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    Tag: Jane Markey

    Who Will Be Appointed?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:36:09 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Supreme Court, Jane Markey, Snyder (all tags)

    Hathaway is toast.  She will resign effective the date of her response mandate.

    Governor Rick Snyder will have a few good folks to choose from on January 21st.

    And with the retirement of Justice Diane Hathaway, many might think the obvious choice would be to go with the selection Republicans made in 2012 during their state convention to run for the office.  However, it should be noted that Colleen Obrien Couldn't even beat a candidate with NO TRIAL experience.  A good suggestion with regard to that? Forget it.

    We can do better.

    There is one more chance to do the right thing for Michigan, with both experience and a sense of following the rules:

    "Our Judges Must Faithfully Apply Our Constitution And Plain Language Of Our Statutes. It Is Our Only Hope Of Defending Freedom And Ordered Liberty." - Judge Jane Markey"
    The governor showed great sense in his selection of Brian Zahra upon the vacancy created by Corrigan's shift into the bureaucracy of human services.

    This is indeed a great opportunity, and as I am sure the political machinery is in full operation, the choice should be very clear and without argument.  For the proper role of the court to be protected and advanced, there is only one choice that would provide a quality justice for Michigan, and also give the rule of law bench a better chance in the following election cycle.  And one candidate fits the profile needed to restore integrity to the office.

    Jane Markey should occupy the seat vacated by the outgoing [disgraced] justice.

    (3 comments) Comments >>

    The Michigan Republican Convention Round-up

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:03:02 PM EST
    Tags: Conservatism, Michigan, Republicans, Convention, Colleen O'Brien, Jane Markey, Dr. Rob Steele, Dan Horning, Todd Courser, Melanie Kurdys, Jeff Sakwa, Melanie Foster, Michael J. Busuito, Satish B. Jasti (all tags)

    We have a good slate for Michigan going forward.

    The result of Saturday's Michigan Republican convention was very conservative, and very consistent with tea party and traditional values that have been notably lacking in recent years.  Add to this a solid backing (almost purposefully noticeable) of candidate Kerry Bentivolio in the 11th district, and it should be clear that some folks are starting to pay attention to the grassroots.  And those grassroots are now becoming more fully vested in the party, and changing from within.

    The slate?

    Michigan Supreme Court Justice:
    Stephen J Markman - Incumbent
    Brian Zahra - partial term incumbent
    Colleen O'Brien - new nomination

    State Board of Education
    Todd Courser - New
    Melanie Kurdys - New

    MSU Trustee
    Melanie Foster - Incumbent
    Jeff Sakwa - New

    U of M Regent
    Dr. Rob Steele - New
    Dan Horning - New

    Wayne State University Board of Governors
    Michael J. Busuito
    Satish B. Jasti

    The Michigan Supreme Court pick was an interesting one for a number of reasons.  We have seen much of the criticism of either O'Brien or Markey on RightMichigan.com, and frankly it was undeserved.  Both candidates represented a conservative rule of law perspective and the nomination of Colleen O'Brien should not disappoint anyone.  I tried to refrain from affecting the discussion and was particularly neutral and trying to look at qualifications and overall perspective.

    I carried that neutrality into the convention and had no reason to specifically support either candidate, and was not worried about the outcome other than a bit of a nasty back and forth with passed out literature left in the seats for attendees.  There were good people I knew supporting either candidate.  After listening to both candidates in caucus, re-looking at notes, talking to friends who supported either candidate, reviewing caseload, history, etc., my decision to support a single candidate started to develop.  I even spent 20-25 minutes speaking with justice Stephen Markman.

    Saturday Morning found me leaning Jane Markey.

    continued Below the fold

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Homeless Offenders

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 04:14:58 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, 2012 vacancy nomination, Jane Markey, Court of Appeals, trust but verify . . . always, People v Dowdy, MCL 28.722(p), unintended consequences of the law, Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act (all tags)

    Laws which are passed in a "knee jerk" reaction to a "preventable" tragedy often are not particularly well thought through, are insufficiently deliberated before passage, tend to overreact, and are particularly notorious for two things: (1) they tend to expand government reach into places the Founding Fathers would have never tolerated, and (2) they tend to be later found to have gaps that result from lack of foresight, and are only discovered in a post-legislation lawsuit.

    The Patriot Act is a classic example of such a law.  And I do find myself chuckling just a little when an Amber Alert mentions a missing 14-year-old girl, last seen headed out of town with a 19-year-old man . . . yeah, you know what's probably really happening.  Also on this list are the various elements of sex offender registration.  Between Megan's Law, the Wetterling Act, and the Adam Walsh Act we have I don't know how many different ways to permanently screw up other people's lives over nothing, for no other reason than because we as a society lack the testicular fortitude to deal with bona fide sex offenders according to their crime.

    An example in my mind is a high school kid here in Kentwood a couple of years back who streaked across the football field during the final home game of the season . . . not even out of high school, and an overreactive law has already thrown out the rest of his productive life.  (Back in my day, the only LEO involvement in such an incident would be to escort the student in question home and turn him over to the parents for disciplinary action.)  I mean seriously, in Michigan you can land on the sex offender registry for nothing more offensive than cussing in public, which is a real concern for a career sailor such as myself.

    And then there are other shortfalls.

    (2 comments, 1105 words in story) Full Story

    Significant Endorsement in This Weekend's Judicial Race

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 01:12:40 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party, MIGOP State Convention 7-8 September 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan Supreme Court, Jane Markey, Dave Agema, Michigan's Republican National Committeeman (all tags)

    If you didn't happen to be at the Michigan Republican State Convention in Detroit back in May, I'm sure that you still probably heard the account of the "Showdown In Motown" where various liberty-oriented types gathered together to send a message to the MIGOP party elites.  The message, that we are sick and damned tired of their crap, was sent loud and clear in the blowout victory of Dave Agema ousting Saul Anuzis as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman.  Agema's choice for the vacancy nomination to the Michigan Supreme Court has been known for awhile, but the press release didn't get put out until two days ago.  I thought you'd like to read it.

    (8 comments, 403 words in story) Full Story

    Ignoring The Rabbit Trail

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:28:24 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Jane Markey, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, "Trucker" Randy Bishop, Scott Greenlee, rabbit trails, red herrings, chasing shadows and smoke, incomplete puzzles, Michigan Freedom To Work, iCaucus Michigan (all tags)

    A favorite political campaign strategy is to keep one's opponent off balance.  Keep them on the defensive, keep them reacting, get them chasing down rabbit trails and responding to red herrings.  Anything at all to have your opponent operating in "reactive mode" instead of "proactive mode."  In a tight race, getting into an opponent's head, or into the head of her campaign team, can throw them off their game, and perhaps enable an easier victory than otherwise would happen (perhaps even snatching victory from the apparent jaws of defeat).

    (4 comments, 2577 words in story) Full Story

    iCaucus of Michigan Endorsements in the MIGOP State Convention

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:03:50 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party, MIGOP State Convention 7-8 September 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, Jeff Sakwa, Anne Norlander, Michigan State Board of Education, Todd Courser, Melanie Kurdys, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Dr. Rob Steele, Dan Horning, Michigan Supreme Court, Jane Markey (all tags)

    As I mentioned a little over a week ago, the iCaucus of Michigan went through the endorsement process for most of the candidates in the contested races at the Michigan Republican Party State Convention coming up next weekend.  Invitations were sent out, questionnaires were completed, interviews were conducted, and endorsement votes were cast.  The results, and the press release, follow the break.

    (1 comment, 530 words in story) Full Story

    The Opposition Already Going Personal

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:36:14 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, 2012 vacancy nomination, Jane Markey, Court of Appeals, trust but verify . . . always, Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, Chief Justice Robert P. Young jr, Richard Bandstra, Bill Schuette, Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, Dan Pero, Scott Greenlee, anonymous "GOP activists", Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, mudslinging attacks (all tags)

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once told the London Daily Telegraph:

    "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left."

    By this measure, an e-mail that's been circulating to the convention delegation for about three days now must have Judge Jane Markey on cloud nine.  Two weeks before convention, and her opponent has already effectively admitted that she's going to have to go personal to beat her.  If that's the case, then Markey's already got this one in the bag.

    (1 comment, 1176 words in story) Full Story

    iCaucus of Michigan and the September 2012 MIGOP State Convention

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 12:02:05 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party, MIGOP State Convention 7-8 September 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, Melanie Foster, Anne Norlander, Jeff Sakwa, Michigan State Board of Education, Todd Courser, Nancy Danhoff, Melanie Kurdys, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Dan Horning, Bill Kauffman, Dr. Rob Steele, Amb. Ron Weiser, Michigan Supreme Court, Colleen O'Brien, Jane Markey, Wayne State University Board of Governors, Justice Steven Markman, Justice Brian Zahra (all tags)

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the iCaucus of Michigan is going to be endorsing in the contested races at the Michigan Republican Party September State Convention.  Invitations were sent out, questionnaires were completed, interviews were conducted, and the caucus period is now open, with the vote window opening up on Monday.  Details are after the break.

    (5 comments, 631 words in story) Full Story

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