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21 hours ago

Your Defending Fathers

3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers” Monday 1-21-19;

Lansing policies have got to change, to fix what is wrong with our Great State!!!

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1st hour discussion today, Monday 1-21-19; MIRS News Service

Former Sen. Jack Brandenburg Shooting For 239 Pounds

So what do former senators, who chaired the finance committee for example, do now that they no longer have a shot at eliminating the state income tax?

Answer: They work out every other day on the elliptical contraption with a goal of getting their weight down from 245 to 239.

"I want to get it below that 240 mark," laughed ex-Macomb County lawmaker and ex-football player Jack BRANDENBURG. His record is climbing 12.6 miles in 65 minutes "and after that I was dead and slept very well."

"It was six of one kind, half a dozen of the other" on leaving the legislature, he added.

“I didn't want to go. But it's nice to work on my schedule," Brandenburg reported from his retirement digs in Harrison Township. "I do miss the action. I loved walking onto the Senate floor every day and being ready for anything. I liked to play the game and score some points," he laughed again.

One of the touchdowns he could not score was his ill-fated effort to wipe out the state income tax. He labored long and hard with other like-minded conservative anti-taxers in the upper chamber but in the end, he couldn't get it by former Gov. Rick SNYDER.

He revealed the best he hoped for was a tax shift whereby the income tax would go bye-bye only to be replaced by about a 10 percent sales tax. He trotted out the argument he made as a senator.

"From 2006 to 2016, Michigan had 44,000 new people move here. Texas had 2.7 million and it has no income tax," he said.

Despite his hours working this thing behind the scenes, he still thinks, "it could have been done" were it not for the Governor and state Treasurer, who told him in no uncertain terms that they would not cut the budget. And even though Snyder did not telegraph veto threats, Brandenburg reported the Governor broke the rule on this one.

"I'm glad to be home," he reflected and recounts a conversation he had with his bride the other night, "Are you tired of having me around so much?" he cautiously inquired.

"You are not driving me crazy, yet," she revealed.

But for the next two months, he may get a chance to do that as he and she are heading to Naples, Florida, for his first-ever elongated break from the daily grind. "The most time I ever took off was three weeks," he recounted.

"I'm healthy, enjoying life and will help my son run the business, but I won't get in his way," which is a departure from what he did in the legislature. He was not bashful about getting his towering body in the way of those who stood in the way of advancing his agenda.

And as one wag put it, "if ever you were in a bar fight, you'd want Jack on your side." Not that they do any drinking or fighting in Macomb County.
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6 days ago

Your Defending Fathers

3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers” Wednesday 1-16-19;
“Reforming Michigan’s No-Fault Car Insurance”

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1st hour discussion today, Tuesday 1-8-19;

So, based on this law, how are people getting elected and being sworn in on Korans, let alone being allowed into America???!!!
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2 weeks ago

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2nd hour discussion today, Monday, 1-7-19;

I will be attending this event on Saturday, and will be giving a "Field Report" on Monday;
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1st hour discussion today, Monday 12-31-18;
MIRS News Service

Snyder Vetoes 42 Bills - Nonprofit Donor Shield, and
Any Suit Any Time Go Down

While Gov. Rick SNYDER's last day in office involved a lot of bill signing, he also vetoed 25 pieces of legislation ranging from lifting the sunset on a telemedicine ban to expanding online gaming.

A big question going into and coming out of this year's mammoth Lame Duck was, 'just what would Snyder sign' among a series of bills that Democrats complained were an over-reach on the part of GOP lawmakers.

Snyder never had to decide on a Campaign Finance Commission, but one bill that did advance and get a veto was Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6553, sponsored by Rep. Rob VERHEULEN (R-Walker). The bill would give the legislature automatic standing in any case challenging the validity or constitutionality of a legislative action a move Democrats saw as a stab at incoming Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana NESSEL (See "'Any Suit, Any Time' For Legislative Legal Action Going To Governor," 12/20/2018).

"We are grateful to Gov. Snyder for demonstrating his integrity and commitment to upholding the Michigan Constitution,” said Nessel, reacting to the news.

In his veto letter, Snyder wrote he believes the current process has worked well to ensure the Legislature's position is considered. He also argued that had the law been in place during his tenure, it would have limited his office's ability to coordinate and manage the defense of the state in lawsuits.

Legislation that would have prevented the secretary of state or any other government entity to force nonprofits to disclose donor information was also rejected by Snyder. In vetoing Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1176 sponsored by Sen. Mike SHIRKEY's (R-Clarklake), the governor wrote that the "broad prohibitions in this bill will impair the executive branch's ability to protect donors." In addition, he wrote that he believes the bill is a solution in search of a problem.

Also rejected was Shirkey's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0822 that would have required a memorandum of understanding between the state and another party to be in effect only for the term of the particular governor who signed the agreement. Snyder wrote in his veto letter that while the "aim of the legislation appears to be a noble purpose, which is transparency, it also has the potential to lead to more routine legislative encroachment into regulating the activity of future governors."

At least one veto, that of Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0035, the charitable gaming law pushed by Sen. Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge), earned a strong reaction from the sponsor.

"After his veto of this common sense bill, Gov. Snyder has shown he is the King of the Grinches. Keep the big casinos happy and harm the little charities," said Jones. "Bah Humbug on you Mr. Nerd! Go back to Ann Arbor!" Incoming House Speaker Lee [CHATFIELD] (R-Levering) expressed disappointment with the bills Snyder rejected. "Our state has vastly improved under Gov. Snyder's tenure, but I'm incredibly disappointed by the many vetoes today," Chatfield posted on Twitter. "Important work by the Legislature was left undone, but I'm proud of my colleagues for standing tall and evaluating bills, on merit, despite political pressure."

Other vetoed bills included:

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0035, sponsored by state Sen. Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge), would have provided for general amendments to bingo and charitable gaming millionaire parties. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that this legislation would undermine the work the Michigan Gaming Control Board has done over the past six years and return millionaire parties to an underregulated market ripe with potential for fraud and abuse.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0100 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0101, sponsored by Sen. Tom CASPERSON (R-Escanaba) and Robertson, that would have removed certain restrictions on recovery costs and fees in action involving the state and exempts parole hearings from the administrative procedures act. In vetoing the bills, Snyder wrote they could create legal uncertainty considering they contain substantially justifiable standard coupled with a clear and convincing standard, which neither federal law nor other state laws contain.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0304, sponsored by state Sen. Joe HUNE (R-Gregory), would have removed the sunset on the cap of 50 cents per cigar tax. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that it is appropriate to maintain the current expectation for expiration of the cap on October 1, 2021 and return the tax to 32 percent of the wholesale price.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0362, sponsored by Sen. Darwin BOOHER (R-Evart) would have amended the Financial Institution Tax Act to revise the apportionment formula for a financial institution with respect to gross business attributable to the foreign business of a controlled foreign corporation. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the legislation represents a significant departure from the tax policy practices that have allowed Michigan to return to solid financial footing.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0721, sponsored by Booher which would have amended law pertaining to sand dunes protection and management. Snyder said he vetoed the bill because allowing large-scale contour changes proposed by the legislation is not protective to the dune ecosystem. Further, it would provide opportunities to degrade, erode and destabilize critical dunes.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1249, sponsored by Sen. Dave ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc), would have changed the statute of limitations for campaign finance violations to five years. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the Code of Criminal Procedure currently provides that an indictment may be filed within six years of a crime being committed. Shortening the statute of limitations to five years results in minimal to no functional change.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1040, sponsored by Sen. Hoon-Yung [HOPGOOD] (D-Taylor), would have expanded the definition of historical vehicles to include certain military surplus vehicles. Snyder wrote in his veto letter that vehicles which were never manufactured or intended for on-road passenger use could be registered and permitted on public streets and roads and he doesn't believe that's appropriate.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1170, sponsored by state Sen. Dave HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), would have allowed certain taxpayers who are members of a flow-through entity to claim a corporate income tax credit. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that this substantial change to the state tax code was passed in a short period of time and that the implementation of a brand-new tax in such a limited time is inappropriate given the significance of such a change, and the risk of IRS action.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1097, sponsored by state Sen. Jack BRANDENBURG (R-Harrison Twp.), would have decoupled state interest expense deductions from federal limitations. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the bill proposed amendments in a manner inconsistent with the sound budgetary practices this administration has followed during the past eight years.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1198, sponsored by Casperson, would have removed the sunset on the prohibition of telemedicine examination prior to a physician diagnosing and prescribing a medical abortion. In rejecting the bill, Snyder said providing patients with the ability to remotely receive safe and proper medical care, at a time-sensitive period for the patient, is significant.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4081, sponsored by state Rep. Tom BARRETT (R-Charlotte), would have provided for general amendments to bingo and charitable gaming millionaire parties. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that this legislation would undermine the work the Michigan Gaming Control Board has done over the past six years and return millionaire parties to an underregulated market ripe with potential for fraud and abuse.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4611, sponsored by Rep. Dan LAUWERS (R-Brockway), would have amended the Horse Racing Law of 1995. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that this bill was tie-barred to Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4926 which he previously vetoed and therefore it cannot take effect.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4926, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4927 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4928, sponsored by state Reps. Brandt IDEN (R-Kalmazoo) and Klint KESTO (R-Walled Lake), would have allowed and regulated internet gaming, and enacted guidelines for violation of the lawful internet gaming act. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that he is vetoing these bills largely due to unknown revenue implications and believes more study and comparison with other states is necessary before authorizing online gambling.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5143 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5680, sponsored Barrett by which would have modified the exemption for alternative energy personal property and excluded placement of solar panels on residential real property from assessment of true case value. In rejecting the bills, Snyder said Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5143 included several technical issues it failed to resolve including differential treatment based on the effective date of the bill. Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5680 was rejected because it was tie-barred.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5634, sponsored by Rep. Julie ALEXANDER (R-Hanover) would have eliminated prohibitions on window tinting and obstruction of a driver's vision. In rejecting the bill, Snyder wrote that the changes would have increased the risk of harm to law enforcement personnel, particularly when approaching a vehicle during a traffic stop.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5881, sponsored by Iden, would have provided for general amendments to the Michigan gaming control and revenue act. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that since this bill was tie-barred to Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4926, which he previously vetoed, this bill cannot take effect.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5916 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5917, sponsored by Rep. Hank VAUPEL (R-Fowlerville), that would have clarified pet shop regulations in the sale of dogs and prohibited local governments from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, policy, resolution or rule regulating a qualified pet shot. In rejecting the bills, Snyder said he had concerns they would have addressed are manifestly local in nature and local officials should be afforded the discretion to address them.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6205, sponsored by Lauwers, which would have modified the Animal Industry Act. In rejecting the bill, Snyder said the language was added at the last-minute that was already vetoed in Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0660, so he rejected Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6205 for the same reasons.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6206, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6207, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6208, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6209, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6210, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6211, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6212, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6213, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6214 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6216 which would have modified the Animal Industry Act and were tied barred to Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6205, which was vetoed, went down with 6205.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6420, sponsored by Iden, would have created the fantasy contests consumer protection act to regulate betting on fantasy sports in Michigan. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that he does not believe this legislation would accomplish positive results for Michigan and therefore is returning it for approval.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6485, sponsored by state Rep. Triston COLE (R-Mancelona), would have clarified exemptions of income and expenses of producing oil and gas. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that tax reforms in recent years have sought to eliminate tax deductions and loopholes that resulted in unfair benefit for some taxpayers. This bill would run contrary to that objective.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6499, sponsored by Rep. John REILLY (R-Oakland) would have increased the number of children receiving care at certain child care institutions. In rejecting the bill, Snyder wrote that increasing the capacity and concentration of fostered youths would negatively impact the goals of providing foster youth care.

- Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6549 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6550, sponsored by Rep. Bronna KAHLE (R-Adrian) would have exempted certain aviation equipment from sales tax and use tax. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote he rejected identical language on Oct. 16 of this year, and is therefore rejecting the second go around.
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1st hour discussion today, Thursday 12-27-18;
GREAT PICTURES AND VIDEOS!!!

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6531665/Trumps-make-SECOND-stop-visit-U-S-troops-Germany-way-sur...

Trumps make SECOND stop to visit U.S. troops in Germany
President Trump and Melania made their second unannounced visit to US troops abroad around 8pm ET as they visited troops on the German base of Ramstein.
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4 weeks ago

Your Defending Fathers

3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers” Monday 12-24-18;

Monday Morning Quarterback - Sen. Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and the final numbers of the Lame Duck Session - 2018!!!

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3rd hour discussion today, (Last day of the "Lame Duck Session - 2018") Thursday 12-20-18 MIRS News Service;

On The 12th Day Of Lame Duck, Lawmakers Gave To Us . . .

On Thursday, Lansing dives into, presumably, the final day of Michigan's longest lame duck session with so many balls in the air it could all end in a spectacular show of productivity, a colossal collapse or anything in-between.

Day 12 begins in the aftermath of Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-Grand Haven Twp.) lighting up House leadership in private for Rep. Aaron MILLER (R-Sturgis) publicly sticking a fork in the Meekhof-supported campaign finance commission (See "Campaign Finance Commish, Prop 2 Bills Dead In House," 12/18/18).

Under a different set of circumstances, the House flushing the Sen. Dave ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc) "Fair Political Practices Commission" in public fashion (as opposed to let it die quietly on lame duck's last day) would be grounds for Meekhof to play hardball. He could, at a minimum, hold up bills or go nuclear -- abruptly adjourn the Senate sine die, essentially killing dozens of pieces of legislation.

While Lansing has seen both scenarios play out before, neither is happening this time. The reason? Meekhof has as much reason to stick in town as Leonard. It is mutually assured destruction time for both of them. An enormous supplemental need passing before year's end, less (in their minds) Gov.-elect Gretchen WHITMER enters office with at least $371 million in General Fund money to spend.

Tens of millions of dollars in projects are suspected to have been promised to Republicans who reluctantly agreed to support the coming A-F grading scale for schools, one of Gov. Rick SNYDER's top priorities.

In that respect, Meekhof and Leonard find themselves like the dysfunctional family hopelessly snowed into a cabin together. They're trying real hard to play nice, passing the time away by passing bills to keep their fellow family members . . . ur . . . legislators happy until the plow truck comes . . . ur . . . the supplemental is ready.

With that backdrop, here is the update on some of the more outstanding controversial issues.

- Gaming package. The Senate is close to wrapping up an all-encompassing gaming expansion plan that creates regulated fantasy sports, internet gaming, horse track simulcasting and looser charitable gaming rules.

The problem is the city of Detroit wants a 55 percent cut of whatever tax money the Detroit casinos collect from internet gambling, which is the same percentage they get under the brick-and-mortar tax structure. The Senate wants to cut that percentage to 15 percent because the people playing the games are not playing in the city of Detroit like they do when they drive to Motown to visit MGM, MotorCity or Greektown.

Meekhof has made it clear that this is an all-or-nothing deal. All of the gambling interest sink or swim together and the longer the standoff goes on the more water this package takes on.

Wayfair Money For Environmental Cleanup, Roads. The good news is the Wayfair decision from June meant more internet sales tax money for Michigan. The bad news is steering that money to somewhere other than the schools comes with constitutional problems.

Snyder agreed with the Senate Republicans that he's willing to use this revenue stream to cleanup brownfields and contaminated properties, but they also want to use some of it for roads. But when the constitution directs 73 percent of all sales tax money to the School Aid Fund how does that work?

The Senate and Snyder have a vehicle bill in Rep. Martin HOWRYLAK's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4991 they can play around with, but for now, figuring out how this is going to work has become a fiscal Rubik's cube.

No-Fault Resurrection Taking On Water. Developer Dan GILBERT's proposed compromise on auto no-fault may be a great idea, but a growing number of House members simply don't want to deal with an issue this large with dozens of other bills flying around.

Combining personal injury protection choice and a hospital fee schedule with the elimination of some insurance rating factors may be a good idea, but returning members are inclined to "workgroup it" or bring it back in January for a thorough vetting.

Any Suit, Any Time. Meekhof could hold up the Rep. Rob VERHEULEN (R-Walker) bill that gives the legislature automatic legal standing when bills it has passed are being questioned in court. Arguably, he could hold it hostage in retaliation for the election commission dying.

But Meekhof wants Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 6553 as much as anybody so future lawmakers have some leverage if Attorney General-Elect Dana NESSEL makes half-hearted defenses of laws he's passionate about.

Tree Bill Hasn't Been Chopped To Bits, Yet
The House Republican caucus is expected Thursday to bring up the Sen. Tom CASPERSON (R-Escanaba) bills that prohibit a local unit of government from adopting or enforcing ordinances that restrict cutting any vegetation other than a heritage tree.

The House Local Government Committee initially took a pass on Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1188, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1189, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1190, 1191, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1192, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1193 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1194 out of concern of making statewide policy in response to a situation in Canton Township where a pair of brothers face $450,000 in fees for clear-cutting 1,400 trees off their land (See "Tree Ordinance Pre-Emption Bills Hit A Buzzsaw In House Committee," 12/11/18).

But the impacted brothers are claiming Canton Township is not abiding by the same rules when they are developing property and that little guys, like them, are getting the short end of the stick.

If there's renewed interest among Republican caucus members, this one could make a return. They are on the agenda for possible action.

Tying Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SJR O To Passport Opt-Out?
A constitutional amendment proposal to steer more oil and gas revenue to local and state park improvements instead of land and development purchases cleared the House Appropriations Committee today, but some Democrats want to link the package to the Senate-passed parks passport opt-out bills (See "Senate Action: Recreational Passport Fee Made An Opt-Out," 12/13/18).

On its own, members seemed inclined to support putting Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SJR O on the ballot. It would rearrange how officials could spend the oil, gas and mineral revenue that goes into the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund (MSPEF) above $800 million (See "Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SJR O Heads Toward Uncertain Future in House," 5/16/18).

In basic terms, House members see value in doing more to fix up parks property it purchases before going out and buying more land. The issue is that the House needs two-thirds support to put Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SJR O on the ballot so they need some Democrats.

Republicans may have the 74 votes, but the Ds are trying to hold together for the opt-out language on the $11 vehicle tab addition that some drivers current opt-in to purchase so they don't need to pay state park entrance fees.

They argue that making drivers opt-out of the $11 parks passport as opposed to opting-in brings more money into the system. Republican members sniff a tax increase though, and aren't enthusiastic about creating the linkage, to say the least.
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1 month ago

Your Defending Fathers

3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Tuesday 12-18-18;

NOW,...the MI Republicans are going to pass reforms to our (highest cost in America) no fault auto insurance,...after they lost the Nov. 6th elections,...just so the Democrat Gov. elect - Gretchen Whitmer doesn't do it and gets the credit for it in 2019!!!

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1st hour discussion, Monday 12-17-18;
MIRS News Service

Gov Signs Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Changes

Gov. Rick SNYDER today signed into law changes to the minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives favored by the GOP Legislature and the business community.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1171, sponsored by Sen. Dave HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), changes the minimum wage proposal by having it go to $12.05 by 2030, rather than the originally proposed $12 by 2022.

It also keeps the tip credit and raises the minimum wage for tipped workers to $4.58 by 2030. The citizens' initiative would've thrown out the tip credit and eventually raise tipped workers' wages to the same level as the regular minimum wage.

The Hildenbrand bill also ends the future minimum wage increases being tied to increases in the consumer price index (CPI), meaning the law provides for no increases to the wage after 2030 (See "Senate Bill Hikes Minimum Wage To $12 By 2030, Then Leaves It There," 11/28/18).

And Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1175, sponsored by Sen. Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake), workers could earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time each year, and workers could earn one hour of paid leave for every 35 hours worked. Both of those changes came from the House, which tweaked the Senate proposal (See "House Further Revises, Then Passes Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Bills," 12/4/18).

In the original paid sick leave proposal, workers could earn 72 hours of sick leave in a year, and an hour for every 30 hours worked.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1175 exempts the requirement to provide paid sick leave from businesses with 50 or fewer employees, and allows employees to begin accruing and using hours toward sick leave immediately upon the effective date of the law, except for new employees, who must wait 90 days.

The Mi Time to Care campaign – the proponents behind the paid sick leave proposal – protested the small business exemption, arguing nearly 40 percent (or 2 million) of Michigan workers work in businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1175 also nixed references to "domestic partner" throughout the proposal, which the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) said is defined as an adult in a "committed relationship" that would also include same-sex relationships. It also says people can't use paid sick leave to take care of a domestic partner's relatives, according to the HFA.

Both bills went through the House and Senate on largely party-line votes.

The changes to the paid sick leave and minimum wage proposals were favored by business groups, who said the proposals as written would be harmful for the economy and job providers.

"Without these changes, these laws as adopted would have had a negative impact on employee/employer relations and would have taken an economic wrecking ball to Michigan's overall competitiveness," said Rich STUDLEY, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

"Every server I've met throughout the last couple of months didn't want the tip credit removed," said Scott ELLIS, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA), in a statement. "Most servers make much more than $12 an hour and the language in the ballot proposal would have been unfavorable for them in the long-run."

The Governor said the original proposals were "well-intentioned" but would have resulted in "cost and compliance burdens for job providers that could have negatively impacted employment in Michigan."

Snyder said the paid sick leave bill offers "the majority of workers" paid leave of up to a week off work, one of 11 states that provide such a benefit, according to Snyder's office. On minimum wage, the bill would help keep Michigan in the top third of states nationally.

But supporters of the initiatives protested the changes, arguing it would gut the original intent of the policies and undermine the will of the people who signed the petitions.

"For the people of Michigan, the gutting of earned paid sick time and the minimum wage is personal to them and their families," said DeWayne WELLS, executive director of the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM).

"A literal cloud hangs over the Capitol today to match the figurative cloud of shame that Gov. Snyder brought on by signing these bills," said Gilda JACOBS, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), in a statement.

Progress Michigan said Snyder's signing "cements his legacy as a governor who cares nothing about hardworking Michiganders."

The EJAM issued poll results today that show 84 percent of Michigan voters supported the paid sick leave as passed by the Legislature in September, and another 77 percent supported the original minimum wage proposal.

The poll, conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, also said 74 percent of voters would be less favorable toward a legislator who changed their vote and decided to "repeal the paid sick leave policy," according to the polling memo.

For minimum wage, 71 percent of independents said they'd be less favorable to a lawmaker who voted to "repeal the new minimum wage law," as the memo puts it.

The poll consisted of 1,406 interviews with registered Michigan voters between Nov. 26 and Dec. 6, with a margin of error of 2.6 percent.

The Legislature approved the two ballot proposals in September, rather than let them go to the November ballot, with the intention of coming back to change them (See "House, Senate Pass Paid Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage," 9/5/18).

While critics contended that approving and amending a ballot proposal in the same session was unconstitutional, Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE issued an opinion, as requested by Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-Grand Haven Twp.), saying it is constitutional (See "AG: Legislature Can Amend Citizens' Initiatives," 12/4/18).

The paid sick leave group has threatened to bring legal action or run another ballot proposal campaign in 2020 (See "Paid Sick Leave Proponents: Negotiate With Us Or We Do This Again In '20," 12/3/18).
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1 month ago

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3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Friday 12-14-18;

Recited most of the 68 bills' titles that were passed in Lansing this week!!!

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1st half hour today, Thursday 12-13-18; MIRS News Service

As Republicans Pass 'No Stricter' Bill, Allor Pulls Her Co-Sponsorship

Rep. Triston COLE (R-Mancelona) says his so-called "no stricter than federal" legislation does not stop the state from adopting more stringent rules and is really about transparency, forcing department directors to explain to lawmakers why they want to exceed federal standards.

And enough of his Republican colleagues agreed with him today to send it off to the Governor for a signature. They voted 57-51 to pass Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4205.

But Rep. Sue ALLOR (R-Wolverine), originally a co-sponsor, not only voted against the bill, but asked her name be taken off the legislation. She said poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are her main concern.

"At the time I did agree with the basic premise of the bill, but as time has gone on and there has been more information come out with regards to contamination and contamination concerns, PFAS, not being able to get solid answers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," Allor said. ". . . When you look at EPA standards, they are set for across the country." She said she wants the state to be very specific to the situation in Michigan and not be tied to a generic one that is for the whole country.

The bill would prohibit a state agency from promulgating a rule, except an emergency rule, that is stricter than the applicable federal standard unless the agency director determines there is "a clear and convincing need to exceed" that federal standard (See "House Starts, Then Stops Debate On 'No stricter Than Federal'," 12/6/18).

The director would have to put those reasons in writing and submit the explanation to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), Cole said.

"Right now, we have unelected bureaucrats placing rules that have the power of law that circumvent elected officials like myself and the rest of my colleagues. This offers some transparency about why they are making these rules that would take us introducing legislation to end. So this helps stabilize the regulatory side of things to continue making Michigan the best place for businesses to operate," he said.

He also noted that the bill would apply to all manner of rules, like workplace safety rules, not just environmental standards.

"This would push the departments to offer their reasoning, not just offer up what the rule should be. This forces them to put a justification to it, again transparency for why they are pushing the regulation they are pushing," Cole said.

Cole said the bill would "empower" elected officials.

Rep. Abdullah HAMMOUD (D-Dearborn) argued on the floor before the vote that it would do the opposite. He contended the legislation would be elected state legislators ceding control to the federal government.

Whether Gov. Rick SNYDER will sign the bill is not clear. He has previously vetoed such legislation, but Cole said he worked with the administration to address its concerns about the bill. He said wording was adjusted in several places to address those concerns.

But he stopped short of predicting whether Snyder would sign and the Governor's office has not stated a position on this latest version of the bill, yet.

Only Republicans voted in support.

Republicans joining Democrats in dissent included Allor, Reps. Martin HOWRYLAK (R-Troy), Larry INMAN (R-Williamsburg), David MATUREN (R-Vicksburg), Dave PAGEL (R-Berrien Springs) and Scott VANSINGEL (R-Grant).

Rep. Sherry GAY-DAGNOGO (D-Detroit) and Rep. Bettie Cook SCOTT (D-Detroit) were absent.
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Line 5 Tunnel Bill Shoveled Onto Gov's Desk

The Legislature today sent Gov. Rick SNYDER a bill paving the way for a new state authority to oversee an underground tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac as a replacement for Line 5.

Shortly after burrowing up from a House committee today, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1197 passed the House on a 74-34 vote, with several Democrats crossing over to support it. It was concurred by the Senate shortly after on a 25-12 vote and shipped off to the Governor's desk.

Snyder today said he looks forward to receiving that bill sponsored by Sen. Tom CASPERSON (R-Escanaba), and that appointments to the proposed Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority would come "fairly soon."

In the Senate, Sens. Joe HUNE (R-Fowlerville), Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge) and Tonya SCHUITMAKER (R-Lawton) voted no and Sen. Adam HOLLIER (D-Detroit) joined most Republicans in voting yes.

House Democrats crossing over to join Republicans in supporting Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1197 were Reps. Wendell BYRD (D-Detroit), Sara CAMBENSY (D-Marquette), John CHIRKUN (D-Roseville), Scott DIANDA (D-Calumet), Fred DURHAL III (D-Detroit), Brian ELDER (D-Bay City), LaTanya GARRETT (D-Detroit), Patrick GREEN (D-Warren), Jewell JONES (D-Inkster), Robert KOSOWSKI (D-Westland), Leslie LOVE (D-Oak Park), Phil PHELPS (D-Flushing), Terry SABO (D-Muskegon) and Tenisha YANCEY (D-Grosse Pointe).

Republicans who voted no along with Democrats were Reps. Sue ALLOR (R-Wolverine), Larry INMAN (R-Williamsburg) and Jeff YAROCH (R-Richmond). Reps. Sherry GAY-DAGNOGO (D-Detroit) and Bettie Cook SCOTT (D-Detroit) did not vote.

While the bill creates a new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority to oversee the proposed tunnel -- subject to an agreement between the state and Enbridge currently being negotiated -- it first gives that authority to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) with the idea it would transfer that power to the new tunnel authority once Snyder appoints its three members.

Earlier this morning, the House Government Operations Committee, chaired by House Speaker Pro Tem Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering), moved Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1197 to the House floor, with committee Democrats House Minority Leader Sam SINGH (D-East Lansing) and Rep. Christine GREIG (D-Farmington Hills) passing on the vote.

Democrats won one amendment from Singh in committee, which provided the proposed tunnel agreement ensures the MBA is reimbursed for any loss of profit from the leasing of space in the tunnel to data and telecommunications transmission lines.

Former MBA Chair and Republican Bill GNODTKE during committee expressed concerns over whether the new tunnel would compete with the MBA on fiber services, as the MBA nets more than $500,000 in fiber leases each year.

An amendment offered by Cambensy and adopted on the House floor would require the proposed tunnel agreement to have a plan for engaging "this state's labor pool in the project."

Other Democratic amendments -- like putting a five-year end date on decommissioning Line 5, removing the requirement that the Attorney General pay for outside counsel if it doesn't represent the authority in litigation, and paying tunnel workers the prevailing wage – were all rejected, both on the House floor and earlier today in committee.

But the Oil & Water Don't Mix Coalition warned that legal challenges to the bill are "near-certain" if Snyder signs the bill. Liz KIRKWOOD, executive director of For Love of Water (FLOW), said during committee today she believes there's a title-object constitutional issue with the bill (See "Constitutionality Of Mackinac Tunnel Legislation Could Be Issue," 12/10/18).

Snyder today was asked if he was concerned if the Line 5 bill would go to court, to which he replied, "many things go to court" and that "we do what we do best and assume we're doing it on a legal basis."

Asked if he's drafted an "unconstitutional proposal," the Governor replied, "I think you are leading the question on that one, and I'll just let that go. I think we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't think we had grounds for what we're doing."

Democrats, environmental groups and activists raised other issues with the legislation. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters, in a statement today, called the bill an "irresponsible and dangerous proposal" that was "jammed through the Legislature at the 11th hour."

They claimed it "imperils our water by keeping oil pumping through the damaged Line 5 Pipeline for another decade or more."

Singh, on the House floor, said the legislation contained no hard date by when the current Line 5 would be decommissioned, nor did it have the protections for taxpayers he wanted to see or job opportunities for northern Michigan residents on the project.

During committee, when Singh mentioned his concern with the bill not actually calling for the decommissioning of the current Line 5, Keith CREAGH, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said the expected third agreement, which is still under negotiation, would provide specific milestones for completing the tunnel.

Creagh said current talks involve instituting economic "incentives" and "penalties" to ensure the tunnel is completed, or to have "cash reserves" to make sure the tunnel is completed. He also said a prior agreement between the state and Enbridge called for permanent deactivation of the current Line 5 pipelines once the tunnel is in place.

Yet Chatfield spoke in favor of the bill, saying it wasn't a Democratic or Republican issue and that it's an issue that should concern the whole state. He thanked Snyder for getting Enbridge to the table and said this was the right solution.

Dianda said in a statement today, "This plan provides certainty to northern Michigan families that their home heating costs will stay low, while also making sure our Great Lakes are preserved for future generations."

Earlier today in committee, Gnodtke went through a number of lines in the bill he saw as problematic. He and current MBA Democratic member Barbara BROWN urged the committee to instead draft up a separate statute that would create the tunnel authority. Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1197 amends the law that enabled the MBA to build the Mackinac Bridge.

Greig expressed concerns about the timeline provided in the bill -- the tunnel authority would enter into an agreement by Dec. 31, provided the administration presents a plan to the authority by Dec. 21.

According to the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) report, even if Snyder didn't meet that deadline, the Straits Corridor Authority would still need to act on a proposed agreement within 45 days after one is presented.

There were also concerns raised about the costs for taxpayers. While the bill requires the tunnel agreement provides that the private party pay to build the tunnel, the Attorney General would need to pay for counsel chosen by either the MBA or the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority if the AG declined to represent either body in a matter related to the tunnel.
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Bill Strips Campaign Finance Oversight From 'Partisan' Secretary Of State

A state "Fair Political Practices Commission" would administer and enforce the state's campaign finance laws, not the Secretary of State (SOS), under a package of bills introduced by Sen. David ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc) today.

Other expected "implementation" bills introduced by GOP senators today touch the voter-approved Proposal 2 redistricting commission and Proposal 3 voting access proposals. (See "Lame Duck -- 5 Things That Fly, 5 That Die, 5 That May & 5 That Stay," 11/21/18).

The main bill in the Robertson election package, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1250, creates the Fair Political Practices Commission as an autonomous entity within the SOS and gives the commission the ability to administer and enforce the state's campaign finance law and hire an executive director and staff.

All throughout the bill, which is an amendment of the state's campaign finance law, references to the Secretary of State are crossed out and replaced with "commission."

The bill gives the commission six members, with no more than three from the same political party. The Governor is allowed to appoint three members each from two lists: One submitted by the state central committee for the Republican Party and one submitted by the state central committee for the Democratic Party. The commission members must serve for four years.

Senate Republicans spokesperson Amber McCANN said Robertson feels it would be "worthwhile" to consider moving to a bipartisan commission for campaign finance and elections issues, rather than having those functions "in a partisan office."

Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn BENSON spokesperson Liz BOYD today called it "shameful" that "legislative Republicans are now trying to thwart the will of the voters with bills that ignore their voices, defies history and will make Michigan a national punch line by effectively ending enforcement of the campaign finance laws they are required to abide by."

Asked about the notion that the bill is about taking these powers away from Benson, McCann said, "I don't think Ms. Benson or anyone that would have that office would be short on any amount of work to be done with this change. I think there are plenty of other responsibilities that are housed in the Secretary of State's office."

McCann said instead of having these campaign finance issues and oversight of such issues subject to "a single officeholder with a partisan bent," Robertson wants to consider this bipartisan commission idea.

Asked what Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) thinks of the Robertson bill, McCann said, "he's interested in the concept."

Craig MAUGER, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN), said the bill appears to be setting up a structure similar to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), which is also a six-member commission that cannot carry more than three members from any one party.

Mauger said the FEC has "been pretty much defunct" and not able to enforce campaign finance laws because of the partisan split on the commission.

He also said the bill doesn't appear to provide any guidance on how long the list of commission member choices each party would need to provide to the Governor.

"Could the parties just provide three names and say, here are the three people we want you to put on?" Mauger said.

Senate Democrats spokesperson Rosie JONES said she hadn't reviewed the Robertson bills, but said that anytime campaign finance bills are introduced in lame duck session, "we definitely raise an eyebrow."

The main bill in Robertson's package is Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1250, while Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1248, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1249, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1251 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1252 are all tie-barred to it. The entire package was sent to Robertson's Elections and Government Reform Committee.

Meanwhile, Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1254 was introduced by Sen. Phil PAVLOV (R-St. Clair) and touches on the independent redistricting commission, while Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1238 was introduced by Sen. Mike KOWALL (R-White Lake) and touches on many of the same subjects that Proposal 3 did.

The unveiling has stoked fears from Voters Not Politicians (VNP) that Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1254 will serve as a vehicle to alter the redistricting commission approved in Prop 2.

"Senate Bill 1254 seeks to interfere with the voice of Michigan voters who overwhelmingly supported the constitutional amendment as it was written," said Katie FAHEY, executive director of VNP, in a statement. "Given past activities by the Legislature this week, we expect this bill may only be a shell and that lawmakers will use to alter the fair, impartial and independent nature of the Commission that was overwhelmingly approved by voters."

Fahey is referring to the bills affecting the minimum wage and paid sick leave that were subbed in with more changes to both proposals, with both bills having already cleared the Senate (See "Senate Bill Hikes Minimum Wage To $12 By 2030, Then Leaves It There," 11/28/18).

Todd COOK, the lead voice for the Promote the Vote effort, said the coalition is still reviewing the legislation and that it looks forward to "working productively with the legislature. It's our hope there isn't an attempt to circumvent the will of 2.7 million voters." Cook said the goal of Proposal 3 is to establish a secure system.

Yet McCann described both Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1254 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1238 as "implementation bills" that "don't seek to change anything to do with the actual substance of the policy that was approved by voters."

Asked about these bills serving as vehicles for other ideas for redistricting and voting regulations, McCann said, "the bills as introduced were strictly implementation bills, there isn't a plan to sub out those bills with some ulterior language or policy." She added, however, that if there's any technical changes needed, or something brought to the sponsor worth considering, that's still a possibility.

McCann acknowledged both constitutional amendments didn't specifically call for implementation legislation to be enacted as far as she knew, but she said it's not unusual that approved ballot proposals often have "broad strokes" and that legislation is needed to accompany proposals.

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1254, Pavlov's bill that touches on redistricting, was sent to Meekhof's Government Operations Committee. And Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1238 was referred to Robertson's Elections and Government Reform Committee.
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Senate Bill Hikes Minimum Wage To $12 By 2030, Then Leaves It There

The Senate's changes to the minimum wage initiative not only keeps the tip credit system around, but unchains any future increases after 2030 from inflationary increases, meaning the minimum wage would stay frozen at $12 an hour after 2030.

The new version of Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1171 approved by the full Senate today changed the minimum wage proposal to allow for a $12 minimum wage and a $4 minimum wage for tipped workers by 2030, keeping the status quo that calls for tipped workers to be paid the difference between the regular minimum wage and the tipped wage if they don't make it up in tips.

But a substitute version of Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1171 that debuted this morning in committee also unhooks future minimum wage increases from the consumer price index (CPI).

The ballot proposal would've hooked increases to the $12 minimum wage after 2022 to the CPI. And, starting in January under the law in place before the ballot proposal passed this fall, annual adjustments to the state's minimum wage would've already been hooked to increases to the CPI.

Assuming 2 percent growth each year, the state's current $9.25 per hour wage would've eventually grown to roughly $11.73 by 2030, according to MIRS' estimates.

Asked about why the bill ditches the CPI increases, bill sponsor Sen. Dave HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), said in committee today he had been "uncomfortable" with tying 2014 legislation to the CPI, which is when the Legislature approved a minimum wage increase after a similar ballot proposal campaign to raise the wage.

But the idea was by tying future increases to the minimum wage to the CPI, the Legislature wouldn't need to revisit the issue, he said.

However, the issue was revisited this year, with the Michigan One Fair Wage campaign sponsoring the $12-an-hour campaign.

"We have a full-time Legislature, and since we're going to be reviewing this issue, sounds like, every so many years, why have an automatic increase in it?" Hildenbrand asked.

Pete VARGAS, campaign manager for Michigan One Fair Wage, said there shouldn't be a "time limit" on when Michigan citizens can exercise their constitutional rights to initiate legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Jim ANANICH (D-Flint), who asked the question about the CPI during committee, said he disagreed with Hildenbrand's approach, adding that it's important that as costs go up, people's incomes go up as well.

Peter RUARK, senior policy analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), asked about the CPI issue. His hope is that the "next Legislature will do a better job and fix this mess that the Senate has created today."

Ananich also pointed out Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1171 would actually decrease the percentage of the regular minimum wage that tipped workers are paid from 38 percent to 33 percent under the new bill.

The original minimum wage proposal had eliminated what's known as the tip credit and instead would eventually bring tipped workers – who are now paid a minimum of $3.52 per hour -- up to the same level as all other minimum wage workers. That goes away in the Senate-passed bill.

The Senate bill would also phase in the minimum wage hike slower than the ballot proposal, which had provided for $12 an hour by 2022. The MLPP called the Senate's annual 23-cent hike until 2030 a "minimal and sluggish increase" that would "fail to keep up with the ever-rising cost of inflation and the cost of living."

The full Senate today approved Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1171 on a 26-12 vote, as well as Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1175, which includes a number of changes to the paid sick time proposal. Sen. Tory ROCCA (R-Sterling Heights) joined the Democrats in opposing the bills.

Sen. Curtis HERTEL Jr. (D-East Lansing) spoke out against both bills on the floor prior to passage, but otherwise there was no other debate. Both bills will now head to the House.

Hertel said he predicted that when the Legislature adopted both proposals that it was "nothing more than a political game" and that voters wouldn't be told about plans to change those proposals until after the election.

"Lo and behold, that is exactly what has happened," Hertel said.

On the paid sick leave changes in Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1175, sponsored by Sen. Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake), the substitute changes the maximum amount of paid sick leave a person can earn to 36 hours a year, as opposed to the 72 hours in the original proposal.

Also, the substitute would allow workers to earn 1 hour of paid sick leave time for every 40 hours worked, instead of the original 30 hours worked.

The substitute also exempts businesses with 50 or fewer employees from the law, and only allows employees eligible to use sick leave after working for one year and 1,250 hours for the same employer over the past 12 months, among other changes.

The MLPP said the 50-or-fewer employees provision would end up "locking out many of our state's lowest paid workers from paid sick leave."

Both ballot proposal-altering bills advanced from Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF's (R-West Olive) Government Operations Committee this morning on party-line votes, with Ananich and Sen. Morris HOOD III (D-Detroit) in opposition.

Individuals representing both proposals spoke out in committee against the bills that changed them, advocating for the proposals in their original form (See "Paid Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage Supporters Decry 'Gutting' Of Policies," 11/20/18).

Some protested against the Legislature moving to change the initiatives that were ultimately approved by the Legislature after organizers had garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures, arguing such a move subverted the will of the people.

"Gutting this proposal after adopting it is a cynical ploy to undermine the will of the 400,000 Michiganders who signed the One Fair Wage petition to support increasing the minimum wage," said Dr. Alicia Renee FARRIS, the steering committee chair for Michigan One Fair Wage, in a statement.

And the issue of whether such an alteration of an approved by the Legislature during the same session is constitutional was raised, as well (See "Adopt & Amend Ballot Q In Same Session? Never Done Under '63 Constitution," 9/4/18).

"Adopting the One Fair Wage proposal only to later gut it in lame duck is blatantly unconstitutional and will lead to costly time-consuming court challenges," Vargas said in a statement. "Regardless of one's feelings on raising the minimum wage, we expect all our elected leaders to uphold the constitution and preserve the rule of law at all times."

Meekhof said the state constitution doesn't prohibit the Legislature from amending an adopted initiative in the same session. And in reference to an opinion from former Attorney General Frank KELLEY saying the Legislature cannot do such a thing, which critics have pointed to as grounds for opposing the legislation, Meekhof said, "it's just his opinion."

Asked if the issue would eventually end up in court, Meekhof said, "That's not up to me."

A number of business groups spoke out in favor of the bills, including the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on the paid sick leave bill, and the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) on the minimum wage bill.

NFIB State Director Charlie OWENS thanked the Senate for making "major changes" to "the extreme and poorly drafted sick leave proposal forced on employers by outside special interest groups."

Business groups portrayed the sick leave proposal as more stringent than other states' sick leave policies and a threat to Michigan's ability to compete.

"Without changes, Michigan's new mandatory paid sick leave law would make Michigan an outlier in the Midwest and jeopardize our state's competitiveness," said Jim HOLCOMB, executive vice president and general counsel for the Chamber, in a statement.

NFIB is hoping the House will take up the paid sick leave bill next week.
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Michigan's Legislature is back in Lansing for the "Lame Duck" session. Here is what they are up to;

Lame Duck -- 5 Things That Fly, 5 That Die, 5 That May & 5 That Stay
The bird state Capitol folks are thinking about these days isn't turkey.

It's lame duck, that special time when difficult policies are shoved through under the cover of Yule-time joy and out-going legislators feeling free to support bills with reduced fear of political consequences.

In the 2018 version of this biennial tradition, the No. 1 issue on the minds of legislators isn't the No. 1 issue in Gov. Rick SNYDER's mind.

The term-limited Republican governor wants to hike the 36-cent-per-cubic-ton landfill tipping fee to $4.75 to raise money to clean up the toxic sites of long-gone polluters.

The bonding money Michigan once used to cover this expense came from the Clean Michigan Fund. That ran out more than a year ago and Snyder wants a permanent revenue stream. The CPA Governor hates bonding so he's pitching a pay-as-you-go, fee-based system to cover the costs.

Republican legislators like the smell of a tax increase about as much as they like inhaling landfill stench. But realizing that bumping up folks' garbage bills is more palatable than Snyder's other desired fee increase -- a $5-a-person "water tax" to pay for $110 million in underground infrastructure improvements -- the Legislature may be willing to go there, but something significantly less than $4.75.

Sources tell MIRS current negotiations are in the $3 range. On the "water tax" portion, the list of asks from the Senate and House Republicans would be so long, it's hard to imagine it getting done. But the House and Senate have scheduled four weeks of lame duck and leadership is willing to use every day of it if needed.

Meanwhile, the Christmas wish list for both outgoing Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) and outgoing Speaker Tom LEONARD (R-DeWitt) is surprisingly short. Two items. Both the same.

- Eliminate tipped workers from an eventual $12 minimum wage

- Give business more flexibility on the new paid sick leave policy (See "Paid Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage Supporters Decry 'Gutting' Of Policies," 11/20/18).
The list of unfinished business from other outgoing legislators, however, is long. The following is a list of other outstanding issues and the likelihood they'll get done in lame duck based on interviews with numerous inside sources.

Put It In The Bank -- 5 That Fly

- Line 5. Snyder and Republicans hope to legally button up a utility tunnel under the Mackinac Straits before Attorney General-elect Dana NESSEL takes office and tries to shut down Enbridge's 65-year-old tunnel. Codifying Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1197, sponsored by Sen. Tom CASPERSON (R-Escanaba), helps with that goal.

Also, the Rep. Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering) package, which forces Enbridge to file contingency plans with the state and sets 2-year, $10,000 penalties for ship operators who drag an anchor across the Mackinac Straits, is expected to fly through, as well. (See "Enbridge Needs A Contingency Plan For Line 5, But The Public Won't See It," 9/26/18).

-Small Cell Standardization. Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0637 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0894 lets AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other providers build out their 5G network with "small cells" attached to utility poles, buildings and other structures without having to cut special deals with individual municipalities. (See "Small Cell Bill Moves To House Floor Amid County Exec Opposition," 10/4/18). Could be among the first things the House gets done.

-Supplemental. Did someone say there's money to spend? Lawmakers are already lining up with their ornament to hang on what undoubtedly will be at least a $371.5 million General Fund Christmas tree, particularly if Snyder needs votes for his "Renew and Rebuild" package. (See related story).

-Proposal 3 Codification. The constitution was amended earlier this month to call for same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. Do you think Republicans are going to let incoming Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn BENSON be in charge of writing the administrative rules around this substantive change in policy? A bill or substitute on this one is coming.

-Nassar Response Legislation. With Michigan State University (MSU) cutting their deal with survivors and sexual assailant Larry NASSAR solidly behind bars, the Senate will pick apart whichever pieces of the House's 24-bill package it doesn't like. The supplemental includes $1 million for survivors. (See "House's Nassar Bills Sent To Senate Floor," 6/6/18).

No Way -- 5 That Die

-Private Policing Bill. Meekhof-backed Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0594 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0595 is running into problems with police groups, Republican members and a skeptical House. This one is a dead duck. (See "Immediate Concerns Emerge From Meekhof's Private Police Bill," 10/4/18).

-Utility PPT Exemption Bill. Sen. John PROOS' (R-St. Joseph) SB 1301 that exempts DTE Energy and Consumers Energy from paying personal property taxes (PPT) isn't far enough long. Turn off the lights on that one. (See "Locals, Schools Could See $652M-Sized Hit On Utility PPT Exemption Bill," 6/19/18).

-National Popular Vote. Sen. Dave HILDENBRAND's (R-Lowell) bill to let Michigan join the interstate compact to elect the president by popular vote is toxic among the conservative grassroots. Leonard declared it dead weeks ago. Franco is still dead. (See "No Panel Vote Taken On National Popular Vote Issue," 9/6/18).

-Public-Private Partnership (P3). Sen. Mike KOWALL's (R-White Lake) bill to allow state departments to contract with the private sector for various infrastructure projects is going unloved in the House. It's helplessly buried somewhere in the middle of the Governor's to-do list. It's been abandoned, left alone to die. (See "'Grassroots' Republicans Urging Leonard To Kill P3 Bills," 12/8/17).

-Sanctuary City Ban. Why pass Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4104 and Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4334 this term when both Rep. Pamela HORNBERGER (R-Chesterfield Twp.) and Rep. Beau LAFAVE (R-Iron Mountain) could throw this bill on Gov. Whitmer's desk next term?

Anything Is Possible -- 5 That May

-A-F Grading Scale. Creating an A-F grading scale for public school buildings (Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5526) is the last of Snyder's original legislative wish list. It only happens if House Education Committee Chair Tim KELLY (R-Saginaw Twp.) rounds up the votes in the lower chamber. Speaker Leonard is agnostic on the subject. (See "95% Of West MI Policy Forum Attendees Want A-F School Grading Scale," 9/24/18).

-Non-profit Donor Disclosure. No lame duck is complete without Republicans pushing through elections-related reforms progressives find repugnant. This year's version is a Shirkey's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1176 that makes it harder to track "soft money." From Shirkey's perspective, he doesn't want non-profits to be forced to reveal their donors.

History is on the side of this bill moving with maybe a late substitute that adds in additional reforms. Keep an eye on that and another bill that will allow Senators to use money leftover in their Senate campaign accounts to settle up personal debts in their House accounts (Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1022).

Now is the Republicans' last chance to fiddle with election law for at least four more years.

-School Safety Package. The House and Senate need to cut the deal with the Governor on what's going in the final package, if there's enough interest in getting it done. Nassar has seemed to push school shootings off the radar in favor of sexual assault response. The House has their bills. (See "School Safety Package Springs Out Of House," 5/8/18). The Senate as their bills. (See "Senate Moves 7 More School Safety Bills," 6/7/18).

-No PIP Coverage For Seniors. A comprehensive auto insurance reform is much too hard of a lift for lame duck, but one piece that could survive if legislators feel reform under future Gov. Gretchen WHITMER isn't going to happen is Sen. Rick JONES' (R-Grand Ledge) Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0787. This allows those on Medicare 65 and older to get out of buying unlimited lifetime personal coverage on their auto insurance. It's up to the House at this point. (See "Scaled-Back Auto Insurance Bills Clear Senate," 6/7/18).

-Gaming Reform. Meekhof's grand vision of roping in on-line gaming, a sports book and fantasy sports reforms makes sense in concept, but the Senate Majority Leader was out of the loop for a month and has some catching up to do.

One Chamber Victory? -- 5 That Stay

-Raise The Age. The Rep. Pete LUCIDO-driven bill package to raise the age to those automatically criminally charged as adults to 18 can clear the House. Whether the Shelby Township Republican's idea is too big of a change to push through the Senate may be the question. The counties still need to sign off and right now they are losers under this. (See "Lawmakers Getting Ready To 'Raise The Age' For Juvenile Offenders," 9/25/18).

-Teacher Prep Legislation. Rep. Daniela GARCIA-led package (Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5598) to standardize teacher preparation requirements fell victim to politics in the spring and now would be a new subject for the Senate to take up even if the Holland Republican rounds up the House votes. (See "Teacher Prep, I-Gaming Bills Stuck In House Fridge," 5/3/18).

-50/50 Joint Custody Bill. Rep. Jim RUNESTAD (R-White Lake) is coming back to the Senate next term. He can pick back up the idea that joint child custody should be the default judgment in divorce cases at that time (Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4691). There's just too much opposition to it. (See "50-50 Custody Presumption Bill Pushed For Lame Duck," 10/23/18).

-Civil Asset Forfeitures. The Senate likes Runestad's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5702 to require county prosecutors to immediately review seizures to determine whether the property should be returned. Police groups, prosecutors, the ACLU and the Mackinac Center like it, too. (See "Judiciary Ready To Vote On Further Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms," 3/23/18).

But the House sent over Lucido's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 4158, which ties civil asset forfeiture to a criminal conviction. That isn't going to fly in the upper chamber. (See "House Votes To Tie Civil Asset Forfeiture To Criminal Conviction, 5/8/18).

-Dental Therapists Bill. Shirkey will give it the ol' college try, but the Michigan Dental Association isn't going to budge in opposing Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 0541 allowing for the creation of mid-level dental providers. Unless the House uses it for leverage, Shirkey will need to come back with this idea when he's the majority leader. (See "Dental Executive Drilled: Therapist Bill Swished Out Of Committee," 9/19/17).
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1st hour discussion today, Tuesday 11-27-18;This is a video which explains what the plan is to defeat President Trump in 2020;

(By the way, my State Representative - Triston Cole and many other Republicans sponsored the bill after attending an expense paid trip to Hawaii by Saul Anuzis' lobbying group promoting this plan);

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This is a video which explains what the plan is to defeat President Trump in 2020;

(By the way, my State Representative - Triston Cole and many other Republicans sponsored the bill after attending an expense paid trip to Hawaii by Saul Anuzis' lobbying group promoting this plan);

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3 months ago

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1st & 3rd hour discussion today, Monday 10-29-18;

About dang time,....Finally a candidate with the guts to speak, #TheTRUTH!!!

Detroit and the black community of Michigan, vote for John James to be Michigan's next U.S. Senator!!! #WalkAway #BLExit

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3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Friday 10-26-18;

Two (2) polls just released shows that the races in Michigan are tightening up,...Republicans across the board are within single digits of the Democrats!!!

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3rd/Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Thursday 10-25-18;

If you missed the Gubernatorial Debate last night, here's what you missed!!!

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1st hour discussion today Thursday, 10-25-18;

Democrat candidate for Michigan Attorney General (top law enforcement officer) defended criminals,...here is an ad that will be airing on TV until the Tuesday, Nov. 6th general election;

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3 months ago

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3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Wednesday, 10-24-18; If Nancy Pelosi gets the Gavel back in her hand,...she has 2 items that she will force President Trump to sign in future budget bills!!!

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3rd/Final Hour of “Your Defending Fathers”, Wednesday, 10-24-18; If Nancy Pelosi gets the Gavel back in her hand,...she has 2 items that she will force President Trump to sign in future budget bills!!!

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3 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday,10-17-18;
A BIG TARGET was painted on Michigan, Wednesday 11-9-2016 right after Donald J. Trump​ defeated Hillary Clinton!!! Barack Obama, Eric Holder, George Soros, California Billionaires Stephen Ross and Tom Steyer, with the Clinton Foundation put together a strategy to turn Michigan into CALIFORNIA!!! Watch this video and learn about that strategy using our Nov. 6th, 2018 election of our Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and all three (3) of the Ballot Proposals to basically take control of our future elections and make sure Republicans never win another election in Michigan!!!

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Randy
3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday,10-17-18;
A BIG TARGET was painted on Michigan, Wednesday 11-9-2016 right after Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton!!! Barack Obama, Eric Holder, George Soros, California Billionaires Stephen Ross and Tom Steyer, with the Clinton Foundation put together a strategy to turn Michigan into CALIFORNIA!!! Watch this video and learn about that strategy using our Nov. 6th, 2018 election of our Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and all three (3) of the Ballot Proposals to basically take control of our future elections and make sure Republicans never win another election in Michigan!!!

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3 months ago

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Click on this link, which has the TV Stations listed and has a direct link to WATCH IT ONLINE,...LIVE TONIGHT!!!

johnjamesforsenate.com/october-14th-debate/

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Thursday,
10-11-18; New poll shows that the races in Michigan are down to single digits!!! Listen in to learn more;
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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Thursday,
10-11-18; New poll shows that the races in Michigan are down to single digits!!! Listen in to learn more;
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3 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday, 10-10-18;
Two (2) Republican State Representatives need our help to get elected and KEEP the Republican majority in the House in Lansing!!! Listen in to learn more;
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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday, 10-10-18;
Two (2) Republican State Representatives need our help to get re-elected and KEEP the Republican majority in the House in Lansing!!! Listen in to learn more;
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3 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Tuesday, 10-9-18;
FOUR WEEKS FROM TODAY,...ELECTION DAY!!!
Talked about the three (3) ballot proposals on Michigan's ballot,...here's link to them; voterinformationnetwork.org/

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Tuesday, 10-9-18;
FOUR WEEKS FROM TODAY,...ELECTION DAY!!!
Talked about the three (3) ballot proposals on Michigan's ballot,...here's link to them; voterinformationnetwork.org/

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4 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Friday, 10-5-18;
Michigan's U.S. Senator - Debbie Stabenow voted NO to Judge Brett Kavanugh's nomination to go forward!!! ***PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.***

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Friday, 10-5-18;
Michigan's U.S. Senator - Debbie Stabenow voted NO to Judge Brett Kavanugh's nomination to go forward!!! ***PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.***

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4 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Thursday, 10-4-18;
The "5G" Senate Bills SB 637 & SB 894 passed out of the House Energy Committee TODAY!!!

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Thursday, 10-4-18;
The "5G" Senate Bills SB 637 & SB 894 passed out of the House Energy Committee TODAY!!! ***PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.***
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4 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday, 10-3-18;
"After being off all summer, Lansing introduces NPV (National Popular Voter - Interstate Compact) on Wednesday, 9-5-18,...Bridge Magazine even covered it!!!"

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Wednesday, 10-3-18;
"After being off all summer, Lansing introduces NPV (National Popular Voter - Interstate Compact) on Wednesday, 9-5-18,...Bridge Magazine even covered it!!!" ***PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.***

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4 months ago

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Tuesday, 10-2-18;
"5 Weeks from TODAY,...Tuesday Nov. 6th, 2018,...ELECTION DAY!!!"

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3RD/FINAL HOUR of "Your Defending Fathers" Tuesday, 10-2-18;
"5 Weeks from TODAY,...Tuesday Nov. 6th, 2018,...ELECTION DAY!!!" ***PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.***

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1st half hour of 2nd hour today, Monday 10-1-18; MIRS News Service

Union-Powered Group Has 120 Canvassers Knocking Doors For Whitmer

A 501(c)4-SuperPAC created to motivate suspected disenfranchised 2016 Democratic voters in battleground states like Michigan hit their 600,000th door this week as the union-powered group shoots for 1 million doors by Election Day.

For Our Future has 110 staff, with the promise of 120 by week's end, knocking on the doors of potential voters and talking to them about candidates like Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen WHITMER on issues the field staff has flagged as those voters care about.

During the primary, the staff conducted more than 200,000 interviews in the state's 12 most populous counties and found that outside of Detroit, where residents want more police first and foremost, the issue of fixing roads, bridges and local infrastructure was the biggest issue.

As the summer progressed and more potholes were fixed, the paid canvassers found education funding, clean water and gun violence prevention surfaced to the top, as well.

An underlying sentiment, however, according to For Our Future spokesperson Josh PUGH, was a negative feeling about President Donald TRUMP.

"Trump is very divisive," reads a For Our Future memo released earlier this month. "For voters who dislike Trump, we can drive even more action and support by talking negatively about him."

The feeling isn't universal, however, and for those voters the canvassers are trying to persuade, the canvassers avoid talking about Trump and speak about other issues. They instead try to connect the voters' policy concerns with Whitmer and other Democrats.

For Our Future is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. It was an outfit most intensely fueled after Trump's surprise win over Hillary CLINTON by NextGen America's Tom STEYER and organized labor as a way to get back in touch with their traditional urban and blue-collar workers.

The group is now funded by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, National Education Association, UAW and other union groups, along with NextGen America.

"Our trusted, traditional methods told us one thing, yet we got a different reality," the For Our Future memo reads. "In states like ours, canvassers on the front lines were telling a different story about the types of conservations happening at the doors."

Instead of using polls, For our Future used face-to-face, open-ended questions to find out what was on the minds of voters. Among other things, what they found was that traditionally Republican voters who swung away from Trump in 2016, particularly in Oakland and Kent counties, were most passionate about gun violence prevention.

They also found specific issues Detroiters care about - crime, abandoned homes, "redlining" in car insurance and charter schools - didn't show up in polling in other areas of the state.

"Because we've asked, we've learned so much about what our neighbors in Michigan actually care about, and we're taking those issues to heart, integrating them into our field conversations in real time," Pugh said. "Over the next 42 days we will have thousands more conversations with voters, asking them to vote for progressive candidates up and down the ballot and making sure they have a plan to get to the polls or turn in their absentee ballot."

MRP Makes 2 Millionth Voter Contact

In related news, the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) today reported making its 2 millionth voter contact of the 2018 election cycle, the largest number of voter contacts to date for any election cycle. Since voter contact is volunteer-driven, MRP officials say this indicates increased levels of enthusiasm among Republican grassroots activists.

"The Michigan Republican Party has built a grassroots organization that is unparalleled in our state's history," said MRP Chair Ron WEISER. "We have invested in new technology and training that make our volunteers more productive than ever. These factors coupled with our volunteers' high level of enthusiasm will help put Republicans over the top this November."
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1st half hour discussion today, Monday 10-1-18;
MIRS News Service

Dems Still Leading At Top Of Ticket

Democratic candidates in all of the statewide races hold leads over their Republicans opponents in EPIC-MRA polling for the Detroit Free Press and three TV stations.

Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen WHITMER is up 8 percentage points. Attorney General nominee Dana NESSEL is up on Republican Tom LEONARD by 6 percentage points. Secretary of State nominee Jocelyn BENSON over Mary TREDER LANG by 9 points. U.S. Sen. Debbie STABENOW by 23 over John JAMES.

The survey of 600 likely voters found 11 percent undecided in the governor's race. In the Secretary of State race, that undecided number is 19 percentage points. For U.S. Senate, 6 percent remain on the fence.

Pollster Bernie PORN believes the race for governor is "tightening" and the reasons may be in part because of Republican Bill SCHUETTE's commercials linking Whitmer to former Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM and the rollback of the Granholm-era tax hike.

However, he downplayed the Schuette campaign strategy to accuse his opponent of not prosecuting Larry NASSAR. Asked if the race would be decided on that he told MIRS, "Not at all. There are other issues that people respond to. What will decide it will focus on how people are responding to President (Donald) TRUMP (and) and it looks like a blue wave" is out there.

When you factor in the Trump "X" factor in the governor's race Republican Schuette garners 79 percent of those voters who think the President is doing a good or excellent job. If the voters are anti-Trump, Whitmer secures 70 percent of those voters. Pollster Richard CZUBA has said there are not enough Trump voters out there to elect Schuette.

The key to the governor's race may be the independent voters, especially women.

The two contenders are tied for the independent male vote, but Whitmer has a 23-point lead with female independents.
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3rd hour discussion today, Friday 9-28-18;

I have personally endorsed Kerry Lee Morgan for the Michigan State Supreme Court who is on the Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 general election ballot.

Here is a research paper authored by Kerry Lee Morgan wrote back in 2004;

file:///C:/Users/Trucker%20Randy/Downloads/DefendLawDefendLife.pdf
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2nd & 3rd hours discussion today, Tuesday 9-25-18;

For those of you who missed President Trump's GREAT speech of his foreign policy at the UN General Assembly today in New York City, NY, can be at view at this link;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKrpEuyEHqcWatch Live at 10:15 am ET. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY. FOX News Channel (FNC) i...
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