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MI Morning Update: Schauer wrong on energy, Happy Birthday Jack Hoogendyk

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July 31, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

MARK SCHAUER… candidate for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District says he has empathy for people who pay high prices for gas, yet in the State Legislature he voted not only to raise taxes on gas, but also to allow the double taxation of gasoline in Michigan to continue.  It seems that Mark Schauer will say anything to get elected, but his record in the State Legislature shows the truth. While gas prices continue to rise Schauer opposes domestic drilling and aligns himself with the do-nothing Washington Democrats. Congressman Tim Walberg has been pushing for a comprehensive energy plan to increase America’s energy production.

DEMOCRATS MILK DENVER TAXPAYERS… The host committee is as much as $10 million short in fundraising, and financial difficulties have forced it to cancel two dozen parties for delegates. Denver officials are scrambling to deal with the logistical challenges of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech being held at an outdoor stadium instead of in the arena where the rest of the convention will take place…"It’s an embarrassment, particularly for the political class," said Floyd Ciruli, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party who is now an independent pollster unaffiliated with the convention effort. "At this point, everybody’s thinking about the burdens rather than the benefits."

AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM…lay out the difference between current tax policy and what McCain and Obama propose…see it here:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK HOOGENDYK…today is Jack’s birthday…send him a check!  Put one of his bumper stickers on your car…or at least talk to a neighbor about what a great U.S. Senator he would make!

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

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Kilpatrick aide linked to FBI probe steps down

Paul Egan and Christine Macdonald / The Detroit News

DETROIT — An aide to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick whose name was linked to an ongoing FBI investigation of a multimillion-dollar sludge contract, has resigned from his City Hall post, an official confirmed Wednesday.

Marc Andre Cunningham, an aide to the mayor who headed the Detroit Film Office, resigned on July 18, mayoral spokesman James Canning confirmed Wednesday.

Cunningham resigned "to pursue new opportunities," Canning said in a prepared statement. "We wish only the best for Mr. Cunningham in his pursuit of new endeavors."

 

Worthy seeks defense evidence in text message case

Doug Guthrie and George Hunter / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Wayne County’s prosecutor on Wednesday demanded that lawyers representing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former chief of staff Christine Beatty reveal all evidence they have collected to rebut the criminal charges against the pair.

The motion filed in 36th District Court is a turn-about from months of defense lawyers’ complaints that Prosecutor Kym Worthy has stalled or improperly withheld or tampered with evidence collected against the pair, who are accused of lying under oath to cover an affair and the firing of a police officers and also misleading City Council into an $8.4 million settlement with a secret side agreement to hide text messages that reveal the lies.

 

Plan to rewrite state government advances

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING — A state elections panel will move ahead with placing a controversial government reform proposal on the November ballot, despite the filing of a lawsuit to halt the process, the state’s top elections official said today.

The Reform Michigan Government Now! constitutional amendment could be certified for the ballot as soon as Aug. 21, when the Board of State Canvassers next meets, said Chris Thomas, state elections director.

"We didn’t see anything in the pleadings to stop us from going forward," Thomas said.

The lawsuit was filed in the Michigan Court of Appeals last week by a group headed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to keep the wide-ranging proposal off the ballot. The suit contends the measure is too broad to go before voters in a single ballot initiative.

Mich primary turnout estimated at less than 20 pct

7/30/2008, 9:06 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press   

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s chief elections official predicts fewer than one in five registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is encouraging all eligible voters to go to the polls, even though she estimates just 1.4 million of the state’s more than 7.2 million registered voters will take part in the election.

Land reminds voters that ballots in a partisan primary won’t be counted if they’re split between Republican and Democratic candidates. Nonpartisan offices and proposals will appear after the partisan section of the ballot.

 

Poll: Obama’s Lead Slips In Michigan

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008 12:55PM
 
Southfield (WWJ)  — A new poll out today shows the presidential race in Michigan is too close to call. The Public Policy Polling survey of nearly 900 voters shows Barack Obama with a 46-percent to 43-percent lead over John McCain.  But the poll’s margin of error is three percent. 

A release issued said most of the movement in the last month has been among white voters and Republicans.  In June a poll showed Obama earning 19% of the GOP vote but that is now down to 9%.

McCain has a turned a small disadvantage with white voters into a 50-40 lead. 

McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch

By JIM RUTENBERG

WASHINGTON – After spending much of the summer searching for an effective line of attack against Senator Barack Obama, Senator John McCain is beginning a newly aggressive campaign to define Mr. Obama as arrogant, out of touch and unprepared for the presidency.

On Wednesday alone, the McCain campaign released a new advertisement suggesting – and not in a good way – that Mr. Obama was a celebrity along the lines of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Republicans tried to portray Mr. Obama as a candidate who believed the race was all about him, relying on what Democrats said was a completely inaccurate quotation.

The Republican National Committee began an anti-Obama Web site called "Audacity Watch," a play on the title of Mr. Obama’s book "The Audacity of Hope." And, in a concerted volley of television interviews, news releases and e-mail, campaign representatives attacked him on a wide range of issues, including tax policies and energy proposals.

 

Check, Please

By JAMES TARANTO
July 30, 2008

One of the most appealing features of the Barack Obama candidacy is the idea that Obama is "postracial"–that he is a candidate who is black and does not practice the adversarial politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This is why his 20-year association with the racist anti-American crackpot Jeremiah Wright was potentially so damaging to him, and why Jesse Jackson’s lurid fantasies of sexually mutilating Obama were such a great stroke of luck for the candidate.

But a story in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin raises serious questions about Obama’s postracialism. The paper describes an Obama appearance at Unity ’08, "a convention of four minority journalism associations":

 

Obama’s Iraq Fumble

By KARL ROVE
July 31, 2008

In a race supposedly dominated by the economy, both Barack Obama and John McCain have spent a lot of time talking about Iraq. Why? Because both men have Iraq problems that are causing difficulties for their campaigns.

How each candidate resolves his Iraq problems may determine who voters come to see as best qualified to set American foreign policy.
 
If Mr. McCain wins the argument on Iraq, he will add to his greatest strength — a perceived fitness to be commander in chief and lead the global war on terror. As the underdog, Mr. McCain needs to convince voters that he is overwhelmingly the better choice on the issue.

 

McCain’s New Ad Likens Obama to Britney and Paris

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Is John McCain calling Barack Obama a dumb blonde? The man who recently graced the cover of People magazine with his equally photogenic wife and daughters is today the subject of a new McCain campaign ad that alternates images of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and epic celebrity disasters Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who are better known for their crotch-flashing antics and legal troubles than political acumen.

"He’s the biggest celebrity in the world," the ad’s narrator says. "But, is he ready to lead? With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling. And, says he’ll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama."

 

Bush blames Congress for not acting on gas prices

7/30/2008, 4:06 p.m. EDT
By BEN FELLER   

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush, on a campaign to open offshore waters to oil drilling, said Wednesday that the Democratic-run Congress was letting down the American people by refusing to allow votes on the matter.

The president again pinned the prospect of oil drilling off the coastline – considered a long-term energy solution – to today’s high gas prices for consumers.

"The American people are rightly frustrated by the failure of the Democratic leaders in Congress to enact commonsense solutions," the president said.