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Michigan 8th Congressional District

Michigan 8th Congressional District

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A look at the candidates running in Michigan's 8th Congressional District in the Aug. 5, 2014, primary.
A look at the candidates running in Michigan's 8th Congressional District in the Aug. 5, 2014, primary.

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U.S. Congress
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 Michigan District 8 Copyright League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund 1
VOTER GUIDE - League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund
 
U. S. Congress
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 Michigan District 8
Primary Election: August 5, 2014
You may
VOTE in ONLY ONE PARTY
S PRIMARY
 
 – 
 either Republican or Democratic
 – 
 
for ALL partisan offices
 on ballot.
Candidates are ordered below within each office by party with Republicans preceding Democrats.
Candidates on the ballot: 2 Republicans and 4 Democrats
Duties:
 Representatives share the responsibility with Senators for enactment of the nation's laws as provided in the U.S. Constitution. Laws that require payment of taxes are initiated in the House of Representatives.
Qualifications:
 A Representative must be at least 25 years of age and a U.S. Citizen for at least 7 years. There are 435 Representatives based on Congressional districts reapportioned after each census. Michigan has 14 districts as of 2012.
Term: 2 years VOTE for ONE (1).
 
Mike Bishop,
Republican
Campaign Website
: www.electmikebishop.com
Occupation / Current Position
: Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, International Bancard Corporation
Education
: Juris Doctorate of Law
 – 
 Michigan State University DCL (1993) B.A. in History/Psychology
 – 
 University of Michigan (1989) Real Estate Broker
s License
 – 
 Curry Management Institute (1994)
Qualifications / Experience
: Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
 – 
 International Bancard Corporation (2013
 – 
 present) Senior Attorney
 – 
 Clark Hill PLC (2011
 – 
 2012) Adjunct Professor of Law
 – 
 Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2011
 – 
 present) Senior Attorney
 – 
 Simon, Galasso & Frantz, PLC (2004-2010) Senior Attorney
 – 
 Booth Patterson PC (1993-2004) MI House of Representatives (1998-2003) Michigan Senate (2003-2011)
Questions:
1. PRIORITIES:
 What are your top three national legislative priorities? Why did you select them? 
 
A:
Healthcare - The number one concern on the minds of families and businesses in the district is the rising cost of healthcare. We need to work on reforms that will make healthcare affordable and accessible, and not by mandating a government-managed marketplace. Jobs - My top priority is getting Michigan
s economy moving again so the private sector can create jobs. I believe one of the biggest challenges facing Michigan is uncertainty. Debt and Deficit - Its time to stop the out-of-control spending policies in Washington, D.C. and halt government expansion. We need to curb spending and begin paying down our debt.
2. ECONOMY:
 What should the federal government do to strengthen the national economy, reduce unem- ployment, and address the widening income gap? 
 
A:
I believe that the fiscal policies of Washington, D.C. are out of control. I do not think the massive expansion of government and huge amount of new debt American taxpayers have been forced to take on in recent years will help our economy grow or create jobs. The President
s fiscal policies have paved the way for unsustainable spending in Washington while borrowing even more from countries like China. The first step to economic recovery is to stop out-of-control spending and begin to pay down the deficit and the debt so employers in Michigan and across America can borrow the money they need to grow and create jobs.
3. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
What steps would you  propose to secure America
’ 
s energy needs while  protecting our water, air and land? 
 
A:
I believe we must do much more to expand all sources of American energy and create an all-of-the-above energy policy. While the debate over energy issues has often been heated, I believe that it also presents an opportunity for America to innovate, rather than regulate, our way to a cleaner more secure and affordable energy future. We must have a new energy policy in this country that focuses on safely using American innovation and American natural resources to
 
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 Michigan District 8 Copyright League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund 2 create millions of jobs, bring down the cost of energy and make America independent from overseas oil.
4. MONEY IN ELECTIONS:
 Do you support the Disclose  Act, which would require disclosure by outside groups of large campaign contributions and expenditures? Why or why not?
A:
I do not support the Disclose Act, simply as a matter of fairness. I wholeheartedly agree we need campaign finance reform. However, for whatever reason, there has not been the political will in Washington DC to get done what needs to get done. I bring up fairness because this version of the Disclose Act, like the first version, still has exemptions. Organizations that meet certain criteria in terms of membership and the number of states in which they operate would not have to disclose their donors. To me, this is not acceptable. Disclosure must be across the board, with no exceptions.
5. IMMIGRATION:
 What specific changes, if any, would you propose to current immigration policy? Please explain.
A:
I believe that Congress must take action to address our failing immigration system. It is evident that we have a broken system that undermines existing laws and threatens our national security. It is time to replace ineffective policies with real reforms. I believe this requires a massive response that allows America to control its own borders, reform federal work laws, and provide local law enforcement with the resources they need to protect local communities. We can and must do better to improve our legal immigration system for future generations. I will not support any measure that threatens our national security.
6. HEALTH CARE:
 What changes, if any, should be made to federal health care policies or programs? Please explain.
A:
The number one health care concern on the minds of families and small businesses is the rising cost of health care. Congress should begin working on step-by-step, bipartisan solutions that would actually lower healthcare costs. These solutions include expanding access to Health Savings Accounts, and allowing small businesses to pool resources to purchase health insurance for their employees. We should do this not by mandating an expensive government-managed marketplace, but by forcing insurers to actually compete for their customers in the open marketplace, across state lines much like we do now for auto insurance.
Tom McMillin,
Republican
 
Campaign Website:
 www.tom4michigan.com
Occupation / Current Position:
 
State Representative, CPA
Education
: Bachelor's degree from University of Michigan in Accounting/Economics
Qualifications / Experience
: State Representative, Chairman of House Oversight and of Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, former Oakland County Commissioner, Auburn Hills Mayor and City Councilman and School Board President of Prevail Academy Charter School, former Consultant and part-time Chief Financial Officer for a variety of clients. Husband and father of three and new grandpa.
Questions:
1. PRIORITIES:
 What are your top three national legislative priorities? Why did you select them? 
 
A:
1. Eliminate the federal deficit and reduce the national debt. It is unconscionable that we continue to lay horrendous debt on our children and grandchildren. 2. Eliminate Obamacare. This horrible taking of our liberty must be repealed. We must restore the ability to individuals to control their own healthcare. 3. Return authority to the states. The federal government should not be deciding health care, welfare, education, land management, labor policy and many other areas for all 50 states. The way these would best be handled in Vermont, Wyoming, California, Florida and Michigan, etc are all different.
2. ECONOMY:
 What should the federal government do to strengthen the national economy, reduce unem- ployment, and address the widening income gap? 
 
A:
The way to strengthen the economy and reduce unemployment is to reduce burdensome regulations on job providers and make the tax code much simpler and less burdensome. Most regulation policy decisions should be made at the state level and tax policy needs to be more predictable and taxes lower. The way to reduce an income gap is to increase job opportunities, make America more competitive through lower regulations. Also reduce corporate welfare than only benefits the well-connected wealthy.
 
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3. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
What steps would you  propose to secure America
’ 
s energy needs while  protecting our water, air and land? 
 
A:
Allow projects like the Keystone pipeline, while protecting property rights. Allow increased leasing of federal lands for exploration and production. Encourage free market alternative energy development by reducing any regulations that are impediments.
4. MONEY IN ELECTIONS:
 Do you support the Disclose  Act, which would require disclosure by outside groups of large campaign contributions and expenditures? Why or why not?
A:
Campaign finance laws have been largely ineffective. We need to focus on eliminating the power in Washington. Big money is given in campaigns, because there are big payoffs - due to the power and excessive spending in Washington. Eliminating corporate welfare handouts to companies like Solyndra, that just turn around and see their executives give big donations to campaigns, will help take big money out of politics. Large contracts, the ability to crush competition through selective regulations - these areas of crony capitalism are what drive the money problems in politics. Power must be removed from Washington.
5. IMMIGRATION:
 What specific changes, if any, would you propose to current immigration policy? Please explain.
A:
We need to secure our borders. States should be allowed to enforce immigration law when the federal government fails to exercise their responsibility. We need to end America
s attractive draw for illegal immigration by eliminating governmental benefits, such as, welfare, in state tuition, food stamps, housing subsidies and free medical benefits for people here illegally. Eliminate US citizenship for "anchor babies", where non-citizens come into America illegally in order to have their child on American soil, thereby giving them citizenship.
6. HEALTH CARE:
 What changes, if any, should be made to federal health care policies or programs? Please explain.
A:
Repeal ObamaCare. Return authority to the states to decide health care policy and tort reform. We only need to look at how the federal government treats our veterans at VA hospitals to know that the federal government cannot do healthcare right. Make sure insurance can be sold across state lines to enhance competition and lower premiums. Institute more consumer choice and individual authority over health care decisions, where possible.
Ken Darga,
Democrat
Campaign Website
: www.darga4congress.com
Occupation / Current Position
: Served as Michigan
s State Demographer until retiring to run for Congress.
Education
: Graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Economics and in Social Policy & Administration
Qualifications / Experience
: A state demographer is a
numbers guy
 who serves as liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and provides data and analysis to state agencies, policy-makers, and other users of economic and demographic statistics. Served as a health care economist in the Michigan Department of Management and Budget prior to becoming state demographer. Authored two books on policy issues involving the U.S. Census.
Questions:
1. PRIORITIES:
 What are your top three national legislative priorities? Why did you select them?
A:
(1) Bringing back factories (2) Restoring prosperity (3) Protecting and strengthening Social Security. Bringing back factories is a national security issue as well as a  jobs issue. Someday our factories will be converted to military purposes in a crisis. If they are on the wrong side of the ocean, however, they will be converted to someone else
s military purposes. While nations on the other side of the ocean build military hardware at a rate the world has never seen before, we will be seeking new sources for light bulbs and computer equipment and other items that our economy cannot function without.
2. ECONOMY:
 What should the federal government do to strengthen the national economy, reduce unem- ployment, and address the widening income gap?
A:
We can bring back factories by eliminating the business taxes that drive jobs away and replacing them with taxes that provide incentives to bring jobs back. My strategy for bringing back prosperity is
safe stimulus.
 Simple changes in the way we create money and the way we control inflation will make it possible to

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