Archive for November, 2012
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Guest Opinion by Jeff Andring
Who is leading the Decline of the Republican Party and Why?
One may wonder in amazement how such a Grand Ole’ Party can deteriorate into a non-competitive political organization. The once great Party that successfully championed constitutional values such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness which are all individual rights has now become a organization that treads amongst and with in many cases the values of the communist / socialist Democrats, Why?
As a former Republican County Chairman it is my opinion from working knowledge that the party of principle has been hijacked, hijacked by opportunist, individuals seeking power, the socialist and the “Party Elite” which in many cases are the socialist themselves that lead a protection racket (political machine) against anyone that threatens their grasp on the power chair and a change back toward constitutional values.
This is no more evident than in recent history when the powers at be noticed a change in the political wind that brought about the Tea Parties. Immediate action was needed to “welcome” the onslaught of the vast individuals upset with the current political atmosphere.
This “movement” would threaten the political status quo along with its leadership. Action was taken, so-called leaders of the Tea party were co-opted and brought under the Republican Party tent only to be defanged until their numbers dwindled and their usefulness expired leaving the status quo.
Instead of building the party off of a viable movement it was alienated and discarded. I have witnessed this first hand and we have watched it in action during the Republican National Convention. We see how well this action worked with the reelection of a President with communist ideology. My only question is, was it by design?
Jeff Andring is the former Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party
ELECTION SCOREBOARD: How Monroe County Voted Final Results
Monroe county residents chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney even though their favorite son Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville was Mitt Romney’s Michigan campaign co-chairman!
Fewer MonroeCounty residents cast ballots in this presidential election than they did four years ago. In all, 73,771 registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday marking nearly 62 percent of all registered voters.
In the 2008 election, 77,112 voters cast ballots in MonroeCounty. This year’s race saw a decrease as well from the 2004 election. In that year, 70.3 percent of registered voters cast in their race. Click the link below for complete results analysis and comments.
Michigan Republican State Senator Joins Obama’s “War” on Coal!
Barack Obama is not the only one who has a war on coal! It would appear that a so-called Republican Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge has joined in on this war! Senator Jones issued a statement last week urging Congress not to allow the company’s request for a provision in the proposed Coast Guard Authorization Act that would exempt them from the EPA’s regulation.
This is something one would come to expect out of Barack Obama and the Democrats but not a Republican! That EPA’s decision will impact people on both sides of Lake Michigan. Karen Szyman, executive director for the Chamber of Manitowoc County in Wisconsin, said the Badger’s presence contributes more than $14 million annually to the region’s economy.
Across the lake, Ludington Mayor John Henderson predicted similar problems. “The Badger affects about 700 families 200 jobs directly and another 500 indirectly,” he said. Henderson estimated that the loss of those jobs could move Ludington’s unemployment rate from 8 percent to 13 percent.
State’s “Failed” Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Not Alone When It Comes to Taxpayer Subsidies
Gov. Rick Perry’s signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy. Terrabon Inc., High-Tech Startup, Declares Bankruptcy After $2.75 Million Texas Investment! Sounds a lot like the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to me!
Best Buy, Staples, Blockbuster Closing Stores
Recent news stories have stated that all these businesses have announced store closings. I just noticed a sign on the Monroe Michigan Blockbuster store that says store closing. Michigan Blockbuster Movie Rental Stores Closing Down and Going Out of Business in 2012: Businesses in Monroe are closing at an alarming rate! Sears recently closed the Frenchtown Mall store here in Monroe.
Dow Chemical Lays off 2,400 employees, Close Part of Midland Plant
MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) – About 2,400 Dow Chemical employees learned Tuesday they will be laid off as part of a company restructuring plan that is expected to cut operating costs by $500 million by 2014. The layoffs will happen worldwide. That’s approximately five percent of the company’s workforce. Up to 50 percent of the layoffs will hit U.S. workers, which means 1,200 people will lose their jobs across America. Dow currently has 5,500 employees at its Midland facilities, with 25,000 employees in the U.S.
Lockheed Martin Postpones Layoffs in 2012 – But What About 2013?
The company is likely to notify the “vast majority” of its 123,000 workers that they’re at risk of being laid off due to cuts cut’s in defense spending set to begin taking effect Jan. 2, 2013 said Greg Walters, the company’s vice president of legislative affairs. Unless Congress reaches a deal to stave off the cuts, “we will find it necessary to issue these [layoff] notices probably to the vast majority of our employee base,” Walters told POLITICO.
Newell Rubbermaid to Cut 1,900 Jobs
Rubbermaid plans to cut more than 1,900 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce. The consumer products company, known for Sharpie pens and its namesake containers, said Friday that all savings from the job cuts will be reinvested into growing its brands globally and adding new sales capabilities in emerging markets. The announcement came as the company reported third-quarter adjusted results that topped Wall Street expectations.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville Union Bosses Best Friend In Lansing Over Michigan Taxpayers
Many Right to Work supporters and activist are wondering what will happen now that Big Labor re-elected Barack Obama and held the majority in the U.S. Senate.
Well I can tell you, the union bosses are already scheming to seize more power.
In a revealing interview just before Election Day, top AFL-CIO union boss Richard Trumka promised that Big Labor’s Card Check Forced Unionism Bill will be a top priority in Barack Obama’s second term.
As you may remember, the Card Check Bill would STRIP workers of the right to a secret ballot in union elections, allowing union thugs to intimidate workers one-on-one — or three-on-one — into signing so-called “union authorization cards.”
But Trumka didn’t stop there.
He even pledged to unleash Big Labor’s forced-dues-backed political war chest to oust members of Congress in 2014 who won’t do the union bosses’ bidding.
Not only that, the union bosses will scheme to kill pro-worker freedom legislation like the National Right to Work Act and Freedom From Union Violence Act.
And then there’s “Plan B.”
In his first term, Obama wasn’t shy about paying back his union-boss benefactors through the National Labor Relations Board.
Now that Obama is no longer accountable to the voters, we must be on high alert for an all-out assault on worker freedom through the federal bureaucracy.
The good news is, Right to Work remains popular.
This week, voters in Michigan — long considered a stronghold for Big Labor — rejected the union bosses’ ballot questions to expand their power over workers and taxpayers.
And in January when the new Congress is seated, the ranks of U.S Senators who signed a Committee survey 100% in favor of Right to Work will increase.
But we knew the union bosses would do whatever it took to re-elect Obama. And they’re already demanding payback.
We must be ready to fight back.
How Monroe County Voted Final Results 2012
* Incumbents in red – Incumbent losers in blue – non-incumbent new winners in green
• Barack Obama, Dem 36,310 – Incumbent
• Mitt Romney, Rep 35,593
• Jill Stein. GRN 382
• Virgil H. Goode Jr., UST 312
• Ross C. Anderson, NLP 85
• Debbie Stabenow, Dem 39,700 – Incumbent
• Pete Hoekstra, Rep 28,089
• Scott Boman, Lib 1,354
• Richard A. Matkin, UST 460
• Harley Mikkelson. GRN 370
• John D. Litle, NLP 206
• Kurt Haskell, Dem 32,909
• Tim Walberg, Rep 31,946 – Incumbent LOST
• Ken Proctor, Lib 1,744
• Richard E. Wunsch. GRN 651
STATE REP. 56TH
• Dale Zorn, Rep 23,592 – Incumbent
• Larry Crider, Dem 17,338
STATE REP. 17th – New District
• Bill LaVoy, Dem 15,755
• Anne Rossio, Rep 10,306
MONROE COUNTY OFFICES
• William Nicholas, Dem 46,826 – Incumbent ran unopposed
SHERIFF – Incumbent did not seek re-election
• Dale Malone, Dem 47,219
• Jan. J. Jay, Rep 20,046
• Sharon Lemasters, Dem 46,481 – Incumbent ran unopposed
• Kay Sisung, Dem 45,892 – Incumbent ran unopposed
• Robert J. Duffey 31,102
• Steve Pace 32,810
• David Thompson, Dem 35,192 – Incumbent
• Joe Lehmann, Rep 27,795
MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Note: Republicans “loose” Majority control on County Board of Commissioners
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 1
• David C. Hoffman, Rep 3,905 – Incumbent
• Bill Buckles, Dem 3,034
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 2 – New District
• Mark Brant, Rep 3,767
• Jamey Fick, Dem 3,618
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 3
• Al Potratz, Dem 4,083 – Former county commissioner defeated in 2010
• Stephen R. Bell, Rep 3,288 – Incumbent LOST
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 4
• Robert Lambert, Dem 3,388 – Current local Democrat Party chair ran in 2010
• Dan Donahue, Rep 2,793 – Incumbent LOST
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 5 – Incumbent did not seek re-election
• Jason R. Turner, Dem 3,851
• Rebecca Hicks, Rep 3,005
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 6
• Jerry Oley, Dem 4,446 – Incumbent ran unopposed
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 7
• Jon Cook, Dem 3,757
• Richard J. Russell, Rep 3,410 – Candidate recruited by Richardville and his minions!
* Note: Republican conservative incumbent Mary O’Neill was targeted and taken out in the Primary election by the Richardville machine and his minions!
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 8
• Jason M. Sheppard, Rep 4,046 – Incumbent current chair local Republican Party
• Thomas E. Freker, Dem 3,491
COUNTY COMMISSIONER 9 – Incumbent did not seek re-election
* Note: J. Henry Lievens was County Commissioner of District 1 moved residence.
• J. Henry Lievens, Rep 5,433 – Incumbent ran unopposed
MONROE COUNTY COURTS
Probate court judge-partial term
• Frank Arnold 27,235 – Incumbent appointed by former Governor Granholm
• Jill LaVoy 25,585 – Note: Senator Randy Richardville’s Divorce Attorney.
District Court Judge
• Terrence P. Bronson 41,282 – Incumbent ran unopposed
Circuit court judge
• Daniel S. White 27,376 – Incumbent appointed by Governor Snyder
• Cheryl R. Sweeney 21,455
Probate Court Judge
• John A. Hohman Jr. 40,169 – Incumbent ran unopposed