recall election http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Recall elections http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-recall-elections <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed so many momentous bills in the last week that some which normally might have gotten headlines have been almost overlooked. One was yesterday.</p><p>This is a new law that makes it harder to recall state officials, meaning&nbsp;to remove them from office by a special election before their term is over. There’s bound to be a lot of grumbling that this is anti-democratic, that the lawmakers did this to protect themselves from being removed by outraged citizens.&nbsp;</p><p>Well, I am sure that may have been a motivation for some. But in fact, making recalls harder is a good thing. Good for democracy and our state, and will make it easier for lawmakers to do their jobs.</p><p>Here’s why. We already have a system of recalls -- it’s called elections. Officials serve short terms. House members have to run every two years. State senators and most other state officials, including the governor, every four years. Only judges serve longer.</p><p>In order for representative democracy to work, elected officials&nbsp;sometimes must make unpopular decisions. Washington did, Lincoln did, the Roosevelt’s and Reagan did. State legislators, ditto.</p><p>But in recent years, any time Michigan lawmakers have done something some faction doesn’t like, it’s been common to start hollering “recall.”</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:03:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10489 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Recall elections In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-122 <p><strong>Gov. Rick Snyder says right-to-work bill is now up for discussion</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder met with Republican legislative leaders yesterday about a right-to-work bill. Afterwards he said it is on the agenda - at least for discussion - but he wouldn't say whether legislation would be taken up by year's end. A right to work bill would limit unions' ability to collect fees from nonunion workers. The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121205/NEWS15/312050113/Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-says-right-to-work-issue-is-on-the-table?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Michigan%20news">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>"Snyder, choosing his words carefully, said the issue has been "highlighted" so much in recent weeks -- mostly by business leaders and Republicans -- that it found a place on the Capitol agenda. While not saying he is personally pushing the effort, the governor did say that there are ramifications to the decision by labor leaders to proceed against his urgings with an unsuccessful ballot initiative last month that would have enshrined collective bargaining rights in the state constitution."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Red Wings and Detroit Tigers owner has plans for new district in Downtown Detroit</strong></p><p>"Officials from the Mike Ilitch Organization have outlined plans for a new district in Downtown Detroit featuring shopping, apartments, offices and entertainment -- including a new home for the Red Wings. Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.&nbsp; A state Senate committee yesterday approved changes Tuesday to the Detroit Downtown Development Authority to help pay for the $650 million project," Michigan Radio <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ilitch-company-proposes-650-million-hockey-arena-entertainment-complex">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Legislation would make recall elections tougher</strong></p><p>"A Michigan House panel has approved legislation that would tighten language related to recall elections and restrict the time period in which people can be voted out of office. One bill would amend a section of state election law to limit recall elections to the two election dates set annually in May and November. Another would require that reasons for the recall are stated 'factually and clearly'. The current petition is reviewed for 'sufficient clarity.' Another proposed change calls for a challenger to compete for the office against the official up for recall," the AP reports.</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:53:29 +0000 Emily Fox 10219 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan Republicans say they will stay the course despite Scott recall http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-say-they-will-stay-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 http://michiganradio.org Paul Scott is first Michigan lawmaker to be recalled in three decades http://michiganradio.org/post/paul-scott-first-michigan-lawmaker-be-recalled-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 http://michiganradio.org Paul Scott is first Michigan lawmaker to be recalled in three decades A conversation with State Representative Paul Scott http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-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 http://michiganradio.org A conversation with State Representative Paul Scott Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed