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    Tag: English

    And While You Are At It

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 05:00:40 PM EST
    Tags: KAHN, GREEN, COLBECK, WALKER, BRANDENBURG, HANSEN, PAPPAGEORGE, English, Michigan, Official Language (all tags)

    Be sure to give them an 'attaboy.'

    Regular readers know Michigan State Senator Kahn and a couple of others are on a watch list.  At times some of us have asked that you contact them in opposition to their "mistaken" positions regarding legislation.  Typically legislation that is neither conservative, or even remotely 'Republican' in its nature.

    If you happen to come across any these legislators during your calls, or emails, etc., be sure to give them a little positive feedback on one particular piece of legislation; 2011 SB 638.

    A bill to designate English as the official state language; to provide certain rights; and to provide the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials.

    Senators KAHN, GREEN, COLBECK, WALKER, BRANDENBURG, HANSEN and PAPPAGEORGE are right on target in sponsoring this legislation that will save state government in a number of ways.

    This legislation comes before the Government  Operations Committee:

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m.
    Rooms 402 and 403, Capitol Building,
    100 S. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI   48933

    Let them know you support it, and that it is about time.

    (2 comments) Comments >>

    RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with Representative Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater)

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 15, 2009 at 06:45:24 AM EST
    Tags: Exclusive, interview, Kenneth Kurtz, Coldwater, 58th, agriculture, family, English, deficit, task force (all tags)

    We talk so often here about the things that are going wrong in Lansing and what the tax-and-spenders are up to that I think it's important to check in with the good guys from time to time to get their take on the issues facing taxpayers and the legislature today.

    The GOP House minority continues to sponsor and introduce legislation, to work behind the scenes and to try to figure out some sort of positive solution to this tax-hike / budget mess.

    We rarely hear about that in the MSM.

    Being a member of a legislative minority makes it tough to garner headlines. But they're working hard and they're trying to make a difference.

    This week I spoke with freshman Representative Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater).

    Interview after the break...

    (1 comment, 1853 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Democrats don't want English spoken in Macomb County

    By MacombInformer, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 11:32:17 PM EST
    Tags: Macomb County, Democrats, Harry Awdey, English (all tags)

    (Promoted by Nick...)

    So what can you do? Take a moment and call or e-mail Macomb County Charter Commissioners and tell them to support equal treatment for all immigrants by advocating English-only services. Here's the contact information for Charter Commission Chairman Jacob Femminineo -- the Boss Tweed, who controls the Democratic super-majority: (586) 954-9500 or jacob.femminineo@macombcountymi.gov

    What was suppose to be a routine meeting of the Macomb County Charter Commission turned into a heated evening with Democrats opposing a proposal that would saved taxpayer dollars by mandating that English is the official language of local government.

    The proposal was put forth by 21-year-old Commissioner Harry Awdey, one of four Republicans on the 26-member panel responsible for writing a charter of home rule statutes for one of Detroit's largest suburbs.

    Democrats have controlled most of the proceedings since the Charter Commission started meeting in December. The super-majority, acting under orders from Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer -- who resides in the county and pushed for the charter process -- even refused a straight-forward request by Republicans to allow one of their members to serve as vice chairman, as the four GOP commissioners represent nearly 50% of Macomb County's land mass.

    But the latest controversy caught the attention of newspapers and TV stations in what is otherwise a lightly-attended Charter Commission meeting.

    All three Detroit TV news stations were there with cameras rolling, while reporters from the Macomb Daily, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Michigan Public Radio were also covering Awdey's proposal.

    While Democrats accused Republicans of being anti-immigrant, Awdey and supporters of the proposal said it was common-sense because there are too many languages. By providing services in the native language of some immigrants, Macomb County was excluding smaller minorities -- particularly those without a lot of political clout with the county's Democratic machine.

    Macomb County Democrats claimed it wasn't patriotic to advocate English-only policies even though it would save cash-strapped taxpayers.

    Former State House candidate Dan Tollis spoke during the meeting's public comment portion. He was upset that the Charter Commission's super-majority was unwilling to treat all ethnic groups  the same and noted Macomb County doesn't translate documents or provide services in Italian or Polish despite large numbers of those ethnic groups.

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