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    Tag: inattention to results

    Wish We'd Known This A Couple Of Weeks Ago

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:09:03 AM EST
    Tags: 2013-HB-4111, "republican" talking points memo, Supremacy Clause, State Sovereignty, nullification vs. enabling, legislative malfeasance, liberty movement coalition, acta non verba, empowered grassroots operation, causa provocare, inattention to results, sending a message, twenty-nine turncoats (thus far), House Roll Call 11 (2013), 2011 Senate Bill 693, Senate Roll Call 663 (2012) (all tags)

    Let me start by saying that it's not even certain right now whether the Senate vote will or won't be taken today on 2013 House Bill 4111.  Yes, the vote is on today's senate schedule (backup copy available here), just as it was yesterday (for which I also have a backup copy).  Yet a press statement from Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville plainly stated that there would be no vote this week at all.  I translate that as Richardville knowing that he currently doesn't have the votes to pass this thing.  If that's true, then it would mean that the coordinated outrage of the liberty movement grassroots, directed both at calling our state senators and also apparently at flooding the phone lines at the Michigan Republican Party Headquarters, had the desired immediate effect.

    Nevertheless, Michigan Votes indicates that the bill was forwarded directly to the Senate floor as soon as it was reported over from the House, and Joanie Fabiano is pretty sure that a deal has already been brokered to make the vote happen, so I guess we need to stay on our senators about this . . . and I think that's a good idea anyway.

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    They Weren't Listening

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 11:41:01 AM EST
    Tags: 2013-HB-4111, Supremacy Clause, State Sovereignty, nullification vs. enabling, legislative malfeasance, liberty movement coalition, acta non verba, empowered grassroots operation, causa provocare, inattention to results, sending a message, twenty-nine turncoats (thus far), House Roll Call 11 (2013), 2011 Senate Bill 693, Senate Roll Call 663 (2012) (all tags)

    You would have thought, based on how close the Michigan Republican State Party Chair results were, that the party would've got the message.  The liberty movement means business, and they won't be ignored.  You'd think, based on that, that the state legislature would be extra careful to not tick off a motivated grassroots network.

    Apparently, 29 republicans in the State House didn't get the memo.  It's as yet an open question as to whether 13 republicans in the State Senate did.

    (8 comments, 2046 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    It Was About Sending A Message

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:16:18 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party 2013 State Convention, blueblood elites, liberty movement coalition, backroom shenanigans, serving notice, sending a message, unity based on a principled platform, Schostak Must Go, Donation-Gate, Dele-Gate, Mortgage-Gate, Convention-Gate, 62% failure on Election Day, inattention to results, disingenuous hypocrisy, memory holes, Courser 4 Chair, causa provocare, praesto explicare, empowered grassroots operation, State Convention Rule 20, acta non verba, shenanigans and skullduggery, YAFWYALF (all tags)

    "It's not about money ... it's about sending a message."

    That quote is from "The Dark Knight," specifically, the Joker (played with disturbing perfection by Heath Ledger).  Without going into a level of detail that will break the analogy, the point behind that line is that there are some people whose principles are not for sale, regardless of whether for good or ill.  Those who subscribe to the all-too-common philosophy that everyone can be bought, the only question being one of price, don't have the clue before the first clue how to deal with people of principle.

    That philosophical disconnect was on full and open display this past weekend at the Michigan Republican State Convention, and the elites in the establishment plainly didn't know what to do about it.

    (1 comment, 2363 words in story) Full Story

    Comparison Shopping for State Chairs - A Closer Look at the B. S. Record

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:27:58 PM EST
    Tags: Schostak Must Go, 2 for 13 on Election Day, majoring in minors, inattention to results, Courser 4 Chair (all tags)

    The campaign to either retain or replace Robert I. Schostak as the Michigan Republican Party Chairman has been going on for just over eleven weeks now, with just under three weeks to go.  Up until yesterday, it's been pretty clean in public forums (with the one notable and easily rebuked exception), although I wouldn't put it past the elites to develop new tactics.  Apparently, the thread-jackers and smear-trolls do seem to be ramping it up now (at least with regard to the Youth Vice-Chair race), and given the fact that at least three seats are going to be contested at the state convention (four if you ignore the fact that the Chair and Co-Chair run as a single ticket), I expect the knives will be coming out in earnest soon enough.  So I'd like to take advantage of an as-yet uncluttered opportunity to do a little bit of comparing-and-contrasting of the two candidates for the top spot at the state party.

    I was originally going to do this as a single article, but there's just so much material here that I'm going to do this as a series (that may actually be more than two parts in length).

    (1 comment, 2083 words in story) Full Story

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