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Liberal Lucy (BLUE shirt) introducing Michigan House Democratic Speaker Andy Dillon (in suit, standing), to a cast of thousands (or close)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â As perÂ Liberal Lucy’s fine Mich Lib diaryÂ Tonight: Meet Up With House Leadership, there was a nice get-together at the Livingston County Democratic Party Office last night.Â Michigan HouseÂ Speaker and Democrat, Andy Dillon, graciouslyÂ fielded many questions from the visitors there.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Much of the discussion was financially oriented, e.g., how to deal with state revenue shortfall (one idea of the Speaker’s was to encourage aircraft repair in Michigan, since many planes have toÂ be flownÂ all theÂ way to Indonesia to be repaired, otherwise!), the downside of cutting library funding, etc.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I myself asked two questions, the first about university waste, e.g., the fact that UM-Ann Arbor hasn’t been audited by theÂ state Auditor GeneralÂ in 23 years or so, I believe (a general “audit” of Michigan state universities’ tuitionÂ and fees did come outÂ today–see the Freep–but its main focus isn’t UM-Ann Arbor); and I think the Speaker said he would look into it. And as for my second question, about both the “Prop 2″ initiatives, the first from 2004 restricting gay (and unmarried heterosexual?) health benefits, and the second from 2006 destroying affirmative action, Dillon focused on the first initiative, saying that he too had heard that there could be bad effects on heterosexual folks, and that it’s important to provide health care for a large array of people.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â –One notable saying of Dillon’s: the most important thing (or was it the rarest thing?) in government is to get good information, since bureaucrats may present their agencies’ performance as better than it really is, etc. –This may be another raison d’etre for blogging, that is, to spread accurate information!
“Not Bob” Dillon and Ann Arbor business consultant Anthony Nitsos. The Speaker looks like he has that “preacher with the mystically glowing Bible” thing going on…
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â So, many thanks to Speaker Andy for his time and attention to his computer-savvy constituents!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â What happened to Steve Tobocman, though? he being the other Democrat who was supposed to show. I hope the majority floor leader is all right, but we didn’t see him, nor did we hear from him! Hope all is well…
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â …Back to blogging: after the Speaker had gone, and as a final flourish to the night, Liberal Lucy gave a brief “introduction to the blogosphere” to an attentive crowd there, including people who wanted to learn the very basics. So thanks to her (and to the Livingston County Democratic Party), and I am sure the number of well-informed and activist bloggers will now greatly increase!