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MI Morning Update

 90 Days until Election Day

 August 6, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

HOUSE REPUBLICANS…who cleared the primary yesterday promise to be the best crop of challengers we’ve had in years.  Republicans need to win 4 seats to gain a majority and stop the tax and spend Democrats.

McCAIN TAKES BACK THE ISSUES…with his visit to Michigan, the McCain campaign has Obama talking "our issues"…jobs and energy.  McCain is right on the issues, the American voters are in line with McCain on these issues, and Obama is forced to look for ways to address them…with his classic "more government" solutions that haven’t worked in Michigan…or elsewhere.  Just check the polls!!!

AGAIN…if you like what Jennifer Granholm has done for Michigan, you’re going to love what Barack Obama is going to do to America!

DEMOCRATS PLAY GAMES WITH GAS PRICES…Politico reports that Democrat Speaker Pelosi privately urges at-risk Dems to back drilling: ‘[W]hat looks like intraparty tension … is part of an intentional strategy in which Pelosi takes the heat on energy policy, while behind the scenes she’s encouraging vulnerable Democrats to express their independence if it helps them politically, according to Democratic aides on and off Capitol Hill. Pelosi’s gambit rests on one big assumption: that Democrats will own Washington after the election and will be able to craft a sweeping energy policy that is heavy on conservation and fuel alternatives while allowing for some new oil drilling.’  Obama’s party?  Wow.

OBAMA…is wrong…he would rather pump air than drill for oil.  His policy reminds me of when Jimmy Carter suggested we all just put on our sweaters and turn down the heat to deal with the last energy crisis.  He’s just "out of touch"…Ivy League?

A MUST READ…who is Barack Obama and when?  A great piece written by Alex Castellanos that lays out Obama’s problem…duplicity and lack of "core" values.

CONGO DELEGATION VISITS MRP…a delegation of Provincial Legislators from the Republic of Congo were in Michigan for several days and dropped by the MRP to see how political parties work and how we prepare for elections.

MICHIGAN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM…here is some information on the Michigan Political Leadership Program.  Each year, MPLP seeks Republican participants for this highly recommended and distinguished program.  Please pass along to anyone that you may think would be interested.

THE WIZARD SPEAKS…should voters pass an intelligence test?

NUCLEAR POWER…America wants peace and prosperity. We need to become less dependent on foreign oil and have more domestic sources of power. Cheap, reliable and affordable energy will change the world. More below.

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.  It’s easy and costs you nothing.  Please check it out.

 

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY:

– NUCLEAR POWER…is the world’s largest source of emission-free energy. Nuclear power plants produce no controlled air pollutants, such as sulfur and particulates, or greenhouse gases. The use of nuclear power in place of other energy sources helps to keep the air clean, preserve the Earth’s climate, avoid ground-level ozone formation and prevent acid rain.

Nuclear power has important implications for our national security. Inexpensive nuclear power, in combination with fuel cell technology, could significantly reduce our dependency on foreign oil.

Nuclear power plants have experienced an admirable safety record. About 20% of electricity generated in the U.S. comes from nuclear power, and in the last forty years of this production, not one single fatality has occurred as a result of the operation of a civilian nuclear power plant in the United States. In comparison, many people die in coal mining accidents every year and approximately ten thousand Americans die every year from pollution related to coal burning.

For more information go to: http://www.nuclearnow.org/ and http://www.nei.org/

Another site I would recommend is the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at http://www.nrc.gov/.

 

 

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McCain to visit Mich. next week

BY KATHLEEN GRAY • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • August 5, 2008

Sen. John McCain is expected back in Michigan on Aug. 13 for a pair of big-ticket fund-raisers at the Big Rock Chop House and Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

The Republican presidential candidate’s campaign wouldn’t confirm details of the visit Tuesday evening. But an invitation to the fund-raiser obtained by the Free Press, reveals that the co-chairs of the event at the Townsend are some of the biggest names in Michigan business and politics, including Jim Nicholson, president of PVS Chemical, Walbridge Aldinger chairman John Rakolta, developers C. Michael Kojaian and Robert Schostak, Ambassador Ron Weiser and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox.

McCain visits Fermi 2

BY TINA LAM • Free Press Staff Writer • August 5, 2008

NEWPORT — As supporters and opponents demonstrated outside the gates to the Fermi 2 nuclear plant, John McCain toured the plant for 45 minutes with politicians and plant workers.

After looking into the main turbine generators and control room, he said the country needs to get serious about energy independence. He noted that his first experience with nuclear power was in the Navy.

Anuzis: Michigan Could Decide Presidential Race

LANSING — As the last two presidential elections have shown, sometimes it all comes down to just one state’s votes. Michigan Republican Party chair Saul Anuzis says that fact hasn’t escaped the two major candidates, and it’s partly the reason Michigan is seeing so much of them.

"The fact that both Barack Obama and John McCain have been coming here on a regular basis–actually, I think both of them are going to be here over six times in the last sixty days–it shows how important Michigan is, how important the Michigan vote is," says Anuzis.

 

Turnout light in Michigan’s primary election

8/6/2008, 4:07 a.m. EDT
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Without any statewide contests to attract them to the primary election polls, most Michigan voters stayed away.

The Michigan Department of State had predicted Tuesday’s primary would draw fewer than one in five registered voters. It said 1.4 million of the state’s 7.2 million registered voters would take part.

The projections appeared to be holding firm through Tuesday afternoon, said department spokeswoman Kelly Chesney. Final turnout figures were not yet available early Wednesday.

Grumpy voters go against status quo

By Chad Selweski and Jameson Cook
Macomb Daily Staff Writers

Maybe it was the sweltering heat and humidity, or maybe it was the bad economy, but Macomb County voters were in a foul mood Tuesday as they ousted incumbents and recalled officials.
 
Roseville Democrat Betty Slinde, the dean of the county Board of Commissioners, was knocked out of office after 30 years. Shelby Township Supervisor Ralph "Skip" Maccarone and Washington Township Supervisor Gary Kirsh were unceremoniously booted by voters.

 

One rep falls in state House primaries

Gary Heinlein and Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

All but one of the 65 state House incumbents seeking re-election this year made it past voters in Tuesday’s primaries.

But there’ll be at least 45 new faces among the 110 House members next January, because Rep. David Law, R-Commerce Township, decided to run for Oakland County prosecutor, and 44 incumbents were barred by term limits from running again: 16 Democrats and 28 Republicans.

Forty-four state representatives — 16 Democrats and 28 Republicans — have served three terms and are ineligible to seek re-election to the House under Michigan’s term-limits law.

Casperson wins GOP nomination to challenge Stupak

8/5/2008, 10:50 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – State Representative Tom Casperson of Escanaba has won the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Bart Stupak in a district that covers Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and parts of northern Michigan.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Casperson had 47.3 percent in a three-way Republican primary in the 1st Congressional District. Don Hooper, a retired trucking business owner had 27.6 percent. Attorney Linda Goldthorpe had 25.1 percent. Hooper had unsuccessfully challenged Stupak in the past three elections.

McCain One-Ups Obama With Ad Buy

Wednesday, August 6, 2008; Page A04

It appears that spending $5 million on advertising during the Olympics will get a presidential candidate only the silver medal.

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has taken out a $6 million ad buy for airtime during the Beijing Games that open Friday, $1 million more than Democratic rival Barack Obama had previously committed to his own media buy.

The McCain campaign declined to comment. But the public file at NBC Universal confirmed the purchase. McCain ads are to run in a variety of time slots, including prime time.

Growing doubts weaken Obama, polls show

White, independent voters hedge
S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Growing doubts among white working-class and independent voters blunted the momentum of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential run in recent days, leaving him in a tight contest with Republican candidate Sen. John McCain, pollsters say.

"His bubble hasn’t burst, but it’s leaking a little bit," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It is not massive. It is incremental, but we’ve seen it across the board in all of these states, that [Mr. McCain] is doing better among white voters, especially white voters without college educations."

Budget surplus report draws outcry on Hill

Baghdad told ‘to foot the bill’
Pauline Jelinek
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional auditors on Tuesday predicted that the Iraqi government is heading for a $79 billion cumulative budget surplus by year’s end, prompting calls from Capitol Hill for Iraqi leaders to become less reliant on U.S. taxpayers for reconstruction costs.

The projected Iraq surplus, including unspent money from 2005 through 2008, has been building because of rising world oil prices, increasing Iraqi oil production, the government’s inability to execute budgets for spending its money and persistent violence in the country, the GAO said.