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POLITICS AND CIVILITY! Readers not involved in politics or the GOP can move on to the next section. On FB Tony Sharkey asks:  Does anyone else believe they have become a better person after getting involved in politics? Followup questions ask has your involvement has made your community/State/Country a better place?  Michael Vickory  posts: "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." quoting Pericles. On another track Stacey Lemon cites Proverbs 3:5-8 (see Off FB section below) as a reminder of proper reflection and conduct. 
   Your editor responded: I have always considered myself the "un-politician". Trying to be a statesman. We kick tires, check consumer reports, google ratings on things before we buy them, but give half our income to governments and don't watch it? We must be stewards of God's gifts, which require we influence how caesar uses what they take. Not involved out or love or glory, but out of fear for the next generatiion. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil - is that good men do nothing."
  The actions in several county GOP conventions and breakouts last month were short of Civility and Proverbs 3. In one county someone removed the gavel from the podium before the meeting, forcing the Chair to use a bottle to call order. The biggest controversy seems to be the Oakland portion of the 11th CD where a conservative faction gained control, then used poor tactics that split the convention. They over-reacted to rump rules being improperly imposed by the Oakland GOP Chair. Temporary or interim or proposed rules do not govern a convention no matter who draws them up, until they are adopted by THAT convention. The propriety of a county controlling parts of several district committees with parts in other counties deserves review. Perhaps they should meet by districts when it comes to selecting delegates to DISTRICT and State conventions.  
   The report by the MRP Credentials Committee re: the 11th CD was punitive and shortsighted (Link), concluding that if a conservative faction were to prevail over an establishment faction it would do "irreparable harm" to the Republican Party. Really? Like when Reagan won 49 states? In perhaps her last official act as MRP Chair after elevation to RNC Chair, along with her State Co-Chair (both residents of that district), the smackdown is  short sighted, unimaginative and divisive. Pure raw power politics abusing the process, IOHO. Clearly the majority of the Oakland 11th delegates were disenfranchised in one of the few official functions they are elected to perform. Their Republican voters were cuckold. It is a terrible sign effecting the ability to work cohesively in the future. Rules fomented under their leadership has created problems that bar expression by many activists. 
     As stated by 13th GOP Chair:  I think we would be doing an injustice if not one of us mentioned the victims in all of this....128 PD's who thought they were going to convention, that are now having cancel plans and room reservations, and whom are now rethinking being involved with us .Activists leaders, as well as elected leaders, always need to keep their crew in mind when making choices, and implementing tactics. 
   There must be room for success in politics for someone who is not a snollygoster.
   A new team gets elected this weekend. Will they open the door to more activists? Even conservatives? Will there be civility and opportunity for those who actually try to enforce the Republican Party's stated principles? 
 The answer to that will determine if Republicans govern in Michigan in 2019. 

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"The people who say they have not time to attend to politics are simply
saying  they are unfit to live in a free community." - Teddy Roosevelt 

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him." - G.K. Chesterson

February 9, 2017

Any skeptics left?
Best QB ever!
"Go Blue, baby!" 
 
Former Wolverine Tom Brady spotted Atlanta Falcons 3TDs,   21 points, down 28-4 after three quarters, leads the New England Patriots to victory in overtime. 5 of 7 Rose Bowl Wins; 4 MVPs. Did he say at the press conference with the Commish that he was fresh in the 4th Quarter and Overtime because he was rested from not playing the first four games?
    Michigan needs a   
   winner. Tom Brady  
    for U.S. Senate?
++ Fellow Americans we have just begun. I hear some say there is no hope, while others say the mission is complete. We are a free country because those who came before us had the opportunity and vision to try a noble experiment in self governance, and those who followed continued to fight for that right.
   We have survived a brutal and bitter attempt to gut our principles and condemn us to international subservience under an olegarch that has failed to provide, freedom, liberty and opportunity to billions of people.
  We can, and must, and will succeed, if we do not give up the fight. See you at MiCPAC 4/29/2017, Holt, Mi. Be Inspired by this Video! 

++ Notice the MSM is starting to use U-6 instead of U-3 "unemployment data"? This  Instantly changes the unemployment rate from 4.9% to 9.4%. They have underestimated it for eight years under Obama. BTW, the real number lowered 0.2% since Trump was elected, and business has more confidence in the new Administration.

UpRight Michigan's recommendations for Michigan Republican Vice Chairs:
With establishment leadership controlling, conservative grass roots need  solid voices in leadership if there is to be any chance of assembling a full team in 2018. 
Some Vetting analysis is in the Michigan section of this Newsletter



++ We are Ecstatic! We have been trying to book historian and author Lee Edwards, Ph.D. for years. MiCPAC 2017 will be in Holt, Mi. 4/28/9.
    Lee Edwards is a distinguished fellow in conservative thought at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books.
    His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, Hungarian and Swedish.
    Edwards also is adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. Edwards was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Bio
  APPLICATION TO MICPAC AT END     
Confirmed for MiCPAC 2017
Lee Edwards above; Also: authors Trevor Louden;John Anthony; and Pricilla Miller; Richard Thompson, Esq.; William Wagner, Esq.; Dr. Rev. Richard Ziele, Co-President of the State Board of Education; Lt.Col. Dave Agema; Hon. Norm Hughes; Larry Rocca, Macomb County Treasure r; Tom Norton, Jason Gillman....

Mike Pence became the first vice president to break a tie in a Cabinet confirmation vote
on Tuesday. Pence cast the 51st vote, which pushed Donald Trump's secretary of education Betsy DeVos over the line, and couldn't help but smile and laugh while doing so. Link  Link
  
Sen. Jeff Sessions  CONFIRMED for Attorney General!
   Sen. Elizabeth Warren's racial stunt that sparked her removal from the senate floor Tuesday night proved even shorter than her time living in a teepee.  Warren attempted to use the words of Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., to smear Sen. Jeff Sessions' bid for Attorney General. Warren's now warrant-less claim was that King's wife's words framed Sessions as a bigot.  But now a more recent video has surfaced where Coretta King in fact praises Sessions at the launching of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.  What a difference 12 hours can make.   Video Link  (Thanks, Darwin)

++ Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren of performing a "bait and switch" and playing the "race card" in invoking the King family name during her speech  Tuesday night in opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions' appointment as attorney general.  King criticized the tactic of "using the name of Martin Luther King Jr. and now Mrs. Coretta Scott King to get people's emotions stirred so they cannot clearly get the message" of peacemaking. She called it "the old bait and switch, with the race card being played. ... People will never look at the issues. People will never see the solutions. They'll be angry and then we can slip our agenda in. 
   
Trump picks Neil Gorsuch (49) 
for Supreme Court vacancy
President Trump announced Tuesday night that Neil Gorsuch, a conservative federal judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, is his pick to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "I took the task of this nomination very seriously. I have selected an individual whose qualities define, really and I mean closely define, what we're looking for," Trump continued. "Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support." Video and More
++ He is a legal superstar and Democrats know it.  It will be tough to paint this thoughtful Coloradan whose most significant ruling was affirming religious freedom in the Hobby Lobby case as out of the mainstream. Det. News Editorial  (Thanks, Mike)

++ Nancy Pelosi told CNN just hours after the nomination that the mild-mannered Gorsuch is bad for "all of us, if you breathe air, drink water, eat food, [or] take medicine... " (Thanks, Justin)          Nancy a little unhinged:  Video

++ ACLU raised $ 24 Million over the weekend to fight the Gorsuch Nomination

++ Students of Supreme Court candidate Neil Gorsuch at CU law school cite fairness, dedication to truth  As adjunct at ultra-liberal University of Colorado, Gorsuch mentored all, encouraged students to win and lose graciously.   

++ Neil Gorsuch's mother was the late Anne Buford, the first female director of EPA, Reagan's first EPA appoinment. She graduated college at 19 and was a lawyer at 22. She served as a state legislator in Colorado. She tried to cut the budget 45% at EPA and got pushback from a Congress that, basically, drummed her out of office.  Anne's Bio

++ C hildren are worthy of government protection from the instruments of abortion. If the evidence supporting his understanding of the proper role of the judiciary is correct, then real hope exists that he will end the American jurisprudential tragedy that ends so many lives of unborn sons and daughters. Neil Gorsuch has the opportunity to restore good governance under the Rule of Law to a Supreme Court willing to destroy it in order to advance personal political preferences for abortion and same-sex marriage. It is my prayer that he will do so.  William Wagner, former Federal judge and Prosecutor. 
If We Can't Unite Against Rioting,
We Can't Unite at All
In the United States of America, rioting to stop free speech is unlawful and reprehensible. Period. Full stop. It's not "understandable." It's not excusable. There should be no tolerance and no sympathy for people who pepper-spray young women, beat bystanders senseless, and tear up property because they're mad that another human being is speaking.
   Law enforcement should prioritize identifying, locating, and arresting members of the black bloc, and it should treat them as the political terrorists they are. More

++ President Donald Trump reacted again to the aftermath of the Berkeley riots
in response to a scheduled speech by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
"Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.
   Rioters caused an estimated $100,000 in property damage in Berkeley on Wednesday, and only one person was arrested. Bank windows and ATMs were smashed, a Starbucks was looted, anti-Trump graffiti was painted on store fronts, Molotov cocktails were thrown, and garbage fires were lit in the streets.
   On Thursday, Trump responded to the rioting by threatening to cancel federal funding for colleges that failed to protect the right of free speech. Link

++ In A World Of Runaway Judges: "Checks & Balances" Cut Both Ways - Video
++ D'Souza: Milo Protests Expose "Terrorist Element" on U.S. Campuses - Video
++The Muslim Mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey is refusing to hand over criminal aliens to the federal government - Article

2016 Top Donors to Outside Spending Groups
Top spender, 100% for liberal candidates, was the National Education Association (NEA) at $ 27,375,200 The List!
 
++ Will the Left shut us down February 17? A note from one of our readers: "The leftists have called for a general strike in this country scheduled for Feb 17th. Be sure you are prepared. Food, water, power, etc."

++ Democrats Declare Total War on Trump - Harry Reid's "nuclear option" can be used by Republicans to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.  With their angry left-wing base whipped into a frenzy of opposition on virtually every imaginable front, some Senate Democrats are promising to wage a filibuster against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee... Democrats are preemptively vowing to obstruct anyone he chooses -- retaliation, they say, for Republicans' refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland under the Biden Rule. Battle lines, drawn.
   Democrats, by fiat, altered the way the Senate interprets Rule XXII, which governs the procedure for cutting off debate and ending a filibuster. The rule continues to prescribe that when a cloture vote occurs, the question must be put, "Is it the sense of the Senate that the debate shall be brought to a close?"  
   It goes on to state that cloture is invoked if "the question [is] decided in the affirmative by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn."  Reid raised a point of order, claiming that the words "three-fifths" mean "a simple majority." The presiding officer, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on the advice of the Senate parliamentarian, rejected the point of order. However, the majority, by a 52-48 vote (three Democrats voted "no"), was able to overturn the ruling of the chair, creating the new precedent that "three-fifths" or 60 senators means a simple "majority." What's good for the goose.... Read More 
++ Retweeted Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?

++ President Trump signed an executive order aimed at rolling back regulations, fulfilling one of his campaign pledges. Federal agencies will need to revoke two regulations for every new regulation they request. Administration officials told The Associated Press that they are calling the new directive a "one in, two out" plan. Article 
                                        
++ Life! "isn't about being Republican or Democrat - it's about protecting ten fingers, ten toes, and one precious heartbeat."  Note from Sen. Tim Scott, R. SC

++ Judge in Seattle halts Trump's immigration order nationwide; White House vows fight - U.S. District Judge James Robart granted Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's request for a temporary restraining order "on a nationwide basis," prohibiting federal employees from enforcing Trump's order. The judge rejected arguments from Justice Department attorneys who said the travel ban fell well within the president's national-security powers.
   Trump's executive order, signed Jan. 27, indefinitely blocks entry to the United States for Syrian refugees and temporarily suspends entry to other refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. Since the order, the State Department said it had canceled up to 60,000 visas of people from those nations.
   Earlier on Friday a federal judge in Massachusetts, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton sided with the Trump administration and ruled that the president had the authority on national-security grounds to bar citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, according to  The Boston Globe . More  (Thanks, Marcy)

++ The White House on Monday released a list of terror attacks around the world that it says the U.S. media "ignored."
   While the list of 78 incidents does include major attacks that were covered, such as in Nice and Paris, France; San Bernardino, California; and Orlando, Florida; it also highlights killings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Parramatta, Australia; and Zvornik, Bosnia that got little attention. "Since ISIS declared its caliphate, there has been a major attack targeting the West executed or inspired by the group more than once every two weeks," the White House said. More!
 
++ President Donald Trump has finalized a deal with Lockheed Martin to purchase 90 F-35 fighter jets for the lowest price in the program's history.  The $8.5 billion agreement will potentially save the American taxpayer billions of dollars.
   President Trump warned the government contractor in December of 2016 that the program was "out of control."
   "Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," he said at the time. More

 
 

++ McCarran-Walter Act  requires that an "applicant for immigration must be of good moral character and in agreement with the principles of our
Constitution."  Read it Here
Therefore, one could surmise that since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, technically, ALL Muslims should or
could be refused immigration to OUR country? (Thanks, Larry)

Coming to the USA is a privilege, not a right - Press Conference
++ The Past SIX Presidents Have "Banned Immigrants" -  Obama and his five presidential predecessors all used their executive powers to temporarily ban certain immigrants, including Muslims from entering the United States.
  Obama barred huge groups of potentially dangerous immigrants from entering the United States at least six times, undercutting his claim that barring Muslims from terrorist countries as Donald Trump has proposed is un-American.
   In his first ban, according to a search of White House records, Obama instituted a ban on "immigrants or nonimmigrants" covered by a larger United Nations travel ban. He also included those on an economic sanctions list. Most countries were Muslim.
   He used the same provision five other times, one more in 2011, twice in 2012 and twice in 2014. In those, he targeted people aiding Iran, Syria, Crimea, and those involved in war crimes.  Article


Allies? 
This Saudi tent city for 3 million is plumbed, has electricity and air conditioning, and is totally empty, but they will not take refugees. But they may partially fund a refugee complex in Kuwait? 
They are suing cities across America to force Mosques they finance, but will not allow one christian church in Saudi Arabia. 
Get caught there with a scrap of Christian or Jewish scripture and it is likely to cost you your head. 
America is providing them billions of dollars worth of aircraft, missles and technology.
We think THIS President 
may get a fairer deal
++ President Trump took swift and decisive action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its illicit behavior. Iran is the largest state-sponsor of terror in the world, and their latest ballistic missile test was a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. I applaud the Trump administration for imposing new sanctions to crack down on Tehran's dangerous ballistic missile program and support for terrorism across the globe. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

++ Off FB
Donald Cramer at the annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton, President Donald Trump revealed that through all of the ups and downs and personal struggles of his campaign, there were five words that gave him solace and comfort.
  "All around America, I have met amazing people whose words of worship and encouragement have been a constant source of strength," the 45th president added. "What I hear most often as I travel the country are five words that never  fail to touch my heart. That's 'I am praying for you.' I hear it so often, 'I am praying for your, Mr. President.'"
   Please pray for President Donald Trump today as he continues to lead and encourage both political parties to work together and rebuild our Nation.
Rick Warzywak POINT TO PONDER: Not taking in Syrian refugees and closing our borders isn't "mean" or "heartless". I lock the doors to my house each night. I don't lock them because I hate the people outside my house. I lock my doors because I love the people inside my house.
Marian Marek  & Priscilla Miller  - The Federal Judge that ruled on halting President Trump's immigration order, does pro bono work in his spare time helping immigrants!
Dawn Lancaster  -  As many of you may know, Senator Stabenow intends to boycott  the
vote on some Cabinet nominees. Her D. C. office is busy and her southeastern MI office voicemail is (always) full. However, please be vigilant - (202) 224-4822 and (313) 961-4330
LeAnn Kirrmann - Under President Obama:
1. Early death rates rose significantly.  
2. Violent Crime rates rose significantly.  
3. Cost of living rose significantly.  
4. Assisted Suicide Quadrupled.
5. Under Employment rose. Unemployment. rose. 
 6. National Debt more than doubled.
7. Pain control became rationed and patients reported increased debilitating pain.
8. Average take home pay decreased.
9. Average family wealth decreased.
9. We stayed at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jodie Brown  - Remember about 10 years ago when straight, white, conservative, American college students, rioted, destroyed buildings, threw rocks and pepper sprayed other students when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at Columbia University?   Yeah, me neither...
Fred Bertsch - Perhaps the Democrats would rather we just eliminate the Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Energy, and the EPA rather than confirm those appointments. I know I think that would be a fair trade off.
    Abigail Nobel  - Sound like domestic matters to me! Put HUD, Ag, and HHS onto the same track and I'm in.  
Lou Smallwood is feeling disgusted -  This is what Obama and the Democrats consider "Affordable Healthcare"? $17,500 per year with absolutely no benefit received? 50% of my income for Healthcare for nothing? Who in their right mind could possibly consider this "Affordable"? Since I cannot afford it I have the privilege of paying a $1,300 tax. Of course that $1,300 tax will be used to provide reduced cost or free health care to someone more deserving of it than my wife and I.
      Kelly Kupiec  Exactly. Well put. My grown kids are suffering too. They are in their 30's and call BS on the whole thing. Obummer hurt a lot of people.
   Lanny Valentine the illegals get covered.
  Kevin Bohunsky  Yes...that is discusting! Paid the fine a while myself! One of the worst presidents in history IMO!!
Rosemary McNally - snollygoster. snol·ly·gos·ter. noun. Slang. One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles. Snollygoster  Defined
Stacia Lemon Proverbs 3:5-8    5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Rocky Raczkowski
 -  I heard that even Heaven has a wall, a gate and extreme vetting. What I found most interesting was that NO protests broke out against any bans for entering. (DISCLAIMER: This is only posted for humor).
Tamyra Lynn Murray - The left plans on litigating the US to death....a group of liberal lawyers met last week to come up with a plan to stop Trump.....suing US in liberal courts over every little thing to keep US busy fighting, broke, and wore out is what they plan..



  National Debt Clock  HERE
The debt is now about 130% of the total GDP - 30% more than the total annual economic activity of the entire country. As a comparison, it hit a peak of 30% GDP under President Reagan. There must be a massive shrinkage of governments to reset a growing economy.
Many think the REAL debt including, unfunded liabilities and the "black" budget never seen by the public, is about $127T. The total net worth of the USA including "intellectual power" has been estimated at about $ 88T. We are bankrupt. Politicians need to find a way of extracting this debt from future generations, without destroying the capitalism that makes wealth possible.  


April 29, 2017 MiCPAC Conference in Holt, Michigan.
This is Michigan's foremost annual gathering of conservative leaders from all branches of the movement. Cost $50. Please put in on your calendar. 
MCU and MCU-SE Members get a 25% discount. 
Among confirmed speakers are authors Lee Edwards (Heritage Fiundation) John Anthony, President at Sustainable Freedom Lab (Obama wraps HUD in climate change Link); New Zealand's Patriot Trevor Louden, and several Michigan conservative leaders.   Please join HERE!




Intimidation, threats and bodily harm against college Republican clubs and speakers of different thought is Domestic Terrorism. 

 
++ Why shouldn't the money for school follow the child? Some tudents can get a much better education at a much lower cost. Its is our tax dollars. We need to require accountability. See This Video
 
++ The problem with Liberals according to Milo Yiannopoulos Video

 

Michigan News and Views
 
Don't EVER give up on God, Family, Country and Team! You can and will provide the leadership necessary to give the next generations the opportuunities we had.   Inspiring Video

 
++  Love Ken but am supporting Tom Norton. Experience counts. Tom is an elected village president who lowered taxes, a businessman employing 19 including inner cities, an Afgan Vet. who as post commander re-built the American Legion, then the local VFW, then other posts across the state. His suicide prevention pogram for vets has saved live. Tom has been at and supported MiCPAC and MCU and his iCaucus is a strategic partner. Tom put $3K of his own money into recall efforts agains legislators who supported the tax increases. He is SOLID!!! The difference in potential to help the conservative movement is huge.

Michigan Republican Party To Select New Leadership 

As Vice President Mike Pence says it: We are for God, Family and Country in that order. Party is a means, not an end. Elections are a necessary evil that is the way we implement civics in a constitutional republic. Those who feel politics is only about elections, concede policies to those who understand what elections and parties are really all about.

Thoughts and opinions: The MRP Credentials report on the Oakland 11th CD.
Wow. Unbelievable. It is seriously flawed, regardless of the true facts on the 11th CD meeting. Poorly written, punative and very divisive. The GOP is in trouble in 2018.
  
++ What, exactly, is "unity"?  More taxes, more regulations, more marginalizing patriots who would have for Michigan what we hope to have for a new USA? A wise victor does not ignore detractors who have a different vision - one closer to the victor's alleged principles and platform. What we are more likely to see is significant atrophy, which will allow the Relentless PROGRESSIVE Action to race on with less resistance. Might as well welcome the Dems into the GOP caucus instead of keeping up the ruse. We do not think that is good for Michigan but Mayflower and Atlas Moving will love it.

WHO IS RUNNING and Up Right Michigan PAC thoughts:

Chair: Ron Weiser  ron@weisernet.com
Co-Chair:  Amanda Van Essen Wirth  amanda.vanessen@gmail.com

Administrative Vice-Chair: Tami Carlone  tamaracpa@outlook.com  , Gerry Hildenbrand  gerry@gerryformigop.com   David Wolkinson  dwolkinson@gmail.com
   Wolkinson is the incumbent. In his two previous terms we have not seen much activity or difference. Hildebrand used to be a conservative, we think, but has been linked at the hip with the establishment for the last several years. Some believe he will be their candidate. Carlone is a CPA and conservative education activist active with Lakes Tea Party and the BattleCry folks. She was a Kasich delegate in Cleveland but did vote for Trump.  We admire Tami's commitment to family and cause. She is a dynamo. Her volunteer activities at Christmas season are noteworthy and she has raised a nice family. Finesse working with people - even allies - could be improved.  She has been in the fight and is likely the most conservative in the race.
    
Grassroots Vice-Chair: Mark Gurley  mark.gurley@charter.net  Denise Pallarito  dpallarito@gmail.com
   Mark Gurley is an insurance executive very active with the Life and Evangelical communities. We is articulate, energetic and active. We believe Mark Gurley will be much more effective and will help keep conservatives engaged with the GOP.
   Denice Pallarito is a staffer for Rep. Triston Cole and previously for Congressman Benishek. She was selected by the Republican State Committee after Wendy Day was removed from the position. This is a volunteer position that requires    

Ethnic Vice-Chair: Tyrell Bundy tybundy@yahoo.com  Mike Farage  cccougar11@aol.com  Terris Todd  terrist@caascm.org
   Tyrell Bundy has been on the Republican State Committee and was a National Delegate who also went to the Inaugural of President Trump. He is on the 13th District Committee where he has successfully reached out into ethnic communities. "He helped with Right to Work.  He helped fight Medicaid expansion.  He helped fight the gas tax increase.  He supports Common Core repeal and constitutional carry.  It's hard to beat a long history of fighting for conservative causes." Tony DeMott.  We feel Tyrell Bundy is the preferred candidate for this position.  
  Farage is known as a dirty trick political operative that often backs Democrats. He has angered some Republican legislators with campaign materials they think are unprincipled. We believe he was complicit in a fake email last August stealing and misusing our logos, format and links.
   Terris Todd served five terms as a Democrat County Commissioner. Losing the Democrat primary for State Rep in 2014 he then ran as a write-in, helping elect the Republican. He has worked for that legislator (Dr, Bizon, 43% MCU rating) as has his wife. Supporting the entire Democrat ticket for more than 10 years, up until two years ago, is of concern for top state GOP office. His relationship with radical SCLC organizer Julian Bond needs study. Some of our members support him, some don't We think he has lots of potential but should improve his Republican credentials fbefore serving as a statewide GOP official.    
 
Coalitions Vice-Chair: Kevin Tatulyan  tatulyank@gmail.com 

Youth Vice-Chair: Michael Banerian  mbanerian1994@gmail.com 

Outreach Vice-Chair: Thomas Norton norton@usa.com,  Benjamin Soltis  benjamin@soltis.org  Kenneth Lloyd  theoaklandcountyconservative@gmail.com
   Tom Norton has been a very effective strategic partner with MCU as a member and participant at MiCPAC events, a successful businessman employing about 19, head of Michigan iCaucus, a Village President who actually cut taxes, and a veteran who has made a huge difference in suicide prevention and rebuilding Legion and VFW posts while recruiting veterans for the conservative cause. Experience counts. Marketing skills is a huge plus. Being able to work with establishment and conservatives is an intangible of significance, and his endorsements are building rapidly in both quarters. Tom's business takes him to much of the state and into minority communities. He has the resources to be very effective. Tom Norton is the perfect match for Outreach Vice Chair!
   Soltis graduated from college in 2016. He was involved with the student senate at GVSU. It did not humor people in politics when he introduced himself as a senator, implying a legislator. His experience is limited and shallow, and we found no difficulty in finding detractors.
   Lloyd is a bright young conservative who is physically limited by cerebral palsy. He is working on a masters degree and that might also limit availability. Frankly, we really like Kenneth. But with Norton available to outreach with veterans, Life, Evangelical, millennial and minority communities, it isn't even close. Moreover, Ken told your editor he was suspending his campaign and would support Norton. We take him at his word.

++ State Rep. Michael Webber writes: Recently, members of the House and Senate along with the Michigan Department of Treasury met for one of the two Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferences.It is predicted that  state revenues will climb modestly for the two upcoming budget years. Net general fund revenue for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins Oct. 1, 2017, is now pegged at $10.5 billion, up from the current fiscal year's projected $10.29 billion. It's projected to climb slightly to $10.59 billion in FY 2019.Net School Aid Fund Revenue for FY 2018 is pegged at $12.78 billion, up from the current fiscal year's projected $12.48 billion. It's projected to hit $13.1 billion in FY 2019.

Revenues continue to increase without tax increases. Don't even hint at tax increases!

++ For the seventh year in a row, state officials did not make at least the minimum payment that the state's own accountants say is needed to start filling a massive $26.7 billion hole in the school pension fund.   "the state sets its own rules for how to pay for the pension system and officials change them at their discretion." James Hohman, assistant director of finance for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Article
 
It is past time to change from defined benefits to defined costs. Public pensions are out of control!

Michigan Legislature
++  Stop Common Core
Committee
Michigan Competitiveness
Clerk Phone Number Sondra Gordon 517-373-0910
Location Room 307, House Office Building, Lansing, MI
Date Wednesday, 2/15/2017
Time 12:00 PM
Agenda HB 4192
(Rep. Glenn) Education; curriculum; implementation of certain curriculum standards and assessments in place of common core curriculum standards and assessments in this state; require.

++ HB 4916 would allow opting out of "smart" meters without penalty or cost. Hopefully the bill will be introduced in this session.
 


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