Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 28, 2010

R-E endorses only Scripps in House races


---- — For the 101st House District we recommend incumbent Democrat Dan Scripps of Leland over Republican Ray Franz. This is a rematch from 2008, when Scripps won by almost 20 percentage points. The two have been battling over a Scripps' bill that would protect groundwater from unreasonable withdrawals. Scripps has been an effective, energetic lawmaker who has shown an ability to work across the aisle in the bitterly partisan Legislature.

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In the 104th House District, incumbent Wayne Schmidt has not earned re-election. Schmidt has accepted dozens of PAC donations that have little or nothing to do with the district. As a county commissioner when the failed septage plant was approved, a Bay Area Transit Authority board member just before the agency nearly went broke, a big advocate of the Federated Properties parking deck and later part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority's effort to push its own deck plan, Schmidt has too often been ineffective or on the wrong side of issues. Democrat John Scrudato and independent Megan Crandall can be counted on to speak out, but both lack experience.

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We can make no recommendation in the 105th House race. Former TV weatherman Greg McMaster, a Republican, has virtually zero experience in government at any level and Democrat Greg Dean hasn't spent any money in a virtually nonexistent campaign. McMaster knows the hot-button issues but doesn't offer any solutions.