Monday, August 1, 2016

Hornberger Dubbed "Common Core Pam" As Shmina Hopes For Major Win In Controversial 32nd District Battle

By Brandon Hall
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Pam Hornberger is generating controversy in the 32nd District Republican State House primary battle that could see Michael Shmina prevailing...

Hornberger is under fire for refusing to pledge her support to fighting "Common Core," taking nearly $10,000 in donations from the DeVos family, and claiming to be oblivious of support from a prominent DeVos funded organization until someone else told her....

Some local GOP activists have even dubbed her "Common Core Pam."

Small business owner Michael Shmina is hoping to upset the status quo and prevail over Hornberger in the primary battle that also features Justin Tranchita, an unconventional and controversial candidate known for performing Ben Carson's campaign theme song.

>>>According to reports from Karen Braun of "Stop Common Core In Michigan":

"In short, GLEP is a strong supporter of the Common Core and its continued implementation in Michigan. They are part of the Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards which opposes SB 826 to Repeal and Replace Common Core, science, social studies, and aligned assessments with pre-common core Massachusetts standards. Stop Common Core in Michigan believes there is a high correlation between candidates who accept the GLEP endorsement and their future votes on legislation.

Like Bill Gates, Betsy DeVos has some money and has some things she’d like to see different. Like all good investors, DeVos likely expects a return on her investment. And if you don’t play the game under their rules and vote the way you want her to vote, you may find yourself challenged the next time you run for office. As the Detroit News states there is “independent spending supporting or opposingparticular candidates. ” (emphasis added)

In practical terms, what does that support or opposition look like? Here’s a photo of the mailers sent to me by a constituent in the 32nd State House in Macomb County. It is a three-way race between Hornberger, Shmina, and Tranchita. Shmina and Tranchita have signed the Stop Common Core pledge, Hornberger has refused to sign it. She has received the GLEP endorsement and at least $9,000 in DeVos family donations according to Hornberger’s Late Contributions Report.

I asked Hornberger about the support of GLEP on her Hornberger for State Representative FB page. 

She said, "GLEP donated $250 to my campaign. GLEP sent mailers in support of me to conservative voters in our 32nd District. Again, they have confidence in my ability be a competent servant leader for the 32nd, regardless of the fact that we disagree on certain issues. I had no knowledge of the support mailings by GLEP until I receive them in the mail. They are a surprise to me. “

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

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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