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  •  Emergemcy managers (3+ / 0-)
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    David Jarman, sulthernao, MichaelNY

    Are you from Michigan?  I don't mean to be impolite, but I've seen some posts on this site that may have conceptions about Michigan that don't quite capture the flavor of what is going on locally.  Perhaps some opinions may owe more to Rachel Maddow than actual acquaintance with the state.

    The whole emergency manager issue just isn't that controversial, or even well-known in non-affected communities.  And if I remember, there were emergency managers under Governor Granholm as well.  Truth be told, emergency managers aren't just installed for no reason.  Some communities really do struggle with a decades-old culture of corruption and, in some cases, outright lawlessness by officials who just keep getting reelected.  In these cases, a firm hand from the outside could be useful, and it can't be worse than literally decades of these municipalities spinning their wheels and not improving.

    The auto bailout, on the other hand, certainly matters to people around here, and the optics of Romney's "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" headline are just terrible.  Really, don't worry too much about Michigan.  It's a blue state, at least at a national level.  Just as North Carolina isn't a "tipping point" state, I expect that if Michigan really ends up being in play, the election would be at a point where things are out of hand for President Obama.

    •  Not controversial? (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, Larsstephens

      Snyder changed the EM law so that one person could void contracts, overrule elected officials, sell off city assets, and pretty much do anything they wanted without being accountable to anyone.  This is not the same EM law that was in effect since the Blanchard administration.  

      •  Controversy (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, bumiputera

        Yes, I'm aware that the law has changed under the Snyder administration.  All the same, the fact that the concept of emergency managers goes back a while and crosses party lines should tell you something about the state of some of Michigan's communities.

        But when I said the law isn't controversial, I was referring to its impact on the 2012 election.  Ordinary voters are never going to take a law like this into account when casting a ballot for president, and probably not for governor either unless they live in an affected community.  The level of information about this issue is low statewide, and when people do learn about it, I'm sorry to say, the tendency is to dismiss it as a "Detroit issue" (or a "Benton Harbor/Muskegon Heights/take-your-pick issue") that doesn't affect them.  You have to understand that to many Michiganders these places are practically foreign countries...

        •  MI (2+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, bumiputera

          I live in MI so I am well aware of the EM law, the state of communities, and the reaction to the law.  There was a lot of controversy regarding the EM law, particularly when it was first enacted.  In recent months, as the focus has been on Detroit, some people have softened on their opposition to the EM law.  The polling, however, shows the issue is divisive and people are very divided on the law.

          The EM law could impact the election since it could increase turnout in communities effected by the law.  

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