The Bain Report: “Special Pre-Primary Edition” for July, 26, 2010

Mlive.com Article: Richardville faces R. Al Bain in Primary, Disgusting
In an interview with Jackson Citizen Patriot reporter Chris Gautz published Monday, July 19, 2010, “Senator Randy Richardville faces Monroe resident R. Al Bain in 17th District State Senate GOP primary.” Senator Randy Richardville try’s to discredit with snide comments about his “United States Air Force” Veteran opponent R. Al Bain which should show the voting public that his focus is more on slanderous comments about his opponent than moving Michigan forward in a positive direction or on what accomplishments he has had in his 10 years in politics. This just shows why we need better representation out of our elected officials! Vote out this incumbent!
 
Michigan Republican Party Shenanigans? You make the call! By R. Al Bain
Michigan Republican State Party Policy a Disservice to Voters! A supporter of State Senate Candidate R. Al Bain 17th District informed him that he was NOT listed on the Michigan GOP website under the candidate link page. Chairman Ron Weiser was notified by phone and apologized and said he would look into it. A follow up phone call was made to the State Party and informed that it was their policy to support only the incumbent Republican and NOT a Republican challenger so R. Al Bain would NOT be listed. R. Al Bain is currently an Executive Committee Member, Precinct Delegate, Candidate, Member, and Voting Republican for over 35 years of the “Republican Party”!
 
As we are in a time now where voters are distrustful of government and turning away from the seemingly broken political process, to give an unfair advantage to a big-government, union supporter such as the current incumbent Republican Senator, only further demonstrates this to be true. How can voters make an informed decision on candidates and what they stand for, when the Republican Party is tipping the scales in favor of only certain candidates? This is a disgraceful use of power and influence, dangerously teetering on the edge of corruption. This “accidental” exclusion only devalues the political and voting process.
 
This also looks as though the State Party is favoring the incumbent as to keep the status quo in place. If this is how the Republican Party really works for its members then Republicans and many other members within the Republican Party may want to rethink their commitment to the Party as a whole. This is a serious problem that should and must be addressed if the Republican Party is to remain true to the principles, traditions, and values that it was founded on.
 
Brighton area eyes millage renewal for fire protection
This is coming to a municipality near you soon thanks to legislation introduced by Senator Randy Richardville (R) Monroe with Senate Bill 1072 which is an amendment to PA 312 which places the burden to pay for these service on local municipality’s and taxpayers in favor of Union Institutional Interest!
 
Senator Richardville favors “Alice in Subsidy Land”
This tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole is the umpteenth “jobs” adventure Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan Legislature including Senator Randy Richardville (R) Monroe have forced taxpayers to accompany them on. Not only have Lansing politicians’ stories of promised job creation grown predictable and tiresome, so has the naked reality of a tourism industry trying to boost its bottom line by feeding at the public trough.
 
Private Industry pleads for Pure Michigan campaign subsidies from taxpayers
Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in her State of the State speech Wednesday, implored lawmakers to find money to continue the acclaimed Pure Michigan television ad campaign promoting tourism. The campaign cost the state $30 million last year but has just $5.4 million for the current year. But that’s not all. The next trip to this loan window happened just last year, when 37 senators including Senator Randy Richardville (R) Monroe and 86 House members voted to borrow another $60 million for a subsidy to tourism businesses in the form of state advertising, called “Pure Michigan” and related campaigns.
 
Richardville Votes to Transfer Road Tax Money to other purposes
It’s no wonder we have terrible roads! When the money we pay in taxes specifically for roads is diverted for other state spending! In a Monroe Evening News article in 2009 Senator Richardville stated the problem was with how the funds were allocated in the formula of Public Act 51. What he didn’t tell you was that he voted in favor of robbing these funds!
Passed in the Senate on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending without specifying where it’s going. 
 
Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Made Compromises
The Michigan Legislature recently passed reforms that slightly lower the cost of employing state and public school workers by requiring modest employee contributions for future retiree benefits. The reforms may be cited by legislators who want to enact a service tax, describing it as a “grand bargain” wherein both taxpayers and spending interests give a little and get a little. Unfortunately, the “grand bargain” is a lopsided compromise that will further burden taxpayers.
 
“Fed-up Taxpayers,” unhappy with both parties
There isn’t a dimes worth of difference of difference between the Democrats and Republicans,” said Clawson, an investigative reporter and private investigator. In Lansing and Washington the thing is the same — it’s a struggle for power.
 
Utility to raise electric rates for Michigan customers by 20 percent
Customers will be seeing electric bills that are about 20 percent higher starting next month. A utility based electricity provider said it intends to implement an “interim” rate increase of $44.3 million starting July 26. For an average customer paying between $72 and $74 a month for electricity, the increase would be about $17 a month, or a 23 percent increase, the utility said. Senator Richardville was one of only 9 Republicans who voted in favor of higher electric bills while 12 Republicans opposed this legislation. This is not the type of representation we as citizens and constituents expect and deserve from our Republican Senator! http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=306065 We need to send a message on August, 3, 2010 in the Primary and vote this representative out of office!
 
Bedford Township proposes a property tax increase for Roads
Recently Bedford Township proposed a property tax increase on their citizens to help pay for road repairs all the while our Legislators including our good Senator Richardville is robbing funds from the money we pay in gas tax at the pump. Also a recent story in the Monroe Evening News July, 8, 2010 that the Road commission crews are filling cracks in about 48 miles of roads in 11 townships over the next few weeks using federal stimulus funds.
 
Union Lawyer Admits in Court that Stealth Unionization Is a ‘Slippery Slope’
A fear that the “stealth unionization” of home-based day care workers could just be the start of a bigger effort was acknowledged in court on Tuesday by a union lawyer. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jonker asked union lawyer John West if the state could unionize doctors in a similar way to the day care workers if the doctors accepted Medicaid. West told the judge that unionization of any group that accepted state subsidies would be within the state’s authority if it had “added value” to the state or the public’s interest. Senator Randy Richardville is on board with this legislation sponsored by his colleague Senator Jason Allen!
 
Michigan Taxpayers to Write $100 Million Check to Korean Battery Maker
Last week the Michigan Economic Development Corp. upped the ante on a $100 million “refundable” business tax credit approved by the state House and Senate for a subsidiary of the South Korean battery maker LG Chem. The MEDC in effect converted the credit into an outright cash subsidy from Michigan taxpayers by granting the firm’s 120-acre plant site in Holland “renaissance zone” status for 15 years. The Michigan Senate on April 30, 2009 
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=395402 voted in favor of this subsidy including Senator Randy Richardville of Monroe!
 
$740M of Michigan roadwork axed
State forced to cancel 137 projects after it can’t come up with its share of money. Let me see the Senate including Senator Richardville vote to rob $12 million in 2009 and another $12 million in 2010 Richardville Votes to Transfer Road Tax Money to other purposes. It’s no wonder we have terrible roads! When the money we pay in taxes specifically for roads is diverted for other state spending! In a Monroe Evening News article in 2009 Senator Richardville stated the problem was with how the funds were allocated in the formula of Public Act 51. What he didn’t tell you was that he voted in favor of robbing these funds
Passed in the Senate on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending. 
 
Richardville flip flops on term limits, lie’s about road money!
Responding to complaints about highway maintenance, Richardville said “we’ve been getting screwed for 50 years” because Michigan receives less federal money for highway maintenance than it pays to the federal government in gasoline taxes. But he doesn’t say how he voted to steal the road funding money for other government spending purposes! Bill Passed in the Senate on October 20, 2009 http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=423167 House Bill 5073 diverts road money to other state spending without specifying where it’s going by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. In a Monroe Evening News article in 2009 Senator Richardville stated the problem was with how the funds were allocated in the formula of Public Act 51. In Richardville’s view, over-regulation is as big of a problem as Michigan’s tax structure. But he consistently votes for bigger government and more regulation! As for Term limits a few years back he supported them now he doesn’t!
 
Hoekstra calls Richardville a principled, conservative leader
This candidate lost whatever chance he had for my vote with that statement! Richardville is a known liberal left leaning Republican at best!
 
Is the Real Unemployment Rate 16.5%, 22%, or higher?
The June poll turned up 27.8% of households with at least one member who’s unemployed and looking for a job, while the latest poll conducted in the second week of July showed 28.6% in that situation. That translates to an unemployment rate of over 22%, says Mayur, who has started questioning the accuracy of the Labor Department’s jobless numbers. When accounting for the long-term unemployed, the jobless rate runs up to as much as 22% currently. Williams’s newsletter, which analyzes flaws in government economic data, points out that such a rate isn’t that far from the 25% it hit during the Great Depression.  
 
Granholm lobbying DC, the only things left to cut are critical services
We as an electorate must “VOTE OUT ALL” these incumbents in the August, 3, Primary and November, 2, Elections!!! Michigan has numerous failed programs and departments that should and could be eliminated! The one’s up there in Lansing refuse to cut non-essentials because of the fact they these politicians are beholding to the Lobbyist and Special Interest that lobbied for them and contributed to their political campaigns! Granholm said Wednesday from Washington, the only things left to cut in Michigan are the critical services. Oh really, you mean to tell me that subsidies with taxpayer dollars for Hollywood Film Producers are critical services? What about the MEDC? The 21st Century Job Fund? There are a host of failed entity’s that should and can be cut! But then again how can the legislators cut the lobbyist hand that feeds them? I wouldn’t let those lawmakers in Lansing manage my child’s piggy bank!
 
Below is a short list of key Senate votes for 2009-2010 by Senator Richardville
Click below to see how this representative voted.
  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE ‘driver responsibility fees.’
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer’s tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not “fire safe.”
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government’s Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE “No Worker Left Behind” with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President’s Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.
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    Thomas Jefferson

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