Thursday, March 29, 2012

Not happy with the federal budget

That's not a surprise, because I'm never happy with the budget. I understand not to make the perfect the enemy of the good. However, the Ryan budget isn't conservative enough. Balanced budgets should be expected and the bare minimum when there's 15 trillion dollar national debts to seat with.

From The Hill

The House on Thursday afternoon voted down a budget alternative offered by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), paving the way for House passage of a plan offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Members rejected the RSC proposal in a 136-285 vote in which 136 Republicans supported it and 104 Republicans opposed it. That's more support than the RSC budget received last year, when 119 Republicans favored it and 120 opposed it.

There's more.

The RSC plan proposes $7.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade, about 50 percent more than Ryan's budget. It also calls for cuts and a freeze to discretionary spending until the budget balances.

The problem is that baseline budgets start at last year's spending. That's a big reason why spending keeps going up and it's perpetual in length. It's unacceptable. What's needed is a zero based budgeting plan, along with the look at every single expenditure and department to decide the following.

1. Is it constitutional?
2. Is it needed?
3. Can states and local governments do the same work?
4. Does it work?

We don't need a federal department of education. The feds are not competent enough, or trustworthy enough to be involved in education. We elect school boards for a reason. We have a state board of education.

We do not need the BATF. We do not need a lot of federal crimes that are taken care of on the state level. It's none of Washington's business if states legalize medical marijuana.

Most transportation can be passed off to the states, and eliminate the hostage taking of state policy for highway funds while you are at it.

Go with zero based budgeting. Eliminate what isn't needed. Balance the budget. Don't raise taxes. That's not asking for much.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ridiculous laws (and policies) of the week - Pt 5

This isn't directly a law, but I'll cover this as well as it's a policy from a governmental function adversely affecting individuals.

From Yahoo

An Indiana high school expels a student for a silly, profane tweet, even though it seems to have been sent at 2:30 a.m. The school suggests that it may track all of its students' tweets, regardless of what time or where they were sent.

I am sure that the people who run Garrett High School in Indiana radiate intelligence.

Perhaps, though, they have tossed a little inkblot onto their pristine record with the expulsion of senior Austin Carroll. He didn't assault anyone. He didn't toss a projectile, nor brandish a knife. No, it seems that he merely tweeted.

Please prepare your best judgmental pose while I transcribe (mostly) his supposedly most offensive tweet: "F*** is one of those F****** words you can F****** put anywhere in a F****** sentence and it still F****** makes sense."

There, how did that feel? Juvenile? To some, perhaps. Amusing? Mostly to his peers, surely. But offensive? Offensive enough to get him thrown out of school, with a mere three months of his time there left to serve? With this, some might struggle.

For that tweet, at 2:30AM off school grounds, he gets the boot. That's stupid. I'll fully admit that I have a bad mouth at times, and got a three day vacation once for using that word in school "loud enough for all to hear." It wasn't the smartest thing I've done, and as it was on school grounds, I deserved it.

This tweet was stupid, although technically true. It was stupid as the first word of world wide web is world and it gets sent out for everyone to read. However, if it was at 2:30am, it was off school grounds. Anything off school grounds and outside of school functions is quite bluntly, none of their f***ing business. That's where I have the problem. School administrators are increasing usurping more powers and jurisdictions of things outside of school grounds. That needs to stop.

Expulsions are usually board of admin decisions. These board members are our elected officials. It's our job to make sure we elect good board members to schools, and that includes those who leave school policy at the school doors.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Incumbent Judicial Filing Deadline Today, 3-26

Updated 3:21 - Garagiola NOT running for re-election.

Right now in Livingston County, the Argus saw something I've been keeping an eye on for awhile. Mike Hatty and Carol Sue Reader have announced that they are running for re-election, but so far, Carol Hackett Garagiola has not decided one way or another if she's running. No challengers have filed, although Lori Marran has an active campaign finance committee. Challengers don't have to file until May 1.

From the Argus

The Livingston County Probate Court judge race should come into focus today — the deadline for incumbent Judge Carol Hackett Garagiola to say yes to a re-election bid.

Garagiola has not responded to repeated telephone and e-mail messages from the Daily Press & Argus seeking comment.

While Garagiola has been quiet, candidate Lori Marran, a Friend of the Court referee and former Probate Court administrator, kicked her campaign into gear with a $1,000-per-plate dinner Thursday at Coyote Preserve Golf Club in Tyrone Township. The event, which drew support from retired and sitting judges, raised about $50,000.

Much of my practice deals with estate planning which is probate's jurisdiction, so I won't be saying much here about the probate race. I have to work with Garagiola and her office. I don't practice family law, but I've never had any problems in my area. I'll have to work with Marran if she runs and wins. I haven't worked directly with her, but heard good things from those who have. There may be other candidates as well. I don't know if others are running. I think if someone does run, it will be announced after today if Garagiola decides to not run for re-election.

Some important dates to remember are as follows.

3-26-2012 - 5PM - Incumbent Judicial Candidates (non-Scotus) filing deadline by affidavit. That's today.

5-1-2012 - 4PM - Challenger for judicial positions file by petition.

5-15-2012 - 4PM - Filing deadlines for precinct delegate and partisan/nonpartisan candidates in August primary. Filing deadline for local petition questions on August ballot unless earlier local deadline.

5-30-2012 - 4PM - Filing deadline for ballot initiative petitions for November ballot.

7-5-2012 - 5PM - Incumbent Supreme Court justices filing deadline by affidavit.

7-19-2012 - 4PM - District library board, Independent candidates filing deadline, also deadline for petitions for constitutional amendment.

7-27-2012 - 4pm - Write in candidate deadline (outside of precinct delegate) for primary

8-3-2012 - 4PM - Write in deadline for precinct delegate

8-14-2012 - 4PM - Filing deadline for school board, village candidates. Filing deadline for local petition questions unless earlier local deadline.

10-26-2012 - 4PM - Filing deadline for write in candidates in general.

Some election dominoes are going to start moving today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

State House Redistricting - District 95 (HD-95)

State House - District 95
Current Rep - Stacy Erwin Oakes (D - Saginaw)

Candidates:
GOP - Jeff Baker (R-Saginaw)
DEM - Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw)

Old District (95th)
Stacy Erwin Oakes - 13858
Sarge Harvey -5577

This district's had a lot of turnover at the state rep position, but one constant has been the same. Democrats win here. The old district covered the City of Saginaw, Bridgeport Twp, and Buena Vista Twp. It adds the rest of Spaulding Twp, Kochvill Twp, Carrollton Twp, James Twp, and Zilwaukee. The district expanded due to population loss and no longer has a black plurality. It's now about 47.8% White and 37% Black so this could make things interesting primary time. It's still a safe democrat district, going about 70% on a consistent basis.



McCain Obama Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Bridgeport Twp 1916 3595 5511 -1679 34.77% 65.23% -30.47%
Buena Vista Twp 562 3819 4381 -3257 12.83% 87.17% -74.34%
Carrollton Twp 1065 1866 2931 -801 36.34% 63.66% -27.33%
James Twp 621 537 1158 84 53.63% 46.37% 7.25%
Kochville Twp 709 749 1458 -40 48.63% 51.37% -2.74%
Saginaw 4419 18591 23010 -14172 19.20% 80.80% -61.59%
Spaulding Twp 454 658 1112 -204 40.83% 59.17% -18.35%
Zilwaukee 384 501 885 -117 43.39% 56.61% -13.22%
Zilwaukee Twp 23 22 45 1 51.11% 48.89% 2.22%



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Total 10153 30338 40491 -20185 25.07% 74.93% -49.85%









Bush Kerry Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Bridgeport Twp 2103 3474 5577 -1371 37.71% 62.29% -24.58%
Buena Vista Twp 713 3472 4185 -2759 17.04% 82.96% -65.93%
Carrollton Twp 1277 1730 3007 -453 42.47% 57.53% -15.06%
James Twp 588 522 1110 66 52.97% 47.03% 5.95%
Kochville Twp 707 563 1270 144 55.67% 44.33% 11.34%
Saginaw 5800 16992 22792 -11192 25.45% 74.55% -49.10%
Spaulding Twp 491 669 1160 -178 42.33% 57.67% -15.34%
Zilwaukee 452 505 957 -53 47.23% 52.77% -5.54%
Zilwaukee Twp 36 17 53 19 67.92% 32.08% 35.85%



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Total 12167 27944 40111 -15777 30.33% 69.67% -39.33%








Last St House GOP DEM Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Bridgeport Twp 1508 2155 3663 -647 41.17% 58.83% -17.66%
Buena Vista Twp 411 2089 2500 -1678 16.44% 83.56% -67.12%
Carrollton Twp

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James Twp

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Kochville Twp

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Saginaw 3282 9252 12534 -5970 26.18% 73.82% -47.63%
Spaulding Twp 376 362 738 14 50.95% 49.05% 1.90%
Zilwaukee

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Zilwaukee Twp

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Total 5577 13858 19435 -8281 28.70% 71.30% -42.61%

State House Redistricting - District 94 (HD-94)

State House - District 94
Current Rep - Ken Horn (R - Frankenmuth) - Termed Out

Candidates:
GOP -  Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw)
Dem - Judith Lincoln (D-Saginaw)

Update 5-27-2012 - We have a three way primary here.

Update 8-30-2012 - Tim Kelly won the primary for this district.

Old District (94th)
Ken Horn - 24,362
Vince Mosca - 10,470

This is a soon to be open seat in rural and suburban Saginaw County. It has a bit of a moderate democrat history, but has been ours for awhile. Democrat Lew Dodak used to represent this area as speaker until Mike Goschka took the seat. It was heavily competitive in 1996 under similar borders when Goschka was termed out. Under slightly different borders, it was decided by 71 votes in 1998.

The old district covered Albee Twp, Birch Run Twp, Blumfield Twp, Chesaning Twp, Frankemuth, James Twp, Maple Grove Twp, Saginaw Twp (not city), St Charles Twp, Swan Creek, Taymouth Twp, and Thomas Twp. The new district drops Chesaning Twp, James Twp, and Maple Grove Twp to the old 85th District. It adds Tittabawassee Twp from the old 98th. I'd now call this a lean republican district that got less unsafe, but there's still a lot of yellow dog ticket splitters in these areas. Jim Barcia types do well here, and that's why I can't call this safe even with McCain winning the district. Most of these areas have split their tickets in the past, outside of Frankenmuth which is a GOP stronghold, and Albee and Taymouth Twps which almost always goes dem.



McCain Obama Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Albee Twp 417 645 1062 -228 39.27% 60.73% -21.47%
Birch Run Twp 1659 1581 3240 78 51.20% 48.80% 2.41%
Blumfield Twp 850 358 1208 492 70.36% 29.64% 40.73%
Frankenmuth 2163 1001 3164 1162 68.36% 31.64% 36.73%
Frankenmuth Twp 942 343 1285 599 73.31% 26.69% 46.61%
Saginaw Twp 11368 11944 23312 -576 48.76% 51.24% -2.47%
St Charles Twp 702 650 1352 52 51.92% 48.08% 3.85%
Swan Creek Twp 792 618 1410 174 56.17% 43.83% 12.34%
Taymouth Twp 952 1326 2278 -374 41.79% 58.21% -16.42%
Thomas Twp 4056 3181 7237 875 56.05% 43.95% 12.09%
Tittabawassee twp 2449 1992 4441 457 55.15% 44.85% 10.29%
Total 26350 23639 49989 2711 52.71% 47.29% 5.42%









Bush Kerry Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Albee Twp 441 635 1076 -194 40.99% 59.01% -18.03%
Birch Run Twp 1761 1487 3248 274 54.22% 45.78% 8.44%
Blumfield Twp 896 362 1258 534 71.22% 28.78% 42.45%
Frankenmuth 2337 861 3198 1476 73.08% 26.92% 46.15%
Frankenmuth Twp 989 310 1299 679 76.14% 23.86% 52.27%
Saginaw Twp 12387 10810 23197 1577 53.40% 46.60% 6.80%
St Charles Twp 824 758 1582 66 52.09% 47.91% 4.17%
Swan Creek Twp 863 600 1463 263 58.99% 41.01% 17.98%
Taymouth Twp 1072 1258 2330 -186 46.01% 53.99% -7.98%
Thomas Twp 4302 2846 7148 1456 60.18% 39.82% 20.37%
Tittabawassee twp 2409 1573 3982 836 60.50% 39.50% 20.99%
Total 28281 21500 49781 6781 56.81% 43.19% 13.62%








Last St House GOP DEM Total  Diff GOP  DEM Diff
Albee Twp 392 233 625 159 62.72% 37.28% 25.44%
Birch Run Twp 1552 597 2149 955 72.22% 27.78% 44.44%
Blumfield Twp 781 150 931 631 83.89% 16.11% 67.78%
Frankenmuth 2151 268 2419 1883 88.92% 11.08% 77.84%
Frankenmuth Twp 903 80 983 823 91.86% 8.14% 83.72%
Saginaw Twp 10371 5540 15911 4831 65.18% 34.82% 30.36%
St Charles Twp 662 304 966 358 68.53% 31.47% 37.06%
Swan Creek Twp 685 286 971 399 70.55% 29.45% 41.09%
Taymouth Twp 884 550 1434 334 61.65% 38.35% 23.29%
Thomas Twp 3774 1343 5117 2431 73.75% 26.25% 47.51%
Tittabawassee twp

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Total 22155 9351 31506 12804 70.32% 29.68% 40.64%

Invasions of privacy, writ large

I'm not much of a social media kind of guy. It's too easy to say something stupid, put up a stupid picture, and have it shared with millions of people. I also believe that my personal life is none of the business of most of my readers. Most of my readers don't care, and shouldn't care. I'm not that important. If my businesses expand to the point where I'm hiring a bunch of people, I sure won't be following in these footsteps. I wouldn't ask for this, and I wouldn't hire somebody who either asked or gave out that information either in an interview. I deal with confidential information. If I'm going to hand out confidential information about myself, like my logins, how the hell can I be trusted with someone else's confidential information? That's how I look at it.

From Annarbor.com:

SEATTLE — When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

Why stop at facebook, and go with email accounts and everything.

"It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation."

Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks.

Kerr (who writes at The Volokh Conspiracy) is dead on here.

Here's the part that really gets crazy and sets me off. It can also cover this edition of ridiculous laws of the week. This belongs in tort law, not criminal law.

Giving out Facebook login information violates the social network's terms of service. But those terms have no real legal weight, and experts say the legality of asking for such information remains murky.

The Department of Justice regards it as a federal crime to enter a social networking site in violation of the terms of service, but during recent congressional testimony, the agency said such violations would not be prosecuted.

Federal crime? A felony? I remember reading about this a long time ago. I believe it's under a fraud provision, but I need to double check. Still, you got to be kidding me. "Such violations would not be prosecuted?" So what. It's on the books. It CAN be enforced. It's STILL a crime. What we have here is people being told to commit a crime in job interviews. If it isn't worth prosecuting, get it the hell off the books.

Now, as I said earlier, if I'm expanded to the point I'm hiring a lot of people, I'd never ask for login information, and would be supplying company computers and emails with the full understanding that business stays only business, and personal stays personal unless it directly affects business (things that can be found on public records). That protects everybody. The irony about this is that from my perspective I have a bigger problem if you give login information away to HR, because I now wonder if I can count on you to keep things that need to be kept in-house, in-house if there's pressure by some bureaucrat.

Due to discrimination laws, I can not generally (in most cases) discriminate against somebody in employment on the basis of race, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability, age, military service, bankruptcy, genetic information, or citizenship status. In Michigan that includes marital status as well. In a lot of states it includes sexual orientation, although even in states not specifically listed, that's likely a lawsuit waiting to happen in a lot of areas. The easiest way to avoid any lawsuit or tort case is to simply not ask about those sort of things at all. Why would I anyway? None of those affect my area of business. I'm not going to ask, and it isn't my business.

Now, if some of these social network thing-a-my-bobs carry that information, is listed privately, and someone gets that information due to possible coercion (is it really volunteering the info?) by HR, does that amount to a case if someone isn't hired?

That's in addition to that federal law described above violated (it's on the books, and who knows when it will be enforced) and violation of terms of service contracts (tortuous interference claims by the social networks if they prove damages).

I hope this gets taken to court.

Monday, March 19, 2012

David Morse not running for re-election

From the Argus


Livingston County’s longest serving prosecutor, David Morse, announced today that he is not seeking re-election.Morse made the announcement to his staff on Friday and he confirmed it in an interview with the Daily Press & Argus this morning.
“I feel like I could have gone another two more years,” Morse said, noting that he didn’t want to retire half way into a four-year term. “I couldn’t face the voters knowing it’s a commitment I won’t be able to honor.”

I give Morse credit for that comment. A lot of people retire mid-term like its no big deal for extra money/benefits and also so the favorite pick can be appointed as a quasi-incumbent. Morse is letting the voters pick his replacement and finishing his term.

This means there will be a rare opening for the prosecutor's spot. Nobody has officially filed yet, but there will be some people running. Bill Vailliencourt and Bill McCririe might be candidates. Both have been longtime assistant prosecutors. Someone outside the office may run as well. It'll be interesting to see what happens here and with some of the other county offices. There is going to be some turnover this election season.

Maggie Jones is retiring from the county commission. Former Brighton Mayor Kate Lawrence is running for her spot. Dianne Hardy retired and was replaced by longtime assistant Jennifer Nash who is running as a quasi-incumbent. I've heard good things about her. Bill Green is running for County Commissioner for Jim Mantey's position. I don't know if Mantey is running for re-election or not. Bill Call is challenging Ron Van Houten who is running for re-election. Incumbents Bob Bezotte (sheriff), Dave Domas, Steve Williams, and Jack LaBelle are running for re-election.

Local governments are the governments we interact with the most. These races often get lost in the shuffle. We need to make sure that these elections receive the attention they deserve.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

State House Redistricting - District 93 (HD-93)

State House - District 93
Current Rep - Paul Opsommer (R - DeWitt) - Termed Out

Candidates:
GOP - Tom Leonard (R-Lansing),
Dem - Paul Silva (D-St Johns)

Update - 5-27-2012 - This is a four way primary here. I'm familiar with two of the individuals running, and Tom Leonard has my support. I met Tom right after I left MSU and worked well with him during our time on the 8th District committee. While I'm fairly sure most of the republican candidates are conservative, Tom also understands the nuts and bolts of politics and will make sure those conservative ideas get implemented.

Update 8-30-2012 - Big win for Tom Leonard in a tough primary.

Old District (93rd)
Paul Opsommer - 22,287
Travis Lacelle - 9,476

The old district covered most of Clinton County and all of Gratiot County. Now it covers all of Clinton County and most of Gratiot County. This district got a bit tougher for us in 2012. Ten years ago, Clinton County was a base county for the GOP. That is no longer really the case. That came to a head when Obama won Clinton County after being a consistent 55-60% county. The problem for us is why Clinton County flipped. The reason is largely Bath Township. Bath Township went from being a swing area (Bush won in 2000 and lost in 2004 - one of the rare areas that happened) to basically being part of East Lansing. Take a drive north on Chandler Rd (Abbott) and you'll miss where East Lansing ends and Bath begins. East Lansing's also annexing some land Clinton County that was part of DeWitt and Bath Twps.

The new district picks up eastern Clinton County from the 85th district. Bath Township, along with Ovid and Victor Townships. It drops Seville Twp, St Louis, Alma, Pine River Twp, Bethany Twp, and Emerson Twp to the 70th District.

Keep an eye on this district. Opsommer was a very good candidate for the area and a good rep. He even won his portion of East Lansing in 2010. The only areas Opsommer ever lost was East Lansing in 08, and Alma (now in 70th), Hamilton Twp, Newark Twp, St Louis (now in 70th), Sumner Twp, Duplain Twp, and East Lansing in the open seat of 2006. He won easily in 06, but did struggle in Gratiot County.

The good news is that we a very good candidate for the open seat. Tom Leonard. I've worked with Tom on the 8th District committee. He's good people and a good candidate. He understands both the base areas of the county and the Lansing area, and should do better than most republicans in the MSU area of the district. Unlike Opsommer, he has less of a flank to be worried about in Gratiot County simply because Alma and St Louis are in another district (although Opsommer didn't have Bath and had less of East Lansing). He should keep this district ours for another six years. I'll call this lean republican, but if there's a year to be worried, it's this year with Obama's popularity with the college crowd and the straight ticket votes from that.



McCain Obama Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Clinton County

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Bath Twp 2303 3236 5539 -933 41.58% 58.42% -16.84%
Bengal Twp 384 264 648 120 59.26% 40.74% 18.52%
Bingham Twp 805 654 1459 151 55.17% 44.83% 10.35%
Dallas Twp 870 349 1219 521 71.37% 28.63% 42.74%
DeWitt  1300 1379 2679 -79 48.53% 51.47% -2.95%
DeWitt Twp 3604 4025 7629 -421 47.24% 52.76% -5.52%
Duplain Twp 523 643 1166 -120 44.85% 55.15% -10.29%
Eagle Twp 837 787 1624 50 51.54% 48.46% 3.08%
East Lansing 272 626 898 -354 30.29% 69.71% -39.42%
Essex Twp 515 447 962 68 53.53% 46.47% 7.07%
Grand Ledge

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Greenbrush Twp 621 601 1222 20 50.82% 49.18% 1.64%
Lebanon twp 186 111 297 75 62.63% 37.37% 25.25%
Olive Twp 792 654 1446 138 54.77% 45.23% 9.54%
Ovid Twp 832 928 1760 -96 47.27% 52.73% -5.45%
Riley Twp 613 560 1173 53 52.26% 47.74% 4.52%
St Johns 1748 1963 3711 -215 47.10% 52.90% -5.79%
Victor Twp 984 1034 2018 -50 48.76% 51.24% -2.48%
Watertown Twp 1554 1391 2945 163 52.77% 47.23% 5.53%
Westphalia Twp 983 353 1336 630 73.58% 26.42% 47.16%
Gratiot County

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Arcada Twp 428 432 860 -4 49.77% 50.23% -0.47%
Elba Twp 311 332 643 -21 48.37% 51.63% -3.27%
Fulton Twp 652 589 1241 63 52.54% 47.46% 5.08%
Hamilton Twp 114 87 201 27 56.72% 43.28% 13.43%
Ithaca 586 793 1379 -207 42.49% 57.51% -15.01%
Lafayette Twp 183 130 313 53 58.47% 41.53% 16.93%
New Haven Twp 231 219 450 12 51.33% 48.67% 2.67%
Newark Twp 202 224 426 -22 47.42% 52.58% -5.16%
North Shade Twp 177 106 283 71 62.54% 37.46% 25.09%
North Star Twp 220 237 457 -17 48.14% 51.86% -3.72%
Sumner Twp 368 463 831 -95 44.28% 55.72% -11.43%
Washington Twp 278 170 448 108 62.05% 37.95% 24.11%
Wheeler Twp 645 596 1241 49 51.97% 48.03% 3.95%



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Total 24121 24383 48504 -262 49.73% 50.27% -0.54%









Bush Kerry Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Clinton County

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Bath Twp 2338 2341 4679 -3 49.97% 50.03% -0.06%
Bengal Twp 472 202 674 270 70.03% 29.97% 40.06%
Bingham Twp 928 498 1426 430 65.08% 34.92% 30.15%
Dallas Twp 979 256 1235 723 79.27% 20.73% 58.54%
DeWitt  1521 1073 2594 448 58.64% 41.36% 17.27%
DeWitt Twp 4065 3273 7338 792 55.40% 44.60% 10.79%
Duplain Twp 629 548 1177 81 53.44% 46.56% 6.88%
Eagle Twp 910 552 1462 358 62.24% 37.76% 24.49%
East Lansing 136 265 401 -129 33.92% 66.08% -32.17%
Essex Twp 574 380 954 194 60.17% 39.83% 20.34%
Grand Ledge

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Greenbrush Twp 720 445 1165 275 61.80% 38.20% 23.61%
Lebanon twp 216 92 308 124 70.13% 29.87% 40.26%
Olive Twp 875 584 1459 291 59.97% 40.03% 19.95%
Ovid Twp 967 696 1663 271 58.15% 41.85% 16.30%
Riley Twp 737 421 1158 316 63.64% 36.36% 27.29%
St Johns 2206 1589 3795 617 58.13% 41.87% 16.26%
Victor Twp 1141 867 2008 274 56.82% 43.18% 13.65%
Watertown Twp 1568 1143 2711 425 57.84% 42.16% 15.68%
Westphalia Twp 1007 288 1295 719 77.76% 22.24% 55.52%
Gratiot County

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Arcada Twp 499 370 869 129 57.42% 42.58% 14.84%
Elba Twp 383 297 680 86 56.32% 43.68% 12.65%
Fulton Twp 724 488 1212 236 59.74% 40.26% 19.47%
Hamilton Twp 133 71 204 62 65.20% 34.80% 30.39%
Ithaca 785 636 1421 149 55.24% 44.76% 10.49%
Lafayette Twp 195 113 308 82 63.31% 36.69% 26.62%
New Haven Twp 275 166 441 109 62.36% 37.64% 24.72%
Newark Twp 246 185 431 61 57.08% 42.92% 14.15%
North Shade Twp 190 76 266 114 71.43% 28.57% 42.86%
North Star Twp 282 208 490 74 57.55% 42.45% 15.10%
Sumner Twp 433 353 786 80 55.09% 44.91% 10.18%
Washington Twp 280 157 437 123 64.07% 35.93% 28.15%
Wheeler Twp 777 491 1268 286 61.28% 38.72% 22.56%



0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Total 27191 19124 46315 8067 58.71% 41.29% 17.42%








Last St House GOP DEM Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Clinton County

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Bath Twp

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Bengal Twp 397 101 498 296 79.72% 20.28% 59.44%
Bingham Twp 823 267 1090 556 75.50% 24.50% 51.01%
Dallas Twp 746 126 872 620 85.55% 14.45% 71.10%
DeWitt  1323 553 1876 770 70.52% 29.48% 41.04%
DeWitt Twp 3536 1696 5232 1840 67.58% 32.42% 35.17%
Duplain Twp 475 261 736 214 64.54% 35.46% 29.08%
Eagle Twp 780 386 1166 394 66.90% 33.10% 33.79%
East Lansing 221 195 416 26 53.13% 46.88% 6.25%
Essex Twp 478 157 635 321 75.28% 24.72% 50.55%
Grand Ledge

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Greenbrush Twp 618 249 867 369 71.28% 28.72% 42.56%
Lebanon twp 175 43 218 132 80.28% 19.72% 60.55%
Olive Twp 733 349 1082 384 67.74% 32.26% 35.49%
Ovid Twp

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Riley Twp 602 258 860 344 70.00% 30.00% 40.00%
St Johns 1702 778 2480 924 68.63% 31.37% 37.26%
Victor Twp

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Watertown Twp 1442 657 2099 785 68.70% 31.30% 37.40%
Westphalia Twp 826 144 970 682 85.15% 14.85% 70.31%
Gratiot County

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Arcada Twp 401 164 565 237 70.97% 29.03% 41.95%
Elba Twp 263 139 402 124 65.42% 34.58% 30.85%
Fulton Twp 600 253 853 347 70.34% 29.66% 40.68%
Hamilton Twp 96 44 140 52 68.57% 31.43% 37.14%
Ithaca 594 275 869 319 68.35% 31.65% 36.71%
Lafayette Twp 148 40 188 108 78.72% 21.28% 57.45%
New Haven Twp 188 82 270 106 69.63% 30.37% 39.26%
Newark Twp 182 81 263 101 69.20% 30.80% 38.40%
North Shade Twp 148 43 191 105 77.49% 22.51% 54.97%
North Star Twp 214 92 306 122 69.93% 30.07% 39.87%
Sumner Twp 324 145 469 179 69.08% 30.92% 38.17%
Washington Twp 243 64 307 179 79.15% 20.85% 58.31%
Wheeler Twp 586 217 803 369 72.98% 27.02% 45.95%



0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Total 18864 7859 26723 11005 70.59% 29.41% 41.18%

State House Redistricting - District 92 (HD-92)

State House - District 92
Current Rep - Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon)

Candidates:
GOP - Travis Shepherd (R-Muskegon)
Dem - Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon)

Update 8-30-2012 - Hovey-Wright won her primary. 

Old District (92nd)
Marcia Hovey-Wright - 13,102
John McNally - 7,486

This is a solidly democrat district with little change with redistricting. The old district covers Fruitland Twp, North Muskegon, and Laketon Twp which are GOP friendly at times, but also has all of the City of Muskegon, Muskegon Twp, and Muskegon Heights which are all strongholds for the dems. The district overall is 26.7% black largely due to Muskegon Heights and Muskegon, and that is more than enough to ensure this stays democrat. The new district also has Whitehall Twp, which leans democrat, although not to the level of the three strongholds. This district has been democrat for years, and isn't likely to change anytime soon.



McCain Obama Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Fruitland Twp 1290 1813 3103 -523 41.57% 58.43% -16.85%
Laketon Twp 1863 2636 4499 -773 41.41% 58.59% -17.18%
Muskegon 2930 12049 14979 -9119 19.56% 80.44% -60.88%
Muskegon Heights 158 5019 5177 -4861 3.05% 96.95% -93.90%
Muskegon Twp 2546 5362 7908 -2816 32.20% 67.80% -35.61%
North Muskegon 1183 1214 2397 -31 49.35% 50.65% -1.29%
Whitehall Twp 395 566 961 -171 41.10% 58.90% -17.79%



0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Total 10365 28659 39024 -18294 26.56% 73.44% -46.88%









Bush Kerry Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Fruitland Twp 1549 1473 3022 76 51.26% 48.74% 2.51%
Laketon Twp 2179 2174 4353 5 50.06% 49.94% 0.11%
Muskegon 3905 10039 13944 -6134 28.00% 72.00% -43.99%
Muskegon Heights 312 3911 4223 -3599 7.39% 92.61% -85.22%
Muskegon Twp 3328 4609 7937 -1281 41.93% 58.07% -16.14%
North Muskegon 1456 1011 2467 445 59.02% 40.98% 18.04%
Whitehall Twp 482 465 947 17 50.90% 49.10% 1.80%



0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Total 13211 23682 36893 -10471 35.81% 64.19% -28.38%








Last St House GOP DEM Total Diff GOP DEM Diff
Fruitland Twp 1028 914 1942 114 52.94% 47.06% 5.87%
Laketon Twp 1446 1362 2808 84 51.50% 48.50% 2.99%
Muskegon 2107 5541 7648 -3434 27.55% 72.45% -44.90%
Muskegon Heights 107 2208 2315 -2101 4.62% 95.38% -90.76%
Muskegon Twp 1839 2407 4246 -568 43.31% 56.69% -13.38%
North Muskegon 959 670 1629 289 58.87% 41.13% 17.74%
Whitehall Twp

0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!



0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Total 7486 13102 20588 -5616 36.36% 63.64% -27.28%