Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Still learning the ropes in Lansing, McCready said he's committed to approving a budget focused on efficient and effective spending by June 1
Tuesday, April 2
As a state representative, I take my duty to represent the people of the 40th District very seriously and that includes keeping all of you informed about my work in Lansing. As you may know, I serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for completing the state budget each year. This also includes serving on subcommittees for specific budget areas, including the Michigan State Police budget. I serve as chair of the MSP subcommittee and was tasked with coming up with an efficient and effective budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For those who aren't familiar with the budget process, here's a brief overview. Each year, the governor gives his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year (this year on Feb. 7) …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Bloomfield Hills Republican is among 28 new members of the State House that returns to work after right-to-work acrimony.
State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, officially started his first term Wednesday when he was sworn into office with other members of the 97th Legislature. The former Bloomfield Hills city commissioner represents the 40th District, comprised of the cities of Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, and a portion of West Bloomfield Township. He is among 28 new members that enter the State House at an interesting time given all the rancor created by the education reform and right-to-work laws quickly implemented during last year's lame-duck session. Of Interest: Mike McCready Opens Lansing Office Just as they did during the final weeks of session in 2012, hundreds of protesters lined the Capital lawn, the Detroit News …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
'Stinging attack' in retribution from West Bloomfield Democrat who made national headlines this summer with controversial speech.
Lisa Brown might be gone from the Michigan House of Representatives floor soon, but she'll likely be remembered long after she leaves — thanks to pointed, negative comments she had for Republican leadership in her farewell address Wednesday. Brown (D-39th District) was barred from speaking on the floor in June after she claimed an abortion bill forced contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others, referencing her own vagina at the end of her speech. Brown, a Jewish mother of three, chose not to run for a third term and instead pursued a successful bid for Oakland County Clerk in the Nov. 6 election. "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no,'" Brown said in June. On Wednesday…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Republican Klint Kesto beat multiple opponents in precincts across several communities; while Democrats select Pam Jackson to represent them in November.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Klint Kesto was chosen Tuesday from a field of five other candidates to represent the Republican Party for the 39th District seat in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Unofficial results show the life-long Oakland County resident received 28 percent of vote, followed by Brad Hantler, a 21-year-old recent college graduate and Andover High School alumnus (22 percent). Nicholas Kennedy and Kristine Zrinyi were just 10 votes apart and finished with roughly 17 percent. First-time candidate Bubba Urdan (14 percent) and Albert Clawson (2 percent) rounded out the field. The race was close all night and was not called until early this morning. Unofficial results show Kesto took nine out of 15 precincts …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
During the countdown to the Aug. 7 primary, Patch is bringing you profiles of the candidates running for local office.
The Aug. 7 primary election is drawing closer every day, but how much do you really know about the names on the ballot? Patch is interviewing candidates running in the Aug. 7 primary, including candidates for the 39th District's seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. The seat is currently filled by Rep. Lisa Brown, who will not run, instead choosing to pursue the position of Oakland County Clerk currently occupied by Bill Bullard Jr. Running for the spot on the Republican ticket are Albert Clawson, of Commerce, Bubba Urdan, of West Bloomfield, Nicholas Kennedy, of Wixom, Kristine Zrinyi, of Commerce, and Klint Kesto, of Commerce. Age: 21 Family: "My parents, Steve and Saree Hantler, have remained in Oakland County almost their …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rep. Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield referenced her Jewish faith and personal anatomy arguing against legislation restricting abortion.
Updated: June 15, 8:26 a.m. Get Patch-ed in to daily news, right to your inbox every morning. Sign up now. State House Rep. Lisa Brown said she was not told why she was prohibited from speaking on the floor Thursday about an education bill, though she assumed it had to do with her referencing her vagina in a speech against new abortion legislation. Brown (D-West Bloomfield), a Jewish mother of three, was barred from speaking after she claimed House Bill 5711 forces contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others. "Wherever there is a question of the life of the mother or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favor of preserving the life of the mother," Brown said on the floor Wednesday. "I have not asked you to adopt and adhere…
Friday, March 16, 2012
Senate-passed bill would affect new motorists with graduated licenses.
Cellphones and the youngest drivers don't go together safely, a majority of Michigan senators believe. Under a proposal that passed the Senate by a 28-10 vote Thursday, teens with Level 1 or 2 graduated licenses could be ticketed and fined for driving while chatting on a phone – even in hands-free mode. The bill now goes to the state House. Backers want to reduce risky distractions among newcomers behind the wheel. Some senators voted against the measure because they favor a broader crackdown, the Associated Press reports. The legislation is called "Kelsey's Law" in memory of a Sault Ste. Marie 17-year-old who had a fatal crash while talking on her phone in 2010. Teens with Level 3 licenses, typically issued to 17-year-olds, would be …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Two rivals and editorial question County Commissioner Potts' co-hosting role.
The first campaign issue has flared in a three-way Republican primary campaign for the 40th State House District seat. Robert Lawrence and David Wolkinson say it's improper for their rival, David Potts, to continue as co-host of a local cable TV public affairs show. Potts and state Rep. Chuck Moss host Eye on Oakland, a half-hour studio discussion that airs two to four times a month on Bloomfield Community Television. They and guests discuss issues such as the state budget, education, road maintenance, Michigan's gasoline tax and economic development. "The show focuses on political decisions and their impact on local and state-level constituents," notes Lawrence in an email response to questions from Patch. "Setting aside his co-hosting …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
With his third term coming to an end in 2012, the Birmingham-based chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee said he may run for state Sen. John Pappageorge's seat in 2014.
Birmingham resident Chuck Moss may have another year left in his third term as a Michigan state representative, but he’s already looking ahead to what could be next: a seat in the state Senate. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job in Lansing,” said Moss (R-Birmingham), who is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to the seat in 2012. Moss said he is considering running for the seat held by state Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), who is also term-limited and must give up his Senate seat in 2014. Moss represents Michigan’s 40th District, which includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake and Orchard Lake Village. State representatives are elected for two-year terms and limited to three terms. …