Archives for September 2017

Bills Introduced To Repeal “Driver Responsibility Fees”

Bills Introduced To Repeal “Driver Responsibility Fees”

Michiganders who are unable to legally drive due to unpaid “driver responsibility fees” could be about to get a massive reprieve. A package of bills is now before the state House to repeal the law and wipe out the 600-million dollars that is collectively owed. On average, each driver who has the unpaid fees owes two-thousand dollars. The fees were enacted in 2003 to penalize people with multiple speeding tickets or driving without insurance as a way to try to balance the budget.

Attorney General Going After Florida Veterans Charity

Attorney General Going After Florida Veterans Charity

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is going after what he calls an allegedly deceptive veterans charity based in Florida. His office issued a cease and desist order against American Veterans Foundation, accusing the organization of more than 200-thousand violations of the Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act. Schuette says over a quarter-million dollars from more than 12-thousand Michigan residents was donated to the charity.

ACLU, State Senate Democrats Want MSP Director To Resign

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and several Democrats in the state Senate are demanding Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue [[ ETCH-oo ]] resign.

The ACLU called Etue’s apology for a Facebook meme critical of pro athletes who kneel for the national anthem “disastrous” and add she showed a complete disregard for the highly relevant concerns of athletes who are protesting racial inequality. Passionate debate broke out on the floor of the Michigan Senate yesterday between Republicans defending Etue and Democrats who want her gone.

Secretary Of State Offices Host Harvest Gathering Food Collection Sites

Secretary Of State Offices Host Harvest Gathering Food Collection Sites

All Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be collecting nonperishable food this fall for the 27th Annual Harvest Gathering food drive. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says last year, her offices collected eleven tons of food for the needy. Those offices will collect donations through August 22. The Harvest Gathering campaign last year also brought in over 305-thousand dollars.

Missing Fisherman Found

Authorities find a missing fisherman…

A missing fisherman was found safe Tuesday night in Gogebic County. The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office received a report around 5:20 p.m. of a 52-year-old Presque Isle, Wisconsin man lost while fishing in the Ottawa National Forest. Within one hour after deputies arrived on scene, the missing man was found south of Forest Service Road 8100 with no injuries. The man’s name has not been released.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue Faces Backlash

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is facing Backlash…

The director of the Michigan State Police has commented on NFL players protesting during the national anthem by posting a message calling them “degenerates.” The message shared by the Col. on her Facebook page calls the players “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces.” The taking of a knee during the national anthem was started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to draw attention to social inequality and police treatment of blacks.

Trump Not in At MRLC

The impact of President Trump on the Michigan Republican Party was on full display at the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend.

There are reports the President’s name was hardly spoken during the event, and political consultant Greg McNeilly says there’s a gap between the Tea Party base that loves Trump and the establishment Republicans, who are trying to distance themselves from him. Former state Representative Chuck Moss notes many feel the President is still too divisive, while state Senator Phil Pavlov [[ pav-LOWE ]] says Trump has exhausted Republicans for the past two years, and many have grown tired of defending him.

Gas Prices in Michigan

We now have the nation’s tenth-lowest average gas price in Michigan.

Triple-A Michigan says the statewide average has dropped another 12-cents a gallon to two-dollars-42-cents after moving higher due to Hurricane Harvey a few weeks ago. Marquette drivers are paying the most for the second week in a row at two-dollars-54-cents. The auto club notes the Great Lakes and Central States region is seeing some of the largest declines in the country in gas prices now.

State Republicans Holding Conference On Mackinac Island

State Republicans Holding Conference On Mackinac Island…

The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference kicks off today and runs through the weekend on Mackinac Island. The focus this year is on the 2018 elections and how the GOP can maintain its majorities in the state House, state Senate, and in the U.S. House. Republican leaders will also talk quite a bit about how to defeat longtime incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow next November. The state has not had a Republican in the U.S. Senate since Stabenow defeated Senator Spencer Abraham in 2000.

Great Lakes Region Needs Improved Water Systems

There’s a renewed call for improved water systems…

State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. A conservative cost estimate is $271 billion. Chairman John Linc Stine says recent drinking water crises in Flint, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio, illustrate the hazards of aging and underfunded water infrastructure.