Governor Synder’s State of the State Address…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, January 21, 2011

Unlike, say, the UK’s parliamentary system where the executive leader (the prime minister) is also the leader of his/her political party, our system is set up so the executive leader (the president, or in the case of a state, the governor) is merely a member of the party. So our executive doesn’t necessarily have obligations to narrowly follow the party line. This is a good thing. Unless you’re a Republican legislator in Michigan and you want your damn Republican governor to narrowly follow your damn party line….

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