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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marty Knollenberg has no intention of serving a full term as mayor

Marty Knollenberg has no intention of serving a full term as mayor
So why on earth would anyone vote for Marty Knollenberg for mayor of Troy, in a $50,000 special election forced on Troy by his supporters?
That is stone cold crazy.
The fiscal conservatives who are throwing our money away on this election want us to believe it's a GOOD thing that Knollenberg is running for a job he plans to dump out of early and then lead us to yet ANOTHER costly election.
Yes, it is those folks who always whine about how the private sector does a better job than the public sector who want to HIRE A MAN WHO WILL QUIT TO GET A BETTER JOB IN A YEAR.
One of the Knollenberg apologists even says it makes perfect sense that Knollenberg will turn in his letter of resignation, soon after being elected, over on Troy Patch:

"The council meetings I have attended have had a parade of good people from both sides commenting, all speaking the truth, often in anger and frustration. The council members all have to listen to this and still do their thankless jobs for the lowest hourly pay in Troy. Can you blame some of them for wanting to seek higher office after spending time in Purgatroy, oops, Purgatory?"
Oh, so Knollenberg has to quit early because being mayor of Troy is hard?
Awwwww. Poor fella.
This knuckleheaded lapdog simply offers more proof that Troy's self-described "fiscal conservatives" who want government to act like the private sector, are just a bunch of posers. They just want to be in power AT ANY COST!

Would you hire a manager who cost you 50 grand knowing he's going to quit a year later? Naw.

So... why would you hire Marty Knollenberg for Troy?
Hire Dane Slater.

He's no quitter.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Knollenberg was against the Michigan Anti-Bullying Act. Is this why?

Colbert being pretty serious about Michigan's Bully Law...

Why Does Doug Tietz care more about POLITICS than TROY?

Doug Tietz got his panties in a bunch over the idea that the city would invest $75,000 in two of Troy's cultural gems -- the Historical Museum and the Nature Center -- yet he went out of his way to ensure Troy would pick up the 50 grand tab for the May election.
He didn't simply support the costly special election, which served no other purpose than trying to get a conservative mayor in, he actually pushed it hard in Lansing and the media. You don't have to take my word for it -- read the Trust FOIA'd documents here.
Doug Tietz and his bosses Glenn Clark, Boss Bob Gosselin and Marty Knollenberg were pretty darn quiet over their concern for state law BEFORE Janice Daniels was recalled. One might guess they too were happy to see her go.
So CM Doug, why is investing in Troy's culture -- that serves our children and property values so well -- a waste of money, yet spending $50,000 on this dumb election was something you believed in?
Why do you folks ALWAYS support your political ideologies above Troy's interests?
That's bad leadership!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Are You Talking out of Your Hat?

In recent months, the debate over city issues has warmed up again.  We had a relatively quiet late winter, but now that the seat of mayor is up for grabs, the rhetoric has been dialed up by some of Troy's most zealous ideologues.

If you follow the Troy Patch, you've seen some of it.

If you don't should.  At least you should before you open your mouth.

Unfortunately, not all loud talkers in the Troy arena think it's important to know the facts before they open their mouths.  One particular Troy Patch blogger repeatedly spews falsehoods, innuendo and downright offensive material.

Partially to combat that, several other informed voices have been participating in the conversation.  If you are informed, consider helping.  If you aren't informed yet, here's a very helpful piece that lists a place to start to get some facts as we are thrust toward May 7th.

Know the facts...then raise your voice.

Work to help Keep Troy Strong.
Keep Mayor Slater on May 7th.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glenn Clark Keeps It Classy!

If you examine the "Taxpayers of Troy" Facebook page, they describe themselves as "Troy residents, business owners & activists who are concerned about the direction that certain public officials want to move our city to."

"Taxpayers of Troy" says things like this:

Then you have the "Troy Republican Committee," who describe themselves as "an organization of Republicans from across Troy, Michigan. We are conservatives focused on nominating & electing Republicans in Troy, Oakland County & Michigan!"

The Troy Republican Committee says things like this:

So the "Taxpayers of Troy" is a front group for the "Troy Republican Committee" and they have no problem politicizing the disgusting acts at the Boston Marathon to attack Mayor Slater.

Way to keep it classy, Glenn Clark!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Taxpayers of Troy Loves Lawsuits!

Previously, I predicted that there was going to be some form of dirty trick played during this campaign.

Now we know what it is!  The 'Taxpayers of Troy" (FKA "Concerned Troy Citizens;" FKA "Support for Janice Daniels") are proud to announce another lawsuit against the city!

Yes, Glenn Clark and company have been looking for ways to bring embarrassment and negative attention to the city, and this is what they've come up with.

Remember the words of David Harrell, husband to Barbara Harrell and leader of the Troy-Clawson Republican forum:  Everything Glenn Clark does is designed to "undermine anyone that doesn't do what he wants and this is exactly like him.” 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Marty Has a Plan?

Today, I received Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan for Economic Growth."  His plan is as follows: First, act as the city's ambassador.  Second, approach every problem by listening.  Third, "re-energize" Troy to "unify" it.

I wish I could be more specific in describing what Mr. Knollenberg intends to do, but his "plan" is sorely lacking in details.  So I have no idea what he's going to do should he be elected as Mayor.

But I do know what he did while a member of the State Legislature.

I know that Marty Knollenberg voted for Public Act 38, a bill designed to amend Public Act 281, also known as the “Income tax act of 1967.”
Which means that Marty Knollenberg voted to cut taxes on business by $1.7 billion while raising taxes on individuals by $1.5 billion, with lower income folks and seniors taking the hardest hits.

The same bill made significant changes to the Homestead Property Tax Credit.  If you have total household resources of $50,000 or have a home with a taxable value of $135,000, the your tax credit went away.  The net effect?  Your taxes increased.

Public Act 38 is so unpopular that Republicans are joining Democrats in calling for repeal.

Which explains why why Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan" lacks specifics.  Because his plans involve giving away tax breaks to businesses while making seniors pay more.

So when Marty sends you a piece of mail that says he'll "help protect senior services," just know that he doesn't mean your pension.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Boss Gosselin Has Friends and He's Not Afraid to Call Them

So now we know that Bob Gosselin was attempting to force his will on Troy's City Council by undermining the appointment of Dane Slater to the seat of the Mayor.

Not only was Bob Gosselin undermining Troy's City Council, he was actively soliciting the Attorney General's office to sue Troy, as part of plan to force a February election with two of Gosselin's friends, Dan Brake and Ed Kempen, as the sole candidates.

The video that follows, taken on November 26, 2012, shows Bob Gosselin, along with Dan Brake and Ed Kempen,  as they try to force Troy's City Clerk to accept the applications of Brake and Kempen Mayor in a February election. They are accompanied by Mike Ross, James Grix, Nick Cherasaro, Minesh Baxi, Ksenya Fry, and Ray Watts.

The audio is faint, so we've provided a transcript.  It focuses on Bob Gosselin's phone conversation with Rusty Hills, the spokesman for the Attorney General's office.  The conversation between the two starts at approximately 05:10, when Gosselin can be seen pulling his cell phone from his pocket.

~ 05:32 [Gosselin] Is Rusty Hills there please? Bob Gosselin. It's kind of urgent. Sure. Thank you.

~ 06:12 [Gosselin] “How ya doing? Hey, listen, I'm standing at the clerks office in Troy right now and they refuse to take the applications for the election on February 26th, okay, like the Secretary of State's letter outlined and, uh, I talked to the Oakland County Clerk and they said that the clerk is supposed to take it regardless and hold it until we resolve the problem here, okay? And they refuse to even take the applications and the checks. And so we're going to leave them on the counter here and we got video of it and I think we're going have to push it your way so you can observe what's going on.”

At ~ 07:03 Gosselin puts his cell phone on “speaker” so everyone can listen.

~ 07:04 [Hills] “And you know, uh, it's just, just a mess, I don't know what else to say and I'm sorry it has to know, we have to go through all this...”

~ 07:13 [Gosselin] “Yeah, but uh, Chris Thomas, uh, you said, is absolutely correct from the Secretary of State's office on this matter, right?”

~ 07:19 [Hills] “Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, Thomas is right. Or seems to be. I mean, all he's doing is following state law, and state law says there needs to be another election so the local attorney simply has it wrong...

~ 07:33 [Gosselin] “Okay.”

~ 07:37 [Hills] “You know, I don't remember a situation like this in the past where, you know, the state has provided crystal clear guidance on what the law is and the clerk is going a different way...”

~ 07:47 [Gosselin] Uh huh. Well, its not so much the clerk as the city attorney Lori Bluhm who basically told the city to act...”

~ 07:56 – [Hills] “That's who I meant, yeah, I'm sorry...the city attorney has given advice that's directly in conflict with Secretary of State's Elections Officer...”

~ 08:07 [Gosselin] “Well, what happened here is, uh, Lori Bluhm showed up at the clerk's office and told Mrs Bittner, the city clerk, not to accept them and she basically came to the desk and said we aren't accepting them...okay...and we're...4:00 is the deadline for filing so we're on time, we're timely and so forth... um, what do you think is the next step here that we pursue here?

~ 08:31 [Hills] Oh, um, boy, that's a tough question...ah, you know I'm not a lawyer and I don't, we don't give personal advice in this situation...I, I do know an individual, I think it's Michael Ross, has filed a complaint with us...I passed it along to our attorneys...

~ 08:45 – [Gosselin] Sure, and he's here right now, matter of fact as a witness...

~ 08:48 – [Hills] “Yeah, and so, you know, we're, last I saw I was with Bill earlier today, he had put in a call to Ruth Johnson, and uh, she hadn't returned it when left Bill about 20 minutes ago...”

~ 09:02 [Gosselin] “Okay...”

~ 09:05 [Hills] “So we're, you know, trying to talk to her since she's the chief elections officer for the state...”

~ 09:08 [Gosselin] “Uh huh...”

~ 09:09 [Hills] And uh, see what she wants to do or suggests should be we need to hear back from Ruth...

~ 09:15 [Gosselin] “Okay, what we're going to do is take a copy of the filing form and also the video and get it to you guys, okay, like maybe tomorrow, just so you can have it for your file okay...I'll let you go okay? You have a good one...we'll see ya...”

~ 09:32 [Hills] Bye.

~ 09:36 [Ray Watts] We're ready to...we're ready for the campaign...

~ 09:38 [Gosselin] Okay, um, that is Rusty Hills of course, Bill Schutte's guy...

In the final few moments of the video, Dan Brake states that he's going to wait behind while Bob Gosselin says he has to leave for dialysis.

The moral here is simple:  If you don't want Bob Gosselin to control Troy, vote on May 7th to Keep Mayor Slater.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Standing Up

A local civic group, TRUST, recently stated this on their Facebook page:

After Janice Daniels was recalled, the Michigan Secretary of State's office, through the Office of the Michigan Attorney General, pursued litigation to force Troy to hold a February election.

One of the questions we were constantly hearing
s was "How did the state become involved?"

To find the answer, TRUST submitted a series of Freedom of Information Act Requests to the City, Oakland County, and to the State.

Much information has been gleaned from those FOIA documents.  Much has been learned and/or affirmed about the backroom political wrangling happening that clearly shows -- at best -- unethical attempts to sway votes on council.

What it happily showed was that sometimes...people see through that.

Exhibit A: Bob Gosselin attempting to force his will on council members:

Exhibit B:  Dave Henderson -- after stating he'd received the e-mail and voicemails (plural...Bob was working it pretty hard, apparently) -- responds:

I applaud Mr. Henderson's actions in this matter.  It's gratifying to see someone refuse to bow to the political pressure of Bob Gosselin and company, and it's especially gratifying to hear Henderson reiterate what MANY of us thought.  This whole election matter should have been argued LONG before the recall was successful -- it just appears some never bargained that it WOULD be successful.

Keep it up, Dave.  We need it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Dirty Tricks Will Come...

There's an election coming up in May, an election that will determine who completes the Mayoral term started by Janice Daniels.

And because there's a election coming, there is one question on everybody's mind: When do the dirty tricks start?

Because it's not a matter of “if,” it's more of a matter of “when.”

I know that dirty tricks are coming because the person who brought you Janice Daniels is the same person working with Marty Knollenberg.

I speak, of course, of Glenn Clark.

Glenn Clark is famous for his dirty campaign tactics. In Macomb County, he worked for Kim Metzler and her campaign for State Senate, vying against Leon Drolet. It was a campaign so full of lies, it led to a lawsuit alleging defamation, libel, false light, and slander. It's rare for a campaign to end in a lawsuit, so we should probably review the facts.

The Meltzer campaign sent out a piece of literature stating that Drolet “Introduced legislation that would allow homosexual gross indeceny on public places,” Drolet “opposes traditional one-man, one-woman marriage,” and that Drolet was the “biggest supporter of homosexual special rights.”

Don't believe me? Here's the first few pages of the legal complaint:

As rare as a lawsuit arising from a senate campaign is, it's conclusion was even rarer: Meltzer apologized to Drolet. Meltzer admitted, in writing, that her campaign lied. For his part, Drolet was unequivocal about the source of Meltzer's dirty tactics: Glenn Clark. Drolet told the OaklandPress, “Meltzer’s campaign consultant, Glenn Clark, has a longhistory of specializing in reckless, gay-oriented smears (and) ...his obsession with persecuting gay people has come to define him.”

But attacking opponents isn't the only thing Glenn likes to do. He's more than happy to use dirty tricks against other Republicans.

Back in February, the Troy-Clawson caucus of the Republican party was holding a convention at the American Polish Cultural Center. Barbara and David Harrell, leaders of the caucus, set up an audio-visual projector for a presentation. When they attempted to give their presentation, David Harrell discovered the power cord to the projector was missing. A witness had seen Glenn Clark enter the room, allegedly to distribute literature. And the surveillance video revealed that the only person to enter the room besides Harrell and the witness was Glenn Clark.

Why did Harrell suspect Glenn Clark? We'll let Harrell explain. In his police report, Harrell states, “Glenn has been doing several things to undermine anyone that doesn't do what he wants and this is exactly like him.”

Read the police report for yourself:

So there you have it: Glenn Clark, political operative and source of slander and dirty tricks.

And who is Glenn Clark working with? Marty Knollenberg.

As a point of fact, Glenn Clark was the point person for Knollenberg's “Town Hall” meeting.

And, of course, it's not the first time Glenn Clark has worked with Knollenberg. Knollenberg and Clark were working together as far back as 2011.

So it's not a matter of “if” the dirty tricks get used against Mayor Slater, it's a matter of “when.”

It's what Glenn Clark does.