64 Days Until Election Day
September 1, 2008
CONVENTION UPDATE…At the recommendation of Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican National Convention announced substantial changes to the convention’s program and actions being taken to help with Hurricane Gustav relief efforts. On Monday, all program activities beyond the official business that must be conducted in accordance with party rules will be cancelled.
The Affected States Working Group is comprised of a group of representatives from each of the states in Hurricane Gustav’s path. The group will ensure that all affected delegates have information and assistance in real time.
The Affected States Working Group is led by all five state party chairs from the affected area along with other delegation officials. The purpose of the group will be to regularly brief their delegates and convention planners, provide access to timely information and assistance, and give input on appropriate steps that can be taken from Minnesota.
HOOGENDYK LAUNCHES BLOOD DRIVE…taking the lead, Jack Hoogendyk as organized the Michigan Republican delegation to put on a blood drive with the local Red Cross to prepare for the after effects of Gustav. Hundreds of delegate from not only Michigan, but other states have expressed an interest in participating in the blood drive. We will start the drive Tuesday morning at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN. More details to follow.
MICHIGAN LUNCHEON…at the Dakota Jazz Club was a big hit. Congressmen Mike Rogers and Pete Hoekstra joined the delegation along with other elected officials at the convention. From there many worked their way over to the premier of the “An American Carol”…which received nothing but awesome reviews.
COX – GORDIE HOWE AUTOGRAPH PARTY…in what has to be one of the all time best events I have ever attended at a convention, Attorney General Mike Cox has “Red Wing Style” jerseys made up for “Team Cox”. Each was personalize for every delegate and Gordie Howe autographed jerseys and puck throughout the evening. A great memory and experience…the jersey I plan on framing!
PALIN FEVER GROWS…the more we learn, the more there is to like. The working mother of 5 who is Governor of Alaska is a hot commodity and in big demand…already. We have received requests for her campaign stops from around the state. This common sense conservative who’s know as a reformer continues to excite the grassroots nationwide.
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.
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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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By NATHAN THORNBURGH / WASILLA, ALASKA
It’s Friday night, and there have got to be 500 people packed into the Sluice Box, a beer-soaked clapboard honky-tonk at the Alaska State Fair — the state’s biggest event all year — just down the highway from Governor Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. The legendary Hobo Jim, Alaska’s official state balladeer, the guy who has opened sessions of the legislature with a song, is onstage, working blue.
"Here’s to the girl from the great Northwest," he sings, "with tits as hard as a hornet’s nest." The crowd whistles its approval.
For the record, he’s not singing about Palin, though the curvature and comeliness of McCain’s surprise vice-presidential nominee pick are brought up by just about everyone here, man and woman, in a way that would make lower-48 liberals and feminists cringe. Palin-friendly talk show hosts gush how she’ll wow ’em with her toughness — and her legs. State fair t-shirt vendor Kevin Beagley says he remembers one particular customer last year who bought a few t-shirts that said "Alaska: The Coldest State with the Hottest Governor". The buyer? Palin’s own father, Chuck Heath.
By putting the relatively unknown governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, on his presidential ticket, John McCain has demonstrated that rarest of all political qualities: willingness to take a real risk on a serious new venture with great potential. It’s a sign of confidence, not desperation.
If the response from the conservative base is any indication, McCain has hit a home run with the Palin selection. A sullen GOP, set to vote reluctantly, if at all, for the “maverick” (some say unprincipled) senator from Arizona, has suddenly become electrified. In the first 36 hours after McCain announced his pick, $7 million in new contributions poured in online. This isn’t because Palin is making history as the first woman on a GOP ticket. It’s because of the type of woman and politician that she is. She’s a normal person, a mother and wife, who entered politics in 1992 by running for city council in Wasilla, Alaska to oppose tax hikes. She became mayor and swept a bunch of cronies out of the bureaucracy. She ran for, and lost, a race for lieutenant governor. She served on the state’s Oil and Gas Commission, where she went after the corrupt state GOP chairman, who had taken money from oil companies. In 2006, she ran for governor and won, after first beating the Republican incumbent for the nomination.
By Debra Saunders
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — Bingo.
For weeks, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been the Republican whom conservatives barely dared to hope could become John McCain’s pick as his running mate.
For Republicans angry at Washington’s big-spending bonanza when Republicans controlled the White House and Congress, Palin, like McCain, is an antidote. She is the Alaskan who pulled state support for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere and bucked Alaska’s congressional and state Republican leaders.
For social conservatives, the mother of five has impeccable credentials. She’s a member of Feminists for Life, who walked the walk in April when she gave birth to a son, shown by genetic testing to have Down syndrome. "I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection," she said of her son, Trig. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"
Deb Price / The Detroit News
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Henry Hatter, one of Michigan’s few African-American delegates at this week’s Republican National Convention, says he loves to watch white friends’ faces when he says why he’s voting for a white presidential candidate over a black one.
"I say, ‘Well, then (as a white person) should you have nominated Barack Obama? Shouldn’t I have the same choice that you have given yourself?’ "
Hatter, the John McCain chairman of Genesee County and an honorary delegate, says he has no trouble voting for McCain over Democrat Barack Obama because he votes based on policies, not on race.
By RANDALL CHASE | Associated Press Writer
DOVER, Del. (AP) _ Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.
Officials with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s campaign released Biden’s Selective Service records at the request of The Associated Press. Less detailed records were available from a National Archives facility in Philadelphia.
According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law student at Syracuse University. A month after undergoing a physical exam in April 1968, Biden received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency.
Compiled from reports by staff writers Kathleen Gray and Chris Christoff – Detroit Free Press
It was a quintessential setting along the Mississippi River in Minnesota:
The campfires were burning — albeit in metal containers — and the s’mores were gooey.
The walleye — Minnesota’s state fish — were pan fried and waiting in heated metal serving trays. And the bratwursts were browned and plump, ready for the taking.
The scene at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis greeted members of the Michigan delegation Saturday night as state GOP chairman Saul Anuzis hosted a reception for the weary travelers who drove or flew to Minnesota for the Republican National Convention.
GLEN JOHNSON ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) – The traditional festive opening of a national political convention was overshadowed by cancellations Monday, as John McCain and GOP officials tried to balance the desire to invigorate their partisans with showing empathy for those in Hurricane Gustav’s path.
Monday’s seven-hour program was pared back to roughly three, all of it strictly business and none of it in prime time. Network anchors who had planned to be in Minnesota instead were dispatched to the Gulf Coast. Democrats stood down in the war room they’d established to give rapid response to the Republicans.
And the delegates themselves shifted their gaze from the convention podium to their relatives, friends and neighbors along the Gulf Coast.
Deb Price / The Detroit News
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Michigan Republican delegates pitched in at a silent auction Sunday night to raise money to help any Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Gustav.
The silent auction was added to a party hosted by Attorney General Mike Cox. While delegates worried aloud about the damage Gustav might cause the Gulf Coast, they also enjoyed meeting hockey legend Gordie "Mr. Hockey" Howe, the star draw of the night.
The looming hurricane has thrown the Republican National Convention into uncertainty, but delegates took it in stride, creatively figuring out ways to be helpful.
Jennifer Mrozowski and David Josar / The Detroit News
DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is ready to quit, but prosecutors won’t bite on his last-ditch offer to bring in an outside facilitator to break a stalemate in plea talks over jail time.
Kilpatrick’s lawyers want an arbitrator to review an offer in which the mayor would plead guilty to two felonies, agree to a lengthy list of punishments that includes fines, a loss of his pension and five years’ probation — but serve no time behind bars, according to two sources close to the talks.
His lawyers are frustrated by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s insistence Kilpatrick go to jail. They hope a facilitator would persuade her that the deal is "politically palatable" and similar to penalties anyone facing similar felonies would receive, a source close to the mayor said.
Restitution, multiple felonies and an end to his law license are all part of a deal offered to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, according to reports.
The Detroit Free Press said the mayor would plead guilty to at least two felonies, pay a six-figure restitution and agree not to run for office for two years under a plea deal offered by his lawyers.
The paper says the deal would mean Mayor Kilpatrick would automatically lose the mayor’s office and his law license. Also under the proposal he would sign over his state pension and benefits to the City of Detroit, do 300 hours of community service and serve up to five years probation.