Granholm Frustrated With Legislature
"Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM said today she's "very frustrated" now that lawmakers have headed for the hills for two weeks for their traditional spring break, leaving lots of issues up in the air."
Is Cox Healthcare Lawsuit Moot?
"A little-known amendment to the new federal health care law could make Attorney General Mike COX's lawsuit against it moot."
Dillon 'Not Sure' On Health Care Reform Bill
"Gubernatorial hopeful House Speaker Andy DILLON (D-Redford Twp.) told MIRS Thursday that he's not sure whether he'd have voted for the national health care reform bill that Congress passed last weekend."
What's the matter, Andy? Did the Republicans tell you to say no?
The guy won't back up the Governor, the guy won't back up the President, the guy won't back up the voters in the Democratic Party, the guy kisses Republican ass every single chance he gets. No way in hell will I vote for him this fall.
NEWSMAKER FRIDAY: VILIFIED STUPAK DEFENDS HIS HEALTH VOTE
Death threats leading to State Police protection. Unplugging his home phone because of the persistent hate on the other end of the line. Thinking he had been called a baby killer on the floor of the U.S. House. The single most important member of Congress on the most sweeping social legislation in a generation.
GRANHOLM VENTS FRUSTRATION AT LEGISLATURE IN RADIO INTERVIEW
Michigan's lawmakers seem unable to make tough decisions, Governor Jennifer Granholm said in a radio interview, though the state cannot deal with its ongoing fiscal problems unless lawmakers are willing to make tough, hard choices. Speaking on a radio call-in show the morning after the Legislature recessed for two weeks, Ms. Granholm made plain her frustration that lawmakers left without dealing with her state worker/public school employee retirement proposal or fully financing the "Pure Michigan" ad campaign.
HOEKSTRA UNDERGOES SURGERY ON CAROTID ARTERY
U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a Republican candidate for governor, underwent surgery Friday to clear out some plaque in his right carotid artery, but his campaign said it expected him to resume a full schedule next week.
STATE JOBLESS RATES RELATIVELY THE SAME, BUT MICH. STILL TOPS
Michigan's 14.1 percent unemployment rate in February was still the highest in the country, but the state was one of only seven and the District of Columbia to report declines in the number of people without a job, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
24 STATES RAISED TAXES IN '09 WHILE NORTH DAKOTA CUT THEM
In the face of severe falling revenues due to the recession, 24 states raised taxes by more than 1 percent, while 25 states made no significant tax changes in 2009 and North Dakota was the lone state to actually cut taxes.
Insert "blood to the brain" joke here. Hey Pete, where's my turtle fence?