Ypsilanti Charter Revision Question Deserves a “Yes!”


City of Ypsilanti Charter Revision Question:

For our readers in the City of Ypsilanti, please hunt down the charter revision question on the ballot and vote “YES!” to adopt the updated Home Rule Charter proposed by the Ypsilanti Charter Revision Commission.

The new charter includes a number of common sense improvements, such as non-partisan elections for Mayor and City Council, that just might save this fair city from the mediocre and sometimes dangerously incompetent leadership that bubbled to the surface under the auspices of the current charter.

If you don’t like living under a massive (and growing) property tax burden in a city with a debt from a former Mayor’s failed redevelopment scheme that is several times larger than the entire annual budget, then this updated City Charter is for you!

The current charter completely disenfranchises 70% of the voters, leaving the wildest of Wild Leftist 30% to make the choices of who is in charge.  The new Charter, with a non-partisan ballot, has the potential to change the dynamic in City Hall for the better.

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What to do with all of these 2012 Michigan ballot proposals?


There are six ballot proposals to wade through this year, of which five are constitutional amendments.  There are many places where voters can learn more about the proposals; my favorites are here, here, and especially here.

All but proposal 12-01 are amendments to the state constitution.

My advice?  When in doubt, vote “No!” on all constitutional amendments.

Here are my (slightly more specific) thoughts on the proposals:

Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law

Public Act 4 (the emergency manager law) is working, as evidenced by the successes happening in Ecorse, Benton Harbor, and elsewhere.  The law is needed to clean up other municipal basket-cases, and the reason the Democrats don’t like it is because nearly all of the basket-case local governments have been run by entrenched one-party Democrat super-majorities for decades.  Vote “Yes!” to keep this successful law on the books!

Proposal 2: The ‘Collective Bargaining’ Amendment

A potential economic disaster for Michigan in the making.  Vote “NO!” and ask your friends to do the same.

Proposal 3: ’25 x 25′ Renewable Energy Standard

The Wild Leftist environmental mob is doubling down on ex-Gov. Granholm’s signature piece of legislation by trying to entrench these even more arbitrary “green energy” benchmarks into the state constitution, where they definitely do not belong.  Vote “No!” to protect the constitution from special interest SPAM!

Proposal 4: The Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

The Big (public sector) Union thugs are pushing hard to keep their tax money siphoning scheme alive, after the republicans in the state legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette finally turned off the tap.

This scheme (also a signature “accomplishment” of the worst modern Michigan Governor – Granholm) has already diverted $Millions from home care workers and their patients – vote “No!” to turn off the flow of our tax dollars to Big Union coffers.

Proposal 5: The Two-Thirds Majority Tax Limitation

This one is very tempting, but the potential unintended consequences of this amendment are enormous.  This Designated Conservative is voting no on #5.

Proposal 6: The International Bridge/Tunnel Voting Requirement

MI Gov. Rick Snyder (R) deserves a voter smackdown for his arrogant and foolish manipulations to find a way to take an end run around the elected representatives of the citizens of Michigan to get his “free” international bridge project approved via special agreements with Canada and the federal government.

Proposal #6 is that smackdown, and this Designated Conservative is highly motivated to send a message to the Governor that his actions on the bridge issue are unacceptable.

However, the same law of unintended consequences applies here as it does with #5 above, especially since the wording of the proposal is so lousy that it may actually require a vote of the people for any future bridge project in Michigan!  In the end, this Designated Conservative will likely vote “no” on #6.

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Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Co. General Election Picks for 2012


This Designated Conservative occasionally gets asked, “Who are you voting for this November?”  Here are my favorites for the 2012 general election on November 6th:
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And the award for Most Vile Campaign 2012 goes to… …Pete Hoekstra!


This Designated Conservative just received the ugliest political campaign robo-call ever from Michigan GOP candidate Pete Hoekstra’s campaign for U.S. Senate, disguised as a telephone poll.

This one was no poll. It was a mud-slinging “do you still want to vote for the other guy after hearing this nasty rumor? How about if we add on this additional unsupported criminal accusation?”

I guarantee that I will never cast a vote for a candidate who allows his campaign to behave this way. If Pete Hoekstra should win his primary election on Tuesday, this Designated Conservative will do the unthinkable:

I would rather mark my November ballot for his Democrat opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow than to support any republican candidate who pulls a “PeteHoekstra” move like this in a primary election.

Step by step, Mr. Hoekstra’s lousy style of campaigning has turned this voter from a supporter in 2010 to a guaranteed “No Pete, No Way!” vote this November. Nice job, Mr. Hoekstra.

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Pete Hoekstra, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire Man


This MI Designated Conservative was once a fan of Congressman Pete Hoekstra. I once cast my ballot in a primary election to nominate him to be our next Governor. No more.

Mr. Hoekstra began this campaign with an embarrassingly awful SuperBowl ad. True to form, he is ending this primary season with an ad straight out of the Barack Obama/Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid playbook.

I will not dignify it with a link.

Mr. Hoekstra has proved beyond all doubt to be an inept and ham-handed campaigner. His years of running virtually unopposed in a 95% MIGOP district have not served him well.

All he has in his tiny arsenal is mud-slinging and blatant falsehoods.

Mr. Hoekstra, you have run as lousy a primary campaign for U.S. Senate as you did for Governor in 2010.

Should you secure enough Democrat crossover votes in Tuesday’s primary to defeat your more conservative opponents, I would like to make a prediction:

Should Pete Hoekstra become the MIGOP nominee for U.S. Senate, he will run a lackluster campaign against Do Nothing Debbie Stabenow, and will lose by 5 points in November – even as the state leans to the right to give Mitt Romney his margin of victory.

Go home to your Washington, D.C. law/lobbying gig, Mr. Hoekstra.

The very last thing we need in 2012 is another Big Government RINO in the U.S. Senate.

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So utterly stupid only Levin, McCain and Graham could’ve come up with it


The US Senate is voting on a bill so utterly stupid that only Senators Carl Levin, John McCain, and Lindsay Graham could have thought it a good idea:

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. .. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday.  The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”

The solution is the Udall Amendment; a way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. Instead of simply going along with a bill that was drafted in secret and is being jammed through the Senate, the Udall Amendment deletes the provisions and sets up an orderly review of detention power. It tries to take the politics out and put American values back in.

For once this Designated Conservative entirely agrees with the ACLU and liberal neighbor Mark Maynard on an issue!  Please call your U.S. senators today and tell them to vote “No!” on S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act unless these offensive and unconstitutional detention provisions are removed.

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America needs a President who is a little more Like Sarah….


Go Sarah!

So many mainstream news sources are touting polls showing Gov. Sarah Palin as receiving only tepid support in a possible run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012.

What a shock, after so many of those same programs have conducted the most egregious and nasty smear campaign against a national political figure since William Randolph Hearst!

This Designated Conservative is certainly not set on any one candidate for 2012, but…

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Ground Rules for 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates…


…or How to Play Nice in the Same Sandbox With Other GOP Politicians

Dear 2012 GOP presidential candidates:

As we are already beginning to hear the rumblings that precede the 2012 POTUS electoral earthquake, it is time to lay down a few ground rules for prospective republican candidates for President of these Unites States of America:

RULE NUMBER ONE:

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Join the Designated Conservatives on Facebook


The Designated Conservatives Facebook Page is now live!

Every party includes at least one. You know, that guy nursing a Coke instead of a beer.  The girl who stays sober while her friends get stupid.  The one holding the keys, ready to help their friends return home safely.

The Designated Driver.

Every  political party needs one too…

The Designated Conservative.

Click here to join the Designated Conservatives on Facebook! Make yourself comfortable – there are sodas in the fridge, munchies on the counter, and comfy couches in the living room.
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Help solve Rick Santorum’s Google problem


To learn more about conservative presidential candidate Rick Santorum, check out his Facebook page or visit http://www.RickSantorum.com/.

A Rick Santorum fan is trying to help repair a problem with Google Search caused by a liberal hacker who is manipulating Google’s ranking system to bury Rick’s official site links under a mountain of Leftist nastiness:

Rick Santorum is a God-fearing man who wants to save unborn children and protect traditional marriage. Because of this, radical left-wing activists launched a Google-bombing campaign so that people searching for his name will find pages full of vile, disgusting filth instead.

What we can do as Christians is to fight back with a Google-bombing campaign of our own. We need to post as many links as we can to www.RickSantorum.com (his real site), to help it rise in the search engine ranks and beat the fake sites.

If you have control over any websites, blogs, facebook pages, or anything like that, post a link to www.RickSantorum.com, and help fight back against the gay agenda.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56830.html#ixzz1PCKJip3v

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