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Michigan Furor Previews
Coming Tests of Labor Power

National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/13/2012 4:24:56 AM

Michigan is currently ground zero in the fight between labor and conservatives who believe its influence is hindering job growth. But the Wolverine State skirmish over right-to-work legislation is just a preview for one of many hotly contested 2014 gubernatorial battles that will determine what role unions will play in the economy for future generations. Among Republican incumbents, Michigan´s Rick Snyder, who held solid approval ratings before this latest fight, will be tested anew as Democrats mobilize and look for a credible recruit. Wisconsin´s Scott Walker, having survived a contentious recall, is on the ballot again in 2014.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/13/2012 4:37:27 AM     (No. 9062794)

This is why i was saying I don´t know how much practical good this Mich. law will do in the long run.Liberals are motivated by negativity and they call all the chips in when one sub group has a problem.If Snyder is defeated in 2014 along with GOP statehouse members,they could reverse this law.Otherwise,he´s doing a decent enough job to cruise to re-election.

It´s just hard to make sense out of the electorate right now. The GOP seems to make ground in blue areas while the country as a whole just re-elected the most reckless and foolish president in history.People seem to want good governance at the state level but not nationally.Romney would have been a great nuts and bolts president,dealing with one problem at a time.He was just blown away by Obama´s celebrity icon status.

There´s been at least 5 things I´ve seen that were held back until after the election and I´m sure there´s more to come.Petraeus´s affair being one of them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/13/2012 5:32:51 AM     (No. 9062810)

#1 Unions "..calling all the chips in.."? You mean like in Wicsonsin when they tried to recall the Governor for more stringent laws reining in union power? Just remember Scott Walker won by an even greater margin in the recall than he won in the original election.

I grow weary with the unions screaming that these laws will ruin the state of Michigan when business and state finances have improved in every state where unions have been pulled back. (How much worse can Michigan get???) In addition I love it now that unions must make their case for dues instead of just grabbing them from other employees with not so much as a thank you.

They also are crying that these laws were passed by legislators and a governor who did it without the will of the people of Michigan. Excuse me, Governor Snyder and the Republican legislators WERE elected by the people of Michigan.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: skacmar, 12/13/2012 7:25:25 AM     (No. 9062936)

For every union protester in Lansing this week there were many more people who were at work silently praying that this bill would pass. Just because the unions can cry louder and distort the truth about this legislation better than anyone doesn´t mean that they have support among most of the people in Michigan.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/13/2012 7:37:00 AM     (No. 9062957)

One very important lesson from this article is the video which shows how similar AlJazeera is to the what we´ve come to know as the MSM. Nuff said.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JackBurton, 12/14/2012 7:47:57 AM     (No. 9064858)

25 Degrees in Ann Arbor this morning.

The legislators picked a great time to pass this; rallies outside have got to be ...


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