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    On The Upside - Part Deux

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:11:49 AM EST
    Tags: Leroy Fick, Lottery, Food Stamps, Welfare, Government, Human Services, Abuse (all tags)

    Today the state starts looking at those poor disaffected lottery winners.
    ""If you're going to ... try to make me feel bad, you aren't going to do it. It ain't going to happen," he said."


    COMMITTEE: Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    TIME: 3:00 p.m.

    Room 210, Farnum Building 125 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933


    SB 711 Sen. Moolenaar Gaming; lottery; lottery winners; require lottery bureau to share names with certain other state agencies.

    SB 712 Sen. Green Human services; services or financial assistance; eligibility for public assistance; prohibit for certain lottery winners.

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    Snyder Budget: $900 Million To Illegal Aliens

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 20, 2011 at 02:48:24 AM EST
    Tags: Rick Snyder, Illegal Aliens, $900M of Your Taxes, Sanctuary Cities, Our Northern Border, Citizens, Lottery (all tags)

    Folks, if you would be so kind, look over Governor Snyder's MiDashboard for me.  Somehow, in its claimed enhanced accountability of Lansing, I didn't see a button for this.

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told an audience of Hispanic business leaders that the state doesn't need an immigration enforcement law like the one causing controversy in Arizona.

    Snyder told members of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Thursday in Detroit that such a law would "encourage a divisive atmosphere."

    Well, there you go again.  Divisive?  Rick, we need to talk...

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    A Michigan Smoking Ban Protest

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 01:17:58 PM EST
    Tags: Smoking Ban, Lottery (all tags)

    I did something on Monday night that I have not done in probably close to two years; I went down to the corner bar, sat on a stool, and ordered a beer. That night I also did something for the first time in my entire life; I went down to the corner bar, sat on a stool, ordered a beer, and breathed smoke free air.

    It has been over six weeks since Michigan's ban on smoking in most bars and restaurants took effect, and I have to admit it was nice sitting there without the smoke entering my lungs and permeating my clothing.

    It was not so nice for the cook or the bartender, who can no longer smoke on the job, or for the business owner whose revenues are off about twenty percent since the ban started.

    (3 comments, 581 words in story) Full Story

    Feelin lucky? Well.. Are ya Punks?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 01:05:06 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, MEA, Nofs, Kahn, Richardville, Lottery, Charter Schools, K-12, Education (all tags)

    Ok.. maybe that's the way our state would like to continue the dialogue..  With reform stalled in the Senate, the legislators have gone home to their districts.  School pension reform could mean that a $118 cut per K-12 pupil would not happen for the 2011 school year. Per CapCon..

    A K-12 school aid budget recently passed by the Michigan Senate would use the savings from this plan to maintain the current year's per-pupil funding for Michigan's school districts. But without pension reform, the Senate funding plan would require a $118 per student cut for fiscal 2011.

    The stall however is in the Republican controlled senate, where an unholy alliance of certain republicans and the MEA has logjammed any forward progress.


    (2 comments, 767 words in story) Full Story

    Yeah! And Where Are My Lottery Winnings?

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 12:58:56 PM EST
    Tags: lawsuits, lawyers, lottery, raffle (all tags)

    Just when you thought every ridiculous lawsuit had already been filed, along comes Luther D. McCaskill with his attorney, Tracie Gittleman.

    Apparently, McCaskill came unglued when he learned that his children had not been selected in the lottery used to select the incoming 2009-10 kindergarten class at Highmeadow Common Campus Elementary School in the Farmington Public Schools. His claim, according to the Detroit News, is that the ballots were never shaken (or stirred, presumably), and that all selections were made "off the top" without reaching into the middle or the bottom.

    McCaskill and Gittleman want the Oakland County Circuit Court to issue an injunction voiding the previous lottery and requiring the school district to have a do-over.

    Let's all applaud this noble effort and ponder the lessons Mr. McCaskill and his lawyer are teaching the McCaskill children:

    1. Never accept any decision you don't like.

    2. If you lose at a random drawing or a competition, it's not chance -- the fix was in!

    3. If you experience adversity, don't try to make the best of things.

    4. Always make sure your first resort is a lawsuit! (Okay, as a lawyer, I actually sort of agree with this one).

    I once represented a couple that tried to raffle their house. The tickets clearly said, "X tickets must be sold or there will be no raffle" or words to that effect. Well, X tickets were not sold, so they refunded everyone's money. One ticket buyer didn't want his money back, however; he wanted the house. So he sued, asking the court to require the couple to have the raffle, even if his was the only ticket in it.

    The court rightly threw that guy out on his ear, which is exactly what should happen with McCaskill. As for Ms. Gittleman, she should spend some time learning why attorneys are referred to as "counselors."

    And oh yeah, I want the last lottery drawing done over!

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