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    Cliff Taylor New MCPP Chair

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:44:31 PM EST
    Tags: Mackinac Center, Cliff Taylor, Good Year, Chairman, Free Markets, Michigan Supreme Court (all tags)

    Its gotta be a good year for Cliff.

    First it starts off with the appropriate culling of hypocrisy as seen in the Diane Hathaway debacle.  Hathaway, of course was the recipient of the infamous sleeping judges ad, where in a lie, an actor was hired to 'represent' justice Taylor sleeping while on duty.  Hathaway won easily at that time as Michiganders were horrified to think that such a thing could happen on the Michigan Supreme Court.  Strangely, there was nary a peep THIS TIME from the folk calling foul in THAT election, but for a few "I don't cares" coming from the lefty side apologists.

    Clifford Taylor wins the moral battle to be sure.

    And as seen with a recent appointment, he is still an impressive force in the Michigan theater.

    Press release below the fold.

    Taylor Named New Chairman of Mackinac Center Board of Directors

    Former Supreme Court Justice Replaces Olson

    MIDLAND -- The Mackinac Center Board of Directors has chosen former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor as its new chairman, according to Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman. Taylor replaces D. Joseph Olson, a founding member of the Center who has served as chairman for most of the Center's history and will remain on the board.

    "Joe Olson's leadership kept us true to the principles of liberty and free markets through four governors' terms, during which scores of our ideas were signed into law," Lehman said. "Now, Cliff Taylor takes the helm as Michigan becomes a right-to-work state, a major milestone our founders only dreamed of 25 years ago."

    Taylor, a former Navy officer, joined the board in May of 2012. He served on the state Supreme Court from 1997 to 2008 and the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1997.

    "The Mackinac Center for the last quarter century has been at the forefront in promoting free-market policies and fighting against government overreach," Taylor said. "I look forward to helping strengthen those tools as the Center begins its next 25 years of service to the people of Michigan."

    Olson said he thinks Taylor will be an ideal chairman.

    "His philosophy is consistent with the Center's goal of promoting limited government and free markets and his legal career reflects that."

    Olson also said he considers his involvement with the founding of the Mackinac Center and the time he spent as chairman to be one of his "proudest achievements."

    Olson reflected on the early days of the Center, when it was located in a small office behind a pizza parlor, with just two employees and a budget of less than $100,000.

    "It has moved from an idea that used to get a little attention, in a relative few years, to now when the Mackinac Center speaks, Michigan listens."

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. The largest state-based free-market think tank in the country celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.


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