Al Pscholka http://michiganradio.org en Anti-nuclear groups oppose bills to define when deadly force could be used to protect nuclear plants http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-nuclear-groups-oppose-bills-define-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-nuclear-plants <p>Anti-nuclear power groups are fighting a bill that’s working its way through the Michigan House. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bills-outline-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-michigan-nuclear-plants">bill outlines when security officers at nuclear power plants can use deadly force </a>to stop intruders.</p><p>Kevin Kamps is a radioactive waste specialist with the nuclear watchdog group Beyond Nuclear.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:55:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16716 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-nuclear groups oppose bills to define when deadly force could be used to protect nuclear plants New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bills-outline-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-michigan-nuclear-plants <p>Federal law regulates nuclear power plants in almost every way. But state law dictates the use of force to keep people off the property.</p><p>State Rep. Al Pscholka <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2014-HIB-5282.pdf">introduced the bill</a>. He says it was not inspired by any actual security breaches.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16389 at http://michiganradio.org New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants Michigan Republican ignores history and dismisses compromise http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-ignores-history-and-dismisses-compromise <p>Five months ago, Michigan Republicans nearly unseated their state chairman, Bobby Schostak, at their state convention.</p><p>Schostak is a successful fundraiser and commercial real estate developer. Until recently, he would have been seen as a hard-core conservative. But he wasn’t hard-core enough for 48 percent of the delegates to their annual state convention.</p><p>Those delegates voted for Todd Courser, an accountant and tax attorney from Lapeer. Courser lost that election, but if you saw the public affairs show Off The Record this weekend, it was clear he believes fervently in his own righteousness, and means for his troops to take over the GOP.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:25:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14062 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican ignores history and dismisses compromise Recall petition moves forward against State Rep. Al Pscholka http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-petition-moves-forward-against-state-rep-al-pscholka <p>One of the four petitions Benton Harbor City Commissioner Dennis Knowles filed to recall State Rep. Al Pscholka (R-St. Joseph) <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Recall language Al Pscholka.pdf">was approved by Berrien County election officials</a> this morning.</p><p>Knowles needs to collect 6,718 valid signatures in Pscholka&#39;s district before&nbsp;the&nbsp;November 18th deadline.&nbsp;But the signatures are only valid for 90 days, so he has until that deadline to collect that many signatures before they expire.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 13:42:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2607 at http://michiganradio.org Recall petition moves forward against State Rep. Al Pscholka Recall petition against State Rep who introduced EFM laws denied http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-petition-against-state-rep-who-introduced-efm-laws-denied <p>Election officials in Southwest Michigan rejected language for a recall petition against State Representative <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=79">Al Pscholka </a>this morning. They rejected the language because they said it wasn&rsquo;t clear enough.</p><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/protesters-rally-against-gov-snyder-blossomtime-parade">Benton Harbor City Commissioner Dennis Knowles </a>filed the recall petition. Knowles wants to recall Pscholka for supporting the state&rsquo;s new law that gives emergency managers more power over cities and school districts with major financial problems.</p><p>Knowles says the new laws &ldquo;trash democracy.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;For specific reasons, that it allows super powers for dictatorship for a emergency financial manager; doing away with municipal governments and school boards.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The law has provisions that could allow an emergency manager to ask the governor to remove elected officials from office.</p><p><strong>Pscholka&#39;s response</strong></p><p>Pscholka says most of people he talks to in Benton Harbor say they support the law.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Most of them really are kind of sick and tired of the financial mismanagement, the patronage, and really what some folks would describe as corruption.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He says residents in Benton Harbor are being used as political pawns. He notes the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/emergency-financial-manager-appointed-benton-harbor">city has had financial problems for several years.</a> Mon, 09 May 2011 15:03:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2407 at http://michiganradio.org Recall petition against State Rep who introduced EFM laws denied Michigan political roundup: budget proposals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-political-roundup-budget-proposals <p>This past Wednesday, the Michigan State House of Representatives approved their proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Some pieces of the bill include a forty-eight month limit on welfare benefits, a cut to clothing allowances for poor children, a twenty million dollar cut to local bus systems, a ten million dollar cut to funds appropriated to the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as the cutting of thirty-four State Police officers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 15:49:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2380 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan political roundup: budget proposals Citing protests, Rep. Pscholka bows out of Blossomtime Parade http://michiganradio.org/post/citing-protests-rep-pscholka-bows-out-blossomtime-parade <p>A West Michigan lawmaker has decided not to take part in a parade in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph Saturday because protests are expected at the event.</p><p>State Rep. Al Pscholka says the Blossomtime Parade is not the place to protest Michigan&rsquo;s new Fiscal Accountability Act.</p><p>Demonstrators are expected to rally against the recent actions of an emergency financial manager in Benton Harbor, where the elected city commission was stripped of all its powers.</p><p>Pscholka, a Republican from Stevensville, says in a written statement the parade is a wholesome community event and not the forum for a political sideshow conducted by professional agitators.</p><p>A staff member in Pscholka&rsquo;s office says the representative has left the state for a family event and is not available for further comment.</p><p>Governor Snyder will be the Grand Marshall at the Blossomtime Parade. Fri, 06 May 2011 15:05:51 +0000 Rina Miller 2378 at http://michiganradio.org Citing protests, Rep. Pscholka bows out of Blossomtime Parade Rally in Benton Harbor against Emergency Manager's takeover http://michiganradio.org/post/rally-benton-harbor-against-emergency-managers-takeover <p>About 200 people attended a rally in Benton Harbor against Joe Harris, the city&rsquo;s emergency financial manager. Joe Harris was appointed to take over the city&rsquo;s troubled finances last year by Governor Jennifer Granholm.</p><p>Harris is the first Emergency Manager in Michigan to exercise broad new powers Governor Rick Snyder signed into law last month. The law gives emergency managers more power to fix financial problems in school districts, cities and villages. Three cities (Benton Harbor Ecorse and Pontiac) and Detroit Public Schools are run by emergency managers.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:53:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2253 at http://michiganradio.org Rally in Benton Harbor against Emergency Manager's takeover