Troy Transit Center - awaiting use since 2013

Troy Transit Center – awaiting use since 2013


In a previous blog post, I offered Troy City Council candidates the opportunity for free campaign space by responding to survey questions. This 2014 election, I’ll offer the same to all political candidates, posting their replies on the Patch and on the USA Melting Pot website.

Some of the club principles can be found in the description of our logo. Recent activities of this club, founded in 2011, are detailed in our update to the Troy City Council:


State Senate Race – 13th District

Five Republicans and two Democrats are running for the 13th District State Senate Seat, which includes Rochester and Rochester Hills, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, and Bloomfield Hills.

Please see previous survey responses from Republicans Rocky Raczkowski and Al Gui.


Survey Response from Ryan Fishman, Democratic Candidate for State Senate

Questions in italicsanswers from candidate in bold:

1.  The Troy Transit Center is a government project with federal funds allocated by the state, approved by a 4-3 majority on the Troy Council. All three levels of government were involved: federal, state and local. It has not yet opened because of an ownership dispute over the land. What lessons can be learned from this? (See more background in this article.)

This episode is only further evidence of the case I have made for more than ten months – our leaders must be advocates for consensus to do what’s best for our community.  What happened in Troy can only happen when the parties involved choose the glory of the fight over settling on a compromise that serves their mutual interests.  As a leader, not just a politician, I am committed to stand up to leadership on both sides of the aisle and demand a return to civility and action that serves the people of Michigan. In Lansing, I will recognize and work with a Republican who has a good idea and I will challenge a fellow Democrat when we do not agree.  I will not simply tow any party line, and instead work to best represent the interests of the purple communities across the 13th District.  My goal as a lawmaker will be to bring all stakeholders to the table and work with them toward solutions that serve our state – whether that means acting as a mediator between business and labor, between my colleagues on either side of the aisle, or between municipalities and business owners.

We can also look at what happened in Troy as an example of why citizens NEED access to open and accountable government.  I believe in a transparent and efficient government and am prepared to vote to cut my own pay on day one before asking for a single new dollar in taxes. Michiganders have the right to put their tax dollars to their best use, and I’ll demand that on their behalf.

2.   Have you read The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, by former Reagan Justice Department attorney and conservative talk show host Mark Levin?

I have not read The Liberty Amendments, but am familiar with some of Mark’s work from working as a news reporter, anchor, and talk show host at one of his affiliate stations, WSYR-AM in New York.   

3.   What do you think of the eleven specific amendments? You can read a summary of them in this National Review article. Should each of them be adopted, modified or discarded? Please explain. 

Having not read Mr. Levin’s book, I am not comfortable commenting on his amendments, however I am open to listening to the concerns of every voter who believes they can help me move our county and our state forward.

4.   What other statements would you like to make on behalf of your campaign?

I am running for State Senate to help create more good paying jobs that create long-term opportunities across the 13th District and our state. I will fight to bring new jobs in growing sectors like green energy, science and technology, and the Michigan film industry.

I am committed to fiscal responsibility and will push for reform in Lansing. Lansing needs to take some of the cuts they are asking the rest of the state to take. I’m prepared to vote to cut my own pay on day one in order to demonstrate that spending cuts begin with our lawmakers and that no pork barrel dollar or unnecessary expense account is safe when our roads, bridges, and public schools are crumbling. Lansing needs to be more accountable to taxpayers so that our citizens know their tax dollars are guaranteed to go to investments that attract new business to the state and build sustainable new industries.

I’m the son of a public school teacher and the graduate of our public schools. I will fight for smarter, stronger investments in education. I fight to restore the billions cut from education and ensure our schools stay internationally competitive.


Candidate Forums

There will be a State Senate candidate forum at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy, on Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Another forum will be at Clawson City Hall for the 52-3 District Judge Race (Troy/Clawson) Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The 11th Congressional District Forum will be held at Milford High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. More details can be found at the League of Women Voters website.



Liberty Amendments Summary

I’ve read Levin’s book and am interested to know what candidates for public office think of it. More description is in a previous blog post, including links to a National Review article summarizing the book. Below is a brief summary:

Term Limits for Congress, Supreme Court and More Control for State Governments

The first amendment limits members to a total of 12 years in Congress! Supreme Court justices would also be limited to 12 year terms. Other provisions would return more decisions to the states and promote economic growth through the “laboratories of democracy.” (the states)

The closer government is to the people it represents, the more responsive and less wasteful it will be.

Fiscal Tipping Point

President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.”

America has reached the tipping point, where its debts will soon be unmanageable if it doesn’t act soon. The growth of the Federal Government must be restrained. Levin’s Liberty Amendments may need some modification. But they are a good start, in my opinion.

Offer to All Political Candidates

I hope candidates choose to read this important book. Since my blog is the most widely read on the Troy Patch, I’ll offer all candidates the exposure to answer the above four questions and give them free publicity for their campaigns.

As with the Troy Council election, I’ll print their responses in the order received.

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Conservative columnist Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the USA Melting Pot club and the Troy Patch. You can read his articles on other topics by clicking on the links.