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MI Morning Update

 76 Days until Election Day

 August 20, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop
of reason."

— Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1735)

MORNING UPDATE:

BEN FRANKLIN AND OBAMA…who knew he had a dream about a guy named Barack Obama so long ago?

OBAMA-AYERS…CHICAGO COVER UP…National Review has two stories about the "cover up" by the University of Illinois-Chicago Library not allowing access to the papers of the Annenberg Challenge, a foundation Ayers founded and who’s board Obama served on…developing!

BIDEN COMMENTS ON RUSSIA AND GEORGIA…upon returning from a visit to war torn Georgia, Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a strong statement printed below.

RUSSIA IGNORES INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT AND LAW…after signing an agreement to pull its troops back to pre-war lines, Russia continues to ignore its international commitments and law.  See a NY Times photo of captures Georgian troops and its blatant disregard of a sovereign neighbor.

11th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT…elected  Abe Munfkah as their new Chairman and Mark Garrison to fill a vacancy on the State Committee.  Congratulations to both and thanks for your willingness to serve our party!

 

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY:

"Russia’s actions in Georgia will have consequences…Russia’s failure to keep its word and withdraw troops from Georgia risks the country’s standing as part of the international community. That is not the future the United States or Europe want — but it is the future Russia may get."

"I left the country convinced that Russia’s invasion of Georgia may be one of the most significant events to occur in Europe since the end of communism. The claims of Georgian atrocities that provided the pretext for Russia’s invasion are rapidly being disproved by international observers, and the continuing presence of Russian forces in the country has severe implications for the broader region. The war that began in Georgia is no longer about that country alone. It has become a question of whether and how the West will stand up for the rights of free people throughout the region."

– U.S. Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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McCain takes 5-point lead over Obama-Reuters poll

Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:11am EDT

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama’s solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.

The reversal follows a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama’s experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip.

 

Stem-cell, state reform get enough signatures

BY DAWSON BELL • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • August 20, 2008

LANSING — Backers of ballot proposals to lift Michigan’s restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research and to overhaul state government collected enough signatures to put the issues before voters on Nov. 4, officials said Tuesday.

But large legal hurdles remain for the latter plan — called Reform Michigan Government Now!

Among other things, it would cut politicians’ pay, reduce their numbers and change how they are elected. On Tuesday, it was under fire in court, and could be barred from the ballot as too sweeping to be enacted by amendment.

People identified in FBI corruption probe

August 20, 2008

The following people have been identified in connection with a wide-ranging FBI corruption probe involving Detroit city government:

James Rosendall. Synagro Technologies’ suspended Michigan vice president is cooperating with the FBI in the probe. Sources said he conducted FBI-monitored meetings with city officials, some of whom received money.

Rayford Jackson. The Synagro consultant helped line up community support for the sludge disposal operation across the street from the city’s sewage treatment plant.

John Clark. The former chief of staff for council President Ken Cockrel Jr. resigned in June after the FBI played a surveillance video allegedly showing Clark accepting $2,000 in cash on two occasions this year.

 

Goodman to focus on Granholm hearings, wait on ouster appeal

By Zachary Gorchow • Free Press Staff Writer • August 19, 2008

The Detroit City Council’s independent attorney said today that he will recommend the council wait several weeks to appeal a judge’s ruling Monday that the council lacks the authority to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Bill Goodman said he will recommend the council eventually appeal the case, but the priority now is preparing for a Sept. 3 removal hearing before Gov. Jennifer Granholm, if she decides to order one against Kilpatrick.

"This is not an urgent problem for council," Goodman said of an appeal. "The urgent problem is for us to get ready for this governor’s hearing."

 

Rep to ask gov to again probe alleged party

A state representative is heading efforts to ask Gov. Jennifer Granholm to order Michigan State Police to reopen an investigation into a long-alleged party at the Manoogian Mansion.

"Traditional notions of fair justice demand that we allow the State Police to complete their investigation," said State Rep. Paul Condino, D-Southfield. Condino said the move was prompted by the emergence of witnesses to the rumored 2002 party at Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s residence.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox asked State Police to investigate the alleged party and in 2003 concluded there was no such event.

 

GOP opens Macomb’s 1st McCain office

By Mitch Hotts
Macomb Daily Staff Writer

With 76 days to go before the Nov. 4 presidential election, Macomb County Republicans on Tuesday unveiled John McCain’s first local campaign office in Fraser, vowing to tap into the county’s well-known base of independent voters as a path to the White House.

County party leaders welcomed more than 70 volunteers, elected officials and supporters to the Macomb Victory Center Office on Utica Road south of 15 Mile Road, which also will assist other state and local GOP candidates in this year’s elections.

McCain passes a test with religious right

GOP candidate must continue reaching out to social conservatives
Dale Buss

To win the presidency, Republican candidate John McCain needs to do more than just expect social conservatives to hold their noses and vote for him. He also shouldn’t simply count on Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s failing to attract religious right voters.

McCain must reach out decisively to the GOP’s base if he wants to turn today’s whispers of possibility into acclamations of victory in November.

He may have begun this process by meeting last week with a handful of conservative religious leaders in Michigan. And McCain certainly extended that direction with his performance Saturday night in the Saddleback Civic Forum on national television.

 

No Contest

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, August 18, 2008 4:20 PM PT

It was only in May that Sen. Barack Obama cockily proclaimed he would debate Sen. John McCain "anywhere, anytime." But in June, Obama said no to McCain’s challenge to have 10 one-on-one town hall meetings.

After what happened at Lake Forest, Calif.’s evangelical Saddleback megachurch Saturday evening, we may have found that debating is Obama’s Achilles’ heel. Whether or not you like the idea of such events being held in religious venues, the plain-and-simple method of questioning used by Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren revealed fundamental differences between these two men.

Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?

A cover-up in the making?

By Stanley Kurtz

The problem of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb – designed to kill army officers in New Jersey – accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place "makes me want to puke." Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis." For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.

Who’s No. 2? Obama Keeps Everybody Guessing.

By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 19, 2008; Page A01

This is Veep Week. That, in reality, is about all that anyone outside Sen. Barack Obama’s inner, inner circle knows — that sometime before next week the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will announce his running mate. Beyond that, the political world is in a zone of fevered speculation.

Nothing is certain, and one sign of how jittery everyone is about the timing and the choice came yesterday afternoon, when the gossipy Drudge Report posted an item that said, "Paper: Obama may announce VP in AM." That set off alarms in newsrooms across the country until Obama advisers shot it down — although it was not clear exactly what they were shooting down, other than that the announcement would come early this morning.