Republican Caucus Chair Ken Borton today pushed back on new mass communication policies implemented by House Democrats.
“Speaker Joe Tate’s office will now be ‘working with’ the official House Business Office staff to approve any and all mass communications from lawmakers,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “I was first elected to Lansing in 2020 when Republicans held the majority in the House. During my years in the majority, nobody from our side of the aisle ever tried to force these nonpartisan staff to control the minority’s messaging. As elected officials, it’s not in our job description to control and monitor communications from the other party. Now, I can’t send a newsletter or share my thoughts on social media without the approval of the Democrats. Mass communications is no longer a nonpartisan operation.”
It’s common for legislatures to have a list of rules for what is and is not allowed in state-funded mass communications materials. However, this has historically been handled by an impartial business office and the restricted speech has never been so specific, according to Borton.
“We can’t use words such as ‘irresponsible’ or ‘bloated’ or ‘China,’ or terms like ‘special interest,’” Borton said. “These words are basic and commonly used vocabulary by both sides of the aisle in government, and sadly, they fit the policies being pushed by this Democrat majority. This extremely oppressive measure is not just outrageous, but also hampers my ability to accurately convey what’s happening in the capital city to people back home. It’s a shameful attempt by Lansing Democrats to continue working under the cloak of darkness rather than reaching across the aisle. I will continue to communicate honestly with Michiganders despite this tyrannical supervision.”
State Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, was happy to present this flag and letter to Commissioner Marc Milburn of Roscommon County for presentation to Paull Fry who has served his country honorably in the US Navy and for his many years of service to generations of young people during his time as an educator. ###
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“A bipartisan package to keep our kids safe seems like the perfect thing for the House to work on while we’re split 54-54,” Borton said. “We need to refocus our attention away from inconsequential bills with limited impact and get back to the issues people care most about – that can start with securing school safety resources for kids back home.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”