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Tag: State House
Lansing still has a few good men.
Tom McMillin is one of them
The Michigan House today approved the Department of Education budget with an amendment which does not allow them to implement Common Core State Standards or "Smarter Balanced Assessments". Sponsored by State Rep. Tom McMillin, the amendment is similar to House Bill 4276 which is currently before the House Education Committee.
The amendment addresses the Common Core State Standards that were never approved by a Michigan Legislature. Concerns had been raised about the State Board of Education exceeding its authority as it attempts to implement standards in Michigan schools, created by a private, national organization, the National Governor's Association. The National Governor's Association controls the content of the Common Core State Standards, and the privately-owned "Smarter Balanced Assessments" align with those standards.
Think copyrighted 'Fire-Codes'.
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Cross-posted at The Western Right, Right Michigan, and Red Racing Horses.
This is a guide to the key races in Michigan's August primary.
US Senate The biggest race is the battle for the Republican nomination for US Senate to take on democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking a third term. The favorite is Pete Hoekstra, former congressman who represented the 2nd district in West Michigan 1992-2010. He lost the Republican primary for governor in 2010. His main competitor is Clark Durant, businessman and former member of the state board of education (1994-98), who has significant Tea Party support. Social conservative Randy Hekman, former Kent county judge, is also running. Gary Glenn, a conservative activist who had some Tea Party support, dropped out several weeks before the primary and endorsed Durant. Hoekstra is the favorite, leading in the polls and in fundraising, but Durant has been gaining momentum.
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I realize we hit the Governor on policy pretty hard here at RightMichigan.com.
There is no shortage of material to do so with, and the concerns we address are open and frank. We agreed that the Michigan Business Tax was a job killer, and it was handled with the legislature and governor eliminating it with a restructuring. The restructuring, perhaps not utilizing sufficient cost savings that would have prevented a tax increase on seniors however has made for some interesting conversation.
Sometimes high strung, but still interesting.
At the very least, if anyone here was communicating (at least if it were me) directly with the governor on policy, and providing a communications forum for a little back and forth, we would at least be paying attention. Agree with him or not, when you have the governor's ear, you talk to it.
Unless perhaps, you are Wayne Schmidt?
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Republicans hold the majority in the state house of representatives. Many of the members are conservatives, but few are leaders who actively work to advance conservatism. There are Tom McMillin, Dave Agema, Bob Genetski, and maybe a few others. We need candidates for state house are like them.
There are a few people running who are strong candidates to continue that tradition.
District 41. (Troy, Clawson) I have heard good things about Deb Debacker, a longtime member of the state committee. She is one of three Republicans seeking this seat, replacing the term-limited Marty Knollenberg.
District 93. (Clinton, Gratiot) Staunch conservative Tom Leonard is one of four Republicans vying to replace term-limited rep. Paul Opsommer.
District 104. (Grand Traverse) Tea Party leader and Grand Traverse county commissioner Jason Gillman is running in the primary against Republican rep. Wayne Schmidt. Jason needs no introduction on RightMichigan.com, of course.
Are there similar candidates in other parts of the state?
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Cross-posted at The Western Right, Right Michigan, and Red Racing Horses.
All 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives will be up for election in November. Republicans currently hold a 63-47 majority, following a 67-43 democrat majority before 2010. There are "only" 22 open seats following many members being term-limited, defeated, or seeking other office in 2010.
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For those of you who haven't already figured it out, I have thrown my hat in the ring for the Michigan state house 104th district.
And yes I did the 'project' thing.
And then pretend its somehow my fault. Sad. But it's on them.
You guys can do as you please. I have been a team player. But I know which team I am on. I have been involved in the local, state, and national Republican scene, and helped to ensure that in 2010 we took the majorities in the places that mattered. Our team was composed of a great number of grassroots concerned citizens. I was a member and only one of those great many patriots that returned Michigan to a level of sanity that was impossible under the prior administration. Each of us worked in the manner we each saw fit, and some of us quite effective.
But none of it was done to see additional picking of winners, or to see the continued stealing from Michigan HOME HEALTH CARE AIDES, or continuing oppression on business owners or small farmers, or the negligence in the failure to pass Right To Work in Michigan. And at least one more independent voice of reason is needed.
And I need neither permission, nor a place in line to provide a very different vision of how the job should be done, or whom should represent our district. We can work together after I win the seat, but it will be a whole lot easier if leadership doesn't shoot itself in the foot by throwing accusations (you know who you are) to friends whom I have purposefully left out of the discussions prior to making the decision to run.
An apology is in order to those whom have been accused of recruiting me by those who fail to understand what I represent.
And tomorrow by 4pm, perhaps they will have a few others to worry about?
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The legislative portion of Michigan redistricting is finished, assuming Governor Snyder signs the maps passed by the legislature. I have highly praised the congressional and state senate maps. The state house map is another story.
I proposed my own state house map in four parts here:
Michigan Redistricting: State House Part I: Wayne County
The Republican state house map was quite a bit different. Part of this was due to the desire to protect existing districts. This led to districts being distributed differently in the Thumb, south-central Michigan, and the northeastern Lower Peninsula.
Even on these terms, though, some parts of the map still perplex me. I decided to take another crack at the state house map. This time, I started with the Republican map and made changes in particular areas. Since my first map, Dave's Redistricting App has added some election data for Michigan, allowing for more precise analysis.
I. Wayne County
I don't know what Republicans were thinking in Wayne County. Currently Wayne has three Republicans. Two are strengthened under the new map. There is one more district containing the majority of Canton and Van Buren that is winnable.
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Michigan Republicans released their official proposal for the state house of representatives district map on Friday.
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