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    Tag: Michigan Constitution

    2012 Analysis: Ballot Propositions

    By Conservative First, Section News
    Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:07:36 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Constitution, ballot proposition, right to work (all tags)

    All six 2012 Michigan ballot propositions failed.  Most of them weren't even close.  Here are the numbers.

    Michigan ballot issues and judicial races

    1. No 52% (emergency managers)
    2. No 58% (collective bargaining)
    3. No 63% (energy mandate)
    4. No 57% (SEIU forced unionization)
    5. No 69% (2/3 to raise taxes)
    6. No 60% (Detroit/Canada bridge)

    The "Vote NO on everything" campaign was very effective.  The message was that special interests were trying to hijack Michigan's constitution.

    Newspaper endorsements were also helpful. They don't change many votes in partisan races, but they can make a big difference when people don't know what a proposal is really about. The Detroit News, Free Press, and Mlive papers all endorsed yes on 1, no on the rest.

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    2012 Michigan Ballot Propositions

    By Conservative First, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 10:13:58 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan constitution, ballot proposition, Right to Work (all tags)

    There will be up to seven propositions on the ballot in Michigan in November, subject to signature verification and legal challenges.

    Special interests spend millions on Michigan ballot initiatives

    1. First is a referendum on the expanded emergency manager law passed by the legislature last year. The law allows emergency managers in distressed municipalities to rewrite union contracts; opposition comes mainly from public sector unions. A yes vote is needed to retain the law. Supporters chose not to preclear their petitions, and the proposition was not approved by the state Board of Canvassers due to a font size error. The issue is currently in the courts.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Monkey see. Monkey do.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:33:09 AM EST
    Tags: Rick Snyder, Virg Bernero, Michigan Constitution, Appalling ignorance of contents, Unfunded Mandates (all tags)

    In an unusual attempt to blurr and difference between two of the five candidates for Michigan Governor, republican candidate Rick Snyder took an amazing position today.

    {Details after the fold.}

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    A car in every garage! A chicken in every pot!

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 03:00:34 PM EST
    Tags: Unfunded Mandates, Virg Bernero, Michigan Constitution, My isn't he generous! (all tags)

    Four weeks of paid vacation every year!

    Free this!

    Free that!

    Hey, do you want me to throw in a 72" DLP and PS3 to go with that as well?

    It amazes me when I hear the "promises" made by the various politicians.

    However, this one is a doozy, and illustrates again why this particular politician is not fit for the office that he seeks.

    {Details after the fold.}

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    Update on Justice Davis Eligibility

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 12:25:20 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Constitution, Alton Davis, Supreme Court, 180 days, Incumbent, Elections, requirements (all tags)

    Received the affidavit.

    Contrary to the published version of Mr Davis' filing HERE, it seems he accepted a nomination by the Michigan Democrat party.  While writing this, the copy of the Democrat nominations arrived for verification.  He was indeed officially nominated by the Democrat party.  There can be no challenge to his ability to run.

    However, he does not meet the incumbency rule in the state constitution as he should not file as incumbent because of his short term less than 180 days.

    The thing that drew my attention to this originally, is how it is strange that Denise Langford, is SHOWN as the only NOMINATED SC candidate by Democrats on the candidate  roster for the state.

    The constitution on this issue has an interesting sidebar by the way.

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    Michigan Democrats Like The Takeover

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 08:58:52 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Health Care, Democrats, Fail, Michigan Constitution (all tags)

    While writing, I have tried to keep it Left-Right, not Democrat-Republican.  As we know there are good and bad folks in both parties, but it seems the loyalty to the dark side of where the country is going appeals to more who call themselves Democrats. Even given an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity in the face of a FAIL national health policy, Democrats in Lansing cannot bring themselves to do the right thing.

    Michigan Democrats had a chance to redeem themselves yesterday, but succumbed to the pressure brought about by the labor element which "Already has its" coverage wrapped.  Personal rights appear to mean little to the senate Democrats who voted no on appending the affirmation of our right of choice with regard to medical care into our state constitution.

    The left, many of whom will use abortion as a "get your hands off my body" argument, seem to think its OK to have government decide for us which doctors to use, how often, and how much care we can receive.  So State Sen. Wayne Kuipers' joint resolution to allow Michigan residents to assert their personal freedom in providing their own health care was defeated Tuesday by Democrats in the Michigan Senate.

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    Et Tu Wayne County?

    By wctaxpayer, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 09:50:50 PM EST
    Tags: Economics, Michigan Constitution, Michigan Politics, Taxpayers Revolt, Wayne County Michigan (all tags)

    On Tuesday June 9, Scott Hagerstom from AFP and I testified before a Wayne County Committee which was considering a county sponsored title corp at the request of the Register of Deeds Bernard J.Youngblood. What has Wayne County got to do with title searches and insurance. Needless to say, we thought it was a bad idea and said so. The title companies, as you would suspect, had something to say on the issue as well.

    Our main concerns were that government should not be in business. If they did this, what kind of transparency and oversight would there be? How would the liability be paid for? Who would pay the $10,000,000 that is anticipated for start up? What success has there been where it was tried before. Has It been tried before and succeeded?

    Wayne County's track record, in my book, has not been very good. Even if it starts out costing less, taxpayers will eventually wind up picking up part of the tab. Even people who do not have the resources to own their own property. They had to stop the meeting because of conflicts but the are going to schedule another for more discussion. Good thing.

    Forbes Magazine said that title insurance is the richest insurance racket. If Youngblood believes that, why does the county not prosecute instead of go into the business?

    Youngblood's attorney, Patrick J. Bruetsch, approached us after the meeting. He says the county will have nothing to do with this, Youngblood just wants to endorse the idea. We asked then why is it before the committee. Then he said Youngblood will only let credible investors be involved. We asked "how does he get to pick the investors if he is not involved?" He claims he misspoke. He then proceeded to say much the same twice more. Something stinks here. The county should stay clear of this. They have enough problems to deal with. When they can do the job with what they have, even then it should not be expanding government. Besides, who is paying for youngbloods attorney? Why does he need one if he only wants to endorse the project?

    If someone can do the job cheaper let them go in the business. If the title insurance companies are price fixing as they implied, then call in the feds.

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