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Tag: Rino Protection Act
By JGillman, Section News
SB636 and SB661 are on the hidden agenda this week before the end of the legislative session.
Passed in the Michigan State Senate, yet not showing on the calendar in the house, both bills are expected to be taken up this week. It is unclear if it will be tomorrow, or Thursday.
Senate Bill 636 appears to allow the withdrawal of wired phone services after three years to certain areas under new relaxed rules. The majority of senior citizens in Michigan still rely on wired services, and many use services not available without expensive changeovers. Personally, I would save on at least one phone bill, but the unreliable nature of wireless services is a concern, and the long term radio pollution potential on our health is unknown.
Senate Bill 661 is something we have discussed before. If the MiGOP really wants to alienate the folks who brought it home in 2010, they will encourage its passage due to ONE particular provision regarding the allowing of primary involvement with caucus money. The other issue; that of transparency, begets the question: "Does the end justify the means?"
If it matters to you, you know the drill.
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By JGillman, Section News
OK, in the last couple of days, I have railed on about transparency, and frankly have had to go on offense, in defense of Ruth Johnson's courageous suggestion. I will admit to being a little reactionary because of the dunderhead commentary of McNeilly and his faux front, "Freedom Fund,"(click on the link, its a tension breaker) but still hold to the standards described.
That flatly, we should aspire to true openness.
The language added to exceptions of regulated monies under SB661 (Amending the Michigan campaign finance act) is clearly a push back on Johnson's intention to open those shuttered windows into shadowy financing and advocacy. The added exemption reads:
"(j) An expenditure for a communication if the communication does not in express terms advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate so as to restrict the application ofthis act to communications containing express words of advocacy of election or defeat, such as "vote for", "elect", "support", "cast your ballot for", "Smith for governor", "vote against", "defeat", or "reject".Making sure she cannot pursue transparency on this as is allowed under the constitution of the US and the state.
It limits her statutorily.
Many on the conservative side are actually a little more concerned however about THIS little gem. Lines struck out from the MCFA read:
With no replacement language.
Golly, what might the establishment be up to?
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