Mike CoxÂ Great news! The US Supreme Court sided with our arguments and ruled Chicago’s handgun ban unconstitutional
Glad heâ€™s hard at work back home. Or at least protecting our interests inâ€¦Chicago.
Also from the files of bass ackwards, Congressional Republicans killed the unemployment benefits extension while once again wearing their deficit hawk masks. As Gov. Granholm pointed out in the Freep, they just cost Michigan $500 million in Medicaid funding.
Without its share, Michigan will lose extended unemployment benefits for 87,000 people starting July 1, and won’t receive more than $500 million in federal Medicaid payments that the administration had counted on for next yearâ€™s budget.
Granholm called U.S. Senate Republicans obstructionists for blocking the funding bill, despite pleas from 47 governors who face deficits or large numbers of unemployed residents.
Yeah, thanks for saving us all that money on unemployment bennies. Now we have more folks without any income, and with a new hole in the budget, we can all expect more deep cuts. I canâ€™t decide if I am more excited about worse roads, cuts to school funding or more cops being taken off the streets.
And, because you expected something different from BP, news broke Saturday that the folks at British Petroleum are having yet another problem with leaks. This time, itâ€™s in Michigan.
Thousands of gallons of contaminated water are being â€œvacuumedâ€ daily from underground aquifers to clean up a May 29 gasoline pipeline rupture that spilled 89,000 gallons of fuel on farmland west of Constantine.
Surely it makes perfect sense to listen to extreme conservatives like Pete Hoekstra and Joe â€œIâ€™m Sorryâ€ Barton, who think BP deserves a break. What do they think this is, a ridiculous Kit-Kat commercial? Maybe BP and Hoekstra supporters will take a few hours to help with the vacuuming ops in Constantine. In the meantime, you can take a minute to remind them that we donâ€™t want any more BP-style disasters in Michigan by signing our petition to make the ban on drilling in the Great lakes permanent.