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MI Morning Update: AFL-CIO tries to convince "bitter" voters that Obama is ok, Check out the MIGOP toolbar

95 Days Until Election Day

August 1, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

UNIONS PITCH OBAMA…WORRIED ABOUT REAGAN DEMOCRATS…The AFL-CIO begins a ramped-up campaign to define Sen. Barack Obama with union members and their families in battleground states, focusing heavily on working-class, swing union voters in OH, MI, PA and WI. The goal, per union officials, is to dispel the many rumors circulating about Obama via two new mailers, dropped today, that ask and answer still-looming questions about the candidate. The union will send the pieces to 600K swing voters living in the four critical battleground states.

I’m guessing it will take a bit more to convince all of us "bitter" voters!!!

OBAMA….he’ll say…and has said ANYTHING to get a vote.  Politics as usual…or even worse.  See, in his own words…how he will take any and every position he thinks will be politically expedient.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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Michigan Blues

Thursday, Jul. 31, 2008
By AMY SULLIVAN/ROYAL OAK

The New Battlegrounds Oakland County, Mich. To get a fix on just how thoroughly the slumping economy has clobbered the state of Michigan, consider first some traditional indicators: Nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the past decade. Ford just posted the worst quarterly loss in its 105-year history, and GM announced it was closing or converting plants. More than 1 of every 20 mortgages is in or near foreclosure, and at 8.5%, Michigan’s unemployment rate is the highest in the nation.

But to fully grasp why the economy is the first, last and only issue on the minds of Michigan voters this year, one fact reveals all: two months after the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, there is no waiting list for season tickets.

 

Granholm denies 60-day extension in Kilpatrick case

Jim Irwin
July 31, 2008

DETROIT – Gov. Jennifer Granholm said today she understands it’s in the public’s interest to resolve the legal turmoil surrounding Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick but also said he’s entitled to due process.

Granholm has scheduled a Sept. 3 hearing date – if she deems one is necessary – for the Detroit City Council’s request to remove Kilpatrick from office. Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty face a Sept. 22 preliminary examination on criminal charges.

Granholm said the information provided to her by the city council doesn’t include last week’s shoving incident.

 

Granholm announces business development program

7/31/2008, 4:04 p.m. EDT
By JIM IRWIN   

DETROIT (AP) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Thursday announced the launch of a program aimed at attracting, retaining and developing small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan. The Invest Michigan program is financed with $300 million of the state’s $58 billion in pension fund assets, divided into two funds of $150 million each.

The Growth Capital Fund will make direct investments of $2 million to $7 million in venture capital and expanding companies, while the Michigan Opportunities Fund will make direct investments of $10 million to $40 million in potential acquisitions and buyouts.

 

New investment fund just a drop in state’s troubled economic ocean

Friday, August 1, 2008
Daniel Howes
 
When it comes to recruiting business leaders for yet another blue-ribbon advisory council, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is unmatched.

Who else could get industrialist Roger Penske to chair "Invest Michigan!," a $300 million fund culled from state pension funds to invest in venture capital and target potential mergers and acquisitions around the state? Who else could marshal West Michigan’s most prominent CEOs — Steelcase, Meijer, Stryker — and meld them with their counterparts at Dow Chemical, Quicken Loans and a dozen or so others?

 

McCain might tour Fermi nuclear plant

by Charles Slat , last modified July 31. 2008 11:12AM

Republican Presidential candidate John McCain might be touring DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant Tuesday to underscore his support for nuclear power. The utility confirmed that it had been contacted by the McCain campaign about the possibility of a visit.

"We are aware of a potential visit and while we appreciate the senator’s vision for expanding nuclear power in the United States, any details of his schedule can only be provided by his campaign staff," said John J. Austerberry, a DTE spokesman. "We know he has an interest, but the actual scheduling of it is up to his staff," Mr. Austerberry said while acknowledging that Tuesday is a potential date that has been discussed.

The Elephant in the Room: Democrats impede U.S. on energy
They should drop their objections and let new off-shore oil drilling proceed.

By Rick Santorum

It’s the gas prices, stupid. Every politician knows Americans want relief at the pump for their own sake and the sake of the broader economy. The Senate’s continued inaction on this issue provides an insight into how the two parties hope to appeal to anxious voters and, more important, how they view high energy prices.

Democrats, including Barack Obama, support increasing taxes and regulatory costs (environmental) on energy producers and consumers (you), limiting exploration for new oil and natural-gas supplies, and mandating conservation. Liberals like Obama have long argued for higher gas prices to force conservation and reduce emissions. The only concern he has expressed recently is that prices have not gone up gradually and that the sudden spike has hit Americans hard.

Democrats Get Drilled

John Fund
August 1, 2008

Some cracks are appearing in the solid wall of opposition that Democrats have erected against proposals for expanding domestic production of oil.

The House voted to adjourn for its August recess yesterday, but only by a vote of 213 to 212 as minority Republicans were able to convince over a dozen Democrats to break with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and support staying in session in order to deal with high energy prices. On the Senate side, Majority Leader Harry Reid broached the idea of an "energy summit" that would convene in September and consider more domestic drilling.

 

Obama’s Bad Turn

August 1, 2008

Is there a way that Barack Obama and John McCain could reboot the Presidential campaign? Both men this week have locked up in modes that surely have little interest to voters. Senator McCain’s latest "inexperience" TV ad about his opponent opened with fleeting images of celeb babes Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who likely don’t know who he is. The celebrity link was a leap that fell flat.

If that was silly, Senator Obama’s verbal crackback at his opponent’s criticism was more troubling. Campaigning in Missouri, he said: "So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, ‘He’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, ‘He doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on the dollar bills.’"

McCain Camp Says Obama Is Playing ‘Race Card’

By MICHAEL COOPER and MICHAEL POWELL

ORLANDO, Fla. – Senator John McCain’s campaign accused Senator Barack Obama on Thursday of playing "the race card," citing his remarks that Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out that he "doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." The exchange injected racial politics front and center into the general election campaign for the first time, after it became a subtext in the primary between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It came as the McCain campaign was intensifying its attacks, trying to throw its Democratic opponent off course before the conventions. "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck," Mr. McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, charged in a statement with which Mr. McCain later said he agreed. "It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

U.S. Deaths In Iraq Fall To Lowest Of the War
Bush Suggests Gains May Allow More Troops To Come Home Sooner

By Amit R. Paley
Friday, August 1, 2008; Page A01

BAGHDAD, July 31 — Five American troops died in July as a result of combat in Iraq, by far the lowest monthly U.S. death toll of the five-year war.

The number of Iraq-related American troop fatalities in July — a total of 13 when noncombat deaths and the discovered bodies of two missing soldiers are included — is a dramatic drop from just over a year ago, when more than 100 troops a month were confirmed dead for several months in a row.