Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Macomb Township's Republican legislators supported the bill that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons into public schools and sports arenas, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio. The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 late last week that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation. David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas...The House passed SB 59 on Thursday. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of …
Gov. Rick Snyder recently told media the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre gives him 'clear pause' on legislation that could allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry inside schools. Macomb Rep. Ken Goike still supports the bill.
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes Senate Bill 59. Macomb Township Rep. Ken Goike (R-District 33) maintained his support of Senate Bill 59, which would broaden Michigan's concealed-carry laws, even as Gov. Rick Snyder seemed to pull back from the legislation this week. "I wouldn't say I'm prepared to sign it by any means," the Republican governor told MLive.com. The bill, approved by the State Senate in late November and the State House just hours before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, allows gun owners with concealed weapon permits and additional training to carry firearms in schools, daycare centers and sporting events. During an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press" Sunday, Randi Weingarten, president of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Macomb Township's Republican state representatives voted against right-to-work legislation Tuesday, but both bills ultimately passed the House and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Of all the right-to-work rhetoric exchanged in recent days, both sides seem to agree that the issue is, and probably always will be, "divisive." It was because of this divisiveness that Macomb Township State Rep. Anthony Forlini (R-District 24) said he chose to vote against right-to-work legislation supported by the vast majority of his party. Looking for more coverage? Check out our Right-to-Work page or sign up for the Macomb Patch e-newsletter. “It’s a divisive issue,” he said, in an earlier interview with Patch. “I’m not saying right-to-work doesn’t have merit, but I feel it would have been better as a ballot initiative. It shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue just because one party or the other is in leadership." Macomb …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Chippewa Valley and L'Anse Creuse's union presidents plan to join protestors at the state Capitol Tuesday to voice opposition to proposed right-to-work legislation.
Gov. Rick Snyder has said right to work is about "giving workers the freedom to choose,” but union presidents for Chippewa Valley and L’Anse Creuse schools view it more as a politically motivated attack on organized labor. Like other union supporters quoted in recent days, Chippewa Valley Education Association President Maryanne Levine draws a parallel between Lansing’s actions and those advocated by one of history’s most infamous figures. “We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike," Levine quoted. "Those were the words of Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933." “These are strong words, but that is exactly what they are doing and the path …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations!
Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops. [Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or email Macomb Patch editor Jenny Whalen!] Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent Macomb Township voted. The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 58 to 52 in …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Macomb Township's state representatives were among six Republicans to vote against right-to-work legislation passed in the state House Thursday.
Macomb Township's representatives in the state House broke ranks with their Republican brethren Thursday, voting against right-to-work legislation now on the fast track to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. Within hours of Snyder’s Dec. 6 call for a "workplace fairness and equity" bill, also called right to work, legislators began voting on House Bill 4054, Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003. Looking for more news on this and other issues affecting Macomb Township? Get the Patch email newsletter. The bills now move to the chamber opposite from where they originated and could be passed as soon as Tuesday, at which point Snyder said he would sign the chosen version into law, making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state. The approved bill is slated to…
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Newly hired Michigan public school employees would pay more for their pensions and lose state-funded health care in retirement under a bill headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval.
Newly hired public school employees in Michigan would pay more for their pensions and lose state-funded health care in retirement under a bill headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval. Sponsors of the bill, which was approved Wednesday in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, said it will save school districts an estimated $300 million annually and trim $15 billion in legacy debt, according to The Detroit News. Chippewa Valley Schools Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations Scott Sederlund told Patch in June that if this bill passed, the district would save approximately $2 million in expenses, dropping its projected 2012-13 budget deficit to just $1 million. Macomb Township's Rep. Ken Goike voted in favor of Senate Bill 1040…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Incumbent Republican Ken Goike and Democratic challenger Martha O'Kray will run against one another for the District 33 House seat in the Nov. 6 general election
With the two candidates for House District 33 running uncontested for their respective party's nominations in the August primary, the focus now turns to Nov. 6, when voters will choose one to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives until 2014. Incumbent Republican Ken Goike received 6,928 votes Tuesday to Democrat Martha O'Kray's 3,514, with all 38 precincts reporting. Both Goike and O'Kray won their party's nominations and will battle for the House seat in November. Goike won his first term in November 2010, with 66.5 percent of the District 33 vote. District 33 serves Macomb, Armada, Lenox, Richmond and Ray townships. Results are unofficial until confirmed by the Macomb County clerk. Find results for other Macomb Township and …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ken Goike, of District 33, scored "0" on eight bills identified by the Sierra Club as having environmental implications in 2010-2011.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012