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MI Morning Update 1-24-09

654 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY

January 24, 2009

MORNING UPDATE

MRP STATE CONVENTION…Just a quick note to let you know that the Michigan Republican’s website has been updated with State Convention information.  I’ve included the information below, but for your reference in directing potential delegates to the site, the address is: http://www.migop.org/event.asp

CPAC 2009 Timeless Principles, New Challenges…Register today for the largest gathering of conservative grassroots activists in the country! The American Conservative Union Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. The 36th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held on February 26-28, 2009

TRACK RNC RACE FOR CHAIRMAN…here is a basic tracking site that allows you to follow who has publicly committed to various candidates for RNC Chair:
http://www.rncchair.com/

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2009 MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN
STATE CONVENTION
February 20 & 21, 2009 | Lansing Center 
Click here for driving directions
Click here for hotel information / reservations  

Tentative Schedule of Events | *Subject to Change*                

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CAUCUSES
Date:
Friday, February 20, 2009

Times: 6:00pm – 7:45pm | Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14
            8:00pm – 9:45pm | Districts 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15

Location: Various rooms | Lansing Center, Lansing

Purpose: Election of congressional district officers / executive committee members
               Election of state committee members
 
GENERAL SESSION
Date:
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Exhibit Halls A, B & C | Lansing Center , Lansing

Purpose: Election of state party leadership
                       State Chair / Co-Chair
                       Administrative Vice Chair
                       Coalitions Vice Chair
                       Ethnic Vice Chair
                       Grassroots Vice Chair
                       Outreach Vice Chair
                       Youth Vice Chair
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
convention@migop.org OR 517-487-5413

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http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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


Detroit Bets Its Future on Washington

By SHIKHA DALMIA and HENRY PAYNE

Detroit

The curtain comes down this week on the 2009 Detroit International Auto Show — and with it likely on the American auto industry as we know it. This might turn out to be a watershed year when some of the industry’s big players permanently shift gears from serving ordinary car buyers to serving the grand designs of central planners.

The only other time that the industry subordinated its customers to the government was World War II. Then it had no choice. This time the industry, particularly General Motors, is desperately "retooling" itself to make Washington’s environmental and industrial policy priorities a vital part of its business revival plan.

By accepting government welfare, GM rejected the chance to transform itself into a worthy competitor to foreign manufacturers. That would have required making too many hard decisions, such as confronting unions, cutting legacy costs, and slashing dealerships under a Chapter 11 filing.


Michigan could get $4.6B from U.S. stimulus plan

By The Associated Press

LANSING (AP) — Estimates say Michigan could get at least $4.6 billion for infrastructure, health care and schools under the initial version of the $825 billion federal stimulus package introduced in Congress.

The Detroit News reports the state could get $2 billion over 27 months for Medicaid, a government-run health care program for low-income residents. The News and the Detroit Free Press report Michigan would get $1.2 billion for infrastructure projects, such as highway and bridge work.

Other estimates Thursday say Michigan’s K-12 schools would be in line for an estimated $1.4 billion.

Obama reverses abortion aid ban

Jon Ward

President Obama on Friday repealed a controversial Reagan-era measure that blocks funding to foreign aid groups that perform or promote abortions, joining the parade of presidents who have entered the abortion fray within days of taking office by instituting or rescinding the action known as the Mexico City policy.

Mr. Obama signed the executive order in the Oval Office one day after tens of thousands of Americans protested in front of the White House against Roe v. Wade on the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Mr. Obama said the policy had "undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries," and vowed to find common ground with his pro-life adversaries.


The Early Word: Reaching Across the Aisle

By Michael Falcone

Ending a week of firsts, President Obama will sit down at the White House today with the Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and Senate to discuss the economic stimulus package.

The meeting will include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority House Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, among others. Democrats have said that they want to have a finalized package on the president’s desk by mid-February.

Republicans lawmakers on Thursday signaled that reaching an agreement on the stimulus plan could be more difficult than the president initially hoped. The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reports on the objections of the G.O.P.


Michiganders show up in force to defend life!

By Nick De Leeuw

Yesterday hundreds of Michiganders joined hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans in a march on the Capitol in Washington, DC, coming together in one powerful voice to urge the President and lawmakers to protect the unborn.

Unfortunately, President Obama is expected to make true the worst fears of defenders of innocent life. ABC News reports that he is today expected to sign an executive order overturning the Mexico City Policy, in effect permitting American tax dollars to be spent funding abortions around the world.

Abortion WILL become more frequent, today, with untold thousands of innocent lives snuffed out between this date and the reinstatement of the policy upon the election of a pro-life replacement in the White House. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that you and I will be paying for the killings.


Strikes in Pakistan Underscore Obama’s Options

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
Published: January 23, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two missile attacks launched from remotely piloted American aircraft killed at least 15 people in western Pakistan on Friday. The strikes suggested that the use of drones to kill militants within Pakistan’s borders would continue under President Obama.

Remotely piloted Predator drones operated by the Central Intelligence Agency have carried out more than 30 missile attacks since last summer against members of Al Qaeda and other terrorism suspects deep in their redoubts on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan.

But some of the attacks have also killed civilians, enraging Pakistanis and making it harder for the country’s shaky government to win support for its own military operations against Taliban guerrillas in the country’s lawless border region.

Firms That Got Bailout Money Keep Lobbying

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: January 23, 2009

WASHINGTON — The financial giant Bank of America says it is no longer lobbying the federal government about its unfolding bank bailout. After receiving $45 billion in bailout money, lobbying was just too unseemly.

“We are very sensitive to the fact that we have taxpayer money,” said Shirley Norton, a spokeswoman for the company.

Citigroup, recipient of another $45 billion, made the opposite call. While trying to keep a low profile, the company is still fielding an army of Washington lobbyists working on a host of issues, including the bailout. In the fourth quarter, it spent $1.77 million on lobbying fees, according to its lobbyists’ filings.


Clinton Foundation’s secret donor

Jim McElhatton

Former President Bill Clinton’s foundation, despite identifying more than 200,000 of its donors in recent weeks, will not say who paid it windfall prices for stock in a struggling Internet firm with links to the Chinese government.

The William J. Clinton Foundation has identified donors and promised unusual transparency in order to reassure critics who fear the foundation could become the object of largesse from foreign interests seeking to influence his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton, a former Democratic senator from New York, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday as President Obama’s secretary of state and assumed her formal duties with a State Department ceremony Thursday.

Blagojevich: I’m the victim of plot to raise taxes

By Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) – Launching an all-out media blitz as his impeachment trial draws near, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared himself Friday to an honest, hardworking cowboy about to be lynched by a band of black-hatted political insiders eager to raise taxes. After keeping mostly out of the public eye since his arrest on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich is reversing course with a series of interviews and public statements portraying himself as the victim of vengeful lawmakers eager to toss him out of office.

"The heart and soul of this has been a struggle of me against the system," Blagojevich said at a news conference Friday.

Blagojevich denied any wrongdoing but wouldn’t discuss the federal corruption charges filed against him last month. Instead, he focused on his efforts to expand government health care programs without raising taxes.

Chrysler jobs bank ends Monday

BY TIM HIGGINS • FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

The controversial jobs bank — a program that allowed UAW workers to receive pay while not working — ends Monday at Chrysler, the union has told its members.

In a letter obtained by the Free Press, General Holiefield, the UAW’s vice president of the Chrysler department, told members that the change was to comply with the terms of the federal loan agreement that gave Chrysler $4 billion to stay afloat.

"Without this loan, the corporation would most certainly" have "been forced to file for bankruptcy protection," he wrote in the letter dated Thursday.

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