Conservatives Win in November

Republicans won a big victory in November in Michigan. They held all their statewide offices and Congressional seats. They also held all their current state legislative seats, gaining one in the Senate and four in the House. They now have at 27-11 supermajority in the Senate and a 63-47 majority in the House. More importantly, conservatives gained seats within the Republican caucus. All eight candidates endorsed by Madison Project Michigan won in November. Congratulations to Pat Colbeck, Lana Theis, Jim Runestad, Jason Sheppard, Tom Barrett, Cindy Gamrat, Gary Glenn, and Triston Cole.

One key test of how conservative the new Republican caucuses are is the leadership elections held two days after the election. The new Senate majority leader will be Arlan Meekhof, who is more conservative than previous leader Randy Richardville. The new Speaker of the House will be Kevin Cotter, the more conservative of the two candidates, who opposed Medicaid expansion and Common Core. This victory was made possible thanks to conservatives winning key primaries.

Of course, we can’t rest easy. The legislature may still try to raise gas taxes or discriminate against Christian businesses. Candidates who ran as conservatives may be tempted to ‘grow in office’ or compromise for the sake of political expediency. We will do our best to hold them accountable if they do.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Madison Project Michigan! We hope that you will support our efforts again in 2016.

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  14 comments for “Conservatives Win in November

  1. KG One
    November 7, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I wouldn't worry too much about and discriminating against businesses in the near future.

    Given last night's court win in Cincy (and two fuming lesbians in Ferndale), those republicans in Lansing wanting to effectively tell Michigan Voters what to go and do with themselves as they throw their support behind the LGBTIQ-crowd, just might have them thinking twice about proceeding any further.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thank God that courageous judges who recognizes the constitution still remain. Moral relativism and extra-constitutional judicial activism has been fast tracking this country into the dungheap, and these Good judges put the brakes on hard.

      Pray that the Supreme Court (which now will likely address this) sees the state's rights battle for what it is. No one is being discriminated against, and the 14th does NOT apply. It is simply a part of the state construct and is a measure of the will of the people within the state.

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    • Corinthian Scales
      November 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Really believe that Michigan's Gang Of Polyps are just going to up and forget what Wooden Shoes butter their bread?

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      • KG One
        November 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm


        Hell no.

        I've been told that prior to the election (and obviously the Sixth's decision), that the Michigan republican party bowing to the LGBTIQ altar and kissing their rings or whatever accoutrement they want kissed was a go regardless of outcome in lame duck.

        But now, I'm of the strong opinion that since the 6th's ruling the dynamics of this issue have changed and they don't want to stir up a hornet's next with that ammunition now on our side.

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        • Corinthian Scales
          November 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

          Because a hornet's nest has slowed a relentless progressive agenda thus far?

          Maybe it's just me, however, I will believe any impact of the 6th decision on Lansing, when I see it.

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          • KG One
            November 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

            Fair enough.

            But one last thing about how much that can be accomplished in a small amount of time.


            And that was only in one city...

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            • Corinthian Scales
              November 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm


              A successful petition drive by thousands of Sterling Heights residents led to the City Council’s decision Oct. 7 to formally repeal an ordinance that made it unlawful to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in many cases.

              The City Council voted 5-1 to repeal the law, called the Sterling Heights Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Councilman Joseph Romano was the lone no vote. The council also unanimously supported a resolution to support proposed legislation that would amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

              Are you suggesting there is a movement afoot to light a fire under Lansing's ass, which aligns with the Nerd's position on Gheys?

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              • KG One
                November 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

                I wasn't suggesting anything then and I'm not suggesting anything now, but let me say just this: The politicians in just one Michigan city attempting to go outside the purview of city business by getting everyone to sing kumbayah and think happy happy thoughts, saw their machinations blow up in their face like an Acme ™ Dynamite Kit in the span of about one month.

                Take that for what you will...

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    • Conservative First
      November 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I'm somewhat concerned that they will try to sneak it through in lame duck before Glenn, Courser, and Chatfield are sworn in. Stay vigilant.

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      • KG One
        November 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        See the link in my post above on why that wouldn't be the most prudent course of action.

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  2. Corinthian Scales
    November 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    So, in essence, the Nerd and Baird, played Conservatives as the fools they are, again.

    How anyone is able to tout the guy who rescued Medicaid Expansion, and is on record with screwing us with a massive tax hike as being "more conservative than previous leader Randy Richardville" is just gobsmacking. Fully expect Modus OpeRandy: Part Deux! out of this new SML.

    Then the nonsense about Cotter. He was bought off for the sake of public appearance.

    Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville also sought the speakership but dropped his bid in exchange for being named to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

    Cotter's leadership team includes republican state representatives Tom Leonard, Aric Nesbitt and Rob VerHeulen. State Representative Tom Leonard, from DeWitt will serve as the Speaker Pro-Tempore. Leonard has also served as Majority Caucus Vice Chair.

    So there you have it. The Nerd slid in the #2 guy currently under Joe H., and then Cotter was corrupt enough to name Jenell Leonard's hubby, a "Thrifty Acres" asslown who loves him some Internet Sales Tax, and the guy responsible for screwing Tesla Motors, and all others into a rigged market with the help of the Hunes.

    I have to hand it to you, Conservative First, if bullshit were music, your screed would be a brass band.

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    • Conservative First
      November 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Since you seem to be intentionally misinterpreting what I write, I'll spell it out in more detail. Nobody is saying that Meekhof or Cotter are perfect. (I was rooting for Jack Brandenberg in the senate.) But they are improvements.

      Meekhof voted against Medicaid expansion. Here are the key votes:
      He did vote for immediate effect, which is hardly the same thing.
      Randy Richardville championed the Hollywood film subsidy, refused to allow a vote to repeal prevailing wage, and didn't allow a vote on Right to Work until the caucus forced him to. I don't see how anyone could argue that Meekhof (who has championed repealing prevailing wage) isn't an improvement.

      Cotter and Leonard voted against Medicaid expansion and Common Core. Pscholka, a former Fred Upton staffer, voted for them. By ACU and RighMI ratings, Cotter and Leonard are in the top 20-30% of house Republicans. Again, not perfect, but about as good as we could reasonably have hoped. Pscholka rates much lower. I don't see how anyone can argue that that Cotter isn't more conservative than Pscholka or Jase Bolger.

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