Michigan Legislative Update
Week of August 18, 2016
By Judy Augenstein
Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate is scheduled to be in Eaton County tomorrow, which is where I live. He is scheduled to speak at 3:30 PM at the "Summit Sports Center. Attendees are are encouraged to line up starting at noon. Even though tickets are required, people will be seated first come first serve. Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge will be attending the event, but Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville will not be attending as he is in Grayling involved in flight training with the National Guard. Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville is expected to attend as he has been appointed to Trump's agricultural advisory committee. Green is the Senate Natural Resources budget chair and a farmer before politics.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is running an "unprofessional and unstrategic campaign" in dire need of major changes including toning down the rhetoric in hopes of to appealing more to independent and female votes said political pundits speaking on the "Off the Record" Tv program this week. The pundits say Trump has only 24 percent of the female vote in this state which is really astonishing. Trump continues to do well with white, married men with a high school education but there might not be enough votes in that group to put Trump in the Oval office some pundits predict. Prior GOP candidates for president have nailed down over 80 percent of the Republican vote, but Trump hovers in the 70 percent range. Though both candidates receive high disapproval rate from voters, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary is still doing much better than Trump with her party base. Clinton and Trump appear to be neck and neck in the state's blue color regions.
The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold an advice and consent hearing for new Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether in September. Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, chair of the committee, said he had already had a chance to talk with Ms Grether upon her appointment, so the hearing is more for the rest of this committee and the general public to get to know her. "I am impressed and I want to make sure everyone wants to get to know her, to have a chance to ask her some questions," said Casperson.''
In the eight months since Governor Rick Snyder declared a pause on accepting Syrian refugees in wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Michigan has resettled more Syrian refugees than the precious years combined. Between Nov. 15 and today, 557 Syrian refugees moved to the state, which is more than any other U.S. state, according to U.S. Department of State statistics. California was second with 453. Arizona is third with 360, Ilinois is fourth with 326.
After a November killing spree by ISIS, Snyder was part of a stampede of governors calling on pauses to the Syrian refugees coming into their states after the announcement. Snyder decided to suspend things until he had a chance to talk with the Department of Homeland Security to verify that they were comfortable with the procedures and that they were doing the best work possible from their perspectives. Refugees are resettled with or near families already living in the United States when possible. If a refugee has no family in the United States, they are resettled in communities already called home by people of the same national, cultural or linguistic background.
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