WASHINGTON — In a dispute that could yield one of the most important judicial decisions of this generation, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments examining whether the Constitution requires state governments to license and recognize marriages between persons of the same-sex.
The issues arise in four consolidated cases from same-sex couples in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky. The couples are challenging state laws and state constitutional amendments that limit marriage to its traditional definition – a union of one man and one woman.
Don’t expect Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to provoke the kind of media firestorm that has engulfed his neighbor to the south, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. That’s because Mr. Snyder, a fellow Republican, seems almost allergic to hot-button political debates.
And yet, that aversion hasn’t stopped the soft-spoken Michigan governor from carving out his own provocative niche inside the GOP as a Republican who often seems eager to stray from the party’s conservative orthodoxy.
The Michigan governor proudly supports controversial education standards known as Common Core. He has tried to avoid fights with organized labor. And he wants to see his state generate more electricity from renewable sources of energy.
Michigan may be made up of two peninsulas, but the fact the two aren’t connected by a significant power line that transmits electricity between the two is “a somewhat questionable situation” and a “historical artifact,” Gov. Rick SNYDER said today.
Speaking to reporters after a roundtable discussion on energy efficiency, Snyder brought up the subject of linking the Upper and Lower Peninsulas with a higher capacity electrical line that could improve the electric reliability for Northern Michigan.
The Republicans are awash in governors and former governors (and senators) eyeing the White House. One governor who
seems to be bucking that trend is Michigan’s Rick Snyder. But he offers a perspective on what ails the national political culture that the others could benefit from hearing.
Snyder, a former business executive, has been described as an unorthodox politician who plays the game differently than many of his contemporaries. He governs conservatively but says he tries not to make ideology his principal calling card.
LANSING—The Michigan Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would outlaw the use of certain unmanned aerial or submersible vehicles to harass or stalk hunters or anglers and ensure that such vehicles can’t be used to take game.
Senate Bills 54 and 55, sponsored by Sens. Tom Casperson and Phil Pavlov, were introduced following news articles quoting anti-hunting groups encouraging the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)—sometimes called “drones”—to stalk or spy on hunters. In working on the legislation, sportsmen also asked that the bills prohibit the use of UAVs while hunting to comply with what some call “fair chase” policies.
The Delta County Republican Party (DCRP) went on the record recently showing unanimous support for job growth in this state and nationally, and furthermore urged the Democrats to get on board with the Rexton Project and other job producing projects. Last summer at the Governor’s Luncheon held at the U.P. State Fair, Governor Snyder stated he encourages development of more mining, manufacturing, and knowledge (creating ideas) industries in the region. “World class products are made in the U.P. You need to be louder and prouder about what you’re doing. We are globally competitive right here in the Upper Peninsula,” he said. “You’re on the forefront. You’re not lagging – you’re leading,” Snyder added.