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September 6,2008

MICHIGAN UPDATE:

MICHIGAN RALLY A HUGE SUCCESS…McCAIN-PALIN FEVOR GROWS…as an overflow crowd at Freedom Hill in Macomb county came to hear a war hero and hockey mom talk about “shaking up” Washington. And they didn’t disappoint. The common response from so many who attended was “she’s one of us”, a working class, union family who understands the issues effecting each of us!

You can feel the excitement growing throughout America!

VICTORY CENTER VOLUNTEERS…keep pouring in. Victory Center Directors report a heavy increase in volunteers and phone calls as new volunteers start showing up as the Republican National Convention wrapped up. Two VC Directors said several women came in together saying they were “Hillary supporters” who were switching to support McCain-Palin! Join our revolution…help shake up Washington.

Reagan Democrats, Independents and Hillary Democrats WELCOME!!!

LANSING CATHOLIC…WINS…PARENTS LIKE PALIN PICK..I made it to my son’s game right after the kick-off, as Lansing Catholic defeated Eaton Rapids 12-7. Yes, I’m proud to say, my son Tadas managed to score 2 touchdowns!

Many “moms” approached me and volunteered how excited they were that John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his VP. Yeh, the dads liked it too

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Mich. GOP head has fans, critics

Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau ST. PAUL, Minn. — When Saul Anuzis donated blood on a hospital cot for Hurricane Gustav victims this week, the multitasking chairman of the Michigan Republican Party kept right on typing messages with his one free hand on his BlackBerry.

"I’m a bleeding-heart conservative," the highly quotable Anuzis quipped to scribbling reporters at his side.

The moment was pure "That’s Saul," as Anuzis calls himself in his daily blog.

Anuzis helped hatch the idea of a blood donation drive by the Michigan delegation, which boosted the spirits of Republican delegates — who on Monday had no idea if they’d even have a convention because of Hurricane Gustav — and sparked positive national media for the John McCain campaign.

Palin pulls in people from both parties

BY CHRISTINA HALL • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Gunnar Matherly’s only 10, but he got to hear his hero, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, speak Friday.

And his mom, Mary Beth Matherly, got to listen to her new hero — hockey mom and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

"I really found someone who represents me in the party," the 45-year-old Livonia woman said as she held her "Hockey Moms for Palin" sign at a rally for the GOP ticket at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

Palin was the draw for much of the crowd, who waved McCain-Palin campaign signs and stood on their feet for the pair as they walked onstage to the song "Eye of the Tiger." There were 10,000 tickets handed out for the open-air rally with people still streaming in while Palin spoke and the crowd cheered her words.

Thousands welcome McCain, Palin at Mich. rally’

By BEN LEUBSDORFThe Associated Press

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Closing out her first day on the campaign trail as the official Republican vice-presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got a warm welcome Friday evening at a campaign rally in this Detroit suburb.

Palin introduced Republican presidential nominee John McCain to the thousands of supporters packed into the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Macomb County. The ticket campaigned earlier Friday in Wisconsin, one day after the close of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

A few dozen protesters demonstrated outside the venue earlier in the evening, many holding anti-war signs.

Council to consider special mayoral election

Santiago Esparza and Christine MacDonald / The Detroit News

DETROIT — One week, the mayor announces his resignation. Next week, city officials could decide to elect two more next year.

The City Council is set Tuesday to consider a resolution that would require four elections next year in the wake of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation. Two would be special elections — a Feb. 24 primary and May 5 general election — for an interim mayor. The others would be normal elections in August and September for the four-year term.

The cost for each: $1.5 million. The city charter requires special elections in the event mayors leave office before terms expire, but some say that’s election overload and Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr. should just serve out Kilpatrick’s term.

"We are not a rich city," said James "Jack Rabbit" Jackson, 60, who lives on the east side. "In these tough economic times we need to conserve."

Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain

A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom.

The figures include 40% with a Very Favorable opinion of Palin and 18% with a Very Unfavorable view (full demographic crosstabs are available for Premium Members). Before her acceptance speech, Palin was viewed favorably by 52%. A week ago, 67% had never heard of her.

The new data also shows significant increases in the number who say McCain made the right choice and the number who say Palin is ready to be President. Generally, John McCain’s choice of Palin earns slightly better reviews than Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden.

Activists Line Up To Lead RNC

By Reid Wilson

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Amid the pomp and circumstance of the GOP convention, an underground campaign is beginning as prominent Republicans jockey for position to ascend to the national stage. Observers of the Republican National Committee say the chairs of at least three state parties are actively considering running for chairman of the national party.

Those observers say South Carolina chairman Katon Dawson, Michigan party head Saul Anuzis and Florida GOP boss Jim Greer are already positioning themselves for a run in different ways. They seek to replace current RNC chairman Mike Duncan, a long-time activist and Kentucky lawyer appointed to lead the party last year.

All three vehemently denied interest in running for the job, declaring instead that they were completely focused on electing John McCain. Anuzis, a vocal and bombastic spokesman for Republican causes and a favorite of Fox News, told Real Clear Politics he will run for re-election as chairman of the Michigan party, but that he’s not even planning that bid until after the election. But behind the scenes, the game is already underway.

Democrats in Trouble By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

The convention floor was abuzz all yesterday with the news of the CBS poll showing a dead tie (42-42) in the presidential race. And the poll, conducted through Wednesday, couldn’t reflect the impact of John McCain’s speech, or the full impact of Sarah Palin’s late Wednesday night. It reflected opinions only after the Democrats’ convention, Barack Obama’s incredible speech, the Palin selection and the early, Gustav-depressed GOP gathering.

That augers ill for the Democrats. Tonight’s polling could bring evidence that the Obama candidacy is in big trouble.

First, the GOP convention managed to disprove the central premise of the Democratic assault on McCain: that he is a clone of President Bush. The Republicans wisely marginalized Bush to a non-prime-time videotaped speech, and sprinkled disappearing dust on Dick Cheney.

In Palin’s Life and Politics, Goal to Follow God’s Will

By KIRK JOHNSON and KIM SEVERSON

WASILLA, Alaska — Shortly after taking office as governor in 2006, Sarah Palin sent an e-mail message to Paul E. Riley, her former pastor in the Assembly of God Church, which her family began attending when she was a youth. She needed spiritual advice in how to do her new job, said Mr. Riley, who is 78 and retired from the church.

“She asked for a biblical example of people who were great leaders and what was the secret of their leadership,” Mr. Riley said.

He wrote back that she should read again from the Old Testament the story of Esther, a beauty queen who became a real one, gaining the king’s ear to avert the slaughter of the Jews and vanquish their enemies. When Esther is called to serve, God grants her a strength she never knew she had.

Mr. Riley said he thought Ms. Palin had lived out the advice as governor, and would now do so again as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee.

Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin

By EMILY FRIEDMAN

She may have let Tom Cruise jump all over her couch, but Oprah Winfrey says that Sarah Palin can’t even sit on it.

At least not until after the presidential election, that is.

Responding to media reports first publicized on Matt Drudge’s "The Drudge Report" claiming there was turmoil at Winfrey’s Harpo Studios about whether to book the GOP vice presidential nominee on the popular talk show, Winfrey’s camp said today that while she has nothing against Palin, the veep hopeful won’t appear on the show anytime soon.

Sarah Palin: it’s go west, towards the future of conservatism

Gerard Baker

The best line I heard about Sarah Palin during the frenzied orgy of chauvinist condescension and gutter-crawling journalistic intrusion that greeted her nomination for vice-president a week ago came from a correspondent who knows a thing or two about Alaska.

“What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?”

“One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let’s be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.

“The other kills her own food.”

Now we know, thanks to her triumphant debut at the Republican convention on Wednesday, that Mrs Palin not only slaughters her prey. She impales its head on a stick and parades it around for her followers to jeer at. For half an hour she eviscerated Mr Obama in that hall and did it all without dropping her sweet schoolmarm smile, as if she were handing out chocolates at the end of a history lesson.