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    Tag: Howard Walker

    Not So Fast

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 11:48:42 AM EST
    Tags: 2013-HCR-11, 2013-SCR-12, 2013 House Roll Call 307, Michigan Constitution Article IV 18, 2013 Senate Journal 087, 2013 House Journal 092, Screw You, Tonya Schuitmaker, John Walsh, Tim Kelly, Howard Walker, Arlan Meekhof, Dave Hildenbrand, Roger Kahn, Michigan Constitution Article IV 17, Michigan Constitution Article IV 26, Cookie Cutter Curriculum, constitutionalist insurgency (all tags)

    The hidden beauty here is more about what two concurring voice votes in five days says about the psychological impact that the constitutionalist insurgency is having on the blueblooded elites of the party's old guard than about anything else.  While 2013 House Concurrent Resolution 11 initially passed the House on a roll call vote (House Roll Call 307), final passage - in both chambers - was accomplished by "deem and pass" voice vote.

    We're getting to them . . . and they've just screwed up large.

    (8 comments, 1113 words in story) Full Story

    Walker: "Screw You"

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:55:00 AM EST
    Tags: Poison, Rick Snyder, Howard Walker, Wayne Schmidt, Screw You, Republicans (all tags)

    To the progressives, the hospital lobby, and the left "how can I help you"

    But to the base of the Republican Party?

    Alrighty then.

    Tell me again about how Snyder hasn't poisoned Republican leadership?

    (3 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    The Northern Follies

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 10:50:04 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, State Senate, Howard Walker, Wayne Schmidt, Greg MacMaster, 104th, 105th, 37th, Republican Primary, Northern Michigan, Medicaid, Expansion, HB4714, Government (all tags)

    The campaigns have truly begun.

    As many of you are aware, State Senator Howard Walker R-37th has decided to forgo a second term, thus leaving a fairly solid Republican seat up for grabs.  Walker might well have gotten tired of the threats to primary him, but he has publicly  responded that it was a family decision.  We wish him the best, and hope he departs the senate with head held high, SANS a Medicaid/Welfare expansion vote when the time comes.  Voting FOR such a thing would be a pretty serious blemish on a fairly decent record to walk away with.

    Unfortunately, the shame of expanding government is carried by the already announced would-be replacements.

    Wayne Schmidt RINO-104th, and Greg MacMaster R-105th, are vying for the seat, each with the distinction of having supported the growth of government through their vote for Obamacare.

    Note the designated (R) difference used, as their overall records could be parsed to paint a true picture of ideology.  Schmidt's frequent support of many things expansion and subsidy, stand in contrast to the GOP platform of smaller government, and intrusion. Of course Schmidt's record is longer, and more easily scrutinized than that of MacMaster, who riding the Tea Party wave of 2010, has since revealed that on key issues, he cannot be counted on to hold the conservative line. MacMaster has been a vocal opponent to disastrous A21 policies, and has introduced legislation that has made it no further than the committees, one of them chaired by Schmidt.

    So we are at the starting gate with Wayne "I Like Big Government" Schmidt, and Greg "I tried to cut a deal for small business" MacMaster.  The former being one you can trust to disappoint frequently; the latter not solidly rooted in conviction.  The former not nearly as 'popular' as the latter, being one who doesn't raise money so well.

    So do we break out the checkbooks, hold our noses, pirouette, or sit on our hands?

    To be continued.

    (7 comments) Comments >>

    Walker Could Face Challenge

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 08:42:47 AM EST
    Tags: Chad Stevens, Howard Walker, Michigan, State Senate, Primary, Welfare Growth, Medicaid Expansion, Federal Overreach (all tags)

    There seems to be a trend this morning.

    As we had expected, the ObamaCare vote could certainly be an issue in next Republican primary. Stating that the cost of government run healthcare will be destructive by hurting the poor and middle class the most, Conservative Activist Chad Stevens announced his intention to primary Senator Howard Walker should he vote to continue the government's war on healthcare freedom. Stevens believes he knows what the Republican base wants in Senator Walker's district and what they expect in a state senator.

    "It is vital that we have a state senator that actively works to keep government out of the lives of our families and businesses and work equally hard to protect the liberties and health freedom of the districts constituents."

    "This will be a major issue for conservative primary voters in 2014.  Should Senator Walker vote against our health freedoms, I am prepared to launch a primary challenge. I believe that conservative voters will reject a sitting senator who supports team Obama by voting to take away our liberties and will rally around a fresh approach that centers on lowering taxes, individual liberty, and reducing the size and scope of government intrusion into our lives."

    And like the Sundquist announcement, the welfare growth vote could be all the incentive he needs to follow up with a robust campaign:
    "If there was ever any doubt that Senator Walker was out of touch with the current Republican primary voters, this vote on expanding Medicaid will tell us for sure."
    We would like to see a no vote out of Howard Walker as well.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    Editorial Bias And Purposeful Omission

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 11:32:32 AM EST
    Tags: Howard Walker, Wayne Schmidt, Governor Snyder, Thraverse City, Record Eagle, News Papers, Omission, Michigan, Freedom to Work, FTW, RTW, Right-To-Work, Legislators, Representatives (all tags)

    ~ Reposted From MTTM ~

    Is there, or not?

    As many here may know, Michigan is one of the bluest of blue states in the country.  Historically, Right-To-Work has been talked about and immediately dismissed as improbable, if not impossible for Michigan, as it has been dominated by the political left, and a history of powerful unions.

    The most recent election changing the legislature, judiciary, and executive branch to Republican held institutions has given hope to some UAW union members who started a grass roots effort for right to work in Michigan.  Given the new political make-up of Michigan's elected offices, it would appear that the time is nigh for such a move.

    The political nature of support and intimidation by unions in some cases, leads to a certain reticence amongst legislators who might otherwise be seen as an automatic yea vote on such issues.  To offer support for those who might not be as comfortable taking a stand, it was thought that perhaps support from the local populations through the local governments would be helpful.  A resolution was drawn up and brought before the county commission in Grand Traverse County first on July 6th and then for a final vote on July 27th.

    continued below

    (967 words in story) Full Story

    Breaking News - MiFTW gets boost!

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 06:58:48 AM EST
    Tags: Right-To-Work, Freedom To Work, Traverse City, Michigan, Jason Gillman, County Commission, Unions, Labor, Freedom, Independence, Higher Income, Civil Rights, Bigger Pie, Rick Snyder, Howard Walker, Wayne Schmidt (all tags)

    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

    Commissioner Jason Gillman's proposal for "freedom and jobs" approved 5-to-2

    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.
    (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIikLENpg4s)

    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.

    More below

    (5 comments, 1427 words in story) Full Story

    Seeing how they work.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 11:42:35 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Traverse City, Wayne Schmidt, Howard Walker, Townhall (all tags)


    Tonight State Representative Wayne Schmidt, and State Senator Howard Walker held a town hall event in Traverse City Michigan.

    I was able to witness firsthand, how a discussion can be hijacked by emotion and a few tools in the box of labor specialists.  The educators and real workers for the most part were willing to listen, and were civil, but given the opportunity, a slick haired (mob looking) gentleman and his concubine were able to personally use up at least 20 minutes of our local town hall time.  Out of 2 hours, that doesn't seem like much, but it set the tone for the rest of the discussion.

    The two sat separately, and refused to let their part of discussion end. they hit the union talking points, and most of the workers in the room bought those points as fact.

    Schmidt and Walker handled themselves quite well actually, had as good a set of facts, and spoke to solid and logical conservative principles, but the message control of the townhall went to those two, and a couple of (apparently from) Lansing visitors. The mobster and his moll left the event high fiving and butt groping knowing they won.

    Lesson: Strict moderation of these affairs.  We had over 200 people there, 60 or so wished to talk, and less than 10 controlled the conversation.

    I have the entire affair on video.  At some point, I'll post some highlights.

    (8 comments) Comments >>

    Half the job is to show up.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 12:12:15 PM EST
    Tags: Alden, Michigan, Candidate Forum, Howard Walker, 37th District, Randy Bishop (all tags)

    In one of the most active off presidential election cycles in memory, there are candidates who might never have considered running for office.  From incumbents facing challengers from their own party, to seats that are wide open, 2010 promises to be a highlight of this century both nationally and in our very own state races.

    But chicken counting is not allowed this year.

    Locally, a seat being vacated by outgoing Judge John Foresman who is retiring, leaves the door open for the five candidates who by all measures and observations have been campaigning heavily in the three county district being served.  It only takes a small swing in a race like this to take someone who might seem to be the top contender and drop them to first-to-lose status or worse.  Talking with several of the candidates, (one of them Kevin Elsenheimer) I have found that each realizes even the smallest of their efforts can make the greatest difference.

    Nothing can be left to chance.  No one should be taken for granted.  And if you think you have it in the bag, think again.

    (3 comments, 1128 words in story) Full Story

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