Tag: Michigan

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For those following Ricochet’s conservative political races, the latest update for Michigan member Wendy Day’s Aug. 5 primary is that she remains ahead of her competitors by 12 points in an independent poll that includes both parties.  It’s an open primary, but a very Republican district, so whoever wins the Republican primary is the presumed […]

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The Detroit Wince

 

shutterstock_154949270I have a conference to attend in Detroit, so I flew out a few days early to visit my extended family, which is spread across Michigan.

My first stop was Sault Ste. Marie on the Canadian border. When I grabbed a meal at a local eatery the waitress asked where I drove in from. “Detroit,” I said, to which she made a funny face and said, “sorry.”

I visited my 100-year-old grandma who spent most of her life in the state. The sweet, kindly, 4’8” centenarian who taught me to cuss in Finnish asked where the conference was. “Detroit,” I yelled to make sure she heard me. “Why would they meet there?” followed by a disapproving face.

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I always seem to find trouble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i0       Many readers know that I was a completely innocent bystander in the infamous TP incident, but Right-to-Work legislation was near and dear to me in December of 2012, so, against the advice of friends and family, I decided to attend the Americans for Prosperity event […]

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Distinguishing Between Law and Politics on Affirmative Action

 

In my latest weekly column for Defining Ideas at the Hoover Institution, I look at last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the Michigan affirmative action case, Schuette v. BAMN. My view: that the legal considerations and the policy considerations raise very different issues. As I write:

As a constitutional matter, I think that Justice Kennedy made the right call [to uphold the voter-approved ban on affirmative action]. It is too much to say that the Equal Protection Clause instructs states on how to organize their internal governance structures. The questions of electoral motive really have to be put to one side, lest every electoral decision be subject to scrutiny for some hidden electoral bias. The decisions made at one time have to be reversible at some later time, by whatever means the state chooses to do so, including the referendum.