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    Tag: Maura Corrigan

    On Privacy And 'Luck'

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:09:31 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Lottery, Democrats, Welfare, Privacy, Families, Responsibility, Rashida Tlaib, Maura Corrigan (all tags)

    This nation is infested by those who would defraud us.

    Nearly everyone knows SOMEONE who is on the public dole. Whether it is food stamps or corporate thievery, (not covered in this essay) shouldn't the taxpayer have the right to know where his resources are channeled by government? Especially given the "Sobering Data" published in the DHS sanctioned Michigan lottery report in 2012

    "Nearly 14 percent of all lottery winners are either welfare recipients themselves or reside in a household with welfare recipients."
    It seems that we have at the very least 14% of lottery winning abuse. (and that only identifies those who have won)

    After revelations that at least two major lottery winners were STILL collecting assistance, the report was commissioned and legislative action has been sought to address such abuse.  At the same time Democrat legislators like Rashida Tlaib take the typical progressive route and wish to encourage more abuse through inaction. By attempting to assign shame, that might be more appropriately placed on those who beg for assistance and abuse our generosity by gambling with it, to the DHS director Corrigan (God Bless Her) who sees a problem.

    "Though DHS found 19 people with lottery winners of more than $100,000, 83 percent of lottery winners on welfare rolls won less than $5,000. Democratic state Rep. Fashida Tlaib accused the agency of being too harsh on people with small lottery winnings.

    "I just think Director [Maura] Corrigan is more passionate about kicking people off the system than preventing fraud," Tlaib told the Detroit News.

    Corrigan advocated for a law to "intercept" lottery winnings from those on welfare.

    Tlaib, of course reminding us that it doesn't take a whole lot of mental horsepower to be a state Rep from SE Michigan. Here's to gerrymandering!

    Continued below ~

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    Rule of Law - Yes, We Really Do Mean It!

    By PTurner, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:38:18 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Rule of Law, Bob Young, Stephen Markman, Brian Zahra, Mary Beth Kelly, collective bargaining, Greg McNeilly, Clifford Taylor, Maura Corrigan, Marilyn Kelly, constitution, pension tax, emergency manager (all tags)

    Perhaps the current Rule of Law majority on the Michigan Supreme Court should have this saying etched into the side of the Hall of Justice in Lansing.  

    The GOP convention was this past weekend, and as several news agencies have reported, the anger with the GOP-majority Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court was palpable.  In a particularly detailed account, MIRS (subscription required) reported that the Justices "faced a frosty reception," although that characterization may be a bit of an understatement.  MIRS went on to report that if there had been more time before the convention, it is likely that Justices Markman and Zahra would have faced challenges to their seats, and that "some donors have asked for their money back from the Supreme Court race."  Former MRP executive director Greg McNeilly stated that he believes the Justices "made a political decision," and when asked what resources would be left for the GOP's Supreme Court candidates, McNeilly is quoted as responding "F--k them."  And this is just what was said publicly; "Most Republican powerbrokers didn't want to air their frustration publicly, but heated words privately, however, have been exchanged."

    Continued below

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Rule Of Law Majority Preserved

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 11:02:01 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan State Supreme Court, rule-of-law, Cliff Taylor, Robert Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Rick Snyder, Brian Calley, Maura Corrigan, Brian Zahra, John Engler (all tags)

    Back on November 4, 2008, the electoral disaster known as the Obama Tsunami swept out SCOMI rule-of-law Chief Justice Cliff Taylor, replacing him with creative interpretationist Diane Hathaway.  During the intervening two years, Robert Young jr. (who is now the SCOMI Chief Justice) lectured on a regular basis throughout the state on the importance of returning a rule-of-law majority to the state's highest bench.  The result was that, on November 2, 2010, the voters of Michigan elected Judge Mary Beth Kelly to the state's highest court.  Combined with the re-election of Justice Robert Young, they turned out creative interpretation Justice Alton Davis and restored a rule-of-law majority to that bench.

    However, with Governor Snyder tapping rule-of-law Justice Maura Corrigan to head the Department of Human Services, the voters of this state were understandably concerned that the governor might appoint someone who wouldn't square with the philosophy that they had voted for.  I had spoken with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley back on last Tuesday (January 4th) regarding this, and had been assured by him that the strongest rule-of-law judge not currently serving on Michigan's State Supreme Court would be appointed to fill the vacancy.

    I'm happy to notice that I've not been disappointed.

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    Good News For Michigan

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 10:57:45 AM EST
    Tags: Brian Zahra, Michigan, Supreme Court, Maura Corrigan, Rick Snyder (all tags)

    I had hoped to be able to announce Snyder's supreme court pick on Friday, but the announcement officially came only today about two hours ago.  I have to say..  keeping a secret like this is tough!

    Worth the wait however.  As now reported in the major news outlets including the Detroit News:

    "Judge Zahra's 16 years of judicial experience and his razor-sharp intelligence will make him an outstanding addition to the court," Snyder said.

    Snyder, who campaigned as "one tough nerd" to win the governor's race in November, noted Zahra is "a self-described law geek."

    "This is a case where it's nice to say a nerd gets to appoint a geek," Snyder said at a news conference."

    Not just a nerd, but a federalist, a rule of law man, and an outright decent guy. I found it interesting that an entry in judgepedia reflected his similarity to the justice being replaced; Maura Corrigan.  Under judicial philosophy they quote him:
    "One area in which I can emphatically state we are better off today than eight years ago relates to the court system." Explaining that he shares the philosophy of Justice Maura Corrigan and the majority of the Michigan Supreme Court, Zahra said he aims to search for the rule of law and respects the separation of powers, "Leaving to the legislature the significant policy questions of the day."

    This quote came from a forum June 20, 2006.

    ~ A little more below ~

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    Scouting Report.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 10:59:41 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Rich Rod, Maura Corrigan, DHS, Supreme Court, Bill Shuette, football analogy (all tags)

    It has taken me too long perhaps, to write about the humiliation the Big 10, and especially Michigan's teams which suffered in Saturday's play.  At the end of all this, at least one thing was done that may see an answer to the question "WTF Michigan?"  It probably would have been enough to see the defensive coordinator removed, but in the end, it was always Rich Rod's gig, so.. Blah.

    In an interesting side note, The Michigan View has a great column that reflects on this, and its comparison to politics. in "Why we love sports, (and hate politics)," Payne compares the hate fest for failing sports programs, and the seemingly out of place support and excuse making our press gives to the politicos that suck.  He writes:

    " "Why wouldn't Rich Rodriguez be fired? In three years, he didn't win a single important game," penned Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press.

    Just the facts, ma'am. The guy didn't get the job done.

    Contrast this common sense sports coverage with a whole backfield full of writers, cheerleaders and excuse-makers willing to come to QB Granholm's defense. "History has yet to write whether her unflagging efforts to diversify the economy in areas like advanced manufacturing, technology and alternative energy pay long-term dividends to the state," writes Crain's Amy Lane. "She was left a bad hand by John Engler, and, unfairly, was forced to be the face of job losses in the state when. . . many of the auto industry's problems were the result of decades of gross corporate incompetence," whined MLive's Darrel Dawsey. "She must have been thinking, how things would be different if she was starting where Rick Snyder begins with the 'wind at his back,'" apologized Tim Skubick in the Oakland Press. "

    Wow.. Not so sure the wind is at Snyder's back, but if it is, then it might help douse some of the ecological insanity that Granholm has implemented in Michigan during her reign.  I don't even have a coordinator to throw blame at in this case.. more below..

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