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    Tag: Brian Zahra

    A Reminder

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:18:16 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Supreme Court, Constitution, Elections, Stephen Markman, Brian Zahra (all tags)

    Rule of law.

    Ad talking about it beats the hell out of emotion, fear mongering, etc.

    Bottom line? We need to keep good referees on the court.

    (2 comments) Comments >>

    Rule of Law - Yes, We Really Do Mean It!

    By PTurner, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:38:18 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Rule of Law, Bob Young, Stephen Markman, Brian Zahra, Mary Beth Kelly, collective bargaining, Greg McNeilly, Clifford Taylor, Maura Corrigan, Marilyn Kelly, constitution, pension tax, emergency manager (all tags)

    Perhaps the current Rule of Law majority on the Michigan Supreme Court should have this saying etched into the side of the Hall of Justice in Lansing.  

    The GOP convention was this past weekend, and as several news agencies have reported, the anger with the GOP-majority Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court was palpable.  In a particularly detailed account, MIRS (subscription required) reported that the Justices "faced a frosty reception," although that characterization may be a bit of an understatement.  MIRS went on to report that if there had been more time before the convention, it is likely that Justices Markman and Zahra would have faced challenges to their seats, and that "some donors have asked for their money back from the Supreme Court race."  Former MRP executive director Greg McNeilly stated that he believes the Justices "made a political decision," and when asked what resources would be left for the GOP's Supreme Court candidates, McNeilly is quoted as responding "F--k them."  And this is just what was said publicly; "Most Republican powerbrokers didn't want to air their frustration publicly, but heated words privately, however, have been exchanged."

    Continued below

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Chief Justice Young and the Ballot Proposals

    By PTurner, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 11:36:19 PM EST
    Tags: Rule of Law, Robert Young, Bob Young, Chief Justice Young, Brian Zahra, Michigan Supreme Court, Mary Beth Kelly, Stephen Markman, Ballot Proposals, Collective Bargaining, Constitution, Separation of Powers, Judiciary (all tags)

    Chief Justice Robert Young of the Michigan Supreme Court released a statement this afternoon discussing how the Rule of Law judicial philosophy compelled his, and his Rule of Law colleagues', decisions regarding the various ballot proposals.  In addition to the Court's opinion itself (authored by Justice Brian Zahra) it is an interesting companion piece.

    In particular, Young concisely and persuasively explains why the Court's decision was proper, even if conservatives may feel some disappointment that proposals that represent bad policy will make it to the ballot this November.  

    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Rule of Law.

    (1 comment, 631 words in story) Full Story

    Kent County Republican Committee - January 2011 County Convention

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 08:01:59 PM EST
    Tags: Kent County Republicans, Executive Committee, County Convention, Tea Party of West Michigan, Independence Caucus of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford Women, 2011 MIGOP District Conventions, 2011 MIGOP State Convention, East Kent County Republicans, Brian Zahra, Stephen Markman, Marilyn Kelly, Jane Markey, Michigan Congressional District 3 (all tags)

    From the Official Call:

    There shall be a meeting of the duly elected Precinct Delegates and the At-Large Delegates to the County Convention at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Western Michigan University Conference Center in Grand Rapids (200 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI - 49503).

    The purpose of this meeting shall be to elect Delegates and Alternates to the January 28 & 29, 2011 State Convention to be held at DeVos Place in the City of Grand Rapids.  The purpose of the State Convention is to elect district and state party leadership.

    Only Precinct Delegates elected at the August 3, 2010 Primary Election, the most recent Republican nominees for County and State legislative offices, and Precinct Delegates seated on a permanent basis at the August 2010 County Convention will be seated and considered eligible to vote at this convention.  We will be using an apportionment method based on the 2010 General Election results for the Secretary of State by district.

    My report on the convention follows the break.

    (1685 words in story) Full Story

    Rule Of Law Majority Preserved

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 11:02:01 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan State Supreme Court, rule-of-law, Cliff Taylor, Robert Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Rick Snyder, Brian Calley, Maura Corrigan, Brian Zahra, John Engler (all tags)

    Back on November 4, 2008, the electoral disaster known as the Obama Tsunami swept out SCOMI rule-of-law Chief Justice Cliff Taylor, replacing him with creative interpretationist Diane Hathaway.  During the intervening two years, Robert Young jr. (who is now the SCOMI Chief Justice) lectured on a regular basis throughout the state on the importance of returning a rule-of-law majority to the state's highest bench.  The result was that, on November 2, 2010, the voters of Michigan elected Judge Mary Beth Kelly to the state's highest court.  Combined with the re-election of Justice Robert Young, they turned out creative interpretation Justice Alton Davis and restored a rule-of-law majority to that bench.

    However, with Governor Snyder tapping rule-of-law Justice Maura Corrigan to head the Department of Human Services, the voters of this state were understandably concerned that the governor might appoint someone who wouldn't square with the philosophy that they had voted for.  I had spoken with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley back on last Tuesday (January 4th) regarding this, and had been assured by him that the strongest rule-of-law judge not currently serving on Michigan's State Supreme Court would be appointed to fill the vacancy.

    I'm happy to notice that I've not been disappointed.

    (3 comments, 484 words in story) Full Story

    Good News For Michigan

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 10:57:45 AM EST
    Tags: Brian Zahra, Michigan, Supreme Court, Maura Corrigan, Rick Snyder (all tags)

    I had hoped to be able to announce Snyder's supreme court pick on Friday, but the announcement officially came only today about two hours ago.  I have to say..  keeping a secret like this is tough!

    Worth the wait however.  As now reported in the major news outlets including the Detroit News:

    "Judge Zahra's 16 years of judicial experience and his razor-sharp intelligence will make him an outstanding addition to the court," Snyder said.

    Snyder, who campaigned as "one tough nerd" to win the governor's race in November, noted Zahra is "a self-described law geek."

    "This is a case where it's nice to say a nerd gets to appoint a geek," Snyder said at a news conference."

    Not just a nerd, but a federalist, a rule of law man, and an outright decent guy. I found it interesting that an entry in judgepedia reflected his similarity to the justice being replaced; Maura Corrigan.  Under judicial philosophy they quote him:
    "One area in which I can emphatically state we are better off today than eight years ago relates to the court system." Explaining that he shares the philosophy of Justice Maura Corrigan and the majority of the Michigan Supreme Court, Zahra said he aims to search for the rule of law and respects the separation of powers, "Leaving to the legislature the significant policy questions of the day."

    This quote came from a forum June 20, 2006.

    ~ A little more below ~

    (1 comment, 423 words in story) Full Story

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