pro-life http://michiganradio.org en Rick Santorum stops in Muskegon, Holland and Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/rick-santorum-stops-muskegon-holland-and-grand-rapids <p>Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is finishing his last stop in West Michigan Monday&nbsp;evening.</p><p>At a rally in Muskegon&nbsp;Monday afternoon&nbsp;Santorum mostly criticized President Obama, rather than his republican rivals in the presidential primary.</p><p>&ldquo;Ladies and gentlemen this president is doing everything he can to shut down the manufacturing sector of this economy; from an environmental, energy, regulatory, and tax position,&rdquo; Santorum said.</p><p>Santorum spent a lot of time talking about producing more energy in the United States by drilling for oil and natural gas. Santorum criticized President Obama for voting against a pipeline that would&rsquo;ve sent crude oil from Canada to the southern U.S.&nbsp;for refining.</p><p>&ldquo;(Obama and environmentalists) see an opportunity to go out and scare people. &lsquo;Oh look at what&rsquo;s going on - they&rsquo;re producing all this dangerous stuff near you and they&rsquo;re drilling wells. Oh and they&rsquo;re going to pollute this and pollute that,&rdquo; Santorum said sarcastically. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a bunch of garbage.&rdquo; Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:32:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6290 at http://michiganradio.org Rick Santorum stops in Muskegon, Holland and Grand Rapids "Choose Life" plates: what will they pay for? http://michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-plates-what-will-they-pay <p>The newsroom 8-ball says: &quot;Answer hazy, try again later.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-specialty-plate-clears-michigan-senate-committee">As we reported earlier this week</a>, a proposal in the state legislature that would create a &quot;Choose Life&quot; specialty Michigan license plate cleared a Senate committee and has made its way to the chamber floor. If the proposal passes, proceeds from the plates would go to a newly-formed organization called the Choose Life Michigan Fund.</p><p>A Facebook fan responded, writing:&nbsp;<span class="commentBody" data-jsid="text"> &quot;</span><span class="commentBody" data-jsid="text">These &#39;pregnancy resource centers&#39; and &#39;other prolife entities&#39; actively evangelize and attempt to convert vulnerable women to their version of Christianity.&quot;</span></p><p>This comment got us wondering, if the proposal passes, what exactly will money from the plates pay for?</p><p>MPRN&#39;s Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta&nbsp;weighed in on the question of whether or not the proposed legislation would allow pro-life groups to use money raised by the state to proselytize in any way. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:20:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5981 at http://michiganradio.org "Choose Life" plates: what will they pay for? "Choose Life" specialty plate clears Michigan Senate committee http://michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-specialty-plate-clears-michigan-senate-committee <p>Last week, Michigan Radio&#39;s Zoe Clark reported on a bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would &quot;<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0600">create a specialty license plate</a> to raise money for the <a href="http://www.rtl.org/">Right to Life of Michigan Fund</a>.&quot;</p><p>Now, the Associated Press reports that the bill has cleared its first legislative hurdle, garnering unanimous approval&nbsp; from the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The legislation would allow Michigan residents to buy a &quot;Choose Life&quot; license plate with a portion of the money going to Right to Life. The organization says the money would go to abortion prevention projects.</p></blockquote><p>The bill will now make its way to the state Senate floor, the Associated Press reports.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:01:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5918 at http://michiganradio.org "Choose Life" specialty plate clears Michigan Senate committee Michigan Senate Committee to review 'Choose Life' specialty plate legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-committee-review-choose-life-specialty-plate-legislation <p>The <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeBillRecordSearch&amp;mySession=2011-2012&amp;CommitteeName=TRANSPORTATION&amp;chamber=senate">Michigan Senate Transportation Committee</a> is <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeMeeting&amp;CommitteeName=Transportation&amp;chamber=Senate">scheduled to review a bill today</a> that would <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0600">create a specialty license plate</a> to raise money for the <a href="http://www.rtl.org/">Right to Life of Michigan Fund</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.rtl.org/legislation/PendingLegislation/chooselife_licenseplate.html">According to Right to Life of Michigan</a>, drivers would be able to purchase the specialty plates to support the pro-life cause.</p><p>Lawmakers have previously tried to bring up similar legislation, but it has failed. According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/choose_life_specialty_license.html">mlive.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p>About half the U.S. has &quot;Right to Life&quot; specialty plates, but their roll-out has been contentious. Groups in several states have mounted legal challenges on First Amendment grounds, some successfully, some not. The Supreme Court <a href="http://www.lifenews.com/2009/10/05/state-4476/">has let stand</a> state rulings barring production of the plates.</p><p>Most recently, in November, a North Carolina judge <a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/n-c-court-blocks-choose-life-license-plates-63271/">blocked production of the plates</a> until a legal battle was resolved. The American Civil Liberties Union argued production of the plates constituted &quot;viewpoint discrimination&quot; because there was no corresponding pro-choice alternative.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan State Senator <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Colbeck.asp?District=7">Patrick Colbeck</a> introduced the legislation, also known as <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2011-SIB-0600.htm">Senate Bill No. 600</a>. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:14:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 5813 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate Committee to review 'Choose Life' specialty plate legislation