53 Days until Election Day
September 13, 2008
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Mayors have some of the toughest jobs in the country, because that’s where the rubber hits the road. We yak in the Senate." – Senator Barack Obama
CNN ON OAKLAND COUNTY…see a CNN story on Michigan and specifically Oakland County…with an interview with GOP Chair Dennis Cowan.
CINDY McCAIN…OAKLAND GOP DINNER…SOLD OUT…Oakland County Chairman Dennis Cowan reports: we are totally sold-out for our 119th Lincoln Day Dinner featuring guest speaker Cindy McCain! The response has been overwhelming. We sold 450 tickets in about 36 hours after the announcement. A total of just over 550 Republicans will be in attendance. L. Brooks Patterson is our master of ceremonies and Attorney General Mike Cox is our keynote speaker. National Committeeman Keith Butler, State Senator Nancy Cassis, and Jim Thienel (Lincoln Day dinner Chairman) will also address the gathering. It doesn’t get better than this!
LEVIN REFUSES TO DEBATE HOOGENDYK…the Levin campaign has promised nothing more than to "negotiate" a schedule and terms of a debate. What is he afraid of? It’s a shame and a disgrace that Carl Levin is not willing to face an opponent and debate the issues…it appears both Obama and Levin fear or are embarrassed by their own positions and don’t want Michigan’s voters to know the facts!
2008 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM…is now available on-line.
NEWT ON DETROIT…Newt Gingrich tries to start an "honest conversation" about the failure of the city of Detroit. A powerful conversation about what is going wrong in Detroit…only like Newt can tell it.
TALK RADIO 1400 AM…I’ve become a weekly guest on the Hughes Sullivan Show on WDTK-AM 1400, which is broadcast in metro Detroit every evening. I am scheduled to regularly appear Mondays and Fridays between 9:05-9:45 pm. Good, conservative talk radio. You can hear it online here.
MICHIGAN MATTERS…taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Saturday on CBS Detroit at 11 a.m. and is repeated on Sunday on CW 50 at 11:00 a.m. Dem Chair Mark Brewer and I will be regular guests over the next few weeks. This week’s guest also include Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Chair Bill Crouchman tee it up and join Cain as they weigh in on the impact of outgoing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and incoming Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. on the region.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…we are opening up new Victory Centers daily and need more and more volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, and put up lawn signs. The response has been overwhelming, but Michigan will be the key battleground state and we need EVERY person willing to help in anyway they can. Thanks again for all you do! For more click here.
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By DAVID EGGERT | Associated Press Writer
3:58 PM CDT, September 12, 2008
LANSING, Mich. – Macomb County Republican Party Chairman James Carabelli is denouncing a Web site’s claim that he said the GOP will use home foreclosures to disqualify would-be voters in November.
"There has never been a plan to use foreclosure lists to challenge voters," state GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis said. "There is no such plan, and there never will be such a plan. Period."
Once the story was posted, it spread to left-leaning sites and drew inquiries from national media outlets.
GOP will seek to link Obama to Michigan’s poor governance.
By David Freddoso
Michigan Republicans, having been beaten up for several consecutive election cycles, are starved for a big win in 2008. With two new polls of the state’s likely voters showing John McCain one point behind Democrat Barack Obama, they think they can finally make the case to voters and end a long losing streak.
They may be hoping for too much, but their chances at least cannot be discounted.
By DAWSON BELL • FREE PRESS LANSING BUREAU • September 12, 2008
A Wayne County judge ordered county elections officials Friday to tone down the language of a statement that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in defense of state House Speaker and recall target Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township.
Circuit Judge William Giovan told Wayne County elections officials to strike the last two paragraphs of the statement, which argued Dillon’s removal would leave the district without representation for two months, and decried the tactics of the recall campaign.
Giovan agreed with recall backers who argued the law required Dillon’s ballot statement pertain to his conduct in office. He was targeted for his involvement in last year’s decision by the Legislature and Gov. Jennifer Granholm to raise taxes to balance the state budget.
by Ken Kolker and Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press
Saturday September 13, 2008, 12:17 AM
GRAND RAPIDS — It’s a GOP trifecta.
The three biggest Republican names are set to visit Kent County this month, though on separate missions and targeting different audiences.
Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are expected to swing into downtown for a visit Wednesday, according to well-connected local Republicans. They plan to stop at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse in what could be a townhall-style meeting, GOP supporters said. The site seats up to 3,500, but these plans could change depending on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, announced he will be in Metro Detroit on Monday.
He is expected to host two rallies.
The first event begins Monday at 11 a.m. at South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event is free, but people need to pick up tickets at CWA Local in Mount Clements between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
9 residents could enter race for city’s top job
Christine MacDonald and Leonard N. Fleming / The Detroit News
DETROIT — Would-be mayoral hopeful Dave Bing has bought a house in the city and is living there, apparently just in time to qualify to run in a proposed mayoral special election in February.
A source with knowledge of the purchase confirmed the sale, but wouldn’t disclose details or the location. But the move by Bing, a prominent businessman who has lived in Franklin, signals he is closer to announcing his candidacy for the post, which will be vacated by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after Thursday.
Experts said state law and the city charter mandate that Bing and attorney Geoffrey Fieger — another suburbanite who has said he’s interested in running — would have to move to the city by today to qualify for a run in the special election, if the City Council goes ahead Tuesday with its plan to call the primary Feb. 25.
By Michael Barone
John McCain was trained as a fighter pilot. In his selection of Sarah Palin, and in his convention and campaigning since, he has shown that he learned an important lesson from his fighter pilot days: He has gotten inside Barack Obama’s OODA loop.
That term was the invention of the great fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd. It’s an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
Posted by BLAKE DVORAK
Gallup has an astonishing new poll out today showing that on a generic congressional ballot, likely voters prefer a Republican to a Democrat 50-45. Among registered voters, Democrats enjoy a 48-45 advantage, yet that’s still dramatically down from the double-digit advantage for most of this year.
If these numbers are sustained through Election Day — a big if — Republicans could be expected to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Well, the GOP isn’t about to bust out the champagne just yet, as so far this poll is the only one in the RCP Average for the generic congressional vote that shows Republicans in the lead. Still, Republicans have closed the gap to just 3.6 points.
Political Players: Former Clinton Chief Strategist Mark Penn Argues The Press Has Lost Its Credibility
Sept. 12, 2008
CBSNews.com: Your former colleague Howard Wolfson argued that you all unintentionally paved the way for Palin by exposing some of the unfair media coverage that Hillary Clinton received. And, therefore, a lot of the media may now be treating Sarah Palin with kid gloves. Do you agree with that?
Mark Penn: Well, no, I think the people themselves saw unfair media coverage of Senator Clinton. I think if you go back, the polls reflected very clearly what "Saturday Night Live" crystallized in one of their mock debates about what was happening with the press.
I think here the media is on very dangerous ground. I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Governor Palin ever filed, if they don’t do that for all four of the candidates, they’re on very dangerous ground. I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.
And I think that that’s a real problem growing out of this election. The media now, all of the media – not just Fox News, that was perceived as highly partisan – but all of the media is now being viewed as partisan in one way or another. And that is an unfortunate development.
Latest attack on Palin: She prays!
By JAMES TARANTO
The first cut of Charlie Gibson’s interview with Sarah Palin reveals someone embarrassingly unprepared. His name is Charlie Gibson. Here’s the transcript:
Gibson: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?
Palin: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.