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Michigan Tea Party Scorecard - 2013 Q1 Q2 only

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This is the scorecard for the first and second quarters of 2013. We did not publish a Q1 scorecard due to the very low number of scored votes. See the 2013 YTD scorecard for cumulative scores. The Michigan Tea Party Scorecard is published quarterly, and scores votes deemed to be on core tea party issues - fiscal responsibility, limited government, and private sector job creation. Most straight party line votes are excluded, as are "messy" bills with conflicting content. For more information see The scorecard is a public service of Independents for Responsible Government NOTE: the vote on expanding Medicaid is intentionally included twice to give it the extra importance that it has with conservative citizens.

DISCLAIMER: This report was prepared by a user of the site. The site is not responsible for the scores, nor the preferred vote.

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Marks:   Correct,  × Incorrect,  F Chamber failed to hold vote,  E Excused,  X Not Voting,  ? Ideal Vote not set,  - No vote in this chamber

Senate begins
Ideal Senate Vote
Senate begins
53%Hune, Joe @R ×××××Hune, Joe @××××----
42%Schuitmaker, Tonya @R ××××××Schuitmaker, Tonya @×××××----
41%Caswell, Bruce @R ×××XX××Caswell, Bruce @×××××----
37%Hildenbrand, Dave @R ×××××××Hildenbrand, Dave @×××××----
32%Colbeck, Patrick @R ×××××Colbeck, Patrick @××××××××----
32%Pavlov, Phil @R ×××××××Pavlov, Phil @××××××----
32%Proos, John @R ×××××××Proos, John @××××××----
32%Robertson, David @R ×××××××Robertson, David @××××××----
32%Rocca, Tory @R ×××××××××Rocca, Tory @××××----
32%Young, Coleman, II @D ××××××××Young, Coleman, II @×××××----
29%Whitmer, Gretchen @D X×××X××××Whitmer, Gretchen @×××××----
28%Johnson, Bert @D ×××××××××Johnson, Bert @X××××----
26%Anderson, Glenn @D ×××××××××Anderson, Glenn @×××××----
26%Emmons, Judy @R ×××××××Emmons, Judy @×××××××----
26%Hunter, Tupac @D ×××××××××Hunter, Tupac @×××××----
26%Nofs, Mike @R ×××××××Nofs, Mike @×××××××----
22%Pappageorge, John @R ××X××××Pappageorge, John @××××××××----
22%Smith, Virgil @D X××××××××Smith, Virgil @××××××----
21%Bieda, Steve @D ×××××××××Bieda, Steve @××××××----
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21%Green, Michael @R ××××××××Green, Michael @×××××××----
21%Gregory, Vincent @D ×××××××××Gregory, Vincent @××××××----
21%Hood, Morris, III @D ×××××××××Hood, Morris, III @××××××----
21%Hopgood, Hoon-Yung @D ×××××××××Hopgood, Hoon-Yung @××××××----
21%Jansen, Mark @R ×××××××Jansen, Mark @××××××××----
21%Kowall, Mike @R ×××××××Kowall, Mike @××××××××----
21%Meekhof, Arlan @R ×××××××Meekhof, Arlan @××××××××----
21%Moolenaar, John @R ×××××××Moolenaar, John @××××××××----
21%Richardville, Randy @R ×××××××Richardville, Randy @××××××××----
21%Walker, Howard @R ×××××××Walker, Howard @××××××××----
21%Warren, Rebekah @D ×××××××××Warren, Rebekah @××××××----
17%Ananich, Jim @D -------×××Ananich, Jim @×××××××----
16%Casperson, Tom @R ××××××××Casperson, Tom @××××××××----
16%Jones, Rick @R ××××××××Jones, Rick @××××××××----
16%Kahn, Roger @R ×××××××Kahn, Roger @×××××××××----
16%Marleau, Jim @R ×××××××Marleau, Jim @×××××××××----
11%Hansen, Goeff @R ××××××××Hansen, Goeff @×××××××××----
House begins
Ideal House Vote
House begins
64%Goike, Ken @R ×××××Goike, Ken @---------
64%McMillin, Tom @R ××××McMillin, Tom @×---------
64%Geiss, Douglas @D ×××Geiss, Douglas @XX×X---------
57%Franz, Ray @R ××××××Franz, Ray @---------
57%Genetski, Robert @R ××××××Genetski, Robert @---------
57%Hooker, Thomas @R ××××××Hooker, Thomas @---------
57%Howrylak, Martin @R ×××××Howrylak, Martin @×---------
57%Irwin, Jeff @D ××Irwin, Jeff @××××---------
57%Kelly, Tim @R ××××××Kelly, Tim @---------
57%Leonard, Tom @R ××××××Leonard, Tom @---------
57%Lund, Pete @R ××××××Lund, Pete @---------
57%McCann, Sean @D ×××McCann, Sean @×××---------
57%Somerville, Patrick @R ××××××Somerville, Patrick @---------
54%Farrington, Jeff @R ××X×××Farrington, Jeff @×---------
50%Cotter, Kevin @R ××××××Cotter, Kevin @×---------
50%Jenkins, Nancy @R ××××××Jenkins, Nancy @×---------
50%MacGregor, Peter @R ×××××××MacGregor, Peter @---------
50%Nesbitt, Aric @R ××××××Nesbitt, Aric @×---------
50%Robinson, Rose Mary @D ×××Robinson, Rose Mary @××××---------
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Ideal House Vote
House continues
46%Haugh, Harold @D ×××XHaugh, Harold @××××---------
46%Hobbs, Rudy @D ×××XHobbs, Rudy @××××---------
46%MacMaster, Greg @R X×××××MacMaster, Greg @××---------
46%Nathan, David @D ×××XNathan, David @××××---------
43%Abed, Theresa @D ×××××Abed, Theresa @×××---------
43%Brinks, Winnie @D ×××××Brinks, Winnie @×××---------
43%Bumstead, Jon @R ××××××××Bumstead, Jon @---------
43%Cochran, Tom @D ×××××Cochran, Tom @×××---------
43%Daley, Kevin @R ×××××××Daley, Kevin @×---------
43%Driskell, Gretchen @D ×××××Driskell, Gretchen @×××---------
43%Graves, Joseph @R ×××××××Graves, Joseph @×---------
43%Greimel, Tim @D ××××Greimel, Tim @××××---------
43%Heise, Kurt @R ×××××××Heise, Kurt @×---------
43%Johnson, Joel @R ×××××××Johnson, Joel @×---------
43%Kurtz, Kenneth @R ×××××××Kurtz, Kenneth @×---------
43%Lamonte, Collene @D ×××××Lamonte, Collene @×××---------
43%Lauwers, Dan @R ×××××××Lauwers, Dan @×---------
43%Lipton, Ellen @D ××××Lipton, Ellen @××××---------
43%McBroom, Edward @R ×××××××McBroom, Edward @×---------
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Ideal House Vote
House continues
43%Outman, Rick @R ×××××××Outman, Rick @×---------
43%Potvin, Phil @R ×××××××Potvin, Phil @×---------
43%Rendon, Bruce @R ×××××××Rendon, Bruce @×---------
43%Stanley, Woodrow @D ××××Stanley, Woodrow @××××---------
43%Switalski, Jon @D ××××Switalski, Jon @××××---------
43%VerHeulen, Rob @R ×××××××VerHeulen, Rob @×---------
43%Victory, Roger @R ×××××××Victory, Roger @×---------
36%Haines, Gail @R ×××××××Haines, Gail @XXX---------
36%Banks, Brian @D ×××××Banks, Brian @××××---------
36%Brunner, Charles @D ×××××Brunner, Charles @××××---------
36%Cavanagh, Phil @D ×××××Cavanagh, Phil @××××---------
36%Darany, George T. @D ×××××Darany, George T. @××××---------
36%Dillon, Brandon @D ×××××Dillon, Brandon @××××---------
36%Kandrevas, Andrew @D ×××××Kandrevas, Andrew @××××---------
36%Kesto, Klint @R ××××××Kesto, Klint @×××---------
36%Kowall, Eileen @R ××××××Kowall, Eileen @×××---------
36%LaFontaine, Andrea @R ×××××××LaFontaine, Andrea @××---------
36%Lane, Marilyn @D ×××××Lane, Marilyn @××××---------
36%Pettalia, Peter @R ××××××××Pettalia, Peter @×---------
House continues
Ideal House Vote
House continues
36%Shirkey, Mike @R ××××××Shirkey, Mike @×××---------
36%Smiley, Charles @D ×××××Smiley, Charles @××××---------
36%Talabi, Alberta Tinsley @D ×××××Talabi, Alberta Tinsley @××××---------
36%Townsend, Jim @D ×××××Townsend, Jim @××××---------
36%Yanez, Henry @D ××××××Yanez, Henry @×××---------
36%Zemke, Adam @D ×××××Zemke, Adam @××××---------
31%Stallworth, Thomas, III @D ××××X×Stallworth, Thomas, III @××××---------
29%Barnett, Vicki @D ××××××Barnett, Vicki @××××---------
29%Bolger, James "Jase" @R ×××××××Bolger, James "Jase" @×××---------
29%Brown, Terry @D ××××××Brown, Terry @××××---------
29%Clemente, Paul D. @D ××××××Clemente, Paul D. @××××---------
29%Crawford, Hugh @R ×××××××Crawford, Hugh @×××---------
29%Denby, Cindy @R ×××××××Denby, Cindy @×××---------
29%Durhal, Fred, III @D ××××××Durhal, Fred, III @××××---------
29%Forlini, Anthony @R ×××××××Forlini, Anthony @×××---------
29%Foster, Frank @R ×××××××Foster, Frank @×××---------
29%Haveman, Joseph @R ×××××××Haveman, Joseph @×××---------
29%Jacobsen, Bradford @R ×××××××Jacobsen, Bradford @×××---------
29%Kivela, John @D ××××××Kivela, John @××××---------
House continues
Ideal House Vote
House continues
29%LaVoy, Bill @D ××××××LaVoy, Bill @××××---------
29%Lori, Matt @R ×××××××Lori, Matt @×××---------
29%Lyons, Lisa @R ×××××××Lyons, Lisa @×××---------
29%McCready, Michael @R ×××××××McCready, Michael @×××---------
29%Oakes, Stacy Erwin @D ××××××Oakes, Stacy Erwin @××××---------
29%O'Brien, Margaret @R ×××××××O'Brien, Margaret @×××---------
29%Pagel, David @R ×××××××Pagel, David @×××---------
29%Poleski, Earl @R ×××××××Poleski, Earl @×××---------
29%Price, Amanda @R ×××××××Price, Amanda @×××---------
29%Pscholka, Al @R ×××××××Pscholka, Al @×××---------
29%Roberts, Sarah @D ××××××Roberts, Sarah @××××---------
29%Rutledge, David E. @D ××××××Rutledge, David E. @××××---------
29%Schor, Andy @D ××××××Schor, Andy @××××---------
29%Singh, Sam @D ××××××Singh, Sam @××××---------
29%Slavens, Dian @D ××××××Slavens, Dian @××××---------
29%Stamas, Jim @R ×××××××Stamas, Jim @×××---------
29%Tlaib, Rashida @D ××××××Tlaib, Rashida @××××---------
29%Walsh, John @R ×××××××Walsh, John @×××---------
29%Yonker, Ken @R ×××××××Yonker, Ken @×××---------
House continues
Ideal House Vote
House continues
27%Olumba, John @D ×XX××××XOlumba, John @×××---------
23%Hovey-Wright, Marcia @D ××××X××Hovey-Wright, Marcia @××××---------
21%Callton, Mike @R ×××××××Callton, Mike @××××---------
21%Faris, Pam @D ×××××××Faris, Pam @××××---------
21%Knezek, David @D ×××××××Knezek, David @××××---------
21%Santana, Harvey @D ×××××××Santana, Harvey @××××---------
21%Schmidt, Wayne @R ××××××××Schmidt, Wayne @×××---------
25%Ananich, Jim @D ×××------Ananich, Jim @-------------
14%Glardon, Ben @R ×××××××××Glardon, Ben @×××---------


Column Descriptions

Senate Bill 123: SB 123 - Expand convention facility authorities  Allows borrowing and spending more to develop a "sports facility" in Grand Rapids - borrowing and spending for corporate welfare  (House Roll Call 89)  (Senate Roll Call)

Senate Bill 78: SB 78 - Restrict "biological diversity" state land  Prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from designating an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving “biological diversity," no longer require the DNR to manage forests in a manner that promotes "restoration"   (Senate Roll Call 37)

House Bill 4369: HB 4369 - “Education achievement authority”  Codify in statute the powers and structure of a state “education achievement authority” (already created by means of an administrative “interlocal agreement”), which is an office in the Department of Education tasked with managing, overseeing or contracting-out the operations of public schools deemed to have failed academically.  (House Roll Call 66)

Senate Bill 257: SB 257 - Expand Business Improvement Zones  Strengthen powers of business improvement zones by making them easier to create, harder to dissolve. These entities can impose taxes to pay for projects they deem beneficial to property owners.  (Senate Roll Call 74)

Senate Bill 92: SB 92 -License pharmacy assistants  Impose licensing and regulation on pharmacy assistants with fees, continuing education requirements, test-taking mandates etc  (Senate Roll Call 70)

House Bill 4139: HB 4139 - Eliminate "peace bonds"  Repeal section of criminal law authorizing judges to order a "peace bond" when an individual has threatened an offense. Concerns are that they have been used to abridge free speech.  (House Roll Call 75)

Senate Bill 38: SB 38 - Wage garnishment for blight violations  Allow a local government to garnish the wages of a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus”  (Senate Roll Call 83)

Senate Bill 218: SB 218 -Extend water resource authorities  Eliminate the sunset on local water improvement resource authorities which levy taxes and divert other tax revenue to cover debt service  (House Roll Call 84)  (Senate Roll Call 113)

Senate Bill 182: SB 182 - K12 budget amendment   Amendment to support dedicating School Aid Funds (SAF) to K-12 although constitution explicitly authorizes using SAF for higher education  (Senate Roll Call 103)

Senate Bill 347: SB 347 - Expand MSHDA subsidies  Empower Michigan State Housing Development Authority(MSHDA) to use money in reserve funds to buy ownership interest in companies and non-profits who acquire ownership interests in multifamily housing projects  (Senate Roll Call 179)

Senate Bill 345: SB 345 - State housing subsidy debt  Repeal requirement that MSHDA must scale back its debt from $4.2B authorizes in 2012 to $3.4B by Nov 1 2014. Net effect is to increase borrowing for taxpayer backed mortgage loan guarantees, subsidies, etc  (Senate Roll Call 177)

House Bill 4681: HB 4681 - Repeal Auctioneer licensing  Repeal law that imposes licensure mandate on auctioneers  (House Roll Call 180)

Senate Bill 173: SB 173 - Ban local mandates on private employers  Preempt local governments from adopting ordinances or policies that require private sector employers to provide employee leave that is not required under state or federal law.   (Senate Roll Call 232)

House Bill 4664: HB 4664 - Prison worker pension double dipping   Repeal sunset of 2012 law that “temporarily” allowed retired prison employees to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck, starting as young as age 51 in some cases.  (House Roll Call 197)  (Senate Roll Call 284)

House Bill 4669: HB 4669 - Increase ORV tax  Increase annual Off Road Vehicle (ORV)license tax from $16.25 to $26.25 for a license that does not authorize operation on state ORV trails, and $36.25 for one that does. This is one of several fee increases, which is another form of tax increase.   (House Roll Call 200)  (Senate Roll Call 285)

House Bill 4668: HB 4668 - Increase hunting & fishing fees  To revise the structure of hunting and fishing license fees in a manner that would increase license fees for most sportsmen. The House Fiscal Agency reports this would extract an additional $19.7 million annually from sportsmen.  (House Roll Call 199)  (Senate Roll Call 307)

House Bill 4665: HB 4665 - Extend and fill tipping fee increase  Extend until Sept. 30, 2015 a “temporary” increase from 7 cents to 12 cents on the per-cubic yard state “tipping fee” tax imposed on dumping in landfills, which was authorized by a 2011 law.   (House Roll Call 198)  (Senate Roll Call 278)

Senate Bill 175: SB 175 - Undo National Guard pension reform  Reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated "defined benefit" pensions for future Michigan National Guard commanders and their assistants, and instead provided 401k benefits. Restores generous state pensions of $78,000 to $133,000.  (House Roll Call 205)  (Senate Roll Call 235)

House Bill 4714: HB 4714 - Accept ACA Medicaid Expansion  Expand Medicaid eligibility to families and individuals up to 138 percent of poverty level as desired by the Affordable Care Act, contingent on some state conditions. This is a critical step in implementing ObamaCare and is strongly opposed by tea party groups.  (House Roll Call 241)

View Bill: HB 4714 - ACA Medicaid expansion - weighted  Intentionally included twice to reflect the importance of this bill, and the very strong opposition by tea party groups.

House Bill 4813: HB 4813 - Procedure to dissolve failed schools  Establish criteria and procedures for dissolving a school district that has become so fiscally unviable that it can no longer educate students, and for attaching the failed district’s territory to one or more nearby school districts  (House Roll Call 256)  (Senate Roll Call 316)

Senate Bill 284: SB 284 - Homeheating welfare program  Create a state fund to receive and redistribute up to $60 million annually from customer surcharges on electricity bills to low income households as home heating subsidies. Another new tax.  (House Roll Call 234)  (Senate Roll Call 276)

Senate Bill 271: SB 271 - Revise developer subsidy regime  Increase the maximum "community revitalization" subsidy to any one developer from $1M to $2.5M. Also eliminate some restrictions oh how funds can be spent and make reporting less transparent.  (Senate Roll Call 266)

Senate Bill 272: SB 272 - Developer "port facility" subsidies  Expand the mission of the Michigan Strategic Fund to include providing undefined subsidies for corporations, developers and other entities involved in port facilities  (Senate Roll Call 267)


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