End-of-Summer News Puts Nuclear Renaissance on Permanent Vacation

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 11:50 am

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot issue a license for the construction and operation of a new nuclear reactor in Maryland–that is the ruling of the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) handed down Thursday.

Michael Mariotte, Executive director of NIRS, called Thursday’s decision “a blow to the so-called ‘nuclear renaissance,’” noting that back in 2007, when permit requests were submitted for Calvert Cliffs 3, the project was considered the “flagship” of a coming fleet of new reactors. “Now,” said Mariotte, “it is a symbol or the deservedly failed revival of nuclear power in the US.”

A symbol, yes, but far from the only symbol.

 

Marijuana Decriminalization on the Ballot in Grand Rapids, Michigan

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:10 pm

In addition to several state ballot initiatives on marijuana, November will also feature several big marijuana reform initiatives that will be decided at the local level. The latest one to make a local ballot is an initiative in Grand Rapids Michigan to decriminalize small possession of cannabis.

Obama Holds Remarkably Consistent Leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 12:30 pm

President Obama continues to lead Romney in both Michigan and Pennsylvania according to Public Policy Polling. Obama’s lead in both states is effectively unchanged since May. The apparently narrow group of “undecideds” suggests that turnout and the effect of voter ID laws could be decisive.

Race Is Tight in Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 1:45 pm

It seems almost every day there are new presidential polls of swing states showing the race is tight but with the advantage for President Obama, today is no different.

Obama Continues to Hold Big Lead in Michigan

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 3:41 pm

The Romney campaign has been making noises about how they could make a play for Michigan, given Romney’s family roots in the state, but a recent poll shows he would face a serious uphill climb. PPP found Obama with an incredible 14 point lead.

Michigan Republicans Kill Petition Over “Font Size.” What’s Next, Whining about Kerning?

By: Friday April 27, 2012 7:45 am

While most of the establishment media folks sleep or are busy demonizing Hilary Rosen for speaking the truth about Ann Romney, Michigan Republicans are destroying democracy in the Wolverine State.

Michigan Was Turning Point for Romney Campaign

By: Monday April 23, 2012 12:00 pm

The real turning point in Mitt Romney’s effort to secure the Republican nomination appears to have been his victory in Michigan, according to analysis by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Republican Calvinball Comes to Michigan

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 5:00 pm

he Michigan Constitution explicitly states that all laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor will go into effect 90 days into the next calendar year. The only way you can speed that process is through passing an “emergency measure” by a two-thirds vote that puts the law into effect immediately. Over 95% of Michigan laws have been passed that way, through “immediate effect,” since Republicans came into the majority in the legislature in 2011.

But the twist comes at around the 9 minute mark: in fact, practically none of those laws which got “immediate effect” received a two-thirds vote. House Republicans are just holding a separate “immediate effect” vote on these bills, with no roll call, and graveling in passage by eyeball of the chair three seconds after the vote gets called. They’re just lying to accelerate the process, violating the state Constitution.

Late Night FDL: Cats, Kittens, Mittens and Santorum

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Let’s face it, we know the Internet was invented to showcase cats, and we may have reached the absolute end of the Internet with this latest entry into politics. However, Hank the Cat may face some obstacles in his Senate run, because well, you have to be (technically) human to be elected. Rombot: Barely human.

Michigan and Arizona Primary – Live Blog – Update: Romney Wins Arizona and Michigan

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 5:25 pm

Republican presidential primaries are taking place in Michigan and Arizona today. While Mitt Romney is expect to easily win the Arizona primary, the polling of Michigan shows that the race there is incredibly close. Arizona assigns its delegates winner-takes-all, but in Michigan delegates are based on how well a candidate does in each congressional district. You can find my primer for tonight here.

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