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I'm tired of this...time to up the stakes...
Just sent this to the editor of our County rag...
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by Tom Backers
"The Tea Party Explained"
During the recall contest between the now deceased County Prosecutor and certain members of the Board of Commissioners, I had the opportunity to canvass many areas of the County and Village of Kalkaska and spoke to hundreds of residents. By the time the petition to recall became a moot point, two very distinct community undertones became apparent; people in the communities did not understand the Tea Party Patriots...and...many of them absolutely feared repercussions from their own local government authorities should they sign the petition to recall the Prosecuting Attorney.
The lack of understanding confounded me. I realize that in this County, and in this economic environment, many folks are simply too busy riding out the recession to have much time or energy to pay attention to, or research, the root causes of the situation they now find themselves in. They only know that something is terribly wrong when they themselves have to work two or three jobs, if they can find them; and then have to watch their children and grandchildren leave the area to find work for themselves. So in the end, the people I had opportunity to speak with at length agreed that something has to change drastically to shift the direction in which the County, Village and nation are headed; but when presented the opportunity to initiate such change at a basic and local level, feared provoking the very government that needs to change.
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No one can accurately predict life's events, the effects of this singular one will change the lives of several people I can think of immediately, and already has...
This will not change the mission of our Tea Party in any way however, merely its focus...there is much to do in Kalkaska to restore the County's government to the control of the people living here, and we will continue to pursue this goal...
This is not the outcome any of us wanted to see, as we were approaching our goal of petition signatures to have the issue placed before the people on the May ballot...
Our condolences to Brian Donnelly's friends and family...
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By Tom Backers
Having come this far in efforts by the residents of Kalkaska County to wrest control back from the "Ma and Pa Kettle" politics of generations here, I can no longer remain silent in my personal view of the situation, its history, and its eventual outcome. The attempted recall of the County Prosecutor is just the beginning of this effort to restore open government to one of the worst run counties in the State of Michigan. For the first time in a half dozen attempts, the recall petition has been approved for the `point man' of a consortium consisting of the Prosecutor, Sheriff's department, and the County Courts that has controlled the residents and businesses of the County by coercion and intimidation for decades.
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By JGillman, Section News
This is truly entertaining. Its become big news up here, and we had it here first.
Though Kalkaska county prosecutor Brian Donnelly's efforts at recalling at least three county commissioners may not be over, it appears he has (his allies attempting the recall) failed initially to clarify the language to the satisfaction of the elections board. In a turnaround however, the prosecutor himself appears to be the only one out of the process who may have to defend his job.
From a press release:
Gathering for the approximately 2000 signatures (a few extra are typically gathered to overcome duplicates, mistakes etc..) to put Donnelly's name on the February ballot recall are expected to begin immediately.
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By JGillman, Section News
(Democrat who runs as a Republican)
The last election has had its consequences not only of statewide or national significance, but also in local areas as well. In Northern Michigan's Kalkaska county, we could have up to 5 casualties, as a shoot out in the OK Corral begins.
Four newly elected county commissioners, Stuart McKinnon, Dave Ritter, Tony Martini and the Chair, Mike Cox (all Republican) are being recalled by the Kalkaska Democrat party efforts and with active assistance from the local prosecutor, Brian Donnelly, a [Democrat] as well. The recall effort has apparently been spawned by the prosecutor's objections to the commission's refusal to reinstate funding to his department. The funding cuts had been made by the prior county board's actions. It is also presumed to be payback for an attempt to have an outside consultant look at the prosecutor's office as well as other county operations by the 'Axe Man':
The board voted to retain the services of attorney John Axe of Axe and Ecklund, PC, to provide consulting services to the county for a cost not to exceed $9,375.
The prosecutor refused access to this consultant, who could not then perform the tasks as assigned by the board. This affected the other county office holders as well, who became less inclined to cooperate in the cost saving exercise the board had commissioned.
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Yesterday I posted part one.
The remaining 15 minutes here.
Had a chance to visit with some local folks in Kalkaska and with US Senate candidate Peter Konetchy today.
This video is part one of 30 minutes total. It will give you a pretty good idea about the man who would like to unseat Debbie Stabenow in 2012. To face her he will have to first defeat those on the list of the ever growing field of Republican primary contenders. Given his message, it could be doable.
Not a note card on his person. Speech straight out.
I will post the second part later.
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