25,000 and had less than $8,000 in cash as of July 20, according to a report filed with the state Monday. But in a Twitter message Sunday, the group said it plans to "push on" if it fails to collect about 807,000 valid signatures by Aug. 5. Tim Kramer, the committee's spokesman, said he was fired without explanation last week. "I have no idea why I was removed, and I have no idea who the new spokesman is," he told The Detroit News. Messages left with the committee Monday were not returned.|head

DFP: Tom Walsh: Michigan to be test site for growth fund
MID: Snyder, Dow CEO, SBA administrator to announce new fund for Michigan businesses

Sparked by an idea and a $15-million check from Dow Chemical, the U.S. Small Business Administration will announce today that Michigan is the first test bed for a new $1-billion national Impact Investment Fund to help finance growing companies in high-unemployment areas.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

GRP: Editorial: Why Gov. Snyder's business tax plan deserves a chance


DFP: News brief: Court won't take up child custody
The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to review a case that could have given gays, lesbians and unmarried heterosexual couples in Michigan legal standing to obtain joint custody of their children. A 4-3 majority said Friday that "we are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court." Justice Marilyn Kelly dissented, saying: "This case cries out for ruling by the state's highest court." She was joined by Justices Michael Cavanagh and Diane Hathaway.

DFP: Editorial: Courts should find greater consistency on drunken driving penalties
The state Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office it oversees would be doing everyone a service to suggest guidelines derived from empirically validated best practices in Michigan and other states. A proactive effort to address the irrational discrepancies Wisely and Brasier identified is the best way for judges to avoid new legislative constraints on their sentencing authority.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

LSJ: Editorial: Close Chicago locks to protect lakes
Keeping Asian carp out of Lake Michigan is vital
Fortunately, Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken up the legal fight to protect the Great Lakes, following the efforts of his predecessor, Mike Cox.|newswell|text|Opinions|p

GRP / DN: Attorney General's new Human Trafficking Unit files 13 charges against man nicknamed Gruesome

DFP: Headline: 1 year later, Michigan oil spill cleanup is costly, complex, ongoing


DN: Bing announces broad reorganization of top city staff

MTP: VIDEO: Cotter recall language OK'd


DFP: UAW goal: Reach Detroit 3 deal without major conflict
DFP: Tom Walsh: Too soon to tell if auto talks' friendly spirit will last
DN: Chrysler, UAW contract talks kick off with show of unity|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

DN: Editorial: Preserve efficiency in auto contracts
Unions, management have to act on statements acknowledging new industry realities


DFP: News brief: McCulloch to drop bid for Senate, endorse Hoekstra

DN: Pelosi aide defends $35K congressional tab for Detroit auto show
A trip by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, more than a dozen members of Congress and their aides to the January 2010 North American International Auto Show cost taxpayers about $35,000, according to documents released Monday. . . . The congressional delegation rented 14 hotel rooms at $275 a night in Detroit; among other charges, it spent more than $700 in meals at Fishbone's restaurant in Greektown. Reps. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; and John Larson, R-Conn., as well as two aides, charged the government $135.87 for a meal at the Old Shillelagh in Detroit, according to a receipt.$35K-congressional-tab-for-Detroit-auto-show#ixzz1TD1QuCjy

SPOTLIGHT: "let your member of Congress know . . . send that message"

WH: President Obama: Both Parties Have a Responsibility to Solve this Problem
Most Americans, regardless of political party, don’t understand how we can ask a senior citizen to pay more for her Medicare before we ask a corporate jet owner or the oil companies to give up tax breaks that other companies don’t get.  How can we ask a student to pay more for college before we ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries?  How can we slash funding for education and clean energy before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don’t need and didn’t ask for? That’s not right.  It’s not fair. . . . And keep in mind that under a balanced approach, the 98 percent of Americans who make under $250,000 would see no tax increases at all.  None.  In fact, I want to extend the payroll tax cut for working families. . . . “Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment?  And I think I know your answer.” Those words were spoken by Ronald Reagan. . . . So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard.  If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.  If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.

NAT JOURNAL: Congressional Websites Crash After Obama Urges People to Reach Out on Debt Ceiling

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DEBT CEILING: News & Opinion

CNN: Headline: Obama calls for compromise amid stalemate in debt talks (w/ video)
Shortly after the president's address, problems were reported on the web pages of at least two high-profile Republicans -- House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Michele Bachmann. An error message on Boehner's site said "The web page cannot be found," and Bachmann's website said the "Server is too busy." "There were temporary issues with sites hosted by outside vendors -- many have been resolved," a spokeswoman for House Administration Committee said. Both websites were operating normally by early Tuesday.

MSNBC: Headine: Debt endgame uncertain as Obama, Boehner clash on TV
President and House speaker take battle into primetime with debt deadline days away

Obama On Debt Crisis: 'No Way To Run The Greatest Country On Earth'

THE HILL: Conservatives denounce Boehner plan
Full Text of John Boehner's Address

NYT: Editorial: The Republican Wreckage
House Republicans have lost sight of the country’s welfare. It’s hard to conclude anything else from their latest actions, including the House speaker’s dismissal of President Obama’s plea for compromise Monday night. They have largely succeeded in their campaign to ransom America’s economy for the biggest spending cuts in a generation. They have warped an exercise in paying off current debt into an argument about future spending. Yet, when they win another concession, they walk away. This increasingly reckless game has pushed the nation to the brink of ruinous default. The Republicans have dimmed the futures of millions of jobless Americans, whose hopes for work grow more out of reach as government job programs are cut and interest rates begin to rise. They have made the federal government a laughingstock around the globe. . . . We agreed strongly when Mr. Obama said Americans should be “offended” by this display and that they “may have voted for divided government but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government.” It’s hard not to conclude now that dysfunction is the Republicans’ goal — even if the cost is unthinkable.

WAPO: Editorial: The Senate’s gimmicky debt plan: The best of a bad choice
THE CURRENT House proposal for lifting the debt ceiling is irresponsible. The Senate version is gimmicky. Between the two, we’d opt for gimmicks at this point. It is imperative, as President Obama said Monday night, to call a halt to this “dangerous game.” But even if one of these plans manages to limp past the finish line and avoid fiscal meltdown, no one — least of all those involved in negotiating an end to the debt-ceiling impasse — should feel proud of the outcome.

USAT: Editorial: Stop the showmanship and raise the debt ceiling
USAT: Rep. Paul Broun [R-GA]: Why I won't raise the debt limit

Obama, who used Monday night's speech to underscore the imminent threat of default and emphasize the need for compromise, is not blameless. He dithered fecklessly after his own bipartisan deficit commission produced a solid debt-reduction plan late last year. Then he offered an unserious budget proposal in February. Once Obama finally got religion on the debt, though, he showed real leadership, challenging his party to drop its reflexive opposition to necessary changes in the mandatory spending programs, including Social Security and Medicare, that are driving future deficits. Better late than never. Too many Republicans, on the other hand, have failed to show the kind of flexibility that is needed to get things done when control of the government is divided between the parties. That's especially true in the House, where the GOP's obsessive refusal to consider tax increases as a modest but important part of any deficit-reduction deal has blown up one promising solution after another. . . . Republicans in Congress deserve credit for forcing spending cuts. Democrats initially showed little or no interest. But GOP rigidity has pushed the United States to the brink of a self-inflicted crisis that risks great harm to the nation, and that is unconscionable.

WSJ: Editorial: A Leadership Default
The President blames House Republicans for everything.


LAT: New polls confirm Obama's Democratic base crumbles
WAPO: More Americans unhappy with Obama on economy, jobs

Strong support among liberal Democrats for Obama's jobs record has plummeted 22 points from 53% down below a third. African Americans who believe the president's measures helped the economy has plunged from 77% to barely half. Obama's overall job approval on the economy has slid below 40% for the first time, with 57% disapproving. And strong disapprovers outnumber approvers by better than two-to-one.


NYT: Primary Calendar Stirs Republican Anxiety
Even as the Republican presidential contenders zigzag through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, an uncertain and potentially unwieldy primary schedule in subsequent states is alarming party leaders, who fear that the voting could start earlier, last longer and complicate efforts to confront President Obama next year. . . . At the same time, the rush toward the front of the calendar by Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Missouri is accompanied by another trend: several states are pushing back their presidential primaries — or canceling them entirely — because of tight state budgets. . . . “We can’t let Florida establish an early beachhead in the process,” said Saul Anuzis, a member of the Republican National Committee who is from Michigan. “There’s been this game of chicken between Florida and Michigan, saying if you guys go early, we’re going to go early.”

POLITICO: Thad McCotter's Michigan district not waiting for him
Two people are already preparing to run in a district that’s being redrawn. Without a clear sense of McCotter’s plans, they’re announcing their campaigns — and they’re saying that even if McCotter decides to come back, he’ll have to face them in a primary. Most people haven’t noticed McCotter’s presidential campaign, and those who are aware of it aren’t paying much attention.


WSJ: Op-Ed by John Engler [Business Roundtable]: The Latest Job Killer From the EPA
The agency's ozone rule will be the most expensive in history—and isn't required by law.
President Obama won praise from businesses in January when he promised to bring "reason and balance" to a "21st-century regulatory system." Yet now, fewer than six months later, his administration is preparing to issue the single most expensive environmental regulation in U.S. history, a job-killing rule it is under no obligation to impose on the struggling economy.

DFP: Leonard Pitts Jr.: A futile search for news in Fox News reporting
In that period, according to Pew, CNN devoted almost 170 minutes to the story, MSNBC about 145. Fox? About 30. That bears repeating: One of the biggest stories of the summer gets, over the course of six days, a half-hour of attention from Fox "News." Now, let us be fair and balanced here. Fox is owned by Murdoch, and the last thing any news organization wants is to be in the awkward position of reporting on itself. . . . Fox's failure to report -- and allow viewers to decide -- speaks volumes and offers a definitive answer to the question of what Fox is. It is the nation's leading manufacturer of false outrage and fake fury -- War on Christmas! War on Christmas! -- the top supplier of bogeymen for those who need to feel terrorized in order to feel alive. It is America's No. 1 distributor of misinformation -- Hide Nana! The death panels are coming! -- a warehouse of conspiracy theories, junk history and dubious "facts" given credit by virtually no one who does not watch Fox. It is a noisemaker, a box of cacophony from which reason will seldom emerge unscathed. But a news organization? No. That is a designation you have to earn. Step 1: Report the news.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

THE ONION: Rupert Murdoch Worried He Might Have Damaged Heretofore Perfect Reputation
“I have spent more than 50 years working to establish a resumé of integrity, virtue, and unwavering beneficence, and now it could all be washed away by this one careless mistake,” said Murdoch, speaking with the candor, sensitivity, and humility for which he is greatly admired. “I have let down my family, I have let down my employees, but most importantly, I have let down all of those around the world who have long known me as both a genuine humanitarian and a gatekeeper for truth.”,21005/


MSNBC: Norway attacks focus attention on US right-wing extremists - Anti-Islamic rhetoric from American groups cited in gunman's 1,500-page manifesto
MMFA: Right-Wing Media Defend, Deny Anti-Islamic Rhetoric In Response To Norwegian Attacks
MMFA: Fox News Has Mainstreamed Pam Geller's Islamophobic Hate Speech

MMFA: Beck: Youth Camp Attacked In Norway "Sounds A Little Like The Hitler Youth"

HUFF: Jens David Breivik, Father Of Anders Behring Breivik, Says He Wishes Son Committed Suicide (VIDEO)

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