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Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High. This TPM article raises crucial points such as, "civic culture," "civic participation," & voting by mail: talkingpointsmemo.com

GOP States' Hitlist: Abortion, Unions & Hillary. thedailybeast.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee. Last Wednesday, President Obama announced his nomination of Antonio Weiss to serve as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department. So who is Antonio Weiss? He's the head of global investment banking for the financial giant Lazard. I have voted against only one of President Obama's nominees: Michael Froman, a Citigroup alumnus who is currently storming the halls of Congress as U.S. Trade Representative pushing trade deals that threaten to undermine financial regulation, workers' rights, and environmental protections. Enough is enough. It's time for the Obama administration to loosen the hold that Wall Street banks have over economic policy making. Sure, big banks are important, but running this economy for American families is a lot more important. More at huffingtonpost

Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies. Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation's largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment. The insurers in turn have provided crucial support to Mr. Obama in court battles over the health care law, including a case now before the Supreme Court challenging the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low- and moderate-income consumers. See the article at nytimes.com

The missing story of the 2014 election written by a Republican who's worried about the Republicans' electoral opportunities in 2016. See blog.chron.com

Over the past few years, Republicans pushed through laws to double campaign contribution limits and change Oakland County Commission redistricting after Democrats won key positions. Now they're working to rig our election system once again. Last week, Republicans introduced legislation to change the way our electoral college votes are cast, splitting the votes between the first and second place finishers. Gov. Snyder has not said that he will veto the bill if it arrives at his desk. The first committee meeting on the bill was held today. On top of that, Republicans also want to change the Oakland County Executive election to non-presidential years, when Democrats traditionally have lower turnout. It's clear that this is yet another political power grab. Republicans are desperate to regain control of the White House - and they'll do anything they can to make sure it happens. Sam Singh House Democratic Floor Leader Elect.

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This is a historic & beautiful day because of President Obama! He is a courageous man who has transformed the lives of millions of people in the most profoundly liberating way! I couldn't be prouder of him & the executive action he issued on immigration reform! Jill Farber-Bramson. 11/20/14

Does anyone not get upset that our tax dollars are being directed toward schools for profit? The electorate decided in 2010 they wanted Slick Rick to be the Governor of his backward moving state. No one showed up to vote and those that did, including many Democrats, voted for Ricky and allowed the type of gerrymandering, that we have to live with, take place. How many people who subscribe to the Free Press have cancelled their subscription? After that debacle of an endorsement, it became quite obvious who controls their editorial policy. Maybe if 5,000 subscribers ended delivery they just might get a message. The media in this state is controlled and dominated by an amalgamation of elephants with lots of money to buy what ever they want; schools, radio stations, newspapers, etc. Snyder had the same shortcomings when he first ran that were the reasons given by the Free Press of why it did not endorse Mark Schauer: No plan on how to pay for his ideas, vague, evasive, and so on. And worst of all the media never forced Snyder to debate when he first ran or in this last election. No pressure whatsoever. Yet the Free Press endorsed Snyder in 2010. I am Jim Amar and I approve of this tirade!

Charter schools will be the only option in the future. Disaster on the way: Getting rid of tenure and closed shop means less $$$ for teachers' unions. Eventually the MEA & AFT will be forced to reduce professional staff, and legal staff, perhaps even disintegrate entirely. A few years down the road, the Repugs will be able to destroy our pensions and there will be no one available to appeal to the courts. Not in the next 4 years, but perhaps in the next 8. I'll bet plenty of classroom teachers and retirees voted for the Repugs anyway. "Woe is us." Jeanne Korsh

Inequality, Unbelievably, Gets Worse. See the article www.nytimes.com. This is seriously dangerous. We need to keep very vocal about all this. William Buckley is said to have proclaimed something to the effect of, "If you keep people very, very poor, they'll struggle to merely survive, and have no time to vote or protest or even be aware of anything". That has happened. People in Ferguson Mo are unregistered to vote, having given up hope. In MI & other places, registered voters largely stayed home, feeling helpless. With right to work diminishing union membership and unions, the ability to hire legal staff to litigate violations, is surely to follow, will be less and less likely. Our efforts need to focus on a couple of areas: 1-The media, not just letters to the editor, but contacting TV stations, pressuring them to broadcast appropriately. 2-Speakers to willing community groups. Train folks to provide a presentation to willing groups of people, especially in off campaign years. Jeanne

When I wrote to the Free Press before the November elections, I included my belief that Governor Snyder would not stand up to the radical elements in his party by using his influence, and when necessary, his veto. I hope that I was wrong! When Republicans finish their victory lap around the country, they may wake up and find out who will be controlling them. The goals for this radical element were established long ago by people who were so far to the right that even William Buckley, who set the standards for modern conservatism, considered them dangerous. In 2010 and in 2014 they threw unlimited and untraceable money into campaigns they needed to control Congress and as many state governments as possible. In 2014, their job was easier because their plan of redistricting had worked so well that now only a handful of state and federal elected offices are competitive. In Michigan we will likely have five Democrats and nine Republicans going to Washington for this election and the next, no matter what the voter turnout looks like. That fact accomplished their next step which is to change Presidential elections so that the size of the Democratic turnout doesn't matter. They want to change our method of selecting Electors, who actually vote for the president. Their plan is to change from majority vote to a vote by Congressional District. They will then complete their coup with an almost certain group of nine Republican and five Democrats voting for the President of the United States in 2016. If the Democratic candidate wins the popular count in Michigan by a million votes, it won't likely matter! The plan is not just for Michigan. It is a national plan to control the United States by a handful of Oligarchs whose names and goals we can only guess! Al Halper. West Bloomfield

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