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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with Sheriff Mike Bouchard

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 12:02:07 PM EST
    Tags: Exclusive, interview, Bouchard, Cherry, 2010, economy, MSP, part time legislature, Proposal A (all tags)

    Oakland County Sheriff and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Mike Bouchard recently sat down with RightMichigan to speak with conservative activists and the Right Roots about his bid to become the state's next chief executive.  

    Bouchard becomes one of the most prominent voices in Michigan to advocate some pretty serious changes to the way things are being done in Lansing, from being open to "tweaking" Proposal A to openly advocating a part-time legislature.

    Just a few of the highlights include-

    RightMichigan: Thoughts on the new State Police Headquarters?

    Sheriff Bouchard: "What good is a state of the art building if you can't inhabit that building with the men and women who are there to protect you?"  ... "They should have put (the project) on hold years ago, frankly."

    RM: The Americans for Tax Reform "No New Taxes Pledge?"

    Sheriff Bouchard: "Clearly one of the first things you have to do is learn to live within your means... in fact, I was the first gubernatorial candidate to sign the taxpayer protection pledge."

    RM: First specific thing you'd do, day one as Governor?

    Sheriff Bouchard: "Stop the bleeding.  I'll freeze all non-essential spending and begin to go through immediately where we can cut spending..."

    RM: Should we tweak proposal A?

    Sheriff Bouchard: "I think you have to constantly, in government or the private sector, look at what you're doing and make sure you're competitive." ... "In anything you have to constantly go back and reexamine it and make sure it's meeting your goals." ... "I'd be willing to look at a whole new tax and regulatory process."

    RM: On the idea of a part-time legislature...

    Sheriff Bouchard: "Based on what I'm seeing in Lansing and how broke Lansing is I'd be calling for a part-time legislature." ... "One of the fixes I'd suggest is that we go to a part-time legislature."

    And much, much more...

    < Tuesday in the Sphere: June 23 | EAG: The MESSA Problem >

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    Interesting (none / 0) (#1)
    by MoparMan on Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 05:25:11 PM EST
    Interesting stuff.  Thanks Nick.

    Bouchard Interview (none / 0) (#2)
    by dsheill on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 03:14:21 PM EST
    I still give Cox the nod for style points from his interview, but I tend to get the sense that Bouchard knows what he's talking about more than the other candidates. Cox is a populist and he is effective at tapping into popular sentiment with his political positions. I go back to his interview with Nick where he was asked what in his experience as AG made him qualified to be governor, and he stammered uncontrollably. Cox has been an effective AG, but the position has had little to do with job creation. Synder advertizes himself as a businessman and non-politician. However, I believe it's naive for him to think that he will magically walk into the governor's office and change the political culture there. I like Bouchard and believe he has enough experience in Lansing not to be walking into the situation blind, while at the same time, he didn't stay there so long that the place totally changed him. He also seems to have a thoughtful and measured approach to the problems facing us. I think his point about the backbone to change things is a good one. Because as Right Cuz mentioned on his blog, how many of the candidates are talking about right-to-work? So far none, and that has a lot to do with backbone. Congrats to Nick again. Perhaps when Hornbeck, Ballenger, Skubick, and the rest of the old-times in the capitol press core retire there just might be a spot up there for you because you clearly have a knack for this stuff.

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