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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

House Passes Steve Marino's Bill Helping Local Communities With Emergency Disaster Relief

Steve Marino


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

The Michigan House has passed State Rep. Steve Marino's legislation increasing local municipalities access to money for disaster relief when they need it the most.

Marino's bill increases the amount of money available to local governments via a special fund they can utilize when they are hit with an unexpected crisis and need help.

The previous minimum for the total amount available in the fund was $1,000,000-it's now $2.5 million.

The bill passed 102-5...You can read it HERE.

It now heads to the Senate, where if passed, will head to Gov. Snyder's desk to be signed into law. Snyder is said to be in favor of the change.

The bill is Marino's first piece of legislation to pass as a rookie legislator.

"Excited to have my first bill pass the Michigan House of Representatives," Marino said in a Facebook statement. "A special thanks goes out to my colleague, State Representative Diana Farrington, for her hard work on this issue and passing a related bill to ensure more adequate funding for disasters in our local communities."


Marino, a former Macomb County Commissioner, prevailed last year despite a sickening dirty trick spin campaign from Brandon Dillon and Michigan Dems, as well as their allies, such as Progress Michigan.

Congrats. Steve!




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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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Calley's Part Time Legislature Campaign On Hold After Schuette Raises Objections



By Brandon Hall
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Lt. Governor Brian Calley's campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to enact a part time legislature and cut legislator pay in half is on hold while the committee works to address roadblocks from Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The committee was scheduled to get final approval of its language from the State Board of Canvassers Wednesday, but that has been rescheduled while Calley's team works to address last minute objections from Schuette.

According to the chief legal counsel for Clean MI Government, John Pirich (one of the most respected and highest rated lawyers in Michigan) Schuette is questioning the legality of the proposal.

"We were just informed today that the Attorney General’s office has raised various questions, including with respect to the impact of the provision requiring the legislature to meet for no more than 90 days consecutively," Pirich said in a statement this evening. 

Pirich notes no objections were raised to a previous proposal in 2014.

"Yet in 2014, a petition seeking a part time legislature, which would have required the legislature not to meet more than 60 days consecutively, was approved as to form by the Board of Canvassers," Pirich said. "The same action should occur regarding the part-time legislature proposal at issue. "

Pirich is confident the group will prevail over Schuette's objections.
"Regardless, we look forward to discussing the issues raised by the Attorney General’s office and answering any questions they may have," Pirich said. "We are prepared to address these issues and will request the State Board of Canvassers to reconvene and immediately approve the form of the petition as is because it satisfies all the legal requirements of the Michigan Election Law."

Michigan Conservative Coalition leader Matt Maddock believes the objections could be related to the fact that Calley's group is much more likely to succeed in getting the issue on the ballot than previous efforts.

"Something fishy going on with the Part-Time Legislature Ballot Proposal. Schuette might be trying to stop it using his position of Attorney General," Maddock said. "In 2014, essentially the same language (60 days vs 90 days) was approved by the board of canvassers with no "issues" raised by Schuette. However there's a big difference between 2014 and 2017. Funding. There is enough funding to get it done this year and there wasn't in 2014."

Maddock said things could get "ugly."

"This will get VERY ugly if Schuette tries to stop this," Maddock said.

Former RNC Committeeman Dave Agema backs the proposal. He questioned Schuette's motives in objecting to the proposal.

"OUR PTL WAS APPROVED WHEN WE TRIED IN 2014," Agema said. "I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT A PART TIME LEGISLATURE. THE FACT THAT SCHUETTE IS QUESTIONING IT TELLS ONE HE DOES NOT REALLY SUPPORT A PTL."

Schuette's objections come just a day after his polling firm, Target Point Consulting, polled Republican voters on the issue and its relation to the Governor's race... 

WMP received multiple reports of people being polled by the company yesterday.

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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2018 Governor's Race Heats Up: Calley Cuts Schuette's Lead By Double Digits



By Brandon Hall
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According to a new poll from Mitchell Communications, Lt. Governor Brian Calley has cut into Attorney General Bill Schuette's lead, cutting a margin of over 20% down to a dead heat.

Schuette leads Calley 23% to 19%, well within the poll's 4.7% margin of error-that's a statistical tie.

Schuette had led by over 30% to Calley's 11% a couple months ago, but the new numbers seem to indicate a tightening race as the August 2018 primary draws closer.


Calley may be seeing help in the polls from his new campaign to cut legislator pay and turn Michigan into a part time legislature. 

Nearly 80% of Republican primary voters support the change, and 2/3 polled say it makes the LG a more attractive candidate.

One interesting facet of the poll: former Congresswoman and current Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller would enter the race ahead of Schuette if she decides to jump in.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck was not included in the poll, which was conducted just before he entered the race late last week...

According to MIRS:

"In a hypothetical four-way contest that also includes Saginaw Dr. Jim HINES, Miller received 21 percent support of the 435 Republican primary voters contacted Wednesday by Mitchell Research and Communications.

Schuette was at 18 percent and Calley 14 percent. Hines was at 1 percent with the 46 percent plurality being undecided. Sen. Patrick COLBECK (R-Canton) wasn't tested...

After the brief bios, all three are within the +/- 4.7 percent margin of error -- Schuette 23 percent, Miller 20 percent and Calley 19 percent.

Without Miller in the race, Schuette is at 21 percent, Calley 16 percent, Hines 1 percent and a 62 percent majority undecided.

Of those who answered the polling questions, 92 percent said they were "definitely" voting in the August 2018 gubernatorial primary election and 6 percent said they were "probably" voting. The other 2 percent were not sure, yet."


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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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Monday, June 5, 2017

Developing: London Bridge Terrorist Was Radicalized By Dearborn Imam Who Supports ISIS

Ahmad Musa Jibril


By Brandon Hall
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The terrorist behind the London Bridge attack last weekend in London was radicalized by a controversial Dearborn Imam, Ahmad Musa Jibril, who is known for ties to ISIS and Al Qaeda.

A friend of the killer tried to warn British authorities, but they did nothing.


Sickening-and right here in "Pure Michigan," NUTS! Where is Attorney General Bill Schuette and Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy on this?!
According to the Detroit News:

"A Dearborn cleric popular among Islamic State extremists helped radicalize one of the terror suspects in the London attacks that killed seven people Saturday, according to reports.
According to the Telegraph, a former friend of one of the three dead suspects claimed one of the attackers had been radicalized while watching Dearborn cleric Ahmad Musa Jibril’s YouTube videos and said he contacted authorities after becoming concerned over his friend’s extremist views.
The friend, who was not identified at the request of police, told the BBC’s Asian Network: “We spoke about a particular attack that happened and like most radicals he had a justification for anything and everything and that day I realized I needed to contact the authorities.”
He added: “He used to listen to a lot of Musa Jibril. I have heard some of this stuff and it’s very radical. I am surprised this stuff is still on YouTube and is easily accessible. I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalized.”

The suspected attacker was not arrested and was allowed to keep his passport."
The Dearborn Imam is radical Islamic extremist popular among terrorists. He has influenced multiple people to fight on behalf of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other organizations.

Jibril spent 8 years in federal prison for numerous charges, but was released in 2014.

Since then, he has used the internet to preach hateful, radical messages out of his Dearborn home and mosque. 

His videos are posted by supporters, as he has had his social media access restricted by the US government.

According to Newsweek:


"Jibril preaches a Salafist version of Islam, one of the most conservative strands of the religion and the ideology from which members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda derive their beliefs.
Jibril has not posted since 2014, when U.S. authorities limited his use of social media, but his supporters continue to post and share his content online. Security experts had identified Jibril as one of the most influential online recruiters for ISIS at the beginning of the group’s rise.
The London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) found in a 2014 report that Jibril, in his early 40s, was one of the most influential preachers among foreign fighter networks sending radical Islamists to Syria.

Jibril praised Syrian rebels during the civil war, becoming a “cheerleader” for armed Islamists in the conflict, according to the ICSR report. He speaks fluent English so could communicate with clarity to Muslim audiences in Western countries. ICSR found that 60 percent of foreign fighters it tracked in 2014 followed Jibril on Twitter."
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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Ronna+Leonard Shine At Grot's 10th District Dinner

Grot, left, Ronna, right (Photo by DarKen Photography)


By Brandon Hall
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10th Congressional District Republican Party Chairman Stan Grot hosted the group's annual fundraising dinner recently, and Grot brought RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel back to Michigan to keynote the event.

Ronna and Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard were greeted with big league applause during their speeches.

Ronna talked about what it has been like to transition from Michigan to DC, work with the Trump family, and also gave an update on the 2018 election.

Ronna emphasized the importance of delivering President Trump another two years with a Republican Congress, with a special focus on Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.

"2018 can be the year we finally retire Debbie Stabenow," Ronna said. 

She also committed to making sure the Republican Senate nominee in Michigan will have the resources they need from the RNC to make that happen.

House Speaker Tom Leonard also spoke, giving an update on various pieces of legislation making their way through Lansing. 

Leonard says the constitutional-carry legislation ending the need for licenses to conceal a gun is "228 years overdue."

Leonard also talked about his decision to put up an income tax vote when he knew it would probably fail. He says he has no regrets about fighting for less taxes and more limited government.

Other speakers included Rep. Paul Mitchell, Linda Lee Tarver of the Republican Women's Federation of Michigan, and former 1st District Vice Chair Crystal Grantham.

Grot, left, Leonard, right (Photo by DarKen Photography)
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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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Agema+Colbeck Endorse Calley's Part Time Legislature Campaign

Colbeck, left, Agema, right (Photo by DarKen Photography)

By Brandon Hall
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Former RNC Committeeman Dave Agema and State Senator Patrick Colbeck have announced their support for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's campaign for a part time legislature.

According to a Facebook statement, Agema says the constitutional amendment has his full support:

"The part time legislature idea has grown legs again. I put this bill up in 2007 with little support and no committee hearing allowed- they love their full time pay for being in session less than 90 days a year. 

Lt. Governor Calley, a house classmate of mine is pushing the idea presently. I will support this. It is long overdue. There is a reason Michigan citizens are over taxed and regulated- it's called a full time legislature. We are one of but a few with a full time legislature. The savings will be not just in wages etc., but rather in less law. The only thing required in our constitution is a budget and few work on it. The rest are working on new laws, taxes, fines, fees and regulations. 

Please vote for this initiative if it reaches the ballot box ( sign the petition if asked) unless you're happy with the way things are, which few are. There will be many false claims to prevent this from happening. 41 States can't be wrong!"

In a comment replying to an inquiry questioning his position on the issue, Colbeck says he supports the proposal as well.



Calley says that limiting the legislative session to 90 consecutive days will force Lansing politicians to prioritize legislation and pass fewer unneeded laws.
Calley also believes legislators need to spend more time back home living under the laws they pass.
Calley's proposal cuts legislator pay in half, making their pay on par for what a teacher would receive for the same amount of work.
More information about the proposal can be found at CleanMIGovt.org
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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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Breaking: Trump Campaign Tells Michigan Staffers To Preserve Documents Related To Russia Investigation




By Brandon Hall
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Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign Committee is telling Michigan staffers to preserve any communications they have that could be related to the special investigation into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 election.

In a letter sent by Michael Glassner, Executive Director of the committee, the campaign tells staffers to keep any emails, texts, or other communications that involve Russia.

One can't imagine any of those exist, but the campaign wants to do everything it can to cooperate with the Russia witch hunt the Democrats have started.

Failure to do so could result in more unnecessary distractions for President Trump and his team...

Glassner also notes that the Jones Day law firm has been retained to deal with the issue.

Stay tuned!

Read the letter below:



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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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Caught On Tape: Genesee County Official Resigns After Saying "F---ing N---ers Not Paying Their Bills" In Flint




By Brandon Hall
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Phil Stair,a Genesee County Land Bank official, has resigned.

Stair quit after he made controversial comments that were recorded during an interview with an independent journalist for "Truth Against The Machine."

The recordings were released Sunday night, Stair was gone by Monday afternoon.

On the tape, Stair says that "F---ing N---ers Not Paying Their Bills" In Flint and Detroit....

Stair's comments can be heard below:




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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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Former Chief Justice Bob Young Making Moves Towards US Senate Campaign



Bob Young (Photo by DarKen Photography)


By Brandon Hall
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The former Chief Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court is making moves towards mounting a US Senate Campaign against Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

The only current candidate in the race so far is businesswoman Lena Epstein, a Trump Co-Chair in Michigan who runs an oil company in the Detroit area.

Bob Young is looking increasingly more like a candidate, though.

According to Randy Bishop, known as "Trucker Randy" in Republican circles, Young called him recently asking about the prospects of a Young For Senate campaign.

According to a Facebook statement from Bishop:

"I got a phone call today while I was on another call. The area code was 313 (Detroit) and it went to my voicemail,...which I played back and heard an old friend;
"Hey Trucker,...it's Bob Young and I'm thinking about running against Debbie Stabenow in 2018,...and I would like your advice and counsel,...please call me back when you can,...Thank You".

I called him back,...and my first question was; "Why the heck do you want to go to Washington???" His answer; "To get rid of Do-Nothing Debbie and make the U.S. Senate get some things done for Michigan"!!! 

 My response,..."Oh heck YES"!!!"

Young is popular in many conservative circles, though it's unclear how his academic style would translate on the campaign trail.

Decades on the Michigan Supreme Court also mean he has thousands of rulings ripe for extreme spin by Dem political operatives.

Either way, it would be an interesting campaign, 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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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Breaking: State Senator Patrick Colbeck Files Paperwork To Run For Governor

Colbeck (Photo by Tom DeVette)


By Brandon Hall
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State Senator Patrick Colbeck has made it official: he will be a candidate for Governor in 2018.

Colbeck, a Canton area Republican, is a Tea Party fave and  popular in conservative circles.

Colbeck currently faces Dr. Jim Hines in the primary, but Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette are expected to jump in the race as well.

Colbeck is the only 2nd term Senator not allowed to Chair a committee after he upset Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof...

View Colbeck's filing HERE

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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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Drain The Swamp: Calley Announces Major Part Time Legislature Amendment To Michigan Constitution



By Brandon Hall
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Lt. Governor Brian Calley has announced a major ballot campaign that would amend Michigan's Constitution and enact a part time legislature.

Calley made the announcement this afternoon on Mackinac Island.

Calley's proposal cuts legislator pay in half, eliminates their pensions, and limits the legislative session to a maximum of 90 consecutive days a year.

The proposal will also put more restrictions on lobbying.

Calley says that legislators need to spend more time at home living under the laws they make.
"What you will see over this summer is the most high-tech, effective grassroots movement to amend Michigan’s constitution, ever," Calley said. "We will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors. Maybe even a million. So move over establishment… the people of Michigan are about to take the drivers seat."



More information is available at https://cleanmigovt.org/

Read Calley's speech below:
"Michigan is one of only 9 states with a full time, year around legislature. And it really begs the question: Why? We sure don’t need any more laws or regulations than other states.
I am organizing and leading an initiative to amend the Michigan constitution, implementing a part-time legislature, that cuts pay and bans retiree healthcare and pensions for legislators permanently.
The status quo currently spreads about 90 days of session over the entire year – and then pays the 4th highest wages in the country. Our people deserve better. We need to clean that up.
My proposal limits the legislature to 90 consecutive days of session and cuts the pay by more than half – setting it equal to what our teachers are paid.
There’ll still be plenty of time to do the state’s business.
There will just be less time for procrastination.
Less time for politics and posturing.
Less time for proposing thousands of new laws each year.
Sometimes, less is more.
My “Clean Michigan Government” initiative is all about creating Michigan’s best future. We’ve come a long way in recent years. But now it’s time to take it to the next level. Now it's time to clean it up!
My initiative will save us millions of dollars – potentially, tens of millions.
My initiative will open up the potential for so many more people, from all walks of life, to serve because it does not require them to abandon their careers in the real world in order to participate.
My initiative will make the system more efficient. Get in, get the important work done and go back home.
My initiative will result in better laws because it ensures that legislators live most of their lives under the laws they make.
I could tell right away during my time in the Michigan Legislature that our system needed change. That’s why a handful of us conservatives introduced a part-time legislature proposal in House years ago. Not surprisingly, it didn’t go anywhere. The system will always protect itself from reform – so I am taking it directly to the boss – We the people, of Michigan. With their help, we will clean it up!
What you will see over this summer is the most high-tech, effective grassroots movement to amend Michigan’s constitution, ever. We will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors. Maybe even a million. So move over establishment… the people of Michigan are about to take the drivers seat."
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