Detroit News: Banks may run for Senate District

The Detroit News reports:

Democratic former Rep. Brian Banks of Harper Woods has formed a campaign committee to start raising money for a potential state Senate run in the 2nd District – a seat held by embattled Sen. Bert Johnson, who has been federally indicted over an alleged “ghost employee.”

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Campaigns should eschew predators

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Free campaign advice to candidates across the state: If you’re approached by an alleged sexual predator who offers you a giant bag full of money as an “in” to your campaign, say no. Better yet, tell him to go jump off a bridge.

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Has Governor Snyder Given Up on Trying to Help Michigan Kids?

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Gov. Rick Snyder appears done trying to help the kids of Michigan.

It’s hard to draw any other conclusion, following his handling this spring of the state’s worst performing schools, and news just this month that he’s giving up control of the state’s School Reform Office and passing it off to an education department that’s been failing Michigan kids for generations.

Things haven’t always looked so bleak.

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All I want for Christmas are bolder conservatives

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

All voters want for Christmas is a bolder conservative legislature in 2017. Don’t believe me? Go back and look at November’s election results. When the next legislature arrives in Lansing, it’ll be among the most conservative in the state’s history.

Legislators will find critical reform possibilities, and the opportunity to make a real difference for Michigan families and communities for generations.

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Chatfield: Energy Legislation Wrong for Northern Michigan

The following blog post comes from a Facebook post by Representative Lee Chatfield on December 11, 2016.

Over the past several weeks, many of you have reached out to my office and have inquired of my position regarding the current energy legislation that’s making its way through the House of Representatives. I do not support the bills (SB 437 & 438) in their current form, because I do not believe they are the best solution for Michigan’s taxpayers, families or schools. Below are five reasons why I believe that SB’s 437 & 438 are not the solution we need:

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Trump cancelling 'job killing restrictions' on American energy on day 1

President-Elect Donald Trump released a video (found below) as part of his 2017 Presidential Transition where he said he will "cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy" in a series of executive orders he will issue upon taking office. 

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House should pull plug on bad energy package

Last week, the Michigan Senate voted to subject Michigan ratepayers to an Obama/Granholm vision of energy policy that strengthens monopolies and increases government mandates while strangling customer choice and competition. Coming just two days after Donald Trump shocked the world with his victory over Hillary Clinton, their vote to approve Senate Bills 437 and 438 were a tone-deaf response to voters who loudly voiced their opposition to insider establishment deals that put government interests ahead of the people. Voters are tired of business as usual by their elected leaders and will surely be ready to repeat this message in 2018 for those who didn’t get it the first time.

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Michigan Senate votes for 50% increase in government mandate for environmental left AND to kill free market

Last week, the Michigan Senate passed an energy package that requires utilities to increase their percentage of renewable energy sources by 50% by 2021 and strangle the last remaining remnants of competition! 

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Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy

Tuesday's results could mean a different future for electricity

While most of the world was following election results, another key issue that will heavily affect Michiganders was moving in the state Legislature. Regulations covering energy and electricity choice have been ramped up, but national events should put a halt to Republicans fast-tracking this issue. The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and the GOP maintaining control of the U.S. House and Senate means the key reason for pushing forward with Senate Bill 437, a bill that will revise utility regulations in Michigan, has effectively gone away.

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Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field under bills

A package of bills that would establish statewide, uniform regulations and an open market for transportation companies has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Importantly, it would also restrict local governments’ ability to manipulate this market.

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