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Tag: Joe Hune
By JGillman, Section News
Sen. Joe Hune today urged residents not to let special interest groups hijack their voices and opinions.
Hune, R-Hamburg, recently mentioned that his office has received an innumerable number of phone calls from constituents that were transferred to the office from `robo-calls' they had received regarding Medicaid expansion. However, many of them do not understand the phone calls they are receiving and some seniors are even mistaking it for changes to Medicare.
"These robo-calls appear to be intentionally misleading! These calls prompt you to press one to speak to our office or it automatically transfers you. Either way, many are mistaking it for being originated by my office. I repeat that we are not responsible for these calls."
Interest groups have launched a campaign that automatically sends phone calls to many of the Michigan Senate offices recently. He understands the frustrations of those receiving the calls:
"I apologize to my constituents who are receiving robo-calls from shadowy interest groups scripted to sound as if it was coming from our office, which is not the case. Aside from these calls being very persistent to homes in my district, many of my constituents don't know who called them or why, and are confused by the automated statements made before they are transferred. These robo-calls are a product of questionable, pro-Medicaid expansion groups that don't have the residents of the 22nd District's best interests at heart.Thanks for the Update Joe.
Yessiree folks. Keep an eye out for those " questionable, pro-Medicaid expansion groups ".
They'll do ANYTHING to move it forward.
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Senate bills to ensure public assistance recipients give back were introduced today.
LANSING, - Legislation was introduced today, to help ensure public assistance recipients are giving back to their communities, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune. Senate Bills 275 and 276, both introduced by Hune, were originally SBs 904 and 905, introduced last fall, which failed to pass. (curious, is it not?)
SB 276 would require cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Jobs, Education and Training program to participate in community service. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg says:
"People benefiting from public assistance should do something to give back to the community that is providing them with a helping hand, and that is exactly what my bill does. I am glad that these common sense reforms are moving forward."Lets see them through this time.. mm?
We are all for it here.
Hune's other measure, SB 275, would require public assistance applicants to submit to a drug test if their caseworker has a reasonable suspicion they may be abusing drugs.
"When it comes to drug testing, individuals using taxpayer money for assistance need to be held accountable for abusing it - period"said Hune.
SBs 275 and 276 were referred to the Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee for further consideration.
Where they will likely languish as Republican leadership ponders its philosophical belly button in search for the liberal lint. Or at least for a safe way to upend all those welfare voters before the next big election.
The American Conservative Union has long been the premier organization rating members of Congress on how conservative their voting records are. Last year, ACU began rating state legislators on their voting records, and it recently released its first ratings of the Michigan state legislature.
ACU rated 17 house votes and 18 senate votes from 2012. Many of the bills are the same for both halves of the legislature. Many of the bills are closely related to unions and education.
Here are some notes on the results.
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RE: Joint meeting of the Senate Health Policy and Insurance committees.
At 3PM today, State Sen. Jim Marleau, chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee, State Sen. Joe Hune, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, Members of those committees, Public Sector Consultants President Peter Pratt, and whatever voices for misc members of the public will be present at:
Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor
The Senate Health Policy and Insurance committees will hold their first hearing on the importance of Michigan establishing its own health insurance exchange in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
Importance of Michigan establishing its own health insurance exchange in "accordance to the [Unconstitutional] Affordable Health Care Act."
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The census numbers are starting to be released, and the big political impact will be with redistricting. There's three ways the borders can be drawn. I'll classify them as good, bad system with sometimes good bad and ugly results but with recourse, and bad with no recourse.
Bad - So called nonpartisan commissions. Nonpartisan does not, never did, and never will mean the same as nonbiased. Most people who follow the issue want nonbiased redistricting. There's a difference. Usually commission based redistricting results in incumbent protection. Don't rock the boat. Keep as many people happy as possible. These maps are usually the case when you have split control of the state government. The worst part about these so called nonpartisan commissioners is that there is no recourse for bad maps by these biased politicians. That's what commissions are made up of. Politicians. We can't vote the commissioners out for screwing us.
Good would leave this out of the hands of politicians as much as possible. The true fair system would be a map made up of as few municipal breaks as possible. That as many maps with that system, put them in random and may the best map win.
Bad with recourse is what we have now. We are Republicans were lucky, and we can't always count on that. We took the house, the state senate, and we're still unsure if we have the governor's mansion or not. I'm still not sold on Snyder. The current system is where the state legislature/governor draws the boundaries. It's the system in most states. Michigan has some guidelines in place by statute limiting municipal breaks and shapes of the district.
First, on the 6th.
Joe Hune said it with a straight face, because he knows what we have, and he knows the laws. He told me the same thing he told the paper. If you want to see real gerrymanders, look at Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, and California. Gerrymander doesn't mean non competitive. Gerrymander means odd shaped districts. Michigan's system limits the major gerrymanders. There's still politics, but there isn't that much room. The 1970's and 80's maps were a lot more gerrymandered than the 90's, 2000's and the upcoming map.
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