The roll out of President Obama’s health care reform package was always going to be tricky, with vehement opposition from his political opponents and pushback from employers large and small. But after announcing last week that penalties for companies failing to comply with the law will be delayed by a year, the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”



During the morning session, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land railed on the record of her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township.

“Congressman Peters … while holding himself out as a champion of women, pays 67 cents on the dollar to women for every dollar he pays men. Can you say hypocrisy?” said Land, referencing a disputed Republican study of Peters’ congressional office staff salary data. “… He pays his women (employees) substandard wages, but says he’s for women’s rights.”



Novi — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley survived a contentious nomination fight at Saturday’s Republican state convention, fending off challenger Wes Nakagiri and rejoining Gov. Rick Snyder on the November ballot.

Unofficial election results showed Calley defeating Nakagiri by a two-to-one margin in a highly anticipated showdown between tea party conservatives and the GOP’s establishment leadership, which worked behind the scenes for a year to defend Calley at the convention.

At the end of the convention, Nakagiri conceded the race and moved for unanimous approval of Calley’s nomination.


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Lt. Governor Brian Calley will remain the Republican ticket next to Governor Rick Snyder after defeating tea party challenger Wes Nakagiri at the Republican State Party Convention in Novi on Saturday.

Mr. Calley won with nearly 65 percent of the vote, according to Republican sources watching the race. In an effort to show unity, Mr. Nakagiri called for a unanimous ballot to be placed for Mr. Calley when he saw he was losing the race. In another sign of unity, Mr. Calley and Mr. Snyder said they were attending Mr. Nakagiri’s after party.


The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was on Fusion’s America With Jorge Ramoswhen she was asked about immigration reform. DWS, as usual, had some interesting thoughts on the subject.

Wasserman Schultz says that illegal immigrants are the “backbone of the economy,” which means she must not think very highly of American workers or even legal immigrants. Schultz also says there hasn’t been any immigration reform because bigotry is “deeply embedded” in House Republicans.



The Democrats’ plan to dominate at least one key branch of government is rolling out fine for them.  When Harry Reid went nuclear and eliminated the filibuster for federal judges, Obama’s left-wing judicial nominees were readily approved by the Democratic-dominated Senate. These are judges — some on key courts that rule on the legality of not just laws but regulations — who serve life-time tenures. They will solidify the agenda of Obama for years after he leaves office.

wrote about this ploy and other steps taken by Obama and Democrats to extend their rule in Obama and the Dems Plot To Control America. Burgess Everett reports on their progress to date in Politico:


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