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Tag: State Senate
By JGillman, Section News
Folks at The Mackinac Center and I will nearly NEVER disagree.
Particularly on issues of such magnitude as transparency or government influence in our daily lives. Yet a presumed difference between private and government monetary involvement on any issue seems to be enough to persuade its scholars that transparency is not an absolute. Where government monies are spent it seems, is far more important to your freedoms than that which is expended to influence those expenditures or other acts. And that personal monies expended to influence government are not necessarily an impact on any personal liberties to warrant a demand for transparency.
We DO agree that limits should be removed from campaign finance. We agree that limiting to an arbitrary amount can impede free speech and political expression. What is considered a fair contribution into the process is a completely subjective matter that can only be resolved by the person who is willing to contribute into that process. A person's individual priorities and where a subject reaches a level of importance are hardly the providence of external assignment.
Thus the most accurate manner in which to protect what is a sovereign right is to allow, nay, PROTECT, that person's ability to engage in the process at a level appropriate to that person alone. Our place, and that of government should be to prevent that which would infringe on such activity and instead encourage a stake in the game.
In other words, if an individual wishes to personally expend $1 Million on a county commission race for a friend, there should be no objection from government. If it was to advocate bonding for a new swimming pool in a community, that money expended by itself guarantees no votes, and it is that person's right to seek such approvals.
And anyhow, some things can be overdone.
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By JGillman, Section News
Here hoping that Michigan State Representatives don't forget it when it gets to them.
A recent in-box treat from the "Michigan Freedom Fund" declares a victory in the name of free speech. The release says:
"LANSING, November 14, 2013 - Michigan Freedom Fund President Greg McNeilly today released the following statement after Senate Bill 661 passed 20-18 in the Senate:But what was this good thing that was done?
Ruth Johnson apparently triggered a legislative action with a recent press release and intent on expanding reporting by shadow groups.
" LANSING, Mich. - Saying the public has a right to know who is behind some of the most negative advertising in political campaigning, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today proposed a sweeping new disclosure rule.Transparency, we support frankly. As usual, McNeilly is off the mark because he didn't tell the whole story.
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The American Conservative Union has long been the premier organization rating members of Congress on how conservative their voting records are. Recently, ACU began rating state legislators on their voting records, and it just released its second ratings of the Michigan state legislature.
Their PDF is hard to read, so I will summarize the relevant information here.
ACU rated 20 house votes and 16 senate votes from 2012 and 2013. Their timing is curious, since this overlaps distinct legislative sessions. This isn't a big deal for the state senate, which wasn't up for election in 2012, but the composition of the state house changed significantly. Thus some state reps are rated only for 2012 (12 votes) or 2013 (8 votes) Fourteen of the bills are the same for both halves of the legislature. The most common topics for the state house votes were taxes (4 votes), gun rights and hunting (4), and education (3). The most common topic for the state senate votes was gun rights and hunting (5 votes).
ACU Michigan state senate ratings 2012/2013:
100%: Brandenberg, Hune
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By JGillman, Section News
Don't feel too bad, pain is a part of the treatment.
The patient will likely experience nausea, loss of bowel control, and episodes of depression, and screaming fits should not disconcert concerned caregivers. Exhaustion should be expected as well, but remember the process is supposed to be harder on the cancerous cells, so its best not to give up before it is done. Another reason to continue the treatment is to prevent a re-occurrence of the disease before it is completely eliminated.
True, some forms of cancer can be fatal.
The bad cells burrow away in areas sometimes hard to identify. And sometimes seemingly good cells turn bad in an instant. And unfortunately, we've seen it recently. New cancer cells appeared before our very eyes, from as far away as the UP in fact. The threshold has been met and now many think the patient is terminal, but perhaps its possible our treatment will have an effect to buy some time. It may even help if we can get the patient to stop smoking. Perhaps even if we can re-instill the will to live.
We're not ready to give up yet.
However, there is the possibility that the bad cells will cling on long enough that the treatment hurts many of the good cells. We are sorry in advance for what needs to be done.
Its an inexact science unfortunately, and there can be a cost to heal properly, but we'll do our damnedest to see it through to the end.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Or, should the title be "The Northern Follies! Part Deux"? Matters little as it all spells "R is for Reverse when riding with Democrats".
The Michigan lawmaker sponsoring a bill authorizing red light cameras has made a U-turn on the issue.
Concerns about privacy? Sure it is. At testimony, Rep. Peter Pettalia spelled that all out for Wayne.
Manufacturers of red light cameras have a reputation for heavy lobbying in state capitols. It is not clear if sponsors of the bill have received any campaign support from red light camera manufacturers. Contributions do not have to be reported until the end of the year in an off-election year, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's office.
I suppose it's not a good day to be a Show Pony in the 104th with further political aspirations.
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A vote for Medicaid expansion is a vote for Obamacare.
Today is expected to be a day where a vote could take place on HB4714. Today is the day where Republican senators around the state can throw sand in the eyes of those who entrusted them with power in 2010. The revolution which started in 2010 against the very thing for which they might vote.
The question to ask forever more is "how might someone actually call themselves Republican, or think they wear ANY badge of integrity by voting to grow government and expand dependency on it?" In 1996 Republicans in the US congress showed the executive branch the way by reducing dependency through 'workfare' and inserting SOME personal responsibility.
Go for it. See what it truly gets you.
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Jack Hoogendyk like many others, is trying to make sure there is no expansion of the welfare medicaid entitlement in Michigan.
Also like many, he is trying to identify where the weak sisters in the Republican caucus might be. He writes:
This week the Senate comes back to Lansing. Number one on the agenda is expansion of Medicaid. Governor Snyder and Lt. Governor Brian Calley are putting on a full-court press.Worth a look.
Until we get a solid "NO" pledge from any State Senator, its best to assume they are possible sellouts. And as Jack said "We know what Brian Calley will do in the case of a tie. " Call Robertson.
Thanks for the update Jack.
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