Wednesday, March 19, 2014

County Commission Update

Republican county commissioners Jeff Heppler and Roger Tuinier will run for reelection.  Thus five of eleven commissioners are running for reelection.  Four are running for state rep, and two are retiring.

Meanwhile, former commissioner John Gisler is running for district 8.  He deferred to fellow commissioner David Maturen in 2012 when they ended up in the same district.  Gisler seems to be popular with both the establishment and the Tea Party, and is likely a solid favorite in the district.

A master list of these races is linked at the sidebar at right.

NRA Alert

Senator Mike Green continues to make progress for Michigan gun owners.  The legislature has passed a bill to legalize short-barreled rifles and shotguns, which are federally regulated.

Michigan: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Sent to Governor

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Terrorist Bill Ayers to Speak at WMU

Unrepentant communist terrorist Bill Ayers, a political ally of President Obama, will speak at Western on Wednesday.

Bill Ayers, professor and Weather Underground co-founder, to speak at WMU Wednesday
KALAMAZOO, MI – The co-founder of the militant anti-war group the Weather Underground will be speaking at Western Michigan University Wednesday.

Bill Ayers, a retired Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium, WMU said in a press release.

His presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Teaching Free People: What Democracy Demands in its Schools." He also will meet with faculty and students while on campus, WMU said. 

Ayers' appearance is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development; the Departments of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology; Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies; English; and Sociology; and the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.
This presumably means that his visit is paid for by Western, and indirectly Michigan taxpayers.

Ayers was previously publicly supported by seven WMU professors in 2008.

Previous: Faculty for Ayers

Monday, March 03, 2014

Rick Snyder in Kalamazoo

Governor Rick Snyder headlined the Kalamazoo GOP Lincoln Day dinner on Friday, February 28.  This Gazette article briefly describes the event.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dingell Out

Democrat John Dingell, in Congress for over 58 years since Eisenhower's first term, is finally retiring. Dingell's wife Debbie Dingell is running to succeed him. Progressive senator Rebecca Warren is considering running. If so, we could see an interesting Downriver versus Ann Arbor primary. Republican Terry Bowman is expected to run.

The latest updates of Michigan and Kalamazoo County political races can be found at the links on the sidebar at right.

Bad Idea

Alamo Township Supervisor Lou Conti is facing a recall effort due to his alleged conduct during and after meetings.  The recall election has been pushed back to November, assuming enough signatures are collected.

Despite recall effort, Kalamazoo-area township supervisor votes himself $5,000 raise

Despite this, he and his supporters made that bizarre decision to raise their own pay.  They did not wait to apply it to the next term.  They also increased the pay of several officials who said that they did not need or want an increase.  This presumably was to give cover so that he was not just increasing his own pay.  Conti may have just assured that he will be recalled.

Previous: Recall the Alamo?

No Means Try Again

Voters in the Gull Lake school district narrowly rejected a tax increase on Tuesday.  Many school districts don't like taking no for an answer, and will keep putting the same (or similar) measures on the ballot until one passes. But Gull Lake went one step further.

Gull Lake schools millage request to appear again on May 6 ballot
Christopher Rundle, superintendent of Gull Lake schools, said the board met Friday to discuss its next steps. The proposal will appear again on the May 6 ballot because the board had voted 6-0 on Monday to have the request put before voters again in May as a fallback plan in case it failed Tuesday.
So they put it on the ballot again before it was even rejected the first time!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Spread of Christianity

This article is an interesting look at the spread of Christianity in the Third World.

Beating the State: Third Century Christianity in the Third World Today

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scott McGraw Running for County Commission

Republican Scott McGraw is running for Kalamazoo County Commission district 11, which is being vacated by the retiring John Zull.  Jamie Jager, the democrat who lost to Zull in 2012, is also running again.

Portage resident Scott McGraw announces run for Kalamazoo County Board

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stephanie Moore's Rap Sheet

Kalamazoo city commissioner Stephanie Moore, Kalamazoo County's most embarrassing politician, is considering running for county commission.

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore considering run for county board
Kalamazoo planning commissioner Rico White to run for county board

To review her rap sheet:

Analysis of Kalamazoo City Commission Races

Before her election, Moore was convicted of several crimes, including embezzlement, when she was a community organizer for ACORN.
Moore, who is serving her first term as a city commissioner, pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor embezzlement from the Fannie Lou Hamer Project, a national nonprofit voting education foundation she headed. Michigan State Police records also show that in 1983 Moore, then 17, was found guilty of misdemeanor retail fraud and in 1998 she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor nonsufficient funds charge.
She was arrested and pled no contest to interfering with a police officer in Battle Creek and spent a short time in jail. There was also a controversy about firemen filling her swimming pool for free.

What Did Stephanie Moore/Bell Know?

In 2011, her then husband, Terrence Bell, was charged and convicted of child abuse.  There were allegations that Moore may have known, or should have known, about his activities.  She defended him while his trial was ongoing, but divorced him after he was convicted.

None of this seems to matter to the voters of Kalamazoo, who have now elected her to the city commission four times.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly on Immigration

Phyllis Schlafly has a long report on the impact of mass immigration on the Republican Party.

How Mass (Legal) Immigration Dooms a Conservative Republican Party

This is a longer, better version of my article from last year.

How to Destroy the GOP in One Easy Step

Alford Out

County commissioner Carolyn Alford will not seek reelection.  She is a democrat who has represented the minority-majority district since 2006.  It isn't clear who will run for this seat, but commissioner Robert Barnard deferred to Alford in 2012.

Kalamazoo County Commissioner Carolyn Alford won't seek re-election in 2014

This means that a majority of the Kalamazoo County Commission will be new next year, as four commissioners are running for state representative, and two are just retiring.  Only two of the remaining commissioners were in office before 2010.  These are Republican Jeff Heppler and democrat John Taylor, who were both elected in 2002.  They are probably the favorites to be the leaders of the commission next year.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Brimelow on Snyder

Peter Brimelow of Vdave weighs in on the Governor's immigration plan.

Dave Agema vs. Betsy DeVos, MI Gov. Rick Snyder = America vs. Plutocrats

Significantly, Snyder's speech also highlighted his plan to attract "immigrants" to Michigan, a policy so ludicrous it can only have come from believing the Wall Street Journal editorial page:
Snyder also will soon issue an executive order creating the Office for New Americans, joining two other states that have put immigration services under one roof.
His administration has applied to make Michigan the second state government along with Vermont to run a regional center for the EB-5 visa program, with the goal of attracting talented immigrant entrepreneurs. The EB-5 program designates businesses to recruit foreign investors for development projects — the investors get permanent U.S. residency for themselves and their families.
"If someone has the opportunity to come to our country legally, let's hold our arms open and say, 'Come to Michigan, this is the place to be,'" Snyder said.
This enabled Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to make the obvious riposte:
"I think most people in Michigan are scratching their heads a little bit saying, 'Why do we need to import degree holders?' What about ... giving our kids the degrees so they can do the jobs he's claiming to try to lure to Michigan?"
[T]he ultimate battle for the soul of the GOP lies ahead. And the battle lines are becoming increasingly clear. One future is as a nationalist, populist, pro-worker Republican Party. On the other is a party of Politically Correct corporate lobbyists, hoping to squeeze out a close victory (or at least more consultant fees) for a few more election cycles.
Snyder doesn't want to "divide" Michiganders. He just wants to immiserate them.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

How do You Keep 'em in Detroit?

Steve Sailer asks the obvious question about Governor Snyder's plan to repopulate Detroit with immigrants.  How do you keep 'em in Detroit once they've seen Paree Oakland County?


U.S. Border Unenforceable, But Detroit's 8 Mile Road Is Airtight?

To encourage other Americans to move to Detroit would be racist, so the white Republican governor of Michigan is attempting to elect a new people in Detroit by demanding from the Obama Administration special visas for immigrants to Detroit, whom it would be racist to question. 
From the New York Times:
The  white Republican governor of Michigan is attempting to elect a new people in Detroit.
Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts. 
Under the plan, which is expected to be formally submitted to federal authorities soon, immigrants would be required to live and work in Detroit ...

We are constantly told that the U.S. border, unlike say the Finnish or Israeli border, is impossible to enforce. Yet 8 Mile Road, the northern municipal boundary of Detroit, is apparently seeded with landmines or something because nobody seems to wonder how the new visa-holders will somehow be corralled permanently in Detroit instead of quickly moving to Birmingham, MI or Ann Arbor or San Diego or some other place in the U.S. nicer than Detroit.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

John Zull Retiring

County Commissioner John Zull will retire at the end of his term.  Zull has represented Eastern Portage since 2000.  Before that, he was a Portage city commissioner.  He won reelection by a fairly narrow 52-47 margin in 2012.

Zull has been a solid conservative during his time in office and deserves the thanks of conservatives in Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo County Commissioner John Zull announces he won't seek re-election in 2014

KRESA Surtax is Back

The KRESA surtax will be for renewal in May.

Kalamazoo school board votes to put renewal of countywide school tax on May 6 ballot

This blog has covered this tax for several cycles. In 2005, the three-year tax was billed as a one-time fix.  In 2008, it was billed as a renewal of an existing tax.  The same was true in 2011, and the same will be true this year. The same arguments against it then are still valid now.

2011: Vote NO on the KRESA Tax Hike
2008: Stop the KRESA Tax
2007: Still More Tax Increases

Monday, January 20, 2014

Upton on Immigration

Some house Republicans are plotting amnesty and more legal immigration to compete with American workers.
"Next week, The GOP's are going on an issues retreat and immigration will be a front burner issue. I expect us to agree on a number of principles that will then couple to legislative issues regarding border security, H1B visas, Ag workers, "Dreamers (these are the very young that came years ago with their parents), and perhaps a few more--In other words, smaller issues and not a huge comprehensive 1,500 page bill or so. I have made this a priority for me to help organize a bi-partisan coalition to get these passed hopefully starting by the end of February."