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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Meekhof: Solid NO On Expansion

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:59:45 AM EST
    Tags: Bad Law, Michigan, Health Care, Medicaid, Expansion, Lobbyists, HB4714, Arlan Meekhof, State Senate (all tags)

    The use of 'the possible' scenarios can be confusing sometimes.

    Jack Hoogendyk penned a piece the other day that might have turned a few heads.  His email article "Money, Power, Quid Pro Quo - How it Destroys Good Policy" used a story from the 'watching Michigan' site that suggested Arlan Meekhof's position on Medicaid expansion might be compromised by a desire for leadership.  The article painted a scenario under which it seemed possible that Senator Meekhof might capitulate to expansion:

    "But, by rising to the seat power as leader, you too are owing to someone. All that money you spread around during the campaign; where did that come from? The lobbyists. And those lobby groups that endowed you with all that cash, do you think maybe they have a few quid pro quos as well? Oh, yeah.


    I remember when there was a key vote on insurance reform in 2003. Blue Cross/Blue Shield had much to gain if the vote went their way. They had to put a full court press on Republican lawmakers to get the needed votes. Several members were swayed by promises that "your campaign debt will go away."

    It happens.

    Hoogendyk ended with wonderment of of the house votes and a question whether Arlan Meekhoff, as a man of integrity would cave to the a desire to grow in office.

    "... Were they promised help in the upcoming election? A few seats could be in trouble because of the Freedom to Work vote. Some future campaign cash could be helpful...in exchange for a key vote now.

    I know Arlen Meekhof quite well. He is a man of integrity. I appreciate that he has always stood tall on social issues. He is a staunch defender of life and traditional values. But, is he vulnerable to the intoxicating lure of power? Will Arlen Meekhof compromise his principles in exchange for leadership? Only time, his votes and his post-election campaign finance report will tell for sure."

    And as usual, the grassroots came alive.

    Continued below.

    The good senator has no desire to abandon principle on this critical issue.

    He has apparently let Jack know this after his office had to fend off a grassroots onslaught.  Today Hoogendyk quickly reports:

    "I reported Monday morning that there was some concern about whether Majority Floor Leader Senator Arlan Meekhof might change his position on Medicaid expansion and vote for it.

    Later Monday morining, I received a nice note from Senator Meekhof's staff letting me know that the Senator has no intention of supporting Medicaid expansion.

    Apparently, his office received "dozens" of emails and phone calls Monday morning asking why he had "changed his position" on Medicaid. As stated in the email I received, he has not changed his position. I quote from the email regarding the question of his vote on Medicaid expansion,

    "as he has told everyone else, he is voting no if it ever comes up for a vote. He hasn't exactly been shy about sharing this opinion--he posted his intentions on Facebook here, and he argued against Medicaid Expansion on TV here."

    Please place a quick call or email to the Senator: thank him for his pledge to vote NO on Medicaid expansion. It will only take a minute. Click here."

    Meekhof has shown integrity on this issue.

    His FB smaller government comment is a critical argument that needs to be continuously advocated and placed in front of our representatives, many of whom gained their positions upon that platform.

    We are more than happy to call out those who say one thing to gain a vote, yet turn on a dime (or a big sack of them) when an opportunity to enrich their lot in life comes up.  In this case, it is clear Senator Meekhof has no intention of turning his back on the principles which too many have already abandoned.

    We thank him.

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    Thank Sen. Meekhof, indeed. Now, when will... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:08:54 AM EST
    ...the Republican Caucus, which are being raked over the coals, officially abandoned the non-transparent Bill Milliken v2.0 stealth-Democrat crony capitalist self-invented Nerd persona, SML Modus OpeRandy, and Speaker Bolger?

    The stated above is the true measure for the Lansing Majority showing their alleged integrity.

    Hopefully that sentiment will... (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:32:28 PM EST
    ...wear off on enough of the rest of his caucus.

    Unfortunately, the word that I'm getting is that the fix is in and the vote next week is merely a formality.

    Anyone with a "-d" after their name is already on board.

    Richardville's little stall tactic did the trick in getting a few recalcitrant "republicans" in line; carrying the water for the guv (and Pres. B.O.), while simultaneously telling the grassroots what they can effectively go and do with itself.

    And the three other additional "choices"???


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