Take back the Michigan House to stop rightwing agenda

The Washtenaw County Election Commission today approved the recall language on Monday for Michigan Rising, the group that’s trying to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, but at the risk of angering my fellow Democratic and liberal activists, I think it’s a waste of energy.

This is the second bite of the apple to recall Snyder, and only one thing has changes since that first recall failed; at least to my knowledge. A spokesperson for Michigan Rising told MIRS that she “thinks the effort has a better shot this year because the group has had more time to get organized, and people have had more time to realize the impact of certain policies like the tax exemption being taken off pensions.” That may be true, but Snyder is also getting credit by voters for the economy turned around by President Obama.

According to a new survey conducted by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group in March, Snyder’s job approval rating is up by 12 percent. That will make any recall effort even more difficult to achieve.

Snyder didn’t enact all of the anti-worker, anti-union, anti-education, anti-senior citizen and anti-women agenda by himself, and one of those partners is up for election in just seven months.

The Republicans enjoy 62-46 majority in the Michigan House, and we have a real opportunity to take back the House. That would put a stop to the rightwing agenda. As I write this, some excellent Democratic House candidates are out knocking on doors, and they could use our help.

Not only that, but a coalition of unions is engaged in a petition drive to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would protect collective bargaining and ban right to work for less (RTWFL) laws.

The latest poll shows support for that effort is soft. The Lansing polling firm of EPIC/MRA conducted the poll from March 31 to April 3, and it found a total of 55 percent said yes, 37 percent no and the rest undecided. That’s before the massive amounts of cash from the Michigan and U.S. Chambers of Commerce, the Koch brothers and every rightwing PAC makes its way to the state.

I am involved in both efforts, and I think this is a better use of our time, energy and cash.

The fact is we knew very little about Snyder when he was elected, other than he was “one tough nerd,” and he was not a politician. Since then, we have learned that he is indeed a politician; a very slippery and rightwing politician.

He has signed into law every piece of crap the GOP Legislature has sent him but one that would have let the federal government make all the rules for the Great Lakes.

It’s time we forced the Governor and the GOP Legislature to negotiate and compromise if they want to pass something by taking back the House.


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  1. memiller says:

    I entirely agree with you.

    I am directly involved with both of these efforts. As a union member (Professional Instructors Organization at WMU) I have been collecting signatures for the Collective Bargaining Amendment — 167 so far.

    As Candidate Recruitment chair for Kalamazoo County, I am sorry to report that we still need Democratic candidates for the 61st and 63rd House Districts. I have made lots of calls and looked at lists of Democrats in these districts, but have come up empty so far. We are just over a month away from the deadline to file.

    We cannot win back the majority in the House by running only in safe seats. We need to have candidates step up and take a chance on winning a district that will be a bit tougher.

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