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    Tag: constitutional convention

    Happy Statehood Day!

    By dennislennox, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 09:12:47 AM EST
    Tags: constitutional convention, michigan, dennis lennox (all tags)

    With today being the 173rd anniversary of Michigan's statehood, it is fitting to affirm the need for the calling of a constitutional convention to address the broken system of government.

    Just as George Romney and other statesmen assembled in the early 1960s, under the auspices of Citizens for Michigan, after years of chronic failures in Lansing, it is time for a new generation of leaders -- Republicans, Democrats and independents -- to follow their example and come together in the name of our great state.

    What resulted from Romney's work was a constitution that was the first total revision and restructuring since 1850, when Jacksonians greatly changed our system of government from the original constitution. This document served Michigan well for many years, but it is clear that Lansing is no longer working.

    Michigan is vastly different today than it was in 1963.

    Reversing the Lost Decade and the mass diaspora of one family every 12 minutes in recent years will require a new constitution that overhauls and restructures government to reflect the realities of the 21st century.

    Quite simply, radical reform is needed because Lansing's tired, old partisan ideas are not working -- and have not worked for some years.

    Whether it is a simple and fair tax structure that rewards innovation and job creation, amalgamating departments, consolidating administrative functions of school districts at the county level, granting the governor the full power over state departments -- making the bureaucracy truly accountable, expanding home-rule powers for counties, establishing a minimum population threshold for cities, villages and townships, or increasing regional collaboration and service pooling in rural counties, there are plenty of ideas that must be considered to reduce the burden and cost of government.

    With schools broke, roads crumbling and violent felons being released from behind bars, it is clear that Michigan needs a new framework for government from Lansing down to local levels.

    That is why I support a constitutional convention and will be voting "yes" on Proposal 1.

    Michigan Can Lead the Way:  Michigan Constitutional Convention from Seeking Michigan on Vimeo.

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    RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with Mike Cox

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 08:51:57 AM EST
    Tags: Exclusive, interview, Cox, Cherry, Mackinac, constitutional convention, tax hike, term limits, debate, 2010 (all tags)

    Attorney General and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox 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. Just a few of the highlights include-

    RightMichigan: On the decision of other GOP candidates to oppose a no-new-taxes pledge:

    Cox: "I'm very disappointed that I'm the only Republican... you know, I expect some Democrats might be against a no-tax pledge, but I don't think that the problem is we're sending too little money to Lansing..."

    RightMichigan: On a new constitutional convention?

    Cox: "I'm afraid of mischief... I like the amendment process much better... I don't like these stealth projects like we saw last year with RMGN."

    RightMichigan: Cherry's decision to duck the candidate debate on Mackinac Island?

    Cox: He ducked us.  Absolutely.  Isn't that telling?  Part of that is, if I were him, I don't know what I could say.  We are last place in employment, third from worst in business taxes, we increased income taxes and he was the final vote a year and a half ago.  He's been wrong on all of the issues so I can understand why he doesn't want to talk about them."

    And much more...

    (19 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Secretary of State proposes Constitutional Convention procedures

    By Republican Michigander, Section News
    Posted on Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 02:40:41 PM EST
    Tags: Constitutional Convention, Con-con, 2010 (all tags)

    A major press release came out from the Secretary of State's office regarding the upcoming con-con on the ballot. I'll need to see the exact language before giving final opinions, but this is a good start for discussion purposes and brings this front and center. We do not know if this will be needed or not, but we do know that the con-con WILL be on the ballot in 2010. It may pass or fail, but we need to prepare like it will pass, regardless of our feelings on this one way or the other.

    (7 comments, 992 words in story) Full Story

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