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How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions

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From outside Michigan Republican circles, it appeared that the Republican drive to weaken unions came out of the blue - proposed, passed and signed in a mere six days. But the transformation had been in the making since March 2011. A group linked to the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers, owners of an energy and trading conglomerate who are reviled by unions and Democrats, held three conferences in Michigan in early 2012 on right-to-work featuring renowned conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. Democrats have vowed retribution at the polls, suggesting possible recall elections of Michigan Republicans.

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