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Progressive Podcast Talk Show host of MICHIGAN\'S TOP POLITICO PROGRAM - Independent Underground Radio LIVE. Owner of IU News & Talk. Reader of DU mostly. Will be an infrequent poster of issues that impact our state of Michigan and Nation.

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MI has No Legal Obligation to Provide a Quality Public Education, So Says the State Appellate Court

In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.

"A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling that there is a “broad compelling state interest in the provision of an education to all children.”

The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading — but rather is obligated only to establish and finance a public education system, regardless of quality. Waving off decades of historic judicial impact on educational reform, the majority opinion also contends that “judges are not equipped to decide educational policy.”

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/11/oped-michigan-has-no-legal-obligation.html#ixzz3J4ZphhbN
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Posted by LovingA2andMI | Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:29 PM (7 replies)

Unbelievable...and some folks voted to continue this November 4th.....Paying a EAA Head $325K

Glad we're NOT one of them....

"Veronica Conforme will also get an $8,000 annual vehicle allowance, security protection and $5,000 annually for the purchase of a life insurance policy.

The chancellor of the statewide district for Michigan's lowest-performing schools will make an annual base salary of $325,000 under a new contract that puts her in the top earnings tier of school leaders nationwide.

Veronica Conforme will donate $25,000 of that to charity this year — while receiving an extra $25,000 to cover relocation expenses.

As head of the Education Achievement Authority, Conforme will also get a vehicle allowance, money for life insurance and security protection from the district.

Conforme's base salary exceeds the average salary of $242,000 earned by superintendents at 53 large urban school districts nationwide, as reported in 2014 by the Council of the Great City Schools.

The EAA board approved the contract today. It runs from Nov. 5, 2014, through June 30, 2018."

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Tue Nov 11, 2014, 09:48 PM (4 replies)

Hey Chris Matthews, Tipping on the Edge of Dog Whistle Race Politics on Ms. Lynch is not Warranted!!

"She (Loretta Lynch) will be sitting in a chair for weeks getting drilled by Ted Cruz like ANITA Hill," says msnbc Chris Matthews.


Nothing against Attorney Hill but, except the fact Attorney Hill and Federal Prosecutor Lynch are African-American females -- both highly intelligent by the way Legal Counselors-- what else does Ms. Lynch have in common with Ms. Hill? Nothing....so....

HELLO Chris Matthews....Attorney Hill was called by legal subpoena to Congress to confirm or deny the unwarranted sexual harassment perceived behaviors of then Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas in the 1990's.

Attorney Lynch has chosen to be considered, to become the first African-American Female Attorney General of the United States of America in 2014.

It's truly sick how the Corporate Media in the last 48 hours (barely 48 at that) are trying to make Ms. Lynch nomination an issue mixed with the usual dog whistle race and sex politics of normal in the US of A. WOW, just WOW.

Matthews need to apologize to Ms. Lynch and Ms. Hill for that matter, learn how to think before he speaks and shut it!

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Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 08:26 PM (0 replies)

Why Senator-Elect Gary Peters won: Michigan's Purple Split Ticket Party Voters

"Michigan is a Purple State full of split ticket voters. In a say it loud from the rooftop scenario again: Michigan is a Purple State fill of split ticket voters.

For a Statewide or Federal candidate to win during a general election, the potential office holder must appeal broadly to Michigan's deeply blue, light blue, purple, purple-red and deeply red counties. Senator-Elect Gary Peters knew full well how to ride the five colors in the Crayola crayon box called Michigan, and won.

Let's examine the numbers shall we:

Unofficial Numbers from the Michigan Secretary of State website as of November 5, 2014

Gary Peters (D): 1,702,460 or 54.58% Terri Lynn Land (R): 1,288,126 41.37%

Peters received about 414.334 votes more than Land gained statewide."

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/11/why-senator-elect-gary-peters-won.html#ixzz3IPxU2Pq5
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 03:55 PM (4 replies)

The Morning After - Outsmarted, Outspent, Outlast, Frankly Plain Smoked - Michigan Elections 2014

This is what happened last night in Michigan. The Republicans not only had a good night, they had a fantastic night in all things Great Lakes Blue. In fact, the only thing left "Blue" in this state is the water -- and give it a couple of more years under Republican rule and that --- will be brown with Fracking juices and all.

The Michigan Democratic Party got SMOKED. Lost every statewide office --- AGAIN. Lost the Michigan House AGAIN. Lost the Michigan Senate - AGAIN.

Worse, lost FOUR SEATS in the Michigan House -- where the goal should have been to take back the house as it was doable, however -- the Michigan Democratic Party LOST BIG TIME.

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/11/oped-morning-after-outsmarted-outspent.html#ixzz3IDHmgHMe
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Posted by LovingA2andMI | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 12:02 PM (0 replies)

Before Hitting the Polls: One Last Statement on Why Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Must Go

"It is critically important that in these last couple of days Michiganders understand that Rick Snyder should not and can't be trusted in any form or fashion to tell the truth.

The Governor is on the ropes thanks to Democratic Challenger Mark Schauer aggressive campaigning as of late. As a result, Gov. Snyder knows full well the only way he can have a "shot" at re-election is by doing what he does best ----lying.

Voters must understand Rick Snyder cut $1.8 BILLION with a Capital B out of Michigan's Public Education system in order to satisfy rich donors to his campaign in the "private/charter" school business. The Governor raised taxes on Michigan's Seniors with the "Pension Tax", middle class with cuts to the Homestead Property Tax Credit and the working poor with the darn near elimination of the Earned Income Tax credit from a maximum of $650 once a year to $50.00 in total.

Additionally, Rick Snyder promised and lied that giving a 1 Billion dollar tax break ---which was in reality a tax shift -- to C & S Corporations in this State would "create jobs". According to figures from BLS or the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan's unemployment rate REMAINS the 8th highest in the nation."

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/11/oped-before-hitting-polls-one-last.html#ixzz3HytSAbTD
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Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 12:40 AM (2 replies)

President Obama to Detroit Voters: "Go Vote and Take a Friend to the Polls Tuesday" - IUNT

"President Barack Obama made a pre-election day rally stop Saturday, November 1 speaking to a robust crowd upwards to 10,000 supporters at Wayne State University.

The President during the visit rallied for voters to support Congressman Gary Peters vying for the U.S. Senate, Michigan Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Attorney Godfrey Dillard quest to win the states' Secretary of State position.

Making the case on why Michigan is important for Democrats quest to maintain the U.S. Senate and overturn damage done in 2010 when 900,000 voters stayed home, resulting in Republicans taking over the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, both legislative chambers and the State Supreme Court.

President Obama urged attendees to "Go vote and take a friend to the polls on Tuesday," November 4.

"The same folks that asked us to throw in the towel on Michigan six years ago are now asking for your vote," President Obama told the large Motorcity crowd.

"When you step into that voting booth, you are making not just making a choice about candidates and parties, but making about two different visions of what America's is about And it boils down to a simple question: who is on your side, whose going to fight for you."

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/11/president-obama-to-detroit-voters-go.html#ixzz3HuCox4PC
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Posted by LovingA2andMI | Sun Nov 2, 2014, 05:26 AM (0 replies)

Screaming --- THANK YOU FOR THE FACTS!!!

We are talking about people dying, folks being infected and others possibly facing infection by no fault of their own....and other sick (yes, I SAID IT) folks are making this LIFE and DEATH issue into a partisan political game of hot potato.

What a screwed up world we live in.....
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Thu Oct 16, 2014, 09:16 PM (1 replies)

Nurses' union slams Texas hospital for lack of Ebola protocol

Source: CNN

"The Texas hospital where two health care workers contracted Ebola while caring for a patient had guidelines that were "constantly changing" and didn't have protocols on how to deal with the deadly virus," a nurses' union claims.

"The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and that those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States as far as we can tell," National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said Tuesday night. "We're deeply alarmed."

Officials from National Nurses United declined to specify how many nurses they had spoken with, nor identify them to to protect them from possible retaliation. The nurses at the hospital are not members of a union, officials said.

Here's a look at some of the allegations the nurses made, according to the union:

Claim: Duncan wasn't immediately isolated

On the day that Duncan was admitted to the hospital with possible Ebola symptoms, he was "left for several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present," union co-president Deborah Burger said.

Up to seven other patients were present in that area, the nurses said, according to the union.

A nursing supervisor faced resistance from hospital authorities when the supervisor demanded that Duncan be moved to an isolation unit, the nurses said, according to the union.

Perry heads to Europe despite Ebola situation

Claim: The nurses' protective gear left their necks exposed

After expressing concerns that their necks were exposed even as they wore protective gear, the nurses were told to wrap their necks with medical tape, the union says.

"They were told to use medical tape and had to use four to five pieces of medical tape wound around their neck. The nurses have expressed a lot of concern about how difficult it is to remove the tape from their neck," Burger said.

Claim: At one point, hazardous waste piled up

"There was no one to pick up hazardous waste as it piled to the ceiling," Burger said. "They did not have access to proper supplies."

Claim: Nurses got no "hands-on" training

"There was no mandate for nurses to attend training," Burger said, though they did receive an e-mail about a hospital seminar on Ebola.

"This was treated like hundreds of other seminars that were routinely offered to staff," she said.

Claim: The nurses "feel unsupported"

So why did the group of nurses -- the union wouldn't say how many -- contact the nursing union, which they don't belong to?

According to DeMoro, the nurses were upset after authorities appeared to blame nurse Pham, who has contracted Ebola, for not following protocols.

"This nurse was being blamed for not following protocols that did not exist. ... The nurses in that hospital were very angry, and they decided to contact us," DeMoro said.

And they're worried conditions at the hospital "may lead to infection of other nurses and patients," Burger said."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-nurses-union-claims/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Insulting, ridiculous and yet unsurprising in the privatized health care system of the United States of America. If this is the standard in the USA for this latest PLAGUE....we are all screwed.
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Wed Oct 15, 2014, 09:39 AM (9 replies)

This is the tipping point for the Aramark Rolling Tub of Scandalous...

Unbelievable.....FIRE RICK SNYDER as this is a severe SAFETY and SECURITY issue to the Men and Women in this State working for the Michigan Department of Corrections....

House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and Reps. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) said today that the latest revelation of an Aramark employee trying to contract with one prisoner to kill another prisoner should be the final straw that cancels the Department of Corrections contract with Aramark.

“I feel like a broken record or an extra in `Groundhog Day,’” said Greimel. “What other issues need to come to light before Republicans realize the safety of our state is at risk. I would hope that my Republican House colleagues would agree with me that enough is enough and immediately cancel the contract.”

The latest Aramark employee problem was revealed today in a Detroit Free Press article about a Michigan State Police investigation of an Aramark employee at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula asking a prisoner to arrange a hit on another prisoner in a different facility. A prisoner came forward in July saying that the food service worker approached him about arranging the hit. The Aramark worker was banned from the facility but not arrested, and an investigation was started. Now a warrant request has been submitted to the Chippewa County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The problems with Aramark have gotten progressively worse, and now we have a murder for hire plot. If this is the kind of person Aramark hires then not even our prison guards are safe in these facilities,” said Dillon. “They are endangering employees and this is costing the state extra money. Is Aramark going to pay for the state police investigation? I’d be surprised if the state is realizing any of the savings that were supposed to come with this Aramark contract, but savings are irrelevant when you are putting your law-abiding employees in danger. Our guards and other law-abiding workers deserve better. As Leader Greimel said: enough is enough.”


Posted by LovingA2andMI | Thu Sep 25, 2014, 09:36 PM (1 replies)
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