It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan Legislature.
The rise of Tim Greimel, who is expected to be named the Democrats' new leader in the state House of Representatives, has been nothing less than fascinating. Greimel, of Pontiac, a former Oakland County commissioner who only joined the legislature in March, sealed the deal behind the scenes Saturday.
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy up the shrinking TV ad time. Folks like his opponent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, cherry-picked the good time blocks weeks ago.
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election. This year's version features Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's unenforceable mandate that election workers ask every voter to fill out a special pre-ballot question about whether he or she is a U.S. citizen.
This presents a real problem for Michigan Republicans because a loss of Romney enthusiasm in 2012 could be catastrophic. Proposal 2, the collective bargaining constitutional guarantee that would throw in limbo every government reform Snyder and the Republicans have managed in the last 20 months, passes with a low GOP turnout.