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“A lady asked Dr. Franklin, ‘Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy — ‘A republic,’ replied the Doctor, ‘f you can keep it.” Anonymous, from Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 “Come let us reason together…” Isa 1:18     Fellow Michiganders, Those who know me personally know I …

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LANSING, Mich. (Nov. 3, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature would prohibit state and local law enforcement from providing photographs to the FBI’s facial recognition database, but it would have little practical effect. Rep. Peter Lucid introduced House Bill 5870 (HB5870) in September. The legislation bars Michigan law enforcement agencies from forwarding…

FERNDALE, Mich. (Aug. 8, 2016) – Bowing to intense pressure by local residents, a Michigan city has yanked a funding for a narcotics task force known for raiding medical marijuana facilities and harassing patients, demonstrating the power of local activism. In May we reported that law enforcement agencies in Michigan actively work to undermine state…

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 2, 2016) – The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday that would give voters an opportunity to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and possessions” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also set the foundation to help block a small but intrusive practical effect…

State laws legalizing marijuana take a first step toward nullifying federal prohibition, but they don’t do the job alone. Effective marijuana reform policy requires everyday people to take action and remain vigilant. Federal marijuana prohibition relies on state and local enforcement. FBI statistics show that police make approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state,…

LANSING, Mich. (May 6, 2016)  – Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that declares firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition manufactured and maintained in the state of Michigan exempt from federal regulation. Passage of the bill would set the stage to nullify some federal regulations on some firearms in practice. Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) introduced Senate…