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MI Morning Update 10-19-08

Hoogendyk and Levin Prep for Debates - Grassroots Volunteers Needed - MI Youth Effort Grows

16 Days until Election Day

October 19, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“‘Maverick’ I can do, but ‘messiah’ is above my pay grade.”
– John McCain to Chris Matthews at the ‘Al Smith Dinner’

MORNING UPDATE:

SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW SCHEDULE…is printed below under the ‘Rest of the Story’.

TODAY…HOOGENDYK v LEVIN DEBATE… Sunday, October 19, at 7pm.  Hosted by WGVU and Grand Valley State University, moderated by Peter Ross. Scheduled to be broadcast live by all seven of Michigan’s PBS stations: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, WCMU-TV Mt. Pleasant, WDCQ-TV University Center, WFUM-TV Flint/Ann Arbor, WDET-TV Detroit, WKAR-TV East Lansing, and WNMU-TV Marquette. It will also be streamed live on www.wgvu.com. A second debate will be held by the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, October 20, at noon at the Detroit Marriott. For more information contact Jack’s campaign at www.jackformichigan.com.

GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…as we reorganize Victory Centers and Call Centers around the state, volunteers continue to make calls, knock on doors, and make contributions to fight for Republican candidates up and down the ticket.  Please check this link for a Victory Center near you.  We need you now, more than ever.

MICHIGAN YOUTH EFFORT GROWS…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JUMP IN …our Michigan Youth Counts effort, designed to stop “the brain drain” was in Oakland County this weekend helping 7 key state and local candidates. “Team Brain Drain” to date has made over 12,500 calls, knocked over 4,500 doors, and worked 565 man hours for our Republican candidates. Next week, “Team Brain Drain” will be in Macomb County.  For more information please contact Program Director Anthony Markwort at: amarkwort@migop.org.

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY:

SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW SCHEDULE:

Mac is back this Sunday, sitting for an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Still, John McCain may not be the biggest newsmaker on this Sunday’s shows, what with former Secretary of State Colin Powell appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” for what could be a blockbuster interview.

As soon as “Meet” announced its lineup, there was a frenzy of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation over whether the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who was secretary of state in the first term of this Bush administration will endorse Democrat Barack Obama over Republican McCain in the critical last days of the presidential campaign.

Or will he continue to hold his cards close?


After Powell, host Tom Brokaw leads a discussion on the presidential race with New York Times columnist David Brooks, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, MSNBC host and former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd.

On CBS, “Face the Nation” features interviews with politicos from four swing states: Virginia Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.); and Republican Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and former Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Afterward, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz offers his take on the race as it enters the home stretch toward the Nov. 4 election.

On CNN, “Late Edition” takes an in-depth look at the key battleground state of Missouri, interviewing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

And former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who lost his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, spins the race as a top McCain surrogate.

Does he believe Mac can come back again?

Obama confidante Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) also sits for an interview on CNN. And host Wolf Blitzer closes out the lineup with a look at the nation’s troubled economy, incluidng an interview with Ed Lazear, chairman of the White House Council on Economic Advisers.

ABC’s “This Week” goes the roundtable route this Sunday, devoting its entire hour to surveying the presidential race.

Host George Stephanopoulos dissects the race with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, pundit David Gergen and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and ABC’s George Will.

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” also focuses on the economy with Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, who’ll be interviewed by Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal and Steven Dennis of Roll Call.

Finally, Bloomberg’s “Political Capital” host Al Hunt interviews Christopher Buckley, who shook up conservative circles last week with his endorsement of Obama.

 

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.

 

 

F.B.I. Struggles to Handle Wave of Financial Fraud Cases

By ERIC LICHTBLAU, DAVID JOHNSTON and RON NIXON
Published: October 18, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to find enough agents and resources to investigate criminal wrongdoing tied to the country’s economic crisis, according to current and former bureau officials.

The bureau slashed its criminal investigative work force to expand its national security role after the Sept. 11 attacks, shifting more than 1,800 agents, or nearly one-third of all agents in criminal programs, to terrorism and intelligence duties. Current and former officials say the cutbacks have left the bureau seriously exposed in investigating areas like white-collar crime, which has taken on urgent importance in recent weeks because of the nation’s economic woes.

The pressure on the F.B.I. has recently increased with the disclosure of criminal investigations into some of the largest players in the financial collapse, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The F.B.I. is planning to double the number of agents working financial crimes by reassigning several hundred agents amid a mood of national alarm. But some people inside and out of the Justice Department wonder where the agents will come from and whether they will be enough.

House Dem candidates again getting Stryker’s help

10/19/2008, 7:26 a.m. EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Democrats running for state House seats look likely to broaden their 58-52 majority on Nov. 4.

A major reason is the influence of Jon Stryker and the Coalition for Progress. In 2006, the Kalamazoo billionaire’s campaign contributions helped at least four Democrats win state House seats and played a role in at least 10 House and Senate contests.

This year, the coalition Stryker founded is spending big money in at least eight districts to help Democrats increase their edge in the state House. And Stryker is the person making it all possible.

Receivership may be the best solution for Big 3’s troubles

Saturday, October 18, 2008 8:36 AM EDT

ROBERT HOISINGTON and PHILLIP LEVIN
Special to The Oakland Press

“If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately” … Winston Churchill As you surely know, the global financial meltdown has exacerbated the crisis in the domestic auto industry to create a “perfect storm” that requires drastic measures. The entire U.S. automotive industry is in jeopardy, with unimaginable consequences for our community and our country. This is a modest proposal to help save the industry.

    Bold action must be taken to make the industry competitive once and for all! Halfway measures will only delay Armageddon and make it more likely.

    While many believe that an automotive company could never emerge from a bankruptcy filing, because buyers would never buy a car from a “bankrupt” car company, a form of bankruptcy now appears to be the only way of making the changes needed for survival.

Obama turns race card on McCain

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Let me get this straight. A couple of agitated yahoos in a rally of thousands yell something offensive and incendiary, and John McCain and Sarah Palin are not just guilty by association — with total strangers, mind you — but worse: guilty according to the New York Times of “race-baiting and xenophobia.”

But should you bring up Barack Obama’s real associations — 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, working on two foundations and distributing money with William Ayers, citing the raving Michael Pfleger as one who helps him keep his moral compass (Chicago Sun-Times, April 2004) and the longstanding relationship with the left-wing vote-fraud specialist ACORN — you have crossed the line into illegitimate guilt by association. Moreover, it is tinged with racism.

McCain slowly gains on Obama

UTICA, New York – Republican John McCain continued a slow advance on Democrat Barack Obama in the race for President, moving back within three percentage points as the race begins to head down the stretch run, the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking poll shows.

McCain now trails Obama by 2.7 points, down from the 3.9 point deficit he faced 24 hours earlier.

Seven-point-one percent of the likely voters surveyed said they remain undecided.

Barack Obama vows to ‘change the world’

By Toby Harnden in Londonderry, New Hampshire
Last Updated: 6:42PM BST 18 Oct 2008

The supremely confident demeanour and exalted rhetoric of the Democratic nominee at a New Hampshire event betrayed that he is a man convinced he is poised to make history.

While his Republican opponent John McCain, trailing in the polls, is pursuing a strategy of eking out a victory in traditional swing states, Mr Obama is transferring resources to conservative strongholds like Georgia, West Virginia and even Kentucky in pursuit of a landslide victory.

McCain suggests Obama tax policies are socialist

By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Glen Johnson, Associated Press Writer – Sat Oct 18, 11:59 am ET

CONCORD, N.C. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Saturday accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of favoring a socialistic economic approach by supporting tax cuts and tax credits McCain says would merely shuffle wealth rather than creating it.

“At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,” McCain said in a radio address. “They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it’s just another government giveaway.”

McCain, though, has a health care plan girded with a similar philosophy. He proposes providing individuals with a $5,000 tax credit to buy health insurance. He would pay for his plan, in part, by considering as taxable income the money their employer spends on their health coverage.

Obama Attacks McCain on Health Care and Medicare, in Some Ways Inaccurately

By KEVIN SACK
Published: October 18, 2008

In a coordinated air and ground attack, Senator Barack Obama is charging that his Republican rival for the presidency, Senator John McCain, would make $882 billion in “drastic cuts to Medicare” to pay for his health care proposal.

That assertion, which could resonate among elderly voters in swing states like Florida, is being angrily disputed by the McCain campaign. Mr. McCain’s top domestic policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Friday that the Democrat’s latest assault on the McCain health plan capped the “worst and most sustained distortion of policy in this entire campaign.”

In fact, the Obama campaign’s new television advertisement, which Mr. Obama reinforced on the stump in Virginia on Friday and again in Missouri on Saturday, may mischaracterize Mr. McCain’s plan by making assumptions that are stitched together from news reporting and rough back-of-the-envelope calculations by a partisan policy group.

 

Liberals declare war on Joe the Plumber

Six-term Sen. Joe Biden’s got some nerve going after citizen Joe the Plumber. But the entrenched politician from Delaware, who fancies himself the nation’s No. 1 Ordinary Joe, had no choice. Obama-Biden simply can’t tolerate an outspoken citizen successfully painting the Democratic ticket as socialist overlords. And so a dirty, desperate war against Joe Wurzelbacher is on.

The left’s political plumbers are attacking the messenger, rummaging through his personal life and predictably wielding the race card once again. It’s standard operating procedure for the Obama thug machine.

Wurzelbacher, in case you’ve been in hibernation, is the small-business man from Ohio who questioned Obama about his tax plan during a Toledo campaign swing last weekend. The revealing exchange was caught on tape and broadcast widely across the Internet and TV airwaves.

‘Joe’ wildly received on Fox News show

Already in the national spotlight, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher last night strode onto the set of Fox News Channel’s Huckabee program to thunderous applause.

Host Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, began by saying that if John McCain wins, he’ll largely have Mr. Wurzelbacher to thank.

The Springfield Township resident, invoked repeatedly as “Joe the Plumber” during Wednesday’s presidential debate, demurred.

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