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Tag: County Commission
By JGillman, Section News
Maybe you get a ticket.
One of the things I have come to realize as an elected official, is that I can actually affect, or at the very least open discussion on a range of topics that were heretofore untouched. Even at a county commission venue, we have before us on a regular basis, a number of items that are worthy of note on a statewide level.
In this case, it is the seat belt legislation and roadside enforcement zones I get to body slam. Or maybe at least tickle.
Tonight, while all of you will be watching and (hopefully) enjoying a debate with conservatives in a thoroughly liberal environment, I and eight others get to decide whether to accept a grant on behalf of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's dept. The grant is for $12,000 and is
"specifically geared toward safety belt enforcement and impaired driving enforcement."
Read: "Road side check points."
And the seat belt law is bad. ~ More Below ~
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By JGillman, Section News
This story also available at the MiFreedomToWork.com site
Grand Traverse County Commission approves resolution urging Gov. Snyder, local lawmakers to pass Right to Work law
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Grand Traverse County commissioners Wednesday added their voices to those calling on Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled legislature to enact a state civil rights law guaranteeing individual employees' freedom to choose regarding union affiliation and prohibiting job discrimination against employees who choose not to join or give money to a union.
A resolution introduced by Commissioner Jason Gillman -- which urged Snyder, Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, and Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, by name to support a Right to Work law -- was approved by a 5-2 vote in front of a capacity crowd in which the legislation's supporters outnumbered opponents two to one.
Snyder said while running for governor that he will sign such a law if it reaches his desk.
Gillman said the law will bring "freedom and jobs" to Michigan. "I'm glad that the county board has taken a position both appropriate and forward-thinking that addresses a solution to our economic troubles in Michigan," he said afterward.
Gillman was joined in supporting the resolution by fellow Republican commissioners Robert Hentschel, Herbert Lemcool, Christine Maxbauer, and Richard Thomas.
Republican Commissioner Addison "Sonny" Wheelock, Jr., and the commission's lone Democrat, Ross Richardson, voted against the resolution.
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By Conservative First, Section News
County commission redistricting is well underway, with the majority of counties appearing to have completed their new maps. Maps are drawn by a five-member commission consisting of the county prosecutor, treasurer, and clerk, and the chairmen of the Republican and democrat parties. There are a number of rules that must be complied with, which are laid out in the post below on Kalamazoo County.
In particular, the apportionment commission can pick the number of districts, within some boundaries. A trend in many counties has been to reduce the number of districts.
I did detailed analyses of the maps for Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. For other counties, I found some newspaper articles. Unfortunately, such articles tend not to do a good job explaining what is going on. Comments from readers in other parts of the state explaining what's happening in their area are welcome.
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By JGillman, Section News
I don't expect to debate a lot of issues here related to our local county commission, but I wanted to announce that I have decided at the last minute to throw my hat into the ring for a county commission seat in Grand Traverse County. From the Traverse City Record Eagle:
Republican Bruce Hooper, 53, will have to win twice to earn a third term representing Peninsula Township and small parts of Traverse City and East Bay Township. Hooper, a farmer, will face Internet retailer and business owner Jason Gillman, 44, a local Tea Party organizer and son of Traverse City Commissioner Mike Gillman.
Pretty much nails it.
Wish me luck, and feel free to offer advice.
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