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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    ALERT Items SB636 SB661

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:13:47 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, SB636, SB661, Landlines, Phones, Rino Protection Act, Transparency (all tags)

    SB636 and SB661 are on the hidden agenda this week before the end of the legislative session.

    Passed in the Michigan State Senate, yet not showing on the calendar in the house, both bills are expected to be taken up this week.  It is unclear if it will be tomorrow, or Thursday.

    Senate Bill 636 appears to allow the withdrawal of wired phone services after three years to certain areas under new relaxed rules. The majority of senior citizens in Michigan still rely on wired services, and many use services not available without expensive changeovers. Personally, I would save on at least one phone bill, but the unreliable nature of wireless services is a concern, and the long term radio pollution potential on our health is unknown.

    Senate Bill 661 is something we have discussed before. If the MiGOP really wants to alienate the folks who brought it home in 2010, they will encourage its passage due to ONE particular provision regarding the allowing of primary involvement with caucus money.  The other issue; that of transparency, begets the question: "Does the end justify the means?"

    One might even ask that question of those who were beaten to death while wearing burning tires around their necks in the name of peace.  

    If it matters to you, you know the drill.

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    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:21:19 PM EST
    Bad policy is bad politics tho, Ron barber shops and pool halls Weiser ($1,000 Joe Biden '07), and DeVos (cabana boy lawsuit) pull the Team R strings in Lansing.

    A House committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the campaign contribution limits for state elected  officials and allow donors of so-called "issue ads" remain anonymous.

    The Republican-controlled House Election Committee voted mostly along party lines, with GOP Rep. Mike [no balls] Callton of Nashville abstaining.


    The legislation also lifts a ban on House and Senate political committees from spending money in primaries defending incumbents.

    Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, is sponsoring the legislation.

    Gov. Rick Snyder, who campaigned in 2010 in favor of donor disclosure of issue ads, has not said whether he will sign the bill.

    As far as I see it, Ruth Johnson is the only one in a elected post worth voting for in '14.

    Snyder?  Schuette?  NFG.

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    by JGillman on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 11:06:05 PM EST
    One watcher observes:

    Rep. Mike Callton has been a hero on SB 661, and deserves our thanks.

    As for Rep. Lyons and her amendment, we're reserving judgement until we see it. She's already voted in favor of SB 661, and she's on record supporting giving the Republican caucuses the authority to spend Republican money to defeat Republican candidates in primaries.


    Amendment In The Works To Keep Caucuses Out Of Primaries

    The bill to increase campaign contribution limits and lift the ban on caucus committees playing in primary races made it to the House floor today. But waiting there may be an amendment that would keep the current primary ban in place.

    Rep. Lisa Posthumus LYONS (R-Alto), the chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, confirmed this afternoon that she's working on an amendment to SB 0661 that maintains current law, which stops the four caucus committees from making contributions to candidates in primary races.

    "Our caucus, upon discussion, really feels strongly that it's something that should at least be put up for a vote, and vote our conscience and let that vote go where it lies," Lyons said. "We know that this has been a major point of discussion at least on the inside of the beltway. We want to make sure that we've addressed that."

    Whether or not the amendment will be successful remains to be seen, but there are many Republican members calling for it. Some of those Republicans include House members who may challenge sitting senators next year.

    And with Democrats in opposition to SB 0661, Republicans will need all the votes they can get to move the bill through the chamber.

    SB 0661, sponsored by Sen. Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive), passed out of the House Elections and Ethics Committee on Tuesday morning.

    In committee, the vote was 5-4. Democrats voted "no" along with Rep. Mike CALLTON (R-Nashville). The other five Republicans on the committee voted "yes."

    Afterward, Callton said if Lyons' amendment goes into the bill he'll accept the legislation.

    "I don't like idea of political parties getting involved in primaries," Callton explained.

    SB 0661 was tentatively scheduled to be considered on second reading today. But that didn't happen -- although Meekhof did spend some time talking to members on the floor this afternoon. -- with Michael Callton.

    I wondered about the Democrats on this.  The majority in the GOP 'Hamlin Gang' not likely enough to pass by them selves.  The piper's flute is losing its effectiveness.

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