By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Conservative activists and supporters of Michigan's new right-to-work law gathered on the Statehouse lawn Thursday to demand justice for what they said were threats, intimidation and entrapment under a tent that was destroyed by union supporters during protests two days earlier by thousands of labor union activists.
The nation's bumper crop of 10 Republican governors-elect, still basking in the afterglow of their victories, are already facing a reality check. And the reality facing incoming Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a one-time computer executive in his first elective office, may be as tricky as any in the country.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, turned back a challenge from Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on Tuesday, but Republicans still appeared on track to achieve their 2010 goal of retaking a majority of the nation's governorships.
"One tough nerd." "One chance" to fix things. An invitation to "reinvent" Michigan — a state straining mightily against its manufacturing past and still firmly caught in the recession's coils.
Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust.
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Michigan Democrat, lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son's legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers.
Mr. Bernero, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010, said through a spokesman that he had directed the city police to work with state police to investigate "any and all acts of violence that occurred on Tuesday."
He is asking law enforcement, along with city prosecutors and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, to investigate the incident and said his members deserved protection on the "public square."