Understanding Supreme Court Decisions

This is a good site to check for information about Supreme Court Decisions.http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/06/todays-health-care-decision-in-plain-english/


Organization to watch to replace ALEC

CCI, the Center for Civic …Innovation; or CNP, the Council for National Policy;

FREE, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment;

WHIP, the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program;

PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center;

NCRP, the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy;

IHS, the Institute for Humane Studies;

SGAC, the State Government Affairs Council;

SPN, the State Policy Network; or the Mont Pelerin Society—trust me, you don’t want to know about the philosophy and the international reach of this uber conservative group that subscribes to the writings of Eric Heubeck.

NCCPR;

CSG,

Heartland Institute,

the Heritage Foundation,

the Cato Foundation  And there are many, many more, which are being investigated.

And just this week we found out about the NFIB.


Local Zoning and Fracking

This is the law that regulates zoning in Michigan and note the exceptions for drilling.

MICHIGAN ZONING ENABLING ACT (EXCERPT) Act 110 of 2006 125.3205 Zoning ordinance subject to MCL 460.561 to 460.575; regulation or control of oil or gas wells; prohibition; extraction of valuable natural resource; challenge to zoning decisi…on; serious consequences resulting from extraction; factors; limitations. Sec. 205. (1) A zoning ordinance is subject to the electric transmission line certification act, 1995 PA 30, MCL 460.561 to 460.575. (2) A county or township shall not regulate or control the drilling, completion, or operation of oil or gas wells or other wells drilled for oil or gas exploration purposes and shall not have jurisdiction with reference to the issuance of permits for the location, drilling, completion, operation, or abandonment of such wells. (3) An ordinance shall not prevent the extraction, by mining, of valuable natural resources from any property unless very serious consequences would result from the extraction of those natural resources. Natural resources shall be considered valuable for the purposes of this section if a person, by extracting the natural resources, can receive revenue and reasonably expect to operate at a profit. (4) A person challenging a zoning decision under subsection (3) has the initial burden of showing that there are valuable natural resources located on the relevant property, that there is a need for the natural resources by the person or in the market served by the person, and that no very serious consequences would result from the extraction, by mining, of the natural resources. (5) In determining under this section whether very serious consequences would result from the extraction, by mining, of natural resources, the standards set forth in Silva v Ada Township, 416 Mich 153 (1982), shall be applied and all of the following factors may be considered, if applicable: (a) The relationship of extraction and associated activities with existing land uses. (b) The impact on existing land uses in the vicinity of the property. (c) The impact on property values in the vicinity of the property and along the proposed hauling route serving the property, based on credible evidence. (d) The impact on pedestrian and traffic safety in the vicinity of the property and along the proposed hauling route serving the property. (e) The impact on other identifiable health, safety, and welfare interests in the local unit of government. (f) The overall public interest in the extraction of the specific natural resources on the property. (6) Subsections (3) to (5) do not limit a local unit of government’s reasonable regulation of hours of operation, blasting hours, noise levels, dust control measures, and traffic, not preempted by part 632 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.63201 to 324.63223. However, such regulation shall be reasonable in accommodating customary mining operations. (7) This act does not limit state regulatory authority under other statutes or rules. History: 2006, Act 110, Eff. July 1, 2006 ;– Am. 2011, Act 113, Imd. Eff. July 20, 2011 © 2009 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

Great Summary of the Work of Center for Media and Democracy (SourceWatch.com)

The following article does a great job of sharing the growth and development of the Center for Media and Democracy, a progressive powerhouse largely responsible for the recent exposure ALEC has received.

http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=346156&type=newswires


Horrors of War…Well Said

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/9320-dont-thank-me-for-my-service


ALEC in Wisconsin Exposed

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/05/11514/cmd-releases-new-report-alec-exposed-wisconsin-hijacking-state


Explanation of Emergency Managers for Those Just Catching On

Here is what Snyder (governor of Michigan) says…. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EMF_Fact_Sheet2_347889_7.pdf

Here are some stories by Rachel Maddow and others about what is really going on.

http://www.thenation.com/article/166297/scandal-michigans-emergency-managers
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/45607138#45607138

Here is an explanation of “font-gate”  http://metrotimes.com/news/pointedly-bogus-1.1319160