July 27 was the deadline for campaign finance reports for Michigan legislature. Here are summaries of the total amount raised in Michigan state senate districts. Totals include in-kind and late contributions.
WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have announced the transfer of $8 million to the NRSC and the NRCC in support of their midterm election efforts. The Trump Campaign will max out to nearly 100 candidates in its first round of contributions. The RNC will transfer $4 million to the NRSC and $4 million to the NRCC.
Truth be told, I am still not a fan of my own state’s Republican political apparatus as they attempt to manipulate primary elections. Just take a look at who gets the stage when the president or Vice President comes to town. But I am happy to contribute through my local dues and contributions to my local party, and sometimes nationally.
The RNC has not always been great in its finances historically, but has gotten a few of my shekels as contribution from time to time. And the most recent iteration of it under chair McDaniel has been as an excellent
Michigan has a problem enforcing its constitution.
The old “taxation without representation” line has never been more relevant than when election time comes and voters are asked to approve a bond approval. What is a problem, is that many voters for some ballot asks are not even eligible to engage in the process.
Sec. 6. Whenever any question is required to be submitted by a political subdivision to the electors for the increase of the ad valorem tax rate limitation imposed by Section 6 of Article IX for a period of more than five years, or for the issue of bonds, only electors in, and who have property assessed for any ad valorem taxes in, any part of the district or territory to be affected by the result of such election or electors who are the lawful husbands or wives of such persons shall be entitled to vote thereon. All electors in the district or territory affected may vote on all other questions.
Emboldened part particularly pertinent.
Having looked at this in years past, I had an attorney do a bit of research, and it seems the application of our state law was subverted by a 1969 ruling, though not properly annotated to reflect it. There is no subtext, or footnote
Hines flaked out, and Bill Schuette likely felt the fundraiser nearby was a more productive use of his time.
Two candidates decided not to show for a major county party event. The Antrim county party, while not overly large has active and influential players and participants. Ignoring this base might not be a good idea.
The content was good however. Typical 1 minute to 90 second responses were changed to three minute responses. Allowing substantive answers to things that matter, and answer times for bit more of a philosophical element as well.
Worth the watch if you care about who might be Michigan’s next governor.
Or to help demonstrate that there can be more underneath the hood than soundbite soliloquies.
David Maturen is a Republican state representative representing district 63 (eastern Kalamazoo and southern Calhoun counties). He has held the seat since 2014, after spending 12 years on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Maturen is one of the most liberal Republicans in the state house.
The National Rifle Association has just issued its endorsements for the 2018 primary. They give grades to candidates who have voting records or fill out their survey. They endorse most acceptable incumbents and endorse in some open seats. Endorsed candidates are in bold. (Aq means a candidate got an A from the questionnaire only, and doesn’t have a voting record.)
Governor: No endorsement. Schuette got A+, Calley and Colbeck got A, Hines got Aq.
US Senate: No endorsement. John James and Sandy Pensler both got Aq.
8. Bishop A endorsed.
11. All five Republican candidates got A or Aq.
6. (D) Kosowski B, Geiss F
8. Lucido A+, Goike A
10. All three got Aq.
12. Tedder A, McCready D
14. Apparently nobody filled out the questionnaire.
15. Jim Runestad A+
16. Mike Shirkey A+
19. Bizon B+, Callton A.
21. LaSata A, Pagel C.
22. Lana Theis A+
24. Barrett and Roberts both got A.
26. Nesbitt and Genetski both got A.
29. Chris Afendoulis got C+.
30. Victory, Garcia got A, DeBoer Aq, Haveman B+.
31. Gary Glenn A+, Daley A-.
32. (D) Phelps A, Gaudreau F
33. Rick Outman A
34. Bumstead, Hughes both got A.
35. Franz, Vanderwall, and Rendon all got A.
37. Schmidt A+, Gurr Aq.
38. McBroom A, Carey Aq.