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“I left the legislature in 2002 after serving 2 years as Caucus Chairman, 9 years as Minority Leader and 7 years as Speaker of the House.  Look what the two of you helped start. …Good luck Rick in your run for the legislature. You will be outstanding.” 

Former State Representative Clyde Ballard
(E. Wenatchee, Washington)

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Candidate Questionnaires - Issues, Questions and Answers

Candidates get many questionnaires from public service minded as well as special interest groups. I thought I would share my responses with you, as this will allow you to get a good sense of how I intend to represent you. You should expect no less from the other candidates, because no election should be decided by 30 second sound bites.

It is a risk for any candidate to attempt to answer this many surveys on such an array of issues, particularly when I have not had a chance to completely study the issues. I still have much to learn, but at least this gives you an idea of how I think now. I remain open to learning much more!

If you know of other organizations whose questionnaire that I should have answered, please let me know. Thanks!

ABATE (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education)
Americans for Prosperity - No Climate Tax Pledge
Americans for Tax Reform - Taxpayer Protection Pledge
AnnArbor.com Received Endorsement
Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan
Auto Dealers of Michigan
Bedford Republican Club
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Business Leaders for Michigan ("Michigan Turnaround Plan")
Citizens for Traditional Values
CRAM (County Road Association of Michigan) Received Endorsement
Dads and Moms PAC Received Endorsement
Family Medicine PAC
GO! (Grassroots Optometry)
Great Lakes Education Project Received Endorsement
Healthy Michigan, Healthy Kids
Heritage Newspapers
League of Women Voters of Michigan
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition
Michigan Agri-Business Association Received Endorsement
Michigan Apple Committee Received Endorsement
Michigan Association for Local Public Health
Michigan Association of Health Plans
Michigan Association of Insurance Agents Received Endorsement
Michigan Bankers Association
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
Michigan Campaign for Justice
Michigan Chamber of Commerce Received Endorsement
Michigan Credit Union Action Fund (responded online, no copy retained, but answered "Yes" to Q. 18-22)
Michigan Contract Security Association Received Endorsement
Michigan Council of Professional Investigators Received Endorsement
Michigan Equine PAC Received Endorsement
Michigan Family Forum
Michigan Farm Bureau Received MFB AgriPac Committee Endorsement
Michigan Forest Products Council
Michigan Information & Research Service, Inc.
Michigan Manufacturers Association Received Endorsement
Michigan McDonald's Operators Association
Michigan Milk Producers Received Endorsement
Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines (M.O.M)
Michigan Public Transit Association
Michigan Restaurant Association Received Endorsement
Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists
Michigan Townships Association
National Federation of Independent Business Received Endorsement
National Rifle Association of America Received "AQ" rating (highest without voting record)
Michigan Right to Work Committee
Planned Parenthood Replacement Statement (added 9/1/10 to avoid confusion)
Property Management Association Received Endorsement
Republican Liberty Caucus
Right to Life of Michigan Received RLM "meets endorsement criteria"
Save Our Shoreline
Shooters' Alliance for Firearm Rights
Small Business Association of Michigan Received Endorsement
Student Association of Michigan
Washtenaw Republican Women