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Florida Acts to Eliminate Touch-Screen Voting System - One small step for voting intergrity!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 10:26

Florida Acts to Eliminate Touch-Screen Voting System
    By Terry Aguayo and Christine Jordan Sexton
    The New York Times

    Friday 04 May 2007

    Miami - Florida legislators voted on Thursday to replace touch-screen voting machines installed in 15 counties after the troubled 2000 presidential election here with a system of optical scan voting.

    The new system is scheduled to be running in time for the 2008 presidential election.

Get Your Guts in Gear: Help Battle Crohn's & Colitis

Submitted by Brainwrap on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:26

The Michigan blogosphere wouldn't be complete without Liberal Lucy of Liberal, Loud & Proud and Michigan Liberal fame.

Today, she asks for our help in spreading the word about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

In particular, she'd like to bring attention to an upcoming event, the Get Your Guts in Gear ride. Please check out her post on the subject, the event itself, and spread the word.

Host a Retire Joe Knollenberg Party this Summer and Save the World!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 10:32

Now that the weather is warming up it's time to plan your own backyard party! Consider hosting a Retire Joe Knollenberg Party! It's easy, fun, and will help rid the world of one of the most radical right extremists in Congress.

Joe Knollenberg is one of the most two faced politicians in the Congress right now. He's voted with Bush 97% of the time. He has voted against things that his district favors like NPR and PBS. He's been the worst in environment history and he's taken gifts from lobbyists to go to Hawaii with his wife.

Now Joe wants you to think he's a good guy by posting that he just put enviro friendly bulbs in his office, opposes cafe standards in order to save the MI auto industry. He even wants you to think he is representing you!

It's time for Joe to go. He should have stuck to the Contract he signed with America OVER 12 years ago which said that he would pledge to only stay in office 12 years. He like many other Newt Gingrich Republicans knew that your memory would be short.

So, this summer we're asking you to through a party to retire Joe. Just host a party, invite the people, and ask for a donation to our cause.

Go to and click on HOST A PARTY GRAPHIC. IF you need help feel free to email Bruce F at

Let's have some fun and support the opponent to Joe Knollenberg - whomever that might be!

Thanks for helping Address the Michigan Trash Issue!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 10:19

In a message to Clean Water Action members 4/19/2007:

Thank you! More than 19,000 of you wrote letters to your elected lawmakers in Lansing, and this week they acted boldly to curb out-of-state trash and boost recycling in Michigan. The Democratically-controlled Michigan state House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure to raise Michigan's below-market waste dumping charges and earmarked funds for recycling. This is the single most significant step forward that the state of Michigan has taken in many years in addressing the problem of mounting Canadian and out-of-state trash being dumped in our state.

Another major development this week was sign-off by the state House Committee on Great Lakes and the Environment on a moratorium on landfill expansion. It has been clear for a long time that the best way to curb out-of-state waste is to deal with the economics of trash.

As long as Michigan is a cheap place to dump trash with unlimited landfill space, we will be the region's dumping grounds. Now the state Senate will have an opportunity to act on the dumping charge proposal, which would raise landfill fees charged to waste haulers from .21 cents to $7.50 a ton—a rate closer to that charged by surrounding Great Lakes states.

Call to Action: Stop Ann Coulter from spewing hate in Livingston County

Submitted by Brainwrap on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 05:23

(originally posted at by LiberalLucy. Reprinted in full with permission.)

In the wake of the Don Imus disaster, one would think that Corporate America would be highly sensitive to the promotion of hate speech, if not for morality's sake, for their profit's sake. For our sake, it's time to fight back and simply say 'No' to Coulter and her hate-mongering.

Unfortunately that's not true in one community in Michigan, already branded with a decades-old racist reputation and where, even today, its children are publicly being called racists just for living there.

How to smear someone with bullsh*t in 5 easy steps.

Submitted by Brainwrap on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:00

Pay attention, kids; here's a classic example of how to smear someone three different ways without getting your own hands dirty:

Step 1: During a state budget press conference, a state representative, talking about new ideas for using technology in the classroom, holds up an iPod as an example of one of the new tools available for todays' students (for listening to lectures, learing foreign languages, etc), mentioning how great it'd be if every kid in Michigan had one.

Step 2: Journalist #1 from one of the largest newspapers in the state writes up a brief summary of the budget proposal, making a vague mention at the end about a program that would provide "iPods or MP3s to Michigan students to be used as a learning tool."

Note that the representative never said that they were actually proposing buying any such devices, but I'm willing to give journalist #1 a bit of a break since I presume she was working off of hastily-scribbled notes, had a short deadline, etc.

Dawson Bell Responds (but just raises even more questions)

Submitted by Brainwrap on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 12:00

In light of the amazing $23 iPod deal that the State Democrats supposedly finagled with Apple, I wrote Dawson Bell at the Detroit Free Press this morning to find out how I, too, could qualify for a 70%+ discount on my next iPod purchase. To his credit, Dawson Bell responded pretty quickly, though his response didn't exactly help his case:

"As Rep. Gillard said in today's story, his proposal is undefined; it isn't necessarily about iPods at all. He blames the media for misunderstanding what he and his colleagues had in mind. Of course that may be because he brought an iPod to the news conference last week, held it in the air, and said he wanted every Michigan school kid to have one. I wouldn't fret much about what kind of deal they thought they could get from Apple because the reaction to the idea has been so negative that they almost certainly will not buy any for anyone."

Well, this certainly sheds some light on the issue. I have the following questions for Mr. Bell (and Ms. Gray, who wrote the original article): I can certainly see how Rep.

Want to See "An Inconvenient Truth"?

Submitted by Brainwrap on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:00

On Friday, March 30 at 7:00 PM the Downriver Teen Democratic Organization will be hosting a FREE viewing of Al Gore's oscar winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth." The event will take place at the DTDO Headquarters located at 21919 Telegraph, Brownstown, 48183.

Directly following the film will be a question and answer session with area environmental leaders. Being assisted by State Rep Kathleen Law, the group is seeking to inform the public in a non political way about the global warming crisis.

The DTDO request no outside food or drinks, and that all guests make a donation to the group to continue events like this.

Organic refreshments will be available for purchase, and free tips to save the environment will be given.

We hope to see you and your carpools saving energy on the 30th!
For more information please visit or email Chris at:

Happy Blue New Year!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 11:00

Happy New Year to all! Thank you for all the hard work you did to further our progress in 2006 toward the goals of taking back our country and taking back our party!

A special thanks to all who planned and attended the Peace Vigils on Dec 31, 2006 (Jeanne K and the MECAWI group at the Spirit of Detroit) and Jan 1, 2007 (Pointes for Peace Group in Grosse Pointe) We've lost over 3000 of our own and many thousands more of our world neighbors in Iraq. As we hope and pray each year on Jan 1st. May this year be the year we bring Peace on Earth! We hope you'll help out the process somehow, some way!

Happy 2007! We have so much more to do!

Steering Committee Jim


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