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    MLive: Rep. Gary Glenn calls out Bay City commissioner for Facebook comment

    BAY CITY, MI -- A member of the Bay City Commission is being called out by a state representative for comments he made about the Republican Speaker of the House.

    State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, is asking Bay City Commissioner Ed Clements, 8th Ward, to apologize for a comment he made on the page of state Rep. Brian Elder, D-Bay City, about state Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt.

    "Why is Tom Leonard allowed to live?" Clements wrote in the comments section on Wednesday, June 21, under a link to a Detroit News article about tax incentives that Elder shared on his page.

    Benton Gibson, a former Bay City Public Schools board member, responded to Clements' comment in agreement.

    "It may sound bitter, and perhaps it is, but I do think the planet might be better off with some people's departure!"

    On Wednesday, July 5, Glenn said Clements and Gibson should "immediately delete their comments from Rep. Elder's Facebook page, apologize to the public as I have on occasion, and assure residents of our community that they won't make public comments in the future suggesting that anyone in elected office shouldn't be allowed to live." He added that Clements' comment posted a week after a man open fired on politicians during a Congressional baseball practice.

    In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Clements, who is a registered Democrat, said he "sincerely apologizes" for the comment, calling it a mistake.

    "In no way, shape or form do I wish violence upon anybody," Clements said.

    "It was after a lot of frustration after six years of Republicans in government not looking out for the people who matter most," he continued. "And after continued attacks on teachers, public education, senior citizens and municipalities, my frustrations go the best of me.

    "I sincerely apologize to Rep. Leonard and his family and wish him well."

    Clements said he has since deleted the comment. He said he thought he had deleted the comment about 15 minutes after typing it.

    "It's deleted now," he said.

    Rep. Elder said: "It is my understanding that Mr. Clements' comments have been deleted and he has apologized for them. I agree that these types of comments do not belong in today's civil discourse."

    The Bay City Times-MLive was unable to reach Gibson for comment.

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    Glenn cleared by UM Cancer Center for a year

    Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Doctors at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Monday told state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Twp., that they consider his prostate cancer, in remission since February of last year, stable enough that he does not need to return to Ann Arbor again for a year.

    "Thanks to all who've prayed for my family and me over the past eighteen months," Glenn posted on Facebook after the news. "Since chemo ended last July, I've been going to the University of Michigan Cancer Center every four months to get a check up and a shot. Today, testing indicated the cancer remains 'undetectable,' and the docs now consider me 'stable' enough that they don't need to see me again...for a year! Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!"

    Emergency room physicians at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland diagnosed Glenn on Jan. 15th of last year with stage 4 prostate cancer that had consumed the next to last vertebrae in his spinal column, breaking his back. Glenn wore a back brace for four months, and his neurosurgeon initially said surgery would be required to insert a titanium cage into his spinal column; instead, the missing L-5 vertebrae grew back out of nothing, which is considered unusual.

    Glenn's PSA score -- a blood test for prostate cancer in which men who test 4 or higher are considered at risk -- was 348 the day he was diagnosed. It was 1.1 five weeks later, when doctors told him the cancer was in remission, and the score has remained at that level or below ever since.

    Even after remission, Glenn underwent five months of chemotherapy to help prevent the tumor from beginning to grow again. Despite undergoing chemo, Glenn has maintained a perfect attendance and voting record, never missing a committee meeting, caucus, or vote on the floor of the state House of Representatives.

    Glenn is in his second term representing portions of Bay and Midland counties. He serves as Associate Speaker Pro Tem and as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee.

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    Glenn, Howell seek end to Medicaid expansion enrollment

    Lansing, Mich. – Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, Thursday introduced a bill to protect state taxpayers by prohibiting further enrollment in the state’s financially unsustainable Medicaid expansion program after September 30th, the end of the current fiscal year.

    Glenn-Howell.jpgRep. Gary Glenn, left, and Rep. Gary Howell discuss legislation to cap enrollment in Michigan's ObamaCare plan.

    The expansion was approved by the Legislature in 2013 as part of the implementation of ObamaCare in Michigan, dramatically expanding eligibility requirements for Medicaid to include able-bodied, working adults. Previously, Medicaid dollars were primarily intended for individuals who could not support themselves -- children, the elderly, and the blind and other physically or mentally disabled adults.

    Last year, enrollment under the expanded eligibility standards surpassed 600,000 individuals, a figure 32 percent higher than supporters of the plan projected when arguing for its enactment.

    “Even at current levels, this explosion in ObamaCare enrollment by newly-eligible able-bodied adults will cost Michigan taxpayers $80 million this year, which will explode to $200 million a year starting just three years from now,” Rep. Glenn said. “It’s a budget-busting, financially irresponsible ticking time bomb that taxpayers can’t afford even at the current level of enrollment, much less if legislators stand by and allow enrollment to grow even further.”

    Glenn and Howell said the legislation is particularly timely given that Congress voted Thursday to repeal ObamaCare and replace federal funding for the state Medicaid program with block grants that would not cover the program’s costs.

    When the program began in 2014, the federal government agreed to pay for 100 percent of the additional cost of providing Medicaid benefits to able-bodied adults under the expanded criteria through 2016. But beginning in January, the state must pay for 5 percent of those increased costs, which will double to 10 percent by 2020.

    Glenn’s and Howell’s bill would prohibit Michigan’s Health and Human Services department from accepting new enrollees under the expanded criteria into the medical welfare program as of October 1st. The department would be allowed to renew enrollment of current enrollees if they continue to meet eligibility requirements, even though the two GOP lawmakers said even that will likely become financially unsustainable in the state budget.

    They said the legislation would also help redirect Medicaid dollars back to those the welfare program was originally intended to help, “disabled adults or children who are incapable of working to support and help themselves,” Glenn said.

    “This is a measure of fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers of Michigan it’s our duty to represent,” Howell said. “I can’t imagine anything more fiscally irresponsible than allowing a welfare program for able-bodied adults -- that’s already financially unsustainable now -- to continue to grow even further.”

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    Rep. Glenn sponsors Constitutional Carry legislation

    Introduction Thursday of a five-bill package of Constitutional Carry legislation backed by the National Association for Gun Rights and the National Rifle Association.

    Glenn_constitutional_carry.jpgRep. Gary Glenn seated, backed up by primary sponsors of the other four bills, left to right: Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R), Rep. Beau LaFave (R), Rep. Scott Dianda (D), and Rep. Steve Johnson (R).

    This legislation, if enacted, will allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon without having to ask the government's permission. The Constitution is your permit to "keep and bear arms," openly or concealed.

    In a time when civil unrest and violence is being encouraged in our streets, and we face the threat of terrorism from abroad and here at home, the more law-abiding Americans who are armed to protect themselves, their families, their property, and our country, the better.

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