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    Tag: Ray Franz

    Booher: Not Voting For Expansion

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:05:37 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, ACA, Medicaid, Expansion, Darwin Booher, 35th Senate District, Principle, Republican, Conservative, Ray Franz, Bruce Rendon (all tags)

    In a 'garden party' hosted by the Leelanau Republican women, Michigan state senator Darwin Booher (R-35) clarified that he would NOT be voting for the Medicaid expansion bill being advanced by Governor Rick Snyder.

    The garden party, held on Sunday at a local small business, was attended by Republican US Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, State Senator Darwin Booher, State Representatives Ray Franz (R-101), Bruce Rendon (R-103), and other local politicians and interested citizens.  Booher announced he "would not be voting for medicaid expansion" during a part of the program where elected officials and prospective candidates spoke.

    Booher has also spoken out against the "outrageous fine" levied on Mark Baker of Baker's acres for the heinous crime of trying to farm in Michigan.

    Call his office and thank him for his principled stand on these important issues.

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    Franz Statement on Medicaid Expansion

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 02:46:43 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Medicaid Expansion, HB4714, Ray Franz, Conservative (all tags)

    Representative Ray Franz (Genuine R-101) issued a statement on Medicaid expansion:

    I apologize in advance for the length of this piece, but this is a big and complex issue.  I find it somewhat amusing that some of the people who were worried that I would vote in lockstep with the Governor, now want me to rubberstamp his Medicaid Expansion plan.  I cannot and here's why:

    First, this subsidized health coverage (benefit) is going to include a very large portion of our population - some say as many as 600,000.  I believe it may be more.  The benefit will go to those over 133% of the Federal Poverty Line.  But that is based on adjusted gross income which takes 5% off the bottom and adjusts.  So the 133% could be 140% of actual earnings - or more.  When you consider that ObamaCare is forcing many in the service and retail industry to cut employee hours to under 29 - this has the potential of including far more than 600,000 people.

    Continued below the fold

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    At Least One Grassroots Organization Is Through Messing Around

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 02:14:36 PM EST
    Tags: 2013-HB-4111, House Roll Call 11 (2013), nullification vs. enabling, legislative malfeasance, sending a message, empowered grassroots operation, iCaucus Michigan, 2010 endorsees, Justin Amash, Pat Colbeck, Kevin Cotter, Ray Franz, Dave Hildenbrand, Tom Hooker, Ruth Johnson, Dave Robertson, Tim Walberg, 2012 endorsees, Dave Agema, Kerry Bentivolio, Bill Brinkman, David Grant, Scott Harvey, Dale Pomeroy, Jon Rathbun, Jay Spencer, Rob VerHeulen, disciplinary action is necessary to protect those who didn't screw up (all tags)

    First off, let me remind all of my readers that the very fact that 2013-HB-4111 is still sitting on the Senate Schedule means that Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville can call it up for a vote the second he thinks that the grassroots aren't looking (assuming that he has the whip count necessary to ensure passage).  So we need to keep the pressure on our state senators (by all lawful means, including face-to-face discussion when possible) until this Trojan Horse is at least referred to a committee.  However, we also need to keep in mind that the progressives aren't stupid, and will take advantage of our focus to accomplish other things while we're not watching "the other hand," and so in addition to raising a royal stink about the alleged party of smaller government caving to the single biggest expansion of federal government intrusion in our lifetimes, we must keep our other eye on everything else that's going on in Lansing while we're at it.

    You may remember me mentioning a couple of weeks ago that the grassroots are just a tad ticked at 29 "republican" squishies who caved on House Roll Call 11 and brought this state one step closer to what is perhaps the single biggest government intrusion into private lives that I can recall in my lifetime.  While I'm not going to go into too many technical details here, I will say that one particular organization isn't screwing around.

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    A Real Conservative

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:10:44 AM EST
    Tags: Ray Franz, Dan Scripps, HB 6564, Water, DNRE, Gerald VanWoerkom, Patty Birkholtz, Windmills, Great Lakes (all tags)

    Ray Franz was beaten at the ballot box by a gift of circumstance.. in 2008.

    His stands have not wavered since then.  In fact in the time since the 2008 election, he has solidified people's understanding of his principles, he has worked hard, and he earned a seat in Michigan's 101st district.  A good and decent soon to be citizen legislator, Ray understands like most conservatives, that what ails us is not too little government, but rather a bit much of the opposite.

    Ray is not afraid to come out swinging, and we have been lucky to catch a letter to the editor he has authored, that has bearing on all of us in Michigan and addresses action by some who have been shown the door, and some who still don't get it.

    Please proceed through the fold..

    (2 comments, 967 words in story) Full Story

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