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Gilbert Weighs Launching '2020 No-Fault Auto Insurance Ballot Initiative Question

Asked if he's considering launching a petition drive to put initiative legislation on the 2020 ballot to reform no-fault auto insurance, Quicken Loans Chair Dan GILBERT told MIRS today, "Every option should be on the table to ensure we get the kind of reform that lowers rates and makes our cities and state more competitive."

Gilbert, a prominent Michigan developer, made the comment in an emailed statement, prompted by questions about a rumored petition drive.

"Michigan drivers pay the highest rates in the nation -- literally thousands of dollars more annually than across the border in Ohio, primarily, because Michigan is the only state in the nation where drivers are mandated to carry wasteful medical coverage on their auto insurance plan when they already are covered under their health insurance plan," he stated. "Additionally, the law also allows medical services and procedures to be billed at obscene rates when the medical coverage is being paid for by the auto insurance plans," he stated.

The idea drew a variety of reactions.

"The devil is always in the details," said Laura WOTRUBA, spokesperson for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. ". . . We would have to actually see what would be in the language."

"We have gone down this path before with insurance-backed ballot initiatives back in 1992 and '94 which the voters resoundingly rejected," said John CORNACK, President of the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN).

"We need to do whatever it takes to lower auto insurance rates and help Michigan families make ends meet," said House Speaker Tom LEONARD (R-DeWitt). "The current system is broken and needs serious reform. I have always been open to any plan that provides real rate relief for Michigan drivers."

Pete KUHNMUENCH, executive director of the Insurance Alliance of Michigan, said he thinks it "demonstrates the frustration" people have with the lack of action on the part of the legislature. A ballot proposal would be "quite a large undertaking," but it would just be an up or down vote on whatever plan is submitted, he noted.

"Hopefully, you get a better product through the legislative process," he said.

Rep. Lana THEIS (R-Brighton), chair of the House Insurance Committee, agreed with Gilbert that every option "should be considered 'on the table,'" but she said she would prefer a legislative fix.

Gilbert indicated he would too, actually.

"Every day we wait is a day too long. There is an important election just weeks ahead, and we are hopeful that it will bring in leaders committed to delivering real reform and relief for all drivers in the state of Michigan," Gilbert said in his statement.

Gilbert is the founder of Quicken Loans as well as Rock Ventures LLC, which is the umbrella entity for his businesses. He often gets credit for helping to revive the city of Detroit by moving his companies to central business district there, where they now own more than 100 properties and employ more than 17,000 people.

His frustration with no-fault shows in his statement.

"In essence, a handful of unscrupulous plaintiff lawyers have gamed a system by literally legislating that Michigan drivers purchase car insurance at astronomical rates because of the compulsory provisions they have persuaded the legislatures to maintain in the current auto insurance law," he stated. "Next to auto insurance reform, there are few if any steps our leaders in Lansing could take that would have more of an immediate, positive impact on the pocketbooks of the majority of Michigan citizens."

But Theis noted that the insurance code is "many hundreds of pages long and extremely complicated," so she sees a reform by initiative as unlikely.

"If this were going to be addressed at the ballot, it would likely ask for a yes or no vote on the full repeal of auto no-fault. Based on my discussions at the doors over the last few months, such a measure would pass," Theis said.

Wotruba said that ballot proposals "can get written a little sloppy sometimes." Her hospital association in the past has opposed proposals to get rid of the lifetime unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) now mandated in no-fault law.

"For the hospitals, a lot of times we are the first point of contact for a patient who has sustained serious injuries in an auto accident. So our patients are our number one concern in this. That could be short term care or it could be long term care if the injuries are catastrophic," she said. "In any of these proposals, our litmus test for evaluating where we are going to be on those is, 'Is the care for that patient that they might need protected?'

"And it can vary from proposal to proposal . . . The other litmus test is, does it actually deliver rate relief to drivers? Sometimes they're crafted and the talking point is that they do, but when you are looking at the information, it doesn't."

Cornack said CPAN already has a plan out there that would address the problem.

"We have put forth a comprehensive and well thought-out reform package known as the Fair and Affordable Package that can, and should, be used for legislative reforms that are necessary to improve and reduce auto insurance premiums for Michigan drivers. This includes cost containment, effective rate regulation including use of non-driving rating factors and transparency of state's insurance industry and regulatory system," Cornack stated.

Kuhnmuench said he'd have to know what was in the proposal before he could say whether his Insurance Alliance would endorse it. But the keys points insurers want to see included in any reform is choice for drivers in the level of their PIP coverage, anti-fraud measures and a fee schedule for medical services.

"Clearly, what we have on the books is a creature of the legislature and I think the legislature ought to fix it. In our view, we have a broken, outdated no fault system. It was implemented by the legislature and it can be fixed by the legislature," he said.

He said he believed the 1992 ballot question was a very similar proposal, providing PIP choice and a fee schedule.

"We're kind of talking about the same thing over and over again decades later," he said.
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) has solely endorsed Scott Dianda (D) to be the next State Senator for the 38th District (the 12 Western Counties of the U.P.) over his Republican opponent.

Thank you Scott Dianda for standing up for our 2nd Amendment rights!!!
Donate at his website; www.scottdianda.com/

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No Sign Of Organized Opposition To Proposal 2 Or Proposal 3

The constitutional amendment that would revamp how the state redraws its legislative lines doesn't appear to have drawn any organized opposition advocating its defeat on the November ballot.

Proposal 2, backed by Voters Not Politicians (VNP), has been criticized all around by the likes of the Michigan Republican Party (MRP), the Michigan Freedom Fund (MFF), the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and other Republicans.

Yet unlike the marijuana legalization proposal, VNP's redistricting proposal has yet to draw a similar organized effort to urge a “no” vote on Prop 2.

The same appears to go for Proposal 3, the voting access amendment backed by the ACLU, NAACP and League of Women Voters of Michigan. No organized opposition has formed against it and the usual suspects aren't planning anything imminent.

A ballot committee called "Protect My Vote" did file a challenge to Promote the Vote's petitions. That same group paid for this video calling for a “no” vote on Prop 2, which appears affiliated with the MFF based on the disclaimer at the end of the ad.

MFF Executive Director Tony DAUNT said while his group is opposed to Prop 2 and Prop 3, he typically doesn't discuss strategy moving forward. He noted there's "interest" among some folks to launch a “no” campaign, but said there needs to be more than just interest. To his knowledge, that hasn't come together at this point.

The Chamber fought the VNP proposal all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) and lost. Rich STUDLEY, president and CEO of the Chamber, had already announced his group wouldn't fight it further during the general election campaign (See "Chamber Not Planning Or Leading 'Vote No On All' Campaign," 8/17/18).

And while the MRP will continue to "educate our members on why these initiatives are wrong for Michigan," the party won't be putting any money into it or organizing any opposition ballot committees, said MRP spokesperson Sarah ANDERSON.

Anderson also said the MRP also wouldn't be formally fighting against Prop 3, and Studley said the Chamber hasn't taken a position on it one way or another, and there's no plans to do so.

Meanwhile, the VNP campaign held court with reporters today and featured three Republicans who support the redistricting proposal, including former GOP House Speaker Rick JOHNSON.

The other Republicans were former lawmakers Mickey KNIGHT and Bill BOBIER, and former Democratic lawmaker Barb BYRUM rounded out the panel. All four of them endorsed Prop 2.

Johnson, when asked if he thinks gerrymandering contributes to partisanship, said today, "Oh, hell yes. Absolutely."

"We need change," Johnson said, explaining why he endorses Proposal 2, adding later, "this country and this state can't continue down the road we're on right now because we're all going to be broke. Real simple. There won't be a legitimate unit of government that can stand this stuff that's going on."

Johnson's name appeared alongside fellow Republican and Proposal 2 supporter Joe SCHWARZ on a recent Detroit News editorial backing the constitutional amendment, noting the late U.S. Sen. John McCAIN also supported ending gerrymandered districts.

VNP's first ad mentioned the likes of former President Ronald REAGAN and ran on FOX News (See "First Pro-Redistricting Ad Runs On Fox News, Quotes Reagan," 7/24/18).

Polling commissioned by MIRS found Prop 2 sitting at 43 percent support, with 34 percent undecided (See "Prop 2 Leading, Still Under 50%; 34% Undecided," 9/18/18).

While 64 percent of Democrats support it, 34 percent of Republicans approve of it and 39 percent of GOP voters don't.
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Here is #TheTRUTH about the effort; "National Popular Vote - Interstate Compact"!!!

Why would Michigan Republicans support this effort,...especially right BEFORE the 2020 re-election of our President - Donald Trump!!!???


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While we resist Donald Trump, we also need to make sure our democracy doesn't ever again elect a candidate who loses the popular vote. We must make the electoral college irrelevant. And we can. This week Connecticut became the latest state to push for a popular vote system. More states must join. Please help spread the word.
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"Smart Meters" have increased electric bills for some people, other folks have experienced severe health problems like headaches, heart issues and insomnia,....but unlike 18 other states,...Michigan Legislators refuse to pass Gary Glenn's sponsored "Meter Choice Bill" - HB 4220 because of the power the two utility companies (DTE and Consumers Energy) have over Lansing!!!

Call your State Rep. AND your State Senator and tell them to pass HB 4220,...now before the Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 2018 general election;

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Two Experts: MI Hits 4M Voter Turnout In November

Former state Elections Director Chris THOMAS said he thinks more than 4 million people are going to show up to vote this November. That would be a first for a midterm general election, he said.

But Mark GREBNER, of Practical Political Consulting, heard that number and decided to call and raise - he's projecting 4.2 million come out to vote in November.

Thomas said the typical turnout in a midterm general election is in the neighborhood of 3.2 million. Grebner put the range between 2.8 million to 3.2 million.

But in 2006, in what Thomas said was a bit of a national wave for Democrats, voter turnout in Michigan rose to 3.8 million.

He based the 4 million voter prediction off what he saw in the August primary, which the Secretary of State (SOS) said set a new record with 2.2 million people voting (See “Absentees Tracking Toward Record Primary Turnout,” 8/1/18).

Thomas pointed to Oakland County, which he said usually has about 193,000 people show up for a primary. This year, it was around 320,000, something Thomas called “significant.”

If the state reaches 3.8 or 4 million voters, it'll reach presidential election turnout numbers from the 80s and 90s, Thomas said.

Grebner -- who predicted 1.85 million people would show up in this past August primary -- said if the same midterm election turnout from 2006 showed up again this year, it'd actually be 3.9 million, when adjusted for population and voter age.

“It wouldn't take much to get you to 4, 4.1, 4.2 even. OK, let's go crazy. Let's say 4.2. I'll top Chris Thomas,” Grebner said, citing in part increasing number of people registering to vote.
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CALL TO ACTION - Call Chairman Ron Weiser and tell him to fund the campaign's of Attorney General - Tom Leonard and Secretary of State - Mary Treder Lang from the funds he has raised as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party;

Phone; 517-487-5413
Email him at; rweiser@migop.org
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Republican Consultant Believes GOP Ticket 'In Trouble'

Republican political consultant John YOB of Strategic National said today the top of the Michigan Republican Party's ticket in 2018 is "in trouble" and its candidates are going to have a "very difficult" time winning "whether Donald TRUMP comes to Michigan or not."

He told the Off The Record panel that gubernatorial nominee Bill SCHUETTE will lose to Gretchen WHITMER. The only question is whether it will be by single or double digits. U.S. Senate candidate John JAMES will likely fall to U.S. Sen. Debbie STABENOW (D-Delta Twp.) by a larger margin.

Yob represented Sandy PENSLER, who lost to James, and Brian CALLEY, who lost to Schuette, in the primaries.

He didn't predict that Pensler would have won, but he would've matched up better with Stabenow because of his personal wealth. Calley, he said, likewise had a wider avenue to win against Whitmer, but that it still would have been difficult.

Two months before the actual vote, Yob concludes the national environment is not good for Republicans and Schuette would be better to center his message on state issues like roads and auto insurance rates, as opposed to nationalizing the campaign.

He sees James as having "star potential," but that it's being wasted in a run against the three-term incumbent.

The one-time consultant to presidential candidates John McCAIN, Rand PAUL and Rick SANTORUM sized up the race in Michigan coming down to one key voting block: "The swing votes are suburban females, or better known as soccer moms."

And with that group, he said he thinks Schuette is on the wrong message.

"I know what he is trying to do by running commercials on human sex trafficking," but he doesn't think those females will vote for Schuette just because of that. And on Schuette's attempt to link Whitmer to former Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM, "I don't think that helps. I'm not in love with that strategy," he said.

He revealed for the first time that early on, before he signed on with Calley's campaign for governor, he was approached by Schuette to be his chief campaign strategist. Yob said no because of his friendship with Calley and Gov. Rick [SNYDER] and he thought even then that Schuette would struggle during a Democratic year.

Yob did not apologize for advising Calley to hitch his election wagon to the part-time legislative proposal, which he felt has strong grassroots support but was strongly opposed "by the establishment."

He reported that as a last-ditch effort to save the PTL petition drive, the campaign sent out roughly 500,000 letters, not the 100,000 reported in the media, and got 40-50,000 signatures back.

He said the campaign neared the 315,000 signatures needed to make the ballot but didn't have the padding to withstand any legal challenges, so the signatures were not submitted to the Secretary of State.

Yob listed three general election clients — Attorney General nominee Tom LEONARD, 11th Congressional candidate Lena EPSTEIN and U.S. Rep. Jack BERGMAN (R-Watersmeet).

He predicted Leonard would "be the firewall" for Republicans to protect against Democrats winning more races.

"Dana NESSEL is the weakest, worst and most dangerous" liberal candidate for the Democrats to run for the AG's post, he said. He added that control of the state House by Republicans "is at risk," but the R's have an advantage in keeping control of the Senate.

During the Overtime segment, Yob said he sees Republican-nominated Justice Elizabeth CLEMENT as making it in November despite her giving some GOP activists heartburn for her votes on cases involving guns and redistricting.

For the other slot, he said he believes the attention being given to U.S. Supreme Court appointee Brett KAVANAUGH will carry over and help Democratic-nominated candidate Megan CAVANAGH.
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No Panel Vote Taken On National Popular Vote Issue

Michigan would join a compact of states that would automatically give their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationally under legislation, discussed today but not voted on in Senate and House committees this morning.

Supporters of the bill dominated the testimony at the hearings. No one representing opposition to the bill testified.

Over in the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee, after most of the testimony had concluded, Sen. Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake) asked committee Chair Sen. David ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc) why he wasn't having the committee take a vote.

"I think it's beyond the capacity of human thought to accurately predict what the outcome of such a change would be, but I've heard very little argument against the fact that what's currently existing just doesn't seem correct," Shirkey said. "This provides a way for states to preserve their outcomes ultimately yet tests an idea that will allow maybe a different process to engage more voters.

"So, I'm revealing my prejudice on this particular issue and asking you, sir . . . I'm not quite sure why we would wait to vote," Shirkey concluded.

Robertson's response was short and straight forward.

"We're waiting to vote because it's my discretion to call for it," the Grand Blanc Republican said.

If Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1117 were enacted, Michigan would join the National Popular Vote Compact, which already includes 11 states and the District of Columbia. If the compact reached a point where the total Electoral votes of states that had joined it equaled 270 or more, the states in the compact would be committed to earmark all of their Electoral votes for whichever presidential candidate won the national popular vote (See "National Popular Vote Compact Trying To Win Over GOP Post Trump," 3/13/17).

Sen. David HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), the sponsor of Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1117, told the committee that his legislation has nothing to do with changing the U.S. Constitution or getting rid of the Electoral College and that there was a lot of time and thought behind his support for the measure.

"I've spent the last eight-to-10 years delving into this issue," Hildenbrand said. "This would enter Michigan into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Nothing would change until states equaling 270 or more Electoral votes enter the compact."

"I got tired of hearing about battleground states," Hildenbrand continued. "I just think it makes sense to say every vote counts."

Former California lawmaker Ray HAYNES told the committee that possibly the best speech he ever made in his career was against the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. However, he ultimately changed his mind partly due to his experience as a backer of George W. BUSH in 2000.

"Basically, Karl ROVE told us: 'Thanks for all the money guys (the approximately $70 million we had sent) but we're abandoning California and spending it in Florida," Haynes recalled. "In my opinion it was right for the campaign, but bad for California."

Haynes said that of the lawmakers who have sponsored legislation to join the National Popular Vote Compact in various states around the nation, 156 have been Republicans and 162 have been Democrats.

"Most people think the person who gets the most votes deserves to win the election," Haynes said. "The founders left it up to the states to decide how they determine their Electoral votes because they couldn't agree about how it should be done."

Haynes also argued that many voters, such as Republicans in California, don't bother to turn out on Election Day because they sense that their votes won't make any difference, but if every vote nationally counted equally, they'd be more likely to turn out.

"Voter turnout was 10 percent higher in battleground states," he said.

In addition, Haynes asserted that the compact ultimately keeps the states in control over their Electoral vote process and election laws.

In response to a question posed by Robertson, Vermont State Senator Chris PEARSON said his main problem with the current system is with the winner-takes-all provisions that the vast majority of states have. He also presented a brief history of the various ways states have determined how their Electoral votes were to be cast since the founding of the United States.

"Now we're in a situation where roughly 35 states are more or less taken for granted every presidential election," Pearson summed up. "Could we really imagine the founders being satisfied that 35 states have the power of awarding their own electors and they are continuing to basically make themselves irrelevant?"

Hillsdale College professor Gary WOLFRAM testified in favor of Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1117, stating that he -- like Haynes -- had initially opposed joining the National Popular Vote Compact, but had since changed his mind.

"Of 399 general election presidential campaign events in the 2016 election, 94 percent of those were in 12 states," Wolfram pointed out.

As it turns out Congress pays more attention to these "fly-over" states when setting policy and budget allocations, testifiers told the House Elections and Ethics Committee today as it considered a bill to join the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6322, sponsored by Rep. Tim KELLY (R-Saginaw), also would have Michigan join the compact. If enough states join, the state would award its electoral college votes to whomever wins the popular vote nationwide. Currently, those electoral college votes go to whomever wins the popular statewide. No Constitutional amendment is necessary and if the state later decides it doesn't like how the system works, it can withdraw from the compact.

"I feel as through from my chair's position that there is pretty good support in committee so I think our plan will be to eventually pass it out of committee," Elections and Ethics Committee Chair Aaron MILLER (R-Sturgis) said after the hearing. "There are not guarantees. All bets are off. There is not a master plan."

Miller anticipates a committee vote in the end of September or early October.

"A national popular vote has never been tried, so it is something that is completely unknown, completely theoretical. It is crystal ball stuff. So given that, I have a little bit of apprehension, given that it's new. But I have looked into the issue enough . . . (and it) became clear to me, I believe this will be a good option, even though it has never been tried. I think I will be a good option for Michigan."

Kelly said battleground states now tend to be favored by presidents and the candidates who curry their votes.

"Right now battleground states get the majority of federal funds and in lots of cases they drive federal policy, and that would change the dynamic of how we operate," Kelly contends, if enough states join the compact.

Rep. Adam ZEMKE (D-Ann Arbor) reports that he originally wanted to introduce this proposal because he feels it would give Michigan more relevance instead of often being relegated to a fly-over state.

"I would like to strengthen our influence," he said, noting that had this system been in place Hillary CLINTON would have the title of president in front of her name. "That's one thing, but the popular vote would be good so that all states would have influence," he said.

Miller disputed that last point in committee discussion. It's hard to predict the future and no one has a crystal ball, he said. But if the rules on how electoral votes are awarded are changed, it would change how presidential candidates play the game. They'll campaign differently.

He contended the national popular vote proposal would make all voters ballots count nationally.
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Come on Lansing,...get SOMETHING DONE for us, the People of Michigan!!! Sen. Patrick Colbeck's floor speech, Wednesday, 9-5-18;

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=akhIM3oB-t0Over the past 17 months, I supplemented my office hours with quite a few events where I had the opportunity to talk with every day citizens throughout our state. So, when the MI Senate returned to have session on Wednesday, I was surprised to see that the policy issues before us under Republican leadership were a Minimum Wage Hike and Paid Sick Leave proposal. Neither of these topics had been broached during my discussions with citizens over all that time. I found that the priorities of MI Citizens are fixing the roads, lowering the cost of auto insurance, lowering taxes, improving education, and reining in the out of control power of utilities. I took to the floor of the MI Senate to highlight this discrepancy in priorities.
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Straight-Ticket Voting Off November Ballot Following Appeals Court Ruling

The straight-ticket voting box won't be appearing on Michigan's Nov. 6 general election ballots, a federal court ruled late this evening.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Secretary of State Ruth JOHNSON's motion to stay a federal District Court judge's ruling that would have struck down Public Act (PA) 268 -- a Republican-led Legislature ban on straight-ticket voting (See "Straight Ticket Elimination Bill Signed Into Law," 1/5/16.)

Johnson applauded the sixth circuit for making its decision in time for clerks to prepare their ballots, while giving her office time to inform voters of the change.

"Michigan now joins more than 40 other states in which voters choose the person instead of the party. For too long, important ballot questions and nonpartisan offices, including judges of all types, were skipped over by people who marked a straight ticket thinking they had voted their full ballot."

"The district court's opinion is extensive, but its underpinnings are quite weak," Circuit Judge Danny BOGGS wrote in the majority's opinion. "… The district court's decision rests almost entirely on conclusions about the practical effect of require individual consideration of each office . . .

"The irreparable harm to voters in taking what would be at most very small additional time to register their choices, an additional time largely within the control of the voter, is very small," he added.

Circuit Judge Bernice Bouie DONALD dissented, saying the majority's "conclusion, no matter how finely parsed nor eloquently written, ignores the 150 years of shameful and painful history of disenfranchisement, suppression, and dilution of African-American voters and the overt and covert mechanisms used to achieve that object."

"It also ignores the fact that Michigan began efforts to dismantle this practice immediately after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, whose very purpose was to outlaw discrimination and to increase participation by African Americans in American history," she wrote. "Voter disenfranchisement, suppression, and oppression of African Americans is woven into the fabric of America."

District Court Judge Gershwin DRAIN found PA 268 unconstitutional because it would lengthen lines and increase wait times for all voters, as well as discriminate against African-American voters, as they vote a straight-ticket at higher rates than other demographics and frequently vote for Democratic candidates. (See "Federal Judge Stops Michigan From Eliminating Straight-Ticket Voting," 8/1/18.)

Drain ruled that voting individually for each of the estimated 18 partisan offices would take a voter three additional minutes, but Boggs said that 3-minute increase "is essentially pulled out of the air."

Drain denied the state's request for stay his ruling, prompting the appeal to the Sixth Circuit. (See "Judge Denies State's Request To Stay Injunction Over Straight-Ticket Voting," 8/24/18.)

The appeals court said that many states have banned straight-ticket voting in recent years and "the alleged evils of eliminating Michigan's straight-ticket voting system seem unlikely to outweigh the ability of a state to make public policy choice common among all 50 states."

Judge Raymond KETHLEDGE joined Boggs, writing separately that he shares the District Court's "desire to strike down every law" with the aim of reducing African-American turnout at the polls, but he disagrees that PA 268 "is one of them."

"That law, known as PA 268, simply requires voters to choose candidates for each office individually, rather than vote for a party slate en masse," he noted. ". . .Where the District Court was most clearly mistaken, I respectfully submit, was in equating partisan motives with racial ones . . .

"On this record, then, the remedy for anyone unhappy with PA 268 is not another constitutional ruling from the federal courts. The remedy instead is to wait the extra 20 minutes or so (according to the District Court's estimate) in line at the polls, and then vote to turn out the state legislators who supported the law," Kethledge wrote.
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CALL 517-373-6339 and ask to be connected to your State Rep. AND State Senator,...tell them to pass the "Meter Choice" bill, HB 4220,...BEFORE the Nov. 6th election, or you will not vote for them!!! (DO IT, AND THEN SHARE)

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Make a real Fiscal Conservative, a true fighter for We the People in Michigan, the next State Senator for the 38th District (in the Western U.P.) ,...VOTE FOR SCOTT DIANDA ON Tuesday, November 6th, 2018!!! (PLEASE SHARE)

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Detroit,..."What the heck do you have to lose",...REALLY???!!!

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BOE Recommends Certifying Promote The Vote Petitions

The Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) recommends the Board of State Canvassers (BSC) certify the Promote the Vote petitions, which included the names of six deceased individuals and a character from a television show.

In a report released today, the BOE says it estimates the petition contains 321,755 valid signatures.

The BSC will consider the petitions at its 10 a.m. Sept. 6 meeting at Delta Charter Township Hall,7710 W. Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

The Secretary of State (SOS) expanded its review of the voting rights ballot proposal after an initial review of 500 sample signatures indicated there wasn't enough signatures to either recommend approval or denial. (See “SOS Will Expand Scrutiny Of Voting Rights Amendment Petition,” 8/14/18.)

On its second review, the SOS randomly sampled an additional 3,299 signatures -- for a total of 3,799 -- and concluded that the random samples from both reviews correlates to a confidence level of 98.25 percent - an improvement of more than 18 percentage points compared to the first-stage sample result.

Of the combined signatures reviewed, the staff found some had jurisdiction and address errors as well as date errors and duplications. Among the 358 signatures found that were not registered to vote, six were from individuals who died between 2012 and 2017, and whose voter registrations were canceled before the petition was placed in circulation, according to the report.

One signature in the “not registered” category, included the “signature” of Dwight Schrute - a fictional character on the television show The Office. According to Michigan voter rolls, there is no such voter in Michigan.
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Whitmer Heavy Favorite According To Lansing Insiders

In a flash survey conducted this week of MIRS subscribers, 63.9 percent of 413 survey respondents said they believe Democratic nominee former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen WHITMER will prevail in November and be elected the state's next governor but were split over who would serve as the next Attorney General.

The survey question only included the two major party candidates. In the head-to-head, Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE netted 18.8 percent of the vote. Some 17 percent were undecided.

Perhaps the most interesting result is MIRS readers' take on the race for Michigan Attorney General, where they split with 41.02 percent saying Speaker Tom LEONARD (R-DeWitt) would win and 41.02 percent saying Democratic nominee Dana NESSEL would prevail. A total of 17.9 percent said they were undecided.

Insiders also see Whitmer's key issue “just fix the damn roads” as a clear winner over Schuette's oft-repeated call to roll back the “Granholm tax hike.”

Participants were asked: If the gubernatorial campaign comes down to a referendum on the issues the candidates espouse most, will a rollback of the income tax rate or fix the roads prevail?

A total of 75.5 percent of those participating said the roads issue will prevail compared to 13.5 percent who said they felt the income tax rollback would prevail. A total of 11 percent were undecided.

MIRS also asked readers whether President Donald TRUMP's legal issues (conviction of Paul MANAFORT and guilty plea of Michael COHEN) would hurt Schuette since the Attorney General had tied himself so tightly to the president during primary. A majority of 51.9 percent said yes, it will cost the GOP nominee votes. 32.8 percent said no, and 15.2 percent were undecided.

Only 30.2 percent of readers felt Trump coming to Michigan would help Schuette, with 51.3 percent saying it wouldn't and 18.4 percent undecided. If former President Barack OBAMA were to come in and campaign for Whitmer, 64.7 percent said it would be a help, 23.6 percent said it would not help and 11.5 percent were undecided.
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Leonard Wins AG Race As Fractured GOP Pushes Unity

House Speaker Tom LEONARD withstood a late charge from Sen. Tonya SCHUITMAKER to win the Republicans' Attorney General nomination at today's convention in Lansing.

Leonard, 37, and Schuitmaker, 50, both aggressively sought the support of party conservatives, but Leonard ended up with 56 percent of the convention vote before Schuitmaker took the stage to concede and moved that a unanimous ballot be cast for Leonard.

Leonard recruited right-wing rock star Ted NUGENT to campaign for him at his Friday pre-convention party and Schuitmaker supporters referenced independent rankings that showed she had a more conservative legislative voting record.

Leonard's early support within the party's grassroots proved too much for Schuitmaker, who benefited from a late push from those who saw Schuitmaker as having a better shot at beating Democrat Dana NESSEL.

"I want to congratulate Sen. Schuitmaker for a hard-fought race. She's been an incredible partner in the Legislature. Now is the time for every Republican to unite around our entire ticket," said Leonard during a convention themed "Results not resistance."

Eastern Michigan University Trustee Mary TREDER LANG easily won the Secretary of State nomination over Michigan State University Professor Joseph GUZMAN, 75 to 25 percent, a race all but decided after heavy favorite Stan GROT dropped out last week.

The only other contested race saw anti-Common Core candidate Tami CALONE and incumbent Dr. Richard ZEILE win the two nominating slots over incumbent Eileen WEISER-supported Ida BYRD HILL by a reported two votes.

The official convention results were suspended for nearly an hour while MRP officials triple checked to make sure Zeile did, indeed, edge Hill based on the party's proportional voting formula.

Mike MILLER and Dave DUTCH won the Michigan State University Board of Trustees nominations without opposition as did University of Michigan incumbents Andrew RICHNER and Andrea Fischer NEWMAN and Wayne State University Governors Diane DUNASKISS and David NICHOLSON.

The nominations highlighted a well-attended and efficiently run convention during which Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY and Gov. Rick SNYDER Chief of Staff Dick POSTHUMUS urged delegates to unify behind 2018 gubernatorial nominee Bill SCHUETTE.

"I really need you to suck it up," a freshly bearded Calley told delegates during his quick four-minute speech.

But while Lieutenant Governor nominee Lisa Posthumus LYONS was warmly embraced, despite her critical comments of then-presidential nominee Donald TRUMP in 2016, Supreme Court Justice pick Beth CLEMENT was not.

Her nomination was noticeably booed from the floor and the vote for her nomination yielded clearly more "nays" than "yays," but new, constrictive convention rules prevented any real challenges from the floor.

The crowd stayed respectably quiet during Snyder's video address. The state's out-going chief executive did not make an appearance at the convention and has still not reached out to Schuette since his primary victory, the nominee confirmed to media today. Schuette tried to downplay that detail.

"I want to express, from the outset, our appreciation for the work he and Lt. Gov. Calley have done. We were on life support. We were on the mat. Now we have rebounded," Schuette told reporters.

Schuette added his appreciation to Snyder and First Lady Sue SNYDER for their work on behalf of sexual assault survivors.

Lyons was immediately asked her opinion on the criminal prosecution of Snyder's Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick LYON for decisions he made in the midst of the Flint water crisis - the crux of the public rift between Snyder and Schuette.

"I'm not commenting on the prosecution. I'm not go there. I'm not going to politicize the Flint water crisis the way Democrats have. I have no comment on that. I'm concerned about clean and healthy drinking water for everyone in Michigan," she said.

So did the Republicans walk away from today's convention unified?

After seeing 2,112 delegates and numerous alternates at today's convention, MRP Chair Ron WEISER said, "We're seeing enthusiasm level claimed by the Dems equaled by the Republicans. (People) like what's going on with the economy in Michigan. Certainly, they like what is going on with the economy nationally. Republicans are doing what they said they were going to do. Keeping their word."

- Schuette was optimistic: "We're going to have a united Republican Party. We're going to win this."

- Former National Committeeman Dave AGEMA grinned at the question before saying, "Somewhat."

- Former Rep. Amanda PRICE said, "I think we are unified. There are wounds, but we will get there. It's a process."

- Board of Education member Tom McMILLIN, who nominated both Leonard and Calone on the convention floor, said, "I think so. I think the Democrats are overplaying their hand by going too far left."

- MPR 13th Congressional District Chair, Dave DUDENHOEFER, wasn't buying it, saying the Republicans have 150,000 votes to make up from the August primary and the "homogenized" candidates that delegates are being presented with is the "same ol' same ol'."

"From the delegates I'm talking to, they're not inspired. We're being told, 'Vote for us because the other team sucks worse' and that message is getting old."

He wants to see candidates who will defend citizens' constitutional rights and individual liberties and he's not seeing it with this year's crew.

Delegates Back Wilder, Reluctantly Nominate Clement

The Michigan Republican Party (MRP) tried to keep the Supreme Court nominations of both Supreme Court Justice Beth CLEMENT and Kurtis WILDER as low-key as possible given Clement's recent rulings in which she formed a functionable majority on the high Court with Justice David VIVIANO and the court's two Democratic-nominated justices (See "Conservative Activists Fishing For Clement Alternatives," 8/1/18).

Boos overwhelmed the Lansing Center floor when Cass County Prosecutor Vic FITZ nominated Clement for the post. He attempted to settle the crowd by talking about her experience with former Senate Majority Leader Mike BISHOP and Republican Gov. Rick SNYDER.

But when the presiding officer Jase BOLGER took the voice vote on accepting Clement and Justice Kurtis WILDER's nomination an audibly louder number of "nays" came from the floor than "yeas." Bolger gaveled through the nomination anyway of the two Snyder appointees, who are were going to appear on the ballot anyway given their incumbency designation.

"It was clear that the overwhelming majority of delegates see right through her lip services to rule of law, conservative jurisprudence," said Tony DAUNT of the Michigan Freedom Fund. "In the split cases she participated in, she voted with (Justice Bridget) McCORMACK and (Justice Richard) BERNSTEIN 70 percent of the time. It should surprise nobody that the delegates would react negatively to the endorsement that was forced upon them."

An alternative choice could have been nominated from the floor with two-thirds support of delegates, but none was offered.

Unlike every other candidate seeking a convention nomination, neither Clement nor Wilder appeared on stage during the process and neither were seen working the convention.

Clement and Wilder did appear at the end of the convention when the entire Republican ticket was called to the stage amid the song, "Give me some lovin'." She and Wilder ducked into the post-convention press conference, but Clement quickly left before reporters could get to her and Wilder declined comment.

Clement was the target of a pamphlet handed out to delegates by the "Michigan Oak Initiative" that tied the Justice to the redistricting reform ballot proposal that likely will be Proposal 2 this fall. The "Voters Not Politicians" petition was legally challenged earlier this summer, but Clement ruled with the majority that it could appear on the ballot (See "Viviano, Clement Join Democrat Justices To OK Redistricting For Ballot," 7/31/18).

"Suggest abstain voting for Justice Clement at convention and only vote for Justice Wilder. This would show disapproval for her rulings and maybe cause her to think twice about violating our constitution," the pamphlet reads.

MRP Chair Ron WEISER conceded that there were attendees who didn't like "one of two" of Clement's decisions.

"There's always people like that in any group. Remember, there was not only 2,112 delegates, but alternates and guest on the floor so where that noise is coming from is something you seen in just about any circumstance."
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House Dems Fielding 58 Women Nominees As Part Of 'Pink Wave'

The alleged "Blue Wave" may be wearing a pink hat. Call it a "Pink Wave," if you like, but it rolled through the Great Lakes State in last Tuesday's primary with force. Not only did Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer coast to the party's nomination with more than 50 percent of the vote, but Democratic women are in strong positions to win down ballot come November.

Statewide, in the 56 state-level Democratic primary elections featuring at least one woman and at least one man, a female candidate emerged the winner 75 percent of the time.

For Congress, the Democrats will be fielding a slate of women candidates in the 14 seats. In the state Senate, 18 of the 38 nominations went to women. In the state House, a slight majority, 58 seats out of 110 nominees are women.

By comparison, in 2014, only three of the Dems' congressional nominees were women. Females made up 12 of their state senate nominees and 37 of their state House nominees.

"It's clearly a backlash to what is happening across the country," said House Minority Leader Christine GREIG (D-Farmington Hills), who could emerge as the state's first female House speaker if things break for the D's on Nov. 6.

From where she lives in Oakland County, after Donald TRUMP was elected president, she saw women become politically organized in ways she'd never seen before. One group, "Fems for Dems," had 700 volunteers come together with phone banking, walking and canvassing.

For many, it was their first taste of politics.

"The personal is political," Greig said. "A lot of women didn't think we'd have to fight these fights again. They've woken up. They've said, 'It's up to me. I have to get involved.'"
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Whitmer Proposes 3 Debates; Schuette Wants More

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen WHITMER today proposed three televised gubernatorial debates with Republican Bill SCHUETTE and she wants specific topics attached to each one.

Whitmer said she wants a debate in Detroit that focuses on education and skilled training, a second in Flint on clean water and infrastructure and a third in Grand Rapids focused on affordable health care.

The proposal came after Schuette called for a "minimum of three televised debates," after agreeing to only two during the gubernatorial primary.

Whitmer had three televised debates, although a third televised debate in Flint was not well publicized or sanctioned by the Michigan Democratic Party. Another debate on the set of WKAR was scrapped after then-candidate Shri THANEDAR bailed out on the idea.

Schuette and Whitmer appeared with the Democratic and Republican field two other times - at the Michigan Press Association annual conference and the Detroit Regional Chamber conference on Mackinac Island, but neither were televised to a statewide audience.

That said, Schuette suggesting three is more than Gov. Rick SNYDER ever agreed to in his two gubernatorial campaigns. He agreed to only one with Virg BERNERO in 2010 and a single "town hall" debate with Mark SCHAUER in 2014.

"Michigan families deserve to know the records of the candidates for governor and have a true sense of where the candidates are likely to steer Michigan in the future," said Schuette. "I am sure Senator Whitmer agrees that conducting at least three debates is the right thing to do and I am looking forward to it."
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I have personally endorsed Patrick Colbeck to be Michigan's next Governor,....please vote for him on August 7th, 2018!!!If you would like to hear a fairly in depth interview of my political views, I encourage you to watch the following video recorded at the Detroit Public TV studios in Wixom. Bill Schuette was the ONLY gubernatorial candidate not willing to participate in an in depth interview. ... See MoreSee Less

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2018 Antrim County Republican Party - Governor's Dinner/Debate & Straw Poll at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, MI, Thursday, July 12th, 2018;

Results; Patrick Colbeck - 81.4%, Brian Calley - 17.5%, Bill Schuette - 1 Vote, and Jim Hines - 0 Votes. (PLEASE SHARE THIS POST ON YOUR PAGE)

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youtu.be/mf_GmSjePU8The event was at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. Moderated by Antrim County Republican Party Chairman - Randy Bishop and had Lt. Gov. - Brian Call...
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U.S. Senate race; John James 76.3%, Sandy Pensler - 23.7%.

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Trump Nominates Kavanaugh, Debbie Stabenow is Leery

District of Columbia Circuit Court Judge Brett KAVANAUGH is President Donald TRUMP's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Over the weekend, national news outlets reported Michigan's Raymond KETHLEDGE, the former counsel for Ford Motor Company and Sixth Circuit Court judge, was reportedly on the short list with Amy Coney BARRETT to replace retiring Justice Anthony KENNEDY.

But by Sunday, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major GARRETT reported that Kavanaugh and Judge Thomas HARDIMAN, who was the runner up to Neil GORSUCH for Trump's first Supreme Court nomination, were the final two choices.

In making the announcement, Trump said the candidate's political views are not important. What matters, he said, is setting aside those views and do what the law and constitution require.

"I'm pleased to say I have found, without a doubt, such a person," Trump said in making the announcement tonight.

Trump thanked Kennedy for his lifetime of service and achievement and he recognized Scalia's widow who was in the White House listening to the announcement.

Kavanaugh, who stood with his wife and two daughters, thanked Trump and said he was "grateful" and "humbled" by the president's confidence in him.

"I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill (Kennedy's) seat on the Supreme Court," he said.

Kavanaugh will need U.S. Senate confirmation to take the court and U.S. Sen. Debbie [STABENOW] (D-Delta Twp.) said she had some initial concerns that Kavanaugh will "roll back women's access to reproductive health care, make it harder for Michigan families to get affordable health coverage, particularly if they have a pre-existing condition, and weaken enforcement of our environmental laws.

"I intend to review his record and will evaluate his nomination thoroughly."

If elected, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John JAMES said he would support the pick in that Kavanaugh would "uphold the rule of law as it is written.

"No double obstructionist liberal Senator Debbie Stabenow will do everything in her power to resist and block this nomination solely for cheap, political gain," he said.

Republican candidate Sandy PENSLER said he supports Kavanaugh and is "ready to vote to confirm him to our nation's highest bench."

Kavanaugh, a Republican, was appointed by former President George W. BUSH in 2006.

According to his biography on the District of Columbia Circuit Court's website, Kavanaugh is a Yale Law School graduate who served for more than five years in the Bush White House, working as an assistant to the president and staff secretary. He also served as associate counsel and then senior associate counsel to the president.

Bush nominated and the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, who was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, to his current seat in May 2006.

Kavanaugh was associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. STARR and lead the investigation that resulted in former President Bill CLINTON's impeachment. In October 1993 Kavanaugh served as a law clerk to Kennedy.

His biography also notes that he's participated in a variety of volunteer activities, including serving meals as part of the St. Maria's Meals program at Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., and tutoring at the Washington Jesuit Academy and at J.O. Wilson Elementary School. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Washington Jesuit Academy.
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Votes Not High On Legal Marijuana; Earned Sick Time, $12 Minimum Wage Poll Strong

Nearly 7 in 10 Michigan likely voters would like to see more workers have access to earned sick time to allow them time to deal with personal and family health issues, according to a new survey commissioned by MIRS.

The June 24-26 survey of 800 likely voters, conducted by Target Insyght, tested five ballot proposals that are likely to see the November ballot. The earned sick leave question came out the strongest with 67 percent support. Only 17 percent of those surveyed opposed the concepts in the proposed Earn Sick Time Act proposal.

Support for the proposal cut strongly across partisan lines. Some 75 percent of Democrats support the proposal while only 8 percent oppose. Among Republicans, 59 percent are ready to pull the "yes" lever should the proposal make the general election ballot.

The proposal is doing best in the Grand Rapids media market.

The question posed by MIRS was designed to be neutral in an attempt to reflect language that might be approved to appear on the ballot. The wording is as follows: The third ballot proposal would create the Earn Sick Time Act, would provide workers with the right to earn and bank up to 9 days of paid sick time each year for personal and family health needs, as well as issues and purposes related to domestic violence or sexual assault; and issues/events related to children's health and safety.

Voters are not quite as high on the prospects of legalizing recreational marijuana. When asked about their level of support, 47 percent were opposed and 44 percent were in support.

Regionally, the proposal did best in the Grand Rapids media market with 58 percent support and worst in the Detroit media market, where it netted 40 percent support.

Among Republicans, 64 percent opposed the proposal and 33 percent were in favor. Some 57 percent of Democrats supported it while 41 percent were opposed.

In this poll, MIRS attempted to obtain a measure of support for straight out legalization without reference to road funding or other allocations of marijuana taxes. Here is the question wording: The first ballot proposal would authorize the personal possession and use of marihuana by individuals aged 21 years and older and control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana.

A proposal to ultimately raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 is netting out 64 percent support.

Unlike Earned Sick Leave, only 39 percent of Republicans support the proposal with 53 percent opposed. A full 89 percent of Democrats support the wage proposal with only 8 percent of Democrats opposed.

The proposal is doing best in the Detroit media market where it is supported by 66 percent. The proposal is carrying all media markets with the lowest support found in the Traverse City media market with 56 percent.

Here is the poll question wording on the minimum wage proposal: The fourth ballot proposal would gradually increase the hourly minimum wage from $10.00 in 2019 to $12.00 in 2022.

A proposal aimed at expanding access to the ballot, Promote The Vote, received 56 percent support -- four points shy of what pundits often refer to as the magic 60 percent support level needed to assure passage.

Support was strongest in the Flint/Saginaw and Lansing markets at 61 percent. On a partisan basis, only 36 percent of Republicans support the proposal with 52 percent opposed. Democrats overwhelmingly support Promote The Vote with 76 percent in favor and 15 percent opposed.

Here is the poll question wording: The final ballot proposal would permit all voters to vote by absentee ballot for any reason; automatically register all Michigan adult residents as voters, unless resident declines; allow all residents with proof of residency to register at any time; and provide voters the option to vote straight party.

Voters Not Politicians the proposal to reform how the state performs congressional and legislative redistricting is currently supported by 47 percent and opposed by 24 percent with 28 percent undecided. The proposal is doing best in the Flint and Grand Rapids media market where 59 percent of voters support it.

Interestingly, the survey found a plurality of Republicans in support at 37 percent with 35 percent opposed and 29 percent undecided. Some 58 percent of Democrats support the proposal with 31 percent opposed.

The poll language selected by MIRS to examine the issue was again selected to be neutral by not referencing “gerrymandering” or “partisan gerrymandering.” The question was worded as follows: The second ballot proposal would create an Independent Residents Redistricting Commission to draw and adopt redistricting plans for Congressional, State Senate and State House of Representative districts; as opposed to Republican and Democrat state legislators and the governor having this authority.
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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Powerful shelf cloud makes its way to shore in Michigan's UP

This looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie! This shelf cloud captured by Holly Belongie Margenger in the UP is literally sucking up moisture from the lake as it makes its way to land.
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MI GOP: Gretchen Whitmer Ads Break Campaign Finance Law

The Michigan Republican Party (MRP) went after the 527 entity airing ads featuring Gretchen WHITMER, arguing the ads are illegally expressing advocacy for her gubernatorial candidacy.

Build a Better Michigan, headed by Whitmer's former chief of staff Mark BURTON, put up $1.8 million in ads featuring Whitmer, which identify her as a candidate for governor (See “Whitmer-Friendly Fund Puts Up $1.8M Ad Buy,” 6/12/18).

That's where the MRP said the 527 goes wrong, arguing campaign finance law prohibits corporations from engaging in express advocacy of a candidate. The MRP argues the Build a Better Michigan ad features Whitmer, identifies her as a candidate for governor and outlines "her major campaign themes."

"With 48 days left until the Democrat primary and trailing badly, Gretchen Whitmer and her Washington friends are trying to dump $1.8 million in illegal ads on Michigan's airwaves," said Colleen PERO, MRP chief of staff, in a statement, adding later, "This was bad judgment on her behalf, and possibly a criminal act by her special interest friends at 'Build a Better Michigan.' They must be held accountable."

But Burton said the attack "is just politics" and that "issue ads have been a part of Michigan elections on both sides of the aisle for decades."

“Build a Better Michigan is on solid legal ground to air issue ads featuring Gretchen Whitmer as a spokesperson, because she is uniquely qualified as the former Senate Democratic Leader to talk about what it takes to get things done, like raising the minimum wage and expanding Medicaid," Burton said in a statement. "We have been and will continue to comply with all IRS and Michigan campaign finance laws, and I expect this frivolous complaint will be promptly dismissed."
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I look forward to serving as Michigan’s next Attorney General, to work closely with law enforcement, defend our values, combat the drug addiction epidemic, and crack down on auto insurance fraud.
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Former Gov. John Engler Not Going Anywhere

More than 120 Larry NASSAR survivors are urging the Michigan State University (MSU) Board to can interim President John ENGLER for suggesting in a private email during the height of settlement negotiations that survivor Rachael DENHOLLANDER was getting kickbacks from her attorney.

However, numerous sources tell City Pulse and MIRS that Engler isn't going anywhere when the board meets Friday to address an enormous agenda that addresses various other personnel matters, a tuition increase, a tenure issue and the ultimate source of the $500 million Nassar settlement money, among other things.

The agenda is so large the meeting is starting an hour earlier to make sure everything gets fit in, according to MSU spokesperson Emily GUERRANT. Public comments were moved to the top of the agenda so people wishing to address the board don't have to sit through a brutally long meeting to share their thoughts.

The meeting room is still that cramped board room on the 4th floor of the Hannah Administration Building, which wasn't that cozy until the Nassar scandal drove up public interest. Recently, the school reconfigured the room to fit in more people, but the crowd still spills out into the hallway and there's been no serious discussion about moving the meeting elsewhere, like maybe the Erickson Kiva.

Regardless of how many people show up, however, Engler's future with the school isn't changing unless this week's MSU trustee retreat spurs a change of heart.

MSU Board members Dianne BYRUM and Brian MOSALLAM have publicly called for Engler's resignation, but they stand apart on an eight-member board. The majority is more interested in getting moving on the search for a permanent replacement, as opposed to finding another interim, according to sources.

Board members would prefer Engler make an apology to defuse the situation, but there's no guarantee, at this read, that that's going to happen.

While Engler's assessment was insensitive, most likely inaccurate and sloppy - in the sense he did them on his MSU email account, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Engler is making headway in getting Sparty out of the Nassar morass.

He's stepped on a couple of landmines, including putting himself in a position to be accused of trying to pay off a Nassar survivor in private. But he also got rid of sexual deviant William STRAMPEL, former Dean of Osteopathic Medicine, before Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE pinned criminal charges on him.

He nailed down the $500 million settlement, creating certainty in the financial commitment MSU will make to the survivors. The school isn't taking state funding cuts from a state legislature that seemed out for blood in early February.

Engler wrote his ill-fated email to Carol VIVENTI, the school's vice president and special counsel in the heat of negotiations with national plaintiffs' attorneys, who Engler has never had much fondness for.

The long-term reputation of the school needs a lot of work, but Engler wasn't brought in to address that issue. That's the job of the next president, who likely will be hired by a board made up of two new trustees that are elected by voters in November.

The number of Republicans who have called for Engler to resign likely has plateaued.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive), Sen. Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge) and Sen. Margaret O'BRIEN (R-Portage) want Engler gone, as do various other Democratic officials and interest groups who cringed when the former Michigan governor got the job in the first place.

Meekhof and Engler clashed during their closed-door meeting earlier this year. Engler, a former Senate Majority Leader, took the wrong approach with the current officeholder, who apparently felt as if Engler was telling him how to run his chamber.

In short, there's no love loss here. Relentless Positive Action Gov. Rick SNYDER isn't going to call for Engler's dismissal. Schuette, who got a job from Engler as Agriculture Director after he lost his U.S. Senate race in 1990, isn't going to call for Engler's dismissal. House Speaker Tom LEONARD, his chief of staff being former Engler aide Dan PERO, won't call for Engler's resignation.

Democratic MSU Board of Trustee candidates have started to call on Engler to step down, which may end up being a campaign issue.

Up to now, as many as 15 Democrats are jockeying for two slots on the General Election ballot. Ed DUGGAN, son of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; Teri Lynn BERNERO, wife of the former Lansing mayor; 2010 nominee Dennis DENNO; former Democratic Party Finance Director Kelly TEBAY; and Muskegon attorney Brianna SCOTT are the most mentioned candidates at this point.

Who ultimately gets the nominations won't be decided until the Aug. 25 Michigan Democratic Party convention, during which the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) make their critical endorsements.

It's much too early to handicap the favorites, but it's not a reach to presume the nominees will campaign on the desire to see Engler gone ASAP.
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Farnum Building Sold To Boji for $4.5M

The former home of the Michigan Senate, the Farnum Building, has been sold to the Boji Group for $4.5 million, according to company spokesperson John TRUSCOTT.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) received two bids for the 11-story structure, which the state put up for sale as opposed to using it for additional office space.

The only other bidder was Paul GENTILOZZI, whose top price was $2.5 million. The Boji Group is the owner of Capitol View, the building that the Senate ended up moving into in early 2017 (See "New Senate Building Named After Former Lt. Gov. Binsfeld," 1/9/17).

The tentative plan is to keep the existing structure, but to gut the interior and provide a new façade to erase the dated 1960s look of the building at the corner of Capitol and Allegan in downtown Lansing, across the street from Boji's prominent property, the Boji Tower.

"He saw it as a great opportunity," Truscott said. "With what's going on in Lansing and downtowns across the country, with people moving back downtown, Ron felt the square footage area increase would be a good addition to his portfolio."

Boji also owns the recently revamped Hollister Building and the former 5/3 building that turned into Davenport University's Lansing campus.

"He's very, very pleased," Truscott said. "He's a bid booster and he believes this will continue the growth that brings more people downtown."

The building was completed in 1959, and the state bought it in 1978 for $3 million. In 2014, the building was appraised at $5.4 million, with the associated parking lot appraised at $225,000. The first $7 million gained from the sale would need to reimburse DTMB for moving and administrative expenses. Anything above that would go to the state's General Fund (See "Farnum Building Being Put Up For Sale," 6/21/17).
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3rd hour discussion today, Friday 6-8-18;

THREE (3) State Representatives sent certified mail letters to our Attorney General - Bill Schuette requesting that he investigate the real estate transaction involving the "Capitol View Building" previously owned by Ron Boji (a huge Republican donor), which he refused to do!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBXpkG6KKFQThe Michigan Senate drastically overpaid for new office space purchased from a politically-connected developer, according to Lansing's assessor of record. ◂ ...
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Your Defending Fathers

Click on the below link to purchase your ticket to the Antrim County Republican Party's - 2018 Republican Governor "Dinner/Debate" with a "Straw Poll" on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Michigan; (PLEASE SHARE THIS POST ON YOUR PAGE)

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1st hour discussion today, Wednesday 6-6-18;

74 Years ago TODAY,...the largest military "Operation Neptune" took place on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Never forget, how America helped save western Europe from Hitler!!!
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1st hour discussion today, Monday 6-4-18;
Will Republicans vote to legalize marijuana to keep it off the ballot in November???

Meekhof: Senate Has Pot Votes Now

For the first time, Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) revealed today that he has the required votes to legalize recreational marijuana by approving the citizens initiative, but the future of the proposal in the House will determine whether that critical vote is taken Tuesday.

At the Mackinac Policy Conference, Meekhof told MIRS, "We have the ability in the Senate to pass it and then amend it."

Another source confided that the effort to round up House votes is "very close." However, House Speaker Tom LEONARD (R-DeWitt) said on Michigan's Big Show today that he remains personally opposed to recreational marijuana and disputes the assertion that it's passage is inevitable.

That said, "We are well short" of the required votes, said Leonard, adding that there are more votes than there were several weeks ago.

It is known that Republican overtures in the House have been made to Democrats, but House Minority Leader Sam SINGH (D-East Lansing) said he does not see his side putting up any votes.

"Democrats won't vote for it," he said.

There was speculation that Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer was asking House Democrats to vote no because of the impact that could have on voter turnout if they voted yes. She denies any such contact along those lines but does concede, "if that's on the ballot" it would impact voter turnout but she stands fast that the voters and not this Legislature should decide the issue.

Singh has no hard evidence, but he reported over the last two weeks a host of lobbyists have been pushing for an affirmative "yes" vote on pot. He said he wonders if GOP donors are behind the effort so that they could get language from the Republican majority that makes it easier for them to have a monopoly-like hold on the pot supply chain instead of the free-market mom and pop store strategy as outlined in the petition drive language.

On the allegation that some GOP business types "have the ear" of Senate Republicans, Meekhof said, "That is not true."

All of this comes to a head Tuesday, the deadline by which the Legislature must act on the marijuana legalization proposal or else it goes to the voters in November.

Senate Will Not Meet Monday

The Senate session called for Monday, June 4, has been cancelled, Senate Majority Leader Mike KOWALL's office announced today. The date was being held open in case the votes came together to pass the recreational marijuana citizens initiative (See "Senate Reserving Monday For Possible Pot Vote," 5/29/18).
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Michigan is in the middle of its primary season in which the nation’s first Muslim candidate for Governor, Dr. Abdul al-Sayed, is on the Democrat ballot & financed with large amounts of outside money and hates President Trump;

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1st hour discussion today, Friday 6-1-18; YouTube video of the Governor Candidates Debate on Mackinaw Island at the Grand Hotel's Auditorium as hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT6OLDBJC8k&feature=youtu.beDemocratic Candidates: Abdul El-Sayed, Former Executive Director, Health Department, City of Detroit Shri Thanedar, Author and Entrepreneur Gretchen Whitmer,...
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1st hour discussion today, Wednesday 5-30-18;
MIRS News Service - Lansing, MI

Small Cell Technology Gets First Hearing In House Committee

Wireless providers made their case today to a House committee as to why the state needs uniformed regulations on cell phone signal re-transmitters called "small cells," but this long-awaited legislation designed to replace a patchwork of local regulations remains on the slow track.

The House Energy Policy Committee took more than two hours of morning testimony and additional comments after House session to hear how the world is counting on their cell phone signals to communicate.

The current regulatory framework is too time and cost prohibitive for cell phone companies to respond quickly to the expanding public desire for 5G data service on their iPhones or smart phones, according to AT&T legal counsel Andy EMERSON, who said he's negotiated numerous small cell agreements across the country.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0637 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0894 sailed out of the Senate earlier this year (See "Small Cell Bills Sent To House, But No Quite Unanimously," 3/15/18), but was sent to the committee of Rep. Gary GLENN (R-Williams Twp.), who has, in the past, given voice to those who claim wireless signals have caused them significant health issues.

Today was no exception. "We Are the Evidence" founder Dafna TACHOVER was given 45 minutes to compare the telecommunications industry's blind eye to the damage of wireless radiation to the tobacco industry's historic denial that smoking caused lung cancer.

She cited a study that showed men who kept cell phones in their pockets had a higher percentage of "bad sperm" than those who did not. She linked cell phone use to autism and cancer and other health issues.

Tachover, herself, said she's fallen victim to a micro-sickness and "We've been looking the other way."

Tachnover is a national speaker on these issues, travelling from state to state on the backs of donations to share with local leaders her research on the impact of 5G transmitters to the health of some individuals.

Sen. Patrick COLBECK (R-Canton), one of three Senate no votes on the small cell technology, shared his "serious concerns" about these signals being placed between two and 10 homes apart.

"This is an issue where I love the convenience of a cell phone, but I know our primary duty per the constitution is the health of our citizens," he said.

During today's testimony, Emerson noted that the legislation does allow local governments the power to move a small cell away from the house of someone who has sensitivities to the microwave frequencies.

He said the preferred deployment is to hang these small cells, which are no bigger than a briefcase, onto utility poles, light poles or the side of buildings as opposed to building new poles.

Glenn said after the morning session that he'd like to take the summer recess for members to think about the issue before revisiting it in September. He didn't commit on a vote one way or the other, but said he would leave it open as an option.
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1st hour discussion today, Thursday 5-24-18;

WHERE'S BILL SCHUETTE? (Please Share this post)
And he's NOT coming to Republican hosted debates either!!!
(Macomb County event on June 7th and Antrim County event on July 12th)

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1st hour discussion today, Tuesday 5-22-18;

Dr. Kyle Denholm of Breath of Life Wellness Center in Petoskey talked about his "Lunch and Learn" program where he will bring Lunch to your business, place of work and educate your co-workers about "Wellness 101",...for FREE!!!

Call his office TODAY,..... to schedule him to come to your work or business; (This fulfills HR requirements for larger businesses)
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