MI Dems Need Better Candidates, Not Better Maps

Just weeks ago, activist judges on the U.S. District Court sided with a liberal political group and Democratic attorneys, ordering state lawmakers to draw new legislative and Congressional maps before the summer is out, for new elections in 2020.  Of course, following the 2020 elections, a new “commission” will almost immediately begin drawing another set of maps for use in 2022 – the result of last year’s Proposal 2.

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Good candidates, not maps, decide election results

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Late last month, a trio of activist judges on the U.S. District Court handed down a decision that sent shockwaves through Lansing’s political class and may soon deprive you of the right to be represented by the man or woman you recently elected.

The judges sided with a liberal political group and Democratic attorneys, declaring Michigan’s current legislative boundary maps unconstitutionally gerrymandered and ordered lawmakers to draw new maps before the summer is out, for new elections in 2020. Of course, a new “commission” will almost immediately after that election begin drawing another set of maps for use in 2022 – the result of last year’s Proposal 2.

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Dana Nessel Juggles Busy Schedule of Hate, Ethics Violations

Attorney General Dana Nessel has spent the bulk of her first four months in office traveling the state as a professional anti-Catholic bigot, but she’s branching out to serious ethics violations.
 
According to the Detroit News, legal experts are sounding the alarm over Nessel’s decision to publicly release a private and dismissed complaint against a retired judge who happens to be Catholic. Worse, Nessel released the complaint to the press without admitting that it had been dismissed – attempting to smear the innocent and retired judge, Michael Talbot, because of his faith.

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Civil Liberties Get Bipartisan Protection

Lawmakers’ most important job is protecting our Constitutional rights.  They took that job seriously last week when they voted to require local governments to obtain a conviction before seizing property or money from individuals they arrest – citizens who are innocent until proven guilty.

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Whitmer’s Protection Racket – Pay Up or Else

The state legislature this week continued their work on the state budget, holding hearings, passing bills, and meeting the needs of schools, universities, and even Michigan’s roads.
 
What didn’t they approve? Republicans did not include Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45 cent-per-gallon gas tax hike in their budget. (Democrats didn’t ask them to, either. Not a single legislative Democrat has, to-date, been willing to introduce the tax-hike bill the Governor’s demanded.)

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Nessel’s Nasty Nature

Attorney General Dana Nessel is on the hunt for bigotry in Michigan, but should start by looking into the nearest mirror.
 
Rarely anywhere in Michigan politics does a politician display such naked hate and bigotry towards a group of individuals as Nessel has displayed in recent weeks towards Michigan’s Catholic community.

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Shutdown threats bad for business

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Government shutdowns are bad for working families. Michigan learned that the hard way just a decade ago, when a pair of shutdowns paralyzed the state, took police off the road, and put the proverbial flashing neon sign at the state’s southern border, warning workers and job creators to stay far, far away.

Here we go again. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to shut down state government this year if Republican lawmakers don’t acquiesce to her demands for a regressive $2.5 billion annual hike in our gas tax, a $600 a year punch in the gut for working families who can afford it least.

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100 Days of Tax Hikes, Scandals and Broken Promises

The first 100 days in power for Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson couldn’t have been more disastrous.
 
Just look at the trio’s dubious list of “accomplishments.”
 
Governor Whitmer’s signature move through 100 days has been to propose a massive 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike - after calling such a tax hike "ridiculous" on the campaign trail - and a giant new tax on small businesses that provide great local jobs. She’s even threatened to shut down state government completely if Republicans don’t tax their constituents through the nozzle.

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How does Gretchen Whitmer define lying?

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has come under new fire for a broken campaign promise not to raise Michigan motorists’ gas taxes to pay for more government spending.
 
Whitmer made the pledge on the debate stage just last fall, calling accusations that she’d raise the tax “ridiculous” and “nonsense.” Now, WXYZ TV 7, Detroit’s ABC television affiliate, is grilling the governor over her campaign-trail whopper and her response is going to shock you!


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Double Down on Deception

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