statewide petition drive http://michiganradio.org en Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections http://michiganradio.org/post/activist-groups-complain-michigan-legislature-circumvents-petition-drives-elections <p>A coalition of activist groups is trying to make an issue of the Legislature passing laws to bypass petition drives and ballot measures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The groups say Republicans at the state Capitol have circumvented voters on questions including the emergency manager law, the minimum wage, and wolf hunting. In each of those cases, the Legislature passed laws that ran contrary to the results of an election or a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danielle Atkinson is with the campaign to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. She says the Legislature acted legally, but violated the spirit of the Michigan Constitution’s power to use the ballot to initiate or challenge laws.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is not what the drafters of the state constitution intended when they gave people the right to petition their government.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 18309 at http://michiganradio.org Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections Governing Michigan – a part-time job? http://michiganradio.org/post/governing-michigan-part-time-job <p>Michigan voters could see a question on the November ballot this year asking them to make the state Legislature part-time.</p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://www.parttimemi.com/"> Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature </a>has turned in petition language to the state Bureau of Elections.</p><p></p><p>“This is about actually taking a Legislature that’s been pretty much dominated by lobbyists and getting them back into a citizen-driven ideology,” said the group’s chair, Norman Kammeraad, on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Jake Neher 16183 at http://michiganradio.org Governing Michigan – a part-time job? In this morning's news: Dillion's campaign funds, Snyder in the UP, and petition drives http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-dillions-campaign-funds-snyder-and-petition-drives <p><strong>Andy Dillion's campaign funds in disarray </strong></p><p>“Michigan election officials are <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dillon-campaign-accounts-scrutinized">declining to allow</a> the closing of a fund from state Treasurer Andy Dillon's 2010 race for governor because of $105,000 that isn't properly accounted for. Dillon lost to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the race for the Democratic nomination. The<a href="http://on.freep.com/13bHnhm"> Detroit Free Press</a>&nbsp; says that no one has made any claims of improper activity, but the Department of State normally requires campaign funds to have zero balances before they can be dissolved. Dillon spokesman Terry Stanton says the issues are technical and are being addressed by the campaign treasurers,” according to the Associated Press.</p><p><strong>Governor Snyder headed to the UP </strong></p><p>“Governor Rick Snyder is on a road trip in the western Upper Peninsula. The governor has several stops planned Monday and Tuesday, starting at Miner's Heritage Memorial Park in Ironwood where he will speak at the dedication of a trailhead. Snyder also will tour a mine in Wakefield before going to Houghton and Hancock. On Tuesday, he'll be in Copper Harbor and Negaunee,” the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Wolf hunt petition drive joins three others</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-continue-petition-effort">campaign to outlaw wolf hunts</a> in the Upper Peninsula officially launches today with an event in Lansing. It joins three other petition drives already in the field.</p><p>“Right to Life of Michigan wants to get around Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a bill to require consumers to buy a separate insurance rider if they want abortion coverage. Environmental groups want to outlaw a controversial natural gas drilling method known as “fracking.” There is also a drive to end the Legislature’s practice of making some controversial legislation immune to referendum challenges,” Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:13:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13930 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Dillion's campaign funds, Snyder in the UP, and petition drives Requiring paid signature collectors to wear ID in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/requiring-paid-signature-collectors-wear-id-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan could require people paid to collect signatures for a ballot drive to wear an ID badge.</p><p>Legislation to be considered by a House committee Tuesday would require the ID to say that the person is being paid and to identify who's paying the circulator. The ID would be required for constitutional amendments, initiated legislation and referendum drives.</p><p>Another proposed change would prohibit a circulator of recall petitions from being paid a fixed rate or amount for each signature.</p><p>The practice of paying people to gather ballot signatures has come under scrutiny in recent years.</p><p>The House Elections and Ethics Committee isn't expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11520 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan primary politics: "Why can't I quit you?" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-primary-politics-why-cant-i-quit-you <p>On Fridays Rick Pluta and I have been taking a look at politics in the state. But, before we could really get into our main topic of the week &ndash; state ballot proposals - we had a confession to make: We&rsquo;re having a hard time getting over the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary">Michigan primary</a>. It might even be fair to say that we&rsquo;re slightly obsessed. &ldquo;Oh, primary, why can&rsquo;t I quit you?&rdquo; Pluta asked. It&rsquo;s just too tough to quit.</p><p><strong>Remnants of a primary</strong></p><p>Yes, we know. The primary was almost <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/national-medias-3-week-love-affair-michigan-over-almost">two weeks ago</a>. But a mere ten days can&rsquo;t keep us from a good news story. &ldquo;We saw earlier this week a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Santorum</a> campaign organizer in the state, John Yob &ndash; the Yob name is a venerable one in Michigan Republican politics &ndash; trying to organize a rally at the state party headquarters to, figuratively, at least, pound on the doors and demand justice for an even division of the primary delegates,&rdquo; Pluta explains. You can find last week&rsquo;s conversation over so-called &ldquo;dele-gate&rdquo; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorse-hoekstra">here</a>.</p><p><strong>The rally fizzles</strong></p><p>Pluta went to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum-rally-front-gop-headquarters-fizzles">report on the rally</a> for Michigan Radio but, &ldquo;very few people showed up&hellip; very, <em>very</em> few people.&rdquo; Nevertheless, Pluta notes, &ldquo;that it does raise the prospect of a convention fight - a floor fight - that would really be kind of an intra-party referendum on the leadership of the state GOP and a fight over who sits at the table when big decisions are made.&rdquo; (Just in case you can&rsquo;t get enough intra-party squabbles &ndash; and, if that&rsquo;s the case you get major &lsquo;political junkie&rsquo; points &ndash; you can find another darn good intra-party fight <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorse-hoekstra">story here</a>).</p><p><strong>Now onto the feature presentation: Ballot proposals</strong></p><p>Ok, we got the Michigan presidential primary out of our systems &ndash; at least for this week &ndash; and got to talking about the topic we had initially planned: a look at the various ballot proposals that were unveiled this week at the Capital. We saw a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-group-wants-corporate-donors-be-revealed">petition drive launched to create accountability in election spending</a>. &ldquo;Basically to require corporations to disclose when they spend money on their own political communication, primarily television advertising,&rdquo; Pluta explains.</p><p>Also unveiled was a<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ballot-drive-launched-push-back-against-anti-labor-measures"> labor-rights ballot proposal</a>. This got us to thinking about the politics behind ballot proposals. Sure, the folks behind these proposals are passionate about their causes and want their laws passed but there&rsquo;s also the fact that ballot proposals can get out the vote in November.</p><p><strong>The infamous Rovian-strategy</strong></p><p>That would be Karl Rove, the so-called mastermind behind President George W. Bush&rsquo;s reelection in 2004. &ldquo;A lot of people believed that a Republican strategy to put a lot of wedge issues &ndash; social questions &ndash; on statewide ballots succeeded in drawing out conservative Evangelical voters to the benefit of Republican candidates. And, what people are seeing now with these ballot proposals, especially the union-rights ballot proposal, is an effort to [replicate] that,&rdquo; Pluta explains.</p><p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:19:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 6581 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan primary politics: "Why can't I quit you?" Flint emergency manager 'conferring' with city unions http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-emergency-manager-conferring-city-unions <p>Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager is talking with city unions. &nbsp;The talks may be critical to coming up with a way to solve the city&rsquo;s multi-million dollar budget deficit.</p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown briefed the city council last night on where things stand on correcting the city&rsquo;s financial troubles.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint faces an&nbsp;$11 million&nbsp;budget deficit this year.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 02:57:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 6202 at http://michiganradio.org Flint emergency manager 'conferring' with city unions