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Tag: twenty-nine turncoats (thus far)
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
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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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
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.
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