89 Days until Election Day
August 7, 2008
THANKS…thanks to all of you who worked so hard for various candidates leading up to the primary over the past months. Yesterday was an impressive day as Republicans across the state united to move forward toward this fall’s election. We now have our Republican nominees across the board and yes, NOW the real battles begin. This will be a tough year, with lots of challenges, but together we can make a difference. Thanks again for all you do!
PELOSI TO ANN ARBOR TODAY…ON A BOOK TOUR…instead of voting on a comprehensive energy policy…she’s using this paid vacation at taxpayers expense to do a book tour…in of all places…San Francisco "east"…our own people’s Republic of Ann Arbor. Flying Air Force 3…big limos or SUVs…ah, the hypocritical liberal!
MI McCAIN CO-CHAIR CHUCK YOB APPOINTED CONVENTION OFFICER…U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio will serve as Permanent Chairman of the Convention. The 2008 Republican National Convention Deputy Permanent Co-Chairs include: Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer; former New Hampshire State Chairman Steve Duprey; David Roederer of Iowa; U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Kathleen Shanahan of Florida; and Michigan National Committeeman Chuck Yob. Congratulations Chuck!
LENO: ‘Obama’s supporters got him his usual birthday gift of gold, frankincense and myrrh.’ Oh, how they wish this were true J
OBAMA BUNDLERS…THE CANDIDATE OF THE RICH… more than 500 Obama "bundlers," fund-raisers who have each collected contributions totaling $50,000 or more. See more below.
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OBAMA’S BIG MONEY AND SPECIAL INTERESTS… Given his decision not to accept public financing, Obama is counting on his bundlers to help him raise $300 million for his campaign for the general election and another $180 million for the Democratic National Committee.
An analysis of campaign finance records shows that about two-thirds of his bundlers are concentrated in four major industries: law, securities and investments, real estate, and entertainment. Lawyers make up the largest group at about 130, with many working for firms that also have lobbying arms. At least 100 Obama bundlers are top executives or brokers from investment businesses – nearly two-dozen work for financial titans like Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. About 40 others come from the real-estate industry.
CARD CHECK…Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot. The vast majority (around 81%) of Americans believe that American workers have a right to have a secret ballot election before they are forced to join a union. Last year the House Democrats passed a bill that would strip American workers of the secret ballot. A new bill should be introduced reaffirming that right, and it should be brought up again and again until marginal Democrats are forced to vote with the American people against the union power structure. This, coming from a Teamster.
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BY CHRIS CHRISTOFF, ZACHARY GORCHOW and BEN SCHMITT • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS • August 7, 2008
LANSING — Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday she would personally preside over public hearings in Detroit to oust Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick beginning Sept. 3, if she determines the hearings are necessary.
Details of news coverage or public access would be worked out later, said Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd. The governor did not say, for instance, whether or not she would allow such proceedings to be televised.
Granholm’s remarks indicated she will be deeply involved in a drama that thickened Wednesday, as Kilpatrick’s general counsel, Sharon McPhail, filed a motion with Granholm asking the governor to dismiss the City Council’s request to remove Kilpatrick from office.
Move could delay text message release; mayor expects to be charged in alleged assault case.
George Hunter, Doug Guthrie and David Josar / The Detroit News
DETROIT — The long-delayed preliminary examination on perjury and other felony charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty will be waived today, according to attorneys who added they also expect the mayor to soon face new charges in connection with an alleged shoving incident.
Waiving the scheduled Sept. 22 preliminary exam this morning at a hearing before 36th District Judge Ronald Giles is a move that could delay the release of allegedly incriminating text messages and, according to experts, possibly buy the mayor time to cut a deal with prosecutors.
A statement issued Wednesday by a spokesman for Kilpatrick’s legal team said the mayor will allow Giles today to bind him over for trial in Wayne Circuit Court. Beatty’s lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, said she also will waive examination.
He gets heads-up about Cox’s intentions, isn’t surprised
BY BEN SCHMITT • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • August 7, 2008
A lawyer for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Wednesday that he believes state Attorney General Mike Cox will charge the mayor as soon as this week with a crime stemming from last month’s porch-shoving incident involving a sheriff’s employee.
Attorney Jim Parkman said he got a call over the weekend from a reliable source that Cox will charge Kilpatrick. The call prompted him to advise Kilpatrick not to talk to Michigan State Police who are investigating a July 24 incident in which Kilpatrick allegedly shoved Wayne County Detective Brian White.
Southfield (WWJ) — Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. says if he were the mayor of Detroit he’d be willing to look at "radical changes" within Detroit Public Schools.
Speaking on WWJ’s "Eye on Michigan Politics," Tuesday morning Cockrel said at first he was opposed to the state takeover of the district several years ago, because he felt it was the wrong way to go. But his opinion has changed.
"As time has passed and I look at alot of the issues that we’re dealing with, it may be necessary to look at something like that again," Cockrel said. "If I were mayor I think that would have to be something that would have to be put on the table for consideration as a way to really try to influence what happens in our schools."
Posted by KYLE TRYGSTAD
A new TIME national poll (July 31-August 4, 808 LV, MoE +/- 3%) shows Obama with a 5-point lead over McCain, when undecided leaners are included. In the last poll taken in June, Obama’s lead was about the same at 4 points.
But, as the magazine notes, while voters feel Obama is the most likeable (65%-20%), is the candidate for change (61%-17%) and who they are "very enthusiastic" about (49%-21%), his support lags when it comes to policy questions like the economy (he leads 43%-39%), managing Iraq (McCain leads 51%-36%) and handling the war on terror (McCain leads 56%-29%).
‘Celebrity’ attacks against Obama amuse younger generation
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Paris Hilton may think John McCain is just a "wrinkly white-haired guy," but the Republican presidential candidate apparently has figured out the younger generation just fine. Over the past two weeks, his "celebrity" attacks have stomped Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Barack Obama in YouTube hits.
Mr. McCain has pumped out a series of brutal yet entertaining attack ads and Web videos mocking the press and Mr. Obama, and the combination of wit and insult has pushed his YouTube channel to the sixth most watched on the site this week. Mr. McCain has beat Mr. Obama’s channel for seven straight days and 11 of the past 14 days, in a signal he intends to compete for the YouTube vote.
Wed Aug 6, 10:47 AM ET
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama may be the fresh face in this year’s presidential election, but nearly half say they’re already tired of hearing about him, a poll says.
With Election Day still three months away, 48 percent said they’re hearing too much about the Democratic candidate, according to a poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Just 26 percent said the same about his Republican rival, John McCain.
Obama, the 47-year-old Illinois senator who would become the first black president, has dominated political news coverage much of the year. According to an ongoing Pew study, Obama has appeared in more news stories this year and more people say they have heard more about him than McCain, the longtime Arizona senator who also ran for president in 2000.
Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in Denver
By RICK KLEIN and DAVID CHALIAN
Aug. 6, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she’s looking for a "strategy" for her delegates to have their voices heard and "respected" at the Democratic National Convention — and did not rule out the possibility of having her name placed into nomination at the convention alongside Sen. Barack Obama’s.
"I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified," Clinton, D-N.Y., said at a California fundraiser last Thursday, in a video clip captured by an attendee and posted on YouTube.
By Mark Johnson, Charlotte Observer
RALEIGH – Former Sen. John Edwards might have to move quickly to save his spot on the national stage.
With two weeks before their national convention, several prominent Democrats are saying Edwards must publicly address anonymously sourced National Enquirer stories that claim he had an affair with a campaign worker and fathered her baby.
Democrats gather in Denver on Aug. 25 and Edwards, as the 2004 vice presidential nominee and a presidential candidate who won delegates this year, ordinarily would be a speaker.
Richard W. Rahn
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Over the past 40 years, do you think the federal government has become relatively larger or smaller in relation to the size of the economy?
Please take a look at the table below and perhaps, surprisingly, you will see that the federal government, in terms of taxes and spending as a share of total gross domestic product (GDP), has remained almost constant for decades, even though it has grown steadily in absolute terms. (State and local governments, however, have been growing as a share of GDP, and burdensome regulations have been growing at all levels of government.)