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Have just been filed by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers.
Protecting Michigan Taxpayers today announced the filing of multiple campaign finance complaints against personal injury lawyer and failed gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Fieger and his law firm, Fieger & Fieger, P.C. in connection with hidden spending by the firm in support of Proposal 2, the government union boss power grab overwhelmingly rejected by voters on Tuesday.
"Geoffrey Fieger may be a high-powered personal injury lawyer but that doesn't mean he is above the law," said Jared Rodriguez, Spokesman for Protecting Michigan Taxpayers. "His decision to flout campaign finance law and to illegally hide his spending on behalf of Proposal 2 from voters raises serious questions about the real amount of money spent by big labor on this failed, divisive attempt to put union bosses above the members they claim to represent."
Violations of Michigan's campaign finance law committed by Fieger and referenced in today's complaint include:
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By JGillman, Section News
Folks concerned about the sniping from within the Republican camp need to look at their candidates a little more closely from now on.
First off, any conservative who thinks that we should do anything else but vote for Pete Hoekstra, and Mitt Romney is off their nut. There are absolutely differences between those two and their opponents. The damage brought about by twelve years of Debbie Stabenow type thinking in the US Senate, and a mere three and a half years of Barack Obama as commander in chief is Awesome. And not in a good way. Their mindset and ideals are incompatible with a Republican form of government guaranteed by Article 4, Section 4 of our constitution.
Incompatible with a country ruled by law, not men.
Today's paper highlighted however, the unfortunate condition of our candidates vying for those positions of such importance; President, US Senator, and Michigan Supreme Court.
With the carefully placed articles in the local papers, we have a problem. Articles about how Romney is failing to Obama in 'key' states, and George Weeks inflating Pete Hoekstra's record so he could pop it like a balloon, to a Lessenberry column 'introducing' Bridget Mary McCormack's message to a state that doesn't know who she is:
"Nor is she a traditional candidate. Most Supreme Court nominees have been former senators, governors, or appellate and circuit court judges. McCormack is a popular law professor at the University of Michigan and director of the school's legal clinics.Excuse me while I take over the cat's duties of leaving partially digested food on the floor for a moment.
Not much of a soft sell eh?
Never mind the fact that the left is would up like a nine day clock in support of her candidacy. she is ALL Hollywood folks. In fact they have already put out a viral video where the former cast of an NBC show (West Wing) is actually referring to McCormack as "Hot". By golly! If that is the best qualification for the Michigan Supreme Court? Then rule-of-law be damned. Stake out the local "Toddlers & Tiaras" competitions for the next generations of our top legal referees!
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Anyone who had been paying attention to the DNR jackboot operations that took out a number of Michigan farm operations, should know the name Rodney Stokes.
Rodney Stokes, the parks and rec guy appointed by Jennifer Granholm, and kept on board by Rick Snyder, misread the regulations his agency was responsible for, and this year finished the job of destroying family based operations which bred and marketed particular breeds of swine. The DNR mislabeled captive swine with certain characteristics, as 'feral' and used that designation as causality to destroy them, or force destruction by the owner's hands directly.
All of this of course happened with nary a peep from the governor, who had more important issues to deal with than the systematic destruction of those family institutions which had operated for decades providing food, jobs, and game sport.
And NOW, as a bonus for his exemplary work destroying a way of life for so many breadwinners, Rodney Stokes will be given a job that has a chance to destroy a way of life for many many more. From the MI News wire:
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration's point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office.
Expertise, Policy development, Civic engagement?
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By JGillman, Section News
Washington, D.C.--House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep Tim Walberg released the following statement regarding the Committee's approval of a resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over documents related to the Fast & Furious operation:
"Today's vote is part of the Committee's pursuit and my personal commitment to provide the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a native of Michigan, with answers on why their son was killed by guns in Operation Fast & Furious that had been allowed to "walk" into the hands of criminals. It gives me no excitement or joy, but after a series of accommodations made by the Committee, the Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice continue to stonewall a Congressional investigation.
Despite being contrary to the Constitution and a century of case law, the Department of Justice thinks they can decide what documents we need and which ones we don't. Attorney General Holder refuses to comply with a Congressional subpoena and won't even give the Committee a list of the documents he is withholding. Frankly, we don't know what we don't know.
Next week, the House will continue its pursuit of the truth by considering this contempt resolution on the House floor. It is my hope that Attorney General Holder and the Obama Administration will realize the gravity of this matter and being complying with the subpoena so that we can bring clarity and justice to the family of Brian Terry."
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By JGillman, Section News
Its a new day folks! The southern half of Michigan is now enjoying the benefits of global warming in the winter. Folks have their deck chairs out, and the sun is beating down a new tan on the sol worshiping sunscreen slathered hard bodies at all of the local beaches and riversides, cause its another scorcher.. whew..
Oh pardon me. Let me reel that back in just a wee bit before I embarrass myself with a remarkable lack of knowledge about what is happening around here. Well, you know what I mean. I mean 'knowledge', as in 'open eyes,' and even the slightest observation skills. Senses to be sure! By golly I need to FEEL what is going on don't I? I mean, really FEEL what is going on in a way that leave no question how I should talk about it, report on it, or perhaps ACT on it. In fact, maybe in the way that our junior Senator does:
"..the lack of global warming has left desperate politicians looking like fools.
Oh my. Those nice boys at the Michigan view certainly are gracious. Undoubtedly, polite to the end.
No, dear readers, the woman is a moron. A trainable moron, but a moron just the same. And one who can be trained much like a dancing monkey for an organ grinder. ~ more below ~
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A Cap Con article reminds us that Michigan's governor was clueless about the MEDC program not producing desired results. In the face of near constant and deserved criticisms that were based on actual figures, Jennifer Granholm somehow was able to ignore that fact that all the money poured into economic advancement programs for business by government somehow didn't seem to produce any results of substance. From the story:
In a recent interview, outgoing Gov. Jennifer Granholm said she had no idea that the job creation announcements over the course of her two terms had been contradicted by studies finding that just over 70 percent of the bragged-about jobs were never created. James Hohman, fiscal policy analyst for the Mackinac Center, was stunned when he learned that Granholm told the Michigan Information and Research Service that she hadn't heard of any evidence contradicting the rosy job scenarios she had been promoting through the embattled Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Of course! Now this makes complete sense..
I/We have been writing about it here, and elsewhere that it takes a truly backward political ideology to harvest such failure from a state that had the best crop of success to begin with. More than once its been pointed out on these pages that Michigan once upon a time had the most resistance to recession, and recovered from down turns the fastest. Backward policy HAD to be the culprit.
Perhaps it was some other orientation as well? (Finished below)
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Of course EVERYONE knows some candidates will pay the way for supporters willing to take a little vacation on someone elses dime.. just so they have a little "straw poll" support not otherwise available. As you pass the fold, we will return to this important part of the art of politics.
First.. to back it up..
My last post mentioned the Ardesta Money grab in which Rick Snyder as said "they just fill out the MEDC paperwork like anyone else", while claiming to be somewhat hands off. Of course, as a matter of record:
Veteran Investor Rick Snyder a Principal of Michigan-Based Fund
It seems a stretch that he was hands off in any manner. Money is a motivator to be sure. And as the news piles up on the failures of the MEDC to prove any valuable effect to the state, its future becomes a little cloudier.
Unless of course Rick's money can buy him his coveted bucket list position.
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cross posted at motorcitytimes.com
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