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MI Morning Update: Walberg fights for lower gas prices, Right Michigan blogger challenge

98 Days Until Election Day

July 29, 2008

MONRING UPDATE:

WALBERG BATTLING FOR LOWER GAS PRICES…Tim Walberg is pushing Congress to allow domestic drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  He’s also announced he may start driving his Harley around the district to save on gas!  My kind of Congressman!

RIGHT MICHIGAN CHALLENGE…bloggers, join our effort.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference.  Read this link:

OBAMA…made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras. Obama as Commander in Chief is a risk, I’m pretty sure we are NOT ready to take.

TODAY… THE BIG SHOW…every Tuesday morning, Democrat State Chair Mark Brewer and I go head to head on WJIM with Michael Patrick Shiels.  We discuss the issues of the day the The Big Show is heard statewide on many local stations.  You can hear it online here:

JACK HOOGENDYK FOR U.S. SENATE…to follow the latest on Jack’s campaign to defeat Carl Levin go to: http://www.jackformichigan.org/media.htm

SLATECARD…AN EASY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR FRIENDS…Slatecard was designed to allow easy, online way to contribute and support our candidates for federal office. Please take a minute to check it out…and hopefully help.

ROBERT NOVAK…Conservative political commentator Robert Novak announced Monday he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Novak and his family.

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Sheriff ‘baffled’ by Detroit mayor’s actions

Posted by The Associated Press
July 28, 2008 18:22PM

DETROIT — Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans is "baffled" that the simple process of serving a subpoena escalated into possible assault charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office and a peace officer used good judgment to keep a potentially tense situation from escalating into something far worse, Evans told The Associated Press Monday afternoon.

Governor: Removal hearings for Mayor Kilpatrick could be Sept. 3
Granholm moves up timetable for possible ouster proceedings.

David Josar and Christine MacDonald / The Detroit News
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

DETROIT — Citing "the public interest," Gov. Jennifer Granholm unveiled an expedited timeline Monday that would include a Sept. 3 hearing to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office should she deem the process necessary.

It was the first public indication from the governor of when she might make a decision on the saga that has gripped the city since January. Until Monday, she only said final legal filings are due the Friday after Labor Day from the mayor and the City Council, which is pushing for his ouster.

Detroit City Council meets in private to discuss effort to bounce mayor

Christine MacDonald / The Detroit News
Monday, July 28, 2008

DETROIT — The City Council still intends to begin forfeiture hearings in an effort to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Aug. 18, the panel’s attorney said Monday morning.

"I intend it to, and I think council intends it to," said William Goodman, the lawyer appointed by the panel to handle the removal effort. "Be there or be square."

Council members began meeting with Goodman in a closed-door session at 9 a.m. today. They are discussing strategy and ongoing litigation by the mayor to dismiss the effort before it begins. Goodman’s comments came during a quick break. Members were still meeting in private with him at 10:30 a.m.

Fed aid for Big 3 pushed
Michigan delegation makes nonpartisan effort for billions in tax credits, subsidies, loans.

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s congressional delegation is mounting a major push to help Detroit’s Big Three automakers get about $27 billion in federal aid over the next five years.

The behind-the-scenes efforts come amid growing concerns about the fate of the struggling domestic automakers. General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC are paring back salaried staff, closing plants and dramatically cutting expenses at a time when the economy is in turmoil and auto sales could hit their lowest level in 17 years.

Gas prices fuel 7th District race

Posted by Chris Gautz
July 28, 2008 09:29AM

Across the 7th Congressional District, constituents are growing tired up pulling up to the gas station with an empty tank and leaving with an empty wallet.

And as November nears, we all should begin to ponder which candidate can help make future fill-ups a little more bearable.

All three – Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and Democrats Sharon Renier and Mark Schauer – have different remedies for the problem that even they aren’t immune to.

The Democrats’ Energy Charade

By MICHELE BACHMANN
July 29, 2008; Page A15

Earlier this month the House of Representatives voted on an energy bill called the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands (Drill) Act. The good news, for those of us who actually want to do something to lower gas prices, is that it failed.

The bad news is that Democrats will try again before the November elections. We can expect more legislation that claims to increase production, but in reality offers a framework of heavy regulation, litigation and union rules that could prevent new energy supplies from getting to market. And we can expect legislation that would likely hamper current oil and gas exploration.

Obamanomics Is a Recipe for Recession

By MICHAEL J. BOSKIN
July 29, 2008

What if I told you that a prominent global political figure in recent months has proposed: abrogating key features of his government’s contracts with energy companies; unilaterally renegotiating his country’s international economic treaties; dramatically raising marginal tax rates on the "rich" to levels not seen in his country in three decades (which would make them among the highest in the world); and changing his country’s social insurance system into explicit welfare by severing the link between taxes and benefits?

The first name that came to mind would probably not be Barack Obama, possibly our nation’s next president. Yet despite his obvious general intelligence, and uplifting and motivational eloquence, Sen. Obama reveals this startling economic illiteracy in his policy proposals and economic pronouncements.

Details missing from Obama’s Social Security plan

by Charles Babington | The Associated Press
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:22 AM

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s bid to place a new Social Security tax on very high incomes is either a bold or foolhardy plan, depending on who critiques it.

But its potential impact is almost impossible to gauge because he is providing few details on basic questions such as what the tax rate might be, what types of income would be taxed and how the taxpayers’ benefits would be affected.

Obama the Unknown

By Richard Cohen
Tuesday, July 29, 2008; A17

"Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire," I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.

On the other hand, I continued, I could cite four or five actions — not speeches — that John McCain has taken that elicit my admiration, even my awe. First, of course, is his decision as a Vietnam prisoner of war to refuse freedom out of concern that he would be exploited for propaganda purposes. To paraphrase what Kipling said about Gunga Din, John McCain is a better man than most.