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Thursday, March 16, 2017

YUGE: Trump Deportations Could Prevent Michigan From Losing An Electoral Vote (And Member Of Congress)

President Trump


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


Michigan is likely to lose an electoral vote and therefore a member of our Congressional delegation in 2022 during redistricting after the 2020 census. However, President Trump just might have something to say about that...

According to MIRS:

"It's presumed Michigan will lose a congressional seat. That could change if Michigan's population picks up in a big way or if a significant number of illegal immigrants are removed from the United States, which would significantly lower the population level used to allocate congressional districts."

That's what Ed Sarpolus of Target Insyght believes...

More of his redistricting analysis from MIRS: 

"Ed SARPOLUS of Target Insyght, whose drawn political district maps since the 1980s, told MIRS Monday today if the Republicans retain the Senate and the Governor's office in 2018, they will secure two out of the three positions needed to control the pen in 2020, as they did in 2010. 

And if that is the case, Sarpolus said the easiest seat for them to eliminate is the southern Oakland County/Macomb County district currently represented by U.S. Rep. Sandy LEVIN(D-Royal Oak). U.S. Rep. Mike BISHOP's 8th Congressional District would wrap around Oakland County and pick up much of Levin's district, including the senior House member's Royal Oak home. 

U.S. Rep. Justin AMASH (R-Cascade Twp.) would pick up Ingham County. U.S. Rep. PaulMITCHELL (R-Dryden Twp.) would lose the Thumb to U.S. Rep. Dan KILDEE's (D-Flint Twp.) district while picking up much more of Macomb County. 

U.S. Rep. John MOOLENAAR's (R-Midland) district would become geographically gigantic, stretching from the Lake Michigan shoreline to Bay County on the Lake Huron coastline. 

U.S. Rep. Debbie DINGELL (D-Dearborn) would pick up much more of Washtenaw County. 

Sarpolus was able to preserve the two districts with a majority of a minority population under his potential plan, which takes an otherwise likely federal civil rights lawsuit off the table. 

Amash's district goes from a 44 percent Democratic base to a 47 percent Dem base. Moolenaar's district goes from a 45 percent Dem base to a 47 percent Dem base and Mitchell's goes from 46 to 48 percent base. 

On the other hand, if Democrats take control of the Governor's office, the Senate or the House, they could negotiate to make the 4th, 3rd or 7th congressional district shaped in a way that give a Democrat a real shot, Sarpolus said."





Sarpolus also says that if Dems win in 2018 and draw the redistricting maps, they may try to create a West Michigan district for a Democrat that would include Grand Rapids and Muskegon...

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, March 15, 2017

Weiser Drains The Swamp: Doster Removed As MIGOP General Counsel, Pero Chosen As Replacement

Weiser, left, Doster, right


By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
It's finally happened: after spending years as the Michigan Republican Party's lawyer, surviving Chair after Chair despite controversy after controversy, Eric Doster has been removed by Chairman Ron Weiser.

Doster is the epitome of an establishment insider who has ruthlessly worked against the grassroots behind the scenes. He's also used his position to push horrendous legislation and target conservatives in primaries to benefit his handpicked candidates, among other things...

Doster was recently in the news for his role as the political wingman for controversial Democrat Jim Fouts, Mayor of Warren...

Doster's replacement is Colleen Pero.



Colleen Pero

In addition to her role as the MIGOP's legal adviser, Pero also serves as Weiser's Chief Of Staff.

According to Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News:

"Pero’s Republican Party credentials span decades. She has worked as national deputy political director for Lamar Alexander during his presidential bid, as executive director for the Michigan Bush-Quayle campaign and in senior positions under Michigan Gov. John Engler and in the Michigan Senate. She began her political work with the House Republican Campaign committee.

Pero, an attorney, also is the former chair of the State Board of Canvassers, where she recently proposed the conditional suspension of a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election sparked by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

She also was the deputy director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights."



Drolet Vs. Doster: MIGOP Attorney Does Controversial Dem Mayor's Dirty Work




Read more here:

The Curious Case Of SB 571: Controversial MIGOP Lawyer Eric Doster Involved In Shady Last Minute Amendment?
http://westmipolitics.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-curious-case-of-sb-571.html

 


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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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Josh Paciorek Named Deputy Press Secretary For Vice President Pence

Josh Paciorek with fiance Sarah Dickinson


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

Josh Paciorek (that's Puh-chore-ick :p) has been named as Vice President Mike Pence's new Deputy Press Secretary.

Paciorek previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for Governor Rick Snyder. He was also the digital director for Snyder's re-election campaign in 2014.

Paciorek is a 2014 Michigan State graduate...

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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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Trump Tells Snyder He Remembers His Refusal To Endorse: "I Never Forget"



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

President Donald Trump visited Michigan today, giving a speech at Willow Run airport highlighting his "Buy American, Hire American" mantra, as well as his support of the auto industry.

After the speech, the President told Gov. Snyder to join him for a photo even though he didn't endorse him.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao then quipped that Trump hasn't forgotten..."I never forget," Trump responded.



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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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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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