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MI Morning Update

101 Days until Election Day

July 26, 2008 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

If you like what Jennifer Granholm has done for Michigan, you’ll love what Barack Obama is going to do to America.

All mine…every time I can repeat it!

MORNING UPDATE:

TODAY… SUPER SATURDAY KICK-OFF…this Saturday, we need Republican activists from across the state to join us for Kick-Off Super Saturday…we’ll be knocking on doors, making phone calls, and helping local candidates as well.  Join us at one of the Victory Centers listed below.

WALBERG UPDATE… a recent poll shows him leading Senator Schauer by 16 points and it was also announced he raised $364,000 in the second quarter and $1.2 million for this election cycle.  I’ve had a chance to attend numerous meetings, fundraisers, and campaign events with Tim…he is everywhere!

OBAMA…A RISK WE CAN’T AFFORD…I’ve been following all the stories about his European vacation, I mean campaign trip…or wait, he calls it "credential building".  I backpacked through Europe in college and on my honeymoon…and probably got a much better feel for the people, politics, and what was happening than his staged campaign photo-ops.

OBAMA…WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF…but which policy will he pursue…on Jerusalem, on Iraq?…withdrawal or 50,000 residual troops?…on Afghanistan…withdrawal or a major new involvement of our troop?…on Iran, appeasement or not?…on Cuba?…on Chavez?…He CAN’T have it both ways on every issue.  He will say anything to get elected…that’s very scary…very risky.

NCSL SPEECH ON "E-CAMPAINING"…the National Conference of State Legislators invited me to participate on a panel to discuss the Michigan Republicans "E-campaign" and how we are taking advantage of the internet, blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.  They flew me in and out for the day to be part of this…it was a lot of fun and a great honor for our programs to be recognized.

McCAIN NATION… Through the McCain Nation online headquarters you can create events, upload and invite your contacts, send out invitations, get maps and directions, and much more.  Let’s go Michigan, let’s show them what we’ve got…more information below.

DOES YOUR COUNTY PARTY HAVE A WEB PAGE?…Check the information below.  We have new ways of raising money, new ways to serve your local candidates, and new ways of taking advantage of the latest technology.  Use it, we paid for the development and implementation to help our folks down the line!

GOP TOOLBAR…download it, use it, it’s free…and every time you use the Yahoo search on a sponsored site, the Michigan Republicans pick up a contribution.  See the details below.

 

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KICK-OFF SUPER SATURDAY…VICTORY CENTER LOCATIONS:

Grand Rapids – Chris Bradley
264 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504                                                               
Email:  [email protected]
Cell: 517-610-1260

Farmington Hills – Gayle Alberda
31440 Northwestern Hwy; Suite 100                
Farmington Hills, MI 48334                                                           
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 517-862-7720
 
Macomb – Janice Nearon
34620 Utica Rd.                                 
Fraser, MI 48026                                                                                
Email:  [email protected]
Cell: 517-610-9046    
 
North Oakland – Justin Zatkoff
8330 Highland Rd.                                                    
 White Lake, MI 48327                                                     
Email:  [email protected]
Cell: 517-610-1516

Traverse City – Brandon Darin
121 Front Street; Ste 100         
Traverse City, MI 49686                                                  
 Email:  [email protected]
Cell: 517-610-1507
 
Brighton – Mike Telliga
455 E. Grand River             
Brighton, MI 48116                                                                           
Email: [email protected]
Cell:  517-610-1507

FREE…HELP THE GOP…I am excited to announce a revolutionary new tool allowing you to stay connected to the Michigan GOP and raise valuable contributions, without spending a dime! We are facing one of the toughest elections in history and we need your help to make a victory possible. You can make a difference by downloading and using the new Michigan GOP Toolbar. The Michigan GOP Toolbar will help you raise money for the Michigan Republican Party through regular online activities such as searching and shopping! You will also receive all the breaking news, updates, and messages from the Michigan GOP! Show your support by joining thousands of other Michigan party members in raising valuable contributions for our party for free! Track your personal contributions in real time and learn that together we can make a difference!

THE BOTTOM LINE… Every time you perform simple searches on the web using your toolbar (powered by Yahoo), you’ll be raising funds for the Michigan Republican Party. The best part is, once you register, you can track these donations right from your toolbar so you can see exactly how much you’ve contributed.  It’s easy and it costs you NOTHING….it’s FREE.

NEW SERVICE FOR ALL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES…get your own website with integrated contribution and voter contact info for only $79 per campaign.  We have mocked up a sample using Holly Hughes campaign for State Representative.

A more advanced version with more features and greater flexibility is available for $295 per campaign.  Here’s what Jack Hoogendyk’s page would look like.

County Commission candidates, State Rep Candidates and Republican non-partisan officer holders/seekers are all eligible for this great fundraising and contact service.

For more information contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

McCAIN NATION…

Yesterday, the McCain campaign announced… Today we’re launching a new feature called McCain Nation and we want you to be the first to know. McCain Nation is a powerful online tool, built exclusively for our supporters across the country to plan events to help spread John McCain’s message.

Through the McCain Nation online headquarters you can create events, upload and invite your contacts, send out invitations, get maps and directions, and much more. You can also search for events in your area and ask hosts to attend. Connecting with other McCain supporters on the ground is crucial to our grassroots strategy and will be key to our victory in November.

Please follow this link to join McCain Nation today and host an event for John McCain! Our first national event will be held on Thursday, August 14th at 7pm ET, and we’re asking you to start planning your event right away. McCain Nation events across the country will have the opportunity to interact with a prominent McCain campaign official as part of the first national event day. Event hosts will also receive a host package and have exclusive access to other resources.

If you’re unable to host an event, you can also visit McCain Nation to search for events in your area to attend. And if August 14th doesn’t work out with your schedule, you can plan an event at a date and time that works best for you and your guests through the online headquarters.

Please visit the McCain Nation website today. We look forward to a successful national event day on August 14th.

Thanks for your support!

 

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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

 

 

 

He ventured forth to bring light to the world

The anointed one’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action – and a blessing to all his faithful followers

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

 

WMU raises tuition 9.2 percent in $313.6M budget

Posted by Paula N. Davis July 25, 2008 21:20PM

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University undergraduates who take classes on campus will pay 9.2 percent more for tuition and required fees this fall, the Board of Trustees decided in a 6-2 vote at its meeting Friday.

Trustees also adopted a $313.6 million budget for 2008-09, which includes a projected 1.25 percent increase in its student population.

With the updated tuition plan, a full-time freshman or sophomore who is a Michigan resident must pay $7,928 in tuition and required fees for the 2008-09 school year.

 

State has lowest graduation rate for black males

Detroit 2nd-lowest for big-city schools
BY LORI HIGGINS • FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER • July 26, 2008

Michigan has the worst record of graduating black male students in the United States — and Detroit Public Schools has the second-lowest rate for big-city school districts — according to a national report released Friday.

The Detroit numbers were no surprise to school officials, who are working to reinvent some of the worst-performing high schools in the district.

"The numbers would not shock anyone who has looked at our school-by-school data reports … that show that the student success rate at most of our comprehensive high schools to be unacceptably low," said Steve Wasko, spokesman for the district.

 

Judge tightens reins on mayor

Bond, travel limits, drug tests ordered after incident
David Josar, Doug Guthrie and Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already facing criminal perjury and obstruction charges, was chastised by a Wayne County judge on Friday after law enforcement officials described the mayor physically and verbally assaulting them a day earlier.

Calling Kilpatrick’s behavior "irrational," District Judge Ronald Giles severely restricted his bond arrangements. No longer can the mayor of Michigan’s largest city travel out of state without permission. No longer is he released on his own recognizance.

As State Police officials continued their investigation into the mayor’s actions Thursday, Kilpatrick was ordered to pay 10 percent of the $75,000 bond to avoid jail and submit to random drug testing. Giles also delivered a stern rebuke.

 

Mr. Mayor, Enough!

July 26, 2008

What’s that old saying about when push comes to shove?

Well, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has just pushed things too damn far. Enough already.

Mr. Mayor, for Detroit, for Wayne County, for the entire State of Michigan, which has been dragged into your mess: Shove off.

It’s over. It’s got to be.

 

Reeves met with Synagro exec, aide says

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

DETROIT — City Councilwoman Martha Reeves met with James R. Rosendall, the suspended Synagro Technologies Inc. official who is at the center of an FBI and grand jury investigation into possible bribes paid in connection with a multimillion-dollar city of Detroit sludge contract, a Reeves staffer said Friday.

Both Tommy Stephens, who is chief policy analyst to Reeves, and the Rev. Darryl Redmond, who was her chief of staff at the time of the Synagro vote, confirmed Friday that Reeves changed her position from opposing the Synagro contract to voting in favor of the deal, which passed in a 5-4 Detroit City Council vote on Nov. 20. But both said they do not believe Reeves did anything unethical or illegal in connection with the Synagro deal.

Stephens said in addition to Reeves’ two meetings with Rosendall outside City Hall, he recalls seeing Rosendall in Reeves’ office, admiring and discussing the gold records the former Motown recording artist-turned-councilwoman has placed on her walls.

 

Swing State Polls: McCain Gains Ground

Quinnipiac is out with new swing state numbers showing John McCain picking up ground on Obama in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. According to Quinnipiac, McCain gained a net 15 points on Obama in Minnesota in the last four weeks, 7 points in Colorado, and 2 points in both Michigan and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the only state that remains outside the margin of error:

Colorado
McCain 46 (+2 vs. last poll June 26)
Obama 44 (-5)
Undecided 7 (+2)

Overall, Obama leads by 1.2% in the RCP Average for Colorado.

 

McCain rejects ‘audacity of hopelessness’ for Iraq

Jul 25, 7:21 PM (ET)

By TOM RAUM

DENVER (AP) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain, ridiculing Barack Obama for "the audacity of hopelessness" in his policies on Iraq, said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.

Speaking to an audience of Hispanic military veterans, McCain stepped up his criticism of Obama while the Illinois senator continued his headline-grabbing tour of the Middle East and Europe. The Arizona Republican contended that Obama’s policies – he opposed sending more troops to Iraq in the "surge" that McCain supported – would have led to defeat there and in Afghanistan.

 

How Obama wins and loses on trip abroad

Nancy Kruh

It’s a foregone conclusion among the punditry that Barack Obama is globetrotting to enhance his foreign policy and national security credentials, so now analysts are chewing over whether the Democratic candidate is getting the job done.

Tony Blankley decides the trip is revealing a candidate with more style than substance.

"Watching Obama glide through his foreign trip so far, nervous Republicans and other patriots have to hope that American voters will not view Obama through the eyes of a Hollywood casting director," the Washington Times columnist writes. "… We all must envy his ability to effortlessly drape his tall, imperially slender form in gilded Louis XV chairs in foreign palaces. Mixing just the right combination of worldly bonhomie and serious mien, his presentation (conveniently presented to the world with video but no audio) make, by comparison, Henry Kissinger, FDR and Winston Churchill all look like clumsy provincial oafs."

 

Obama veep team floats GOP name

By AMIE PARNES & BEN SMITH | 7/25/08 6:41 PM EST 

Barack Obama’s vice presidential search team has floated the name of a member of President Bush’s first-term Cabinet, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, as Obama’s running mate.

The search committee, now led by Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, raised Veneman’s name – among others – in discussions with members of Congress, two Democrats familiar with the conversations said.