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  •  What are the prospects for Michigan (0+ / 0-)

    turning Democratic in 2014? And why is there such a rush to pass all this stuff now (in a lame-duck session--which suggests the state legislature may be different next year)?

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:46:29 PM PST

    •  Republican state House majority less (1+ / 0-)
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      maybeeso in michigan

      Republicans lost seats in the state House this year and probably wouldn't have had the votes to pass this in the new legislative session in January.

      Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

      by Linnaeus on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:09:12 PM PST

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    •  Almost zero. (1+ / 0-)
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      Their sweep of statewide offices in 2010 allowed them to effectively gerrymander the state, to the point that while more voters voted Democratic, Republicans barely lost any seats in the state house, and retain a supermajority in the state senate. US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) won re-election by 21 points.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:25:09 AM PST

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      •  Just like Ohio (2+ / 0-)
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        The GOP took control of the statehouse & governors mansion, then gerrymandered the districts to assure permanent GOP control.

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:07:28 AM PST

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