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There is a mandate

Do you hear that? It’s the steady hum of bought-and-paid-for pundits, political operatives, and far-right hacks proclaiming Obama’s re-election didn’t come with a mandate. This would be funny if it weren’t so matter-of-factly hypocritical and wrong. After Bush’s narrow re-election in 2004, the GOP and far-right media claimed the American electorate handed them a mandate,…

Missing the Mark

  This weekend, Nate Silver published an analysis of the most and least accurate pollsters of the 2012 Presidential race. The competition was stiff – but the notorious Baydoun Consulting was the third worst in the country, with an average Republican lean to its polls of 8.6 points. Some might remember the Sunday before Election…

No Mandate

A favorite trick of Republican pundits and hacks after President Obama’s election (in 2008 and 2012) is to discredit him as illegitimate, or lacking a mandate. In 2008, they blamed ACORN. This year, they’re already blaming Superstorm Sandy, claiming that it moved the polls by 4-5 points in the last few weeks, despite actual poll…

They Were Wrong

Despite the insistence from the Romney campaign and Karl Rove that Ohio would go their way once the numbers were unskewed, President Obama scored a decisive victory last night – to the point that by the time Romney had conceded the race, the President didn’t even need Florida or Ohio, whose Republican Secretaries of State…

Campaign for Corruption

Instead of governing, Gov. Rick Snyder is all about campaigning for corrupt House Speaker Jase Bolger.  Bolger plotted with former Democratic Rep. Roy Schmidt to switch parties a moment before the filing deadline and outsource the competition to a candidate of their choosing: his son’s friend. In effect, robbing Michigan’s 76th District of their voice.…

Make a plan to vote

Picture this: You roll out of bed on Election Day, ready to head over to your polling place to cast your ballot. But wait — what’s the address? How do you get there? When do the polls open, and who should you support? We’ve all been there. You’re probably ready to cast your ballot, but…

Comparing Ballot Proposal Voter Guides

Earlier this month the Michigan League of Responsible Voters announced a new effort to educate voters about the proposals that will appear on the November ballot. The voter guide, which can be seen here, includes no-nonsense information about the proposals, and includes a balanced list of groups that are supporting and opposing Proposals 1-5. Take…

Roadblock Johnson

Earlier this summer, many of Michigan’s young people had a huge weight lifted from their shoulders. The Obama Administration instituted reforms allowing those brought to the U.S. under the age of 16 by their families to be free of the fear of deportation back to countries many barely remembered. There were other stipulations of having…