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Originally posted by TrueAmerican
reply to post by MichiganSwampBuck
Interesting. 107-0. Uh huh.
So what was these people's position on the passing of the UnPatriot Act? And on FISA legislation?...Or...How about NSPD-51? And do their towns have militarized cops with tanks and drones?
I don't mean to sound so skeptical, but honestly this is all too little, too late.edit on Thu Mar 14th 2013 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)
"Michigan’s Senate approved a law to give financially distressed cities and school districts a choice of bankruptcy or a state-appointed emergency manager with power to cancel union contracts.
The bill, which goes to Republican Governor Rick Snyder for his signature, would replace a similar 2011 measure voters repealed Nov. 6. Opponents who led that effort called the law, Public Act 4, undemocratic and an attempt to bust unions."
"Although Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-union crusade has received the biggest headlines, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is poised to sign an even more drastic assault on working Americans into law. Last week, the Michigan legislature passed a “financial martial law” bill that allows Snyder to appoint “emergency financial managers” with the power to terminate collective bargaining agreements:"
"The state where the United Auto Workers was founded and labor has long been a political titan will join 23 others with right-to-work laws, which ban requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.
Supporters say the laws give workers more choice and support economic growth, but critics insist the real intent is to weaken organized labor by encouraging workers to "freeload" by withholding money unions need to bargain effectively."
"Michigan's governor vetoes gun bill after Connecticut massacre
Reuters – Tue, Dec 18, 2012
DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed some gun owners to bring concealed weapons to places such as schools and day care centers, his office said.
The bill passed the Republican-majority Michigan legislature last Thursday, the day before the mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary schools left 26 dead, including 20 young children.
Snyder was already reluctant to sign the bill before the Connecticut incident, but that "heartbreaking" event gave him "extra pause," said Sara Wurfel, Snyder's press secretary. (Reporting By Bernie Woodall; Editing by Greg McCune)"
"No sooner had the GOP secured total control of Michigan in 2010, holding majorities in both houses and winning the governorship, than the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing ultra-conservative 'bill mill' and THE source of money and corruption in politics today, lept into action. ALEC wasted no time in sending many of their most onerous 'model legislation' bills to Michigan. These included the Emergency Manager law, privatization of public schools, expansion of charter schools, HB 5221 (Voter ID Act), which required voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote, and HB 4305 with language similar to ALEC’s model 'Immigration Law Enforcement Act.' "
"ACLU seeks to prove refusal of driving licenses to those with 'deferred status', as in Arizona and Nebraska, is unconstitutional"
"The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment"
"The American Civil Liberties Union is asking police departments in Michigan for information about their use of military-style weapons and tactics.
The ACLU sent public records requests this week to police departments in Detroit (Wayne County), Flint (Genesee County) and Dearborn (Wayne County), as well as the Michigan State Police. Similar requests were sent to cities in 22 other states."
"September 11 also brought a new source of funding for military-grade equipment in the Department of Homeland Security. In recent years, the agency has given anti-terrorism grants to police agencies across the country to purchase armored personnel carriers, including such unlikely terrorism targets as . . . Adrian, Michigan;"
Early this year, the board of directors of the Southeastern Michigan Chief’s Association, which represents municipalities, including Detroit, in seven counties, unanimously selected Haddad as its representative on the federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) committee. UASI is responsible for the appropriation of federal funding for Homeland Security projects in the State of Michigan.
Michigan Sheriff: Random Narcotics Checkpoints Are Totally Constitutional Lucy Steigerwald | Oct. 21, 2011 4:28 pm Genesee County, Michigan Sheriff Robert Pickell is not concerned about the constitutionality of his new method of keeping Flint free of illegal drugs. Fourth Amendment fans, medical marijuana patients, and jumpy motorists are less sure. . . . The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that DUI checkpoints were illegal, but the U.S. Court leaves the matter up to the states, under certain conditions.