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The Election Commission rejected the petition on May 25, saying the language was unclear and relied too much on opinion.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/05/recall_petition_targeting_hous.html ''MLive,'' "Recall petition targeting House Speaker Jase Bolger rejected by Calhoun County Election Commission," May 25, 2011]</ref> Smith turned in six additional language submissions in June, one of which was to have been considered at a hearing on June 24. The day before it was to occur, Bolger's lawyers were granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the election commission, effectively stopping the hearing.<ref>[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/25/988617/-More-on-MI-Spkr-of-the-House-Jase-Bolgers-cowardly-attack-on-constituent-Autumn-Smith ''Daily Kos,'' "More on MI Spkr of the House Jase Bolger's cowardly attack on constituent Autumn Smith," June 25, 2011]</ref>
 
The Election Commission rejected the petition on May 25, saying the language was unclear and relied too much on opinion.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/05/recall_petition_targeting_hous.html ''MLive,'' "Recall petition targeting House Speaker Jase Bolger rejected by Calhoun County Election Commission," May 25, 2011]</ref> Smith turned in six additional language submissions in June, one of which was to have been considered at a hearing on June 24. The day before it was to occur, Bolger's lawyers were granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the election commission, effectively stopping the hearing.<ref>[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/25/988617/-More-on-MI-Spkr-of-the-House-Jase-Bolgers-cowardly-attack-on-constituent-Autumn-Smith ''Daily Kos,'' "More on MI Spkr of the House Jase Bolger's cowardly attack on constituent Autumn Smith," June 25, 2011]</ref>
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On August 30, Smith announced she was frustrated by the legal process and was ending her recall efforts against Bolger.<ref>[http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20110831/NEWS01/108310304/Recall-effort-against-Rep-Jase-Bolger-ends ''Battle Creek Inquirer,'' "Recall effort against Rep. Jase Bolger ends," August 31, 2011]</ref> Just days later, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge [[judgepedia:Conrad Sindt|Conrad Sindt]] rejected Bolger's arguments, allowing the recall process to continue. Smith said she would continue to help if someone else leads the campaign, but that she no longer had the time or resources to lead it herself.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/09/judge_recall_petition_language.html ''MLive,'' "Judge rejects Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger's arguments against recall effort," September 1, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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James Bolger
Jase Bolger.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 63
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Current term ends
January 1, 2013
Political party Republican
Profession Co-Founder, Summit Credit Services.
Website House Site
James "Jase" Bolger is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 63 since January 1, 2009 and currently serving as Speaker of the House.

Rep. Bolger graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Western Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration. He achieved dual majors in Finance and Political Science. Rep. Bolger has been married to his high school sweetheart Molly for 15 years. They have two children together, Nicholas and Megan.

Previous offices held

Bolger was previously the Calhoun County, Michigan commissioner.

Political campaign history

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.


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Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bolger has been appointed to these committees:

  • Statutory Committee on Legislative Council, Chair

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bolger served on these committees:

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bolger won re-election to the District 63 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Dave Morgan (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 63 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png James Bolger (R) 20,935
Dave Morgan (D) 12,408

2008

On November 04, 2008, James Bolger ran for District 63 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Phyllis Smith. [1]

James Bolger raised $192,377 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 63
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png James Bolger (R) 27,641
Phyllis Smith (D) 21,188

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 James Bolger collected $192,377 in donations. [3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Jase Bolger $30,000
Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee $11,576
Michigan 2010 $5,000
Bishop Majority Leadership Fund $5,000
Michigan Association of Realtors $5,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Recall efforts

In early May 2011, the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder took aim at Bolger in an attempt to recall him from office. On May 10, Autumn Smith submitted language to the Calhoun County Clerk citing Bolger's support for cutting school funding and legislation easing restrictions on voiding public employee contracts.[4]

The Election Commission rejected the petition on May 25, saying the language was unclear and relied too much on opinion.[5] Smith turned in six additional language submissions in June, one of which was to have been considered at a hearing on June 24. The day before it was to occur, Bolger's lawyers were granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the election commission, effectively stopping the hearing.[6]

On August 30, Smith announced she was frustrated by the legal process and was ending her recall efforts against Bolger.[7] Just days later, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt rejected Bolger's arguments, allowing the recall process to continue. Smith said she would continue to help if someone else leads the campaign, but that she no longer had the time or resources to lead it herself.[8]

Contact

Rep. James Bolger
N-997 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-1787
JamesBolger@house.mi.gov

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