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Column: Don’t hijack Michigan’s Constitution

Orginally published in the Detroit News, September 27, 2018, here.

By Greg McNeilly

Forty days from now all of Michigan’s votes will be cast. Michigan will elect new management. Really new management. None of Michigan’s top executives (governor,

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Column: Part-time Legislature threatens represenation

The scheme is a wholesale power grab by the executive branch, unweighting the originally designed separate but equal and balanced government. Our separation of powers, many argue, is our Constitution’s most salient accomplishment. This wisdom would literally be traded for folly.

Voters who value representative democracy — or a republic — should reject this misguided and dangerous proposal.

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Column: Dems unfairly target charter schools

If charter school parents, teachers, and advocates don’t get serious about saving schools in 2018, they may very well not have safe, high-quality schools left in many communities — urban, suburban and rural.

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Column: Liberal policy scary as violent behavior

Each of the Democratic candidates for governor has promised to ban these schools and to force tens of thousands of Michigan kids out of the schools that help them succeed and back into the failure factories they fled. Beyond their rhetoric, Democrat promises are almost as scary as their violent intolerance.

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Column: Issues that matter this election

Personalities matter, but so do issues. This year in particular, amidst a hyper-divisive political environment with an angrier-than-ever-before 24 hour news cycle, it’s the big issues and how candidates up and down the ballot respond to them that will drive voter sentiment and, eventually, behavior.

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Column: Michigan’s comeback took work

No wonder Michigan unemployment hit 14.9 percent by 2009, as families fled the state just to make a living. But the economic carnage really was unnecessary.

Michigan’s turnaround has been one for the books. Let’s keep it going.

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Column: Embrace a freedom agenda

Eliminate the personal income tax. Let’s try this again. The state House this year tried and failed to roll back “temporary” income tax hikes instituted by the state’s most notorious job killer, former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. They should try again – and again – until they find a way to keep their promise of income tax relief for Michigan workers. Granholm’s tax hikes need to be permanently blown-away.

Pro-freedom policy changes in recent years have made Michigan better. But it’s renewal requires a lot more relentless positive action. The operative word being action.

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Column: UM’s intolerant environment

Even without active obstruction, limitations on speech rights or fear of bullying and intimidation because of one’s political persuasion can chill expressive activity and result in censorship.

To be clear, free speech is not an absolute defense of all speech. But it does cover speech that might make us uncomfortable, that challenges, that provokes us to consider another view and it certainly covers that which is different.

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Column: Campaigns should eschew predators

The problem hasn’t been her staff (Whitmer) — it’s been her own terrible judgment. Why embrace felons and alleged sex predators? Because if she’s going to rescue her failing candidacy, Whitmer personally feels she has to. Of all the indictments of her campaign, that may be the most damning.

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Clips: Lawmakers face gay rights, road tax, election issues

Orginally published by the Detroit News, November 24, 2014, here.

Lansing — State lawmakers return to the capital Tuesday for the start of a marathon three-week session where the outgoing GOP House and Senate leaders hope to cement their legacies by settling some contentious issues.

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