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1st hour discussion today, Monday 8-13-18;

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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Call everyone IN YOUR CELL PHONE and ask them to vote for Patrick Colbeck for Governor before 8 pm,...TONIGHT!!!
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The main reason I'm voting for Patrick Colbeck for Governor on Tuesday!!!

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I have personally endorsed Jim Gurr for the Republican primary election on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018,...please vote for him!!!

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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)

Watch the discussion at this link;
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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Here is the link to the YouTube video of the 2018 Republican Governor's discussion last night at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, MI; Straw Poll results, Governor's race; Patrick Colbeck - 81.4%, Brian Calley - 17.5%, Bill Schuette - 1 Vote, and Jim Hines - 0 Votes.
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U.S. Senate race; John James 76.3%, Sandy Pensler - 23.7%.

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1st hour discussion today, Tuesday 7-10-18;
MIRS News Service

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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MIRS News Service, Lansing, MI;

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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Northern Michigan,...a HUGE storm is coming later this afternoon/evening,...big winds too!!!

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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1st half hour of today's show, Monday 6-25-18; MIRS News Service

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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WOW,...big award and endorsement Tonya Schuitmaker to be our next Attorney General for Michigan!!!Today, I was genuinely honored to be endorsed by the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police in my campaign for Attorney General, along with being awarded the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police ‘Legislator of the Year’.

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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1st hour discussion today, Wednesday 6-20-18;
MIRS News Service

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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1st hour discussion today, Monday 6-18-18;
MIRS News Service (Friday, 6-15-18)

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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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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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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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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1st half hour discussion today, Wednesday 5-16-18;

Brian Calley for Governor campaign produced this attack ad against AG - Bill Schuette using our President Donald Trump.

Please watch it and let us know if this ad changes your support and/or vote for the two candidates? Make your comments with your answer; (PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!!)

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1st hour discussion today, Thursday 5-10-18;
MIRS News Service

Calley Goes On The Attack In First Full GOP Gubernatorial Debate

(GRAND RAPIDS) -- The fireworks began early in the first Republican gubernatorial debate tonight when Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY accused Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE of politicizing the Flint water crisis and using the trials of state administrators to launch his campaign for governor.

Schuette fired right back calling Calley's comments the "height of arrogance" and accused him of sweeping the issue under the rug.

Twelve people died in the Flint water crisis, Schuette said, and kids were poisoned. "If I didn't have an investigation, I wouldn't have been doing my job," he said.

Calley used a rebuttal that "Bill Schuette will literally say or do anything to get elected." He contended $23 million has been spent on the cases and the preliminary exams, which have gone on over years. Calley said others have called Schuette out for conducting the case, saying they have been called "show trials."

The debate, at WOOD TV studios in Grand Rapids, was the first debate in which all four Republican candidates participated. Earlier forums included Saginaw physician Dr. Jim HINES, Sen. Patrick COLBECK (R-Canton) and Calley, but not Schuette. He announced in April he would participate in events organized by the GOP itself and at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce conference on Mackinac Island (See "MRP Announces Two GOP gubernatorial Debates," 4/13-15/18).

It was WOOD TV political reporter Rick ALBIN's second question about what the state had done right and what it had done wrong in the water crisis that began the back-and-forth.

Colbeck said the state had fixed the problem and responded to the emergency, but also learned there are 72 communities in Michigan with a worse lead problem than Flint.

Hines said it was "tragic" to take bottled water away from the residents of Flint.

But Calley actually took his first shot at Schuette in the very first question. Asked if the candidates would support the legalization of recreational marijuana, all the candidates said they were opposed but would respect the decision if voters adopt the ballot proposal in November.

Calley used the opportunity to criticize Schuette for his handling of medical marijuana, saying Schuette not only had campaigned against medical marijuana but used his position to continue "fighting against the will of the voters, keeping patients from the medicine they need."

Schuette responded "democracy will prevail" in the November ballot, but said he was concerned about putting more drugs in the hands of kids. He noted that the opioid epidemic raging across the nation is real and the state needs to crack down on pill mills, which he said he has done as Attorney General.

Schuette mentioned repeatedly throughout the debate that President Donald TRUMP has endorsed him. (See "Trump Tells Schuette 'Good Luck With Your Race' During Bill Signing," 4/11/18). One question was on that very point. Albin explained a viewer had submitted a question about whether the candidates supported the president, saying she would not support any candidate who did not.

Schuette used the opportunity to note that he had recently visited with the President at the White House.

"Brian, the fact is in October 2016 you renounced your support of President Trump," he said.

Calley responded that he voted for Trump.

"Now in 2016 there was a lot of division within the family, in the Republican Party," Calley came back. "But we all got there when it counted on Election Day and he was elected President. And even Bill Schuette served as the campaign chair for Jeb BUSH and he used the word deplorable on Donald Trump before Hillary (CLINTON) even did."

Hines said he "loves the guy and likes what he is doing."

"First of all," Colbeck said on the question, "I think President Trump got some really bad information in regards to his endorsement."

Colbeck said he fully supports the President: "I would ask him to reconsider his endorsement, obviously."

The only mentions of the opposing party came in closings. Schuette said the state needs to go forward and move "from good to great."

"We can't go backwards. We can't afford (Gretchen) WHITMER and the Democrats, which would be a sequel to the failed governorship of Jennifer GRANHOLM."

Calley used his closing to point out the economy has added 540,000 jobs during the administration of Gov. Rick SNYDER and that unemployment is at a 17 year low.

Colbeck contended the state has to break out of the cycle of having a Democratic governor for eight years, then a Republican candidate for the next eight.

Hines closed by contending that the other candidates are all term-limited politicians looking for their next job, saying he is the only outsider with fresh ideas on the ticket.

In the spin room afterward, Schuette said he was not surprised by the tone of the debate, saying the other candidates were behind and so are going on the attack.

"I understand desperation politics," he said. (See "Schuette: Calley Steering A Sinking Ship," 4/27/18).

Calley said voters deserve to know what Schuette's record is (See "Does Calley Think Bill Schuette Is Shady," 4/17/18).

"He over-politicizes everything. He politicizes tragedies. He has essentially run investigations as part of his campaign for governor," Calley said.

Calley called it an "absolute travesty" that there will be only two debates.

Colbeck agreed on the need for more debates with all the candidates, saying the agreement initially was for four.

"He needs to put his courage-pants on," he said of Schuette.

Hines said Schuette could be afraid to debate.

"He could be afraid to listen to the citizens, because he's had a long career," Hines said, saying a lot of people are angry with him because of past decisions.

A second GOP debate is scheduled for June 28 at WDIV TV studios in Detroit.
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Senate Sends Its $56.6B Budget To House

With a four-and-a-half-hour session today, the Senate passed its $56.6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. The General Fund portion of the budget is $41.9 billion; the School Aid Fund portion is $14.7 billion.

Unlike the House budget that left $164 million on the balance sheet, the Senate budget doesn't have any extra money hanging around (See "House Budget Moves With $164M On Balance Sheet," 4/18/18).

The budget represented a 3 percent drop in GF spending from current year spending and an 8 percent decrease in GF spending from Gov. Rick SNYDER's recommendation. The 3 percent drop on the GF side was from smaller caseloads at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Among the top features of the budget was a $115 to $230 hike in Michigan's per pupil foundation allowance, which would be the largest per pupil increase in more than 10 years. In addition, the budget increases operational funding for universities by $42.9 million and boosts constitutional revenue sharing by 3 percent ($24.7 million.)

MIRS asked Senate Appropriations Chair David HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell) what he considered to be the highlights of the budget.

"First, I think it's a conservative budget. It's reducing spending from current year and I think the major reason for that is that -- as the economy gets better -- we see less demands on state government services, for instance. That gives us the ability to reduce spending and still invest in key priorities of the state."

"That's number one," Hildenbrand continued. "Number two is record spending in roads and bridges. We still have a lot of challenges in our infrastructure and we're continuing to invest more and it's going to take some time to get us back up to par, but I think the investments we're making are going to go a long way."

Hildenbrand said he was including the $175 million in supplemental road funding from the current budget year to reach the "record spending" level (See "Extra $175M For Roads Signed Into Law," 3/20/18).

Ironically, the first alleged deficiency of the budget that Senate Minority Leader Jim ANANICH (D-Flint) talked with reporters about following session was road funding.

"This budget actually appropriates less money for roads than the current budget we're in," Ananich said. "I think you can't deny the fact that roads are crumbling and we have to do more."

MIRS asked Ananich why his assessment of road funding in the budget was the opposite of what Hildenbrand had claimed. He said it was because Hildenbrand was counting the $175 million supplemental.

"That's this year's budget," Ananich said.
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Friday's interview with Kerry Bentivolio - Former U.S. Congressman and Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District,...we talked about a fellow Veteran candidate attacking Kerry's military record for political gains;

youtu.be/chw87M1JrasFormer U.S. Congressman and current Republican Candidate for the 11th District - Kerry Bentivolio joins "Trucker Randy" on "Your Defending Fathers" to talk a...
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Wayne Schmidt (R) - State Senator today (37th District) has been promoting higher taxes and license plate fees for YEARS!!!

This year,...vote FOR lower taxes, vote for JIM GURR on August 7th!!!

PLEASE SHARE, SHARE, SHAREThe face of the increased "Sales Tax Ballot Proposal"!!! (April 2013 & 2014)

That could mean changing how roads are funded in the next few months, and then raising the fuel tax after this November’s election.

Before last week’s announcement, Wayne Schmidt, chair of the House Transportation Committee, said he favors replacing the current gasoline and diesel tax with a wholesale tax on fuel, but leaving it “revenue neutral” for now.

"Lawmakers later could increase the fuel tax in a lame-duck session", Schmidt said.

“The old adage is you eat an elephant one bite at a time,” the Traverse City Republican said then. “This is the first bite.”

Whether that plan stands a chance of passing the House and Senate remains uncertain, since many Republicans oppose any tax increase, and Democrats aren’t in a hurry to help Snyder....

Bridge Magazine article - April 10, 2014 titled;
Rough Road Ahead: Road funding stalls as state elections near

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Thanedar Implies El-Sayed Leaked 'Incorrect' Beagles, Monkeys Story

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri THANEDAR today implied during a radio interview that rival Abdul EL-SAYED fed "incorrect information to the media" about the testing animals left at a former lab after it went bankrupt.

Thanedar, fighting off criticism that he didn't work closely with the bank to find shelters for the 170 beagles and monkeys left when New Jersey-based AniClin Preclinical Services shut down (See "Thanedar Explains Case Of Abandoned Beagles After HuffPost Story," 4/26/18), pointed the finger at El-Sayed in the first public criticisms lodged among the Democratic gubernatorial field.

"You know what happens is that opposition candidates do their research and feed incorrect information to the media, and things get reported that aren't true . . ." Thanedar said on Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels. "The El-Sayed campaign doesn't want to look at the facts. They just want to look at distorting and doing the smear, but you know that's not going to get them from the 6 percent that they are in to be competitive."

Thanedar criticized El-Sayed for fundraising off the original Huffington Post story and "people can see right through that."

"(The) Huffington Post wrote an article that was incorrect and based on incorrect information to them by opposing campaigns," he said.

The main piece of alleged misinformation Thanedar wanted to debunk was that the animals were abandoned. There were animal caretakers throughout the time the bank took over his assets.

"So no animal was ever hurt. These animals were not abandoned . . . the animals were given away to shelters and good homes. Not a single animal was hurt in any way," he said.

When Shiels nibbled around the point that animals are inevitably hurt or die through the testing process -- which is whole point of having them -- Thandear noted that, "Modern medicine cannot be tested without some form of animal testing and human testing. Now, so that's science. Science requires that. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration requires that medicine be developed and new modern medicine saves millions of lives."

The point that animals ultimately die through medical testing is driven home by the grim details of in the federal court filing, which lists the equipment being liquated though the bankruptcy. It includes a six-foot "carcass disposal freezer."

Abdul Calls First Ad 'The People's Summer'

As reported Monday, gubernatorial candidate Abdul EL-SAYED released his first television ad this week. The campaign released a copy of "The People's Summer" on Tuesday.

The 30-second spot features El-Sayed speaking at a Detroit rally alongside social justice activists Shaun KING and Mari COPENY, known as "Little Miss Flint." The end of the advertisement invited viewers to visit ThePeoplesSummer.com.

“Abdul has already proved he is for the kids and this is why I choose to support him, he cares about the kids like me," Copeny said.
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Bills Would Override PSC While New Package Would Give 'Energy Freedom'

How many people eventually put solar panels on their homes is not only a function of how much money they can save on their electricity bills, but how reliably they can "pencil out" their return on that investment, Liesl CLARK, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council told the House Energy Committee today.

The committee was considering a pair of bills, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5692 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5693, sponsored by Rep. Yousef RABHI (D-Ann Arbor), which would essentially override the Michigan Public Services Commission's (PSC) recent announcement it will move utilities from a net metering program for solar panel owners to an inflow/outflow system with a "distributed generation (DG) tariff."

"Solar doesn't work in the U.P. Oh wait, yeah, it does, because it's all about economics. At the end of the day, all of this is about the economics," Clark said. "All of this is about energy costs and how they compare to that technology that folks want to deploy."

Net metering itself is a confusing subject, she said. "At least we are going back to a program that we understand as opposed to trying to implement the DG tariff language that is just kind of twisting us all in circles."

Under net metering programs, those who have solar panels -- or other power generating systems like wind turbines -- draw from the utilities at retail rates when they need power. But when they generate excess power, they can supply it to the utilities for credit at those same retail rates. With an inflow/outflow system, two meters would be used and the power homeowners send to the utilities would get a credit at a different rate.

The PSC announced in April it would move to a distributed generation tariff system and the rates would be determined in rate cases filed by the power companies after June 1 (See "Critics: Rooftop Solar Loses In MPSC's New Net Metering Plan," 4/18/18).

PSC Chair Sally TALBERG explained to the committee how the system will work and contended the move is in compliance with the state's new energy laws passed back in 2016.

Ed RIVET, who is soon to take the executive director position at the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, disagrees.

"You didn't get a cost of service study from this commission order. You did not. You got a half of one," he said. The other half will be put into contested rate cases. "That is not what the statute requires. They are out of compliance with the statute. I would urge you to assert your authority and require the commission to go back and do the job you instructed them to do by statute."

The Energy Committee members began the day with hearings about the distributed generation tariff, but they did not vote. Chair Gary GLENN (R-Williams Twp.) said he would wait to call a vote until other energy-related bills are before the committee, likely in the next two weeks.

At the end of the day, Glenn, Rahbi and several other members of the committee were unveiling a package of bills they call "Energy Freedom" legislation.

Glenn's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5861 is a centerpiece of the package, allowing for the creation of "community renewable energy gardens." While individuals can't always have solar systems or wind turbines, the bill would allow them to join renewable energy gardens to which they would subscribe and would receive a monthly credit on their bill for the energy produced by the garden.

"The diversity of spreading out the ability to own the energy-producing assets and to benefit from it and in turn benefit the grid to encourage and incentivize as many different people doing that as possible is the specific objective of this bill," Glenn said, explaining he anticipates utility opposition. "Obviously, it is understandable why they will oppose it. They are a monopoly. They want to remain a monopoly. Why anyone else would oppose the diversification and liberating of the electricity generating assets in our state I cannot imagine, because the end result will be greater self-sufficiency, diversity so people are not dependent on the grid, and lower priced electricity.

Rabhi's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5863 would ensure that homeowners, farmers and businesses who generate power receive a fair price for their energy. This bill would cover small systems, those generating under 500 kilowatts.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5862, by Rep. Scott DIANDA (D-Calumet), would require the PSC to come up with a similar fair pricing system for larger systems, those producing more than 500 kilowatts.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5864, Rep. Steven JOHNSON (R-Wayland), would allow for the creation of "microgrids," which allow generators to share electricity with their neighbors. The bill would allow those members to operate in "island mode" when there is a power outage.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5865, by Rep. Tom BARRETT (R-Potterville), would remove the current 1 percent cap on solar generation and allow more people to become energy independent.

"I would hope that the utilities would see this as an overall benefit," Barrett said. "Right now, for example, people who invest in their own generation are making the investment for that capacity that off-loads that need by the utilities."

Utilities now have to invest large amounts in peaker plants to handle peak loads, but which are rarely used.

"If we can increase the amount of people generating on site and to reduce that need for us to invest in a new peaker plant, for example, then that is a cost the utilities will not bear. The utilities benefit from those that net metering because they get to count that generation capacity toward their capacity requirements that they have to have and yet those don't have to pay for that actual generation. So it is an overall benefit to utilities," he said.
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Rich Foley of Well Connect in Alpena joined us to talk about the "One Day" of Air Conditioning Trucker Randy used in his house yesterday (got up to 81 outside), 68 degrees was too cold and the house was "dry as a bone"!!!

Call Rich to get all the details at; 989-356-2113
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Governor, Shippers React Positively To Trump Comment About Fixing Soo Locks

President Donald TRUMP's commitment to fix the Soo Locks, made Saturday during a rally in Macomb County, would revive a project at that navigational choke point that has been stalled for 10 years and is getting positive reviews from people here in Michigan, especially shipping interests.

“If that lock goes down, Michigan's unemployment rockets to 22 percent and that's based on a Department of Homeland Security study. If you recall, in 2008-2009, the Great Recession, Michigan's unemployment topped out at 15 percent,” said James WEAKLEY, president of the Lake Carriers Association (LCA). “Three states will lose over 800,000 jobs -- Michigan, Ohio and Texas. And that is because of the value chain that is created by the steel that feeds the automobile (industry) and appliance and heavy manufacturing.”

Trump didn't get into specifics when he made the comment at the rally in Washington Township.

“The Soo Locks are going to hell . . . and we're going to get them fixed up . . . Your lock isn't working too well, it's not working too well,” he said. “It hasn't been fixed in 50 years, in all fairness . . . I told your congressmen, `Write that name down for me.' It's the Army Corps of Engineers. We're gonna be calling them. It could be tonight, depending on the time we get back.”

Nonetheless, Weakley said he's comfortable Trump understands what needs to happen there because he had been briefed by U.S. Rep. Jack BERGMAN (R-Acme), U.S. Rep. John MOOLENAAR (R-Midland) and U.S. Rep. Paul MITCHELL (R-Dryden Twp.)

“I think when he was talking fixing the lock, there are actually four locks there, so he's talking about fixing the lock in the broader sense of fixing the problem at the locks,” Weakley said. “So the fix of fixing the problem there is to build a second lock so that you have redundancy and resiliency.”

While there are four locks at the Soo, only one -- the Poe Lock -- is large enough to handle the largest ships, 1,000-foot long ore carriers. LCA estimates 88 percent of the cargo that passes through the Soo Locks must use the Poe.

Gov. Rick SNYDER reacted positively is a statement issued today.

“Some of the biggest industries in the world rely on this vital shipping corridor, which means the entire United States relies on it,” Snyder said. “It was great to hear the President commit to having the federal government take action and get this long-standing project underway.”

He asked Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY to lead the state's efforts on the project.

“It was awesome to hear President Trump commit to investing in the Soo Locks and I'm excited to work with him and his administration to finally get this done,” Calley said in the statement. “This is critical not just to Michigan's economy but the entire U.S. economy.”

Congress already authorized the construction of a second large lock at the Soo back in 1968, Weakley explained. At the time, the estimated cost was around $300 million. Some work, including some dredging, has been done there.

But work came to a halt in 2005 when the Army Corp of Engineers completed a cost-benefit analysis that Weakley says was flawed.

“The core assumption they got wrong is that they believed that if the lock went down, it was no big deal,” he explained. “All you would have to do is move the cargo by rail. They ignored the fact the rail connections don't exist between the mines and the mills and they ignored the fact that the steel mills are not capable of taking delivery, with a couple minor exceptions, by rail. The Great Lakes region has been set up to take raw materials by vessel to the steel mills.”

Congress intervened and the Army Corp of Engineers has been redoing its analysis over the past two years, but Weakley said they are still using some bad assumptions.

“That's why I'm most excited about the president's comments. Regardless of who the president of the United States is, when they speak, it means something. So, at the highest level of the U.S. government, we have focus on a project of national importance.”

The President is in a position to simply override the Army Corps analysis.

There is money available in the budget, Weakley said. Congress added $337 million to the Army Corps' budget, some of which it could use to finish the designs for the new lock and get the project restarted.

The Poe was re-built in 1968, and now is beginning to show some wear.

Weakley said in the past five years, there has been an increasing frequency of unscheduled outages at both the Poe and MacArthur locks. The Poe lock has had leakages, leaks in its hydraulic equipment and other mechanical problems due to age and lack of maintenance.

The estimated cost for building the second lock there now comes to between $500 and $600 million. It would take 10 years to complete the work once the program is revived.
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Monika Fiebing - Chairwoman of the Benzie County Republican Party called in to talk about their upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

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Top 15 House Seats Most Likely To Flip

The "Blue Wave" is coming, Democrats promised over and over again in Detroit two weekends ago. There's certainly reason to believe it considering their numerous victories and strong performances in special elections across the country.

The good news for Republicans is they are protected with solid incumbents in areas like northern Michigan and Macomb County where Democrats have typically done well, chasing the Ds to suburban areas for the nine pick-ups they need to gain majority.

It's hard to see Rep. Sue ALLOR (R-Wolverine) or Rep. Daire RENDON (R-Lake City) losing under any scenario. If Democrats couldn't beat Rep. Steve MARINO (R-Mt. Clemens) with what they had on him in 2016, it's hard to see how they do it in 2018. Likewise, I think it's fair to come to terms with the fact that the Farringtons known how to win elections in the 30th, numbers be damned. We're going to leave them alone for a while.

On the other hand, Republicans are going to struggle to pick up more than one seat this go around considering the national moment. Outside of the western Upper Peninsula, where do the Republicans steal a win?

Rep. Darrin CAMILLERI (D-Brownstown Twp.) has done so well Republican candidates don't want to run against him and Rep. Winnie BRINKS' (D-Grand Rapids) 76th House District is sliding away from the GOP. The 25th and 67th House Districts haven't happened for Republicans in good GOP years and certainly aren't going to happen this year.

Democrats have gotten into trouble in recent cycles with their wide eyes, playing in too may seats and walking away with nothing. This year may not be one of those years. Their universe of pickups aren't, really, that wide and if a Blue Wave proves something different, there's not much either side can do about it anyway.

With that, here is MIRS' first "Most Likely To Flip" list for 2018.

1. 62nd House District (R to D) -- Rep. John BIZON (R-Battle Creek) did well keeping this seat in Republican hands despite base numbers that would lean toward Democrats. This year will be much harder with Bizon running for Senate and Democrat Jim HAADSMAN coming back, after his 209-vote loss in '16. Pennsville Township Supervisor Dave MORGAN will have his hands full.

2. 40th House District (R to D) -- This affluent, well-educated Oakland County district always goes Republican, but Donald TRUMP did so poorly here, there's a question how much spillover this means with an open seat and an overlapping competitive congressional district. Both sides have competitive primaries, so the position of this district may be subject to some wild movements.

3. 39th House District (R To D) -- The good news for Republicans in this West Bloomfield Hills/Commerce district is that Trump does marginally better here. The bad news is that Democrats like Lisa BROWN won in the right environment here and 2018 may be one of those years.

4. 110th House District (D To R) -- Rep. Scott DIANDA (R-Calumet) did well in this district, but even he lost this district once. Ken SUMMERS will need the now-Senate candidate to help him connect with voters or this district will go Republican, whoever the nominee ends up being.

5. 71st House District (R To D) -- The trend lines on this Eaton County district aren't all that good for Republicans, but Christine BARNES and Chuck CASCARILLA are giving them hope. The Democrats like Beth BOWEN and Angela WITWER from Delta Township where much of the population growth is taking place.

6. 17th House District (R To D) -- Rep. Joe BELLINO (R-Monroe) is doing everything right in his first term, but sometimes that isn't enough to fend off unfavorable district numbers in a wave election year. The Democrats scored Monroe City Clerk Michelle LaVOY in this one while husband, former Rep. Bill LaVOY, goes after the neighboring Senate seat.

7. 91st House District (R To D) -- Possibly the most historically competitive House seat, this Muskegon County-based district seems to go back and forth depending on how the top of the ticket is doing. Republicans have Greg VanWOERKOM, son of the former legislator, goes against either Andy O'RILEY, a local media guy, or environmentalist Tanya CABALA.

8. 41st House District (R To D) -- This is the last of three Oakland County seats in the sights of Democrats due to Trump's sagging numbers in the white-collar suburbs. Republicans have either Oakland County Commissioner Doug TIETZ or Ethan BAKER going against a passionate candidate in Padma KUPPA in what may turn out to be a very competitive race.

9. 99th House District (R To D) -- The white whale for Democrats emerges again . . . the Mt. Pleasant-based 99th District. Will Central Michigan University students turn out like they did for Bernie SANDERS in November? Will Mt. Pleasant Mayor Allison QUAST-LENTS survive her Democratic primary? How do voters feel Rep. Roger HAUCK (R-Mt. Pleasant) is doing? Will Capt. Ahab finally spear that stinking Moby Dick?!?

10. 101st House District (R To D) -- The Lake Michigan coastline district would be further up the rankings if the Republicans hadn't scored probably one of their best recruits in Jack O'MALLEY, a longtime radio personality. The Democrats' first candidate, Kathy WIEJACZKA, has a primary to contend with and an uphill climb after that.

11. 20th House District (R To D) -- Rep. Jeff NOBLE (R-Plymouth) charged through a political headwind to win by 3,672 votes in 2016. The wind in 2018 could end up being a bit stiffer and Matt KOLESZAR may end up being a stronger opponent.

12. 19th House District (R To D) -- Livonia City Council member Brian MEAKIN would seem to be a slam dunk, but Mark ABBO seemed like a slam dunk in 2006, too. Yeah, it's not the same district, but it's the same concept. National turnout trends combined with a young, female candidate could spell trouble for Republicans. We're keeping an eye on how Democrats Dan CENTERS and Laurie POHUTSKY does.

13. 108th House District (R To D) -- Democrats let this Upper Peninsula district get away from them in 2016 and since then, Rep. Beau LAFAVE (R-Iron Mountain) seems to be getting more popular. His views seem in line with those of the district. He keeps them engaged on social media. The number would indicate that Bob ROMPS should do well, but LaFave is going to be hard to beat.

14. 61st House District (R To D) -- One of these days we'll keep Rep. Brandt IDEN (R-Oshtemo Twp.) off these lists . . . but these based numbers from Kalamazoo County look so dubious.

15. 79th House District (R To D) -- Take a look at the number of Democrats who filed to run in the 6th Congressional District. The progressive movement in southwest Michigan is passionate. We're not saying that's going to equate into a win in 2018, but this is an open seat and we're not ready to take it off the board, yet.
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The Guy Who Sells Chatfield's Family Pizzas Running Against Him

Rep. Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering) may be the odds-on favorite to be House Speaker next year if Republicans retain majority, but first he has to get through a primary against a military veteran who works at the General Store about a mile from his house.

Pellston resident Bruce NEWVILLE Jr., who filed paperwork to run as a Republican for the 107th District, is very familiar with Chatfield, having sold his family pizzas for the last several years.

"I'm unhappy with what's going on in Lansing. Lee Chatfield is just another person who is doing it. He's just a guy who's in my district. He's just a stepping stone or whatever you want to call it, something that has to move off so that something can get done," Newville told MIRS today.

Retired from the Navy after 20 years of service, the 56-year-old Newville now works part-time at the Pellston General Store. He's never run for office before, but he doesn't think Chatfield is representing the district.

"He is just trying to put his name on the chart board and move up the chain. I just want to make a change," Newville said.

Because taxes are too high, he said he might not be able to retire until he is 80.

"I like primaries," Chatfield responded today when asked about Newville filing. He's gone 2-for-2 in primary contests in that northern Michigan district. He initially won the seat by beating incumbent Frank FOSTER in the primary in 2014. He beat his last primary opponent 73 to 27 percent.

He also appears to have already solidified support for next year's leadership race in the House (See "Chatfield Wrapping Up House Leadership Race," 11/27/17).

And he's sitting on a sizable war chest. Chatfield was the top fundraiser in the House last year, pulling in $361,175 from his two PACs with $121,522 in cash on hand. (See "Shirkey PAC Sitting On Half Million; Meekhof PACs $432K," 2/22/18).
Newville said he doesn't know how much he'll need to spend to beat Chatfield.

"I have no idea. I'm hoping it is not very much. I'm not a very rich man. I know I could hope on some contributions, but I have to knock on some doors first," he said.

He plans to campaign mainly by going to fairs, schools and community centers, as well as walking door to door.

Newville complained Chatfield "says everything is a good deal and then he doesn't do anything about it."

He talked about a Cheboygan woman whose electricity was turned off in 2015 in a dispute with the utility over the meter.

"I think that is something that needs to be changed," he said. "We need to make the power companies work for us instead of we working for them. I think the utilities should fight for our business not us fighting them for their business."

He said he would like to see veterans "get a break" on hunting and fishing licenses.

And taxes are too high, he said.

"Come on now, we don't need to put all these prices and taxes on everything. Let's lower what we are doing in Lansing. Let's cut back. You know I think we should even go to a part-time legislature myself. Get the lobbyists out of Lansing. If you go to a part-time legislature, the lobbyists will leave you alone," he said.

And the state should cut spending.

"Let's cut the stuff in Lansing that doesn't really need to be there. I don't know, I've never been there, but if you've got 10 people working in your office, let's cut back. Let's cut it down to five. You don't need 10 people. Let's cut back. Let's save money somewhere."
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