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On November 29, 2022, Rep. Rabhi introduced House Joint Resolution Y, which proposes an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by amending sections 15 and 29 of article VII and adding section 31 to article V, to create a state public utility. It has been referred to the Energy Committee.

The state would create a public utility and a subsequent public utility board. This board would then purchase or acquire all of the electric and natural gas generation, distribution, or transmission facilities owned by any investor-owned utility in this state by eminent domain. This means the state will come and forcibly remove your property from your possession if you are an owner or shareholder in any of the above utilities, and it is completely legal as long as they give you compensation.

With the acquisition of all public utilities, now the state can set all rates, fares, fees, charges, services, rules, conditions of service, and all other matters pertaining to the formation, operation, or direction of the state public utility; and they can arbitrarily establish lower rates for low-income residential customers, which they are already claiming they will do.

Now the state is free to eliminate fossil fuels and build across this state accessible, rapid-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, making rapid investments in the distribution network in Michigan. With this goal, there is nothing standing in the way to stop the state from eliminating fossil fuel energy in Michigan, leaving most of us in a very bad situation.

Further, according to this resolution, a person, partnership, association, or corporation, public or private entity, operating a public utility will not have the right to any highways, streets, alleys, or other public places of any county, township, city, or village for wires, poles, pipes, tracks, conduits, or other utility facilities, without the consent of the duly constituted authority of the county, township, city, or village; nor will they have the right to transact local business within a county, township, city, or village without first obtaining a franchise from the county, township, city, or village.

The state public utility established in section 31 of 6 article V will have the right to use the highways, streets, alleys, or other public places of any county, township, city, or village for wires, poles, pipes, tracks, conduits, or other utility facilities, without the consent of the duly constituted authority of the county, township, city, or village. The state public utility established in section of article V will not need to obtain a franchise to transact business in a county, township, city, or village.

This resolution is very dangerous and unconstitutional. Eminent domain, while currently legal, is a gray area to begin with and has, in the past, been used to deprive citizens of their rightful property. In addition, this resolution would essentially allow the state to dictate who can and cannot obtain services and use roads. Not only does this create a monopolistic situation, it is a violation of the local governmental rights by the state, and the citizens’ rights by extension.

Call your representative today and tell him or her that you want this resolution to never see the light of day.

Following the results of the November 8th General Election in Michigan, we have good news, and we have bad news.

The bad news is that the USTPM placed sixteen candidates on the ballot, and all lost. Four additional candidates were rejected by the Bureau of Elections because of filing discrepancies, and were not even on the ballot. Of the eventual sixteen, another four also had discrepancies, but were retained by swift action of the Campaign Committee to resolve their issues.

The actual voting results are under review by election authorities. Several USTPM candidates find the results unbelievable and are not conceding defeat in their races. A case in point, at the top of the USTPM ticket, Donna Brandenburg, our candidate for Governor, had been the most formidable candidate of the Party in recent history. She out-spent and out-hustled the Party’s last three gubernatorial candidates, yet suspiciously mustered only a fraction of their total votes. Whether or not a sufficient amount of corrections are found to change the election results, justice must be served, and those who ever perpetrate fraud must be held accountable.

The good news is the USTPM has successfully maintained ballot access for the next election cycle. According to Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 168.560a, a political party’s principal candidate must receive at least one percent (1%) of the vote total of the winning Secretary of State candidate to maintain it. The 2022 SOS winner is Jocelyn Benson, with 2,467,859 votes, making the 1% threshold equal to 24,678 votes. And congratulations go to Mr. Joe Sanger, who is the USTPM top vote-getter at 71,506 votes!

Here are the USTPM vote results for 2022:

Donna Brandenburg, Governor - 16.246 votes (0.36%)
Christine Schwartz, Secretary of State - 27,937 votes (0.63%)
Gerald T. Van Sickle, Attorney General - 32,431 votes (0.74%)
Ethan Hobson, State Board of Education - 48,248 votes (0.59%)
Joe Sanger, U of M Regent - 71,506 votes (0.89%)
Marc Joseph Sosnowski, WSU Governor - 71,488 votes (0.91%)
Curtis Clark, 4th Congressional District - 2244 votes, (0.66%)
Ezra Scott, 5th Congressional District - 3162 votes (1.00 %)
Christopher Dardzinski, 13th Congressional District - 2769 votes (1.18%)
Victoria McCasey, 22nd State Senate District - 1198 votes (0.87%)
Matthew J. Shepard, 28th State Senate District - 2635 votes (2.24%)
Becky McDonald, 34th State Senate District - 2682 votes (2.42%)
John Tatar, Wayne County Sheriff - 39,319 votes (7.44%)
Timothy Sears, Houghton County Commission 2nd District - 246 votes (7.2%)
Jeff McDonald, Gladwin County Commission 1st District - 297 votes (12.4%)
William Mohr II, Kent City School Board - 493 votes (9.93%)

Some may find this interesting. The horrendous ballot proposal (No. 3), titled Reproductive Freedom For All, solidified abortion as a constitutional right in Michigan, as well as removed parental controls over sexual and gender issues of their children in school. It passed by the vote total of 56.66% – could it be another mark of the beast?

The devotion of USTPM members is needed now more than ever. You can depend on our candidates to be God-fearing, but such candidates may only come forward and rise to this challenge if asked …. who do you know?

Recently, the Michigan Legislature has decided to entertain the notion of House Bill 6544. Which would in part require ALL semi-automatic weapons purchased before the bill’s passing to be registered, and the ban on future sales of all “assault weapons” in Michigan. The bill defines an assault weapon as a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following characteristics: A pistol grip or thumbhole stock, any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand, a folding or telescoping stock, a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel. This is nothing more than a further infringement upon our rights and a further push to disarm the people. They say it’s to prevent further death, then where is your ban on cigarettes? What about all the poisons in our food?

The Michigan Constitution Clearly states, “Every person has the right to keep and bear arms for the protection of himself and the state.” The Constitution of The United States of America states in the Second Amendment, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” These leave no margin for “exceptions” such as pistol grips, shrouds, etc. These rights and amendments were afforded to us first by God and second by our founding fathers. The right to protect OUR life should that ever be necessary. The right to stand up to and remove a tyrannical government. The ability for We The People to stand for our lives, liberties, and freedoms. An armed populous is a dangerous populous, that is how they view it. Harking back to the days of the Revolutionary War, a citizen may have owned a ship fitted with FIFTEEN CANNONS, the same still applied. All in the name of protecting what was his and the country’s! This is our land we may protect it anyway that the People deem necessary.

The passing of House Bill 6544 would mean all but the end for all rights regarding firearms in the state of Michigan. Innocent law-abiding citizens would be at the mercy of their government with purchasing of hunting or self-defense weapons. The state of Michigan would have a catalog of every gun and gun owner in the state, which is the goal. This will make it that much easier for future confiscation. That is what this bill is designed to do, to ease people into handing over their defenses. The people of Michigan will be forced to register their firearms against their will every 5 years or face a felony charge and imprisonment of 5 years. They want this to take effect January 1, 2024, what will we do about it Michigan?
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2022 has been a year of many opportunities, high inflation, shortages, the lingering Coronavirus debates, the United States Supreme Court Opinions, and a midterm election that leaves many wondering if the elections can ever be trusted again.

We as the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan have met many strong God-fearing patriots during this election cycle. They are looking for a way to bring God back into our governance. They see the loss of Liberties, they see the downward spiral of morality, yet they can’t seem to make the changes needed, to make the changes necessary to put us on the right track. The change that is necessary is Not voting the same old same old.

The “R’s” and “D’s” have very successfully spun the lies that if they don’t win, everything will collapse around us. Because of this Lie, we continually hear these God-fearing people say “I may not like for whom I’m voting, but I’ve got to vote for the lesser of two evils.”

Can we, The US Taxpayers Party of Michigan come together and be the Godly choice? Showing the good people of this state that they don’t have to vote for evil. Do we the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan have the solidarity and vision to bring our group together to provide this for them? I say Yes! What say You?

Though we were unable to get members elected we did provide the GOOD people of Michigan with choices. That of good God-fearing candidates.

Our numbers may seem lacking, but, the total number of votes that our candidates did receive shows a sign of good cheer. These numbers represent the good that is present. These are the ones that are ready and courageous enough to put their vote where their heart and souls have led them. They have seen thou the lies.

The next step? Find these people. Bring them in with us, they are looking for us. Build our organization with these people. With them and God’s help, we will build a party to be reckoned with. Now, others will be able to see and make a choice for good, not for the lesser of two evils.

It’s my belief, that the vast majority want to have good and true leaders, freedom, liberties, and the safe place to grow their families that the founders envisioned for this country.

Thank you to all that came forward as a candidate! You are the Good choice the golden grain of the harvest! I know, not all of us are the candidate type, but we all have a part to play.

Come, join us! As we stand shoulder to shoulder working with Providence, even an endeavor as large as this can be accomplished.
Our next meeting is December 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 am, location Main Street Café, 205 N. Clinton Ave., St. Johns, Michigan 48879.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best Regards,
G. Truman Van Sickle,
Chairman: US Taxpayers Party of Michigan

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Please take the time, do the research and vote for the most qualified.

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