RMGN News and Commentary


<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern

A compendium of news stories, editorials and blog-posts from around the state. Most are related to the exposure of the “Changing the rules of Michigan politics to help Democrats” Powerpoint on a UAW Web site, but also contains earlier material. Updated regularly.

RightMichigan: 31 July 2008: An article citing the Mackinac Center’s Jack McHugh’s analysis of the savings created by the RMGN ballot initiative.  The author argues that what is needed are far more substantive, long lasting changes.

HometownLife.com: 31 July 2008:  An article reflecting on the proposed RMGN amendment and calling for a deeper look at the underlying issues surrounding the proposal as well as a constiutional convention in 2010.

Lansing State Journal: 31 July 2008: An article announcing the date of the Board of Canvassers meeting that will determine whether the proposed RMGN amendment will make it to the ballot this November.

Detroit News: 31 July 2008: An article announcing the 21 August meeting of the Board of Canvassers that will determine whether the proposed RMGN amendment will make it to the ballot this November.

Human Events: 30 July 2008: An article focusing primarily on the judicial implications of the proposed RMGN amendment.

National Review: 29 July 2008: An article summarizing the development and fallout of the proposed RMGN amendment and the discovered powerpoint.  Special emphasis is given to the judicial implications.

RightMichigan: 29 July 2008: Right Michigan alleges a near constitutional violation by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Crain’s Detroit Business: 28 July 2008: A review of the previous week’s business and political news, including a Reform Michigan Government Now press conference.

Battle Creek Enquirer: 28 July 2008: A series of letters to the editor, including one from the executive director of Reform Michigan Government Now.

Marketplace of Ideas: 28 July 2008: An article describing the Mackinac Center’s discovery of the powerpoint and what it might mean for the proposed RMGN amendment.

Mackinac Center: 28 July 2008: An article arguing that the proposed RMGN amendment does not accomplish its stated goals of streamlining and downsizing.

WKZO: 25 July 2008: A blurb announcing Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s indecision regarding the RMGN ballot initiative.

Toledo Blade: 25 July 2008: An article calling for Michigan voters to reject the proposed RMGN amendment and wait for the 2010 constitutional convention ballot.

Lansing State Journal: 25 July 2008: An article arguing that the proposed RMGN amendment played a role in the supreme court race involving Cliff Taylor.

Grand Rapids Press: 25 July 2008: An article on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit filed against RMGN.

Michigan Liberal: 25 July 2008: An article describing what might happen if the proposed RMGN amendment made it to the ballot in November.

WLQV: 25 July 2008: An audio interview with the Mackinac Center’s Paul Kersey and WLQV’s Paul Edwards.  The interview begins a few moments into the recording.

WILX: 25 July 2008: A brief announcement regarding the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against RMGN for allegedly poor or failed record-keeping.

Detroit News: 25 July 2008: An article on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit filed against Reform Michigan Government Now and its proposed RMGN amendment.

BlogCritics:  24 July 2008: An article promoting the proposed RMGN amendment.  Note that it falsely attributes the Mackinac Center’s discovery of the powerpoint to the Detroit Free Press.  Hopefully, the error will be corrected.

WJSM: 24 July 2008: A brief announcement on the lawsuit filed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce against RMGN.  The article includes two audio clips – one from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and one from RMGN.

Detroit News: 24 July 2008: A brief article reporting on Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s recent comments on the RMGN proposal.

RightMichigan: 24 July 2008: An article briefly describing what legal problems might exist for the proposed RMGN amendment, as well as several links from around the blogosphere.

Michigan Political Report: 24 July 2008: An article describing the filing of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN and the RMGN response.

Associated Press: 24 July 2008: An article comparing Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s tentative support for portions of the proposed RMGN amendment and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against the proposal.

Wall Street Journal: 24 July 2008: An editorial in opposition to the proposed RMGN amendment.

Detroit News: 24 July 2008: A series of letters to the editor.  Some are in favor of the proposed RMGN amendment, some are against, and some are ambivalent.

WLNS: 23 July 2008: An article discussing the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Detroit Free Press: 23 July 2008: Brian Dickerson describes how two potential Democratic Supreme Court candidates will not run because they disapprove of “court-packing and court destruction” schemes.

Detroit News: 23 July 2008: An article reporting the cancellation of a Democratic Party fund-raiser because of the Reform Michigan Government Now proposal.

Associated Press: 23 July 2008: A blurb noting the filing of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Detroit Free Press: 23 July 2008: An article discussing allegations that RMGN failed to report significant spending as required by law.

Detroit News: 23 July 2008: An op-ed in opposition of the proposed RMGN amendment.

Detroit News: 23 July 2008: An op-ed in favor of the proposed RMGN amendment.

Michigan Liberal: 23 July 2008: Michigan Liberal displays ambivalence toward the RMGN proposal.  The ambivalence does not consider the discovered powerpoint at all, but describes its implications as “unimportant.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: 22 July 2008: An article focusing on RMGN’s refusal to discuss the recently discovered powerpoint attributing their proposed amendment to partisan backers.

Gather: 22 July 2008: An article with several quotes from the powerpoint and discussing its allegedly deceitful origins.

Grand Rapids Press: 22 July 2008: An article reporting on the Michigan Democratic Party survey conducted just before the powerpoint was discovered.

WKZO: 22 July 2008: A blurb disagreeing with the Michigan Democratic Party’s conclusions after a recent survey about the proposed RMGN amendment was released.

Lansing State Journal: 22 July 2008: An article rejecting a constutional convention to address the same reforms as proposed by the RMGN amendment.

Detroit Free Press: 22 July 2008: A flash-based online political cartoon on the proposed RMGN amendment.

Detroit News: 22 July 2008: A rebuttal to Judge Cohn’s article against the proposed RMGN amendment.

Yahoo! News: 21 July 2008: A Press Release concerning the upcoming Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Detroit News: 21 July 2008: Detroit News blog post on the costs and benefits of the proposed RMGN amendment.

Disagreement Without Being Disagreeable: 18 July 2008: Three lengthy paragraphs explaining the major result of the powerpoint’s discovery, and a link back to the powerpoint.

Sunshine Review: 19 July 2008: Sunshine Review writes about the need for transparency in ballot initiatives like the proposed RMGN amendment.

Mad Puppy: 17 July 2008: Fairly scathing commentary on the Democratic Party and alleged ties to the RMGN ballot initiative.

Shop  Floor: 18 July 2008: Brief commentary linking to stories by Mark Pero and Jim Copland regarding the proposed RMGN amendment.

Outside Lansing: 20 July 2008: An article warning those against the RMGN proposals not to forget the conclusions drawn by the polling cited in the recently discovered powerpoint.

Detroit News: 19 July 2008: A slightly edited version of an earlier article by Charlie Cain announcing a soon-to-be-filed Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Detroit Free Press: 20 July 2008: An article explaining what the powerpoint contained, and why the contents might harm the creators.

Mlive.com: 20 July 2008: Reporter Susan Demas argues that the RMGN proposal is largely insignificant, precisely because she thinks it will not be on the ballot.

Mackinac Center: 21 July 2008: Jim Vote’s Current Comment at the Mackinac Center, calling for Michigan’s movement to become a right-to-work state, ending union control of manufacturing in Michigan, as evidenced by the discovery of the RMGN powerpoint.

WWMT: 18 July 2008: A brief article claiming that RMGN is becoming increasingly controversial, and mentioning again that many do not believe the proposed amendment will ever get to the ballot box.

Detroit Free Press: 20 July 2008: Reporter Brian Dickerson predicts that a typographical error in the proposed RMGN amendment will keep it from even getting to the ballot.

From The Maas: 18 July 2008: Two lines of brief commentary with links to the powerpoint, a couple news stories, and a quote from Jim Vote.

Grand Rapids Pundit:  18 July 2008: Grand Rapids Pundit also had a thing or two to say.

Greedy Capitalist: 18 July 2008: Greedy Capitalist writes a few paragraphs with its view of the situation.

Point of Law: 18 July 2008: Point of Law posted a follow up piece that simply notices how pervasive the RMGN powerpoint seems to be in the Michigan political blogosphere today.

Michigan Liberal: 18 July 2008: Michigan Liberal talks about how the proposed RMGN amendment is nothing like the reform it proposes to be.

Right Michigan: 18 July 2008: A bit of a rant, accompanied by a Youtube “video blog”.

Mackinac Center: 18 July 2008: Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy Paul Kersey thanks Jim Vote, the intern who discovered the powerpoint (and an occasional blogger here at Trying Liberty) for his dedication and hard work.

Detroit News: 18 July 2008: Journalist Charlie Cain on the proposed Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Detroit Free Press: 18 July 2008: Journalist Dawson Bell on the proposed Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against RMGN.

Michigan Liberal: 18 July 2008: Michigan Liberal devotes an entire section of Friday’s ‘Coffee Talk’ post to the Mackinac Center’s discovery.

Lansing State Journal: 17 July 2008: LSJ journalist Derek Wallbank characterizes the powerpoint as an “epic fail”.

MIGOP: 18 July 2008: MIGOP mentions in a link-list post (like this one, really) the opinion from the other part of the partisan game.

Political Debris: 18 July 2008: A brief introduction to the Charlie Cain article mentioned elsewhere in this post.

Taking Care of Business: 18 July 2008: A quick blurb announcing the Mackinac Center discovery.

Our Midland: 17 July 2008: Midland Daily News-based forum with a thread on the proposed RMGN amendment.

Detroit News: 17 July 2008: Another Kathy Barks Hoffman article on the RMGN powerpoint discovery by a Mackinac Center intern.

mlive.com: 17 July 2008: An article on the discovery of the powerpoint, and how the proposal has been viewed by the Democratic Party prior to the Mackinac Center’s announcement.

American Courthouse: 17 July 2008: American Courthouse calls for action.

Point of Law: 17 July 2008: A brief and slightly legal analysis.

Detroit News: 18 July 2008: Journalist Charlie Cain describes on the discovery of the powerpoint, what it means, and how groups around the state, including the UAW 1-C and the MEA, have reacted.

Associated Press: 17 July 2008: Associated Press coverage of the news as it broke, by Kathy Barks Hoffman.  This story appeared on mlive.com, examiner.com, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, and Oakland Press websites, among others.

Detroit Free Press: 17 July 2008: Journalist Dawson Bell, Free Press Lansing Bureau, and reader opinions on the matter.

Detroit Free Press: 17 July 2008: Journalist Ron Dzwonkowski wonders if the situation is “A partisan gotcha?”

Detroit Free Press: 17 July 2008: Journalist Stephen Henderson asks, “Does Anyone Play Fair?”

Mackinac Center: 17 July 2008: Official Mackinac Center commentary from President Lawrence Reed, Paul Kersey, Michael Jahr, as well as links to the original story from Trying Liberty and the powerpoint.  Mackinac is also tracking additional news stories.

The Frank Beckmann Show: 17 July 2008: WJR’s Frank Beckmann talking with Paul Kersey and Patrick Wright about the powerpoint and its significance.  The recording finishes with comments from Dianne Byrum, who spoke on the 16 Jul 2008 show.

Ballotpedia.org: 18 July 2008: The ‘Michigan Legislative and Judicial Restructuring Initiative (2008)’ page on Ballotpedia contains significant coverage of the RMGN powerpoint discovery.

Jack McHugh:  17 July 2008: A blog post by Jack McHugh has been cross-posted at SFE (Students for a Free Economy), RightMichigan, and RedState.

Grand Rapids Libertarian:  17 July 2008: Grand Rapids Libertarian with fairly pointed dialogue on the issue.

RightMichigan:  17 July 2008: The conservative blog RightMichigan breaks down what it thinks are some of the more important ideas presented in the powerpoint describing the RMGN proposal.  It has been crossposted on colecurtis-colecurtis.

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The following are news stories and newpaper commentaries published prior to the exposure of the “Changing the rules to help Democrats” powerpoint.

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Detroit News: July 18 2008: Mark Gaffney of AFL-CIO explains the ‘bipartisan’ nature of the proposed RMGN amendment.

Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2008: An article explaining the judicial changes called for by the RMGN proposal.

Crain’s Detroit Business, July 17 2008: An article on the Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s call for transparency in the RMGN ballot proposal.

Dexter Leader, 17 July 2008: A lengthy article describing the need for and reservations toward the proposed RMGN amendment.

Saginaw News, June 16, 2008: This editorial lists highlights of the proposed RMGN amendment and raises unanswered questions about it.

Detroit News, 16 July 2008: Detroit News coverage of a partisan television ad that includes RMGN as part of its pitch.

Detroit News: 14 July 2008: A special letter from District Judge Avern Cohn claims the RMGN proposal is a form of “reverse court-packing”.

Livingston Daily, 13 July 2008: Michigan GOP chairman Saulius Anuzis argues that the RMGN proposal should be kept off the ballot simply because it cannot be described in 100 words, per the rule.

Lansing State Journal, 13 July 2008: The “support” side of a “point/counterpoint” feature, argues that RMGN will give a ” smaller, more efficient, less wasteful, less partisan and more responsive government.”

Lansing State Journal, 13 July 2008: The “opposed” side of a “point/counterpoint” feature, calls RMGN a partisan “trojan horse.”

Daily Tribue: 13 July 2008: An article discussing the prospects of a Michigan Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against the proposed RMGN amendment.

Wall Street Journal: 12 July 2008: An article mentioning Reform Michigan Government Now! as part of a larger Democratic Party movement to influence state and local politics.

WKZO: 11 July 2008: A short blog post noting that the proposed RMGN amendment cites non-existent parts of the Michigan Constitution.

Hillsdale Daily News: 11 July 2008: Personal opinions from citizens regarding the RMGN proposal.

Livingston Daily: 11 July 2008: More Extensive coverage of the discovered drafting error in the RMGN proposal.

Detroit Free Press: 11 July 2008: A reader’s view of the emerging partisan discussion over the proposed RMGN amendment.

Point of Law: 10 July 2008: A brief summary of the development of the proposed RMGN amendment up to the signatures’ submission.

Grand Rapids Press: 10 July 2008: An article exploring the ethical question raised by having judges rule on their own future.

Lansing State Journal: 10 July 2008: An article supporting the no-reason absentee ballot reform in the proposed RMGN amendment.

Traverse City Record-Eagle: 9 July 2008: A brief article highlighting Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s ambivalence toward the RMGN proposal.

Grand Rapids Press: 9 July 2008: An article asking why the backers of the proposed RMGN amendment were not more transparent about their support.

WKZO: 9 July 2008: A news blurb reporting that John Stryker is not funding the proposed RMGN amendment.

Lansing State Journal: 9 July 2008: An article noting that while Gov. Jennifer Granholm supports many of the proposed RMGN amendment’s measures, she believes a constitutional convention is a better medium for change.

Detroit Free Press: 9 July 2008: An article pointing out the similarities between the proposed RMGN amendment and the Michigan Civl Rights Act, which passed two years ago.

Detroit Metro Times: 9 July 2008: An article that, toward its conclusion, describes the proposed RMGN amendment as a partisan affair.

Detroit News, June 25, 2008: RMGN committee treasurer Harlan Nye, a self-professed “lifelong Republican,” responds to a column by Detroit News Editorial page Editor Nolan Finley characterizing the proposal as a Democratic attempt to “hijack the Constitution.”

Detroit News, June 22, 2008: Editorial page Editor Nolan Finley characterizes the proposal as “Democrats seek to hijack Constitution.”

WJR: 16 June 2008: Radio personality Frank Beckmann talks with Dianne Byrum about the proposed RMGN amendment.

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