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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Leonard And Chatfield's War On The Lansing Status Quo Is Just Getting Started (And Has Consequences For 2018)

Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, left, with Speaker Tom Leonard, right


By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)

After years of broken promises from Republican legislators who campaigned on tax cuts and smaller government but consistently governed like Democrats once elected, raising tax after tax and inflating the annual state budget from around $44 billion in 2011 to nearly $54 billion today, Republicans may have finally found leaders in Lansing who will champion conservative causes and subsequently show some spine trying to implement them.

With Thursday's vote on the income tax cut, Speaker Tom Leonard proved he's ready to challenge the Lansing status quo on behalf of taxpayers and the Republican voters who gave the GOP its majority in the State House.

The tax cut was introduced by Leonard's 2nd in command, State Rep. Lee Chatfield.

Leonard called for a vote knowing it would fail, but he wanted members to go on the record regarding where they stand. That's an extremely rare move for a Speaker to make.

The special interests and lobbyists don't like that tax cut.

"As you might expect, (this bill isn't) popular with the establishment and Lansing lobbyists. We'll be facing tough opposition to (this bill) and what it represents, which is real change and an upset to the status quo," Leonard said about the income tax bill. "But YOUR money belongs to YOU, not the government, and this bill makes that clear! Our president showed that you can take a conservative message directly to the voters of Michigan and win, and we intend to do just that."

The corporate media doesn't like the bill, either....

Stephen Henderson from The Detroit Free Press chastised Leonard, writing:

"(I)t only failed by three votes, 55-52. And that despite this clapback from their own caucus, Leonard — with the enthusiastic assistance of state Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering — is likely to try again...

Indeed, the whole episode — a 12-hour drama of coaxing and prodding, the House floor opening and closing, then holding a vote that the Speaker did not have enough support to sway in his favor — points up Leonard's profound inexperience. That's not entirely his fault; term limits mean we will perpetually have amateurs in charge. But Leonard showed Wednesday night just how much learning he has to do."

For liberals like Henderson, tax cuts are theft from the big government nanny state they treasure.

Henderson and his far left allies never met a tax hike they didn't like, and they probably never will-unless the legislature considers a newspaper tax or a tax on abortions...

It's worth noting that under Jennifer Granholm, the hike from 3.9% to 4.35% was only supposed to be temporary, reverting back to 3.9%  a few years later. Instead, Gov. Snyder and the Republican legislature changed it to 4.25% and patted themselves on the back for a tax cut, subsequently refusing to honor that promise of reinstituting the original rate.

A few "so called" Republicans as President Trump might say-12 of them-opposed the measure. 49 stood with Leonard and Chatfield, and even a Democrat, Scott Dianda, said enough is enough.

In the aftermath of the vote, Speaker Leonard stripped State Rep. Jason Sheppard of his Committee Chairmanship for apparently lying about how he would vote, and State Rep. Dave Pagel called for an investigation into the Speaker.

Conservative activist Matt Hall, a MIGOP State Committee member and former Trump delegate on the rules committee in Cleveland, blasted the Republicans who voted against the move.

"When Republicans shun our core principles we betray our base and lose elections. I am disappointed in Reps. Chris Afendoulis, Julie Calley, Kathy Crawford, Daniela Garcia, Larry Inman, Jim Lilly, Dave Maturen, Mike McCready, Dave Pagel, Brett Roberts, Jason Sheppard, and Scott Van Singel, who voted against a modest income tax cut for hard working taxpayers. I expect these legislators (some of whom are my friends and normally very principled Republicans) to work hard moving forward to regain the trust of Republican voters by making Government more efficient and restoring liberties to Michigan citizens!"

My State Rep., Jim Lilly, voted against the tax cut, as did his pal Daniela Garcia. Garcia, who is likely to seek State Senator Arlan Meekhof's seat in 2018, is doing a great job following in Meekhof's footsteps.

In 2014, Meekhof sent out mailers saying he would fight tax increases, total lies! He then turned around and led the fight for Prop 1... It's worth noting Meekhof also opposed the House income tax cut-no surprise there!



The fight over Chatfield's income tax cut is just the beginning. The next big battle will likely be State Rep. Gary Glenn's legislation to repeal and replace Common Core.

Common Core was passed by a Republican legislature, signed by Gov. Snyder, and the corporate media is a big cheerleader for it, so don't be shocked when the same old players spout the same old BS.

Glenn's Common Core repeal won't be the last battle in this war-expect a two year brawl in Lansing over a myriad of issues as the system continues to do everything it can to fight conservative reforms from taking hold.

If Republicans don't follow Leonard and Chatfield's gameplan, showing bold leadership and delivering results for the conservative Michiganders who elected them, they will soon find themselves out of power in 2018. A government of, by, and for the special interests, lobbyists, and big donors will not survive.

Though Democrats won't change the status quo, they will campaign under that premise. Gretchen Whitmer will ride that wave all the way to the Governor's office as more than just a few conservatives stay home, fed up with years of broken promises and excuses. Even the prospect of dumping Senator Debbie Stabenow-a steep hill to climb already-won't be enough to save the GOP.



The 12 Republicans who voted against the income tax cut bill can be reached below:

Chris Afendoulis (517) 373-0218
Julie Calley (517) 373-0842
Kathy Crawford (517) 373-0827...
Larry Inman (517) 373-1766
Jim Lilly (517) 373-0838
Dave Maturen (517) 373-1787
Mike McCready (517) 373-8670
Scott VanSingel (517) 373-7317
Jason Sheppard (517) 373-2617
Brett Roberts (517) 373-1775
Daniela Garcia (517) 373-0830
Dave Pagel (517) 373-1796
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Pro Trump "Flashmobs" Will Take Place Across Michigan Next Week



By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)

The Michigan Conservative Coalition, in partnership with grassroots activists across the state, will host a series of "flashmobs" supporting President Trump on Saturday, March 4th.

Dubbed "March4Trump," the number of locations continues to grow.

An updated list can be found at http://www.flashmobmichigan.com/

MCC says "Join us for the latest Michigan Statewide Flashmob on March 4th! Trump can't do this alone! We got his back! We're all in this TOGETHER!"

Below is a list of current flashmobs:

Macomb County

Freedom Hill
14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Sterling Heights
Noon to 3pm

Kent County
Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids
Starts at 2pm

Ingham County
Lansing State Capitol East Lawn
Noon to 3pm

Gratiot County
M-46 and Alger Road
Park in the Motor Pool

Oakland County
Haggerty and 8 Mile
Park at Meijer
Noon to 2pm

Oakland County
Republican Party Headquarters
42611 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills
Noon to 2pm

Antrim County

North Country Cars & Credit
518 S. Williams
Mancelona
Noon to 2pm

Gratiot County

M-46 and Alger Road
Noon to 2pm

Grand Traverse County

Government Center
11am to 1pm

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Ronna Restores Michigan "To Its Rightful Place At The RNC" After YUGE Fundraising Month

RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel

By Brandon Hall
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It's a friendly feud of sorts: where did the Republican Party start?

Wisconscin Republicans say the party was founded in the Badger State, while most Michigan Republicans contend it was in Jackson, Michigan, "under the Oaks."

Today, RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel hung a portrait on the wall in her office, writing:

"Jackson Michigan restored to its rightful place at the RNC."

 Ronna has been doing more than hanging pics on her wall.

The RNC recently announced $20 million in fundraising for January, apparently a record for the month after a Presidential election year...

“I am encouraged by the historic support shown by Americans across this country as our Party unites under President Trump,” Ronna said in a statement.

“It is clear our message of bringing change to all people is resonating, and I am committed to harnessing this momentum as we continue to build on the successes we earned in 2016. The RNC has never been better equipped to champion the Republican agenda and use these resources to grow our majorities in 2018."
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Report: Betsy DeVos Fights Attorney General Sessions Over Trump Transgender Bathroom Order

Betsy DeVos


By Brandon Hall
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos privately argued against President Trump's reversal of an Obama-era Executive Order mandating schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, reports say.

DeVos allegedly clashed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but backed down after talking with President Trump.

Transgender students who are truly struggling with gender identity issues must be protected, but laws are already on the books to deal with bullying and harrasment when it occurs.

The Obama order superceded the rights of local school districts, catering to a radical fringe of liberal activists. It also seemed to be more about politics than thoughtfully wondering what could be done to help transgender students have the best education possible...President Trump made the right call.

According to the New York Times:

"A fight over a draft order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.

Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

Though an official order from the administration was expected to be released as early as Wednesday, the two secretaries were still disputing the final language.

According to a draft of the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, the Trump administration cites ongoing litigation and confusion over the Obama directives as a reason for telling schools to no longer obey them...

The draft also contains language stating that schools must protect transgender students from bullying, a provision Ms. DeVos asked be included, one person with direct knowledge of the process said. “Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment,” the letter says. Ms. DeVos, who has been quietly supportive of gay rights for years despite coming from a prominent conservative family that has supported anti-gay causes, was said to have voiced her concern about the high rates of suicide among transgender students."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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You're Fired: Leonard Boots Sheppard From Committee Chairmanship For Lying About Income Tax Vote

State Rep. Jason Sheppard


By Brandon Hall
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Speaker of the House Tom Leonard booted State Rep. Jason Sheppard from his role as Chair of the House Financial Services Committee after Leonard says Sheppard lied to him regarding how he would vote on the income tax cut bill that has caused significant controversy.

Sheppard was also removed from the committee altogether....

According to Gongwer:

"Mr. Sheppard (R-Temperance) was one of 12 Republicans who voted against the bill. But Mr. Leonard told reporters after session that his was the only vote to surprise him.

"The representative from Monroe County looked me in the eye and told me he was going to vote yes and voted no," Mr. Leonard said, alluding to Mr. Sheppard. Earlier in the night, Mr. Sheppard would not comment about widespread rumors that he was threatened with retaliation if he did not support the bill.

At around 3 a.m., Mr. Leonard announced Mr. Sheppard would no longer chair or serve on the House Financial Services Committee and Rep. Diana Farrington (R-Utica) would replace him as chair. Rep. Joe Graves (R-Linden) was added to the committee.

"The people of Michigan need someone they can trust working on their behalf," Mr. Leonard said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has taken two roll call votes, and one representative has already lied about his position. That is unacceptable, and it cannot be allowed to continue."

It was an absolutely extraordinary statement about a speaker regarding one of his caucus's own members."

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nugent: Each New Law Should Result In 100 Being Repealed (And Can't Be Longer Than The Constitution)

Ted Nugent performs in Grand Rapids the morning of the election


By Brandon Hall
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As guitar legend Ted Nugent considers mounting a Senate campaign in Michigan, "Uncle Ted" is coming out with some legislative proposals.

According to a recent Facebook post, Nugent says each new law passed by Congress should result in 100 being repealed. He also says each new regulation should result in 10,000 pages of regulations being eliminated, and that all new laws shouldn't be longer than the Constitution.

Nugent writes:

"NugeLaw-New National Laws:

For every new law passed by congress and senate and sent to the president for signat...ure, the congress shall rescind 100 previous laws

NugeLaw - Regulation Control
For every 100 pages of new regulations, the congress shall eliminate 10,000 pages of existing regulations

NugeLaw - Automatic Citizenship
No person born on American soil is automatically granted American citizenship. At least one of the parents of the child must be an American citizen for citizenship to be bestowed to the child.

NugeLaw - Length of New Laws
Another common sense Nuge Law for the GOP congress to pass and send to the senate tomorrow!
No law, including its amendments, can be longer than 4,500 words which is the length of the United States Constitution.

Hey, GOP, you paying attention? Does it really take the Motorcity Madman to write common sense laws that the vast majority of Americans support?"

Whether or not Nugent embarks on a campaign is yet to be seen, but if he indeed pulls the trigger on a run, look for more proposals to be rolled out soon after...

 Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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MSU Professor Dr. Joseph Guzman Was A Top Candidate For Labor Secretary

Guzman, right, meets with Trump last summer


By Brandon Hall
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MSU Professor Dr. Joseph Guzman was recently a top candidate to serve as President Trump's Secretary of Labor.

Guzman found himself on the shortlist after the original choice, Andy Puzder, dropped out due to a decades old domestic violence controversy. Even his wife said she made up the allegations during a nasty divorce, but the damage was already done.

Guzman served as a Trump State Co-Chair and also a member of Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Trump chose Alexander Acosta, the dean of a FLorida law school and a former US Attorney...

According to Melissa Nann Burke of the Detroit News:

"Transition officials had highlighted Guzman’s time on the board of the now-defunct Armed Forces Foundation, as well his Pentagon service as first deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy in the Office of Financial Management and Comptroller, as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and as deputy director of the Department of Defense's Biometric Management Office.
Guzman teaches in the human resources and labor relations department at MSU and serves on the faculty of the Chicano/Latino Studies program...

According to his Facebook biography, Guzman has a doctorate in economic analysis and policy from Stanford University. He holds degrees in economics, statistics and business research from Stanford, as well as an MBA and bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Arizona.

His areas of expertise include the economics of human resources, labor market policy analysis and entrepreneurialism, according to MSU's website.

Guzman's biography says his policy research has included serving as an economist with the Center for Naval Analyses and the RAND Corp."



Dr. Guzman subjected himself to significant bullying, harassment, and character assassination at MSU simply for being a Hispanic supporter of Donald Trump.

As a State Co-Chair, Dr. Guzman campaigned tirelessly day in and day out across the Great Lakes State for months to help #MakeMichiganRedAgain for Mr. Trump, always down to do whatever was needed with a smile on his face.

Dr. Guzman also represented Michigan well on Mr. Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council.

He is one of the nicest, smartest, hardest working people you will ever meet. He did all this with his wife Ana Maria Guzman and their children usually by his side, who happen to be wonderful Trump supporters themselves!

He is also a great friend, and I am immensely proud he was in consideration for Labor Secretary. Though he was not chosen, I have absolutely no doubt we have not heard the last of him!

Guzman rides the famous elevator at Trump Tower for a meeting about the Labor Secretary position

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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