An Inside Look at What’s Wrong in the MIGOP

If anyone cares to look at the information in this report you will get a clear view of how the MIGOP is not serving its members or those who elect its so-called Republicans.

The bottom line is that those Republicans thinking that the MIGOP represents them and or the Republican Party platform including principles and values, you are sadly mistaken. Duress and Distress Describes the MIGOP

While I have compiled to much information as to post in this report after reading it you will have a real good grasp of what is really going on within the “good ‘ole boys club.”

It’s all about self serving individuals who care not for state, country and the Republican Party or what it is supposed to stand for but for self enrichment and a feeling of being a part of the corrupt club.

The MIGOP make no mistake about it has been infiltrated by the Democrats who left their Party because it had moved to far to the left. What we have now is nothing more than Democrats masquerading as Republicans.

Here’s a social media conversation where MIGOP “hacks” decided to exchange some unpleasant disrespect to newly elected Conservative Republican Representative Todd Courser. Snake-oil-salesman475

Stu Sandler 18 hrs • Twitter • Famous possible rigged lotteries: Knicks getting #1 pick for Pat Ewing; Orlando Magic getting #1 pick for Penny Hardaway; MI House seats? Like • • Share • @stusandler on Twitter Rocky Raczkowski, Kathy Hoekstra, Leon Drolet and 15 others like this.

Max Rohtbart with all the issues facing this state how can someone be so petty as to complain about which chair they get. it is an honor just to have a seat in that room. 18 hrs • Like • 3

Stu Sandler Yes an honor. Along with the alloted number of bookcases. And the alloted number of desks. Sheesh 18 hrs • Like • 6

Jan Cischke Peabody Priceless post Stu Sandler! LOL 18 hrs • Like • 2

Gary Naeyaert #getagrip 18 hrs • Like • 4

Matthew G. Davis But do you consider Penny Hardaway a bust? 18 hrs • Like • 1

Jamie Roe All I know is that in her first office lottery draw Candice Miller drew #52 out of 53 and Katherine Harris drew #1. Demanded a recount, but to no avail.

Still got an office and it worked out just fine. Doesn’t matter where you sit or where your office is. All that matters is how you serve the people. 17 hrs • Like • 10

Mindy Bowen Fernandes Remember the closet one state rep got back in 1997? No joke-a closet. 15 hrs • Like • 1

Rocky Raczkowski No one had it worse than me!!! I sat between Andrew Andrew Richner and Chuck Charles Ray Perricone. Just kidding – you both gave me a lot of laughs looking back! 15 hrs • Like • 1

Paul Welday Top this Jamie Roe. I was assigned the task of picking Congressman Joe Knollenberg’s original office in the U.S. House lottery. Freshman are the last to select their offices and and there were 114 freshman that year, one of the largest new classes in history.

Well, even with the odds in my favor I selected number 112 out of 114. I don’t know who the two were that drew worse than me, but our office was so small, part of our staff had to work in the broom closet down the hall.

So, these complaints I’m hearing from some Michigan House freshman really don’t phase me. Jamie said it…just serve the people and quit whining. 15 hrs • Like • 7 Broke GOP-Split

Dan Wholihan Stu, I wasted 15-20 minutes of my life reading that email about the house seat. I didn’t think guys his age were supposed to have temper tantrums. Frankly, I think the guy that sent the email was lucky to win election. If it was 2006/2008, he would have lost. Maybe even 2004, which was a good Republican year in his district. 15 hrs • Edited • Like • 5

Greg Fogleman How have I not seen this letter yet? Or whatever format he used to complain… 13 hrs • Like

Stu Sandler Here you go Greg. http://www.toddcourser.com/house_seats.
What about the seats? It’s hard at times to know what should and should not be shared with people about the mechanical processes of… TODDCOURSER.COM 5 hrs • Like • 1

Leon Drolet Seatgate cannot be tolerated. There are too many unanswered questions. Too many ‘people of interest’. What really happened? How? I call for a full, impartial, investigation. 5 hrs • Like • 3

Stu Sandler This clip is exactly what I thought after reading this email. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yptXkLglKkA

Billy Madison – I award you no points Dumb. Dumb. YOUTUBE.COM 5 hrs • Like • 5

Paul Mitchell I just want to stand up and yell…sit down and make noise when you have something meaningful to say. Also – since when did brevity go out of style. Wow. 5 hrs • Like • 3

Stu Sandler I do love the “I have no complaints, whatsoever” after sending a 2000 word email. 5 hrs • Like • 5

Paul Mitchell Wait until a meaningful policy issue arises – we will have a 10,000 word email or he will miss the issue while fighting about his office layout and how seats were determined. 5 hrs • Edited • Like • 2

Mindy Bowen Fernandes He is also the one who said he didn’t want a public fight, but sends out press releases as the thoughts are forming in his head. 5 hrs • Like • 1

Paul Mitchell We have a 4 year old that continually goes “mom…dad…mom…dad” to make sure we are paying attention so I am familiar with his behavior Mindy. 5 hrs • Edited • Like • 3

Kathy Hoekstra “Awwwww!!” <pouting>
“I wanna sit next to Cindy! No fair no fair no fair no fair!”
**#Stomping feet*# 5 hrs • Like • 3

Penny P Davis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f6l1QljpMo
You’ll get nothing and like it! YOUTUBE.COM 5 hrs • Like • 3

Samantha Artley I read through this whole thing just to see if it was exactly who I thought it was. Thanks for making my morning Stu. 4 hrs • Like

Shelley Goodman Taub Paul Welday: It is not easy serving all of your constituents, as you well know. Unfortunately, some never get the” hang ” of it, preferring to ” Grandstand.”
So, it leaves those of us understanding what ” serving the public ” means to pick-up the slack. 4 hrs • Like • 2

Leon Drolet “I ask for nothing.” “And you shall receive it…in abundance!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arvF2rdUg3Q

Rocky Horror Picture Show clip IN ABUNDANCE!!! YOUTUBE.COM 18 mins • Like

Greg Fogleman Thank you Stu Sandler. I spoke too soon. It was in my inbox and I didn’t notice. GOP Flag upside down

Many of these same participants are also advocates of amending the Elliot Larsen Act which goes against the Republican Party Plank that marriage should be between one woman and one man as stated in the Party platform and the continued disrespectful rants on Conservative Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema.

There are many, many other names of so-called establishment supporting players than those listed in the message above that are not friends of Freedom and Liberty.

The “Friends and Family” Program along with the “Business Buddies” Fund are alive and well within the “Good ‘Ole Boys” Club of the MIGOP and for the members, grassroots, conservatives and the Tea Party faithful that are not in good standing your not part of their little click.

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Republicans Collaborate With Left-Wing Liberals Against Conservatives and Tea Party

Amelia Island Ritz HotelAmelia Island in Florida is the gathering “Hot Spot” for the Political Elitist, Lobbyists, Big Labor, and the Republican leadership that all use this “chic” location to collaborate defeating conservatives and the Tea Party Patriots.

The Republican Main Street Partnership’s offshoot “Main Street Advocacy” is one such group that host these events at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island.

The “Main Street Partnership.” is just one of the D.C.-based outfits started by lobbyist Steve LaTourette.

The group has made it its mission to come after constitutional conservatives and to back big-government puppets. As late as 2007, Mitt Romney was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Why would Republican leaders speak at a fundraiser for a super PAC whose goal it is to take out conservatives? Why would they lend their names to a group that’s in cahoots with Big Labor? Remember those “secret” meetings that Governor Snyder had with the Union Bosses leading up to the passage of RTW? Hmmm…

I would have liked to been a gnat on a fly’s ass during those private meetings as to hear just what kinds of “deals” were struck with the Union Bosses! Can you say Bailout for Detroit? What else?

Steve LaTourette, a former congressman and friend of John Boehner, runs the “Republican Main Street Partnership”. Note the word “Republican.” All Clowns Democrats & Republicans

As the left-wing Talking Points Memo reported a month ago, LaTourette and his Main Street Partnership have created an affiliated SuperPAC called “Defending Main Street PAC.” Along with the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Leaders, the Main Street Partnership wants to take out troublesome conservatives.

Michelle Malkin: Beware of the George Soros funded Republican Main Street Partnership
What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common?

They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea party conservatives. And they all have operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans.
http://michellemalkin.com/2014/01/10/beware-the-left-wing-funded-main-street-republicans/

Additional Sources:

Republican Main Street Partnership Changes Name
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/main-street-partnership-dropping-republican-not-republicans

Main Street Partnership
http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/

Exposing Mitt Romney and the Liberal Republicans
http://www.infowars.com/16-reasons-why-mitt-romney-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president/

Republicans Collaborate With Left-Wing Liberals Against Conservatives
http://www.redstate.com/2014/03/25/next-weekend-house-republicans-collaborate-with-left-wing-interests-against-conservatives/

The “Republican Main Street Partnership” is Democrat Funded
http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/14/the-republican-main-street-partnership-is-democrat-funded/

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Campaign Commercial Republican Hypocrisy in new “Snyder Attack Ad”

The “new attack ad” released for TV viewers attacking his opponent for a 2002 state House vote that imposed a new per-bed fee on nursing homes will only work for the die hard “sheeple” Republican voters who would cast a vote for Satan if he had an (R) after his name! A Engler Snyder

The problem is, The “Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Program” was backed by Republican Gov. John Engler (R) in 2002, which was supported by a majority of Republicans in the state Legislature and was later extended by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in 2011.

The program was designed to win federal match dollars and then return them to nursing homes that participate in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

“By continuing the assessment, the state receives more in federal matching Medicaid funds than what is paid out by nursing homes,” according to a 2011 press release from Snyder’s office.

“These funds are then directed back to the nursing homes in Michigan that provide SnyderCaid services.” Kowall Papageorge Richardville Snyder

Several so-called Michigan Republicans also voted in favor of the nursing home assessment program (bed tax) in 2002 while serving as State Representatives by casting their “yes” vote. They are included in the photo above with Snyder they are current State Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville along with two other current State Senators Mike Kowall and John Pappageorge.
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/04/fees_on_nursing_home_beds_repu.html

2002 Senate Bill 1323: Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment “bed tax”
Public Act 562 of 2002 Signed by Governor John Engler (R) on October 1, 2002
Introduced by Sen. Loren Bennett (R) impose a new “bed tax” on nursing homes, hospitals, and HMOs, which is designed to allow the state to garner a greater amount of federal Medicaid dollars. These would be returned to the health providers, resulting in a net gain for most of them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2002-SB-1323

Watch the Snyder supported TV commercial on nursing bed fees
Talk about calling the kettle black here folks I mean, look at that crazy uninformed liberal saying taxing the elderly and infirm just so they can have a place to lay their heads at night!

Can you imagine the kind of person who would support such a thing? The Republican majority passed this not once but twice under two different Republican governors. Hmmm…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjSoF2_pPZs#t=20

2007 House Bill 4185: Revise Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment “bed tax” earmark
Public Act 85 of 2007 Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on September 30, 2007
Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on January 31, 2007, to earmark $66.4 million of the “Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment” (MMQAA) bed tax on nursing homes and hospitals to the state general fund to cover Medicaid expenditures in hospitals in 2007 and 2008.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2007-HB-4185

2011 House Bill 4734: Eliminate sunset on MMQAA health care provider tax
Public Act 144 of 2011 Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on September 20, 2011
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on August 24, 2011, to extend an Oct. 1, 2011 sunset on the “Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment” (MMQAA) tax on health care facilities until Oct. 1, 2015. This is a bed tax or fee on health care providers that is used to generate more federal Medicaid matching funds, resulting in a net gain for some but not all of the providers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2011-HB-4734

Note: All Republicans in both the House and Senate voted in favor of this 2011 House Bill 4185 with the exception of Senator Joe Hune.

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Michigan as the “Comeback State” Defies Even Common Sense or Better Yet “Pure Propaganda”

Well it’s election season and the propaganda is in full force. Governor Rick Snyder is trying to redefine not only himself as the “Comeback Kid” reinventing Michigan calling it the comeback state, but the very term common sense. It is critical to the future of our state that voters not fall for either attempt. 

It has been pointed out by others and is still worth repeating: Working Michigan families have not experienced a comeback, and therefore the moniker “Comeback Kid” is laughable. The narrative of Snyder’s re-election ad rings decidedly flat for those still experiencing unemployment and under employment in Michigan.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140219/OPINION01/302190004/Comeback-talk-defies-common-sense Comback Forbes on Snyder

Our state has the fourth highest unemployment in the nation, and almost 400,000 out-of-work “Michiganians” are still waiting for the governor to create “more and better” jobs. Michigan ranks near the bottom, 47th in the nation for not just unemployment but as one of the worst states for doing business.

High taxation, over regulation and crony capitalism is but a few of the issues keeping Michigan at the bottom in both of these categories.

Michigan ranks near bottom of Forbes’ Best States for doing Business
Forbes’ annual Best States for Business list as of year ending 2013 ranked Michigan at No. 47 of the 50 states.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130925/NEWS/130929908/michigan-ranks-near-bottom-of-forbes-best-states-for-business-list#

Virginia ranked first and is also one of  the 24 right-to-work states that now includes Michigan. Areas that hurt Michigan’s rating included business cost (the state ranked no. 38), labor supply (no. 48), economic climate (no. 47) and growth prospects (no. 47).
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/09/25/virginia-tops-2013-list-of-the-best-states-for-business/

Business cost is based off Moody’s Analytics cost of doing business, which includes labor, energy and taxes. Labor supply measures educational attainment based off Census data and also considers migration and population projections.

Economic climate measures economic output as well as unemployment during the past five years. Growth prospects measures job, income and gross state product forecasts from Moody’s Analytics.
http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

When our Republican controlled legislature is more concerned with the “Friends and Family” programs and the “Business Buddy Fund” along with legislation benefiting themselves and un-related to creating an environment conducive to job creation, “Houston We Citizens of Michigan Have a Huge Problem!”

Concentrating on such legislation as “A Mortgage Bill for the MIGOP Chairman’s Brother” and passing laws regulating “Pigeon’s” along with wasting taxpayer money and time on a legislative “Polar Plunge” during session is unconscionable.

But it just doesn’t end there. The state of Michigan continues to harass private small business owners such as Mark Baker and his “pig” farm. I guess Mr. Baker doesn’t donate to the campaign coffer’s of our elected official’s or have the clout that the Michigan Pork Producers Association does who pay through donations for access and favorable legislation from our legislators?

Michigan Judge Ruling: Mark Baker Can Raise His “Feral” Pigs, But What About Everyone Else?
The state of Michigan wasn’t seeking any longer to bar Baker from raising his pigs, and wasn’t seeking to impose the $700,000 fine it levied last year. But the damage to the Baker family was already done emotionally and financially.
http://thecompletepatient.com/article/2014/february/27/mi-judge-ruling-mark-baker-can-raise-his-%E2%80%9Cferal%E2%80%9D-pigs-what-about-everyone

Sources:
Retroactive state law lets GOP chairman’s brother off hook for $2.4 million
http://www.freep.com/article/20120331/NEWS15/203310415/

In Lansing, a mortgage bill tailored for one
http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/COL04/204010479/

2013 Senate Bill 631: Revise carrier pigeon licensure mandate (Senate Roll Call 53)
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on February 26, 2014.
To prohibit a person from getting a state-mandated carrier pigeon license if his or her facilities do not meet regulations imposed by the local government, but preempt locals from banning carrier pigeons outright.
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685602

2014 Legislative Polar Plunge
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley Led State Officials in taking the Legislative Polar Plunge
Raising money for charity is an admirable cause but not on taxpayer time. If any Michigan worker were to do this as an employee at their work place do you really think their employer would go for it?

I don’t think so and they would be looking for a new job! Our elected officials are elected to serve all Michigan citizens and not just one special group.

This bipartisan group of legislators had a swimming pool brought in and filled with warm water to take this plunge in front of the Capitol building in Lansing. Some wore suits, some wore costumes such as superman and one was dressed as a German-Austrian with a stein full of beer. Keep in mind this was at 3:00 in the afternoon while “in session.”
http://www.adn.com/2014/02/27/3349135/calley-others-take-plunge-for.html

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu3HEXH2utU

2013 introduced a resolution for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”
Senator Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp. in 2013 introduced a resolution for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” that was approved by his fellow legislators.

Khan celebrated the passage by taking the podium Tuesday while wearing a black eye patch and saying, “It’s time, and now recognized, that the state of Michigan acknowledges this holiday and grants it the recognition it truly deserves.”

Kahn pointed out that Michigan is the Great Lakes state and should support and promote “worthy maritime initiatives.”
http://michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160886

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