Your New Scoop Site
Welcome to Scoop!
To help you figure things out, there is a Scoop Admin Guide which can hopefully answer most of your questions.
For support, questions, and general help with Scoop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ScoopHost.com is currently running Scoop version Undeterminable from .
Is This how Justice is served in Midland? ~ JG
Judge phones moving party via ex parte communications when they didn't show up and rescheduled as a "courtesy". When do WE get such a courtesy if we don't show up in court; especially when we move the motion. UNBELIEVABLE!
(1 comment, 632 words in story) Full Story
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
A Michigan-based company slated to produce lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicles has instead kept production overseas, has failed to meet job targets outlined in a $150 million grant from the federal government, and has been reimbursed by the government for $842,000 in wasted work time, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Special Report released Wednesday.
Thank God the republicans in Lansing, didn't throw away taxpayers money overseas on Green crap like those reckless big spending Democrats... Oh! Wait.
(1 comment) Comments >>
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Naturally, because the Fabians in England has managed its own affairs so well, why not seek their approval here in, Michigan?
The DEQ recently was recognized by an International environmental group for its pollution prevention efforts.
How do you like them apples? Nothing like the cost savings associated with keeping the incredibly expensive global green hoax alive with such not-ready-for-primetime ideals that are rewarding subsidy to foreign nations, or are being bought by Communists for pennies on the US taxpayer Dollar.
Speaking of rotten Green apples. Exactly what is in the Memorandums of Agreement Granholm signed with England, that Governor Snyder, would want it to remain secret, anyway?
And maybe some others.
Works for me anyhow.
The little things like HB4326 are good for Michigan business. The DEQ under the Granholm regime reigned heavy with indiscriminate and wanton administrative restrictions, and punitive measures. One example, the King of the wind Farms in Macomb County.
The simple language:
(5) Except for an emergency rule promulgated under section 48, if the federal government has mandated that this state promulgate rules, an agency shall not promulgate or adopt a rule more stringent than the applicable federally mandated standard unless specifically authorized by Michigan statute.
In other words, a limit on unelected repositories of power in government. It eliminates over reach by those with a political agenda.
Good idea. Shame our guy up here voted against it.
(1 comment) Comments >>
By jenkuz, Section News
It's funny, once Granholm leaves, the boys in the house man-up and the nerd-in-chief grows fickle.
(1 comment, 810 words in story) Full Story
Northern Michigan economy snubbed again according to two Michigan lawmakers.
State Senator Jason Allen and House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer on Friday expressed their strong disappointment with the Granholm administration after it denied a permit for a new power generation plant in Rogers City.
The plant would have boosted Northern Michigan's economy with 2,500 good-paying construction jobs and established a base power generation source that would help the region to rebuild and grow for the future. Said Allen, R-Alanson of the governors choice?:
"This latest decision is another sad chapter in a pattern of neglect by the administration,"
The Wolverine Power Company proposed a state-of-the-art clean-coal power plant in Rogers City almost three years ago but was put on indefinite hold last year when the governor interjected another roadblock by requiring the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct further reviews of such projects.
(7 comments, 393 words in story) Full Story
Four years ago Russ Harding began advocating what he called a "No-More-Stringent" law. A former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (the hated DEQ), Harding understood the damage being done to Michigan industry, job makers and families when unelected bureaucrats imposed rules and standards on businesses that exceeded those imposed by already stringent federal regulations.
"Michigan's economy is dragging, and the state is losing jobs," Harding wrote in 2005. "Almost no one has called publicly for reducing the damage caused to our economic climate (and to effective regulatory practices) by Michigan's unnecessarily burdensome environmental regulations..."
It may have taken more than 1,500 days but someone finally paid attention. Republican state Senator Jud Gilbert recently introduced Senate Bill 434 in an effort to "limit state regulation promulgation authority." Harding, not surprisingly, is a fan.
"Many environmental regulations that have serious impact on Michigan businesses and households are made in the cubicle of some state bureaucrat who is unaccountable to Michigan residents," he said yesterday. "Important environmental and other regulatory policies should be made by elected officials who are ultimately accountable to voters."
Amen and preach!
SB 434 could help ease overbearing bureaucratic burdens on job makers in policy areas ranging from agriculture and air emissions to property rights and wetland permitting.
Beyond the immediately tangible benefits there's a much deeper value in this sort of legislation. By drawing back the power of the unelected bureaucracy and shifting the ability to regulate in excess of federal standards squarely onto the shoulders of legislators selected by the voters, SB 434 actually strengthens the Democratic process.
"Requiring legislative approval before state agencies can promulgate regulations that are more stringent than federal requirements is a step toward curbing the current practice of regulation without representation," Harding added. "Many states that Michigan competes with for jobs have already instituted this common sense reform."
Of course, there's the jobs issue, too. And the intrinsic personal joy I derive from knowing that anything might curb the power of the DEQ.
(4 comments) Comments >>
We talk so often here about the things that are going wrong in Lansing and what the tax-and-spenders are up to that I think it's important to check in with the good guys from time to time to get their take on the issues facing taxpayers and the legislature today.
The GOP House minority continues to sponsor and introduce legislation, to work behind the scenes and to try to figure out some sort of positive solution to this tax-hike / budget mess.
We rarely hear about that in the MSM.
Being a member of a legislative minority makes it tough to garner headlines. But they're working hard and they're trying to make a difference.
This week I spoke with freshman Representative Jim Stamas (R-Midland).
Interview after the break...
(972 words in story) Full Story
External FeedsMetro/State News RSS from The Detroit News
+ Chief judge slams report critical of troubled Detroit District Court
+ Conyers apologizes for Farrakhan's anti-Semitic remarks
+ Duggan certified to run for Detroit mayor; opponents vow challenge
+ Lawyer 'not offended' Kilpatrick dropped him
+ 150 dogs removed from northern Mich. unlicensed breeding facilities
+ Details emerge behind Detroit Metro bomb threat that wasn't
+ Teen shot on Detroit's southwest side has died
+ 4,000 missing without trace in Mich.; families keep searching
+ Hamtramck in financial emergency, state review team finds
+ Troy priest sues city over asset freeze in church funds probe
+ Man being brought back from India to face Novi family killings
+ Man's car stolen in Detroit with wife's ashes in trunk
+ Ferguson a step closer to getting court-appointed attorney
+ Alleged robber fatally shot on Detroit's northwest side
+ 1 dead, 1 arrested after police chase ends in Detroit
Politics RSS from The Detroit News
+ Obama defends drone strikes but says no cure-all
+ Levin, Stabenow support Peters for U.S. Senate seat
+ Concerns about pet coke piled along Detroit River remain
+ Birth control coverage up for federal appeal
+ Between economy and trouble, Obama approval steady
+ Michigan Senate honors 9 fallen service members
+ Michigan lawmaker seeks to make small business office
+ Activists consider second Mich. wolf referendum to target game animal designation
+ Group seeks to block insurance coverage of abortion in Michigan
+ Former aide sues Harper Woods lawmaker Brian Banks, claims sex harassment
+ Political insider: Gov's staff emails have scent of 'skunk works'
+ Pakistan arrested American who was killed by drone
+ IRS supervisor denies wrongdoing
+ State Senate committee moves to shorten foreclosure redemption period
+ Trump: Immigrants won't vote for GOP
Saturday May 18th
Friday May 17th
Thursday May 16th
Wednesday May 15th