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Two More Michigan Congressmen Receive Threatening Calls

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 4:53 PM

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Michigan's 7th District Congressman Mark Schauer received a threatening phone message on Thursday:

Another Michigan congressman says he has received violent messages following his vote in favor of health care reform legislation.

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, said Thursday a...

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Health Care Supporters Outnumber Protesters at GOP-Sponsored Event

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 8:32 AM

Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com

It must be tough being an MI-07 Republican these days. After organizing a March 11 "CODE RED!!!" protest against Rep. Mark Schauer, they ended up being out-numbered by Schauer supporters at least five-to-one on the day of the event.

I think this sign says it...

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GOP Candidate for SOS in Michigan Runs on Anti-Transgender Platform

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 5:14 PM

What's a Republican got to do to get a nomination around here? Apparently you have got to take firm stand on the issue of... well... this:

I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver's license...

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Frank Luntz's Careless Use of Clip Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 12:13 PM

Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com and Blogging for Michigan.

Republican "message guru" Frank Luntz recently sent out a memo to Republicans giving them his assessment of how they should best combat financial reform legislation that is being pushed by the Obama administration along with numerous Democrats.

Here's the fail:...

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MI-07 Rep. Schauer Supports Reconciliation, Decries SCOTUS Decision

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 11:38 AM

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Last night, MI-07 Representative Mark Schauer spoke to the 2010 annual membership meeting of the Western Washtenaw Dems. During his conversation, he came out firmly in favor of a reconciliation path to passing health insurance reform legislation and was outspoken...

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Rep. Mike Rogers: Health Care Reform a "Death Sentence" for 36,000 U.S. Women

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 9:03 AM

Cross-posted at Eclectablog.

My former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers stopped by the offices of the Livingston Press & Argus in Livingston County, Mich. this week to criticize health care reform legislation currently before Congress. Not only did...

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Chemical Plant Security Bill Passes. Entire GOP votes "NO!!!"

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 10:59 AM

Earlier this month during the din of the health care debate, the House quietly passed a bill that, if enacted into law, will help secure our country from terrorist attacks on chemical plants and waste and drinking water treatment plants. The bill, H.R. 2868, is called "The Chemical and Water...

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Rep. Schauer Challenged from Left and Right at Town Hall

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2009 | 9:01 PM

Freshman representative Mark Schauer (D-MI) had a grueling schedule last week. He held four town hall meetings in two days to discuss the House's health care reform bill and to answer questions from his constituents. Schauer, who narrowly defeated the very conservative...

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Limbaugh Calls Detroit's Poor "Obama's America"

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 8:39 PM

Cross-posted at Eclectablog.

Nearly 35,000 Detroiters converged on Cobo Hall last Wednesday to claim one of the 5,000 applications for federal aid set aside for people in poverty, giving Rush Limbaugh a chance to mock "Obama's America."

Here's video from the Associated Press:

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3 U.S Congressmen, 1 Voice: Health Care is a Civil Right

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 6:21 AM

October 3, 2009, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party in Michigan held its annual dinner. Three U.S. Congressmen were in attendance. The first was freshman Representative Mark Schauer, a young, vibrant and optimistic Congressman. The second was Representative John Dingell, the longest-serving member in Congress today and a man who has...

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Anti-Abortion Group Politicizes Memorial of Slain Pro-Life Activist

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 12:54 PM

The Associate Press reports that a memorial service for slain anti-abortion activist James Pouillon will be followed by a large protest outside the local offices of Planned Parenthood in Owosso, Michigan.

Pouillon was shot to death on September 11, 2009 by Harlan Drake, who also shot another man the...

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What if They Held an "Energy Citizen" Rally and Nobody Noticed?

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 12:12 PM

Yesterday was the BIG DAY for Michigan's "Energy Citizens"! Yes, the giant groundswell of corporately-funded astroturf outrage at climate change legislation that would put a serious hurt on the profit statements of Big Oil concerns found its way into Livonia, Michigan.

It was going to be big. At least that's...

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Thousands of Americans Move to Mexico for Affordable Health Care

(12) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 10:45 AM

The USA Today is reporting that "thousands" of Americans are moving to Mexico to receive inexpensive health care:

As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees in Mexico have quietly found a solution of their own, signing up for the...
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Eyeing A Comeback, Former Rep. Walberg Holds Health Care Town Halls

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 12:24 AM

This article is part of HuffPost's Eyes & Ears health care town hall watch, where citizen journalist report on their local town hall meetings. Click "Join Now" to become part of the team.

Last fall, one-term U.S. Representative Tim Walberg was defeated in a hotly...

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County Commissioner Brings Swastika Sign To US Rep. Schauer Health Care Rally

(969) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 6:19 AM

Chris Savaged reported from Jackson, MI as part of HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Town Hall Watch. Join the citizen coverage by clicking participate at the bottom of the article.

UPDATE: Although some have defended Commissioner Phil Duckham's swastika sign by saying it had a cross through it and...
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St. Louis Teabag Protester Lies about Medical Coverage to Solicit "Donations"

(30) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 3:22 PM

It's been widely reported that Kenneth Gladney, the African American man who claimed he was beaten during a scuffle at a St. Louis health care town hall did not have health insurance. His attorney, David Brown actually solicited funds for his medical bills:

Kenneth Gladney sat in a wheelchair...
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Raucous Politics -- Rep. John Dingell Calmly Faces "The Screamers"

(33) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 10:43 PM

On August 6, 2009, Representative John Dingell (D-Detroit) held a health care town hall meeting in Romulus, Michigan. The event was held at the Romulus Athletic Center which sits at the end of one of the runways of Detroit Metro Airport. As we neared the venue 30 minutes before it...

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Lives on Hold Until Election Day

(14) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 4:11 PM

I looked around my house the other day and realized that by becoming so immersed in Barack Obama's Campaign for Change, my wife and I have literally put most of the rest of our lives on hold. Our kitchen sink is perpetually full of dirty dishes. Our garden is fully...

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Escape to Europe, Our Election Follows

(64) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 7:04 AM

A business trip to Europe last week forced me to take a break from American politics and the nightly canvassing and phonebanking that has consumed my life for the past two months. I thought being away from the USA for six days would allow me a bit of respite from...

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How Obama's Campaign Strategy Will Deliver Michigan

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 2:33 PM


There are three separate pieces of information about the presidential race in Michigan that, taken as a whole, point to very good news for the Obama campaign in November:

1. The registration of young people is HUGE and getting EVEN BIGGER.

2. The percentage of young people who...

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