Your New Scoop Site
Welcome to Scoop!
To help you figure things out, there is a Scoop Admin Guide which can hopefully answer most of your questions.
For support, questions, and general help with Scoop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ScoopHost.com is currently running Scoop version Undeterminable from .
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?
(4 comments) Comments >>
By JGillman, Section News
How incredibly funny it is that the very same progressive movement which downplayed the tea party movement as marginal. The Democrats are trying to field a "tea Party" in Michigan with the petition gathering to create this new political organization. Chetly Zarko first brought this information to light today. Zarko's investigation suggests it might be an attempt by progressives to tie up the actual "tea Party" name in a way that limits its use by activists who have successfully gathered to address issues in government. That it could be stolen as a trademark:
"The petition claims to seek access to the ballot for an entirely new party - the "Tea Party", although when Zarko Research interviewed known organizers of the Tea Party they all knew nothing about it. When shown copies of the petition, Wendy Day of Howell, Michigan, organizer of Common Sense in Michigan considered one of the lead Tea Party protest organizers in the state, told us that the Tea Party as she has known it has never sought official access to the ballot and works to create an environment where both of the existing parties work for reform and limiting governmental intrusion into the lives of individual citizens. Day condemned this effort and stated it was an effort to dilute the impact of the current Tea Party - she argued this was evidence that forces opposing reform were taking the Tea Party seriously - so seriously that indeed they are trying to steal its trademark and hijack it. "
More than likely, it is an attempt to fragment what is seen as a lightly bound (though large)group of individuals who have now decided to speak up to the unconstitutional nature of our current representatives.
Now there is more..
(7 comments, 567 words in story) Full Story
External FeedsMetro/State News RSS from The Detroit News
+ Craig: Cushingberry tried twice to elude police, was given preferential treatment
+ Detroit police arrest man suspected of burning women with blowtorch
+ Fouts rips video as 'scurrilous,' defends Chicago trip with secretary
+ Wind, winter weather hammer state from Mackinac Bridge to southeast Mich.
+ Detroit Cass Tech QB Campbell expected to be released from custody Friday
+ New water rates range from -16% to +14%; see change by community
+ Detroit's bankruptcy gets controversial turn in new Honda ad
+ Royal Oak Twp., Highland Park in financial emergency, review panels find
+ Grosse Ile Twp. leads list of Michigan's 10 safest cities
+ Wayne Co. sex crimes backlog grows after funding feud idles Internet Crime Unit
+ Judge upholds 41-60 year sentence of man guilty in Detroit firefighter's death
+ Detroit man robbed, shot in alley on west side
+ Fire at Detroit motel forces evacuation of guests
+ Survivors recount Syrian war toll at Bloomfield Hills event
+ Blacks slain in Michigan at 3rd-highest rate in US
Politics RSS from The Detroit News
+ Apologetic Agema admits errors but won't resign
+ Snyder: Reform 'dumb' rules to allow more immigrants to work in Detroit
+ GOP leaders shorten presidential nominating season
+ Dems: Another 12,600 Michiganians lose extended jobless benefits
+ Mike Huckabee's comments on birth control gift for Dems
+ Granholm to co-chair pro-Clinton PAC for president
+ Republican panel approves tougher penalties for unauthorized early primary states
+ Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit
+ Peters raises $1M-plus for third straight quarter in Senate bid
+ Bill would let lawyers opt out of Michigan state bar
+ Michigan lawmakers launch more bills against sex trade
+ Balanced budget amendment initiative gets a jumpstart
+ Feds subpoena Christie's campaign, GOP
+ Poll: At Obama's 5-year point, few see a turnaround
+ Obama to release 2015 budget March 4
Sunday January 19th
Saturday January 18th
Friday January 17th
Thursday January 16th