14 Days until Election Day
October 21, 2008
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," Biden said. "The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help."
-Sen. Joe Biden, Democrat VP nominee
FORECLOSURE LAWSUIT DROPPED…Democratic National Committee and Obama for America today opted to drop a frivolous lawsuit against the Michigan Republican Party rather than risk having to pay defendants legal fees. The Democrats’ actions confirm that no proof ever existed that Republicans planned to use foreclosure lists to challenge voters. Joint statement released below.
WHAT THIS ELECTION MEANS…OBAMA’S AMERICA…so what has Obama promised us…1) take away the right to a secret ballot to join a union (card check) 2) redistribution of wealth (Joe Plumber) 3) single payer universal health insurance (socialized medicine) 4) anything goes when it comes to winning elections (ACORN) 5) no checks and balances (Democrat controlled Congress) and 6) increased government spending and MORE taxes.
MIKE ROGERS… U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers on Monday is launching his 2008 re-election campaign television ads, with two new ads designed in his signature style centered on a positive message for Michigan and his work on jobs and energy. Check them out here.
PETERS GETTING DESPERATE… Former Lottery Boss Gary Peters is trying to see if any of his baseless allegations against Joe Knollenberg will stick by throwing them all at once in yet another baseless attack against the Congressman. It is clear that Peters will say anything to distract voters from knowing that, as head of the Michigan Lottery, he supported a risky scheme that would have paved the way for nine new casinos, 18,000 new slot machines and cost public school nearly $360 million in lost funding. With every attack Peters continues to show why his lack-luster record is no match for Congressman Knollenberg’s proven leadership.
SCHAUER DISTORTS…SUPPORTERS LIE…State Senator Mark Schauer is willing to say ANYTHING to get elected. Schauer cast the deciding vote for the largest tax increase in Michigan’s history and has been part of the Granholm/Democrat machine that has lost thousands of jobs in Michigan. This is the most negative and dishonest campaign I have ever seen.
CLIFF TAYLOR FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE…please take a look at this ad that Chief Justice Cliff Taylor is airing in Michigan. I would encourage all of you to share this link with your friends…it’s not enough to vote straight Republican, we need to vote for Cliff Taylor on the non-partisan ballot as well.
DON’T BE FOOLED…IT’S CLOSER THAN THE PRESS IS PITCHING…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 MAKING A DIFFERENCE!…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JOIN "TEAM BRAIN DRAIN"…our Michigan Youth Counts! effort, designed to stop Michigan’s "brain drain" was in Macomb County this weekend helping several key state and local candidates. "Team Brain Drain" made over 2000 calls, knocked over 1,600 doors, and worked 110+ man hours this weekend for our Republican candidates. Next week, "Team Brain Drain" will be in Battle Creek and St. Joe. For more information please contact Program Director Anthony Markwort at: .
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JOINT STATEMENT AFTER THE DEMOCRATS DROPPED THEIR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT: Here is the Joint Statement agreed and signed by all parties named in the Democrats Lawsuit: "Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and individual Macomb County residents have alleged that the Republican National Committee, the Michigan Republican Party and the Macomb County Republican Party were planning to use foreclosure lists to challenge certain voters on Election Day. The Republicans have denied the allegations and have stated that they never intended to challenge voters based on any such list. To clarify the matter for all voters, all parties are pleased that they agree that the existence of a person’s address on a foreclosure list does not provide a reasonable basis for challenging the person’s eligibility to vote and that none of these parties will challenge any voter’s eligibility on that basis."
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10/20/2008, 6:06 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) – After two debates in less than 24 hours, the stark philosophical differences between Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and Republican challenger Jack Hoogendyk are clearer than ever.
The contrast is particularly sharp when it comes to helping the struggling domestic auto industry, a hot topic in Michigan as speculation swirls about a possible merger between General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
Levin says the government should help Chrysler merge with another automaker if it comes to that. He’s open to increasing the size of a recently approved $25 billion loan guarantee for automakers if needed.
Louis Aguilar, Alisa Priddle and Catherine Jun / The Detroit News
Michigan, mired in a one-state recession for five years, now faces additional anxiety: the possible elimination of Chrysler LLC as a stand-alone company.
The loss of one of Detroit’s Big Three in the state that gained its prominence and economic strength from the rise of the automobile would shake the state to its core, analysts said. It’s the potential loss of as many as 30,000 Chrysler workers. That’s on top of more than 100,000 job cuts from Detroit’s automakers since 2005.
It’s the loss of more auto factories, research and design centers, and office buildings, all of which provide vital tax revenue to already cash-strapped communities. It’s another loss for the region’s ailing housing, office and retail sectors. And it’s not new for Chrysler, which has had three owners and seen significant change during the past decade.
DETROIT — Democrats have agreed to settle their federal lawsuit alleging Michigan Republicans planned to use foreclosure information to keep some residents from voting Nov. 4. But debate continues over whether such a plan ever existed.
Democrats sued state and Macomb County Republicans last month, claiming the GOP planned to challenge voters whose homes were foreclosed on. While statements released Monday by representatives from both parties indicate the two sides reached a settlement that ends the lawsuit, that’s about the only aspect where there is agreement.
Republican officials restated their position that they never intended to challenge the votes of homeowners in foreclosure.
By Lisa Roose-Church • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • October 20, 2008
A Livingston County Circuit Court judge has determined that the estimated 5,500 e-mails written by Howell Public Schools union leaders on school computers are public record.
However, whether those e-mails will be released to an Oakland County researcher, who requested the information under the Freedom of Information Act, remains the discretion of Howell Public Schools administrators, Judge Stanley J. Latreille ruled Thursday. Initially, administrators had started releasing the e-mails to the researcher until the Howell Education Association teachers’ union sued to block them.
Lynn Parrish, deputy superintendent of personnel and labor for the school system, said the e-mails will not be released until the time for an appeal ends.
10/20/2008, 6:08 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will campaign for presidential candidate Barack Obama in Florida.
She’s one of four Democratic governors who will join Obama, business leaders and economic experts in Lake Worth, Fla., on Tuesday to discuss Obama’s ideas for solving the economic crisis.
Granholm hasn’t had to campaign much in Michigan on Obama’s behalf since Republican presidential candidate John McCain stopped competing for the state earlier this month.
by John Tunison | The Grand Rapids PressMonday October 20, 2008, 6:18 AM
GRAND RAPIDS — As local Republican leaders downplayed former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement Sunday of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Democrats called it "huge."
"It’s a very great endorsement from a very respected leader in our nation," said Patrick Miles Jr., a Grand Rapids attorney who went to Harvard law school with the candidate. "I think this will help both Republicans and independents who might be on the fence lean toward Obama."
Powell made his endorsement Sunday on "Meet The Press."
October 20, 2008
No election in recent memory has occurred during a period when Americans were as concerned about the economy – about whether they will be able to put bread on the table next year or even next month – as they are now.
If your decision on how to cast your ballot for president is being made out of such concern, your vote should go to Sen. John McCain. His pledges for action to help American families promise real help – not just bigger, more expensive government. His record proves that he understands the economy.
In fact, it is clear that McCain understands economic issues far better than does his opponent for the presidency, Sen. Barack Obama. That was proven in 2005 and 2006 – when McCain and three other senators tried to avert the financial crisis that is occurring now.
By Byron York
Woodbridge, Va. – Tito Munoz was ready to rock when John McCain showed here up at the Connaughton Community Plaza in Woodbridge, Virginia Saturday afternoon. Dressed in a yellow hard hat covered with McCain-Palin stickers, wearing an orange high-visibility vest, Munoz carried a hand-lettered sign that said CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR McCAIN. He got a coveted spot in the bleachers directly behind McCain, where he could be seen in the camera shot along with the guy holding the sign that said PHIL THE BRICK LAYER and the woman with the ROSE THE TEACHER banner. He cheered a lot.
Everybody was playing on the Joe-the-Plumber theme. McCain spent a lot of time on it in his stump speech, using the now-famous Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, as a stand-in for "small businessmen and women all over America [who] want to keep their earnings and not give it to the government." McCain added that Obama’s response to Wurzelbacher – the assertion that it would be best to "spread the wealth around" – made Joe the Plumber "the only person to get a real answer out of Sen. Obama."
Now we know: 95% of Americans will get a "tax cut" under Barack Obama after all. Those on the receiving end of a check will include the estimated 44% of Americans who will owe no federal income taxes under his plan.
In most parts of America, getting money back on taxes you haven’t paid sounds a lot like welfare. Ah, say the Obama people, you forget: Even those who pay no income taxes pay payroll taxes for Social Security. Under the Obama plan, they say, these Americans would get an income tax credit up to $500 based on what they are paying into Social Security.
Just two little questions: If people are going to get a tax refund based on what they pay into Social Security, then we’re not really talking about income tax relief, are we? And if what we’re really talking about is payroll tax relief, doesn’t that mean billions of dollars in lost revenue for a Social Security trust fund that is already badly underfinanced?
By SUDEEP REDDY and GREG HITT
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endorsed congressional plans for a stimulus package Monday, giving a critical boost to Democratic lawmakers who are looking to inject more government funds into the economy.
Testifying before the House Budget Committee, Mr. Bernanke said a fiscal stimulus from Congress "seems appropriate" because the economy likely will be weak for several quarters, "with some risk of a protracted slowdown."
Democrats, who are considering steps worth $150 billion, seized on Mr. Bernanke’s testimony and pushed Congress to act. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said the Fed chairman "made it clear that a new economic-recovery package is critical to boost our weakening economy."