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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Remember folks, Rick Snyder wants youth enslaved to this Federal dumbing-down agenda.
"I think the Common Core is a really important opportunity, and I think it's a good thing," Snyder said Monday in Detroit, where he was joined by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "Unfortunately, it's been too much about politics. Too many people in our country ... are looking to fight someone for the sake of fighting."
One Term Nerd
Virg Bernero was out endorsing the campaign of Rick snyder?
Those were the days.
Back when you knew where people stood.
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By JGillman, Section News
The full press release was sent to several outlets, resulting in a MIRS Podcast out soon, and a couple of radio interviews.
From discussions, outreach and even the most casual conversations on Friday at the island, it was very easy to get the sense that many Republicans on the island were VERY open to the idea of exorcising the Governor. Even though one watching the broadcast last night live might have seen an excited party, the reality is that a great number of the GOP active types would prefer a new nominee, and some (not quite a majority) would be willing to endure gridlock for a few years.
The good news for my part is that there are still three possibilities.
They are quite aware there is a growing support for a replacement, and two of them have indicated an interest in becoming that replacement if things fall together.
In any event, go below the fold for the press release
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This site has served the conservative community for a long time.
Recognizing that many 'moderate' elements now lurk for fear of being drawn into arguments they cannot win, there ARE ways to get a pulse on what is being considered. Even the soft conservatives out here are getting the fire-to-the-hand test of loyalty by the governor who doesn't really seem to have ANY center of gravity. When the first answer is always to go back with hands out for more taxes, its an insult to the 'conservative' voter who actually feels some bizarre obligation to support it. When we see this:
"The MIRS subscription newsletter reported Monday that the quadrant leaders "are moving toward a package" that would devote all revenue collected at the gas pump -- including fuel excise and sales taxes -- to roads while boosting the state sales tax by one percent to replace lost revenue currently earmarked for schools and cities."I am all for making sure the taxes collected on Gasoline goes to roads.
However, the increasing cost on gasoline and subsequent sales tax windfall provided cover for the fungible nature in which the schools are supported. It allowed other areas of state government to grow, and covered the years of neglect and lack of schools oversight by the legislature. The schools have enough to operate on, but do not have some of the tools in which to better manage what they get. Snyder's additional sales tax is NOT the way to solve this.
There really has to be a question forming in the minds of even the most ardent Republicans.
We are NOT ATM machines. How the hell did we get here?
We need to know where you are at. Is Rick Snyder at all trustworthy to see through another 4 years? Would readers of this site vote for a Democrat to prove a point? Would a third party bid be a better way of giving Snyder's unpredictable 'antics'?
Take the poll.
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Bart Stupak was likely the deciding factor in the passage of Obamacare.
Remember this, and the fact that the entire mess we are facing is due to his coalition backing the ACA at a point where it was vulnerable for being recognized as a tool for the baby killers. As a pro-life congressman, he was snookered. Fooled like anyone who capitulates with even a single aspect of the worst legislation that has ever emanated from Washington DC.
And now even while our state senate legislative body considers falling into their own version of bait and switch, there are some on the other side who want a better chance at retaking the governor's seat; and planting the once fooled representative from the UP into it.
"His pals complained that the apparent anointed one, former Congressman Mark Schauer, was not catching fire and that Gov. Rick Snyder might beat this guy. They told Mr. Stupak he was their guy."Wet wood, huh?
Folks, we must remember that memories are short. Stupak would beat Snyder based on that very fact. And the fact he has indicated a non-interest in running? Consider it a courtesy for the time being. This is what the literary world calls 'foreshadowing'.
All the more reason to support a gubernatorial primary challenge on the Republican side.
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By JGillman, Section News
Conservative activists and organizers from across the state of Michigan have had enough.
As promised, Governor Snyder will have to face the reality that the conservative base might well leave him to fend for himself as he repeatedly (and without remorse) promotes expansion of the ACA in Michigan. Joan Fabiano and Jen Kuznicki in an article and open letter to the Governor explain that Republicans should, and will not be casting their vote for him in the coming election.
"It is with careful consideration that we decide on a course of action that is, in our view, politically problematic, but nonetheless a forthright answer to a governor who will not listen to his base: Conservatives should not help this Governor get reelected."This decision does not come easy, and the letter is signed as well by some of the most effective grassroots leaders in the state.
Many are concerned that The 2014 Democrat candidate for governor is likely to take advantage of this, and they are correct. Thus another reason to fight for, and support the legislators who stand up for limited government intrusion into our lives; something clearly pointed out as part of the problem with the ACA by Fabiano and Kuznicki:
'Unsustainable consequences of the passing of the "Affordable" Care Act will leave millions without a job, and millions with cut hours and wages. Those consequences lead us to believe that expansion will overwhelm the system, rip off doctors, temporarily prop up hospitals, all leading to requests for more taxpayer funding on both the State and Federal levels.And all of this merely the tip of the iceberg.
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By JGillman, Section News
Reposted from MTTM - I am honored .. I guess? ~ jg
In an unexpected move, Former Congressman Bart Stupak has endorsed across the aisle, and named Jason Gillman the man to beat for the governorship of Michigan.
Speculation ended only yesterday, when the 1st district Democrat declared that he would rather run against fellow first district citizen, businessman, and author Jason Gillman, for Governor of Michigan, than he would against the current incumbent Rick Snyder. "My goal is to win back the state for Democrats, and I think I could actually beat Gillman," Stupak said. "And anyhow who is that guy?"
Stupak's campaign manager Dennis Lennox was hired by the former trooper and legislator after it was determined that he was personally responsible for a long string of Republican losses. Lennox reportedly said "What can I say? Its not everyone who has such consistent results," and when questioned about his last paying job, he simply replied "please talk to my attorney."
Stupak was recently recruited by Michigan Democrats by newly installed Dem Chair Lon Johnson. Johnson who lives in the 1st district apparently still 'owed one' to the former congressman not for political favors, but from "that time when he was a trooper and was really cool and let me off with a warning." according to Johnson.
The endorsement of Gillman is seen as a wise strategic move by Team Stupak, and is expected to move all the big [liberal] money in the Republican primary to a non incumbent.
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There was enough to disagree with out of the governor's mouth tonight.
The pandering reached epic proportions, but somehow I was not entirely surprised. Aside from essentially ignoring the single most important legislative feat (FTW) in his term (as if he was ashamed) he reached out with political correctness I haven't seen since the 90s. I fully intend to analyze the complete transcript within a couple of days, but one item is particularly troubling. The governor, in a bid to bring everyone on board broke out the tired old "investment" theme to sell a tax hike.
"Michigan is currently short about $1.2 billion a year to fix our roads, .. We can pay today or continue to delay, but that will cost us twice as much. We'll need $12 billion over 10 years - and that's just in today's dollars. Continuing to delay lets the costs balloon to $25 billion in 10 years ..."And the argument is that we MUST add new "user fees" to motorists to pay for that shortage.
Its a false argument.
I agree with user fees. In fact no one is more in line with applying a tax as close to its purpose as I. If there is a tax or fee on an activity, it ought to at least have something to do with that activity. So its easy for those who are conservative minded to get alongside the governor.
Except, ..before saying additional taxes ought to be applied, shouldn't we examine those that exist, and see where that money goes? Is it not requisite that we understand what our current "user fees" are used for, before adding to them?
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