Michigan “Vagina” Controversy Part of a Long History of Sexism in the State Legislature

By: Friday June 15, 2012 2:15 pm

By now you’ve probably heard about Michigan State Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, who were blocked from speaking on the floor of the legislature because of comments like Brown’s “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina, but no means no” at the end of a debate on an abortion bill. Byrum used [...]

Republican Calvinball Comes to Michigan

By: Friday April 6, 2012 12:19 pm

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Kudos to Rachel Maddow and her team for almost making me want to watch cable news again with this story about how Michigan Republicans are subverting the legislature to put laws into effect immediately rather than waiting until the next calendar year. The [...]

Registers of Deeds’ Work Gets Newfound Attention

By: Monday March 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Last Friday, Rachel Maddow featured Jeff Thigpen the courageous register of deeds in Guilford County, North Carolina, who has sued MERS and leading banks over faulty documents filed at his office. Rachel calls it an “exclusive” though I had the Thigpen lawsuit for [...]

Romney’s Auto Rescue Double-Down: Favoring Banks Over Health Care

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 8:17 am

Mitt Romney, struggling to regain the lead from Rick Santorum in national polls and facing a serious deficit in the key primary state of Michigan, has doubled down on his position against the auto industry rescue, arguing that the industry should have gone through a “managed bankruptcy,” mainly to squeeze out the United Auto Workers: [...]

Michigan Puts Up Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 11:40 am

First-time unemployment claims dropped sharply last week to 352,000, a drop of 50,000 from the previous week (the biggest one-week drop since September 2005). It’s important to point out that the moving four-week average, which is a lot less noisy, only dropped 3,000, to around a 379,000 weekly average. But that’s a lot better than [...]

Florida AG Office Encouraged to Intervene on Behalf of Foreclosure Fraudster LPS

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:15 am

As I explained in my story on the whitewashing of the firing of two foreclosure fraud investigators in Florida, the Attorney General’s office appeared to be advocating for the interests of the targets of their investigations more than the public interests advocated by the AG’s own lawyers. Now that advocacy has been revealed as explicit. [...]

America’s Emerging Battery Technology Sector

By: Monday August 29, 2011 11:48 am

An interesting Week in Review article took a look at what it characterized as a back-door industrial policy emanating from the Obama Administration, particularly in some of the advanced battery factories in and around Michigan. It had the unfortunate title of “Does America Need Manufacturing?”, which is self-evident as long as Americans still desire to [...]

Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Received FBI Subpoena on Foreclosures

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 8:20 am

Curtis Hertel of Ingham County is the latest register of deeds to gain notoriety for work exposing foreclosure fraud. Marcy Wheeler reports on how he’s using the evidence collected at his office to push to change Michigan into a judicial foreclosure state. In Lansing today, Ingham County (Lansing Area) Registrar of Deeds, Curtis Hertel and [...]

Ingham County, MI Register of Deeds Seeks Back Taxes on Mortgage Transfers

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 8:15 am

In Michigan, a civil rights law group has filed suit against the “emergency financial manager” law which they say “violates one of the basic principles of democracy, where people get to vote and no one can impose a dictator on them.” Bill Goodman, the lead attorney in the case, said that the EFM law also [...]

Federal Agency NCUA Sues Banks Over Putbacks of Bad Mortgages

By: Monday June 20, 2011 11:39 am

Another day, another lawsuit for the big banks – in this case JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland – over their mortgage and securitization practices. Only this one comes from the National Credit Union Administration, a federal agency. The National Credit Union Administration Board, or NCUA, accused the institutions of packaging and selling [...]

Heroic Registers of Deeds Battling Mortgage Fraud

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 12:13 pm

Federal regulators simply aren’t that interested in investigating foreclosure fraud and laying down the appropriate punishments. Tom Miller is too busy deflecting criticism about massive campaign contributions from the banking sector to run a proper state-based investigation. So it’s actually come down to the registers of deeds – the unassuming public servants working in county [...]

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