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House votes to approve policy initiative of guy not currently serving in elected office

by: Eric B.

Tue May 27, 2014 at 17:38:09 PM EDT

The House just voted to approve the minimum wage proposal first passed in the Senate and nearly identical to the one offered previously by Mark Schauer. It looks nothing like the one suggested by our benevolent overlord Rick Michigan, because he didn't offer one.

This is pretty great for basically everyone involved. Except our benevolent overlord Rick Michigan. It's a political disaster for him. By letting Mark Schauer steal the show, he's provided them with a low-hanging media fruit to argue that Schauer is so effective that he's not in office and he's getting important legislation passed that helps millions of Michiganders.

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Margaret O'Brien's flip-flop-flip
In March, Rep. Margaret O'Brien said she'd oppose a minimum-wage hike. Then, a couple weeks ago, she turned around and introduced a bill to hike the wage to $8.15. Today, she voted against the hike.

Protip: When you're facing an uphill race for Senate, don't dig holes like that.

Vulnerable Reps. Kevin Cotter, Ray Franz, and Ed McBroom dug themselves a hole by voting against it. Ben Glardon, Kurt Heise, and Pat Somerville were among the supporters, as was Dale Zorn, who faces a tough State Senate bid.

Two Democrats - Rose Mary Robinson and John Kivela - voted no.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

There are a lot of college students and low income people
in Kalamazoo who will be happy to make Margaret O'Brien regret that vote this fall.  I assume that Rose Mary Robinson is still holding out for the $10.10 ballot initiative, but what's Kivela's thing?

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