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    Mackinac Center Video on Freedom To Work Rollout

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 09:19:22 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Freedom To Work, Right To Work, Mackinac Center, CapCon (all tags)

    Kathy Hoekstra does a bang up job as usual with her roll out video the became available today.

    Worth a "like."  Kudos to her, CapCon,and the Mackinac Center for bringing a little more information forward on this important issue to Michigan.

    Feel free to pass around. Also feel free to pass around linkage to the Michigan Freedom To Work Website.

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    FOIA issue needs to be resolved.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 11:02:27 PM EST
    Tags: FOIA, Chetly Zarko, Freedom Of Information Act, Michigan, Supreme court, Howell Schools, MEA, Mackinac Center (all tags)

    The Mackinac Center as usual is correct.  

    The inability for the Michigan Supreme court to hold government agencies to the freedom of information standards we THOUGHT we had in place as an oversight tool is a bit of a tragedy.  we should have the expectation that ALL correspondence done by our public officials on company time on government owned equipment is not private use. From a release:

    State Supreme Court Failure to Rectify Disastrous FOIA Ruling `Must Be Fixed,' Says Center Attorney

    Legislature should act swiftly to restore the intent behind Michigan's public disclosure law  

    MIDLAND -- In a setback for government transparency, the Michigan Supreme Court yesterday refused again to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that misinterpreted the Freedom of Information Act and now thwarts disclosure of improper activity by public employees. The Mackinac Center and the Michigan Press Association had filed a joint amicus brief seeking to have the state Supreme Court overturn the ruling and uphold the true meaning of the statute.

    "In one sense, the Court's decision is unsurprising, since the court rarely grants reconsideration motions," said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. "On the other hand, the Court of Appeals completely misread the law in a way that will help government officials hide criminal activity -- the exact opposite of FOIA's intent. This ruling must be fixed either by the Legislature or by the Michigan Supreme Court in a future case."

    The case was originally filed by citizen-journalist Chetly Zarko in 2007. Zarko, who passed away in 2010, was seeking public-employee emails related to a labor conflict and potential illegal politicking in the Howell School District. The Michigan Education Association subsequently filed a suit to prevent the disclosure. A trial court ruled in Zarko's favor, but the Court of Appeals overturned that decision in a manner that significantly undermined the effectiveness of FOIA, which was enacted post-Watergate to enable the public to ferret out illegal governmental conduct.

    In December 2010, the Supreme Court denied leave to appeal the decision in a 4-3 ruling. A reconsideration motion was filed by Zarko's attorneys in January and heard by a court that included two new justices.

    "If allowed to stand, this ruling decimates FOIA and cries out for a quick fix," said Wright. "We should not permit state and local governments to hide their criminal activity from those they serve."

    Understood that the court rarely reconsiders, but given the manner in which public integrity has been bolstered by FOIA activity, it is a shame indeed.  Zarko BTW, was someone who pummeled public officials (good and bad) with FOIA requests.  His best friend mentioned the room full with cases of FOIA requests that didn't even cover all of his activity.

    The spirit of that type of determination in revealing truth in government shall be missed. It was good for us and truly good for the elected officials in keeping them straight up.

    It is my hope the legislature takes the Mackinac Center's suggestion seriously, and strengthens the FOIA abilities that ultimately provide us with honest government.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Union Questionaire Draws Attention

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 09:27:02 AM EST
    Tags: SEIU, MCO, Michigan, Prisons, Policy, Politics, Partisanship, Mackinac Center (all tags)

    A posting I had here a few days ago poked fun at the SEIU Corrections unit (MCO) questionnaire that attempted to identify the core political allegiance of its membership.  It drew the attention of the Mackinac Center's Paul Kearsey, who asks a more important question than I had in my post.

    What about Policy?

    Kearsey opines:

    "The interesting and at the same time sobering thing about this is how SEIU leaders see their members through a strictly partisan political lens. The space that the union used to gauge the strength of its members' partisan leanings are (Are you sorta Republican, really Republican, or really, really Republican?) could just as easily been used to find out how worried their members are about losing their pensions in a state bankruptcy, or whether or not work rules negotiated by the union made prisons safer or a host of other questions having to do with what MCO members really want their union to do."

    Leave it to the smart guys to make my point.

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    Wednesday In The Sphere

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 07:39:07 AM EST
    Tags: Wednesday, Sphere, Mackinac Center, McHugh, Bottoms Up Blog, MTTM, TCFamily.org, Upton, A Conservative Teacher, Snyder, Tea Party, Michigan, Lansing (all tags)

    Midweek, a lot more going on in Lansing than you might think based on the few posts locally.  Of course D Conservative has put a bit of work into his Redistricting analysis cross posted to us from The Western Right But who else is talking Michigan politics?

    Start with Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center, who thinks the DRIC discussion isn't one to embrace with Four Reasons Why the Tea Party Should Ignore Detroit Bridge Controversy

    At the Bottoms Up Blog, there is a Tea Party Report from Oceana County's Sunday gathering.  Also a report and pictures from Saturday's affair in Lansing

    K-12 School funding suffering at the hands of Snyder?  To give to 'higher education"? A Conservative Teacher thinks so.

    Over at The Rougblog, the motor city described as a city governed by the delusional lives in a state of delusion

    Traverse City Schools move a meeting to a never used time to avoid public input and objection. Bill at TCFamily.org thinks so as the LBGT agenda moves forward in Northern Michigan.

    And if you didn't see the post over at MTTM, a Seriously Condescending Upton Man gets all smart alecky with a constituent.

    If you know of any blogs not listed here that have to do with Michigan politics, then add them in the comments.

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    Justice at last.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 01:59:23 PM EST
    Tags: Mackinac center, Michigan, Unionization, Day care, Sherry Loar, Justice (all tags)

    Many home based day care providers have been waiting for this day.

    The state of Michigan will stop the illegal `Union Dues' withdrawals from checks to home-based day care providers

    `Fantastic news' needs to be coupled with legislative action to prevent similar schemes in the future, says Mackinac Center attorney

    A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Human Services today told the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that on March 18 the department will stop withdrawing so-called "union dues" from subsidy checks to home-based day care providers who supply child care services to low-income families. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed suit against the DHS in 2009 to stop the illegal withdrawals.

    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation assisted provider Sherry Loar in her fight against forced unionization.  The new DHS director (and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice)Maura Corrigan  has said [paraphrased] "those providers are NOT Employees of the state"


    More below...

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    Don't Forget Tonight's New Media Forum

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 01:57:35 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Elections-Campaigns, Government, General; Media Coverage; MiCapCon; Transparency, Mackinac Center (all tags)

    The Mackinac Center's new media conference is tonight.

    Viewable at MTTM or at The Blog Prof.

    Free replays will also be available at these locations.

    Some more details on the event are below the fold

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    LIVE Streaming Of New Media Event Tomorrow! 10-21-10

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:23:56 AM EST
    Tags: Mackinac Center, Michigan, New Media (all tags)

    If you cannot make it to the Mackinac Center event but are interested in getting a more complete picture of how new media mediums such as this are transforming politics and information, MTTM will be hosting the LIVE stream of the event here.  Alternately, The Blog Prof will have a concurrent stream running on his site.

    I was not able to make the JAVA applet work here or I would have on RightMichigan.com as well.


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    By THE MC Mackinac Center Blog, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 10:29:38 AM EST
    Tags: Mackinac Center (all tags)

    Michigan Public Payrolls Protected in Recent Recession

    Since the beginning of the national recession in December 2007, Michigan's private sector has lost 70 times more jobs than its government sector.

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