Friday, April 6, 2012
Published: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 12:59 PM Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 1:16 PM
LANSING – A Dearborn-based advocacy group says it will soon be hitting the streets with petitions, hoping to get a ballot question to recall Gov. Rick Snyder before voters in November.
Michigan Rising members this week created buzz among MLive.com readers with a release saying that Snyder “abused children.”
“Gov. Snyder is bad for Michigan,” said Jan BenDor, the organization’s election specialist, in a release. “Our citizens cannot afford to wait another two years to get rid of this corporate monster; the recall will chop off its head. Snyder and his cronies are destroying our cherished democratic institutions and democracy itself.
BenDor wrote that Snyder “has abused the children of Michigan.
He cut thousands of children off food aid. He robbed $400 million from the School Aid Fund, and then slashed school payments. This forced children into crowded classes. Then he signed more laws that privatize services, attack teachers and blame unions.”
Organizers said it will take about 800,000 signatures to get the question on the ballot, and want to gather 1.2 million signatures to withstand legal challenges. The group wants about 10,000 volunteers and $500,000 in donations.
An earlier attempt to recall the governor fell well short of gathering the needed signatures.
Gov. Snyder’s staff members said they believe residents are encouraged by the state’s economic improvements and won’t seek to oust the governor.
“We’re going to continue focusing on our work and not fringe recall efforts,” Snyder Communications Director Geralyn Lasher said.
The effort drew a mixed response form MLive readers. Some, like Durwood_Mac, were unhappy with the group’s rhetoric.
“I didn't vote for Snyder, either, but the way liberals have demonized the liberal Snyder, goes beyond the pale of compare. I cannot wait for one of these fools to come around my neighborhood trying to get signatures. Not only will they get 489 earfuls, I will then FOLLOW that paid low-life to each house, countering their foolish arguments.
I am no fan of Republicans, but the Democrats in this state seem like they want to play their statist games, keep towns like Detroit and Flint at their status quo and keep blowing money, until every few decades a commie president has to print money.”
But ableroone is ready to sign.
“If Michigan Rising feels compelled to attempt another recall campaign, more power to it! Those of you that believe it's an exercise in futility are just blowing hot air in my view. This administration and Legislature is guilty of every accusation Michigan Rising brings against them. Whether you agree with their point of view is irrelevant. Thousands agree with them, and that is most likely what Snyder supporters are afraid of. They just might succeed in getting the question on the ballot this time around.
People are waking up to the agenda of the Koch brother-funded organization known as ALEC. The people can plainly see how this administration and Legislature are following ALEC’s playbook, passing legislation that furthers their cause, as opposed to serving those that sent them to Lansing to begin with, that would be We the People.
Another observation I find amusing....To base your support for Snyder simply because you like him better than you did Ms. Granholm is overlooking the charges against his administration. Dispute the facts all you wish, they still remain the facts.”
What do you think? If Michigan Rising approaches you with a petition, will you sign it?
Michigan Rising communications director Bruce Fealk said Monday.“I think people are going to be angrier now, Seniors are starting to pay taxes on their pensions and others policies from bills signed by Snyder and the Republicans are starting to come into effect.”
Fealk said the group hopes to “build on the energy and momentum” in Wisconsin, where a move to oust Gov. Scott Walker is expected to be on a ballot.
Fealk said a clarity hearing is scheduled for April 9 in Washtenaw County. If approved, Snyder will have 10 days to appeal the decision.
He said the May 5 rally at the Capitol is expected to include talk show host Tony Trupiano, Washington Correspondent for The Nation Magazine John Nichols and Wisconsin State Sen. Lena Taylor, who was one of the 14 senators from the Wisconsin Legislature who left the state to prevent bills from being voted upon.
The group has been working to recall state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, chair of the Senate Education Committee, because of his votes on the state budget and creating emergency financial managers.
“We are trying to recall Gov. Snyder again because you must chop the head off the beast and slay the dragon before you start rebuilding the village,” said Marty Townsend, the organization’s public chair. “If you try to rebuild the village while the dragon is still around, he will just burn the village to the ground again.”
Snyder Communications Director Geralyn Lasher said this morning that the group apparently does not follow the governor’s “relentless positive action” mantra.
“I think when people look at the numbers, they will see Michigan is turning around,” she said. “We’ve seen record personal income growth, unemployment at its lowest level since August 2008 and the economy improving. We’re going to continue focusing on our work and not fringe recall efforts.”
By The Associated PressPresident Barack Obama signed bipartisan jobs legislation Thursday that will help small businesses and make it easier for startups to raise capital, saying it could be a "game-changer" for entrepreneurs dreaming of founding the next Microsoft or Facebook.
Carolyn Kaster / APPresident Obama signs the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in the Rose Garden of the White House.
He said the initiatives in the bill paralleled many of the provisions that he sought last fall in his jobs agenda to encourage small-business growth.
President Obama signs the bipartisan-backed JOBS Act into law, which allows small business access to new lines of capital, and opportunities for individuals to start, or invest in new businesses.
"This bill represents exactly the kind of bipartisan action we should be taking in Washington to help our economy," Obama said.
Cantor, speaking to reporters after the ceremony, said the bill was aimed at "the problem that we face in America today which is that our economy is lagging and our small businesses are having too hard of a time getting up off the ground."
Some Democrats, however, raised concerns that the bill softened investment protections enacted after the dot.com excesses and Wall Street meltdowns and the changes could lead to fraud and abuse.
Speaking to an audience that included small business owners, Obama indicated he's aware of those concerns and has directed top officials to "keep a close eye" on how it goes into effect
The main part of the bill would phase in Securities and Exchange Commission regulations over a five-year period to let smaller companies go public sooner. Firms that have annual gross revenues of less than $1 billion would enjoy this "emerging growth company" status.
The legislation may be one of the few accomplishments for a Congress stymied by partisan divisions heading into the fall elections.
The bill combines a number of bipartisan bills that exempt newer companies from SEC reporting rules in order to reduce costs and red tape.
Another provision facilitates the practice of "crowd-funding" in which the Internet is used to solicit a large number of smaller investors.
Senate Democrats were unsuccessful in their efforts to add more investor protections but succeeded in attaching one provision that requires websites involved in crowd-funding to register with the SEC. It also demands that companies seeking to raise money this way provide information on its financial status, business plans and shareholder risks.
Sara Hanks, a securities attorney and co-founder of CrowdCheck, a company aimed at helping startups, said the crowd-funding element will help make it easier for small companies to access capital but warned it will be up to investors and entrepreneurs "to protect themselves from deals that are too good to be true."
In addition to the emerging growth company and crowd-funding provisions, the legislation removes SEC regulations preventing small businesses from using advertisements to attract investors and raises from 500 to 2,000 the number of shareholders a company or community bank can have before it must register with the SEC.
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