Category: News Briefs Written by Matt Roush, WWJ
LANSING — With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Pure Michigan online store offers Pure Michigan gifts for everyone on your list. Select items on the site will be on sale for up to 50 percent off through the holidays.
The store is at http://www.puremichiganstore.org/welcome.asp.
“We have a diverse and high-quality line of merchandise that really helps spread the Pure Michigan brand and lets people showcase their pride in Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “These are products that are made in the USA and in many cases right here in Michigan. With a portion of every sale going to support the Pure Michigan advertising campaign it is a great way to enhance our efforts to showcase Michigan as a national vacation destination.”
Holiday gift packages currently available include Cherry of My Eye, Good Michigan Morning, Michigan Apple Harvest, Michigan Blueberry and even a Michigan Hunter’s Snack Crate. Items such as pie filling, jellies, dried fruit, butter and more from Michigan farms, orchards and stores are packaged in hand-crafted wooden crates with the Pure Michigan logo fire-branded on the side.
Gift certificates for the store are also available for purchase and make a great gift for any fan of Pure Michigan.
Throughout the cold weather season the store will be stocked with apparel, including Stormy Kromer’s, perfect for staying warm while enjoying Michigan’s winter wonderland. Men’s apparel includes crewnecks and various hooded sweatshirts complete with the Pure Michigan logo. Pure Michigan-branded cardigans, hooded sweatshirts and crewnecks are also available for women, along with a variety of youth apparel.
Find unique gifts for the home including wine glasses, calendars, picture frames, coasters, cookbooks and puzzles. A Pure Michigan fire pit, cooler, umbrellas and even a spatula provide special gifts for those who love the Michigan outdoors. Gifts are deliverable to any address.
Pure Michigan merchandise is also available at retail locations across the state. Michigan-based Aco Home, Garden & Hardware is the latest retailer to carry Pure Michigan products in its 66 stores, as well as online. To find a Michigan retailer that carries Pure Michigan merchandise near you visit the Pure Michigan store locator online.
Helm, based in Plymouth, is the vendor for the Pure Michigan merchandise, fulfilling retail and wholesale orders. Helm is a leading provider of branded merchandise, fulfillment, and e-commerce turnkey solutions to some of the world’s largest and best-known companies. Established in 1943, Helm is also the nation’s largest provider of factory-authored automotive service and owner information. For more about Helm, visit www.helm.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:05
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and a second injured.
Police say the shootings happened around 5:30 a.m. on Cedargrove Street, near Gratiot Avenue and East McNichols, on the city’s northeast side.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a dead man lying on the ground outside a home and a second man who was injured inside the home.
The injured victim was taken to the hospital and was last listed in temporary-serious condition.
Investigators are now trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
No arrests have been made or suspects identified in the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
The identities of those involved were not immediately released.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:00
Category: News Briefs Written by Jaclyn Zubrzycki, The Huffington Post
As Michigan's Education Achievement Authority nears the end of its first fully operational semester, a battle rages over its present and its future.
The statewide school system, which took charge of 15 schools in Detroit this fall, has been the subject of disputes in recent weeks about governance, educational models, and equity in a city notoriously plagued by financial issues, depopulation, racial tensions, poverty--and low student achievement.
Michigan is among a number of states, including Tennessee and Louisiana, that have formed state-level authorities to manage their most troubled schools. The progress of those ventures is being closely watched by policymakers nationwide.
The controversy in Michigan came to a head late last month, in the wake of a Detroit school board vote that questioned the status of the city school system's state-appointed emergency financial manager, Roy Roberts. The city school board unanimously voted to withdraw from the statewide authority.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in the state House and Senate, in an effort to protect the authority, are pushing bills that would set it into state law during the current Republican-led session. The bill's authors and other proponents of codifying the authority say the newly created district, which serves about 11,000 Detroit students, could potentially improve the academic achievement of the lowest-achieving 5 percent of schools across the entire state.
Letter to Washington
The Detroit board's vote is unlikely to represent the end of the education authority, mostly because the statewide entity currently operates through a contractual agreement, signed by Mr. Roberts, between the 50,000-student city school system and Eastern Michigan State University, that Mr. Roberts, who remains the emergency financial manager, is unlikely to dissolve.
But the authority remains the focus of contention. A group of parents, university professors, and advocates for the Detroit public schools wrote a letter last month to
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama listing concerns with the educational program, accountability, and governance of the authority, which was recently named a finalist in the federal Race to the Top district competition.
Some opponents have gone further in their critiques: The president of the Detroit school board, LaMar Lemmon, and community activist Helen Moore said in interviews with Education Week that the authority was a racially motivated attempt to dismantle Detroit's public school system.
The educational authority is so new that there aren't yet data to indicate whether it is more or less successful than the traditional system. Steven Wasko, a spokesman for the Detroit public schools, said that the lack of information argues against dismantling the authority.
"Given that the schools have been assigned to that reform district for just a little over three months, on what basis can it be concluded that it has not worked?" he said.
But advocates like Ms. Moore say the authority's beginner status argues against extending it through proposed legislation.
The Detroit school system was first taken over by the state in 1999, returned to local control in 2005, and handed to a state-appointed emergency financial manager in 2009. The lack of local control over the school system has long been a bone of contention.
State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, the chairwoman of the house education committee and a sponsor of House Bill 6004, which would confirm the authority as "part of this state's system of public schools," said that while she believed in locally controlled schools, state legislators had a responsibility to address the problem of low-performing schools.
She said the bill had been modified to reflect some concerns. For instance, students in the authority were initially not required to take the same state tests as students in other schools, but now are. Another revision would allow schools to eventually leave the authority.
But the most recent version of the bill would still grant the authority the power to create new charter schools and authorizers, and would require the regular Detroit school system to lease or sell buildings to the authority.
The authority's learning model and its use of a computer program called Buzz have also come into question. The program in Detroit is similar to an effort that authority Chancellor John Covington installed while he was the superintendent of the 17,000-student Kansas City, Mo., school system, which abandoned the model soon after Mr. Covington left in 2011.
But Detroit teacher Brooke Harris, testifying before state legislators, said the program was "not innovative, and not student-centered."
In an interview, Mr. Covington said that the online program "does not drive the curriculum of the authority of Michigan," which he described as a blended learning program.
Anecdotal evidence on the new instructional program is also mixed. K.C. Wilbourn, who is in her fourth year as the principal at Detroit's Denby High School, said that when she first learned that Denby would become part of the authority she was "devastated." But Ms. Wilbourn said working with Mr. Covington has been a pleasant surprise. "I can share thoughts without consequences, and that to me is priceless," she said.
This year, 75 percent of the staff is new, and 25 percent were provided by Teach For America, the nonprofit group that places teachers in high-need schools.
"It's been good for the children because it's been good for its leader," Ms. Wilbourn said.
Meanwhile, at Mumford High School, also within the authority, Ms. Harris said her school had struggled this year with logistical problems. Her classes had as many as 45 students, and two classes only recently gained access to Buzz after being delayed by technical issues. Rescheduling this month brought Ms. Harris's class sizes down to 33.
The Urban League's Mr. Anderson said "we're interested in what's happening to improve education in the state, but the jury's still out on whether the [authority is] the best way or not." ___
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:47
Category: Breaking News Written by Laura Bassett, The Hufffington Post
The Michigan Senate passed its version of a controversial abortion bill on Wednesday that would regulate abortion clinics as surgical centers, require doctors to screen women for coercion before providing them abortions and restrict the use of telemedicine to prescribe abortion medication. The "super-bill," passed by a Senate vote of 27 to 10 after the state House of Representatives passed its version last week, is likely to drastically limit women's access to abortion in Michigan.
House Bill 5711 has been the subject of heated protests since it was first introduced in June. Republican supporters of the bill argue that it protects women's health, while Democrats and reproductive-rights advocates charge that it simply aims to restrict women's reproductive freedom.
The bill imposes strict building regulations on abortion clinics, such as specific square-footage minimums and hallway widths, which could prevent many clinics from being able to legally operate without costly and extensive renovations. It also bans the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication abortions, though it is often the only alternative for many women in rural and medically under-served areas of the state.
A third provision of the bill requires doctors to ask women probing questions to ensure they haven't been forced to choose abortion.
The House will now review the final version of the bill before sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who is expected to sign.
"Michigan's public officials were elected to stand up for women's health and rights, not to trample them," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "We strongly urge Governor Snyder to reject this attack on women's constitutionally-protected rights."
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:17
Category: Breaking News Written by Felicia Sonmez, David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post
LANSING, Mich. — The conservative groups that supported Michigan’s new “right to work” law — winning a stunning victory over unions, even in the heart of American labor — vowed Wednesday to replicate that success elsewhere.
But the search for the next Michigan could be difficult.
National unions, caught flat-footed in the Wolverine State, pledged to offer fierce opposition wherever the idea crops up next. They consider the laws a direct attack on their finances and political clout at a time when labor influence is already greatly diminished.
In addition, few Republican governors who could enact such legislation seem eager to bring the fight to their states.
“There is not much of a movement to do it,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett told a Philadelphia radio station this week, according to the Associated Press. His lack of enthusiasm was shared by two other governors who have battled with unions, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich.
Right-to-work measures like the one Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed Tuesday allow workers to opt out of paying union dues. Advocates say the laws, now in force in 24 states, offer employees greater freedom and make states more competitive in attracting jobs.
“If Michigan can do it, then I think everybody ought to think about it,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He said he thinks at least one more state will adopt such a law before the end of 2013, and listed Alaska, Missouri, Montana and Pennsylvania among the top contenders. “Very confident. It will happen. [But] I can’t tell you where the next one is.”
The boisterous protesters who had stormed Michigan’s State Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday were gone on Wednesday, dispersed after Snyder signed the legislation.
Only about 30 demonstrators stood in front of the building on Wednesday, their mouths covered in duct tape that said, “$1,500 Less.” The figure represents the difference in the average annual salary of workers in right-to-work states compared with states without such laws, protest organizers said.
Andy Schor, a Democratic state representative-elect, said the push for the right-to-work measure was part of “a national effort” by outside conservative groups to undercut union power. “We’re the next domino to fall here in Michigan,” he said.
Opponents of the law said they are considering their options, including a possible legal challenge and stepped-up campaigning against Snyder, who will face reelection in 2014.
In a telephone interview, Snyder — who had repeatedly said he would not sign a right-to-work measure — sought to explain how he had changed his mind. The first-term governor, elected during the GOP wave of 2010, said he had been encouraged by the example of Indiana, which passed a right-to-work bill this year.
But Snyder said Michigan’s labor movement was partly to blame for pursuing a ballot measure this year that would have added protections for collective bargaining. It failed, helping spur the push for the legislation signed Tuesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:11
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
LANSING (WWJ) - It could soon be legal to carry concealed weapons into Michigan churches, schools, hospitals and sports arenas.
A bill that would wipe out most so-called “gun free zones” is speeding through the lame duck legislature, despite some vocal opposition.
Randy Block from the group Michigan Unitarian Universality says the fast-tracked legislation did not get the consideration it deserves.
Block was among several who testified before a House committee Monday morning.
“If it really had the chance to be seriously debated, they wouldn’t come out of committee, but they’re being railroaded through the legislative process this time — and I don’t think that that’s very good for democracy or our citizens,” Block told WWJ Newsradio 950.
“It violates our religious principles that you should try to resolve things with love not hate,” he said. “People believe in peaceful resolution — and bringing a piece is not what we had in mind, I guess you could say.”
The House committee passed the bill on Wednesday. The full House is expected to follow suit, even as clergy members presented lawmakers with thousands of petition signatures from those opposing the legislation.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports political opponents have called it ”another example of this legislature over-reaching,” while sponsors of the bill believe the law will make citizens safer.
Under the new law, people who concealed carry in gun-free zones would have to get enhanced training beyond basic requirements and spend additional time at the gun range. “Open carry” in those areas would remain prohibited.
The state Senate approved the bill last month. It’s not clear of Gov. Rick Snyder plans to sign it.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:16
Category: Breaking News Written by Leah Nowell
After a day of heated protests in Michigan's capitol, Ann Coulter jumped into the fray with some harsh words for the Mitten State, as well as the city of Detroit.
On the Fox News show Hannity, conservative pundit Coulter took unions to task for protesting the controversial right-to-work legislation signed into law Tuesday.
"This mob cannot learn," Coulter said on the show, in a video posted by Media Matters. "They would put their hand on a burning fire over and over again. They haven't noticed that by supporting these unions they have lost the car companies. They have lost jobs."
Coulter saves some ire for Detroit, reminiscing about the numerous millionaires that once called the city home.
"Detroit was ... the gem of the United States of America," she said. "First it was destroyed by the mob with the race riots. Then it was destroyed by the unions driving the jobs abroad."
Sean Hannity, the show's host, claimed that "long-term Democratic rule" partly led to Detroit's population loss and looming bankruptcy.
"That is a dying state, one of the most beautiful states in the union," Coulter continued. "Michigan has become a state like Cuba. All the people who want to work have left the state. Not all of them, there are a few left behind."
It seems that Coulter, like Kid Rock, has something in common with Sean Penn, who also sees a strange resemblance between the Mitten State and nations located much closer to the equator. The liberal actor compared the danger level in Detroit and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a recent interview with Esquire Magazine.
Coulter didn't just find fault with Michigan, however. She "blessed" the Republican-led state legislature and called Gov. Rick Snyder, one of her picks for presidential candidate in 2016, "magnificent." Snyder initially opposed the legislation that bans unions from requiring employees to pay dues, but abruptly reversed his stance last week.
Detractors say the right-to-work legislation will defund unions while allowing employees to reap the benefits of their collective bargaining without paying dues.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:59
Category: Breaking News Written by Alexis Garrett Stodghill
First lady Michelle Obama dropped off 900 gifts yesterday as part of a Toys for Tots event in Washington, D.C. An annual drive of the Marine Corps, the campaign received the huge donation from the White House where Mrs. Obama began collecting toys for the program in 2009.
The toys were collected from residents of the White House, including President Obama and the first couple’s daughters Sasha and Malia, in addition to employees, friends and corporate donors.
“I’m very proud that the folks at the White House stepped up, and I think we have a larger contribution this year than even before,” the first lady said at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling surrounded by Marines and volunteers. “And I brought as many as I could here with me today, but we’re going to keep the drive going and keep sending it over.”
Toys for Tots was started by a Marine Corp reservist to gather and distribute gifts for children whose parents could not afford to provide them. First lady Michelle Obama used her platform at the event to encourage more Americans and corporations to contribute to the drive, which runs through mid-to-late December.
“I want to be clear that there is still plenty of time for people all across this country to get involved with Toys for Tots,” she said.
The first lady also cited her personal dedication to military families through her Joining Forces program as an inspiration for participating in this initiative. For her, it is the selfless service of members of military families that spurs her to give back.
“You know I’m working on Joining Forces, but the military families are what inspires my work,” Mrs. Obama said, as reported by the White House blog. “Because even though all of you are dealing with your own hardships and challenges and struggles, you’re moving from base to base every couple of years; even though you’ve endured deployment after deployment, the miraculous thing about you all and your spirit is somehow you always are the first people to volunteer for something. It could be as simple as the car pool, or the PTA, or a food pantry, or you’re stepping up for a neighbor or friend[.]“
Donations to Toys for Tots are being accepted in the Washington, D.C. area and on the organization’s web site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:22
Category: Top News Written by Michael Cottman
The nation’s corporate hotel industry is woefully failing to hire African American managers and minority-owned companies in a fast-growing, overwhelmingly white trade, according to a new report released by the NAACP.
The NAACP’s Report Card graded the five largest hotels — Marriott, Wyndam, Hyatt, Starwood and Hilton — for ethnic diversity and racial inclusion. While Marriott International received an overall B grade — the highest rating out of all the hotels — other major hotels that were evaluated scored poorly — either a C-plus or C — and no corporate hotel leader received an A in theNAACP study.
“The lodging industry has failed to keep pace with our diverse nation,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “As one of the fastest growing industries in the country, the lodging industry has opportunities for entry level positions, senior management positions, ownership and supplier diversity – a full spectrum of economic opportunity.”
According to the NAACP report, Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Hotel & Lodging Industry, procurement with minority businesses is at “unacceptably low numbers” throughout the hotel industry.
“Of the corporations graded in the report, only 8% of total dollars spent for goods and services went to companies owned by people of color and a dismal 1% went to African American owned companies,” the report said.
According to the NAACP, the focus of the Report Card is to examine and grade the largest companies on their representation of African Americans and people of color. In addition to grading corporations on their diversity, the report cards highlight opportunities in the industry and the specific programs designed to strengthen full participation in the industry for people of color.
The report says that diversity and inclusion remains low specifically at the management, property ownership, and supplier diversity levels. Considerable gains must be made to better reflect the demographics of the United States–where communities of color make up one-third of the current population, the NAACP said.
The study also shows that 65% — or two out of three — hotel industry employees work in the service sector and it is projected that its five largest occupations – food preparation and serving workers, janitors, waiters and waitresses, restaurant cooks, and housekeeping cleaners – will add more than one million jobs in the next 10 years.
African Americans comprise the largest percentage of travelers of color in the United States, according to the NAACP report, and while the hotel industry is largely staffed by workers of color, African Americans are not receiving equitable treatment.
“They overpopulate entry-level and lower-wage positions while being underrepresented in higher-level, more lucrative positions, such as that of general manager,” the NAACP report says.
“With economic inequality at its highest levels in recent decades, it is important that the hotel and lodging industry provide access to jobs with livable wages, long-term career possibilities and contract opportunities for minority owned businesses particularly in African American and other economically disenfranchised communities,” said Dedrick Muhammad, NAACP Senior Director of Economic Programs.
The study also recommends improving access to programs, opportunities and career paths in the hotel industry for people of color. Several organizations, like the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, are already advancing some of these initiatives, according to the NAACP.
“The report card should serve as both an eye opener and a tool to encourage the graded corporations to strengthen job creation and wealth building opportunities for disenfranchised minorities,” said Leonard James, National NAACP Board Member and Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “The NAACP looks forward to collaborating with these corporate leaders and diversity advocates over the next several years to advance industry inclusion, at all levels.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:52
Category: Breaking News Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Mr. Governor, why the change?
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has long maintained that right-to-work is divisive and that he doesn’t want what took place in Wisconsin, the famous battle between labor and the Republican administration of Gov. Scott Walker, to take place here in the Wolverine State.
But why has Gov. Snyder now reversed his earlier decision to go down a road that he has condemned as divisive and not helpful to bringing people together?
What kind of pressure was brought to bear on Snyder, a man I believe is independent, able to make decisions that are not politically toxic regardless of the kind of legislature he’s dealing with in Lansing?
In interviews during the campaign and after his election, Snyder told the press and journalists like myself who’ve sat down with him numerous times for interviews that he wants to stay clear of divisive politics. And yes, in politics your words matter.
And during the gubernatorial campaign, Snyder hardly ever engaged in inflamed rhetoric or right wing politics, maintaining a calm and moderate demeanor.
When former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and other GOP gubernatorial candidates were busy and proudly hanging out in Tea Party Express buses, Snyder was trying to convince independents that politics should not drive decision-making in Lansing. He lamented divisive politics in Lansing and stayed clear of things that would put him in the “same ol’ politician” column.
That moderate posture earned him the endorsement of Michigan’s most respected former Republican governor, Bill Milliken, the Republican who championed many moderate legislative initiatives including protecting the environment.
Of note was Milliken’s special relationship with former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, and Milliken talked about his relationship with Young anchored on mutual respect and trust at an event I attended at the Detroit Opera House that honored his legacy.
Thus the entrance of Snyder into the political fray with a moderate posture was welcoming by some and held with suspicion by others because he wasn’t running as an independent but, rather, under the Republican column.
Nevertheless, Snyder maintained an independent posture that he was his own man. He repeated many times in interviews that he was not driven by politics but the business of making Michigan a desirable place to do business and grow jobs. How he does that is up for debate.
And the governor’s moderate posture struck a chord with supporters and skeptics when he became the only Republican governor in the nation who refused to sign a letter to repeal the historic Affordable Health Care Law, the signature legislation of President Obama.
Again, Snyder’s moderate position gained another credit when he vetoed a package of bills that would have made it difficult for African Americans and other people of color to vote in the Nov. 6 general election by requiring photo ID at the polls.
But the governor’s sudden Damascus ephiphany in support of right-to-work is alarming after the divisiveness of the Wisconsin battle, including the waste of resources that were mounted to recall Gov. Walker.
Wisconsin attracted unwarranted attention from around the nation as a state that wasn’t inviting to workers.
Wisconsin knowingly earned the reputation as a hire-and-fire state, which sends out a chilling message.
The almost Armageddon-type battle we witnessed in Madison created such a negative image of Wisconsin that voters eventually fought back, giving that state to President Obama in the presidential election rather than Gov. Mitt Romney, despite the fact that his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, was from that state.
Has Wisconsin learned its lesson?
We hope so.
Labor has been an integral part of America’s industrial revolution and it continues to remain one of the lasting institutions in this democratic experience, fighting for better wages and better working conditions for the working class.
In other parts of the world, multinational corporations are running large factories and sweatshops in horrible conditions that are not even fit for people to work in. Yet their workers risk their lives every day to show up at those sweatshops and factories, earning little and working from dawn to dusk, making many of the clothes we wear.
Thank God for labor laws, that cannot happen here in the U.S. That is the essence of the philoshophy that gave birth to labor around the world.
Does labor have issues?
Of course and there are many.
Is labor complacent?
Sometimes it is and has not done enough to address the fact that the changing times demand new ways of doing business.
Yet we cannot nullify the basic principle that informed the founding of labor in exchange for fancy economic calculations and unproven results.
I have yet to see any strong and serious economic indicator that projects empirical data that says right-to-work will make a state like Michigan move forward economically.
In fact, the economy in Michigan is coming back, and Snyder is taking credit for the comeback. Why then push legislation that would fracture the working relationship between workers and their employers?
Just as businesses have chambers of commerce and people are free to become members of those chambers to advocate for their interests, so must working people have the option to become part of organized labor.
It is damaging to create legislation that stifles workers’ or business owners’ ability to become members of a chamber of commerce.
Some have suggested that Snyder is being used by a right wing legislature that’s bent on revenge for Obama’s re-election and the failed push in Michigan to have collective bargaining enshrined in the Constitution.
Collective bargaining rights got their roots and firm support during the administration of two former moderate Republican governors, George Romney and William Milliken. Why is Snyder taking a different path?
The buck stops with the governor and it is not beyond hope that he will listen to reasonable arguments.
The governor’s moderate reputation is on the line with the push for this kind of legislation. Added to this conundrum is a package of anti-abortion bills also making its way to the governor’s desk that would allow doctors to inject their belief in carrying out medical procedure as abortion.
That means any doctor can deny an abortion based on their religious conviction and an employer won’t be responsible for the cost.
The real victim here is birth control because the legislation is aimed at keeping birth control pills away from women.
Is Michigan becoming a theocracy or a democracy? Snyder owes voters an answer to this right-wing storm that has hit the state.
Will the next move by the right wing legislature in Lansing be to secede from the union now that Obama has won a second term?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:42
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