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Michigan Articles of Interest 8-31-08

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65 Days Until Election Day

August 31, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

MCCAIN-PALIN…still the talk of the town. The more we find out, the more everyone likes the possibilities. Every other state chair I have spoken to has reported overwhelming excitement and support for the new ticket. Volunteers are calling in and looking for Victory Centers…donations have picked up…our party is clearly excited! MICHIGAN WELCOMING NIGHT IN MINNEAPOLIS…was a great hit at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. Michigan participants and friends from around the country gathered to kick off the convention activities. Some of our guests include Grover Norquist of ATR, David Keane-President of the American Conservative Union, Congressman Pete Hoekstra, some 30 plus state chairs from around the country, an American Idol star and MICHIGAN Republicans! Thanks to all who participated.

MRS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON…I can’t help but think of Governor Palin as the quintessential “citizen politician” who takes on Washington and the establishment in the spirit of the old “Mr. Smith” who went to Washington. The difference is she was a Republican who turned down a pork barrel spending project to build the “bridge to no where” on behalf of the taxpayers of her state. Sarah Palin is a working mother of 5, who knows and shares the challenges of middle America. This is not another “Harvard” know it all, dictating public policy from above that drive us into a recession. This is someone who not only “feels” our pain, but understand and lives in the real word. She walks to walk. She’s one of us. I feel like the old Reagan coalition of “cultural conservatives” who stood up for the “average American” is back. It’s about those who shop at Walmart, not those on Wall Street. It’s us “bitter” Americans who go to church, hunt and love our God and our country. This is a debate I can’t wait to take to the American people!!!

KARL ROVE…yesterday at the SC Chairman Katon Dawson’s breakfast, Rove gave a fantastic presentation and laid out the argument of why John McCain should be our next President. He was clearly on top of his game.

AD MAN FRED DAVIS…was also at the SC breakfast and showed some of his creative work in different campaigns and where the McCain campaign was going with it’s themes and ads. There was some really great stuff.

OAKLAND COUNTY GOP…Republican grassroots volunteers are making a real difference this weekend in Oakland County. A combined effort of the McCain and Knollenberg teams, along with our Oakland County Republican Party, has generated volunteers to support our campaign efforts at a booth at the Arts, Eats and Beats festival. About 250,000 visitors are expected this holiday weekend. More below.

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/

MACOMB RALLY WITH HOOGENDYK….TO JOIN MCCAIN-PALIN RALLY…Hoogendyk supporter will rally in front of Carl Levin’s office in the morning and head over to the McCain-Palin rally in the afternoon. Join folks here for a great day of politics.

For more info and tickets to the rally email: [email protected]

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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OAKLAND COUNTY GOP…COUNTY CHAIR DENNIS COWAN REPORS…Republican grassroots volunteers are making a real difference this weekend in Oakland County. A combined effort of the McCain and Knollenberg teams, along with our Oakland County Republican Party, has generated volunteers to support our campaign efforts at a booth at the Arts, Eats and Beats festival. About 250,000 visitors are expected this holiday weekend.The response has been terrific. People are seeking out our booth. The dialogue and support has been fantastic. We’ve reached voters from not only Oakland, but Macomb, Wayne and Livingston counties. When I had a chance to walk the festival with my family , we clearly had more folks walking around with McCain stickers than the opposition.

At one point, the crowd was so large around our booth I noticed an Obama volunteer who had left his booth the next street over to try and find a few Dems . By the way, Obama’s HQ for Oakland County is in a storefront in the middle of the festival, so we are taking them on right in their own turf ! Our volunteers spirits have been further lifted by visits from County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Congressman Joe Knollenberg. Two important observations: 1)the enthusiasm for Senator McCain is real and 2) the support of his choice of Gov. Palin is over the top! I had 70 year old grandmothers giving me a thumbs up and one given gave me a kiss accompanied by "Thank Senator McCain for me, it’s about time!" The comments from women visitors are ones of high praise.

Special thanks to Jim Thienel and the North Oakland County Republican Club for all the volunteers and to Mike Brownfield and the Knollenberg team for showing up in force. I am going to hate to leave Sunday to head out for Minneapolis! Dennis Cowan, Chairman/Oakland County Republican Party. PS The NORC team made up 80 buttons with photos of McCain and Palin on them and sold out Friday night. As of 3pm they were almost sold out of today’s allotment. The hottest button in town!

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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Can McCain do it?

Jennifer Harper

Navy brat, fighter jock, POW, survivor, hero, husband, father of seven, lawmaker, presidential nominee. Insurgent, of course. Maverick always.

Sen. John McCain has been there, done that for seven decades, while cameras rolled, pundits sputtered and the tides of the Republican Party rose and fell, for better or worse.

Is "president" next on the roster? The prospect requires a steady but exquisitely sensitive hand on the throttle. Mr. McCain has just nine weeks to unite a fractious GOP, assuage conservatives, neutralize a hostile press, assume a presidential posture, snap up swing voters and reassure Americans in general that they will live happily ever after, or at least until 2012.

Michigan GOP delegates arrive early for convention, tout Palin

Deb Price / The Detroit News

MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan Republican delegates partied Saturday night along the Mississippi River here, feasting on roasted corn and raving about their new vice presidential candidate.

While the "Welcome Michigan Delegates" event technically was to honor Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, Anuzis kept himself low-key, skipping a speech and instead mingling with folks gathered at tables decorated with such Minnesota-themed handicrafts as canoes and cabins.

The Republican National Convention officially gets under way Monday, but most Michigan delegates had arrived by Saturday, traveling by car, plane and rail. The week will include a mix of speeches, votes for their presidential and vice presidential ticket, idea swapping and fun mixers like Sunday’s jazz brunch.

Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams

Sarah Baxter

When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain’s running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once and for all”, it was an electrifying moment in a presidential election that had already produced its share of upsets and surprises.

History was on the march again the morning after Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept his party’s White House nomination. After the fireworks, the 80,000-strong crowd who had cheered Obama to the skies at the Mile High stadium in Denver woke up with a hangover.

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”

Mich. delegates to Republican National Convention

Associated Press

The list of Michigan delegates going to the Republican National Convention, according to the Michigan Republican Party. Although the full 60-member delegation is attending, only half get to vote. The penalty was applied by the national party for breaking party rules by moving up the state’s presidential primary to Jan. 15.

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VOTING DELEGATES:

–Kevin Elsenheimer, Kewadin, District 1

–Joel Westrom, Marquette, District 1

–Joan Runnels, Irons, District 2

–Robert Springstead, Fremont, District 2

–Dave Dishaw, Wyoming, District 3…..

Who can speak about the real Obama?

Charles Krauthammer

Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.

Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States. A leap of such audacity is odd. The air of unease at the Democratic convention this week was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments — bearing even fewer witnesses.

When John Kerry was introduced at his convention four years ago, an honor guard of a dozen mates from his Vietnam days surrounded him on the podium attesting to his character and readiness to lead. Such personal testimonials are the norm. The roster of fellow soldiers or fellow senators who could from personal experience vouch for John McCain is rather long. At a less partisan date in the calendar, that roster might even include Democrats Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy, with whom John McCain has worked to fashion important legislation.

KUHNER: Doomed to defeat

Jeffrey Kuhner
Sunday, August 31, 2008

COMMENTARY:

They nominated the wrong candidate.

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s speech on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver demonstrated the Democrats made a fatal mistake by choosing Mr. Obama to be their standardbearer. She was sharp, focused and effective.

More important, Mrs. Clinton’s brand of pragmatic liberalism, which targets working- and middle-class voters, resonates with mainstream Americans in a way Mr. Obama’s romantic, messianic movement does not. She champions bread-and-butter issues. He talks about a "new kind of politics" that promises to transform Washington and drive special interests, lobbyists and money-changers from the political temple.

Mr. Obama, however, has abandoned the fundamental basis of his candidacy – the basis that propelled him to victory in the Democratic primaries: his claim to be an authentic, honest, post-ideological and post-racial politician. He vowed he was different from the old guard that has dominated Washington. He was the anti-establishment maverick, someone who would simultaneously smash the venal Clinton machine and the corrupt Bush Republicans – while ushering in a new post-partisanship era.

CHAPMAN: Obama and big government
Steve Chapman COMMENTARY:

There are no disciples of small government in the Democratic Party, and Barack Obama fits right in. His economic program is based on the assumption that the economy is to the president what a marionette is to a puppeteer, requiring his direction and responding to his every wish.

Anyone partial to free markets, restrained government, fiscal discipline and light taxation approaches a Democratic nominee’s economic platform with trepidation, expecting one fright after another. Mr. Obama does not disappoint.

He offers a long list of things the federal government should be doing to rearrange the nation’s productive sector – paying U.S. automakers to build fuel-efficient vehicles, confiscating allegedly excessive oil profits, and spending hundreds of billions to create jobs in environmental and infrastructure industries. Democrats have not given up their basic faith that the market, while useful, always needs Washington’s whip hand.

Stryker Corp. Defrauds Taxpayer and then calls investigation "oppressive"

by: chetly

Here’s one for the books. Jon Stryker and his medical supplies company now claims that a federal investigation into his alleged over-billing is oppressive in asking for too many documents, according to this Matthew Perrone AP wire report. And its not like the government hasn’t found anything in the past – Stryker already agreed to a partial settlement.

So now, it is resisting further document productions, claiming its 300,000 page production was enough. Having been involved in document productions of larger than size as a sub-contracted worker responsible for numbering and sequencing such documents in an anti-trust investigation, I can say the 90% of such productions are intentionally reduplicated documents (same memo from every person who received it) and meaningless fluff documents including the manual for how to fix the kitchen sink in the office. So Stryker’s fraud-meisters have apparently exhausted that route, and are now on the resistance route.

Mayor’s Attorneys Offer Plea Deal

DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s attorneys offered a plea deal to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to settle Kilpatrick’s criminal case without a trial.

Under the proposed deal, the mayor would resign, plead guilty to at least two felony charges, pay a six-figure restitution and not run for office for 2 years, Rescue 4 Investigators confirmed.

To avoid prison time, Kilpatrick would do 300 hours of community service with disabled and homeless people, be on probation for 5 years, surrender his law license and sign over his state pension to the city.

Kilpatrick’s crisis shuts down city progress

STEPHEN HENDERSON

If you can get anyone in Detroit city government to talk honestly about the state of affairs these days, a frightening phrase creeps quickly into the conversation: operational disaster.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s troubles and his brain cramp over resigning have put vital areas of city governance on utter hold, leading to a dangerous paralysis that will have consequences for years to come.

I’m not talking about downtown development, one of Kilpatrick’s more creditable achievements. And I’m not talking, either, about "keeping the grass cut," which has been the administration’s way of saying everything’s fine, even though the mayor is in and out of court, jail, and on a tether.