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    Tag: John Proos

    A Big Freaking Deal

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 01:40:40 PM EST
    Tags: Right to work, Unions, Labor, Michigan, Right-to-work zones, John Proos (all tags)

    One of the biggest ethical problems I have with unions, is that the ability to contract for one's own self is not included.  While professing insipid profundities like "protecting the little guy" big labor in turn, refuses to allow the little guy who might have more to offer, a chance to capitalize on it.  This, in my view hardly protects anyone's ability to seek and find suitable employment based on his or her skills.  It cheapens the employment and takes away from the value of the position.

    Michigan's Capitol Confidential is now reporting that State Senator John Proos is going to push for Right-to-work zones in Michigan.  

    Proos, R-St. Joseph, introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow counties and municipalities in Michigan to create right-to-work zones. It is Senate Bill 120. Proos says the bill is on his agenda because the issue is "too important" to wait for Snyder to lead the way. In addition to its sponsor, the bill has eight Republican co-sponsors in the Senate -- already nine of the 19 votes needed to pass the bill in that chamber, assuming that Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley would cast a tie-breaking vote.

    Snyder as mentioned in the article has given prior indication that he would sign this type of legislation, even though it is not on his agenda.

    For my purposes however, this has other ramifications.  If this was to become law, I would push to have Grand Traverse County become the first Right to work zone in the state.  Both for attention, and also for other reasons (there are SOME who are unionized here who would appreciate if they were not forced to be)that contribute to efficiency.

    I DO hope this goes forward fruitfully.  Here's to happy unencumbered employees!

    (6 comments) Comments >>

    A Michigan Senator's Union Play?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 04:54:01 PM EST
    Tags: John Proos, Randy Richardville, Senate Leadership, Michigan, card check (all tags)

    I have mentioned before, there is more to the Michigan senate races than just getting your guy in place.  Conservative voters need to impress upon their prospective state Senators, that the gatekeeper needs to reflect the conservative direction being shown in the state and country today.  Not because its the 'in thing', but rather because it is right.  I realize this is another one of those things that we hate to see BEFORE the election, but because the election of the leadership position will happen immediately, it is important your candidate knows where YOU stand.

    First the facts.

    • The two prospects being considered for the republican Senate leader's spot are John Proos, and Randy Richardville.
    • Both men have voting records that can be examined, and both have good and bad history to look at.
    • Proos voted FOR the smoking ban. (bad) Richardville voted against it. (good)
    • Richardville voted to essentially make illegal, the casual carpenter, as a profession, while Proos openly supports Right-to-Work.
    • Proos would be a first term senate member, and Richardville would/will be serving a second term.
    • The vote for Senate leader is a secret ballot.

    There are indeed things good and bad, and my own opinion on property rights miff me a little about Both of them.  For different reasons however.  Be that as it may, my own balance leans me towards support of John Proos because I hate the theft of my hands, worse than theft of the ability to blow smoke in some jerks face.  But Proos faces a handicap for this race, because it will be his first term as a Michigan Senator.  First, some might argue his experience with another term could be beneficial, and then there are the aspirations of other Senators who will be in their first term.  Nothing so big that couldn't be overcome with normal electioneering.

    But another interesting point seems to have popped up.

    (12 comments, 594 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    An Update on the Senate Leadership thing..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 11:41:57 PM EST
    Tags: John Proos, Randy Richardville, Senate Leadership, Michigan, SEIU (all tags)

    I Have previously posted on the "Most Powerful man" and totally plagiarized Jack Hoogendyk's writing to set the tone for my opinion on who might best represent the Republicans and be the gatekeeper of legislation going forward in the Senate.

    I suggested John Proos would be best.  And even in the face of one of my "litmus" issues being challenged I hold to this. I may at some point elaborate.  Just know that the race is between Proos and Randy Richardville.

    Richardville though on the right side of my pet peeve (smoking bans in private business) is on the WRONG side of property interest in other areas.  

    Add to this, a 4th from the BOTTOM Score card from Common Sense in Government. Ow.

    But this gem from one of the most far left liberals (who BTW works in the legislative offices in Lansing) out there:

    I also got a response from SEIU political director Vaughn Thompson, who assured we that Nofs, as well as Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, are both "pro-worker." I about fell out of my chair when I heard that one. I don't yet know a whole lot about Nofs' record, but I'm familiar with the record of the man from my hometown of Monroe. He is anything but pro-worker, and I don't understand how he got that undeserved reputation.

    "We all know that Right to Work is wrong for Michigan and so does Mike Nofs and some others pro-worker Republicans like Randy Richardville," Thompson wrote.

    I don't often believe ol Kevin..  but since it seemed to offend him so much it might be worth considering as fact. SEIU has Richardville's back. Double Ow.

    you might want to call your senate hopefuls..  and at least TALK to them.  The decision who will be our gatekeeper is an important one.

    Comments >>

    The Most Powerful Republican Lawmaker In Lansing

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 11:02:14 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Capitol, John Proos, Lansing, Majority Leader, Randy Richardville, Republicans, Senate Leader (all tags)

    Sometimes it is real easy to look at the top dog, and think there it is.  The Governor is the one who will affect what is happening in this state the most.  Often we forget the path of least resistance might not serve us so well, if that which travels the path to the pen is unencumbered by reason or moral certitude.

    Just don't forget we have gatekeepers.

    Jack Hoogendyk offers his valuable  experience as a lesson in politics. Pay CLOSE ATTENTION.  A little Skinny on this at the end..

    Below the fold we go..

    (9 comments, 842 words in story) Full Story

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