Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Slow Posting Day

Sorry about the lack of new posts, but I’m tied up at the moment with legislative issues here in Michigan. The house bill that includes language opening the door to ID was passed by the house last week and sent to the Senate. We are awaiting today the release of a separate bill by the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which may or may not include similar language. We don’t know at this point which of the two bills will be the final bill or what the language will be, so we are preparing our strategy in the dark at the moment. In the meantime, I’m getting calls from the press and we’re taking a “no comment…yet” approach. The ACLU of Michigan, however, issued a press release on the matter this morning. MCFS will be issuing a public statement as well, but we are waiting for the wording of the Senate bill to be released first.

Comments

  1. #1 J-Dog
    March 8, 2006

    It could be worse… You could be a Tiger fan…

  2. #2 ZacharySmith
    March 8, 2006

    This hits too close to home. As if Michigan weren’t hurting enough already – let’s give outside investors one more reason to avoid the state!

    Ed, do you have a list of the idiot legislators who voted in favor? I’d like to know whom NOT to vote for next time!

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    March 8, 2006

    Zachary:

    Here are the yeas and nays on the bill:

    Yeas–70

    Accavitti Espinoza McDowell Rocca

    Acciavatti Farhat Meyer Sak

    Amos Farrah Moolenaar Schuitmaker

    Anderson Gaffney Moore Shaffer

    Angerer Garfield Mortimer Sheen

    Ball Hansen Murphy Stahl

    Baxter Hildenbrand Newell Stakoe

    Byrnes Hoogendyk Nitz Steil

    Byrum Huizenga Nofs Stewart

    Casperson Hummel Palmer Taub

    Caul Hune Palsrok Vagnozzi

    Clemente Jones Pastor Van Regenmorter

    DeRoche Kahn Pavlov Vander Veen

    Dillon Kooiman Pearce Walker

    Donigan LaJoy Polidori Ward

    Drolet Law, David Proos Wenke

    Elsenheimer Law, Kathleen Robertson Whitmer

    Emmons Marleau

    Nays–31

    Adamini Cushingberry Kolb Smith, Virgil

    Bennett Gillard Leland Spade

    Bieda Gleason Lipsey Tobocman

    Brandenburg Gonzales Meisner Waters

    Brown Gosselin Miller Williams

    Caswell Green Plakas Wojno

    Clack Hood Sheltrown Zelenko

    Condino Hopgood Smith, Alma

    Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean anyone who voted for the bill is an idiot – the language we object to is one tiny part of the bill. One legislatore who voted for the bill, Wenke, tried to amend that section out but his amendment failed; he voted for the overall bill anyway.

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