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Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert today jabbed Gov. Rick Snyder for signing a bill that ensures Silicon Valley automaker Tesla Motors can't sell cars directly to consumers in Michigan.
Gilbert, who said he's a fan of Snyder, raised the issue while guest-hosting CNBC's "Squawk Box" and interviewing Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
He said Snyder's move "sends a bad message" about the influence of lobbyists in lawmaking.
"To me you have to have a philosophy and you have to stick to it and you can't let your personal circumstances compromise that," Gilbert said.
He also criticized the powerful auto dealer lobby for battling Tesla, which wants to sell cars through "stores" instead of franchises.
"Why don't you man up and compete like everybody else does?" Gilbert said.
For the full article, see Nathan Bomey, "Dan Gilbert jabs Rick Snyder for anti-Tesla bill", Detroit Free Press, October 22, 2014.
For another article, see Greg Garner, "Tesla battles history in fight for direct sales", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2014.
Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder set an aggressive agenda when he ran for office in 2010, releasing a 10-point plan to address problems facing the state.
His personal wealth helped Snyder emerge from a crowded Republican primary field four years ago, but he also proved his policy mettle in a series of white papers that spanned more than 35,000 words.
With the governor up for re-election this fall against Democrat Mark Schauer, we revisited those white papers and other early-term proposals to see if Snyder delivered.
Here are some of our key findings.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan governor 2014: Did Rick Snyder do what he said he'd do?", MLive, October 22, 2014.
Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is running against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder — and his policies.
Schauer, in a 7,000-world blueprint released this summer, outlined his plans to rollback or reverse several laws enacted during the last four years.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan governor 2014: Can Mark Schauer do what he says he'd do?", MLive, October 22, 2014.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Truth Squad foul on ad saying Barrett is beholden to Koch group" : The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity has backed state House candidate Tom Barrett. Does that mean Barrett will put AFP’s needs first?
For the first time in program history, the Michigan State women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office on Tuesday afternoon. Read more
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