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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chatfield, Glenn+Theis Named "Most Conservative" In Michigan House

Theis, left, with Chatfield, center, and Glenn, right (DarKen Photography)


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

State Representatives Lee Chatfield, Lana Theis, and Gary Glenn have been named the most conservative legislators in Michigan's House.

That's what the American Conservative Union said, giving the trio a 96% score.


According to Glenn, "he tied with two fellow Republicans -- Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Assistant Majority Leader Lana Theis, R-Brighton -- in voting conservative on 96 percent of the twenty-three roll call votes selected by the ACU."

The ACU said in a press release that they chose from a number of bills while compiling their scores.

"ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Michigan Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the 'three-legged stool': 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues are designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property."

Glenn and Theis also received the distinction in 2015, along with State Rep. Jim Runestad.




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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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Replacing Meekhof: Victory Kicks Off State Senate Campaign Friday

Roger Victory speaks at a Mike Pence rally in Holland (DarKen Photography)


By Brandon Hall
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State Rep. Roger Victory will officially kick off his State Senate campaign on Friday, WMP has learned.

Victory will make the announcement at noon on his farm in Hudsonville.

Victory hopes to replace Sen. Arlan Meekhof, who can not run again because of term limits.


Already in the race: State Rep. (D)aniela Garcia, and former State Rep. Joe Haveman.
 

Garcia enters the race with a cash advantage, but faces big problems with the conservative base because of her voting record.
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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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Pete Hoekstra Confirmed As President Trump's Ambassador To The Netherlands



By Brandon Hall
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Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra is now the Ambassador to The Netherlands after receiving Senate confirmation late last week. 

WMP broke the story earlier this year that Hoekstra was the leading contender for the position, and President Trump ended up picking him.

Hoekstra, who was born in The Netherlands, was a co chair for President Trump's Michigan campaign in 2016.
 

Hoekstra's nomination was supported by both Sen. Gary Peters, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Hoekstra ran against Stabenow in 2012, ultimately falling short.

Pete Hoekstra Tops Trump's Shortlist To Be Ambassador To The Netherland

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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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Grot Blasts Benson, Proposes Multi Year Car Registration Plan To Help Cut SOS Wait Time

Stan Grot speaks at a Steve Bannon event (DarKen Photography)


By Brandon Hall
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Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot, who is running for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State, has unveiled a proposal designed to let Michigan drivers spend less time stuck inside Secretary of State offices by allowing vehicle owners to purchase multi-year registrations.

Grot says the proposal will save drivers from wasting time.

“The first part of my customer service plan is to offer multiple year car and truck registrations,” Grot said in a press release. “On leased cars and trucks, registrations will be valid for the duration of the lease. For all other cars and trucks, I propose choices for registrations to be renewed every one, two, or three years."

Grot says it would be up to the driver which registration they wanted to purchase.

"The choice is up to the individual motorists, as it should be," Grot said. "Personally, I have better things to do on my birthday than wait in line for new tabs. This change will allow motorists to make one third the number of trips to Secretary of State Offices, and that will allow our employees to be more productive in other matters.”

Grot is touting his "real-world experience as a Township Clerk, Assistant Secretary of State, City Councilman and a private entrepreneur." 

He says his resume distinguishes him from his opponents.

Grot singled out his leading Democrat foe, Jocelyn Benson, calling her a typical liberal who is making unrealistic and unfounded promises.

“Voters said no to Jocelyn Benson when she ran for Secretary of State and lost in 2010. Her “30-minute guarantee” is nothing more than a gimmick to get herself elected," Grot said. "She is a typical liberal candidate making promises that she cannot keep. The Secretary of State does not run local elections. Elections are conducted by local clerks. Jocelyn Benson will have zero control over the lines and the wait to vote on Election Day. The Secretary of State position is extremely complex. It takes deep understanding of the day-to-day operations at the branch offices and requires knowledge in overseeing the election process. She is giving our citizens false hope. Her “30-minute guarantee” is unrealistic and not achievable.”

Grot, who is also the 10th District GOP Chair, faces MSU Professor Dr. Joseph Guzman, and EMU Regent Mary Treder Lang in the fight to see who will be the Republican Secretary of State nominee. 

Benson is expected to be the Dem candidate, but still may face a battle of her own...

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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 Hands Part Time Legislature Campaign Over To Tom McMillin

Calley, left, McMillin, right


By Brandon Hall
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Lt. Governor Brian Calley has transitioned the leadership of his proposal to enact a Part Time Legislature and slash legislator pay to Tom McMillin.

McMillin, a member of the State Board of Education, is a favorite with the grassroots. Calley says he believes in McMillin's leadership.

"I’m confident that Tom McMillin is the right person to lead Clean Michigan Government," Calley said in a press release. "His experience and success in organizing and leading grassroots activists in Michigan is exactly what Clean Michigan Government needs. This initiative started with the grassroots, and it is the grassroots that will push it over the finish line."

Calley says McMillin brings a lot to the table.


"Tom McMillin a former state representative, Honorary Chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, and current member of the Michigan State Board of Education, brings a strong track-record of successful conservative activism in Michigan to the Clean Michigan initiative," Calley said.

Joining McMillin as leaders in the effort are:

-Former State Rep. and RNC Committeeman Dave Agema
-Former Trump Michigan Deputy State Chair CJ Galdes
-Former Kent County GOP Chair Dave Dishaw
-Norm Kammeraad, leader of the 2014 PTL effort

 The campaign hopes to put the issue before Michigan voters in November of 2018.

Calley says that turning over leadership to McMillin "will allow me more time to work toward accelerating the Michigan Comeback next year and beyond." 

Many believe that work includes running for Governor.




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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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Shock Poll: Duggan 47%, Schuette 32%



By Brandon Hall
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A surprising new poll probably won't do much to throw cold water on the prospects of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's possible campaign for Governor: Duggan beats Attorney General Bill Schuette 47% to 32%, a 15 point margin.

Duggan has insisted he has no plans of running for Governor, but he had to say that, as until last week, he was running for re-election as Mayor... Duggan won big, beating State Sen. Coleman Young by over 44%, 72-28.

The question now is, will his tune change in the next few months?

According to Tim Skubick of WLNS:

"New polling data out today showing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in a virtual tie with Republican Bill Schuette in the race for governor.

But another Democrat beats Mr. Schuette by 15 points.

For literally years, Detroit mayor Mike Duggan has steadfastly said he will not run for governor and there’s no evidence that he will.

But in a head-to-head race with potential Republican candidate Bill Schuette, Mr. Duggan wins by 15 points 47 percent to 32 percent.

But the Target Insight MIRS newsletter poll also shows Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, whose been running for 11 months is in a statistical dead heat with Mr. Schuette 41 percent to 40 percent."

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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, November 2, 2017

Agema: Did Schuette Promise Meekhof MEDC Leadership Post?



By Brandon Hall
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Former State Representative and RNC Committeeman Dave Agema says he has heard reports of a deal between Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

Under the terms of the deal, Schuette will make Meekhof head of the MEDC if he is the Governor.

Agema believes the rumored deal may have been a reason why Meekhof booted Sen. Patrick Colbeck off of all his committees, and also took over management of Colbeck's office.

The MEDC post is a prominent position in the Lansing swamp, and it pays pretty well, too.

If true, the answer to the mysterious question of just what Meekhof plans on doing after his term is up would be answered...

Read Agema's comments 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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Breaking: Leonard Holding No Fault Reform Vote Today (With Or Without The Votes To Pass)



By Brandon Hall
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Speaker Tom Leonard is putting a proposal to change Michigan's no fault auto reform up for a vote later today, whether it passes or not, WMP has learned.

Conservative legislators who support no-fault reform want a vote on the record, and Leonard is prepared to give them just that. The House Republican Caucus is meeting early this afternoon, and passions are running high.


The vote could be the second piece of legislation brought to the floor this year without the support to pass. Earlier this year, Leonard moved a modest income tax cut that failed after 12 Republicans voted against it.


It's not just conservative legislators pushing for reform, grassroots leaders are on board as well.

Matt Maddock, a State House candidate running as a "Trump Republican," says reform is long overdue.

"Our “highest in the nation” auto insurance rates are so high they are now an obstacle to economic growth," Maddock said. "These outrageous rates affect ALL businesses.Please call your legislators and urge them to support Lana Theis Auto Insurance Reform House Bill 5013. Call ASAP. This is a hot-bed issue and our legislators are under TREMENDOUS pressure to keep the status quo which costs you billions in inflated rates."

The battle over Michigan's controversial no-fault law is a contentious one, with supporters of reform saying it will lead to lower car insurance rates for Michiganders, who pay some of the highest costs in the country. 


Opponents contend reform will do little to impact rates and the legislation will benefit insurance companies at the expense of crash victims.

Supporters of reform highlight the fact that hospitals are charging car accident victims significantly more for the same services than say, a kid who broke his leg playing football, because they can get away with inflated costs through the no fault system.


Leonard has teamed with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to gain bipartisan support for the bill, but it's not clear if enough Dems will come on board to make up for Republicans who are opposed...Stay tuned!


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