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16 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 The Montrrorency County Tribune Every roll call vote by every state legislator tallied for 2012 Individual legislators missed 2,234 votes in 2012, according to MichiganVotes.org Missed Votes Report' MIDLAND-- Michigan's 38 senators and 110representa- rives missed 2,234 votes in 2012, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by lack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org. The Michigan Senate took 1,082 roll call votes during 2012, and the House took 904*. Although the figure is slightly higher than the 1,437 votes missed by individual lawmakers in 2011, on a percentage basis it is lower since nearly twice as many total votes were taken this year. The number of missed votes has been on a dramatic downward trajectory since 2001-2002, when MichiganVotes.org began tracking this information and the average number was more than 10,000 every year. Here are the tallies for the full two-year session of the just concluded 96th Michigan Legislature, and of the previous five Legislatures: 2001-2002 (21,162 missed votes); 2003- 2004 ( 12,178); 2005 -2006 (9,598); 2007 -2008 (10,324); 2009 - 2010 (7,173); 2011-2012 (3,669); total missed votes, 2001- 2011 (64,104). During the 2012 session, four senators and six representa- tives missed 50 or more votes each. Thirteen Senators and 62 Michigan lawmakers missed no votes. Find out how many (and which) votes your local state legislators missed at the full "Missed Votes Report": http:/Iwww.michiganvotes.orgIMissedVotes.aspx (Our area's Senators and Representatives votes on a re- cent non-controverial bill are shown below.) The online report can be sorted by name or by number of missed votes. The total number of possible votes is also listed for each legislator (those who were not in office for the entire session have lower numbers). By clicking on a legislator's name, you can see a brief, plain-English de- scription of the actual votes that he or she missed. Missed vote totals for previous periods can be viewed by entering a different date range. McHugh said the missed-votes feature is an example of the power of the MichiganVotes.org database. "We now have 12 years of bills and votes in the system, the complete legislative careers of many members. To obtain this infor- marion anywhere else, it would be necessary to read and record information from thousands of pages of legislative journals," he said. McHugh added that in most cases missed votes occur when other demands within the legislative process call a lawmaker off the floor for a few minutes, or when serious family or personal issues require an absence for an entire day or longer. "Legislators are people too," McHugh observed. "We shouldn't jump to conclusions or assume bad faith. But ifa legislator demonstrates aconsistent pattern ofmissedvotes for months on end, voters have a right to ask why. "Large numbers of missed votes get people's attention," McHugh added, "but they should be more concerned about the votes their own legislators actually do take, especially when many of these appear to serve the system ahead of the people." MichiganVotes.org is a free website provided by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. It provides concise, objective, plain-English descriptions of every bill and every vote by every politician in the Michigan Legislature, search- able and sortable by legislator, topic, keywords, date range and more. *Michigan Votes.org roll call vote totals do not include some purely procedural or duplicate votes. When these are in- cluded there were g l 3 House roll calls in2012, and 1095 in the Senate, not including any votes taken on a pro-forma Dec. 27 "sine die" session. House Bill 5259, Sample Senate vote to identify your local legislators: Moped Regulations To eliminate a two-horsepower limit on moped motors, but leave in place the provision that prohibits them from being able to go more than 30 miles per hour. (All Senators' votes on this bill are at http:// www.michiganvotes.org/RollCalLaspx?ID=634838 .) 36 Sen. John Moolenaar R - Midland Y House Bill 5259, S ample House vote to identify your local legislators: Moped Regulations To eliminate the two -horsepower limit on moped motors, but leave in place the provision that prohibits them from being able to go more than 30 miles per hour. (All House members' votes on this bill are at http:// www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=616840 .) 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque Isle Y Kinkade Painting IQas: I have a painting by Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light." In addition to the painting, o have a teapot he produced with the inscription "Home Is Where the Heart Is." Since Kinkade died recently, is his artwork now worth more? -- Barbara, Alton, N.Y. : Thomas Kinkade cranked out thousands (yes, thousands) of paintings, lithographs and related items during his very productive lifetime. Since he flooded the market with his art, when he died there was little or no bump in values. I spoke to several gallei'y owners who think interest in Kinkade has, in fact, declined. Texas Art Depot specializes in Kinkade's artwork and might be a helpful second opinion. Contact info is 301 West Oak, Palestine, TX 75801. d': I have an old fishing reel that was never used land is still in its original box. l'd like to sell it to a collector. Could you please publish my name and address so interested parties can contact me? Bernie, Albuquerque, N.M. A  When I answer a letter for my column, it /"mmediately goes into my shredder. If it is an email, it is answered and deleted. That protects anyone who contacts me about their collectibles, and there are no exceptions. You might be able to hook a buyer by contacting Antique & Classic Fishing Reels, P.O. Box 7623, Jupiter, Fla. 33468. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. 0 : My dad was one of the first people in our Chical ;o neighborhood to own a television. It was a RCA Model 8T241 with a 10-inch screen• What is it worth? m Carl, Pasco, Wash. : According to "The Antique Trader Radio and elevision Price Guide" edited by Kyle Husfloen, your set was made in 1948 and is worth about $150. For some reason, vintage radios have outpaced early televisions as far as desirability with collectors is concerned. : I have a ticket to the Democratic National Convention of 1948. I have been offered $50 • m Steve, Palm Beach, Fla. : Take the offer. According to several price guides I consulted, your ticket is valued in the $10 to $15 range. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return maiL 1. The Hobbit: An Unex- pected Journey (PG-13) Martin Freeman, lan McKellen 2. Jack Reacher (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike 3. This Is 40 (R) Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd 4. Rise of the Guardians (PG) animated 5. Lincoln (PG-13) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 6. The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen 7. Monsters, Inc. (G) animated 8. Skyfall (PG-13) Daniel Craig, Judi Dench 9. Life of Pi (PG) Suraj Sharma, Gerard Depardieu 10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn m Part Two (PG-13) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Questions, Anyone? Learn mote about federal government programs, benefits, and services. Just call toll-free |-SOO-FICD-'II'O or visit wlmw.pwlbl.g0a, gov/eall. u.s. General Services Administration You can't shake us, but we've got the info you need. To get your free Consumer Information Catalog filled with federal booklets on all sorts of family and financial matters, just visit pueblo.gsa.gov, call 1 (888) 8 PUEBLO, or write: Trusted Source, Pueblo, CO 81009. Pueblo, CO. Your trusted source. A public service message from the U.S. General Services Administration. Did You Know You Can Order.. Rubber Stamps Self-inking Stampers Address Labels at Ottt'OCY COUNT? Tribune 12625 State St. Atlanta, M149709 (989) 785-4214 SCHEER MOTORS BODY SHOP .... We repair all makes & models :  - i;/• Modern Downdraff Prep & Paint Booths • Computerized Frame Measuring • Insurance Work - All Companies • Free Computerized Estimates • All Work Guaranteed • Certified Technicians • • Free Loaner Cars* Certified Service US 27 NORTH ° GRAYLING, 989-348-5451 ° Rick VonOppen ° BODY SHOP MANAGER We accept Visa, Mastercard • Discover • American Express HOUlUk  - FH 8ram - 5pro • Some Restrictions Apply R.F.D. by Mike Marland ] 00lmm00w-! i. I 16 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 The Montrrorency County Tribune Every roll call vote by every state legislator tallied for 2012 Individual legislators missed 2,234 votes in 2012, according to MichiganVotes.org Missed Votes Report' MIDLAND-- Michigan's 38 senators and 110representa- rives missed 2,234 votes in 2012, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by lack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org. The Michigan Senate took 1,082 roll call votes during 2012, and the House took 904*. Although the figure is slightly higher than the 1,437 votes missed by individual lawmakers in 2011, on a percentage basis it is lower since nearly twice as many total votes were taken this year. The number of missed votes has been on a dramatic downward trajectory since 2001-2002, when MichiganVotes.org began tracking this information and the average number was more than 10,000 every year. Here are the tallies for the full two-year session of the just concluded 96th Michigan Legislature, and of the previous five Legislatures: 2001-2002 (21,162 missed votes); 2003- 2004 ( 12,178); 2005 -2006 (9,598); 2007 -2008 (10,324); 2009 - 2010 (7,173); 2011-2012 (3,669); total missed votes, 2001- 2011 (64,104). During the 2012 session, four senators and six representa- tives missed 50 or more votes each. Thirteen Senators and 62 Michigan lawmakers missed no votes. Find out how many (and which) votes your local state legislators missed at the full "Missed Votes Report": http:/Iwww.michiganvotes.orgIMissedVotes.aspx (Our area's Senators and Representatives votes on a re- cent non-controverial bill are shown below.) The online report can be sorted by name or by number of missed votes. The total number of possible votes is also listed for each legislator (those who were not in office for the entire session have lower numbers). By clicking on a legislator's name, you can see a brief, plain-English de- scription of the actual votes that he or she missed. Missed vote totals for previous periods can be viewed by entering a different date range. McHugh said the missed-votes feature is an example of the power of the MichiganVotes.org database. "We now have 12 years of bills and votes in the system, the complete legislative careers of many members. To obtain this infor- marion anywhere else, it would be necessary to read and record information from thousands of pages of legislative journals," he said. McHugh added that in most cases missed votes occur when other demands within the legislative process call a lawmaker off the floor for a few minutes, or when serious family or personal issues require an absence for an entire day or longer. "Legislators are people too," McHugh observed. "We shouldn't jump to conclusions or assume bad faith. But ifa legislator demonstrates aconsistent pattern ofmissedvotes for months on end, voters have a right to ask why. "Large numbers of missed votes get people's attention," McHugh added, "but they should be more concerned about the votes their own legislators actually do take, especially when many of these appear to serve the system ahead of the people." MichiganVotes.org is a free website provided by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. It provides concise, objective, plain-English descriptions of every bill and every vote by every politician in the Michigan Legislature, search- able and sortable by legislator, topic, keywords, date range and more. *Michigan Votes.org roll call vote totals do not include some purely procedural or duplicate votes. When these are in- cluded there were g l 3 House roll calls in2012, and 1095 in the Senate, not including any votes taken on a pro-forma Dec. 27 "sine die" session. House Bill 5259, Sample Senate vote to identify your local legislators: Moped Regulations To eliminate a two-horsepower limit on moped motors, but leave in place the provision that prohibits them from being able to go more than 30 miles per hour. (All Senators' votes on this bill are at http:// www.michiganvotes.org/RollCalLaspx?ID=634838 .) 36 Sen. John Moolenaar R - Midland Y House Bill 5259, S ample House vote to identify your local legislators: Moped Regulations To eliminate the two -horsepower limit on moped motors, but leave in place the provision that prohibits them from being able to go more than 30 miles per hour. (All House members' votes on this bill are at http:// www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=616840 .) 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque Isle Y Kinkade Painting IQas: I have a painting by Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light." In addition to the painting, o have a teapot he produced with the inscription "Home Is Where the Heart Is." Since Kinkade died recently, is his artwork now worth more? -- Barbara, Alton, N.Y. : Thomas Kinkade cranked out thousands (yes, thousands) of paintings, lithographs and related items during his very productive lifetime. Since he flooded the market with his art, when he died there was little or no bump in values. I spoke to several gallei'y owners who think interest in Kinkade has, in fact, declined. Texas Art Depot specializes in Kinkade's artwork and might be a helpful second opinion. Contact info is 301 West Oak, Palestine, TX 75801. d': I have an old fishing reel that was never used land is still in its original box. l'd like to sell it to a collector. Could you please publish my name and address so interested parties can contact me? Bernie, Albuquerque, N.M. A  When I answer a letter for my column, it /"mmediately goes into my shredder. If it is an email, it is answered and deleted. That protects anyone who contacts me about their collectibles, and there are no exceptions. You might be able to hook a buyer by contacting Antique & Classic Fishing Reels, P.O. Box 7623, Jupiter, Fla. 33468. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. 0 : My dad was one of the first people in our Chical ;o neighborhood to own a television. It was a RCA Model 8T241 with a 10-inch screen• What is it worth? m Carl, Pasco, Wash. : According to "The Antique Trader Radio and elevision Price Guide" edited by Kyle Husfloen, your set was made in 1948 and is worth about $150. For some reason, vintage radios have outpaced early televisions as far as desirability with collectors is concerned. : I have a ticket to the Democratic National Convention of 1948. I have been offered $50 • m Steve, Palm Beach, Fla. : Take the offer. According to several price guides I consulted, your ticket is valued in the $10 to $15 range. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return maiL 1. The Hobbit: An Unex- pected Journey (PG-13) Martin Freeman, lan McKellen 2. Jack Reacher (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike 3. This Is 40 (R) Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd 4. Rise of the Guardians (PG) animated 5. Lincoln (PG-13) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 6. The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen 7. Monsters, Inc. (G) animated 8. Skyfall (PG-13) Daniel Craig, Judi Dench 9. Life of Pi (PG) Suraj Sharma, Gerard Depardieu 10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn m Part Two (PG-13) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Questions, Anyone? Learn mote about federal government programs, benefits, and services. Just call toll-free |-SOO-FICD-'II'O or visit wlmw.pwlbl.g0a, gov/eall. u.s. General Services Administration You can't shake us, but we've got the info you need. To get your free Consumer Information Catalog filled with federal booklets on all sorts of family and financial matters, just visit pueblo.gsa.gov, call 1 (888) 8 PUEBLO, or write: Trusted Source, Pueblo, CO 81009. Pueblo, CO. Your trusted source. A public service message from the U.S. General Services Administration. Did You Know You Can Order.. Rubber Stamps Self-inking Stampers Address Labels at Ottt'OCY COUNT? Tribune 12625 State St. Atlanta, M149709 (989) 785-4214 SCHEER MOTORS BODY SHOP .... We repair all makes & models :  - i;/• Modern Downdraff Prep & Paint Booths • Computerized Frame Measuring • Insurance Work - All Companies • Free Computerized Estimates • All Work Guaranteed • Certified Technicians • • Free Loaner Cars* Certified Service US 27 NORTH ° GRAYLING, 989-348-5451 ° Rick VonOppen ° BODY SHOP MANAGER We accept Visa, Mastercard • Discover • American Express HOUlUk  - FH 8ram - 5pro • Some Restrictions Apply R.F.D. by Mike Marland ] 00lmm00w-! i. I