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Ok.. maybe that's the way our state would like to continue the dialogue.. With reform stalled in the Senate, the legislators have gone home to their districts. School pension reform could mean that a $118 cut per K-12 pupil would not happen for the 2011 school year. Per CapCon..
A K-12 school aid budget recently passed by the Michigan Senate would use the savings from this plan to maintain the current year's per-pupil funding for Michigan's school districts. But without pension reform, the Senate funding plan would require a $118 per student cut for fiscal 2011.
The stall however is in the Republican controlled senate, where an unholy alliance of certain republicans and the MEA has logjammed any forward progress.
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Republican state senate candidate Mike Nofs won the race for the 19th district more than handily last night.
This is a seat previously held by the Democrats and adds to the Republican majority controlling the state senate.
Great job, Mike!
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
Activist Training, Held in Jackson Thurs.
Went to the following Tuesday.
I had also signed up earlier in the day for the phone town hall being put on by the National AFP which included speakers Jim Demint and Michelle Bachman. The problem was that they were going on at the same time. So there I was listening to my cell phone in one ear and trying to catch as much of the Jackson affair from the other.
Needless to say I missed a lot. But I also need to say I learned a lot. Early on it became apparent that I could get more out of the Jackson affair than the national town hall. I still listened to my cell phone but only keyed into certain parts. My attention was drawn to the live show. I'll post later if I can find a recording of the telephone townhall.
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Had the opportunity recently to sit down with Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser and to touch base on everything from the man's background to the Party's goals in 2010 and the special election in the 19th state Senate District.
What does Weiser think about Mike Nofs' chances in the 19th?
What does he need YOU to do to help take back the state in 2010?
How is he changing the culture and the focus at the Michigan Republican Party with an eye towards the future?
Push play and find out for yourself!
Today is the day. As of 10 o'clock this morning, former sheriff, state trooper and state representative Mike Nofs is an official candidate in this fall's 19th state Senate district special election.
The 19th, you'll remember, was technically vacated at the beginning of the year when Mark Schauer broke his word to his constituents and took a seat in Congress, becoming a part of what polling data consistently tells us is one of the least popular legislative bodies in American history.
Our readers in Calhoun and Jackson Counties, their friends and neighbors, have been without representation in Michigan's upper legislative chamber for the last one-hundred-plus days and will be until the end of 2009. The Granholm-Cherry administration, fearing a potential partisan swing in the District and an expanded GOP majority in the Senate, delayed announcing a special election for months.
Remember, they've got a lot more than one Senate seat to lose. Whoever winds up being the incumbent in the 19th come the 2010 general elections will have a leg-up on the challenger. Should the Democrats lose the 19th their path to taking control of the Senate becomes significantly more difficult with nothing less than the holy grail of legislative tasks at stake... redistricting.
Whoever controls the Supreme Court and the state Senate come January 2011 will control legislative redistricting and partisan electoral potential for the next decade.
The man who has the liberals spooked? Mike Nofs.
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One of the exciting things about Party conventions, especially in an off-year before massive mid-term elections, is the behind the scenes information and planning you can become privy to just by hanging out and catching up with old friends.
In 2010 just about everything is up for grabs in Michigan. We've got the Governor's race, the AG, the Secretary of State, the entire State Senate, the whole House, every member of Congress including Mark "I swear I won't run for Congress" Schauer and Yooooooooour (former) Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters... Supreme Court seats... the list goes on and on.
So what's the buzz around the convention thus far?
That's the tricky part. Let me be frank... if I wanted to play the part of Tim Skubick I could give you a dozen and a half early campaign announcements and rumors. And not just today or this weekend but for the past months.
But I'm not Skubick. I'm not a reporter. I'm a conservative who blogs and I count a lot of the men and women bouncing around this convention floor as friends... if I hear something specifically off the record or can't track down the candidate him or herself (or a top staffer) to verify it then I'm going to shut my yap.
I know. I'm lame.
But that's not to say there aren't some rumors that I'm able to substantiate. So here's the latest and greatest from MRP Convention Day 1:
In the 19th District Special Election its Mike Nofs or bust. The man has locked up support in and around the convention and was getting his name dropped by activists from across the state. This is going to be a national race and expected to see an infusion of millions of Dem dollars so watching the Party rally around a candidate with broad bipartisan cross-over appeal is exciting. Mike Simpson and Marty Griffin, look out.
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+ Craig: Cushingberry tried twice to elude police, was given preferential treatment
+ Detroit police arrest man suspected of burning women with blowtorch
+ Fouts rips video as 'scurrilous,' defends Chicago trip with secretary
+ Wind, winter weather hammer state from Mackinac Bridge to southeast Mich.
+ Detroit Cass Tech QB Campbell expected to be released from custody Friday
+ New water rates range from -16% to +14%; see change by community
+ Detroit's bankruptcy gets controversial turn in new Honda ad
+ Royal Oak Twp., Highland Park in financial emergency, review panels find
+ Grosse Ile Twp. leads list of Michigan's 10 safest cities
+ Wayne Co. sex crimes backlog grows after funding feud idles Internet Crime Unit
+ Judge upholds 41-60 year sentence of man guilty in Detroit firefighter's death
+ Detroit man robbed, shot in alley on west side
+ Fire at Detroit motel forces evacuation of guests
+ Survivors recount Syrian war toll at Bloomfield Hills event
+ Blacks slain in Michigan at 3rd-highest rate in US
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+ Apologetic Agema admits errors but won't resign
+ Snyder: Reform 'dumb' rules to allow more immigrants to work in Detroit
+ GOP leaders shorten presidential nominating season
+ Dems: Another 12,600 Michiganians lose extended jobless benefits
+ Mike Huckabee's comments on birth control gift for Dems
+ Granholm to co-chair pro-Clinton PAC for president
+ Republican panel approves tougher penalties for unauthorized early primary states
+ Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit
+ Peters raises $1M-plus for third straight quarter in Senate bid
+ Bill would let lawyers opt out of Michigan state bar
+ Michigan lawmakers launch more bills against sex trade
+ Balanced budget amendment initiative gets a jumpstart
+ Feds subpoena Christie's campaign, GOP
+ Poll: At Obama's 5-year point, few see a turnaround
+ Obama to release 2015 budget March 4
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