Tough Talk With Taros “Capital Cronyism” Hosted by Paul Taros

This was Recorded Live March 6, 2017 at the Bloomfield Township Public Television Studios. Paul interviews Former Monroe County Republican Chairman Jeff Andring and Former Republican Elected Official and Candidate R Al Bain.

Jeff Andring and Randy Bain are Co-Founders of the Conservative Caucus of Monroe County. At about the 18:32 minute mark Mr. Andring talks about the recent Insurance Fee Rate Hike by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association bestowed on the states drivers. Click the link below to view interview.
https://youtu.be/hOGDQzqPG00 

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.

See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ~ Frédéric Bastiat

A1 Tough Talk With Taros

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Trumped: Analysis 2017 MIGOP Convention

The Grand Old Party is still run by the Old Guard Cronies and Corrupt GOP Trumped
In Michigan, the first GOP state convention was held this weekend since the election of Donald Trump.

Just as conventions in the past, it was predictable; with some of the same tedious fanfare and general disinterest.

However, there were a couple of differences; the celebration of a Republican elected as President of the US, and the Michigan GOP Chairwoman being selected to head the RNC.

The congratulations were plentiful, and the delegates bathed in their victory, while singing the praises of their leadership.

Repeatedly, they were told the victories were attributed to the “hard work” of the grassroots and the effectiveness of the leadership; the same leadership that was divided during the primaries and even after Trump’s nomination.

Ironically, the event included a video collage displayed on the big screen showing liberal politicians, entertainers, and media pundits who said Trump would NEVER win the nomination, let alone the presidency. Absent in the video was any of the key Republicans and conservative media pundits who said the EXACT SAME THING.

The harsh reality is…Trump would have won the election, regardless of what leadership did or did not do. During the campaign, several key GOP leadership members, publicly and/or privately, vehemently criticized Trump, swore to NEVER support him, or even hoped for a way to replace him as the nominee.

And yet, despite all the disunion, Trump prevailed and the party leadership was all too ready to soak up the credit; and the delegates were just as quick to rain it down on them. Nothing could be less deserving.

Trump won despite the actions of the GOP leadership. His message was a clear departure from what the GOP ever wanted delivered by their nominee and many had even surrendered any hope of him winning. They were wrong. They said he would never be the nominee. They were wrong. They said he wouldn’t get the support of independents. They were wrong.

Nevertheless, there is a portion of the Republican delegates who believe the reason Trump won is because the Democrats had a worse candidate. That might be the one thing they got right.

Based on the numerous times of being wrong, how could anyone find the leadership of the GOP even credible? Trump didn’t win because he is a champion of smaller government or represents more freedom, fidelity to the Constitution, peace in the Middle East, and an improved economy. He won because he is a big “screw you” to the leadership of BOTH parties. So why should anything leadership recommends be trusted? It shouldn’t.

Until the party leadership openly accepts real change from the grassroots, and begins to do what is necessary to protect that new brand, it will be business as usual. RINOS will continue to lead, corruption will remain within state and federal government, taxpayers will continue to bear the cost, and the politicians will maintain their business and government money alliance.

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Money in Politics Michigan’s Biggest Donors Rule

Bill Would Hand Political Power to Biggest Donors
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/26/michigan-citizens-united-steroids-bill/93643006/ billionaire-money-politics

Michigan Dead Last in Transparency Ethics
The study, a year-long collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, concluded that state government nearly everywhere suffers from “pervasive secrecy, weak oversight and questionable ethics.”

“State governments are plagued by conflicts of interests and cozy relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists, while open-records and ethics laws are often toothless and laced with exemptions,” Read More…….

But what lead to Michigan coming in dead last? According to the study:
A significant factor in Michigan’s 2015 ranking is its lack of effective disclosure rules for officials in nearly all facets of state government. Conflicts of interest and potential public corruption remain buried in an honor system with no honor.

Thanks to loopholes created by the legislature, big spenders representing special interests can dramatically influence an election without leaving a trace.”
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18427/michigan-gets-f-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

Michigan Ranked Last in U.S. For Ethics and Transparency Laws
http://wgrd.com/michigan-ranked-last-in-u-s-for-ethics-and-transparency-laws/?trackback=tsmclip

In State Rankings on Ethics and Transparency Michigan Loses
http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/michigan-ranks-last-in-laws-on-ethics-transparency.html dead-last-in-transparency-ethics-snyder

Door Opens for More Dark Political Money in Michigan
http://www.citizensforethics.org/door-opens-for-more-dark-money-in-michigan/

The New Code of Michigan Campaign Finance Reporting. You Are Going to Know A Whole Lot Less The Next Time You Vote in Michigan!
http://rightmi.com/omerta-the-new-code-of-michigan-campaign-finance-reporting/

Senate Fiscal Agency Analysis of Senate Bill 638
https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2015-2016/billanalysis/Senate/pdf/2015-SFA-0638-C.pdf

2015 Senate Bill 638: Revise campaign finance law
http://michiganvotes.org/2015-SB-638
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 9, 2015
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=719420

 

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MIGOP 7th Congressional District Meeting Votes on Impeachment

At Tuesday night’s meeting a vote was taken on the Articles of Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama. First an interesting fact is that this meeting was “not” listed with other district meetings on the MIGOP website which raises a “red flag” as to why?

The amended version of these articles differed from those introduced to the RNC by National Committeeman Dave Agema for the teeth of accountability to the district’s Rep Tim Walberg were removed! This vote while passed 14 to 10 showed two things.

First it proved that the 10 no votes provided cover for Obama’s acts of treason by breaking the Constitutional laws of the land. Second it also showed by amending this resolution it allows Rep Walberg cover for not acting on this resolution. Tim Walberg 7th Congressional District 261 X 235

If we as citizens do not hold our elected representatives to accountability as to do the right thing then we are no better than those who elected Obama not once but twice! As a voter I will not and cannot cast my vote for my representative who does not stand for and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

The two Monroe County 7th Congressional District committee members at that meeting voted “NO” on the Articles of Impeachment against impeaching Barack Hussein Obama therefore providing cover for his treasonous acts. Why would Republicans do that?

Michael Brown who is the current Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Monroe County was one of the “NO” votes who is agreeing to selectively enforce the law. He is acting no differently than Obama.
http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/prosecuting_attorney/staff_directory.html

Brown also endorses Jeb Bush for President. See link below
https://jeb2016.com/200-additional-supporters-in-michigan/?lang=en

Michael Brown supported former Michigan Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox one of Wayne county’s former county executive Ed McNamara’s (D) political step children along with Bob Finco (D), Jennifer Granholm (D), Mike Dugan (D) and former convicted mayor Kawme Kilpatrick (D)

Michael Brown also ran for Judge in Monroe County
http://brown4districtcourtjudge.com/ Glenda Kennon Mike Brown 254 X 218

Klenda Kennon the other “NO” vote
Monroe Resident Glenda Kennon Earns State GOP Post
The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has elected Glenda Kennon to the position of assistant treasurer of the State Republican Women’s Federation.

All mention of this has been “scrubbed” in the link below and The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan website! Why?
http://www.monroenews.com/news/2011/nov/19/monroe-resident-earns-state-gop-post/?news

The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has elected Glenda Kennon to the position of assistant treasurer of the State Republican Women’s Federation.
http://thebainreport.com/elected-michigan-republican-advocates-for-planned-parenthood/

Glenda Kennon who is the mother of former MIGOP Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville runs the local Republican Party in Monroe behind the scenes and instructs the “puppet” establishment chairman.

Michigan Politics: MIGOP “Tactics” as to get “Their” Chosen Candidates Elected
http://rightmi.com/migop-tactics-as-to-get-their-chosen-candidates-elected/

NOTE: Inside sources within the Party say look for former MIGOP Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville to Primary challenge Tim Walberg in the next election.

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As the Flint Water Crisis Unfolds Connect the Dots

The Corruption and Cronyism in the Snyder Administration Reveled
The decision to switch to the Flint River water source was made while the city was under state emergency management.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/08/flint-health-experts-support-detroit-water-reconnection/73568654/

Follow the timeline in the articles below for the Flint taxpayer funded “Bailout”
Lawmaker: Give Flint $50M to replace lead water pipes
http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2015/11/12/flint-water-sheldon-neeley-michigan-legislature/75610846/

Michigan House OKs $9.35M to aid in Flint water crisis
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/14/michigan-house-oks-915m-aid-flint-water-crisis/73932980/

Senate approves, Snyder signs cash for Flint water fix
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/15/senate-gives-quick-unanimous-approval-flint-water-fix/73979168/

State knew risks before health crisis over lead in Flint water a year before water change, state knew of risks in Flint
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2015/11/07/flint-lead-water/75268692/

After Flint water crisis, families file lawsuit
The taxpayers of Michigan will pony up yet again from the incompetence of Lansing lawmakers.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/11/13/after-flint-water-crisis-families-file-lawsuit/75744376/

EPA to audit Michigan’s oversight of water safety
The audit comes after the Michigan Department of Environment Quality admitted last month that it used the wrong protocols after it approved Flint’s switch to the Flint River as its primary source of drinking water last year.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/11/10/drinking-water-audit-michigan/75522044/

State admits mistakes in Flint water switch
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/19/michigan-official-federal-water-rules-not-followed-in-flint/74207204/

Howard Croft, the department head responsible for oversight of Flint water operations, has resigned his position effective immediately.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/11/howard_croft_flint_official_re.html

Snyder defends environmental department director reassigned in his handling of the Flint water crisis. In the private sector he would have been fired!
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/19/snyder-defends-environmental-quality-director-flint-crisis/74229710/

Gov. Rick Snyder Starts New PAC
The “nerd” has started a new Political Action Committee to support state and federal candidates who share “his” vision and not the vision of the citizens. This new PAC, “The Relentless Progressive Action PAC will support candidates and elected officials who are good loyal establishment Republicans who are willing to go along to get along.

One of the PAC priorities for the “GoverNerd’” include education reform and a P-20 education approach which is a data collection scheme of our school children an important aspect of the common core standards.

One has to wonder if Snyder’s former chief of staff Dennis Muchmore will show up as a key player within this new PAC? You also have to wonder if Snyder’s former press secretary Sara Wurfel will also show up along with her husband Brad Wurfel former director of communications for the DEQ (Flint Water Crisis) who either resigned or was fired depends on who you talk to on that. Gov Snyder Muchmore Wurfel

Sara Wurfel Takes New Role in the LGBT Petition Drive as Spokeswoman
Many within the corrupt Snyder administration have new roles.
http://conservativeintel.com/2015/09/24/lets-get-nerdy-michigan-gov-rick-snyder-launches-new-pac/

Sara Wurfel was communications director for the state Department of Agriculture under governors Engler and Granholm. She showed extraordinary leadership as we worked on issues such as the revitalization of Detroit, the Gordie Howe International Bridge and the Healthy Michigan Plan said Snyder. She is now the spokeswoman for the LGBT petition drive.
http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-368723–,00.html

The system is broke folks! It’s our own fault we continue to elect and re-elect the same ones over and over again expecting a different result that quit frankly just isn’t going to happen.

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FBI Probes Corruption in Snyder’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA)

A1 FBI COMEY & SNYDER 1 609 X 280The will of the voters at the ballot box has been blatantly and totally disregarded by the Republican controlled legislature and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The people said no to the new “government bridge” only to have Snyder do an end around.

The voters rejected the emergency manager referendum at the ballot box only to have the Republican controlled legislature pass legislation that Snyder signed into law for it anyway.

The voters rejected the gas tax increase and vehicle registration fee increase at the ballot box only to have the legislature pass legislation for it with Snyder signing it into law.

When will the citizen’s wake up, you are not being represented in the manner you expect and deserve by these Tyrants in Lansing? If this isn’t Tyranny I don’t know what you call it.

Michigan families are still struggling from the great recession and are barely making ends meet and they keep piling on more taxes, big government and regulations on us that is taking away our Freedoms and Liberty. When is enough… enough?

How anyone can continue to support this insanity is beyond belief. With all the corruption and cronyism perpetrated by those in control in Lansing is unconscionable! This is nothing more than a mini political Mafia operating out of the peoples House in Lansing.

It’s all about the “Friends and Family” Program and the “Business Buddies” Fund of the politicians you have elected to serve you and make no mistake you are NOT being served with your best interest in mind only theirs.

There are enriching themselves through their campaign coffers with the kickbacks that they receive form those two entity’s mentioned above along with the bribes from the lobbyist and special interest warrant the FBI to investigate on the people’s behalf. Bailout DPS Cotter Money Snyder

They will lie, cheat and steal from us citizens all to keep their snouts in that public trough. If you can’t see this you are truly blind to the workings within the political arena.

The emergency manager has been a complete and total failure for many of the communities and school districts they were implemented in and the cronyism and corruption continues unabated with their little scheme.

Follow the timeline of facts as to see the truth in the articles below.

The FBI has launched a corruption investigation involving Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 reform district and Detroit Public Schools. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have sent subpoenas to get personnel files and bank records or email accounts of over a dozen current and former officials at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 reform district.

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) and Detroit Public Schools (DPS) both created by Snyder and they will investigate these corruption allegations. Some have received bribes from contractors as well as “misuse” of taxpayer monies.
October 21 2015
http://www.ibtimes.com/us-doj-fbi-investigate-education-achievement-authority-detroit-public-schools-2149821

Michigan Proposal 1: Voters reject measure, repeal controversial emergency manager law
November 07, 2012
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/election_results_michigan_vote.html

Michigan Voters Repeal a Financial Law
NOV. 7, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/us/michigan-voters-kill-emergency-managers-for-city-finances.html?_r=0

Michigan House passes new version of emergency manager law repealed by voters
Dec 13, 2012 Lame Duck legislative session
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/13/1169517/-Michigan-House-passes-new-version-of-emergency-law-repealed-by-voters

Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Gas Tax Increase
June, 6, 2015
http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/06/michigan-voters-overwhelmingly-reject-gas-tax-increase/

House passes sweeping roads plan raising gas tax, fees
October 21, 2015
http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/21/michigan-roads-repairs-potholes-legislature/74360028/

Snyder signs road bills that hike gas tax, fees
November 10, 2015
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20151110/NEWS01/151109806/snyder-signs-road-bills-that-hike-gas-tax-fees

FBI Probes Corruption in Snyder’s Education Achievement Authority
Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, declined comment on the case, except to say: “While we cannot comment on this story, in general, we do not prohibit defendants from speaking to the press, and we do not withdraw plea offers to those who do.”
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/10/15/eaa-detroit-schools-targeted-fbi-probe/73995964/

Feds look at EAA emails, Bank Records in Corruption Probe
The FBI and Justice Department subpoenaed personnel files and bank records or email account information for more than a dozen current and former officials at Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 Detroit reform district as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/10/20/eaa-records-light-fbi-probe/74297526/

FBI probe of EAA eyes officials and vendors
The EAA is a controversial district created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 to reform Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. It operates 15 schools in Detroit.  With all the cronyism and corruption by Lansing lawmakers this should come as no surprise!
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/10/20/federal-probe-eaa/74297446/

The EAA Exposed: An investigative report
The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) itself would be unique, with all strings leading back to the governor. The legal loophole through which the EAA slipped into being is a little-used state law that allows two units of government, acting in cooperation, to create a third public entity.

It this case, it was Detroit Public Schools (DPS) — under the control of a Snyder-appointed emergency manager — and the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, the majority of whom are gubernatorial appointees, that entered into what’s called an inter-local agreement that created the EAA.

It is overseen by an 11-person board, with the governor appointing seven members and EMU and the DPS’s emergency manager each selecting two more. And so this became the test of a completely new system of schooling. It turned out to be another kind of test as well.

A test of software, developed by one for-profit corporation and marketed by another. A product named Buzz.
http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/the-eaa-exposed-an-investigative-report/Content?oid=2249513

Snyder creates “education achievement authority” for failed schools by means of an administrative interlocal agreement.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/eas/EAA_Agreement_373901_7.pdf

What is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority?
Snyder welcomes Obama’s corporate education model with open arms. I bet you thought common core was the only corrupt scheme that Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature was pushing well think again. 2 EAA failed Bad 321 X 301

Snyder created the “education achievement authority” by means of an administrative “interlocal agreement” isn’t that the same way he created that new Government Bridge? I believe so.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/13/eaas-f13.html

Snyder: $715M to fix Detroit’s schools
Michigan taxpayers provided a “bailout” for Detroit now they get to “bailout it’s schools too. Where does it end and what Michigan city is next? Stay tuned the “comeback” continues!
http://www.freep.com/story/news/2015/10/19/snyder-offers-more-details-detroit-schools-plan/74208674/

Detroit Schools in Financial Chaos
When the city of Detroit received taxpayer funds Snyder said it wasn’t a “bailout” and I wonder what he calls the latest for Detroit schools? Just like the “New Government Bridge” that won’t cost the taxpayers’ one red cent but we have been paying interest on that free Canadian Free Money for years now.

The Republican governor is seeking legislative action by year’s end on his plan to create a new debt-free school district at a cost of $715 million taxpayer money over 10 years. Will the Republican controlled legislature continue to create bigger government and go along with more of Snyder’s liberal socialist plans?

Stay tuned voters the Hillary Clinton mentality of “It Takes a Village” is in full swing here in Michigan under that Dome in Lansing.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/10/19/detroit-education-reform/74207124/

Governor Snyder Pitches $715M “Bailout” Plan
Tricky Rick’s crony John Rakolta of the famed new Wayne County Jail fiasco and co-chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren as well as Mitt Romney’s Finance chair in Romney’s “failed” 2008 and 2012 Presidential bid claims the debt load of the Detroit public school district increases by $1 million every school day. John Rakkolta’s wife Terry is the aunt of current MIGOP Ronna Romney.

Not only did Snyder appoint ‘ole John Rakolta to the board of the “failed” MEDC he also appointed his son in keeping with the “Friends and Family” program and the “Business Buddies” fund these crooks are running out of Lansing.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/21833

Education Achievement Authority (EAA or Authority) Michigan Governor Rick Snyder created the authority in June 2011 to take over and turn around failing schools. 1 EAA Student Drops Bad 640 X 427

2011 Senate Bill 865: Replace repealed “Emergency Manager” law
To replace the Emergency Manager law passed in 2011 and repealed by a statewide referendum with a new law.

This Bill is a legislative end around of the will of the citizens’ vote. This replacement legislation explicitly gives a school EM authority over academic matters; and contains a modest appropriation that makes it “referendum-proof” which means the citizens cannot petition for a vote at the ballot box! 3 EAA Emergency Manager Law 50 X 371
Public Act 436 of 2012 Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 26, 2012.

Passed 63 to 46 in the House on December 12, 2012 Click link below see how they voted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634382

Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on December 12, 2012, to give immediate effect. The motion passed 64 to 45 in the House on December 12, 2012. This motion shows how fast these legislators will reject the people’s voice and their votes at the ballot box.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634383

Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on December 13, 2012 Click link below see how they voted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634435

Motion in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 13, 2012. This motion shows how fast these legislators will reject the people’s voice and their votes at the ballot box.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634835

2013 House Bill 4369: Codify “education achievement authority” for failed schools
http://michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=156558

Michigan Emergency Manager Referendum, Proposal 1 (2012)
But just like the road tax proposal is was soundly defeated only to have the Republican controlled legislature do an end around the will of the voters and pas a legislative Bill to bypass the voters.
http://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_Emergency_Manager_Referendum,_Proposal_1_%282012%29

Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, Proposal 1 (May 2015)
The voters also soundly rejected this proposal but the Republican controlled legislature is hard at work trying to pass a road tax increase through legislation in which they did.

What is it about those we elect to serve we the people don’t they understand when we speak loud and clear on an issue? The only thing they understand is how they get what “they” want in spite of the will of the people.
http://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_Sales_Tax_Increase_for_Transportation_Amendment,_Proposal_1_%28May_2015%29

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Bailout for DPS up Next for Michigan Taxpayers

It would appear that $195 Million “Bailout” just wasn’t quit enough it was just the starting point. Within 10 hours of these articles the backroom deals must have been cut? Bailout DPS Cotter Money Snyder

Anybody think this has something to do with the lawsuit that was awarded that the DPS is on the hook for? Throw in all the other liabilities’ and debt into the mix and sure looks like us taxpayer’s will pony up yet again!

In a letter to Schuette’s office dated Sept. 23 asks the attorney general to opine on whether Michigan’s Constitution was violated when the state Republican controlled Legislature passed a bill in December 2012 specifically to divert state school aid funds for the $450 million arena.

AG Schuette OKs school taxes for new Red Wings arena says it’s Constitutional
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette quietly issued an opinion that said state taxes for schools can legally be used to fund the arena’s construction.

So this is Constitutional for the taxpayers of Michigan to fund one of the riches people in the state as listed by Forbes? Oh my….

Gov. Snyder wants the Legislature to offer DPS up to an additional $72 million a year from Michigan Taxpayers!  Snyder faces a tough challenge in getting the money for Detroit from the School Aid Fund as he planned.

It’s no wonder when money from that fund went to building the new “Red Wings Arena” with AG Schuette writing an opinion saying it was Constitutional to do so. Wake up people you are being taken by the Republicans who have complete and total control in Lansing!

Follow the timeline in the articles below.

Foundation leader: No bailout for DPS
7:15 a.m. EST November 19, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/18/skillman-leader-expect-foundation-rescue-dps/76031940/

Private aid floated in DPS deal
5:04 p.m. EST November 19, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/19/cotter-detroit-school-debt/76069582/

DPS deal needs realistic funding
9:33 a.m. EST November 15, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/11/15/editorial-detroit-schools-funding/75823016/

Price of DPS plan could spike
12:07 a.m. EDT May 15, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/ingrid-jacques/2015/05/15/jacques-editor-note-dps-plan-price/27320421/

DPS to pay $350,000 to teen suing Pugh
11:50 a.m. EST November 4, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/11/04/charles-pugh-sexual-harrassment-case/75154496/

Schuette OKs school taxes for new Red Wings arena
Links inside article for more information.
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2014/12/16/news-hits-schuette-oks-school-taxes-for-new-red-wings-arena

Forbes richest Americans list includes 11 from Michigan
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2015/09/29/forbes-richest-americans-list-includes-michigan/73052340/

Michael & Marian Ilitch & family on Forbes Lists of wealthiest in Michigan
http://www.forbes.com/profile/michael-marian-ilitch/

Michigan Outrage: School Funds to be Spent on Arena
By Diane Ravitch who is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor is outraged by this and Michigan citizens should be as well.
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/21/michigan-outrage-school-funds-to-be-spent-on-arena/

Schuette Opinion: Use of tax revenue and public money for development

STATE OF MICHIGAN BILL SCHUETTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION
It is my opinion, therefore, that the Michigan Strategic Fund’s proposal to provide funds from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program for the purpose of assisting in the demolition of the Joe Louis Area after completion of the new arena at the Detroit Events Center does not violate section 88c(3)(a) of the MSF Act, which prohibits the use of such funds for the development of a stadium or arena for use by a professional sports team.  ~ Attorney General BILL SCHUETTE

Here is what the Michigan State Constitution says.
Article 9, § 11 of the Michigan Constitution established a State School Aid Fund funded by various tax revenues, and provides in part: There shall be established a state school aid fund which shall be used “exclusively” for aid to school districts, higher education, and school employees’ retirement systems as provided by law.

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The Hypocrisy of the MIGOP Establishment Sex, Lie’s and Audio Tapes

Hypocrisy of the MIGOP

I see the MIGOP establishment Boot-Licker Queen “Darlene Dowling Thompson” and her minions are calling for Rep. Gamrat and Rep. Courser to resign. One has to wonder if her and her establishment supporters are calling for Senator Jack Brandenburg to resign as well for coming to the aid of his fellow Senator’s misconduct on taxpayer time and resources. Or how about Senator Rick Jones?

I bet not! The alleged Richardville affair was later confirmed by his 30 year old son who caught him red handed and wasn’t the least bit shy about talking about it to his fellow friends at the local tavern in Monroe.

Lets see wasn’t it ‘ole “High Level Thug” Jack Brandenburg who stood in support of Richardville in a special Senate Caucus meeting for Richardville’s infidelity that caused the divorce from his wife of some 30 plus years! Oh the webs they weave when it comes to their feeding spot at the public trough!

By the way from the blogs I’ve read from around the Internet it would seem the Jackster has had issues within the infidelity arena his own self but that’s just a question only those who have written about it can answer?

These same articles talk about his shady campaign dealings down in his family state of Ohio something about giving the mailman a bottle of Whiskey to stuff mail boxes with campaign literature but again that’s just a question only those who have written about it can answer to?

“Bain Report” from March, 26, 2012
Republican Senators “Circle The Wagons” around Richardville in Support!
Majority Whip Senator Jack Brandenburg told Kyle Melinn from MIRS who was working the story that the GOP Senate caucus had met this morning on the alleged allegations of adultery By Senator Richardville.

The caucus meeting was about the former Senate Majority leader’s impending divorce that was filed in February and that “his party” had little appetite to remove Richardville as Senate Majority leader from office. At that meeting Mr. Richardville was given a standing ovation for his alleged affair! Adultery Michigan Public Act 328 Law http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28kg13hob0rstb1xr1kry041th%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-750-29

Eric B. wrote, as for Jack Brandenburg speaking on behalf of the Republican caucus about alleged sexual improprieties, if the TEA Party were as familiar with “his own alleged sexual improprieties” as much as they claim to be over Richardville’s, they’d be calling for the entire caucus to disband and agree to move to other states.
http://www.michiganliberal.com/diary/18961/conservatives-call-on-richardville-to-step-down-over-alleged-affair

This explains the phone call I personally received from Senator Brandenburg on Monday, March, 19, 2012 on Mr. Richardville and his divorce.

As I listened to this self proclaimed conservative ramble on like a smitten school boy who got caught with his pants down pleading and close to begging me not to run this story on Mr. Richardville’s alleged improprieties of the “sanctity of marriage” perpetrated against his wife of over 30 years I was finally able to get a word in!

As I tried to explain to Mr. Brandenburg that it was not me but a conservative woman here in Monroe and that I would do my best as to keep her from sending personal letter’s to the 25 Republican Senator’s spouses detailing Mr. Richardville’s actions.

I have never spoken to Mr. Brandenburg prior to his call to me that day but I have to say that if this conversation is any kind of indication of the brightest minds we have representing “we the people” in Lansing the citizens of Michigan are in serious trouble!

He did not articulate his speech structure or words very well at all and came off as someone lacking in education. This impression gives credence along with several other valid reasons for a part-time legislature here in Michigan.

The argument from those in service claim we need the best and brightest minds in Lansing and that a part-time legislature would impede that goal if implemented. Personally I would suggest that logic lacks in merit.

In the MIRS article it is stated that this is an unverified personal attack against Richardville which isn’t the case! This has been confirmed from two different sources that received it directly from Senator Richardville’s son Adam.

Both sources are afraid to go on the record for fear of retribution against them but both are contemplating doing so with one very close! The fact that both these sources collaborated this disturbing revelation and do not know each other say’s something in and of itself!

Keeping in mind this is not the first time this “philanderer” has shown this type of behavior but is the one that finally caused this impending divorce.

Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying, When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. This quote clearly applies to the hesitance of these two sources concerns and fears in coming forth as to do the right thing on behalf of their fellow citizens here in Michigan.

It’s become evidently clear that our elected officials have had free reign for many years on how they conduct themselves in representing those who would elect them to serve. When the citizenry finally stand up and demand ethics, honesty, integrity, and moral values from these elected officials they are vilified as personal attacks.

Character and principles matter and those Senators who not only turn a blind eye to this type of behavior but condone it as well are no better!  

Quote of the Day from Senator Jack Brandenburg: “These guys are a couple of low-level thugs” My response to Mr. Brandenburg would be, those who claim they are being unfairly attacked and respond with personal attacks is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it.

MIGOP Considers Legal Options After Activists Try To Force Richardville Out
Senate Republicans may ask law enforcement to investigate an apparent threat from conservative activists that they would contact the spouses of GOP senators if those senators refused to remove Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville from his leadership post.

On Tuesday, an email from tea party activist Randy Bishop, known as “Trucker Randy,” was sent to all 26 members of the Senate Republican caucus. The email contained a scathing denunciation of Mr. Richardville (R-Monroe) from a Monroe GOP activist named Al Bain, who makes various unsubstantiated allegations about Mr. Richardville, mainly that he committed adultery.

Mr. Bishop, in a prelude to Mr. Bain’s email, indicates that one Monroe County Republican “is preparing a personal letter she intends to mail to the wives of all 25 Republican Senators, unless RR steps down as Senate Majority Leader immediately!!!” http://www.gongwer.com/programming/index.cfm?locId=1

Michigan GOP Threatens “Legal Options”? EXCELLENT VIEWPOINT!
This article was written by a “True Elected Conservative Republican” which is an excellent analysis of the threats made against citizens who have the courage to stand up for what they believe is in the best interest of their fellow citizens of Michigan and state.

Instead of acknowledging that there is trouble within the Michigan Senate, it might appear that the Senate GOP is going to circle the wagons. http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2012/3/22/154122/819

State Senate candidate Jack Brandenburg accused of posing as reporter, asking about oral sex! Jennifer Gratz went on to suggest that Brandenburg has a history of duplicitous behavior and vulgar language. Brandebburg Gratz

Specifically, she said Brandenburg prank called her in January of 2006 and pretended to be a reporter for our very own Booth Newspapers, failing to block his number from her caller ID.

After asking several “semi-informed” questions about the MCRI, he allegedly ended the call by asking her, “How do you feel about oral sex?”
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2010/07/state_senate_candidate_jack_br.html

Conservatives call on Richardville to step down over alleged affair. As for Jack Brandenburg speaking on behalf of the Republican caucus about alleged sexual improprieties.

If the Tea Party were as familiar with his own alleged sexual improprieties as much as they claim to be over Richardville’s, they’d be calling for the entire caucus to disband and agree to move to other states.
http://www.michiganliberal.com/diary/18961/conservatives-call-on-richardville-to-step-down-over-alleged-affair

Jack Brandenburg from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Brandenburg

MIGOP Senator Rick Jones Compares Lansing PR Woman Executive to a Hooker Jones Rossman
Jan 5, 2012 – Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) compared her to a prostitute! Rossman, head of a top Lansing public relations firm, said Senator Jones is a disgrace to the State of Michigan. Where’s the outrage from Michigan citizens especially the women on this?
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/sen_rick_jones_compares_female.html

Hey Darlene and your establishment supporter “minions” where’s the outrage on these examples? Nothing but Crickets’

Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, behaviors, virtues, motivations, or other characteristics that one does not actually hold.

Hypocrites
Hypocrite is a person who engages in the same behaviors he condemns others for and a person who professes certain ideals, but fails to live up to them.

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Gang of Five Targets’ Michigan’s RNC Committeeman

While many so-called Republican legislators here in Michigan have called for Dave Agema’s resignation this whole attempt was orchestrated by a “hypocritical” former MIGOP chair with the “threat” of withholding funds to the RNC and MIGOP candidates. Betsey DeVos on Fox NewsMr. Agema, a staunch principled conservative who believes in the GOP platform and its planks was elected at the Detroit convention by an “overwhelming” majority of the MIGOP membership.

However, the Party elitist didn’t like that; they didn’t like that one bit. And ever since his election they have been hell bent on getting him ousted (Purged) and replaced with a more loyal establishment go a long to get along UN-principled “liberal” representative.

Enter the “Gang of Five” the major players in this attempted coup. While this “gang” has reached out to others with similar “threats” of who knows what whether financial support or committee assignments’ if they didn’t play ball in calling for his resignation and the fact remains they don’t care for the memberships choice!

Let’s take a closer look at the “Gang of Five’s” Purge Timeline shall we. Rience Priebus

Rience Priebus was told to eliminate Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema or Betsey DeVos would withhold a $750,000 donation from the RNC.

Could it be according to “unconfirmed” reports she has a gay son or close relative who is gay and didn’t appreciate the opposition to the gay agenda in spite of the GOP Platform?

Bobby Schosatk and Snyder asks Scott Walker to call for Mr. Agema’s resignation one day before an RNC meeting to put pressure on him to quit. Schostak Snyder WalkerSome of the RNC members ask Walker why he got involved in a State issue – Walker says, because Schostak and Snyder asked me to. He didn’t even know what the issue was!

Betsy DeVos decries Dave Agema’s so-called hate speech for his sharing of an article by former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Allen West on social media. This despite Betsy’s and her families’ history of funding bigoted initiatives. BetsyDevos Hypocrite

No matter what side of the issue you’re on you need to evaluate both sides. The Republicans will never tell its membership what they don’t want them to know so how do you find out what that is?

When politicians speak it’s not what the right hand is saying it’s what the “left” hand is doing! “If you want to find out the dirt look to the left.”
http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/01/betsy-devos-decries-dave-agemas-hate-speech-despite-a-family-history-of-funding-bigoted-initiatives.html

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Political “party” for the “Party of One” at the MAC Policy Conference

Michigan’s Crony elitist to gather on Mackinac Island to talk business, politics and racial diversity.

The Mackinac policy conference kicked off this week and the real lobbying will be in full swing this weekend. The who’s who of public trough “feeders” will be there.

But remember, prices increase onsite for registration at the Conference. Prices are now: $2,150 for Chamber members and $2,925 for Future members. Wonder if the lobbyist are admitted free for their campaign coffer donations?

What a joke all those feeding at the public trough have an opinion on cutting their taxpayer funded perks.

Here’s a perfect example of those receiving our tax money through the “failed” MEDC. Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of business group Business Leaders for Michigan, said the cuts would hurt the state’s post-recession recovery.

“While we understand that roads are an important issue to the state, this reduction in FY16 funding severely limits the state’s ability to have an economic development strategy moving forward.”

MEDC CEO Steve Arwood said in a statement. “Furthermore, it threatens to eliminate the entire Pure Michigan tourism effort — an industry which supports 214,333 jobs in our state.”

The tourism industry did their own study on funding the Ad campaign and found that the return on investment just wasn’t there for them to fund it!

Oh but it’s OK for we taxpayers to fund it though! The public trough feeders will all be at Mackinaw this weekend lobbying hard as to keep their snouts in that trough!

The new road funding plan proposed by the House would “divert” money from the Pure Michigan Ad Campaign, the “failed” Economic Development (MEDC) and Obama’s favorite contributors those Hollywood Film Producers.

The Lawmakers’ plan to “shift” more than $100 million earmarked for these taxpayer funded subsidies to roads. Divert Money Feeders Road Plan

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