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Two statements from high profile positions in Michigan State Government. Both from looking at the decision to allow the Detroit Bankruptcy to go forward. The first from the Nerd
"Today, the federal court allowed Detroit to stay on the path toward a brighter future. A future where streetlights work and ambulances respond quickly. A future where crime and blight shrink, and where jobs and investments surge."And a place where unicorn farts cure despair and disease.
"However, I am deeply disappointed by Judge Rhodes' analysis that pensions may be impaired. I will continue to aggressively defend pensions and Article 9, Section 24 of the Michigan Constitution as this case proceeds to the confirmation stage of bankruptcy planning, at which time we can thoroughly review any plans for potential legal action involving pensions."And then he drew down his helmet, and grabbed a jousting pole.
Said one to the other before backing up the pretend bus: "We're still friends right?"
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LANSING -Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office announced his office will appeal a recent court ruling requiring the State of Michigan to withhold public employee union dues from the payments issued to home help providers through the Michigan Medicaid program.
"Private individuals do not transform into government employees simply by participating in taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid," said Schuette. "We will fight to defend state law prohibiting the withholding of public union dues from private citizens who provide home help to the disabled."
On May 29, 2012, SEIU Healthcare Michigan filed a lawsuit to challenge 2012 P.A. 76, legislation to amend the Public Employment Relations Act to reflect the original intention of the Legislature to exempt certain private individuals from being forced into public employee unions. And on June 20, 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled in favor of SEIU Healthcare Michigan, ordering the State of Michigan to continue collection of union dues from payments processed for Medicaid home help providers under an agreement with the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, a creation of the Granholm administration and the SEIU to steal from the poor and fill union coffers.
This week Schuette filed a motion to request a stay of the Judge's order requiring continued collection of dues while the appeals process proceeds. Schuette will file an appeal of the Edmunds' ruling granting the SEIU's motion preliminary injunction with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit later this month.
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Just a couple small things. Going to be a busy week I think.
It seems there are a lot of questions looking for answers as we begin the new week. Jenkuz brings up a valid issue with yesterday's post and how we are going to proceed as a state if our 'Republican' defenders are sticking us as the Democrat destroyers did. Schuette though elected, has a part of his responsibility the obligation to give the administration's opinion in court. However, he can also advise and encourage the abandonment of such actions as the appeal.
I'll be talking with the AG about the selection of Brian Zahra for the Michigan Supreme Court this week, and see if I can get some light shed on this issue. We WILL need expansion of power generation in the future.
Corinthian Scales is correct in suggesting 4 years is too long a welfare stint. My own solution? Outsource it.
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By JGillman, Section News
Today, Snyder, Schuette, Johnson, and a host of others took their positions up as wished upon them by the voters in this state.
"We need to stop being divisive and be inclusive. We have spent too much time fighting among ourselves, and have become our own worst enemy,"
Tell me you didn't write that yourself, and that you borrowed it from the Center for Michigan.
Inclusive perhaps, if it is inclusive of the reality that leftist policies brought us here. This "moment of opportunity" you mentioned at another point, is indeed that. Sir, If you go down the road of everybody gets their pet project saved, we won't be using that opportunity very well. This is an opportunity to perhaps share a little of the reality the taxpayers who are NOT employed in state government, must endure. De-certifying the unions would be a good start in helping the State employees KEEP their jobs.
I was the worst critic of the nerd before he won in the primary. I must admit however, I have been pretty silent on Snyder's expected performance because I think we can make a lot of noise that doesn't much matter at this point. When he screws up, we will be right there.
The event today had Snyder talking about his family's prior service in the capitol. His maternal grandfather apparently was a custodian there. kind of a neat story actually, demonstrating the level in which a family can grow in Michigan, and in this nation once revered as the basket of opportunity of the world.
Opportunity in Michigan and nationwide destroyed by the type of leftist Marxism exhibited by Snyder's predecessor and the wrecking crew known as our current federal administration.
We can at least start the healing now. ~ more below ~
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This is a big election year.
Only eight weeks from today here in Michigan we will head to the polls and elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a new Secretary of State, a new Attorney General, an entirely new state House and Senate, members of the Michigan Supreme Court, members of boards of education and boards of regent and local office holders across the state.
Everything is on the table and up for grabs and the differences couldn't be bigger between Republicans and Democrats.
We've got a choice for governor between Rick Snyder and America's angriest mayor, Virg Bernero, a man whose platform seems to consist of three plank--shout louder than anyone else, do everything under the sun to empower Big Labor and set up a state-run bank (because state government seems to run everything else so well).
We've got a choice for Secretary of State between Ruth Johnson and Jocelyn Benson, a near carbon copy of Jennifer Granholm. The only difference real between Benson and Granholm is that Benson is significantly more liberal.
And then there's the choice for Attorney General between Bill Schuette and David Leyton, a county prosecutor in Flint where violent crime has skyrocketed on his watch. David Leyton seemingly never saw a violent crime case he wouldn't plea bargain. Sure, maybe you plea bargain some first offenses to keep the courts from clogging up. But when you're the Prosecutor in the most violent city in the state -- a city on track for a record setting number of murders this year -- business as usual is not good enough.
Leyton has been such a failure that this past year community leaders in Flint have called for the National Guard to be deployed to curb the continuing violence.
Three choices. Each of them no choice at all.
And with the Governor, the Senate and the Supreme Court handling redistricting that will go a long ways to determining control of the legislature for the next decade, the stakes this year couldn't be any greater.
But you know all of that. The question for each of is is what are we going to do about it?
It's going to take our combined effort again this year to make sure Michigan turns the corner away from the Democrats' record shattering tax hikes, nation's worst unemployment rates and big-government liberalism.
Pick a race. Blog about it. I'll pledge here and now to do that myself. You can expect to see me here every single week between now and the election talking about the critical races facing each of us. I hope you'll join me.
And then call one of the campaigns and get involved.
Let's show the Democrats-- who've given us more dangerous streets, higher unemployment, higher taxes and bigger government-- that enough is enough.
(Saul Anuzis is the Michigan Republican National Committeeman and the immediate past Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.)
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In a poll released this week, Senator Mike Bishop was the only candidate who chalked up a decisive victory in a hypothetical General Election match-up against newly announced Democratic Attorney General candidate Gretchen Whitmer.
Bishop also led opponent Bill Schuette amongst those that identified themselves as Republicans, as well as those identified as Independents.
"Republicans need to nominate the strongest possible candidate in 2010 if it wants to elect a GOP attorney general. Mike Bishop begins the race with a 10% lead over a woman Democrat, while Bill Schuette is only tied with her," Steve Mitchell said recently regarding the results. "In a close race, having the lead Bishop has right now could be the difference between winning and losing next year."
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Its spring 2009 which means Election Day 2010 is practically right around the corner. This cycle in Michigan just about everything is up for grabs. 110 seats in the House, 38 seats in the Senate, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, two Supreme Court Justices and heaven knows what kinds of ballot initiatives will be before Michigan voters when they head to the polls next year
Primary races are already beginning to shape up and take form across the state.
Few will be as closely watched as the race for Attorney General and we'll be doing our best to bring the candidates directly to you!
Former Congressman and Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette has been traveling the state and making public appearances and will officially announce his bid for the office shortly.
This weekend I had a chance to catch up with Judge Schuette and discuss the Attorney General's race and his candidacy.
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By Nick, Section News
Don't know if you've heard, but there's a party tonight. Or, well, a reception. No, scratch that... receptions, plural. Then breakfasts tomorrow. Lots of them.
Both the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Democrats are holding their winter conventions this weekend and on the GOP side, the campaigns for Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General unofficially begin.
Not that there isn't one major difference. Over on the RIGHT side of things, convention delegates... thousands of them... will select the Party's candidates for AG and SoS (the gubernatorial nominee s selected by both parties via primary). Over on the LEFT its up to the UAW. No. Hyperbole aside. Seriously.
It appears the Dems have already selected their AG nominee. Despite her connection to a massive Bureau of Elections investigation into serious campaign finance irregularities stemming from the 2006 election, state Senator Gretchen Whitmer all but has that spot sewed up.
John Cherry is the man with all of the Big Labor backing in the race to follow Jennifer Granholm at the state Capitol. Barring a huge electoral shocker, that just leaves holes in two places. MDP still needs a nominee for Secretary of State and he or she simply must be black. Not Hispanic. Not Asian. Not Jewish or Indian or Arab. Black. Because quotas are cool, apparently.
No matter how you cut that cake, though, there isn't much excitement left in the selection process for Democratic activists. Quite simply, they have no input.
QUITE the contrary over at the Michigan Republican Party. This weekend, aside from the technical work of officially selecting Ambassador Ron Weiser to be the next Party Chairman, picking various vice chairs and other Party positions, the activists and volunteers and normal, average working moms and dads from across the state will have a chance to get a good long look at more than a couple of handfuls worth of candidates.
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