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"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being" 
...Sir Isaac Newton
 "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt." -- John Adams, 1826
March 21 2018  

In memory of Linda Hughes, pioneer and leader in Michigan conservative radio. Grace. Respected. Loved, Missed.
Linda was and still is the heart and soul of WAAM Radio, where she was the General Manager since 2008, as well as the only female owner of an independent radio station in the United States.  Obituary HERE
Some Beauty in a choir thunderstorm! (Thanks, IT) See it HERE  

Michigan, National and Legislative News Below. 
First a plug for MCU/MiCPAC. Time is running shor t!

This issue highlights exciting education and training opportunities.  This Newsletter serves as a 
digest of some recent articles of significance to conservatives supporting founding principles, 
traditional and moral values, more freedom and liberty and less government. It also informs us of information significant to the Michigan conservative movement, key pending legislation (Operation Watchdog), contains educational materials on the "permanant things": (Project Kirk) and alerts you to issues, information, positions and talking points (Project Friedman) that  you might use to change public policies by changing public knowledge, beliefs and attitudes. We try to be succinct and link sources if you want more information . Opinions are generally headed or stated in  green Occasionally we in haste make a mispelling or other error. We strive to do better.  Please read what you can. Share the Newsletter or pass on what you feel worthy. May God Bless you in your efforts.

Coming April 6 - Campaign Toolchest, a must event for those running 
or supporting candidates for office. More information below!
On the evening of April 6 we have the MiCPAC VIP reception, a major fund raiser 
for Michigan's conservatives, where State and National leaders network 
and enjoy food, beverages and entertainment. 
On April 7
Michigan Conservative Political Action Conference (MiCPAC), Michigan's foremost and very effective education, network and strategy event. 

This is where Michigan's Freedom To Work Movement began.

Key presentations and/or partnerships include Heritage Foundation, 
Gun Owners of America, Leadership Institute,
Young Americans for Freedom,  Michigan Conservative Union, Michigan Freedom To Work, UpRight Michigan PAC, 
Salt & Light Global, 
Faith, Life, Tax Limitation, 1st, 2nd, 10th Amendment, tea party, home school and National defense groups. Leaders from academe, business, labor, politics, grass roots, think tanks, liberty and freedom

T his rare limited edition Labor Freedom cup will be awarded at MiCPAC to the 5th person registering  HERE

Donors have provided scholarships for several high school and college students to attend MiCPAC this year. If you have someone to nominate email

F rom the Leadership Institute Web Site:  What you will learn
Campaign Management Workshop
5 Hours, $29
Participants should register  HERE 

The Campaign Management Workshop is part of the Michigan Conservative Union's Campaign Toolchest.  Our Campaign Toolchest, in 2015, had an 85% success rate for attendees who filed for office. This year it will be the afternoon of April 6, 2018, 12:30-5:00 PM at Capitol City Baptist School. Faculty will include top experts from the Leadership Institute, Unique Strategies, LLC, and the MCU Board. These faculty have had success in many campaigns and conventions. It is designed for candidates, their families, key supporters and advisers. From precinct delegate to governor, success comes from planning, great strategy, and tactics. Grassroots leaders will benefit from techniques to organize and motivate volunteers. At only $29 this is a bargain!

The Leadership Institute's presentations at this MiCPAC Campaign Toolkchest 
will  teach you how to manage or contribute to a winning campaign. 
Every year thousands run for elected office, but only a few win. 
Get the skills necessary to be a leader for the campaign of your choice.
You will create campaign, finance, and communications plans as well as 
voter outreach and get-out-the-vote strategies.
Ideal attendees are campaign staff, candidates, activists, or groups interested in working on ballot initiatives, propositions, or legislation.
You will learn to:
Recruit and manage volunteers
Build a grassroots infrastructure
Organize precincts
Get your voters to the polls
Develop your campaign's message
Raise funds and prioritize spending
How to talk to Media and other Liberals

Shot gun or rifle votes and expenses? 
People vote in families, and we are not talking Smiths and Joneses
Analyses and research and issues development: SWOT, Leesburg, PEST
Outline campaign manual; what is needed, how to do it and when.
You do not have to fly blind. Have a PLAN!

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It's us, or no one!
Short Notes
Guns don't kill people.

You've got a lot of people talking about getting these guns off the streets.The only problem with that is, there's 15 million of them out there already on the streets. 
   And then another problem is if you ban them, then you're going to create an underground market, and the gun collectors, you know, it's going to become more valuable." Shaq O'Neal

Sponsored by Michigan Conservative Union - Southeast  


The legislature has been busy writing special bills on define and governing drones and extending the statute of limitation for sexual offenses.
2017 Senate Bill 590, 591, 592 and 593: Let townships, villages and cities incur more debt -
MCU opposes increased debt
as the State Constitution requires all units of government to balance their budgets. 
   MCU is the entity that co-authored Michigan's Tax Limitation Amendment. We believe this bill may cause violations of that Constitutional Amendment. 
   The only legislators in the House who opposed this are Democrat Robinson and  Republicans Reilly and Runestad. This will be MCU rated rolls calls. 

2017 Senate Bill 637: Cap allowable fees for 'small cell wireless' systems - small cell wireless phone and internet systems. These systems reportedly place equipment on power  line poles and other existing infrastructure to provide cell phone access without needing towers. 
   The bill would cap the amount the state and local governments could charge for  zoning, permits and other fees. 
  This allows a spider web of additional communications in rights of way that were originally granted for electrical utilities alone. They have been  bastardized by phones, cable and lots of other sub-leasees, and this adds another grevious layer as it reduces our property rights. 
   Chris writes: It's taking away your public property rights. We need less regulation.
   Jeanine writes: Michigan Senate Bill 637 (2017) will allow telecom to install a small cell or distributed antenna system (DAS) on new and existing utility poles in our rights of way  every 500 ft, installing new utility poles where necessary. They can add 10 ft to the poles with their equipment, with ground equipment up to 28 sq ft allowed (the size of a 
   SB 637 would give away public property - taxpayer supported rights of way, to the already wealthy telecom industry. It would streamline the permitting process for  telecom, taking away county, township, city, village, district, and subdivision authority. It violates our fundamental property rights, and our right to be safe in our own homes. 
 In the Senate the only opposing votes were Colbeck, Shuitmaker and Marleau. Let's stop this in the House!

MCU is Watching and supporting Senate Bill 897: Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients (Mike Shirkey)

2018 House Bill 5702: Revise civil asset forfeiture procedures (Runestad) HB 5073 (Glenn), HB 5074 LaFave (prohibiting local governments from imposing forfeiture regulations).
While we see the wisdom  of some of this it does not address the key problem - government over-reach and "stealing" people's stuff, violating property rights. 
   We prefer  Rep. Lucido'sHouse Bill 4158 that prohibits civil asset forfeiture until conviction. Inquires of some of the other sponsiors have not provided an explanation why those bills are required if HB 4158 passes. 


(What members are thinking)

Jennifer McArdle Knapp - Despite it being nearly impossible to find this information, thanks to google filters, 52% of women voted for Trump. Hillary just deemed those 52% unable
to think for themselves. This "pro-woman" candidate just labeled 52% of female voters (can we call them female, or is that offensive) dependent on a male relative, friend or boss to make their voting decisions. 
   I joke a lot about being offended, but this truly is offensive. I am an educated, informed, independent woman that knows many woman just like me. We are all able to make our own decisions without the help of a male, regardless of who we voted for. And that, Mrs. Clinton, is why you will never be President. You just don't get it.
Darrin Moore - How about instead of only attempting to reduce or stop something that can no more be abolished than human nature itself, we go back to doing what we did until
just a few decades ago and teach kids how to develop the inner strength to bear, handle, cope with, and prevent bullying instead of raising children who are too emotionally frail, too despondently resentful, too socially awkward, and too intellectually empty to make it in the real world? 
    We have taught kids to sheepishly run to the shepherding authorities whenever they have a grievance or their delicate sensitivities are offended instead of teaching them how to hunt down wolves themselves. 
   But most of all, let's stop treating bullying like the root of the problem rather than a symptom of a deeper malady. The kids most affected and at risk to succumbing to the horrific self-destructive or rampaging lashing out
impulses are kids who didn't know the love of an intact family or the love of God. Nobody told them that there are always going to be bullies and why people bully, just as there are always going to be sick, sad, and wicked people who are going spread suffering, or that our loving God turns even the bad things into good for those who believe and learn to suffer
with grace as he did.

Say no to COS, a true ConCon!
James Madison , author of the Constitution and co-author of the Federalist Papers was horrified to learn in 1788, just months after ratification of the Constitution, that New York and Virginia sought an Article V Convention. Madison wrote G.L. Turberville November 2, 1788:
   If a General Convention were to take place for the avowed and sole purpose of revising the Constitution, it would naturally consider itself as having a greater latitude than the Congress...It would consequently give greater agitation to the public mind; an election into it would be courted by the most violent partisans on both sides... (and) would no doubt contain individuals of insidious views, who, under the mask of seeking alterations popular in some parts ... might have the dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric.... Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers, which assembled under every propitious circumstance, I should tremble for the result of a second, meeting in the present temper in America."  
 Read Madison's full analysis  HERE

Conservative Principles:
Dr. Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind Condensed

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You have a key role to fill!    IF YOU WILL!
   We change public policies by changing public knowledge and perceptions.  You may notice as you scan the articles and information that some are submitted by readers, facebook friends, and interested individuals. Feedback is always welcome by emailing
  Because we receive so much information daily, it is not possible to include everything. We try to include links to some of the most important and interesting.  Let's keep the faith and fight for a free USA and opportunities for our children and grandchildren as we had. 

National and International
++ The left expresses indignance over foreign meddling in our elections, yet demands foreign nationals be allowed to vote in them. ~ Barry L. Camp

++ Woman killed by self-driving Uber car identified, as company suspends testing Article

++ The college canceled the event based on speakers' race  ". .. the speaker lineup did "not reflect the diverse St. Kate's community of today nor the world of tomorrow we are   committed to creating."  More
   How will they create that world?  Are whites not suppose to procreate according to this all women Catholic college?

++ Maryland School Resource Officer ends threat - The sole school resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, engaged the suspect and fired a round, authorities said. The shooter fired a round, too, authorities. The suspect was injured and has since died at a hospital, police said.
   The injured girl was hospitalized in critical condition and the injured boy was hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said.
  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said it appears the shooting was handled "exactly the way it should have been handled."
  "Had a very capable school resource officer that also happened to be a S.W.A.T. team member," he said at a news conference. "This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action. And I think while it's still tragic, he may have saved other people's lives
 Gunman at Maryland high school dies after armed school officer intervenes; 2 others injured  Article

++ School Walkoutsl ess than 5% of schools participated in the nationwide event, the liberal run mainstream media made it look like nearly every kid between the ages of 15 and 18 played  hooky from school this past Wednesday. American Gun News... 
   against an unarmed crowd, even a kitchen knife can cause mass casualties.  And that's exactly what the left  wants- unarmed populations of people who can be terrorized by the weakest possible weapons. 
   By now we all know that America's most popular rifle, the AR-15, is not the killing  machine that the left wants its acolytes to believe it is. It is a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle. It has capabilities comparable to the types of rifles that tend to be given to 11-year-  olds as their first introduction to guns...
  mass shooters are overwhelmingly prescribed either anti-depression or antipsychotic medication. In fact, more killers are on  pharmaceuticals than use guns. So, if you're looking to blame killings on technology, guns are not the only viable target. More

++ A few radical Students protestCongress throws $50,000,000.00 more into training and school safety, 

++ California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel  was put on paid leave after questioning in front of her students whether school administrations would let a group of students  protesting abortion walk out of class in the middle of the school day like they did with students who did so on Wednesday in protests over school shootings. (Thanks Priscilla) Rest of the Story

++ Student removed for sign saying "Guns don't kill people, People kill people  - During the National School Walkout, More

++ Chicago students allegedly trash Walmart during National School Walkout protest - "These guys jacked up our store pretty good," one Walmart employee told conservative news  site The Red Elephants. "They pounced on cars in the lot, vandalized two of the school buses parked there, threw Gatorade bottles at shoppers, smoke bombs, and we heard gun  shots in the parking lot." "We are very concerned that a walkout intended to promote peace instead led to vandalism and violence," a Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said in 
a statement Article

++ Four killed by dumb bells;  not reported in MSM because it does not support the anti-gun hysteria More

++ "Chuck Schumer has weaponized Senate procedure  by f orcing 79 cloture votes on Trump nominees, compared with 17 such slow-down votes in the past four administrations.
   At this rate, the United States Senate would take 11-1/2 years to confirm our nominees." -White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short

++ McCabe Fired!  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on the recommendation of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew  "Andy" McCabe Friday.
  By dismissing McCabe - who was set to retire at the end of the month - before Sunday, Sessions may have jeopardized McCabe's ability to draw a pension. Speculation
  The Department of Justice Inspector General's report was reported to have recommend McCabe be fired over his handling of press disclosures during his investigation of the Clinton Foundation. The OPR, upon reviewing the IG's report, issued a recommendation to fire McCabe. Article

++ Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam Wa - 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. That's a 21 percent increase over the year before.  
Approximately three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths are now caused by opioids - a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin and potent synthetic  versions like fentanyl.(Thanks, Darwin)  Article

It is up to you what, if any, measures you will take to defend yourself, family, property, America. 
Meet Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt at MiCPAC in Holt April 7, 2018 at MiCPAC. GOA's 1.5 Million members are keeping the NRA (and President Trump) in line on defending the 2nd Amendment and our fundamental rights to self defense. 
Michigan Brief 

++ Former 11th CD Republican Chair charged for public theft -  Link
Mike Mitchell might face 10 years and $250k fine? He may not be the last as the corruption investigation looks at others. More

++ Prevailing wage repeal - a good thing! The Anderson Economic Group's 2013 report estimated that Michigan's prevailing wage law has increased costs for education construction  alone by an average of $127 million a year for the last 10 years. Link
   How much too much has YOUR district paid for school construction because of prevailing wage laws? Lo ok it up here: Waste Calculator
Here are some examples:
Lake Orion, $9,246,650.00
Oxford, $6,613,950.00
Rochester, $ 19, 060,650.00
Brighton, $7,591,850.00
Portage, $1,272,950.00
Boyne City, $1,317,050.00
Cadillac, $2,485,000.00
Caro, $1,915,200.00
Saginaw, $4,900,000.00
Lansing, $13,128,850.00
Clarkston, $10,595,550.00
Detroit, $35,037,800.00
East Grand Rapids, $5,320,350.00
Plymouth-Canton, $14,528,500.00
South Lyon, $7,549,150.00
Utica, $26,845,000.00
Time to repeal: Link

Did you know our Freedom To Work laws should save workers in Michigan $125 Million a year when fully implemented?  Michigan Freedom To Work continues to defend these laws, promote more jobs and assure labor freedom. Donations welcome.  MFTW, POB 658, Oxford, Mi 48371

++ Give financial assistance, not cash
Op-Ed by State Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland, represents Michigan's 46th House district.
   Michigan's state government distributes almost $90 million each year in what they openly call "cash assistance," where recipients are literally able to obtain cash from ATM machines from state-issued Bridge Cards.
   How much of this taxpayer money is spent for its intended purpose? Because cash cannot be monitored once it is given out, much less controlled, we cannot know.
   But here's a clue: In 2013, Michigan passed laws to prevent Bridge Cards from being used to obtain cash from ATMs located in casinos, strip clubs, and liquor stores. A state investigation found that a Michigan casino dispensed $87,000 from Bridge Cards.  
    We must acknowledge that giving out cash encourages misuse to any recipient suffering from addiction, and not all those on cash assistance are free of these crippling problems. For them, cash assistance is not only wasteful but hurtful.
  That's why as individuals we don't give strangers cash. Not because we are not charitable, not because we don't care, but because we genuinely and rightly worry that we're actually doing harm instead of good.
  It's also wrong to taxpayers, not all of whom are well-to-do, to so recklessly give away their hard-earned money.
  It's time we reform our cash assistance program to ensure that our dollars actually do provide assistance. That is how we genuinely empower those in need.   Article

++ University of Michigan's mens basketball team advances to the Sweet 16 on a very long buzzer beater by a freshman. Mo Wagner stopd mid-celebration to console a heartbroken Houston player  Link


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