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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Political predictions for 2012?

Here are mine:

1. President Obama will be reelected president against Mitt Romney.
2. As for the Electoral College, he will lose Indiana and North Carolina, but will pick up Arizona.
3. Georgia and Texas will be surprisingly close.
4. Republicans will narrowly capture the Senate, but Elizabeth Warren will beat Scott Brown.
5. Democrats will make moderate gains in the House and Boehner will be out as Speaker.
6. WI Governor Scott Walker and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will be recalled.
7. Dianne Feinstein will have a closer than usual reelection in California.
8. Republicans will take the Governorship of Washington State.
9. Michigan will repudiate governor Rick Snyder and Democrats will make significant gains in the State House.
10. Wayne County, MI Executive Robert Ficano will resign.

Do you have any?

Gingrich lied about first divorce.

Carrollton, Georgia (CNN) -- Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.

The Republican presidential candidate, now in his third marriage, has been peppered with attacks and questions about his divorce from Jackie Gingrich for the past three decades.

Questions about his past -- and what that past tells voters about his personal behavior -- have re-emerged as he has returned to the political scene 13 years after he resigned as speaker of the House.


Romney tried to block life-saving abortion for mother of four: "Why do you get off easy?"

The woman was told by doctors that treatment of the clot would threaten the pregnancy, and so an abortion was necessary. The Mormon faith officially opposes abortion except in extreme cases, and women who are members of the church and seek an abortion are required to petition church elders for permission. She and her husband petitioned the Church to authorize them to receive the procedure, and a church elder told her and her husband that the procedure looked like unfortunate but unavoidable.

On the day of the abortion, the couple showed up at the hospital only to be greeted by their bishop, who had shown up, unannounced, to try to prevent her from going through with it, regardless of the fact that a church official with a higher rank than his had already given the okay. The bishop was determined to make his case against the life-saving surgery, and he was a total dick about it. According to a 2007 interview with Dushku, the following exchange occurred,

He said – What do you think you're doing?

She said – Well, we have to abort the baby because I have these blood clots.

And he said something to the effect of – Well, why do you get off easy when other women have their babies?

And she said – What are you talking about? This is a life threatening situation.

And he said – Well what about the life of the baby?

And she said – I have four other children and I think it would be really irresponsible to continue the pregnancy.

The bishop who tried to block that selfish, selfish clotted up woman from saving her own life with a legal medical procedure was one Mitt Romney. The woman he attempted to block did go through with her abortion and lived to see her four teenage children grow up. Her family later left the church.


Siouxsie and the Banshees - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant (VIDEO)

Justice Department Blocks South Carolina’s Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state’s own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents, DOJ said in a letter to the state on Friday.

The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.

Officials in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division found a significant racial disparity in the data provided by South Carolina, which must have changes to its election laws precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, because of past history of discrimination. The data demonstrated that registered non-white voters were 20 percent more likely than white voters to lack the specific type of photo identification required to exercise their constitutional rights, according to a letter sent to South Carolina and obtained by TPM.


Release of Air Jordans leads to riot in Detroit area mall.

The release of the much anticipated Nike Air Jordan XI Concord lead to an early morning riot at Southland Mall and resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old Detroit man who is accused of inciting a riot.

Taylor police said Southland Mall security called police for assistance at around 5:30 a.m. this morning when a large crowd of about 300 people were lined up outside. The mall, located in Taylor, was not scheduled to open until 8 a.m.

Police said about 100 people gained entry to the mall through two doors near JCPenney and Best Buy. The crowd forced their way into the mall by pulling the main doors open and created some minor interior damage to decorations and benches that were toppled over during a scuffle.


Paranoid Township Board ends fluoridation of water.

Following a two-month debate, the township Board of Trustees voted 5-2 on Tuesday to stop adding fluoride to its water immediately. The township in Livingston County has 368 private water customers, several businesses and schools connected to the system.

Trustee Glenn Harper, who raised the issue, called fluoride a health hazard and said people should decide individually whether to use it. "We should not be making people's health decisions," he said, adding that fluoride supplements could be purchased cheaply.

The federal government has long called fluoridation one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th Century. But earlier this year, the government said a review suggested some Americans might be getting too much fluoride.


Detroit police arrest protesters at library sit-in.

Police led at least two protestors away in handcuffs Thursday night from a sit-in protest designed to stop four branch closures of the Detroit Public Library.

Protestors began gathering outside the Lincoln branch on East Seven Milejust after 4:30 p.m. The branch, along with Mark Twain, Monteith and Richard, is set to permanently close Thursday because of budget cuts.

By nearly 6 p.m., about 30 people were outside Lincoln chanting, while another 11 were inside. Five squad cars stood guard nearby the protest organized by the group By Any Means Necessary.

Occupy Detroit organizers also posted to their website asking members to gather outside Lincoln before 5:30 p.m. Another protest is planned outside Monteith on Kercheval at 5 p.m.

Donna Stern, an organizer for the group By Any Means Necessary, said the closures would "further erode the neighborhoods."


Judge: Indiana Secretary of State ineligible to hold office

Charlie White is ineligible to serve as Secretary of State and should be replaced by his election opponent, Democrat Vop Osili, a Marion County judge ruled today.

White is facing seven felony charges, including allegations of voter fraud. Osili was the second-highest vote-getter in the November 2010 election.

The ruling by Marion County Judge Louis Rosenberg today overturns a decision by the Indiana Recount Commission in June that White was eligible to hold office. Democrats asked Rosenberg to review the decision because they said the commission didn’t apply the laws correctly.


Huge fire in SF!!!

Large residential fire in the Western Addition neighborhood section of San Francisco (Pierce and Golden Gate). High winds are spreading the flames. Keep safe!!