MI Morning Update

 78 Days until Election Day

 August 18, 2008


RUSSIA SIGNS BROKERED CEASE-FIRE…does it mean anything?  We’ll see.  Russia announced it will pull it’s troops back today…the world watches as the Russian bear throws out verbal threats, which if implemented, would make the world more dangerous.

WALBERG…RUSSIAN ATTACK HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR ENERGY POLICY…Walberg says: The Georgia situation highlights the perilous condition our country is in. America’s reliance on foreign oil makes our country dependent on people like Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Hugo Chavez for energy resources, which weakens America’s national security. The situation in Georgia is just another example of this dependence. We cannot leave America’s energy needs in the hands of dictators and thugs in other parts of the world.

2nd AMENDMENT…the most powerful argument for the Second Amendment and the right to defend yourself I’ve ever heard.

TONIGHT…HUGHS SULLIVAN LIVE…CANDIDATE FORUMS…CONGRESSMAN HOEKSTRA tonight, August 18th, tune in and hear Congressman Pete Hoekstra discuss the issues of the day.  Call in questions.  WDTK-AM 1400, which is broadcast in metro Detroit every evening and streamed nationwide. Tune in Monday night from 9:00 to 10:00 pm.  Good, conservative talk radio. 

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 Big Show is heard statewide on many local stations.

BOY SCOUT CAMP…I visited my boys at their National Jamboree this weekend. The BSA program gets better and better all the time.  The family will all be back later this week, just in time for me to head out for the National Convention.  One off to MSU, two start football, and mom checks on the clothes to see how much they have grown over the summer!





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Organizer’s turf building aids McCain

Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Jennifer Hallowell, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s Great Lakes regional campaign manager, is known for turning Democratic political turf to Republicans.

She’s credited, for example, with spearheading the $3 million Indiana voter contact plan that helped get 230,000 new Republicans to the polls and sweep Republican Mitch Daniels into the governorship in 2004 — unseating a sitting Hoosier governor for the first time in more than 100 years.

And in 2006, when Democrats were expected to oust Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi in a Big Blue year, Hallowell set up a team that knocked on 10,000 doors and made 200,000 calls. Brizzi, who won by 52-48 percent, was the only Republican to win countywide in Indiana.

Ruling due today on Council hearings to oust Kilpatrick

August 18, 2008

Today, Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski is to decide whether the Detroit City Council can proceed with efforts to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick through a process called forfeiture hearings.

The hearings were scheduled to begin today, but Ziolkowski was to decide on the legality of the proceedings.

Kilpatrick’s attorneys have said such hearings are allowed only if the mayor lacks qualifications or is convicted of a felony.

Kilpatrick and Worthy reach an impasse on plea deal

Neither side ready to budge in case

For a few hours, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s backers thought it was almost over.

The mayor, after much anguish and prodding, agreed at one point during the past 10 days to let his attorneys take to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy concessions he was willing to make to bring an end to his case, said a source close to the negotiations.

But when his attorneys presented them to Worthy, she took a pass, the source said.

Mayor’s woes leave leadership vacuum

Preoccupation with legal wrangling slows Detroit’s projects and progress, critics charge.
Leonard N. Fleming and David Josar / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Though his world sometimes seems to crack and crumble around him, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has continually vowed he could lead the city amid controversy.

"I would never quit on you. Ever," Kilpatrick said in a public apology to Detroiters just after the text messaging scandal broke in January.

But critics say months of turmoil have left a leadership vacuum in Detroit. In recent weeks, the Kilpatrick administration has not followed through on announcing a replacement for Comerica Bank or a completed plan that would add much-needed exhibit space for Cobo Center expansion or ended the gridlock that stalled the Detroit-Windsor tunnel deal.

Swedish king to visit Flint

8/17/2008, 8:57 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – The king of Sweden is coming to Flint.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is expected to visit Kettering University on Sept. 26 during a two-day trip to Michigan.

Kettering Provost Michael Harris tells The Flint Journal that plans are under way for a ceremony featuring Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He says the king is expected to talk with Detroit automakers during his visit, but Flint is his main destination.

How McCain Won Saddleback

In an unusual setting, his experience overwhelmed Obama.

By Byron York

Lake Forest, Calif. – It’s fair to say that in the hours before John McCain appeared with Barack Obama at the "Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency," here at Pastor Rick Warren’s famed southern California mega-church, there were at least a few McCain insiders who were a bit nervous about their candidate’s prospects. Obama can be remarkably polished in this sort of situation. Unlike other Democrats, he’s not afraid to hang out with evangelicals. McCain, on the other hand, can at times be cranky and take pleasure in irritating his base. Could he come out ahead in this one?

Ridge: GOP would accept abortion-rights VP

Originally published 01:22 p.m., August 17, 2008, updated 01:21 p.m., August 17, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) – Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said Sunday he thinks Republicans would accept a vice presidential candidate who supports abortion rights.

But, he said, whomever John McCain picks as a running mate should defer to McCain on the issue.

McCain opposes abortion rights, but he riled some conservatives last week when he suggested his running mate could _ like Ridge _ support abortion rights.

Obama: ‘I will win’

A confident Barack Obama raised an extraordinary $7.8 million Sunday at three California fundraisers.

"I will win. Don’t worry about that," he said to the crowd of about 1,300 at his third event of the evening, according to the pool report.

He was warmly received by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called him "a leader that God has blessed us with at this time."

Obama likely to announce VP this week


Senator Barack Obama is expected to choose his running mate this week in a key decision about the direction and narrative of his bid for the White House.

A person familiar with the campaign’s planning noted that Obama’s schedule at the end of this week is open, but said the announcement could come "as late as the weekend."

Obama and his inner circle have held his intentions tightly, while a wider circle of aides in Chicago has been kept far enough out of the loop that they’re willing to speculate freely on the possible choice.

Rice: "Russia has already paid a price" for Georgia invasion

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, warned that Russia has "already paid a price" for its invasion of Georgia.

"I hope he intends to honor the pledge this time," Rice said during an appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press," referring to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev announced today that Russian military forces would begin a withdrawal on Monday under an EU-brokered ceasefire agreement. "The word of the Russian president needs to be upheld by his forces. People are going to begin to wonder if Russia can be trusted. I think it’s really very much time for them to do what they said they were going to do."