Before the ink is put to paper, we should be on record.
Just so no one forgets, we called this one before it happened.
And NO, it has not yet happened, but to be sure, the water boy is owed his paycheck. From the Ivory Tower:
“Novi District Court, one of the busiest in Oakland County, will see two new judges seated in January — one who has promised reform after a series of scandals and another yet to be appointed by the governor.”
Appropriate link and reminder above provided as a free public service.
Certainly, 'politics' has been the buzzword for what should be completely accepted as simple coincidence.
Some amazing things have happened over the last couple of years. A transparency bill that had 100% support in both houses was vetoed; likely because of its implication of deals going down with Canada on the international trade crossing. The only other way besides political pressure to stop an override of the veto would literally be a gun to the head of our legislative leaders; and we know that didn’t happen did it?
Somehow, his legislative lapdogs (Bolger and Richardville) still pushed through (against caucus desire) the medicaid expansion which has an even more threatening effect on Michigan’s treasury. Again, seeing no open coercion, it seems he was able to get his way quite easily.
Now in lame duck, all bets are off for a couple of moves that are sure to keep the crony friends of Rick Snyder rolling in dough. Randy Richardville has moved forward on a monster GAS-TAX increase that will stuff the wallets of a lot of contractors, put steam in train engines, and make all the bike riders ‘complete’ly happy. I don’t even need to drop the links on those; you know we’ve talked about it before.
But what pray tell might be the payoff for Richardville? What might he see for his part in sticking it to the taxpayer of Michigan? Well certainly he has been shtooping us for the love of shtooping, right? But I would wager that if the interviews for the following happened last Wednesday as they were supposed to, I’ll bet you can guess what happens next.
Lets lay it out there. There is an open district judge position in Novi. Over 30 people applied for the gubernatorial appointment, which is expected this month. On Wednesday the governor’s office was interviewing the five finalists. They are:
Lori Fitzpatrick Timar
Guess which one is Randy Richardvilles special friend? Here is a clue: It AINT the guy, and she doesn’t even live in the judicial district (psst ..I think she lives over in Birmingham)
Of course.. I could be proven wrong. The clock is a ticking, and there are so many more Michiganites waiting to be screwed.
Going to the county convention? Be prepared and have fun while you are at it!
A few thoughts on the county conventions being held across the state today.
First and foremost make sure you have a good parliamentarian. This will ensure that rules (AND STATE LAW) is followed.
Be assertive, but polite. Don’t be angry and confrontational. Remember, the real fight for your local party may be in November. If you are inclined at making a difference within the party, you will want to build trust and appear reasonable to others who you want to influence at that time.
Be prepared to make your motions, and be prepared for motions that might be made.
Take video if possible.
Help friends and neighbor delegates understand the process BEFORE attending if you can. In fact, talking about it will help you advocate properly in a pinch.
KNOW THE RULES – Here are some interesting documents (Michigan statute in fact) that might help you out when the excrement hits the turbine.