A-ha! You thought I was going to talk about our less-than-holy primary, didn't you? Nope. I'm here to talk about something else.
Dick Cheney is coming to Michigan this Friday. Our soil will be tainted by the Evil One, called in to help raise money for Bush rubber-stamper and the "least effective" member of the Michigan congressional delegation, Club for Growth darling Tim Walberg. Dick and Tim are charging $500 a head to get in the door of a private reception, $1000 if you want a picture taken with the VP. (they need special infrared cameras, or something. Maybe Cheney doesn't show up otherwise)
Blogging for Michigan and Michigan Liberal have joined together to help ward off the Prince of Darkness, doing what we can by setting up our own ActBlue page for CD-07 challenger and Michigan netroots hero, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer. We won't be able to raise that kind of money, of course, unless there is someone really rich out there right now that wants to make a statement here...
No? OK, moving on.
We want to hit 100 donations by Friday - we are up to 87 as of this writing, thanks to some front page love from kos yesterday. Mucho gratitude for that from the Schauer campaign today, and from the Michigan bloggers too. Thank you all.
We need 13 more.
Why should you help Schauer? Because he helps us.
Mark Schauer has been very supportive of the netroots, sitting down for an interview with Michigan Liberal's Eric B last April, to posting on both blogs himself, and standing up to Republicans when they try to censor us.
For those who may not remember, Senate Majority Leader and all around Republican obstructionist Mike Bishop had access to Blogging for Michigan shut down on the floor of the Michigan Senate, just as Democratic senators were to start a series of posts on legislation they would like to work on, if they could get the Republicans to actually do some work, that is.
Seems Bishop and his office took offense to a series of posts I had made on BFM ripping apart these obstructionist Republicans, and they accused me of being a staffer who had accessed their servers, accused employees of wasting time on blogs (but they didn't shut down any other blogs, oddly enough), etc. and so on - and not only did this make statewide media, it was featured on the frontpage of Daily Kos.
Crazy times. Senator Schauer protested the move in a letter to Senator Bishop, standing up for this "aggrieved online community", and demanding that access be restored. After a week of really bad publicity for the Senate Republicans (and a threatened lawsuit from the ACLU), they quietly dropped the ban.
What precipitated this incident merits mention itself, and shows even more reason to help Schauer get to DC. Mark had held a news conference pointing out how the Republicans were obstructing progress in Michigan, calling them the "Do Nothing Senate". Which they were.
With the fewest total roll call votes held so far in a decade and no budget bills having passed the chamber, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) said Wednesday that Democrats are "sick and tired of being part of the do-nothing Senate."
While Mr. Schauer acknowledged that the House has not yet moved on proposed tax increases, it is at least passing budget bills, but: "For better or worse, we're supposed to be a full-time Legislature, and yet the Senate seems incapable of moving anything."
It wasn't the first time that Schauer had called out the Republicans- he did it all year long. When the Republicans rushed through a series of devastating cuts without allowing debate back in March of 2007, Mark had something to say about that as well.
So just like your Republican cuts to our schools, this set of Republican cuts from the infamous secret plan are, thank goodness, dead on arrival. No wonder this plan was secret for so long. And no wonder the Republican majority limited debate. And no wonder the Republican majority, most of them, left the floor to spin the press about what they've done here today. No wonder.
Thank goodness the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and our Democratic Governor will kill these cuts--cuts that hurt our people, sacrifice our communities, and jeopardize our future. Let's be clear, colleagues and public, we have enacted cuts here today--$340 million worth of cuts. Certainly, we have a long way to go. Republicans today have chosen a strategy of a race to the bottom, rather than of investing our people, healthy vibrant communities, and a strong, diversified economy.
THAT is why you should support Mark Schauer. He stands up and calls 'em out, period. Not only for the netroots, but all the citizens of Michigan.
This guy will make a great congressman. Let's help him get there.
If you need a bit more incentive - here is a picture of what Dick Cheney did to the Constitution. Children are urged to leave the room at this point...
No, it's not pretty. Help us show Dick that his behavior is unacceptable.
Donate to the Michigan bloggers ActBlue page for Mark Schauer. You'll be glad you did.