ATHENS—Of all the challenges Greece has faced in recent years, prodding its citizens to pay their taxes has been one of the most difficult.
At the end of 2014, Greeks owed their government about €76 billion ($86 billion) in unpaid taxes accrued over decades; the government says only €9 billion of that can be recovered, with most of the rest lost to insolvency.
Billions more in taxes are owed on never-reported revenue from Greece’s vast underground economy, which was estimated before the crisis to equal more than a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product.
The tea party groups had an unexpected big win last night.
At the Oakland County convention the establishment had a slate of delegates for the state convention from their Nominating Committee. They had to do this because they "forgot" to send the sub-caucus apportionment list on time to the State party.
In my caucus, at least half the people on the slate weren't even in attendance. They tried to adjourn before a motion could be made to amend the slate. The chair ignored calls for a division vote. They eventually allowed an alternative slate to be voted upon, but it failed. They refused to allow any amendments to the slate and then they adjourned despite objections. It was in bad-faith at best, but it was really a railroad job.
Poll Shows 8th Congressional Race Competitive For General
The open 8th Congressional District may not be a slam dunk for the Republican nominee based on the results of a survey conducted last Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday by Practical Political Consultants (PPC) at the request of MIRS.
Potential Democratic nominee Eric SCHERTZING is down to Republican candidate Mike BISHOP in a hypothetical General Election showdown 54.5 to 45.5 percent. When Schertzing is pitted against Republican Tom McMILLIN, the Republican is up 52.5 to 47.5 percent.
With the margin of error of the 285-voter sample at +/-6 percent, the results have the Democratic Ingham County treasurer within the margin of error.
U.S. Rep. Justin AMASH (R-Cascade Twp.) is leading "establishment" Republican primary challenger Brian ELLIS nearly two to one, 42 to 23 percent, according to the results of MIRS-commissioned survey of the 3rd Congressional District conducted by Practical Political Consulting (PPC).
The May 27-29 robo survey of 472 respondents showed 35 percent of voters are still undecided, a much lower number than the 74 percent of likely GOP voters who told PPC two weeks ago they were undecided in the nearly 8th Congressional District primary (See "GOP Voters Still Making Up Mind In MI-8," 5/16/14).
Below is a video of Tom's campaign kickoff event from last Saturday. If you don't know much about Tom it's a must watch since Justin talks about how they met and worked together in the Michigan legislature:
Steve Green, who legally uses pot to treat multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, had his 6-month-old daughter removed from his home.
The state of Michigan is removing children from the homes of people who are licensed to use medicinal marijuana, causing outrage among medical experts and well-fare advocates.
Among those who recently lost their children are Steve and Maria Green. Steve Green uses marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. On Friday, an Ingham County judge ordered the removal of 6-month-old Bree Green, saying the presence of marijuana makes them a target for a break-in.
On Tuesday, supporters of the Greens and others who had their children taken gathered outside of Lansing’s Department of Human Services, which handles the medical marijuana law.
“This is just one of many widespread incidents throughout Michigan involving CPS (child protection services) agencies that disregard the clearly written protections provided in the Act,” said Michigan Moms United Founder Charmie Gholson. ”Moms United calls on the state to immediately return this infant to her parents, and adhere to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.”
The Greens and other families said they are loving, responsible parents who were following the law.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie lives off the electrical grid in a solar-powered home on a 1,200-acre farm in the Appalachian foothills. The first-year congressman and engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built the house from lumber he logged and milled.
The Kentucky Republican also lives off the grid politically. Just a few weeks after his election, he helped spearhead an unsuccessful coup against House Speaker John Boehner and has since voted regularly against party priorities.
The defiant posture of Mr. Massie and a dozen or more like-minded conservatives has changed the agenda in Washington. In a capital where partisan power is nearly evenly balanced, he and a small but committed group of new House activists have discovered that they have the ability to block not just Democrats but their own party's leaders—and they are willing to use it.
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