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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Nugent: Each New Law Should Result In 100 Being Repealed (And Can't Be Longer Than The Constitution)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
(Email Him At WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)

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According to a recent Facebook post, Nugent says each new law passed by Congress should result in 100 being repealed.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
(Email Him At WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)

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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SOS Ruth Johnson Eyes 2018 State Senate Campaign

SOS Ruth Johnson


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

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is eyeing a run for State Senate in 2018.

Johnson recently opened a campaign committee as she lays the groundwork for the State Senate seat currently held by Dave Robertson in the 14th District.

The 14th includes parts of Oakland and Genessee Counties...

According to Lauren Gibbons of MLive:

"The committee "will be charged with laying the groundwork for a successful run" in the district, a statement announcing its creation read.

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Johnson was a member of the Michigan State House from 1999 to 2004, then served as Oakland County Clerk until being elected Secretary of State in the 2010 elections. In 2006, she was chosen as then-Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos' running mate.

Robertson-rumored to be seeking Johnson's current position as Secretary of State in 2018- praised Johnson in the announcement, calling her a "tireless fighter for the citizens of Michigan."

"Ruth's hard work and integrity make her an ideal candidate for the state senate's 14th district," he said. "She has been a champion for government efficiency, and I am thrilled to see her taking the initial steps towards a run for the Senate in 2018."

Johnson, popular on the campaign trail, usually connects well with people at Republican events.

With her name ID, Lansing contacts, and ability to fundraise, Johnson is in a strong position to win the primary and general election in the district.

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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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House Republicans Amend Chatfield Income Tax Repeal As Clash With Snyder Continues

Chatfield, left, Snyder, right


By Brandon Hall
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House Republicans, led by Speaker Tom Leonard and his 2nd in command, State Rep. Lee Chatfield, have amended a proposal to repeal Michigan's income tax after strong objections from Gov. Snyder.

Previous legislation introduced by Chatfield would have reduced the income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% in 2018, with a .1% reduction every year after.

The amended legislation would bring the rate to 3.9% by 2021 and ends there, eliminating the eventual repeal.

The change still doesn't appease Gov. Snyder.

"I appreciate that House leadership took seriously my concerns about the long-term impact of the proposal, but I still have a billion dollars worth of concerns because there has been no plan presented as to how this will affect residents and their communities statewide," Snyder said in a statement.

"Half of a billion dollars will come due in 2019 and over one billion by 2022, years in which we have planned funding specifically to invest in modernizing our state's infrastructure. Improving our infrastructure shouldn't be postponed, and so I'd like to see a public plan as to how this will be paid for before I can lend my support to the new proposal," Snyder continued.

According to Jonathon Oosting of the Detroit News:

"The revised legislation would still leave more money in taxpayer pockets but reduce state revenues by $195 million in fiscal year 2018, $463 million in 2019, $780 million in 2020 and $1 billion in 2021, according to a fiscal analysis.

House Speaker Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, and other supporters say the plan could stimulate the economy and fulfill a promise made in 2007 when then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and state legislators raised the rate to 4.35 percent. The rate was frozen at 4.25 percent under Snyder.

Chatfield said he disagrees with the “pre-supposition” that tax cuts proposed by House Republicans would force significant spending cuts to higher education or other budget areas, arguing the policy would instead help create more jobs and economic activity.

“I think any day where we can provide tax relief to the people of our state is a good day, and it’s something we should celebrate,” he said."

Speaker Leonard clashed with Snyder after the original legislation prompted a rare, strongly worded statement from the Governor opposing the proposal.

Usually Snyder won't even comment on pending legislation, this time, he took to Facebook to blast it.

"In regard to Michigan House Bill 4001- which was passed out of committee today after only 90 minutes of discussion - I was disappointed to see this move so rapidly without giving longer and broader consideration to possible consequences," Snyder said. "This is an issue that requires thoughtful discussion with input from throughout the state. I hope the House will be more deliberate before taking a full vote. It's important that each representative has time to hear from their residents and allow them to weigh in before making a decision on a bill that will have statewide impacts for the next 40 years. I'd reiterate I have serious concerns about this bill. Republicans in Michigan have made tough choices over the past six years that have led to a tremendous comeback. We are on a very positive path toward our future and we can't afford to take a wrong turn now."

Leonard responded, saying, "I don't have time to worry about the Governor's Facebook posts. I'm more concerned about putting money back into the pockets of Michigan's hardworking families."

Snyder wasn't alone in his opposition to House Republicans and tax relief for Michigan families: Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof opposed the original proposal as well...

It's worth noting that the annual budget has increased by over $12 billion under Republican leadership since taking over in 2010.
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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 14, 2017

Motor City Madman Mounting Michigan Senate Campaign? Ted Nugent Responds To WMP Article, Puts Establishment On Notice

Ted Nugent


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

If Miley Cyrus enters a room "like a wrecking ball," Ted Nugent bursts through unannounced and uninvited like a giant tank tricked out with bazookas, bow and arrows, flamethrowers, missile launchers, and sniper rifles-with loud guitars blaring through the speaker of course-leaving no prisoners in his wake.

And he doesn't give a damn what you or anyone else thinks about it.

Now imagine that world famous, controversial attitude sweeping onto the Senate floor? Nugent would make Elizabeth Warren Vs. Jeff Sessions look like a kid's birthday party, Rule 19 be damned.

Nugent says he may indeed run...

According to a Facebook post today (in which Nugent quotes WMP's article from yesterday about possible Republican U.S. Senate candidates where I suggested he run-how badass is that?) "Uncle Ted" issued a blistering statement putting Michigan's political elite on notice.

Ted says, "If these GOP sonsabitches dont get it right this time I will come charging in as the ultimate WE THE PISSED OFF PEOPLE Mr FixIt Consitutional firebreathing shitkicker candidate from hell!"

Strong statement, classic Ted...

Nugent could turn the race upside down. He'd have instant grassroots support, name ID, and some money to throw around as well. Nugent would dominate Debbie Stabenow in the media also... And just imagine the debates!

The Constitution sets 3 parameters for one to run: they have to be 30 years old, a citizen of the US for at least 9 years, and when they are elected, must be a resident of the state they represent.

Nugent is reportedly currently a Texas resident, but he has a home in Michigan and would become a resident in 30 days, giving him plenty of time to decide if he wants to jump in...



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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Huizenga Attends Oval Office Signing Ceremony For Trump's First Law Passed By Congress

President Trump gives Rep. Bill Huizenga the pen used today as a gift

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

Congressman Bill Huizenga was in the Oval Office today, joining President Trump as he signed the first law passed by Congress since he became President. Huizenga sponsored the bill.

Congress passed legislation allowing Secretary of Defense Mad Dog Mattis to be eligible for the post, but it's not a traditional law-just a waiver-and it did not have a signing ceremony....

According to the Detroit News:

"President Donald Trump promised to create jobs as he signed a bill sponsored by west Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga that rolls back a transparency provision of the Dodd-Frank law that overhauled financial regulation after the 2008 financial crisis.

Trump on Tuesday signed legislation eliminating a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose in detail payments to the U.S. or foreign governments for commercial development.

The bill by Huizenga, the Zeeland Republican, and co-sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, was the first Trump has signed into law since becoming president, except for a waiver allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary."

Before signing the bill, President Trump spoke:

"This is a big signing, a very important signing," Trump said.  "And this is H.J. Resolution 41, disapproving the Securities and Exchange Commission's rule on disclosure of payments by resource extraction issuers. It's a big deal. And I want to thank Speaker Paul Ryan for being here. He's been tremendous. Jeb Hensarling very, very important and really worked hard. Representative Bill Huizenga and all of the friends -- Peter -- all of my friends are up here. And we really appreciate it.

This is one of many that we've signed, and we have many more left. And we're bringing back jobs big league, we're bringing them back at the plant level; we've bringing them back at the mine level. The energy jobs are coming back. And it's -- you see what's going on with the stock market. They know that we know what we're doing, so it's going up."

Congressman Huizenga then addressed the room:

"So this is the first CRA that has been signed by the President. I'm very pleased to be the author of House Joint Resolution 41. Over 20 years, there's been 56,000 rules that have been put in place with very little legislative input or oversight, and it's time that changed. And I'm very thankful to the President, the Speaker, our Chairman Hensarling for being able to make this happen. And we think this is a good first step. So I'm very pleased. Thank you."

Trump gave Huizenga the pen used to sign the bill as a gift.

"I'll sign it -- we may have to give him the pen. Congratulations. Great job. You've done a fantastic job," Trump said.
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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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Grassroots Day Of Action 2/15 For Common Core Repeal And Income Tax Elimination: Get Involved (It's Easy!)

 


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

As bills to eliminate the Michigan income tax, as well as to repeal and replace Common Core, are making their way through the legislature, grassroots activists are encouraged to contact their State Representative tomorrow to make their voices are heard in the face of lobbyists and special interests attempting to silence them.

Find your State Rep. here at http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/ by entering your zip code.

Once you enter it and hit send, your legislator will come up. Go to the side of the page for the button that says "Contact Rep. Lilly" or whoever your Rep. happens to be...

If you can't drive to Lansing as many are, call.
If you can't call, email.
If you can't email, find their Facebook page and/or Twitter!

It's time for the conservative grassroots to be heard loud+clear! Let Lansing know you want the income tax gone and Common Core tossed right along with it! Speaker Leonard has encouraged the grassroots to get involved, it's time to step up to the plate and show folks it's time for real change in Lansing.

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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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