Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Michigan Has Gone Cra-Cra
Okay, so generally I'm not for using only one source on anything. But Rachel Maddow has been covering what has been going on in Michigan in a very thorough, useful way, and almost nobody else in the national press is covering this series of stories (here's Ezra Klein from the Washington Post referencing Maddow's work, here's the AP on the lawsuit over the Emergency Manager law). So I'm putting up a few clips, the ones I think best summarize the situation in Michigan. More people should know about this.
Clip #1 - March 2, 2012 - On the Emergency Manager Law, generally, and about how it undermines local democracy in Michigan - particularly in African American communities; and on the beginning of a citizens' repeal:
Clip #2 - January 16, 2012 - On Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's Administration desire to take over Detroit and Inkster - which would then make approximately 50% of African Americans in Michigan under Emergency Manager control, and not the control of the officials they elect:
Clip #3 - April 26, 2012 - On how Republicans in Michigan are using font size and conflicts of interest to overcome a citizens' repeal vote on the Emergency Manager law that has allowed them to take over large parts of the state, unilaterally, and against the wishes of the local populations:
Clip #4 - April 30, 2012 - On Pontiac, MI, and how the Emergency Managers have completely failed to make things better in the places they have taken over control in Michigan:
Clip #5: - April 9, 2012 - How the Republicans in control of the Michigan State Legislature have been ignoring the fact that they do not have a supermajority in the House to pass laws like the Emergency Manager law:
There are more where this came from, including stories about how emergency managers have taken advantage of their positions by selling off property of the towns they control and then financially benefitting from those sales.
I honestly find this whole series of stories shocking.
Michigan has gone cra-cra.