I have been getting tired of this election season and can't wait for it to be over, but at the same time worry about the outcome.
What good has Obama done to America, other than:
Most of the campaign advertising on broadcast outlets in Michigan have been over the six statewide proposals, five of which are to amend the state Constitution. The official ballot language and my commentaries for each are included in the spoiler (which I used to reduce the post length).
Here's how I plan on voting, aside from the Presidency and U.S. Senate for Michigan:
State Representative (District 82):
Kevin Daley (R-Lum) (incumbent)
State Board of Education:
Todd Courser (R-Silverwood)
Karen Adams (T-Lake Odessa)
I know both of these candidates are long-shot, due to their positions, but both candidates are opposed to Obama's globalist-oriented, power-consolidating Common Core Standards federal curriculum mandates (which I also absolutely loathe). In addition, Courser is Tea Party-supported and is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Second Amendment, pro-expanded school choice, and pro-homeschooling.
University of Michigan Regents, Michigan State University Trustees, Wayne State University Governors:
Abstain, I usually don't vote on these offices anyway.
Lapeer County Prosecutor:
Byron Konschuh (R) (incumbent) (unopposed)
Lapeer County Sheriff:
Jeff Fick (D) – Incumbent Ron Kalanquin (R) has been in office for 32 years, being elected for the first time in 1980 (when Ronald Reagan was elected President for the first time), which is too long for any elected office, IMO. Besides, during the primary campaign, where Kalanquin faced Mike Gepfrey, some dirt was dug on both the Republican Primary candidates. Had Gepfrey won the primary, I probably would be voting for him. I have not heard much from Kalanquin's campaign since the primary, and Fick has been running a pretty decent campaign.
Theresa M. Spencer (R) (unopposed)
Dana Miller (R) (unopposed)
Register of Deeds:
Melissa DeVaugh (R) (unopposed)
Gary Howell (R) (unopposed)
Joe Suma (R) (unopposed)
Ray Davis (R) (unopposed)
County Commissioner - District 1:
Cheryl Clark (D) (incumbent)
Marathon Township Supervisor
Dale A. Fuller (I)
Marathon Township Clerk
Dawn Johnson (D) (incumbent) (unopposed)
Pam Jaksa (I)
Jim Chaffer (D) (incumbent)
Michigan Supreme Court:
Michigan Supreme Court - Partial Term ending Jan. 1, 2015:
Court of Appeals District 4 (full term and partial term ending Jan 1, 2015) and Probate Court:
LakeVille Community Schools Board of Education:
Holly Selesky (two positions, both incumbent and unopposed)
Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.
Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.
Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.
Should this law be approved?
This proposal would:
Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.
Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees' financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.
Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.
Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.
Should this proposal be approved?
Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.
Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.
Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.
Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.
Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.
Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.
Preserve patients' rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.
Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.
Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.
This section shall in now way be considered to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.
Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, construction, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.
Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.”
Lapeer County Department of Veterans Affairs Millage Proposal: