Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Link Land

Items that caught my eye this morning from across the Tubes of The Internets --

BIG GAP IN PETERS, LAND TAX RATES
"Silent Terri" Lynn Land has been able to donate $3-million to her campaign for Senate despite an income of 44,726 in 2012 and $89,729 in 2013. And her effective tax rate was just 2.2% last year. The Detroit News calls Land's tax situation "less clear" than that of Gary Peters, whose federal tax rate was a much more normal 18%.

MICHIGAN LANDFILL TAKING OTHER STATES' RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WASTES
The headline should be enough to make you say "this can't be good."

SCANDALS HIDING IN PLAIN SITE
Four current and one former Governor are facing potentially serious scandals. The current Govs (3 Republicans and Andrew Cuomo) all want to be President; the ex-Gov, Bob McDonnell, was on Mitt Romney's short-list for Vice President. 

NBC'S INELEGANT BOOTING OF DAVID GREGORY SPEAKS TO TV'S OBSESSION WITH BOTTOM LINE 
Tim Skubick laments the firing of David Gregory as host of Meet the Press, ignoring Gregory's incompetence as an interviewer. Tim Russert (and Skubick) never allowed politicians to contradict their own earlier positions, spout lies, talking points, misrepresentations and general b.s. unchallenged. Gregory never had a problem with letting it all go unchallenged, or by countering one talking point with another. And people are getting tired of seeing the same faces week-after-week on the Sunday morning shows (John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mike Rogers) and cumulative guest lists dominated by white-male-Republican politicians.

NO COMMON OPINION ON COMMON CORE
The latest polling, by Education Next, shows majority support remains for Common Core standards for schools, but support is slipping - especially among teachers. A year ago teachers supported Common Core 76%-12%; now it is a 46%-44% proposition.

FOUL ON GOVERNOR SNYDER FOR PLAYING WORD GAMES WITH PENSION TAX
The Michigan Truth Squad rules Snyder's claim that he didn't pass a pension tax "sophistry." That's a college-level word for bullshit.

TRUTH SQUAD FLAMED FOR "WARNING" ON SCHAUER"S FIRST CAMPAIGN AD
The same Michigan Truth Squad issued a warning for Mark Schauer's ad statements that the Snyder economy is working for the wealthy, but not for the rest of us ... and that Snyder has cut education funding. The fact-checkers labored mightily to back up their warning, and then took it on the chin from readers. I don't normally pay attention to online reader comments, but these comments make the case for a "FOUL" on the Michigan Truth Squad.

SNYDER BY THE NUMBERS
Progress Michigan has updated their SnyderFails website with the latest numbers on Michigan's economic performance - the dashboard the Governor doesn't want people to see.

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