Effort lapses as group has trouble collecting required signatures.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Senate panel approves anti-abortion plates with 7-0 bipartisan vote.
Under legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton), anti-abortion messages soon could be an option for state-issued specialty license plates. Senate Bill 600, approved unanimously today by a senate panel and facing consideration by the entire Michigan senate, would create a "Choose Life" specialty vehicle license plate, according to a news release from Colbeck's office. Funds raised from the sale of the plates would go to support anti-abortion organizations and projects. “Michigan residents have long supported policies that encourage alternatives to abortion and our Choose Life license plate program echoes that sentiment,” Colbeck said in a news release. “It will provide drivers a way to promote abortion alternatives and protect …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck is among more than two dozen state legislators facing recall attempts.
A new governor. A struggling state economy. Controversial changes coming down from Lansing. That was the recipe for the history-making recalls of two Michigan state senators almost 30 years ago. Recalls are heating up again in Michigan, and around the country, this year. While an effort aimed against newly-elected Gov. Rick Snyder has commanded most of the attention, recall petitions are also being circulated locally against state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) and some two dozen other Michigan legislators. Petition language was recently approved by the Wayne County Elections Division. For organizers of Colbeck's recall, votes on cuts to school funding and business taxes are inexcusable. But how fruitful will recall organizers' efforts be…
Here's a look at the steps it will takes to recall state officials and the history of recalls in Michigan.
A recall on state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) cleared its first hurdle when petition wording was approved in August by the Wayne County Clerk's office. Colbeck represents Plymouth, Canton and Northville, among other cities. To place a recall on the ballot, petitioners would have to gather 27,300 valid signatures of 7th District voters by early February - 180 days from when the wording was approved. Recall organizer Mary Kelley, a Northville resident, said that more than 4,000 petitions are in circulation and her group hopes to gain "more than 50,000" signatures. Signatures are ruled invalid for a number of reasons ranging from false addresses to signers living outside the specified election district. An election date would depend on …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
At a local Republican event, the two legislators talk about issues ranging from education to the state's courts.
Two Michigan legislators, Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and District 20 Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, spoke to about 50 constituents Monday night about the bills that have and will come before them in this legislative session. The legislative update, organized by the Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee, included an opportunity to mingle with the legislators over refreshments for a $20 fee. The committee, according to its Facebook page, "conducts the business of the Republican party in western Wayne and Oakland counties.” At the event, held at the Northville Sports Den, Colbeck and Heise talked for about 20 minutes each and then answered crowd questions on issues ranging from education and teacher tenure to the emergency…
Friday, June 17, 2011
Redistricting would cut some of 7th district to absorb Livonia while keeping part of Northville city, Northville township, Plymouth city and township and Canton.
The Michigan state senate has announced plans today for redistricting that would affect the 7th district, which serves Northville, Plymouth and Canton. According to the website of State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) from the 7th district, his district also currently serves other Wayne County towns including Belleville city, Brownstown Township, Flat Rock city, Gibraltar city, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Rockwood city, Sumpter Township, Trenton city, Van Buren Township and Woodhaven city. The redistricting plan would change the 7th district to the following, according to an article in The Detroit News: part of the city of Northville, Northville Township, Plymouth city and township, Canton Township, Wayne and Livonia. The GOP …