Lots of millage and bond issues on the ballot all across the state today. Need to see what is facing you at the polls? Check here before you head out:
Michigan Voter Information Center
All eyes are on the Paul Scott recall of course. And once again, we have a case of the Flaming Hypocrisies coming from the Republicans on this issue. How soon we forget...
After the tax increase in 2007, vulnerable Democrats were targeted using out-of-state money from anti-tax conservative groups. Republicans didn't seem to have a problem with recalls then. Seems to me I remember them smiling with glee at the thought. Only one made it to the ballot (Dillon), and that was handily defeated.
After a tax increase this year, massive cuts to education, and the gutting of worker's rights, one makes it to the ballot - and now we have calls for "reform" so legislators don't have to be bothered with it anymore. Funny when it's the Republicans under the gun, suddenly we need to change the law and whittle away the rights of citizens, isn't it?
A lot of that going around lately.
I'm not happy that people reach for the recall threat every time they are upset. I'm not happy that powerful special interests flood the efforts with money to promote their ideology. But I certainly don't want to see it made harder for regular people to remove their lawmaker if there is enough interest in doing so. For whatever reason they choose. It's up to us, the voters, and that's the way it should stay.
It's going to be very interesting to see what happens in the Scott case. This could be the one that changes everything. Stay tuned.