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To increase transparency and accountability for Michigan politicians, The Center for Michigan today launched the Michigan Truth Squad, a non-partisan Web-based project that will seek to keep candidates and campaigns more honest and issue-focused in the ads they use to persuade voters during the 2010 election season.
Submit political campaign ads to www.MichiganTruthSquad.com.
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AG Mike Cox will file his petitions for the governor's race today at 11AM. From the Cox campaign:
Mike Cox will file petition signatures with the Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections to qualify for the August Primary ballot.
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"We've carried the water." A troublesome expression often used by GOP leadership. While some people make this boast, it was you and me "digging the well". It's only now that we're discovering the water we sent with them has been spilled. Our labor has been wasted, our trust compromised and our authority ignored. When we pulled our heads out of the sand last year to see the fertile land our leadership was to have cultivated, we found instead a desert of dwindling capitalism, absent our conservative agenda.
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In a predominantly Republican community (79th District) in a primary season, it's fitting to examine our Party in the name of unity, and in the wise spirit of humility, morality, and correction. We must being willing to check and adjust GOP behavior against Constitutional principles and ethics. We are, after all, a nation of laws (principles), not of men (personalities).
When I decided to run for State Representative of Michigan's 79th district as a Republican, it was fitting that I join the party as a dues-paying member, and become more involved in local party politics.
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According to this wsj.com article, the upcoming 2010 Census will, like the three preceding it, be using a count of all persons physically present in the country to determine apportionment in Congress for the upcoming decade--including persons here illegally. The result of this will be to give disproportionately higher numbers of representatives to those states which have disproportionately higher numbers of illegal aliens.
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Just got back from the polls here in Grand Rapids. Yessir, I voted.
And since you are curious (or I like to imagine a few of you are) and I'm not shy I'll tell you a secret, too.
Grand Rapids voters today are being asked to approve another giant tax hike (it's a $110 million project) to expand bus service down South Division, the street that cuts the River City in half, running north to south. The project is being touted as a way to create 189 jobs at the bargain basement cost of $582,000 each.
There's already bus service that runs down South Division but apparently we need MORE bus service running down South Division. Technically the "new" service is probably a little bit flashier than that but when you boil it down, it's just another bus line. They're calling this one the "Silver Line." (The old busses are the "Bronze Line" I presume.)
If (or when) this new tax increase passes... see, here in Grand Rapids we fashion ourselves very progressive, metropolitan, green-friendly... hippie-light... the local mass transit boosters will invariably get started on next year's campaign for the "Gold Line."
2011 will bring Platinum. 2012 we'll have Diamond. By 2025 they'll be making up precious metals and gems. The Adamantium Line in 2030 will offer doorstep-to-doorstep service anywhere in the Lower Peninsula via a new three billion dollar annual tax levy exclusively on residents of Ada.
For whatever it was worth, I voted NO and would have done so twice, had I been blessed with as few scruples as your average ACORN community organizer.
Better yet, I rode my green Schwinn mountain bike down Eastern, a street that runs parallel to the Silver Line's proposed route, to get myself over to my voting booth. Never let it be said that Nick De Leeuw isn't willing to do his part for Mother Nature.
Now if only every Silver Line booster would make the same commitment I made, we could save the city from smog, the planet from humans, South Division from traffic congestion, homeowners from foreclosure and the singles in my wallet from abject loneliness.
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BIIIIIIIIG DAY today. Big enough that it required eight "I"s and full caps. If something can be happening in the universe, err, well, in Michigan, then it is and it is happening today.
First and foremost, it is an election day. If you're reading this, the polls are open and you haven't yet, stop everything you're doing and go vote. There are tax hike proposals in seemingly every city, township and village in the State and far left extremists running for just about every school board seat available anywhere.
No, seriously, go vote. We'll wait...
Back? What took you so long? If you're in Detroit we already know it wasn't long lines, so don't try that excuse. The Detroit News reports this morning that a measly fifteen percent of the registered voters in the D are expected to cast a ballot today to elect the city's next mayor. Suppose that's what happens when you get a race between a pair of Democrats who are much more alike than they'd have you believe. Don't give the voters a choice then don't be surprised when they don't bother showing up to make one. Not even the 200,000 phantoms on the books.
Meanwhile, an hour and a half to the west, the Granholm-Cherry administration is set today to unveil their sweeping, shocking, devastating, budget-balancing spending cuts. Except that they aren't sweeping, they certainly aren't shocking, the Dems' core constituency won't be devastated and they don't balance the budget.
Other than that, though, the administration is pitching a perfect game.
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We mark the one month anniversary of the vacancy of the 19th District Senate seat...
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External FeedsMetro/State News RSS from The Detroit News
+ Craig: Cushingberry tried twice to elude police, was given preferential treatment
+ Detroit police arrest man suspected of burning women with blowtorch
+ Fouts rips video as 'scurrilous,' defends Chicago trip with secretary
+ Wind, winter weather hammer state from Mackinac Bridge to southeast Mich.
+ Detroit Cass Tech QB Campbell expected to be released from custody Friday
+ New water rates range from -16% to +14%; see change by community
+ Detroit's bankruptcy gets controversial turn in new Honda ad
+ Royal Oak Twp., Highland Park in financial emergency, review panels find
+ Grosse Ile Twp. leads list of Michigan's 10 safest cities
+ Wayne Co. sex crimes backlog grows after funding feud idles Internet Crime Unit
+ Judge upholds 41-60 year sentence of man guilty in Detroit firefighter's death
+ Detroit man robbed, shot in alley on west side
+ Fire at Detroit motel forces evacuation of guests
+ Survivors recount Syrian war toll at Bloomfield Hills event
+ Blacks slain in Michigan at 3rd-highest rate in US
Politics RSS from The Detroit News
+ Apologetic Agema admits errors but won't resign
+ Snyder: Reform 'dumb' rules to allow more immigrants to work in Detroit
+ GOP leaders shorten presidential nominating season
+ Dems: Another 12,600 Michiganians lose extended jobless benefits
+ Mike Huckabee's comments on birth control gift for Dems
+ Granholm to co-chair pro-Clinton PAC for president
+ Republican panel approves tougher penalties for unauthorized early primary states
+ Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit
+ Peters raises $1M-plus for third straight quarter in Senate bid
+ Bill would let lawyers opt out of Michigan state bar
+ Michigan lawmakers launch more bills against sex trade
+ Balanced budget amendment initiative gets a jumpstart
+ Feds subpoena Christie's campaign, GOP
+ Poll: At Obama's 5-year point, few see a turnaround
+ Obama to release 2015 budget March 4
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