Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»
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05/23/2017 - DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state Senate district represents about 280,000 people, while currently, each state House district represents approximately 85,000 to 90,000 people. "If we went down to two House members for every one Senate seat, rather than our current three House members for every one Senate seat, each House district would represent about 140,000 people, and would save in salary and benefits for members and staff about $7.5 million annually," McCready said. Add leasing out the extra vacant office space in Lansing, he said, and there would be upwards of $9 million in savings, according to the House fiscal agency. "You'd probably get a better balance of people. We'd have to work harder, and see a better legislature," he said. While the bill is still in committee, if heard, which McCready admits is doubtful, and approved, it could end up as a constitutional amendment proposal on the 2018 ballot.

LAW & ORDER: With 2018 around the corner, and current Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) term-limited and likely running for governor, Republicans and Democrats alike are getting their ducks in a row to see who can fill the state's top legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer's position as the new attorney general. Word is that state Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) wants to run for AG, is positioning himself, and his staff is getting ready – all that is needed is the announcement. He's even appointed political consultant and former chief of staff and campaign manager to former governor John Engler, Dan Pero, as his chief of staff. Word is Pero is making lots of calls to raise money, but he's never seen by other reps. Not all Republicans are fans of the current house leader, and will be backing state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton). "She's awesome and well-balanced, from the west side of the state (near Kalamazoo). She's conservative, a female, feisty, and she's normal," said one politico. "And she's not out to hurt people."

APPLES & ORANGES: Speaking of running for governor, while neither Attorney General Bill Schuette nor Lt. Governor Brian Calley have officially announced they are running to be the Republican Party's nominee in 2018, all that is left for either one are their formal announcements. While many Republican stalwarts had been quietly putting their money on Schuette to take on all comers, his star is looking a bit tarnished these days, with one lawmaker pointing out that Schuette has spent $2.3 million so far on his Flint water criminal and civil investigation, with few charges filed, many of which were mere misdemeanors. Internal polling is showing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer doing very well against both Schuette and Calley. "I think the Dems have a real good chance to take some of these higher seats," the lawmaker opined. If rumored candidate Mark Bernstein throws his hat into the Democratic pile, which Bernstein said he is "seriously considering," Republicans are privately saying all bets are off. Another unknown is wild card Geoffrey Feiger. During a taping of WKAR-TV's "Off the Record" in May, the Southfield attorney said he was considering a run for governor. But Feiger's previously said he was considering a run for that office in 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2011. He famously lost to incumbent John Engler in 1998. He has maintained his candidate committee, and recent records show that the committee owes more than $5 million in debt to Fieger, which it received over the years, most dating back to the late 1990s.



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