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Thursday, March 27, 2008

what is this inequality health thing about?

I was worried when I saw this. Well, annoyed.
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
In Sickness and in Wealth
10:00 PM, 1 hr
Thu 03/27/2008
WKAR 23
Documentary/How-To/Other
TVPG, English, 2008
Debut: An exploration of how socioeconomic inequalities affect one's health and life expectancy. First up: How, in the U.S., one's health can be connected to financial well-being; why some people in poorer countries have longer lifespans.

I saw about ten minutes of it. The point of view the special takes is that there is no causal relationship between a method or approach to healthcare and health itself, when it comes to lifespans and massive diseases and such.

Christ over Communism

(From Peter Robinson at the Corner), "Whenever Ronald Reagan would mention his suspicion that Mikhail Gorbachev was a secret believer, everyone on the White House staff would scoff, thinking the president naive." (emphasis mine)

Yet at the tomb of St. Francis he bows on one knee.

He spoke fine words.

Later he claims it is as a tourist, and not a believer. His words were emotional, not borne of devotion. There is still hope, as he tours many churches and he does recognize the value of faith to society. Perhaps he may see the value of the faith to himself.


Peter Robinson may well record: "'We deem it the central revelation of Western experience,' William F. Buckley, Jr. wrote in 1960, 'that man cannot ineradicably stain himself, for the wells of regeneration are infinitely deep.'"

Mike Gravel joins the Libertarian Party

{cough!} Losers! {cough}

Seriously, former Democrat candidate for President Mike Gravel (he was also a Congressman) has left the Democrat Party and has taken his membership to the Libertarian Party. I do not actually believe that Mike Gravel is a Libertarian at heart (like I am) but we may see.

We probably will not see. The Libertarians are very capable of taking Libertarian or libertarian beliefs, principles, ethos, and attaching them to people who remain invisible to the eye of the common man. That's not very admirable considering how the supposed goal of politics is to promote various interests and ideas to improve society.

If Mike Gravel is a leftist and not a Man of the Right I doubt we will find the truth without solid research in a few years. I do know that the most visible Libertarian in the past two years was the Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, the present Congressman from Texas.

Mike Gravel, on the other hand, could not get enough Presidential votes in Michigan to be considered newsworthy. On the Democrat ballot in Michigan was Mike Gravel and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The others, of course, declined to be on the ballot yet they ("uncommitted") still beat Mike Gravel.

Homer Simpson in real life

Strictly speaking, this is not how Homer Simpson would look if he was not a cartoon: severely deformed.

What it is his cartoon form, with human skin texture and shading.

It's creepy.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

foreign money 'invested' in Universities

Stanley Kurtz loves us.

Foreign cash is often donated to American universities for reasons unknown to us. Stankley Kurtz used Freedom of Information Act requests and "obtained a comprehensive list of gifts originating in foreign countries to American colleges and universities (as reported under Title 20, Section 1011f of the U.S. Code, 'Disclosures of foreign gifts')."

It's a question of academic freedom and integrity. What are curriculum are the kids being taught? The curricula may be shaped by the donors. I have not finished the relevant article.

Here is the list. Here is the part of the list that is relevant to me:

Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
11/30/1989
$926,740
Monetary Gift
OMAN

Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
04/16/2004
$5,000,000
Contract
CHINA
Sun Wah Edu Foundation
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
06/18/2004
$46,175
Contract
SWEDEN
Swedish Intl Development
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
12/10/2004
$608,548
Contract
SWEDEN
Swedish Intl Developement
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
02/10/2005
$809,369
Contract
THE NETHERLANDS
Royal Danish Ministry
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
02/10/2005
$534,690
Contract
ENGLAND
Dept for Int'l Developement
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
06/18/2005
$505,516
Contract
COLOMBIA
Int'l Food Policy Research
Michigan State University
East Lansing
MI
06/16/2006
$273,000
Contract
COLOMBIA
Intl Food Policy Research Institute

Friday, March 14, 2008

Jonah Goldberg on Hannity & Colmes for "Liberal Fascism"



Just listen.

Let go of any stupid preconceptions such as "fascism is right wing it says so in the Dictionary"

Mark Schauer overregulating firefighters

Michigan Votes


2004 Senate Bill 1486 (Prohibit firing volunteer firefighter for emergency absence )

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  • Introduced by Sen. Mark Schauer on December 1, 2004, to prohibit an employer from discharging or disciplining an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or volunteer EMT for being late or absent from work because of responding to an emergency call.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on December 1, 2004.


This looks innocuous and cuddly on the surface but here's the truth:
This ought to make employers really anxious to hire people who are volunteer firefighters.
[by Anonymous Citizen on December 6, 2004]
They do this in France, by the way. The more difficult or dangerous it is to discharge someone from employment the less appealing is the possibility of hiring that individual.

Mark Schauer has a pattern of this: the bulk of his left-leaning legislation, when not kookie kutter liberal stuff, is just soft-sounding but still liberty-robbing.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mark Schauer Facebook presence

Mark Schauer Facebook Politician support page

Mark Schauer for Congress official Facebook Group page

Schauer for Congress group

how to "embellish you resume without lying"

Very useful, I imagine.

Lying on a resume means death, even if it is obvious or is not obvious.

There are ways to establish your less-flattering portions of professional history without disqualifying yourself from procuring a new occupation.

Mark Schauer endorsed by The Michigan Nurses Association

Why?

“He is an avid supporter of expanding the Federal S-CHIP program and has been an outstanding advocate for nursing issues,”
says MNA Political Action Committee President Renee Curtis

The MNA is a nurse's union or in other words "an AFL-CIO affiliated union representing Michigan registered nurses and advocates for them and their patients."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mark Schauer office address

Mark Schauer
Democrat of District 19
Office Phone: (517) 373-2426
Office Location: S-9 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenMSchauer@senate.michigan.gov


DISTRICT 19 - Mark Schauer (D)
Office Phone: 1-888-962-MARK (6275) or (517)373-2426
Office Location: S-9 of Capitol Building
E-mail Address: senmschauer@senate.michigan.gov
Jackson Territories include: Townships of Blackman, Concord, Columbia, Hanover, Henrietta, Liberty, Napoleon, Parma, Pulaski, Rives, Sandstone, Spring Arbor, Springport, Tompkins, and the City of Jackson.

Mark Schauer

Democrat of District 19

Office Phone: (517) 373-2426

Office Location: S-9 Capitol

E-mail Address: SenMSchauer@senate.michigan.gov

Mark Schauer the alleged criminal

The following is not mine. It was stolen from HinzSight and mirrored at RightMichigan. Campaign finance laws are still laws. Breaking laws makes you a criminal.

Monday, December 17, 2007

We knew racist Mark Schauer was a liar... turns out he's a criminal too!

By Nick De Leeuw

We knew Mark Schauer was a racist. We knew he was a liar. He's been padding his resume with those facts for the last year. But low and behold, turns out he's a lawbreaker too.

When Mark Schauer announced his candidacy for Congress in Michigan's 7th District earlier this year it became awfully plain to see that honesty wasn't the State Senator's strong suit. After all, he'd told the caucus and his constituents only a year earlier that if they sent him to the State Senate in Lansing he would serve his full four years and wouldn't run for higher office.

When Mark Schauer's Chief of Staff, Ken Brock, began traveling the 7th District a few months ago, telling anyone who would listen about how Schauer's primary opponent could never win because he was Jewish, Schauer proved that his personal ethics were far from the mainstream. He stood by Brock, defending his "odious" anti-Semitic comments, making them his own.

No one likes a liar. And even fewer people like a racist. But that's Mark Schauer. The worst part up until now was the fact that he wasn't even ashamed of himself. Toss in the candidate's leadership in pushing the Democrats' $2.3 BILLION job killing tax hike through the legislature and his adamant opposition to the right to life and support of partial-birth-abortion on demand and you get a sense of Mark Schauer's personal convictions. But none of that is illegal.
Could Mark Schauer really be a criminal? Only if you consider breaking the law criminal. And when Mark Schauer breaks the law he does it in spades.

According to Schauer's hometown paper, the
Battle Creek Enquirer:



Schauer chaired the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and oversaw the Senate Democratic Fund, for which his bombastic chief of staff, Ken Brock, took over as treasurer.


The fund raked in $440,000 above the legal limit of $20,000 per person - which the Dems don't deny. Twelve senatorial candidate committees did, with Schauer's as the worst offender at $187,000.


The moolah was instantly pumped into the campaigns of four key candidates, three of whom were trounced anyway.


For state races, this is a staggering chunk of change. The grievance is pretty cut and dried (some might call it money laundering). When seven candidates got wind of the GOP's secretary of state complaint, they ostensibly demanded a refund. Marky-Mark did not.


Here's how it worked. Schauer decided to go ahead and raise a bunch of illegal campaign cash. He received illegal money from Democrats including Carl Williams, Alexander Lipsey, Bob Schockman, Gretchen Whitmer, Mickey Switalski, Buzz Thomas, Liz Brater, Mike Prusi, Gilda Jacobs, Glenn Anderson and Mark Slavens and then pitched in $187,000 himself. Mind you, the limit is $20,000.

Once the Democrats realized they'd been discovered each of the folks who currently serve in the legislature went ahead and asked for refunds. Essentially they said "oops, our mistake, don't punish us for it!" Prusi, Whitmer, Switalski, Brater, Thomas, Slavens and Jacobs all took their illegal cash back, essentially admitting they'd been caught with their hands in the cookie jar and trying to make things right (well after the fact).

But no such change of heart from Mark Schauer. When he breaks the law he stands by his criminal activity! And he stands by his man, too. Ken Brock, the anti-Semite who's racist comments drew the ire of everyone in Michigan except Mark Schauer, was the Senator's treasurer on this particular money laundering operation and signed all of the papers.
And there's no backing down from either of them. They continue to site an example from 1995 to explain why they were allowed to raise the illegal cash. Of course they conveniently overlook the fact that in 1996 the law was changed.


Put that one in different terms... it'd be like having a school district in 2007 segregate black and white students, citing the long over-turned Plessy v Ferguson ("separate but equal"). Hey, it was a law once! Although that may not be the best example since Schauer's tolerance of racism runs pretty deep these days...


Now MIRS says that "on the scale of state campaign finance complaints, it's a biggie." But it's just a campaign finance violation, right? That's hardly criminal, is it? Yes. It is. And it carries with it some serious jail time. Each violation of this particular statute brings along a penalty of as much as 90 days in jail and / or serious monetary fines. Schauer is currently being investigated by the Bureau of Elections for twenty-two (22) violations.


So what happens now?

The Secretary of State has the complaint and is gathering information. Attorney General Mike Cox said during his appearance on "Off the Record" last Friday that he was just learning of the violations and would pursue the case if the SoS asked him to. And she may. The facts are pretty black and white. An official decision is expected sometime in January at the latest.


Twenty-two serious campaign finance violations. Money laundering. His fellow Democrats abandoning him. Mark Schauer's criminal career is just getting warmed up... maybe it's all an effort to fit right in with the rest of the Democrats in Congress. Assuming the Democrats in the 7th District continue to stand by a racist liar who's willing to throw away the law when it suits his purposes.
http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2007/12/17/95752/104

Mark Schauer is not above taking advantage of political blunders

Blast him. It was easy for him to oppose a move by a Mike Bishop that could be interpreted as censorious. Read Mark Schauer taking advantage.



Mark Schauer: I Oppose Censorship of Blogs

by: Mark Schauer

Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 16:23:06 PM EDT


(Democratic Senator Mark Schauer represents Michigan's 19th district, and is the Senate Minority Leader. Welcome Senator Schauer! - promoted by Christine)


I hadn't yet had the opportunity to post on Blogging for Michigan, but most of you already know that I think you do a wonderful job of discussing issues that are important to our state. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I firmly believe that blogs and the online community are an important part of sharing ideas, interacting with the public, and examining what we do as your elected officials. I've personally had constituents tell me that they find it useful to have access to this information and this type of dialogue.

In fact, I have made it a priority to reach out to bloggers, treat them as the constituents they are, and give them the respect and information they deserve as new media journalists. Their editorial content is up to them and I can tell you there have been plenty of opinions I haven't completely agreed with, but I would hope my colleagues would encourage expanding the debate and increasing the dialogue, rather than establishing this dangerous precedent of slamming the door in their face.

That's why I am so disturbed by the recent decision made by the Senate Republican Leader's office to ban certain blogs and the comments by his staff that implies that they are working on continuing and expanding this censorship. I plan to share my concerns with the Senator, his office, and the Secretary of the Senate, but let me be clear that I find this censorship unacceptable. I hope that this is simply a matter of confused staffers and a lack of understanding of new media on their part and not a firm, and in my opinion very misguided, policy direction that they are committed to.

In the meantime, please keep doing what you do. And for our friends at the Yearly Kos convention in Chicago, please tell everyone there that despite all this, Michigan really is a great state and they should come see for themselves soon!

who is behind Mark Schauer's website

A futile attempt to locate Congressional candidate Mark Schauer's field offices led me to his campaign website's WHOIS entry. I do not believe there is a field office, let alone a multiplicity of field offices, yet. He still has his offices at the capital, although the mailing addresses for Senator Schauer's role as legislator and candidate are both respectively Post Office Boxes.

WHOIS information for: markschauer.com:
[whois.directnic.com]
Registration and WHOIS Service provided by directNIC.com

Intercosmos Media Group, Inc. provides the data in the directNIC.com
Registrar WHOIS database for informational purposes only. The information
may only be used to assist in obtaining information about a domain name's
registration record.

directNIC makes this information available "as is", and does not guarantee
its accuracy.


Registrant:
Schauer for Congress
P.O Box 100
Battle Creek, MI 49016
US
(517)575-5976


Domain Name: MARKSCHAUER.COM

Administrative Contact:
Schauer, Mark info@markschauer.com
P.O Box 100
Battle Creek, MI 49016
US
(517)575-5976


Technical Contact:
Schauer, Mark info@markschauer.com
P.O Box 100
Battle Creek, MI 49016
US
(517)575-5976


Record last updated 10-26-2007 07:59:26 AM
Record expires on 03-04-2011
Record created on 03-04-1999

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.IMSITES.COM 207.89.146.2
NS2.IMSITES.COM 207.89.146.3

who reads about Mark Schauer a few minutes ago?

Domain Name house.gov ? (U.S. Government)
IP Address 143.231.249.# (Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives)
ISP Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives
Location
Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : District of Columbia
City : Washington
Lat/Long : 38.9097, -77.0231 (Map)



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I see you. I notice parts.

is Tim Walberg too Conservative for his District?

Two articles ask the question.
I'll attempt to answer the question myself later. Much, much later.

Mark Schauer will take and take and take

An "opinion":
HENRIETTA TOWNSHIP — The newspaper published an article on our two state representatives Feb. 24. I would like to go a little further and look at some of the numbers for them and state Sen. Mark Schauer. The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency expects spending from all sources to be $42.8 billion for 2008. This is an increase of $937.6 million over 2007 and is a record for Michigan. This figure is a net increase aside from "cuts" that are supposed to happen in 2008. The gross increase in spending for Michigan happens to be about what the tax increases were that our local representatives supported, which was $1.358 billion. Remember, the government produces nothing, so the more it spends, the less you have... Second place, none other than the guy who introduced the 30 percent income tax hike himself (SB 605), Mark Schauer. He approved $1,350,045,900 in new spending. Don't forget, he wants to go to Washington to add a couple more zeros to that figure on the national level.

Sharon Renier versus Mark Schauer

The lesser Democrat candidate for 7th District Michigan is Sharon Renier and she is in fact running, as best as I can tell.
Renier will face state Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Bedford Township, in the August primary, but she said she's not worried about the primary run because she's confident people will see her as the better candidate.

"I'm kind of thinking Mark Schauer is going to take care of himself," she said. "He wanted to be the Senate minority leader, and he said he wouldn't run for Congress. What kind of legislation has this man written and passed? What has he done for us?"
How does Sen. Schauer publicly view his challenger? Not much.
Schauer said he is focusing his campaign energy not on Renier but on Walberg.

"The person I plan to differentiate myself from is Tim Walberg, and that's what I hope and expect Sharon Renier to do herself," he said. "I respect anyone who wants to join in a conversation about how we can make Michigan stronger and how we can make our country stronger."

Schauer said he's not going back on his word to serve his constituents in the state's 19th Senate District, but instead wants to address their issues and concerns to the national stage in Washington, D.C. Schauer was re-elected to a four-year Senate term in 2006.

"Tim Walberg has abysmally failed to represent the people of the seventh Congressional district," he said. "As my constituents and supporters ... continually asked me to run, in good conscience, I couldn't sit on the sidelines. I have a deep passion for the people of Michigan, and the state is facing some incredible challenges."
What kind of challenge will Renier pose to Schauer?
In 2004, Schwarz received more than 58 percent of the vote compared to Renier's 36 percent. In 2006, Walberg received 50 percent of the vote, edging out Renier by just four percentage points.

Renier said she's been labeled as just an organic chicken farmer, and there's much more to her. She speaks three languages and plays 10 instruments, which led to a short stint in a punk band in the 1980s.

Renier said she's had 30 years of experience as a paralegal, including five years working for Lee Iacocca, former chief executive of the Chrysler Corp. Renier said she also worked on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, as well as the United States Agency for International Development in El Salvador.

Renier's campaign Web site, renier4rep.com, is expected to launch later this week, and she said it will detail her campaign positions and opinions, which include the economy and the war in Iraq.
Not much, I am afraid. I don't believe she can fund raise.

we don't have to save their dreams

Mark Schauer gives people more of the benefit of the doubt than I will. People are forfeiting their properties as foreclosures continue.
The foreclosure crisis continues to put a big hurt on the state of Michigan. Those in one of the hardest hit cities learn how to save their homes. Homeowners are hoping it's not too late. Homeowners who have become victims to a struggling economy learn how to prevent turning the American dream into a nightmare.

Senator Mark Schauer, (D) 19th district: "Jackson County already has had 200 foreclosed homes just in this year, over 1,200 in 2007, so it's a crisis. We have to help people save the dream."
Saving the dream is one thing. Suspending the rules of the road to save a driver that could not quite make it will likely imperil other drivers.

Mark Schauer wants to give you money to pay for Jackson Community College renovation/expansion

The project will cost $29 million. Jackson Community College is lobbying the state government (i.e. you and me) to pay for half. That's too excessive. They cut it down to a single seven million dollar project: a single building. NowMark Schauer wants to give $3.5 million of what is already a cash-starved state to these kids as a so-called investment in the future economy.
If it's approved, the state typically would pay for about half the project costs and the college would have to raise the additional money, said state Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek.

``The process is a multi-step process, but I think we've got a good shot,'' Schauer said of the JCC proposal coming to fruition.

For past projects, JCC has raised facility fees for students after voters rejected tax increases to pay for building renovations.

Without a multimillion-dollar state appropriation, the college would have to seek voter approval of a millage to pay for the project. Without a multimillion-dollar state appropriation, the college would have to seek voter approval of a millage to pay for the project. But Schauer said Tuesday ``there's some urgency to get these projects going ... as a way to stimulate the state's economy.''
I believe it's more so Mark Schauer can claim that he gave money to help education.

Mark Schauer wants to make it easier for the less serious to vote

Should it be easier to vote? Should kids be encouraged to vote?
State Sen. Cameron Brown, R-Sturgis, introduced legislation last week that will allow 16-year-olds to preregister to vote when they get their driver's license.

According to Brown, the proposed law would allow teens to give all the necessary information to the secretary of state when they get their licenses, and the secretary of state then would send the information to the local clerks on teens' 18th birthdays, allowing them to be automatically registered to vote and added to the qualified voter file.
This is a bad idea. A leftist Democrat would disagree.
State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer, D-Bedford Township, said he intends to cosponsor the bill, which he called "common sense legislation."

"I think it's a fabulous idea. We need to remove as many impediments to participating in the voting process as possible," he said. "Making it easier for young people to register will directly result in more young people voting and participating in the voting process."
Impediments to the voting process make sure that serious people participate and weeds out un-serious voters mucking up the process. When we make it casual and render voter registration non-deliberate then it encourages more and more children to be interested in political action like they are interested in Netflix.

It's foolish to increase voter participation. We want less people to vote because we want thinking people and true believers to vote.

Unless of course they vote how I tell them to.

the ACLU sees drivers' liscenses as a basic right

Legal "immigrants" (they're not immigrants) who are not permanent residents (permanency is an aspect of genuine immigration, in my mind) can now be legally granted drivers licenses to do their work. I like that.

I am not a fan of the Battle Creek Enquirer referring to these purposefully temporary folk as "immigrants". My father was an immigrant and he traveled here illegally.

The integrity of words aside, we can thank God and principles that illegal immigrants, and illegal aliens are now denied legal forms of residential and political affirmation and identification: a driver's license.

The ACLU responds by making a general statement referring to the stuff for a broad stretch of the population.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Land this week in an attempt to reverse the policy that denied certain immigrants licenses.

The ACLU said its immediate goal was to restore driving privileges for legal immigrants. But the organization's position is that driver's licenses should be available to all residents, including immigrants who live and work in the state and intend to remain.
I've seen too many idiots mis-use and abuse their legal sanction to drive. No matter what you think about immigration and such, it should be a universally recognized axiom that driving is a privilege and not a right. If we treat it as a right at all than people will assert it as a right when they come of age and then we will have even more well-meaning threats on the road, if that is even possible.

how is Tim Walberg a man of the Right?

Tim Walberg does town hall meetings. One of them monitored by the Jackson Citizen-Patriot gives examples of why I support Tim Walberg.

Here's some examples. Tim Walberg has a definitive angle of No Child Left Behind.
The freshman Republican also said that even though he supports the principles behind No Child Left Behind -- President Bush's school-accountability measure -- he does not support federal mandates in education.

Walberg said he supports legislation that would allow a state or school district to opt out of the program if it already has accountability measures in place.

Despite that President Bush wanted it, pushed it, pushed for it, and championed it, NCLB is a federal education mandate and is inherently leftist given its Big Government nature.

Here are some more right-wing viewpoints.

Among other issues:

  • Walberg said Michigan should be a ``right-to-work'' state, which would prohibit union security clauses that require all workers who benefit from collective bargaining to pay dues.
  • He said he supports secure borders, but wants legal laborers from other countries to be able to work in the U.S.
  • He supports the idea of the ``Michigan Fair Tax,'' which would eliminate the state income tax and raise the sales tax.
  • I'm going to get the Michigan Fair Tax folks to help my guy some more.

    of course it's going to be hard for Republicans

    Carl Levin is like the wind or Everest. He's always been and he'll always be. Jack Hoogendyk has a chance. The fact is, however, that if you are betting on Michigan's Senate race in 2008, betting on a Hoogendyk victory may be the move of a sucker or a soon to be rich man.

    Then there are the Democrat moves to challenge Republican incumbents. Joe Knollenberg and Tim Walberg are major targets. The Dems' edge there is slightly similar to Levin's eternal edge. The Democrats' fund-raising apparatus has equipped them with a more substantial war chest than the GOP.

    What I have to say about Levin is the same. Michiganians keep him not because they like him but because they are used to him. In a sense it is conservative people straining to grab hold of a status quo and keep that. Ultimately his status as a thirty-plus-year incumbent grants him confidence from donate-people. Donate-people grant money to winners. This vision has allowed the Eternal Senator so much free cash then a challenger has almost Biblical-level difficulty in raising enough cash to be effective.

    Tim Walberg is a target because his opposition to Leftist Bush-43 Education Program NCLB is one example of how far Right he is.... but being Conservative alone won't make you permanent in Michigan Seventh District, although it helps. Permanence is put in place by a sense of permanence and that is granted by more than one term, and not one term.

    Joe Knollenberg is one well-known and well-liked by MIGOP all over the place. I don't care. My knowledge that he is well outside my District and the immediate electoral concerns of me and mine has led me to reject helping him or learning about him years ago. I'm sure I'd agree with him and that I'd like the guy but that's not my business; my finite resources go for Walberg. That Knollenberg is well-loved by MIGOP has granted him a symbolic frame of wonderfulness, which is probably why the Dems have made him, of all vulnerable GOPpers, a special target.

    Of course, this is all just conjecture.

    about The Bank Job

    Peter Suderman gives The Bank Job a negative review, calling it a "con job" implying that the movie's stylistic affectations are used to sell something that is ultimately somewhat empty and doesn't quite deliver the meat.

    He helps me by linking over to a Guardian article going over some of the stuff of reality that we can confirm and learn from; what we know for sure is in there, and the real life tapes are what was used to provide real life quotes to fit the dialogue in the movie's screenplay. Some of it is conjecture I am sure; some of it is sexing up; purportedly the screenwriters based it on a "'deep-throat 'informant".

    It is what it is.

    I hope to review it later for Monitor Duty but given how complicated the movie was it is slightly difficult to get my head around it; I may not review it at all.

    Sunday, March 09, 2008

    Mark Schauer's legislative, Caucus staff press release from 2006

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Mark Schauer
    2006-12-22
    (517) 373-2426

    Schauer Announces Leader Office, Caucus Staff

    LANSING-Senate Democratic Leader-elect Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) unveiled today the staff for both his leadership office and the caucus. The assignments include a number of returning staff, as well as new positions and increased responsibilities.

    “This team has the skills, dedication, and focus to help our caucus be aggressive and effective from day one,” said Sen. Schauer. “We are fortunate to have such talented individuals ready to take on the critical issues facing Michigan.”

    Leader’s office appointments include:

    • Ken Brock as Schauer’s Chief-of-Staff. Brock has served in this capacity for both Schauer and former Sen. Burton Leland (D-Detroit).

    Sen. Mark Schauer, Senate Democratic Leader-elect

    • Lisa Dedden-Cooper as Schauer’s Legislative Director. Last year Dedden joined the Schauer office as Deputy Chief-of-Staff after serving in a similar role for the House Democratic Floor Leader.

    • Lisa Metcalf as Schauer’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. Metcalf has worked with Schauer since 2002 and previously worked on House Democratic Central Staff.

    • Margaret Schulte as Director of member Services. Schulte joins the leader’s office after working with Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) and former Sen. Ken DeBeaussaert (D-Chesterfield).

    • BJ Neidhardt as Director of External Affairs. Neidhardt is the former Campaign Director for the Senate Democratic Caucus, and has also worked on the gubernatorial campaign of former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt’s 2004 Presidential run.

    Caucus office appointments include:

    • David Randels as Caucus Staff Director. Randels has previously served as the Caucus Deputy Director of Constituent Services and Schauer’s Constituent Services Director.

    • Nancy Green to remain Policy Director.

    • Tom Lenard to remain Communications Director. Lenard will also serve as Schauer’s spokesperson.

    • Liz Kerr as Deputy Communications Director.

    • Mike Vatter to remain as Director of Information Systems.

    • John Mulcrone to remain as Democratic Legal Counsel.

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    Mark Schauer job history (pre-political, non-political)

    Mark Schauer ' (born October 2, 1961) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He is a Democratic member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 19th District since 2003 and currently serving as the Minority Leader. His district covers all of Calhoun County and most of Jackson County. Previously he was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1997 through 2002.

    Schauer was born in Howell, Michigan, the son of Robert and Myra Schauer. He was Valedictorian of his high school class and graduated summa cum laude from Albion College in 1984, where he was a member of the the Phi Beta Kappa. Schauer worked as an urban planner for the Calhoun County Planning Department, 1984-1987, while he completed a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. A few years after graduating in 1987, he accepted a position in program development for the Community Action Agency in Battle Creek. Shortly afterwards, the director left for another position and Schauer was selected to run the CAA, which then consisted of 200 employees, had a 21-member board of directors and offered a broad range of programs for the poor, including home weatherization, a foster grandparent program, food assistance and the local Head Start program for children.

    Schauer was also a founding board member of Battle Creek Habitat for Humanity in 1988 and was honored for fifteen years of service to Habitat for Humanity by being named the "2003 Public Official of the Year" by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.[1] Schauer has also been actively involved in the supporting the Food Bank of South Central Michigan and the Urban League of Battle Creek. He also serves on the board of directors of the Kids 'n' Stuff children's museum in Albion. He was a coordinator of the Calhoun County Human Services Coordinating Council, 1992-1997.

    Mark Shauer's Senate staff as of July 2003

    My staff are also available to
    assist you with any questions
    or issues you may have. Please
    feel free to contact them:

    Ken Brock - Chief of Staff
    Gary Garbarino - Deputy Chief of Staff
    Keith Johnson - Floor Aide
    Lisa Metcalf - Legis. Aide & Scheduler
    David Randels - Legislative Aide

    source: Mark Schauer newsletter July 2003

    Todd Rundgren - Bang The Drum All Day

    Mark Schauer - raised and spent

    Total Raised and Spent

    2008 RACE: MICHIGAN DISTRICT 7


    Mark Schauer (D)


    Raised: $577,133
    Spent: $76,413
    Cash on hand: $500,720
    Last Report: 12/31/2007

    B/L/I pie

    LegendPACs: $206,825 (36%)
    LegendIndividuals: $353,700 (61%)
    LegendCandidate: $0 -
    LegendOther: $16,608 (3%)




    Text from the page I stole from: "All the numbers on this page are for the 2007-2008 House election cycle, based on Federal Election Commission data available on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics."

    Mark Schauer votes on Animals

    From MichiganVotes.org

    Bills introduced, amendments offered, roll call votes taken from 1/1/2007 to 3/9/2008
    Results filtered by category: Animals.
    Votes 1 to 4 of 4
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4860 (Increase fees on licensed entities and professions ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 2) on September 26, 2007, to not reduce pet shop license fees on Sept. 30, 2007. The fees were “temporarily” increased in 2006, and under current law will go back down after on Sept. 30, 2007. The bill would extend the higher fees until September 30, 2012. The bill is one of a large package of bills increasing fees on dozens of regulated business and career activities, including House Bills 4840 to 4849, and 4860. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 Senate Bill 626 (Ban dog racing and simulcasting ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 0) on February 13, 2008, to ban dog racing and dog race simulcasting for the purpose of gambling, subject to up to 93 days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 Senate Bill 346 (Penalties for owner fleeing dog bite incident ). Passed in the Senate (35 to 0) on December 12, 2007, to prohibit and establish penalties for dog owners fleeing the scene of dog bite incident, or failing to provide assistance to bitten individual. The bill would require the dog owner to give his name and address to the bitten person, and to assist the bitten person, or if assistance is refused, to contact the local police or an emergency service provider. Violators would be subject to up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 Senate Bill 350 (Authorize animal welfare program ). Passed in the Senate (37 to 0) on April 18, 2007, to create a state animal welfare fund financed by the contributions proposed by Senate Bill 347, which would spend the money on funds to promote sterilization and adoption of dogs and cats, educate the public about animal anti-cruelty laws, and related matters. [Vote Details and Comments]

    Mark Schauer votes on Agriculture

    From MichiganVotes.org

    State Rep Mark Schauer - Bills introduced, amendments offered, roll call votes taken from 1/1/2001 to 12/31/2002


    Votes 1 to 32 of 32
    • Supported 2001 Senate Bill 694. Passed in the House (97 to 1) on December 13, 2002, to allow but does not require local governments to permit the transport on public roads of oversized farm machinery on Saturdays, as well as on weekdays. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 6256. Passed in the House (94 to 9) on November 12, 2002, to revise the law which authorizes mandated assessments on persons involved in agriculture to pay for commodity marketing programs. The bill updates definitions and requirements, committee memberships, district boundaries, etc., and includes specific regulations governing mandated assessments. It would consolidate into this statute marketing programs authorized elsewhere for wheat, beans, and potatoes. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 5928. Passed in the House (100 to 0) on June 19, 2002, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 5832. Passed in the House (103 to 0) on June 5, 2002, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 Senate Bill 989. Passed in the House (65 to 41) on May 16, 2002, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2001 Senate Bill 989. The amendment failed in the House (43 to 49) on April 25, 2002, to authorize the Department of Agriculture to make administrative rulings that would force a company which it determined had improperly applied pesticide to pay the property owner the costs of a department-approved cleanup. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2001 Senate Bill 989. The amendment failed in the House (43 to 50) on April 25, 2002, to authorize the Department of Agriculture to make administrative rulings that would force a company which it determined had improperly applied pesticide to pay the property owner the costs of a cleanup approved by either the Department of Natural Resources or the Department of Environmental Quality. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2001 Senate Bill 989. The amendment failed in the House (42 to 58) on April 25, 2002, to authorize the Department of Agriculture to revoke the license of a company which it determined had improperly applied pesticide on a person's property and not cleaned it up within 30 days. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2001 Senate Bill 989. The amendment passed in the House (56 to 41) on April 25, 2002, to reduce the proposed license fee increases for different kinds of pesicide applicators' licenses. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed an amendment for 2001 Senate Bill 989. The amendment passed in the House (58 to 40) on April 25, 2002, to reconsider the vote by which the House adopted the amendment to reduce the proposed license fee increases for different kinds of pesicide applicators' licenses. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Did not vote on 2002 House Bill 5958. Passed in the House (60 to 35) on May 23, 2002, to establish in statute that it is legal to use pesticides in the waters of the state to control aquatic nuisance species, and to establish regulations for their use. Licensed applicators would have more flexibility regarding where and when they treat lakes and ponds. The bill is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5958 to 5960. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 5928. Passed in the House (107 to 0) on May 16, 2002, to make changes to a new state food code adopted in 2000, and clarify certain definitions in the code. In particular the bill authorizes the state to continue restaurant inspections should a local health department be unable to or choose not to, with fees assessed on local establishments to pay for the state inspections; revises mandated disclosures by restaurants on the potential hazards of raw or undercooked foods; and clarifies which state agency is responsible for regulation of restaurant ventilation equipment. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 5832. Passed in the House (107 to 0) on May 1, 2002, to revise livestock inspection and zoning procedures, giving the Department of Agriculture greater discretion and authority regarding certain animal testing, quarantine, sale and transportation regulations related to the issue of bovine TB. The bill establishes other new definitions and requirements related to this issue. It would also create a new criminal statute for intentionally exposing, infecting or contaminating an animal to a disease, except for bona fide research. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 Senate Bill 989. Passed in the House (95 to 4) on April 25, 2002, to revise and update the registration and licensure provisions in the state pesticide regulation law, increase license fees, provide new and updated definitions, and increased felony penalties for certain violations. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5434. Passed in the House (101 to 0) on March 7, 2002, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 House Bill 5750. Passed in the House (102 to 0) on April 9, 2002, to repeal outdated provisions giving the Department of Agriculture motor fuel quality rule-making authority. The bill is part of a large package repealing obsolete laws. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4009. Passed in the House (99 to 2) on February 21, 2002, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, with amendments. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 Senate Bill 1019. Passed in the House (107 to 0) on May 9, 2002, to repeal archaic rule-making authority related to started pullets (chickens). The bill is part of a large package repealing obsolete laws. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2002 Senate Bill 1020. Passed in the House (104 to 0) on September 18, 2002, to repeal archaic rule-making authority related to fruit baskets. The bill is part of a large package repealing obsolete laws. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5521. Passed in the House (106 to 0) on May 1, 2002, to provide sentencing guidelines to accompany new penalties in the proposed revision of the law that requires licensure and regulation of grain dealers. See House Bill 5434. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5525. Passed in the House (104 to 0) on February 13, 2002, to update the standards, definitions, and requirements of the state law dealing with agricultural and commercial weights and measures, so they reflect changes in technology and use, and comply with new uniform national standards. The bill also would create state regulations for automatic checkout systems. It gives the Director of the state Department of Agriculture greater authority in setting weights and measures standards, increases criminal penalties, and authorizes civil penalties. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5434. Passed in the House (105 to 0) on January 30, 2002, to rewrite and update the law that requires licensure and regulation of grain dealers. The bill also increases the license fees for grain dealers, and authorizes administrative fines for violations of state regulations. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4820. Passed in the House (105 to 0) on December 12, 2001, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, amended to remove an exception which permits farm families and employees to drink unpasteurized milk. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4829. Passed in the House (103 to 0) on December 12, 2001, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, amended to remove an exception which permits farm families and employees to drink unpasteurized milk. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5136. Passed in the House (100 to 0) on February 20, 2002, to authorize civil damages against a person who intentionally damages all or part of a field crop belonging to another person which was produced for research or testing purposes. Damages could be awarded in the amount of twice the value of the crop, plus the value of the research, plus legal costs. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 5013. Passed in the House (107 to 0) on October 24, 2001, to authorize the Department of Environmental Quality to make and enforce contracts with private landowners regarding conservation practices on their land, make payments to farmers for conservation practices, verify the practices, and encourage conservation practices in other ways. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4879. Passed in the House (105 to 0) on June 19, 2001, to allow school buses to be used to transport agricultural workers to and from a field for agricultural operations. Current law requires school buses to be painted "national school bus chrome yellow," and prohibits painting non-school buses with the same color and design. Therefore it is illegal for school buses otherwise idle in the summer growing season to be used for any but a handful of specifically authorized purposes. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4829. Passed in the House (103 to 0) on September 26, 2001, to combine and update the state’s 21 dairy laws into two public acts. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4820 and 4829. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4820. Passed in the House (107 to 0) on September 26, 2001, to combine and update the state’s 21 dairy laws into two public acts. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4820 and 4829 . [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 Senate Bill 350. Passed in the House (102 to 1) on June 7, 2001, to require all horses in the state to be tested for equine infectious anemia no later than April 30, 2002, and at least once every three years thereafter. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4513. Passed in the House (105 to 0) on May 23, 2001, to repeal the law requiring licensure of farm produce brokers. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2001 House Bill 4009. Passed in the House (102 to 1) on December 12, 2001, to authorize state subsidized interest-free loans to farmers or agribusinesses affected by drought conditions during the summer of 2001. The loans would be made by banks, which would be compensated by the state for the foregone interest. The maximum loan would be $150,000 for a farmer, or $300,000 for an agribusiness, less any federal grants, or any federal crop insurance which was either paid to the farmer, or would have been paid had he taken advantage of its availability. The loans would be paid back over a ten-year period. The House Fiscal Agency estimates that the bill could cost as much as $39.8 million over ten years. [Vote Details and Comments]


    Bills introduced, amendments offered, roll call votes taken from 1/1/2007 to 3/9/2008
    Results filtered by category: Agriculture
    19 Votes
    • Supported 2008 Senate Bill 1007 (Revise and add to state milk regulations ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 0) on February 13, 2008, to revise and add to the (extensive) state regulations on the production, distribution, marketing and sale of milk and milk products. Mostly the bill would align these with current federal law. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2008 Senate Bill 1008 (Revise and add to state milk regulations ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 0) on February 13, 2008, to revise and add to the (extensive) state regulations on the production, distribution, marketing and sale of milk and milk products. Mostly the bill would align these with current federal law. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 5034 (Revise local fertilizer regulation preemption law ). Passed in the Senate (35 to 3) on February 20, 2008, to define “agricultural use” of fertilizer for purposes of expanding an exception to the state preemption on local fertilizer regulation ordinances proposed by House Bill 5035. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 5035 (Revise local fertilizer regulation preemption law ). Passed in the Senate (35 to 3) on February 20, 2008, to revise an exception to the law that preempts local regulation of fertilizer use in cases where the use would cause “unreasonable adverse effects on the environment or public health.” The bill would clarify that the exception also applies to actual agricultural use of fertilizer, not just to its sales, storage, etc. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4849 (Increase fees on licensed entities and professions ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 2) on September 26, 2007, to not reduce certain certain pesticide regulatory fees on Sept. 30, 2007. The fees were “temporarily” increased by a previous legislature, and under current law will go back down after that date. The bill would extend the current fees to September 30, 2012. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4862 (Increase fees on licensed entities and professions ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 2) on September 26, 2007, to not reduce plant nursery inspection fees on Sept. 30, 2007. The fees were “temporarily” increased in 2006, and under current law will go back down after that date. The fees were “temporarily” increased in 2006, and under current law will go back down after on Sept. 30, 2007. The bill would extend the higher fees until September 30, 2012. The bill is one of a large package of bills increasing fees on dozens of regulated business and career activities, including House Bills 4840 to 4849, and 4860 to 4864. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4863 (Increase fees on licensed entities and professions ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 2) on September 26, 2007, to not reduce horseback riding stable licensure fees on Sept. 30, 2007. The fees were “temporarily” increased in 2006, and under current law will go back down after on Sept. 30, 2007. The bill would extend the higher fees until September 30, 2012. The bill is one of a large package of bills increasing fees on dozens of regulated business and career activities, including House Bills 4840 to 4849, and 4860 to 4864. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4864 (Increase fees on licensed entities and professions ). Passed in the Senate (36 to 2) on September 26, 2007, to not reduce livestock and horse auction or broker and dealer fees on Sept. 30, 2007. The fees were “temporarily” increased in 2006, and under current law will go back down after on Sept. 30, 2007. The bill would extend the higher fees until September 30, 2012. The bill is one of a large package of bills increasing fees on dozens of regulated business and career activities, including House Bills 4840 to 4849, and 4860 to 4864. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 Senate Bill 682 (Expand pesticide licensure ). Passed in the Senate (38 to 0) on November 7, 2007. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported a substitute for 2007 Senate Bill 504 (Revise farm environmental regulation enforcement ). The substitute failed in the Senate (16 to 22) on June 20, 2007, to impose a moratorium on any new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) in the state. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2007 Senate Bill 504 (Revise farm environmental regulation enforcement ). The amendment failed in the Senate (17 to 21) on June 20, 2007, to require additional annual testing of streams near large CAFOs, and if tests after manure is spread on fields show that downstream water does not meet water quality standards, to presume that the CAFO is responsible for the pollution. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported an amendment for 2007 Senate Bill 448 (Impose new CAFO regulations ). The amendment failed in the Senate (17 to 21) on June 20, 2007, to authorize the neighbor of a large CAFO to sue the operation for damages resulting from the loss of property value due to objectionable odors, if the neighbor was there first. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed 2007 Senate Bill 501 (Create state agriculture environmental law booklet ). Passed in the Senate (22 to 16) on June 20, 2007, to require the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality to publish an online document identifying environmental laws and rules affecting farms and farming operations. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed 2007 Senate Bill 503 (Revise farm environmental regulation enforcement ). Passed in the Senate (23 to 15) on June 20, 2007, to require licensure and regulation of commercial animal waste handlers, including training and bonding requirements, $100 annual license fees, and adherence to regulations specified in the bill and to further regulations that the Department of Agriculture would be authorized to impose in the future without additional legislation. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed 2007 Senate Bill 504 (Revise farm environmental regulation enforcement ). Passed in the Senate (21 to 17) on June 20, 2007, to establish that a farm, including a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), that follows the pollution prevention standards of the "Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program" (MAEAP), which includes education, on-farm risk assessment, and third party verification, will not be considered to have to have violated new livestock, cropping, or farmstead regulations, or committed storm water discharge violations, unless a water quality study conclusively established that it caused a receiving body of water to exceed water quality standards. Farms that meet the standards would not be required to get water pollution discharge permits if they have less than 3,500 cows, and generally be subject to regulation by the Department of Agriculture rather than the Department of Environmental Quality. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed 2007 Senate Bill 447 (Impose new CAFO regulations ). Passed in the Senate (22 to 16) on June 20, 2007, to require concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) operators to post a surety bond in amounts specified in the bill, which range from $100,000 to $1 million depending on the size of the operation and whether it has experienced any permit violations. The bond money could be used for to pay potential environmental cleanup costs related to permit violations. Also, to prohibit a CAFO from increasing the number of animals if it has violated water pollution laws. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Opposed 2007 Senate Bill 448 (Impose new CAFO regulations ). Passed in the Senate (21 to 17) on June 20, 2007, to authorize the repeal a large concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permit if the operator is found responsible under civil law or guilty under criminal law of violating certain water pollution laws. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 House Bill 4327 (Repeal tomato labeling law ). Passed in the Senate (38 to 0) on May 8, 2007, to repeal a law that prohibits the sale of tomatoes which are not vine ripened unless the wrappings and containers are labeled “not vine ripened” or “artificially ripened by ethylene”. [Vote Details and Comments]
    • Supported 2007 Senate Bill 14 (Extend term of $5 million loan to sugar beet growers ). Passed in the Senate (38 to 0) on February 20, 2007, to extend from five to 10 years the term of a $5 million taxpayer-subsidized loan authorized by Public Act 342 of 2004. The loan paid a Saginaw-area sugar beet growers' cooperative to purchase the assets of the Monitor Sugar processing company. [Vote Details and Comments]