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    Making Sense of the Michigan Supreme Court Race

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Fri Aug 20, 2010 at 04:49:23 PM EST
    Tags: Allen, bodily injury, courts, Justice, Kelly, Markey, Michigan Supreme Court, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, Young (all tags)

    Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws and, by mistake, in the Multimedia section of RightMichigan.

    Party delegates to the August 28 State Republican Convention will face the formidable tasks of selecting candidates for Secretary of State, Attorney General, and governing boards of Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and one other whose name escapes me (I think it's in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor).

    At least as important as these tasks is the responsibility to select two nominees for the Michigan Supreme Court. Justice Robert Young is running for reelection, and he deserves our unanimous, unwavering support. Justice Young is an extraordinary legal talent with a first rate mind, unshakable integrity, and incredible vision.

    The other nomination is between Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly and Court of Appeals Judge Jane Markey. Both are well-qualified. So, how does one distinguish them?

    (1162 words in story) Full Story

    Its nice when the left is bummed.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 09:18:54 AM EST
    Tags: KOS, Democrats, Allen, McDowell, Recount (all tags)

    From the KOS, where every now and again in the spirit of broken clocks they can be correct twice a day:

    "MI-01: Primary ends with concession, despite vote margin in the teens
    This is pretty shocking, and no doubt disappointing for Michigan Democrats who would have likely welcomed a protracted recount. But state senator Jason Allen has conceded the GOP primary for Congress in the district long occupied by Democrat Bart Stupak, congratulating teabagger favorite Don Benishek on his fifteen vote victory. Allen determined that he didn't want to put either campaign through the expensive and time-consuming process, which would have taken weeks and siphoned six figures, in all likelihood, from both Republican campaigns. Benishek now advances to face Democratic state legislator Gary McDowell, who had the Democratic field cleared for him and has been able to conserve resources for the general."

    I am pretty sure they misspelled "teapartyguy" on purpose, but I left it unchanged for proper context.  

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    July 14th Alden Michigan Candidates Forum

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Sat Jul 17, 2010 at 07:48:47 PM EST
    Tags: 1st Congressional district, Alden, Allen, Donlon, Hooper, Michigan, Stillings (all tags)

    This is the first of many video sets done recently.  ALL videos are available in HD.  I will add more as I have them processed.

    ONE note..  The content on these videos is NOT to be reproduced into other compilations, or advertisements without the ENTIRE section of video being available in the production for proper context, unless the video is of the particular candidate USING the video for their own advertising, which is permitted freely without cost or liability.

    There are 7 sections to this video.

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    Jason Allen and the Definition of a Liberal Republican

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:22:15 AM EST
    Tags: MI01, elections, Allen, conservatism (all tags)

    One of the ways that lawmakers in Michigan have been making names for themselves is by employing targeted tax incentives.  The practice is both criticized and applauded, depending on if the critic or the one who praises benefits in any way.

    The purpose of  easing taxes on business to motivate them or encourage them to do business in Michigan seems like a noble thought, after all, Michigan's unemployment rates are the highest in the country, and have been for 4 years now.  But one cannot ignore the absolute fact that the only benefit these schemes have is to vault the name of the sponsor in congress, and create an advantage by the recipient against his peers.

    According to Jack McHugh at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,the most liberal agent of these targeted tax incentives is Senator Jason Allen.

    Since 2001, Allen has introduced at least 60 bills in this category,  many of them thinly disguised favors benefiting specific companies. In fact, these bills Allen introduced are clearly red flags, and once again highlight the fact that he is not conservative.

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    Governor's Wolverine power plant denial a bad decision

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 23, 2010 at 10:25:48 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Michigan, Wolverine Power, Elsenheimer, Allen, DEQ, jobs (all tags)

    Northern Michigan economy snubbed again according to two Michigan lawmakers.

    State Senator Jason Allen and House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer on Friday expressed their strong disappointment with the Granholm administration after it denied a permit for a new power generation plant in Rogers City.

    The plant would have boosted Northern Michigan's economy with 2,500 good-paying construction jobs and established a base power generation source that would help the region to rebuild and grow for the future. Said Allen, R-Alanson of the governors choice?:

    "This latest decision is another sad chapter in a pattern of neglect by the administration,"

    "Officials have hurt our tourism industry by closing Northern Michigan state campgrounds, dragged their heels for years on establishing a state snowmobile route between Gaylord and Cheboygan and now after more than a thousand days they have pulled the plug on the Wolverine Power Company plant. The administration is leaving a painful legacy for our region of the state to grapple with for many years to come."

    The Wolverine Power Company proposed a state-of-the-art clean-coal power plant in Rogers City almost three years ago but was put on indefinite hold last year when the governor interjected another roadblock by requiring the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct further reviews of such projects.

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    The Caucus Courrier: Bipartisan legislation demands auto industry accountability

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 05:10:57 PM EST
    Tags: Caucus Courrier, Meltzer, Allen, Jansen, George, Proos, bipartisanship (all tags)

    With thousands of Michigan jobs on the line, several state lawmakers today joined with Michigan automotive supply companies to announce legislation to force fair payment for products received by auto manufacturers.

    "The Michigan automotive supply sector is struggling because of the failed business policies of the state, and as a result, thousands of Michigan jobs are in danger," said state Republican Representative Kim Meltzer.  "More Michigan workers are employed in the supply industry than direct auto manufacturing, but many suppliers are on the verge of bankruptcy. Times are tough, and if we are to break out of this current economic slump, we have to eliminate such impediments to job expansion."

    Meltzer, along with Democrat Rep. Mark Meadows and Republicans John Proos and Sen. Jason Allen, today introduced a bipartisan six-bill package to create accountability for the auto industry by:

    • Eliminating permanent recording on tooling: Under the current acts, tool and die companies are required to permanently record on all of the tooling it designs.  

    • Reducing the 90-day waiting period to 30 days: Current law requires companies to wait 90 days to issue a lien if payment has not been received.  A full three months is a long time for a tool and mold builder to bear the financing cost for a design, fabrication and manufacture of the tooling while the customer is allowed to continue using the tooling.

    • Grant immediate possession and enforcement under general motion practice: The acts grant the lien holder the right to possession of tooling and to enforce their right to possession by any "available judicial procedure."

    • Allow for the assessment of interest, damages and attorney fees: Tool and die companies are forced to spend thousands of dollars on attorney fees, court costs, etc. to enforce the lien under the acts.

    • Includes language regarding the waiver of a mold builder's rights under the lien act and the application of the law of another state: Prevents any contract language that attempts to waive a mold builder's right under the lien act.

    Meltzer said that current practices by the original equipment manufacturer's allow for delayed payments to suppliers making them wait up to two years to receive payment for completed jobs.

    "This is a multi-billion dollar problem across the state," Meltzer said. "But it's also a fairness issue - businesses aren't living up to their contractual obligations and these poor business practices will force Michigan suppliers to close their doors."

    On the other side of the Capitol, a big local event was added today to next week's schedule.

    Read on...

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