August 30, 2008
MCCAIN SAYS…LETS MAKE IT VICE PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN…a solid conservative that solidifies our base, fires up independents and challenges the status quo. She is a successful reformer…a great symbol of the Republican brand we can be proud of.
She will strengthen Sen. McCain’s appeal to Reagan Democrats, and supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton, who are looking for a president who has the experience and temperament to be commander in chief.
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MICHIGAN EXCITED ABOUT PALIN…Of course, for Michigan’s sake, many would have loved to see our favorite son [Mitt Romney] be on the ticket, but there is a lot to get excited about with Sarah Palin. This helps with the voters that propelled Granholm to victory in Michigan: suburban voters – especially women in places like Oakland County and West Michigan. It will excite the base who feel so strongly about a pro-life conservative candidate. She will appeal strongly to our voters all across Michigan who believe in the right to bear arms – and can speak the same language of the hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters who spend their fall hunting deer in northern Michigan. Don’t forget snowmobiling!
And her reputation as a reformer with no tolerance for government officials who abuse power and don’t serve citizens will have great resonance in Michigan that have been dragged through the Kilpatrick scandals for the last year and has watched Granholm bring Michigan progress to a screeching halt. A Governor Palin would have acted…led.
Palin sends a strong signal to Washington, that change is on its way. She has a record on reform that is second to none and nicely compliments one of McCain’s central themes of changing the culture in Washington.
OBAMA’S SPEECH ANALYZED…here is a good analysis of Obama’s speech and how it relates to the progressive agenda.
JACK HOOGENDYK FOR U.S. SENATE …to follow the latest on Jack’s campaign to defeat Carl Levin go to: http://www.jackformichigan.org/news/
RUSSIA TEST NEW NUCLEAR MISSILE…in an unprecedented saber rattling display, Russians launch a missile to show their new weapons to the world? There have to be some crazy folks over there after the world has come so far toward sanity?
TWITTER…you can follow the action "live" as I "twitter" away during the various workings and happenings at the convention. It’s short, sweet and sometimes maybe hard to follow…but you’ll get a good feel of the stuff I’m going through and involved in. To follow my Twitter…go to: http://twitter.com/sanuzis
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August 29, 2008
Reaction from Michigan to Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.
"Gov. Palin is a conservative Republican with a track record of reforming government. She will strengthen Sen. McCain’s appeal to Reagan Democrats, and supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton, who are looking for a president who has the experience and temperament to be commander-in-chief. I look forward to seeing Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin in the White House in 2009." – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis.
"As a female public servant I have always tried to stay away from gender politics because of my desire to focus on getting the job done for the people, but I believe that in order to make government work better it must include both strong men and women. With this historic choice Senator McCain has clearly shown his and the Republican Party’s commitment to including every voice in our society. If the American people are truly seeking change and reform their only choice in this race is the McCain-Palin ticket." – U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.
Romney backers throw support to Palin
Supporters express surprise, then rally behind Palin
BY KATHLEEN GRAY
August 30, 2008
Michigan Republicans lauded John McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee for the party, saying her reformer image was a good fit for a maverick like McCain.
But for some, the dream ticket they had hoped for — McCain and native Michigander Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and son of Michigan Gov. George Romney — was not to be.
"I’m disappointed and surprised. But we have to move forward," said John Rakolta Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Walbridge Aldinger, a development company in Detroit and a major supporter and financial backer of Romney. "My disappointment will subside in 24 hours, and then I’ll be 150% committed to McCain."
Michigan’s GOP delegates focus on economy
Convention attendees hope to hear about revitalization plans, alternative energy.
Deb Price / The Detroit News
ST. PAUL, Minn . — With their state shaken by home foreclosures and job losses, Michigan delegates say they hope the National Republican Convention focuses on revitalizing the economy and moving toward alternative sources of energy.
"I’m hoping to hear a lot about alternative energy sources, because a lot of those jobs could come to Michigan," said Cheryl Costantino, the mayor pro tem of Harper Woods, who added that four houses on her block are in foreclosure. "That could help our economy."
Costantino is one of 60 delegates and alternates from Michigan attending the high-stakes convention that officially opens Monday night. What happens there, they say, will ultimately be felt in Michigan, depending on how well John McCain and his newly minted running mate, Sarah Palin, sell their prescription for fixing the ailing economy.
By JOHN FUND
August 30, 2008; Page A11
Even as Barack Obama gave his soaring speech Thursday night, his campaign was playing hardball with its critics. Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune’s radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz is a conservative writer who this week forced the University of Illinois to finally open its records on Sen. Obama’s association with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist.
An Obama campaign email to supporters called Mr. Kurtz a "slimy character assassin" whose "divisive, destructive ranting" should be confronted. WGN producer Zack Christenson says the outpouring of negative calls and emails is "unprecedented." He also notes that it is curious — because "we wanted the Obama campaign’s take" on Mr. Kurtz’s findings, but the campaign declined to put anyone on air.
By Jack Kelly
It’s hard to put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it, so many are amazed the Obama campaign is trying this technique.
The fire Sen. Obama wants to douse was small until his aides arrived with gas cans. For months, conservatives have been trying to direct attention to the relationship between Mr. Obama and William Ayers.
Bill Ayers was a leader of the Weather Underground, which planted bombs in the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the Vietnam war. He went on the lam after a nail bomb his group was building to kill soldiers and their wives at a dance at Fort Dix went off prematurely, killing three of the conspirators.
By Michelle Malkin
Where are all the free speech absolutists when you need them? Over the past month, left-wing partisans and Democratic lawyers have waged a brass-knuckled intimidation campaign against GOP donors, TV and radio stations, and even an investigative journalist because they have all dared to question the radical cult of Barack Obama. A chill wind blows, but where the valiant protectors of political dissent are, nobody knows.
On August 11, I called the American Civil Liberties Union national headquarters in New York for comment about the Chicago gangland tactics of one of these groups — a nonprofit called "Accountable America" that is spearheaded by a former operative of the Obama-endorsing MoveOn outfit.
By Robert Tracinski
There was a fair bit of talk about Bill Clinton’s speech Wednesday night to the Democratic convention, and Peggy Noonan even went so far as to declare that "The Master Has Arrived." But she is wrong. When it comes to political oratory, the master arrived last night at Invesco Field. Bill Clinton can give a glib speech, but there has always been something missing from his delivery. Try as he might–and he really did try–he was never able to convincingly fake sincerity. Barack Obama can fake sincerity, and that, more than the words of a speech or the pageantry that precedes it, is the key to his power as a speaker.
His speech last night was brilliant and perfect. It is too bad that the whole thing was a lie, which depended on the smoothness and apparent sincerity of Senator Obama’s delivery to lull the listener into a state of credulity and prevent him from asking too many questions.
Judge promises decision on Kilpatrick hearing Tuesday
Detroit mayor pushes for postponement as rumblings of possible plea deal linger
August 30, 2008
DETROIT – A three-day holiday weekend may seem even longer for Kwame Kilpatrick as he awaits a judge’s decision that could help seal the Detroit mayor’s political fate.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski said he will use the Labor Day weekend to decide whether to postpone Wednesday’s removal hearing before Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
"Instead of going fishing I’m going to be looking at this," said Ziolkowski, who promised a decision Tuesday after more research.
Kilpatrick: Granholm too biased
Mayor cites Macomb Daily stories as proof
By Christy Strawser
Macomb Daily Staff Writer
Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick used Macomb Daily reports to bolster accusations Gov. Jennifer Granholm is too biased to oversee removal proceedings against him.
Kilpatrick’s lawyers cited two news articles by Macomb Daily veteran political reporter Chad Selweski in a motion filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court. The stories had Granholm refusing to comment directly on the mayoral scandal following racy e-mail messages revealed in January between the mayor and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty — after both denied an affair under oath.
August 29, 2008
LANSING – A federal judge late today rejected a bid by state House Speaker Andy Dillon to undo a court order that could result in a November recall election. But Dillon plans to continue his legal fight.
U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell ruled earlier this week that a Michigan law blocking some signatures gathered in support of the recall is unconstitutional because it violates political speech rights. Bell ordered state officials to re-examine the recall petitions to see if there are enough valid signatures to make the ballot.
Dillon asked Bell to reconsider the ruling, but Bell rejected that motion today. Mark Fisk, a consultant helping Dillon fight the recall, said an appeal will be filed as early as Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals.