paul scott en Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall <p></p><p>What does Republican Paul Scott&#39;s recall mean for Michigan politics and around the nation?</p><p>Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service joined Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White to talk about the aftermath.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association put a lot of money behind the recall effort, but the margin for the vote was very slim.</p><p><em>&ldquo;If you look at the money spent the pro-Scott forces like the Michigan Republican Party and the state chamber of commerce actually out spent the MEA 2 to 1,&rdquo;</em> said Demas.</p><p>According to Sikkema, Michigan is not alone when it comes to voter&#39;s discontent with Republican lawmakers.</p><p>He said, <em>&ldquo;Ohio you saw a rejection of the collective bargaining reform championed by Governor Kasich. Arizona the state senator who introduced the very controversial immigration bill was recalled. So, there&rsquo;s a larger national context here where there&rsquo;s a real question whether Republicans are over reaching. &rdquo;</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:23:06 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4934 at Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" <p>There&rsquo;s a story in my family, that my mom tells, and it goes something like this: when my mom and her siblings were little, and they would start to cry, my Grandpa would look at them and say, <em>&ldquo;Why are you crying? I&rsquo;ll give you something to cry about.&rdquo;</em> Now, I&rsquo;m pretty sure he was joking. In fact, I don&rsquo;t think he ever laid a hand on anyone in his life.</p><p>Now, I&#39;m sure you&#39;re wondering, <span style="font-style: italic;">w</span><em>hat</em> does this story have anything to do with anything newsworthy in Michigan. Stay with me, I&#39;ll explain:</p><p>On Tuesday, voters in Michigan&rsquo;s Genesee County <a href="">recalled Republican state Representative Paul Scott</a>. The recall was largely waged and funded by the <a href="">Michigan Education Association</a> (MEA). The powerful teacher&rsquo;s union went after Scott because of his position as chairman of the House Education Committee. In that role, he supported new teacher tenure laws and cuts to <a href="">state education funding</a>. So, on <a href="">Election Day</a>, the MEA &ldquo;won&rdquo; &ndash; they got their guy recalled.</p><p>But, there&rsquo;s a catch. With Scott gone, Republican Speaker of the House <a href="">Jase Bolger</a> got to choose a <em>new</em> chairman for the House Education Committee. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:44:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 4936 at Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an old saying I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ve all heard: Be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.&nbsp; I think that&rsquo;s where we are now, two days after State Representative Paul Scott was recalled.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:33:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4929 at Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath Michigan Republicans say they will stay the course despite Scott recall <p>Republican leaders at the state Capitol say the recall of Representative Paul Scott will not change their approach to education or economic policy.</p><p>State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville stated:</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re not going to see a loss of momentum here. I see just the opposite, that we&rsquo;re going to continue &ndash; we&rsquo;re not going to slow down. We&rsquo;re going to keep up the same pace. Nothing is going to change about what we&rsquo;re doing or how we&rsquo;re going to do it.&rdquo;</p><p>The election for southern Genesee County voters to choose Scott&rsquo;s replacement will be February 28<sup>th </sup>of next year. The winner will serve the final seven months of Scott&rsquo;s House term.</p><p>House Speaker Jase Bolger said Republicans will mount a strong effort to keep the seat.</p><p>&ldquo;The voters have a chance to speak in February in a different opportunity than they had this time,&rdquo; Bolger said.&nbsp;&ldquo;This time, they had to say yes or no to recalling one person. In February, they&rsquo;ll have two cases presented to them on how they want to see the future of the state go. So, they&rsquo;ll have that opportunity in February and we look forward to them expressing their voice.&rdquo;</p><p>The local Republican and Democratic parties must choose their candidates for the special election no more 15 days after the results of the recall are certified. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:09:29 +0000 Rick Pluta 4918 at Paul Scott is first Michigan lawmaker to be recalled in three decades <p>The vote was close, but it was not close enough to rescue Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) from losing his job. Scott is 29 years old and once was pegged as a rising Republican star. He told a group of supporters that he and Republican reformers in Lansing are the targets of special interests.</p><p>&ldquo;We took the state by storm and we made fundamental changes and we had the establishment government unions living in our community, trying to overturn the will of the voters and we just came up a little bit short in that fight,&rdquo; said Scott.</p><p>All told, $225,000 or more was spent by both sides in the campaign, making this a very expensive legislative race. South Genesee County residents were bombarded since August with TV and radio ads, brochures stuffed in doors, and mailings. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:17:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 4911 at Paul Scott is first Michigan lawmaker to be recalled in three decades Election Results: Nov. 2011 <p><strong>Legislative Recall</strong></p><p>State Representative <a href="">Paul Scott</a> is the first Michigan lawmaker since 1983 to be <a href="">recalled</a>. Scott was targeted by the <a href="">Michigan Education Association</a> for his support of changes to the state&#39;s <a href="">teacher tenure law</a> and <a href="">budget cuts to education funding</a>. <em>&ldquo;The recall election is widely seen as an early measure of voters&rsquo; discontent with what Scott, Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a>, and Republicans in Lansing have been up to,&rdquo; </em>Rick Pluta <a href="">explains</a>.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Charter</strong></p><p>Detroit voters <a href="">overwhelmingly approved a new city charter</a>. The charter changes the structure of the Detroit City Council by creating a new system where the majority of Council members are elected by district. The charter also creates a new Office of the Inspector General to investigate corruption, fraud, and waste. An elected charter commission had spent the past two years putting together the proposal.</p><p><strong>Flint Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>Flint Mayor <a href="">Dayne Walling</a> won <a href="">re-election last night</a>.&nbsp;But it may end up being a temporary victory, Steve Carmody reports:</p><blockquote><p>Dayne Walling celebrated his win last night with jubilant supporters.&nbsp;But they all knew that earlier in the day,&nbsp;Governor Snyder accepted a report&nbsp;that said the city of Flint is in a financial emergency.&nbsp;&nbsp; The governor is <a href="">expected to appoint an emergency manager</a> to run the city. Flint officials could appeal the decision.&nbsp;But Walling says he&rsquo;s prepared to work with a manager appointed by the governor.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Benton Harbor</strong> <strong>Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>In <a href="">Benton Harbor</a>, City Commissioner James Hightower narrowly beat incumbent Mayor Wilce Cooke. <em>&ldquo;Cooke is likely to challenge the results, which came in 681 to 673, a difference of 8 votes. The state appointed an emergency manger to take over the city&rsquo;s finances during Cooke&rsquo;s second term as mayor,&rdquo;</em> Lindsey Smith <a href="">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Jackson Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>In <a href="">Jackson</a>, Democrat Martin Griffin will <a href="">become the city&rsquo;s next mayor</a> after defeating incumbent Mayor Karen Dunigan. Griffin has had the job before, he was Jackson&#39;s mayor from 1995-2006.</p><p><strong>Lansing Millage</strong></p><p>Lansing residents have <a href="">voted to increase their taxes</a> to pay for public safety. The Lansing State Journal <a href="">reports</a> that the millage would generate more than $7 million in the first year for police, fire services, and road maintenance.</p><p><strong>Ann Arbor Millage and City Council</strong></p><p>In Ann Arbor, voters <a href="">approved a tax increase</a> to pay for future sidewalk repairs and &nbsp;renewed the city&rsquo;s street millage for another five years. The new sidewalk millage will cost the average homeowner in Ann Arbor about $13 a year. Voters also returned four incumbents to City Council. However, in Ward 2, Independent Jane Lumm beat incumbent Stephen Rapundalo. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:22:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 4900 at Election Results: Nov. 2011 Scott recall seen as referendum on Snyder, GOP <p>Republicans and Democrats in Lansing are closely following a recall election in Genesee County. The target of the recall is the Republican chairman of the state House Education Committee, Representative Paul Scott.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association made Representative Scott the target of the recall effort. The union partially blames him for budget cuts to K-12 schools and tenure law revisions that make it easier to fire teachers. The recall petition also cites Scott&rsquo;s vote in favor of the state tax overhaul that includes extending the Michigan income tax to seniors&rsquo; pensions.</p><p>At least $225,000 has been spent on both sides of the recall campaign. The effort has also sparked retaliation by the Michigan Republican Party against Democratic lawmakers across the state.</p><p>There are currently 32 more recall petitions circulating that target both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. If they&rsquo;re successful, those recall questions would appear on the February 2012 ballot. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 21:29:58 +0000 Rick Pluta 4883 at Scott recall seen as referendum on Snyder, GOP A conversation with State Representative Paul Scott <p>A week from today, Michigan voters head to the polls for a number of millage and mayoral elections. In Genesee County, there will also be a recall for Republican State Representative, Paul Scott. He serves as chairman of the House Education Committee.</p><p>In this interview, Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White asks Rep. Scott why he thinks he has been targeted for recall and what he plans to do over the next week to try and keep his seat.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:57:14 +0000 Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 4795 at A conversation with State Representative Paul Scott Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says it will not stop or postpone a recall election targeting a state lawmaker.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today&rsquo;s&nbsp;decision clears the way for the November 8 vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has spent much of the past month trying to convince the courts to stop next month&rsquo;s recall election.</p><p>With less than two weeks to go before the November 8 vote, the Michigan Supreme Court appears to have had the final word on Scott&rsquo;s request and that word is &lsquo;no&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s been arguing that there was a problem with the way recall petition signatures were collected and that there&rsquo;s been so much confusion around whether the vote would take place,&nbsp;that it would be better to cancel or postpone the recall election.&nbsp;</p><p>But in its order, the state supreme court expresses the hope that <em>&ldquo;officials charged with administering the election in Genesee County will ensure the fullest participation in the electoral process of all citizens.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Michigan Education Association is behind the Scott recall campaign, targeting Scott for his support for cuts in state education spending and anti-union legislation. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:14:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 4704 at Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary <p>We may hear as early as today&nbsp;whether a recall election targeting a state Republican lawmaker will be rescheduled from next month to next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Paul Scott asked the Michigan Supreme Court to order a vote on recalling him from office moved from November 8<sup>th </sup>to next February.&nbsp;</p><p>Next month&rsquo;s recall has been bouncing around the courts this month as Scott has tried to get the entire recall election cancelled.&nbsp;&nbsp; A judge did issue a temporary injunction stopping the vote only to be overruled by the Michigan Supreme Court.&nbsp;&nbsp; In its decision, the high court ruled that judge&#39;s order cancelling the November recall created &lsquo;practical problems&rsquo;,&nbsp; like what to do with absentee ballots that had already been mailed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s attorney is now arguing that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s own ruling is adding to the confusion.&nbsp;</p><p>The recall campaign says Scott only wants to reschedule the recall vote to February, so it can be held on the same ballot as the Republican presidential primary.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A spokesman for&nbsp;state House Republicans insists the February date was only proposed since it&rsquo;s the next regularly scheduled election. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4682 at Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary Michigan Supreme Court: Recall effort against state representative Paul Scott can go forward <p><strong>Update 12:41 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><a href="">Michigan Education Association</a> President Steven Cook issed a statement in response to the <a href="">Michigan Supreme Court&#39;s decision</a> to allow the recall of Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) to go forward. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In the statement, Cook said </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt">voters are &quot;fed up with the decisions&quot; made in Lansing this year. He cited cuts to public education, taxes on pensions, and tax breaks for businesses as reasons for the recall.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">From Cook&#39;s statement:</span></p><blockquote><p>&quot;Today&rsquo;s decision allows those constituents to hold their representative accountable for his actions.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s what the law allows for and that&rsquo;s what the courts have upheld today.<span style="font-size:10.0pt"> We need lawmakers to stand up for our kids, not CEOs.&nbsp; It is our sincere hope that this recall sends that message loud and clear to politicians in Lansing.&quot;</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>11:37 a.m.</strong></p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Genesee County clerk says a recall election targeting Republican Rep. Paul Scott of Grand Blanc is back on the Nov. 8 ballot.</p><p>County Clerk Michael Carr says Thursday his office received an order from the Michigan Supreme Court that puts the recall question back on the ballot.</p><p>The order reverses an earlier decision from a lower court that would have allowed Scott to avoid a recall election in November.</p><p>The effort to recall Scott is financed and backed by the Michigan Education Association, the state&#39;s largest teachers union. The MEA is unhappy with Scott, the chairman of the House Education Committee, for his leadership role in new laws that weaken the role of teacher tenure in the state.</p><p>A Michigan lawmaker has not faced a recall election since 2008.</p></blockquote><p><strong>11:06 a.m.</strong></p><p>This just came in from the Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Rick Pluta:</p><p><em>Michigan Supreme Court <a href="">has reversed</a> a lower court and says the recall question targeting state Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) may go forward. If the question is certified, the recall question will go on the November ballot.</em></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody <a href="">reported</a> on the recall campaign yesterday.</p><blockquote><p>Paul Scott is among about a dozen Republican lawmakers targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. The Scott recall campaign is the only one that collected enough signatures to get the recall on the November ballot. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:41:15 +0000 Mark Brush 4649 at Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place <p>The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to stay a lower court ruling and allow Genesee County voters to decide if they want to recall State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, a judge issued a temporary injunction halting next month&rsquo;s recall vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bobbie Walton is with the recall campaign.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s optimistic that the state supreme court will allow the vote to go forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:59:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4630 at Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall <p>A judge in Ingham County has issued a temporary injunction which stops a recall effort against <a href="">State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. Scott is a supporter of cutting K-12 education funding and legislation which targets teachers unions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4576 at Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall Scott recall effort appears headed for November ballot <p>The campaign to recall the Republican chair of the state House Education Committee is a step closer to appearing on the November ballot. The state Bureau of Elections has informed state Representative Paul Scott that the campaign to recall him appears to have gathered enough valid signatures to get the question on the ballot.</p><p>The recall campaign needed to gather 9,600 signatures from registered voters in the Genesee County state House district. Elections officials determined the campaign gathered more than 11,000. Representative Scott has two weeks to file any challenges to the signatures. The Secretary of State will make an official decision by September 9th. Scott is also challenging the recall campaign in court.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association made Scott a top recall target over cuts to schools and the new tax on pensions. Scott is the only state lawmaker potentially facing a recall question on the November ballot. But there are two dozen other recall petitions circulating. The recall is also considered by many to be a local referendum on the record of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:45:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 3890 at Rep. Scott recall campaign will hand in petitions <p>Organizers of the recall campaign against Republican state Representative Paul Scott say they will have enough petition signatures to hand in tomorrow to get the recall on the November ballot in Genesee County.</p><p>Bobbi Walton is a coordinator with the recall campaign. She says the recall of one lawmaker would send a message everyone working in the Capitol.</p><p>&ldquo;For me personally it means that the residents in Michigan, when they see that their government has extended their reach , or disappointed them or lied to them, that they then have a law that allows them to come forward and correct the mistake and recall the person that is sitting in that chair.&rdquo;</p><p>Walton says the recall question is also a referendum on Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s job performance. Scott is the chairman of the House Education Committee.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association teachers union helped organize the petition drive against Scott.</p><p>Scott sponsored the recent changes in Michigan&rsquo;s teacher tenure laws. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 19:44:13 +0000 Laura Weber 3618 at Rep. Scott recall campaign will hand in petitions State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes <p>The state House Education committee has approved <a href=";objectname=2011-HB-4466">a bill</a> that would decertify a teachers&rsquo; union if the teachers vote to go on strike.&nbsp; Individual teachers could also be fined or fired under the legislation.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s illegal for teachers to strike in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:15:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 2251 at State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes