conservative http://michiganradio.org en The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-lunatic-fringe-opposes-common-core <p>America always has had strange outliers on the margins of our politics, from half-secret movements like the Know-Nothings to the left-wing crazies of the late 1960s. My eighth grade teacher referred to those on the farther shores of our politics as the “lunatic fringe.”</p><p>In more recent times, most of the nuts have been right-wing nuts. When I was young they opposed putting fluoride in the water, seeing that as a Communist plot. Indeed, they saw Communist plots everywhere. The head of the John Birch Society wrote a book claiming that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was an active agent of the Communist conspiracy. Asked about this once in Hillsdale, William F. Buckley Jr., said Eisenhower wasn’t a commie, but a golfer.</p><p>Well, classic communism is gone. Nobody talks about fluoride any more. But we still have a conspiracy-haunted fringe, and in Michigan today their latest cause is fighting what are called the Common Core Curriculum learning standards.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:59:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13572 at http://michiganradio.org The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core First republican announces candidacy against U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow http://michiganradio.org/post/first-republican-announces-candidacy-against-us-senator-debbie-stabenow <p>A former Kent County judge is the first republican to declare he&rsquo;s running against U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in the 2012 election.</p><p><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/randyhekman">Randy Hekman</a> has a number of titles. He&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crossroads-biblegr.org/staff.html">pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids</a>, CEO of&nbsp; research consulting firm Hekman Industries.&nbsp;He directed and helped start the <a href="http://www.michiganfamily.org/index.html">Michigan Family Forum</a>; a conservative non-profit group that tries to influence state policy. He served in the Navy, is an attorney and sat on the bench in Kent County probate court for 15 years. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:46:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1513 at http://michiganradio.org First republican announces candidacy against U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow