As they say, no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe when the legislature is in session.
Thankfully, after a long week, a flurry of votes on radical legislation, capped off by the passing of Michigan’s most bloated budget ever, the state legislature is finally in recess for almost the entire next two months.
The budget is the worst of the worst. Over $80 billion, when just a few years ago the budget was under $60 billion.
This budget is literally the giving away of tens of billions of dollars to Democrats’ allies – to be returned to them in funds to support their campaigns.
Without any doubt, they entire next year will be flooded with disinformation in support of Democrats – and it’s the responsibility of every patriot to do everything in your power to defeat them next year.
We also witnessed an incredible betrayal by Republicans, including some in the House whose votes weren’t even needed for passage.
In the Senate, they need two-thirds for “immediate effect,” which is critical for budget bills.
After we exposed these votes normally taken in secret, some Senate Republicans just voted openly for the budget, as well as immediate effect – although one, Sen. Aric Nesbitt, voted no on the budget but YES on immediate effect – essentially voting YES, since without immediate effect the money couldn’t be spent for months.
The Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ budget were:
Rep. Gina Johnsen (R-Lake Odessa)
Rep. Sarah Lightner (R-Springport)
Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden)
Rep. Bill Schuette (R-Midland)
Rep. Mark Tisdel (R-Rochester Hills)
Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo)
Sen. John Damoose (R-Harbor Springs)
Sen. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker)
Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Twp.) (only on the secret immediate effect vote that counts)
Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton)
Sen. Rick Outman (R-Stanton)
Sen. Mike Webber (R-Rochester Hills)
Other bills passed last week, too, including one to end merit pay for teachers, although the one we mobilized against – the Thought Crimes bill, did not get a vote in the Senate, which is an encouraging sign.
Now, a new season begins: The legislature is out of session. We have two months to begin mobilizing, knocking on doors, reaching out to voters, and begin building the narrative that will be critical for success next year.
There is a lot to go over, and we will do so on a livestream this Wednesday instead of our usual Sunday at 9pm time slot . . . because we have a special topic for our show.
For those who may not know, Gary Glenn is a life-long leader and fighter for everything the Rescue Michigan Coalition has fought for since we began. He led Right to Work campaigns in both Idaho in Michigan, he battled the monopoly utilities throughout his term of office as a State Representative, and as President of the American Family Association of Michigan, he co-authored and led the passage Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment.
Gary Glenn was among the most skilled political communicators I’ve ever worked with. He was fearless, always on the attack, and merciless. His opponents feared and hated him. He described himself as a “serial bomb-thrower” – but unlike the bomb-throwers we have today, he was always on target: a political marksman.
I worked with Gary Glenn on his successful race for State Representative and later worked in his office in Lansing.
In 2016, Gary Glenn was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. After a very long battle, Gary’s health is declining.
I was inspired by Scott Ritter, who paid extensive tribute to the famous whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg before his passing to pancreatic cancer, rather than after, to do the same for Gary.
The presentation will include myself and others who have fought in the political trenches with Gary Glenn over the years, to reflect on the accomplished life of a true Michigan patriot.
We will have several guests, including my own political mentor, so this will surely be a meaningful discussion on the past, present, and future of the conservative movement.
We will return shortly with a more detailed analysis of what transpired in Lansing this past week and what’s next.
But at this moment, honoring the life of Gary Glenn is important and timely.
For any Michigan patriot who desires to know the deep history of our movement, this show is can’t-miss.
See you tonight, and as always,
Thanks for all you do for Liberty,
Adam de Angeli
Rescue Michigan Coalition