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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Breaking: Big-money left using fraud in attempt to gut Michigan Courts

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 12:04:57 PM EST
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    Update [2008-6-11 12:55:47 by Nick]:I spoke this lunch hour with "Eric," the big boss for Progressive Campaigns, Inc. in the West Michigan area. According to the man recruiting the circulators they're paying $1.50 per every signature. And Progressive isn't a charity. They aren't charging their mysterious benefactor (cough) Stryker? (cough) wholesale prices. Figure conservatively the committee pays Progressive $2.00 for each signature.

    They need 450,000 signatures minimum to survive challenges. That's $900,000 just to make the ballot... you can go ahead and double or triple that for the general election campaign. Now ask yourself... who has that kind of cash ($4 million?) lying around to burn on an attempt to radically liberalize the judicial landscape?

    Petition Circulator: Excuse me, would you be willing to sign a petition to stop the Michigan legislature from giving themselves a pay raise next week?

    Approachee: Sure!

    Surprised to learn the legislature was planning to raise their pay this week?  So was I.  And, apparently, so were the twenty or thirty folks who'd already signed this woman's petition.  

    Shocked is more like it.  Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that the legislature was not planning to and will not be voting themselves a pay raise this week, next week or any week in the imaginable future.  The petitioner's line was simply a lie to grab signatures for the latest ballot initiative being pushed by the Michigan left and it addresses far more than legislative pay raises.  

    If you can't beat them change the rules, right John?  The new ballot initiative is being actively circulated statewide by "Progressive Campaigns, Inc." with big dollars behind it, though whose are anybody's guess (the smart money is on one Mr. John Stryker, the one man with a deep-seeded desire to liberalize the courts and the money to pull it off... with a big assist from the Michigan Democrats).

    At it's heart the eight page, twelve column (you read that right) petition is a poorly disguised attempt to blow the Michigan judiciary to pieces, set up massive judicial back logs, do through fiat what Democrats haven't done through judicial elections and pave the way for dozens of new long-term Granholm appointment opportunities.

    Of course, if there's one thing folks typically reach across party lines to embrace it's law and order.  That's why the left is lying about the purpose of the petition, hoping those they stop won't bother to read all eight pages of fine print.

    Circulators have claimed the petition is to "fix Michigan's economy."  They've claimed it's to "prevent an immediate legislative pay raise."  They've claimed it's to prevent a new income tax hike.  The Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun have already published stories about circulator deceit.  

    The frightening truth?  Read on...

    Under the proposed constitutional amendment:

  • Two (2) seats on the Supreme Court would be eliminated.  It targets those with the least seniority, Justices Young and Markman, both Republicans re-elected in recent years by overwhelming margins.  They'd lose their jobs as of December 20, 2008.

  • All seven (7) Court of Appeals seats up for grabs in 2010 would also be eliminated as of this December, cutting short by two years the terms of previously elected judges.  Six of the Court of Appeals judges being targeted are generally considered to be "GOP."  The seventh, Helene White, has been nominated by President Bush to take a seat on the federal bench and will be moving on anyways.

  • All judges would be subject to a pay cut beginning in 2009 that would reduce compensation to what the position garnered in the year 2000.  Judges who took the bench before 1997 have their pensions calculated on their final salary.  The paycut, in essence, would force these judges to chose between early retirement and significant long-term financial penalties.  One judicial insider who spoke on condition of anonymity claims that in theory up to half the judgeships in the state could suddenly go vacant.  While that could create major delays and case back logs it would also provide Jennifer Granholm with the ability, in one sweeping set of action, to appoint half the bench in the State of Michigan.

  • The Judicial Tenure Commission would be rebuilt including an affirmative action provision mandating the makeup of reflect the population of the State of Michigan.

  • The House of Representatives would be reduced to eighty-two (82) members.  The Senate to twenty-eight (28).  New district lines would be drawn according to strange provisions requiring "competitive" apportionment.  Half would be drawn with a majority Dem base, half with a majority GOP base while four (4) Senate seats and nine (9) House seats would be restricted to a maximum 53% base from either political party.

  • A new redistricting commission would be created with four (4) Democrats and four (4) Republicans and a ninth "non-partisan" member serving as chair.  The ninth member would be selected by no fewer than six of the other eight members.  If an agreement on the ninth cannot be reached each Party would submit a name and then toss a coin.

  • The redistricting plans also require six of nine votes for passage.  Without the requisite number each Party submits its own redistricting plan for approval of the "non-partisan" chair.  The "non-partisan" chair who may actually be a Democrat selected by the flip of a coin.  Once this "non-partisan" chair approves plans from each side another coin is tossed deciding district boundaries statewide.

    Or as a friend of mine put it... "scary.  Very, very scary."  For Stryker's forces to prevail they need 380,126 valid signatures by July 7th.  That's a tall mountain to climb, but with circulators everywhere from John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids to downtown Lansing, the Courthouse in Detroit, the Red Wings Parade, Owosso, Mount Pleasant, Jackson area supermarkets and heaven knows where else it looks like the money and the manpower is there to make a go of it.

    Just a shame Michigan Democrats have resorted to lying to voters to get them to stick their names on twelve columns worth of frightening fine print.

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    Maybe... (none / 0) (#1)
    by jgillmanjr on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 04:21:45 PM EST
    Hidden video camera and tape/audio record this stuff going down?

    John Stryker = Vladimir Lenin (none / 0) (#3)
    by Victor Laszlo on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 06:14:03 PM EST
    John Stryker has now made himself the personal enemy of democracy.

    The shoe is on the other foot (none / 0) (#5)
    by NoviDemocrat on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:16:03 PM EST
    Republicans loved to tell us that "money = free speech". But when that money isn't coming from the GOP, Big Business or Right wing 527s, suddenly you attack spending money on political efforts as un-American. When it was Leon and his pig circulating petitions, you called it democracy in action, even when his circulators were found violating Michigan laws. But when it's someone other than Republicans circulating petitions, you go into attack mode. Sounds like a lot of hypocrisy in action on this site.

    Re NoviDemocrat (none / 0) (#8)
    by Victor Laszlo on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 11:19:36 PM EST
    Not surprisingly, neo-communist liberals like NoviDemocrat and John Stryker are fixated on money.

    The Holy Grail (none / 0) (#12)
    by Republican Michigander on Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 12:10:57 PM EST
    The courts are the Holy Grail for leftism. Jon Stryker is a nut. He's way in the minority on his views, but he has a ton of money.

    I'd like to see a bunch of PI's hired to dig up a ton of dirt on this spoiled rich kid. Styker needs to be brought out more into the spotlight and viewed as poison by his party.

    http://www.arcusfoundation.org/pages_/home_.cfm - There's Stryker's foundation.

    If people only knew..... (none / 0) (#17)
    by RtotheKirk on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 10:29:58 AM EST
    Something tells me that people would be less apt to sign this petition if they knew that there were actually 12 pages of small fonted print that is associated with this changing of the constitution. In fact, I've proven this to be so. In a local town I found a few of these circulators giving their pitch, I went back to my office printed off the proposal and went back to confront them, but also catch a signer off guard. After hearing me, she crossed out her name off of the petition. I hope word gets out on the implications of such a broad change to the constitution.

    I would like to add... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Chazwald on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 04:44:28 PM EST
    ...that I never signed any petition.

    The problem doesn't lie with the well informed voter. It however is a problem when the circulators are down at Grand Rapids Community College deceiving young college aged students who frankly don't care what they are signing. And who obviously are not informed as to what they are signing.

    So where is the Stryker watch group (none / 0) (#23)
    by Clydes Dale on Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 09:50:07 PM EST
    All the libs seem to have all these never ending watch groups out there that simply stalk the GOP.

    What about Stryker?  What is Stryker doing?  Where does he go?  Who does he talk to?  Why does he not come out in public if he is going to give millions of dollars to far left groups.  What are his plans for millions of dollars in unrestricted untrackable unreported dollars?  

    Lawsuit kickbacks http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/mar/11/medical-supplier-stryker-probed/

    What he did in CO -
    (the Coloradans for Life LIE!)

    I wonder if Homer Stryker, Jon's Grandfather and Company founder would be happy with what his grandson is doing? Maybe.

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