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MI Morning Update 9-3-2008

62 Days Until Election Day

September 3, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

CONVENTION ACTIVITIES…BREAKFAST…Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land hosted yesterdays breakfast. She had guest from Chrysler and AT&T address our delegation. We were able to secure a very special guest to fill in for Governor Haley Barbour…our First Lady Laura Bush.
Mrs. Bush delivered a great message and stressed how important Michigan could be and said Michigan could be the Ohio of the 2008 election. She was gracious and elegant as ever!

BLOOD DRIVE…the Red Cross set up a blood drive at our hotel as Michigan delegates and members from other states joined us to donate blood for possible use to assist in Hurricane Gustav relief efforts. It was a great effort on behalf of Michigan Republicans and we want to thank US Senate candidate Jack Hoogendyk for leading this effort.

REPUBLICAN EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE TWIN CITIES…members of the Michigan delegation attended various events and seminars throughout the day. The American Solutions workshop hosted by Newt Gingrich, the NAM conference with Mike Huckabee, the Mitt Romney reception and many more provided a great opportunity to share our Republican message for the future.

CONVENTION IN FULL SWING….we kicked off a pretty normal round of activities for yesterday’s convention session. Speakers included President Bush via teleconference, Senator Fred Thompson who delivered and awesome description of the character that made up John McCain. Senator Lieberman delivered a convincing argument of why Republicans, Democrats and Independents need to join together to elect John McCain our next President.

I spent the session in the stands sending down delegates and alternates with my badge so they could experience the floor. Today we will make another extended effort to rotate our alternates and guest onto the floor.

EVENING PARTY…we ended the night at “Auqua” with our last delegation evening event which was a huge success. We had live entertainment and a cigar bar set up outside which brought in guest from around the country. Thanks again to all our sponsors and friends who helped make this memorable evening.

MICHIGAN RALLY…Please join John McCain, Cindy McCain and the Vice Presidential Nominee, Governor Sarah Palin at a Road to Victory Rally on September 5th in Sterling Heights, MI. The doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the program begins at 5:00 p.m. As the Senator, Mrs. McCain and the VP Nominee continue the momentum traveling across the country after next week’s National Convention, they would be delighted to have you join them at this rally.

Please pick up a free ticket to join us. You can reserve a ticket to pick up at one of our ticket distribution centers by following this link or email us at [email protected].

 

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GOP Appears Ready to Move Beyond Bush

By Michael Abramowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer

ST PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2 — When George W. Bush’s image was beamed inside the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night, the Republican faithful roared in appreciation of the man who led them to victory in the past two presidential elections. But the party’s titular leader has been largely an afterthought for Republicans this week, the speech from the White House not even carried on network television after his originally scheduled appearance Monday night was washed out by Hurricane Gustav.

The way things happened may reflect some of the ambivalence that Bush’s party — and Sen. John McCain’s advisers — feel about the president. While many delegates largely respect Bush for his values and wartime leadership, he has bequeathed McCain a difficult political landscape that practically demands that the senator from Arizona run a campaign distancing himself from the Bush administration.

Lieberman calls Obama young, untested

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential pick eight years ago, on Tuesday criticized his former party’s nominee as an untested candidate unwilling to challenge powerful interest groups as both Republican John McCain and one-time Democratic President Clinton have done.

Playing his former party’s spoiler, the Democrat-turned-Independent called McCain — not Democratic nominee Barack Obama — the best choice to lead the country forward in his prime-time address to the Republican National Convention.

"Sen. Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead," Lieberman said. "But my friends, eloquence is no substitute for a record — not in these tough times for America."

McCain, a leader for all civilizations, says former rival

Republican John McCain has the kind of character that civilizations throughout history have "sought in their leaders," former presidential hopeful and actor Fred Thompson said Tuesday.

As the Republican party convention finally got underway for real, Thompson outlined to delegates why he believed McCain, his former rival in the 2008 White House race, should be elected the next US president.

"This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor," Thompson said according to excerpts of his speech.

"It’s pretty clear there are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, ‘Who is this man?’ and ‘Can we trust this man with the presidency?’"

He also praised McCain’s reputation as a crusader against corruption and cronyism.

McCain lashes out at press over Palin

By JONATHAN MARTIN

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Faced with tough questions about Sarah Palin, John McCain’s campaign and other Republicans are responding with a defensive crouch — lashing out at the media to deflect Palin from scrutiny and to rally a party base that has fallen hard for the conservative Alaska governor.

McCain aides, responding to questions about Palin’s qualifications to be vice president as well as her family life — including her pregnant and unwed teenage daughter — have aggressively turned the tables on the media by questioning reporters’ motives and suggesting a sexist double-standard.

Throughout the party, at at various venues throughout the Twin Cities, other Republicans have picked up the media-bashing banner, knowing instinctively that little else can better rally the spirits of their faithful than pitting the purportedly “liberal media" against their new shining star.

Palin to speak, pressured to show she’s right for VP

BY KATHLEEN GRAY and TODD SPANGLER • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A whirlwind week has brought Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to tonight’s national stage to deliver the biggest speech of her life, after presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign slapped down rumors and innuendo Tuesday to defend his choice of Palin as running mate.

Republicans have largely embraced the choice of the 44-year-old first-term governor — who by her own admission is not far removed from being your average hockey mom — showing confidence that she can bring women, independents and working-class voters to the ticket.

Leading the Michigan pro-Palin charge is U.S. Rep. Candice Miller of Harrison Township, who supported former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the Michigan presidential primary.

"Here’s a woman who has really taken on the good old boys and the power structure," Miller said Tuesday. "She obviously is not afraid of a fight. And if this election is all about change, she’s the only outsider on the ticket."

Kilpatrick’s sorry spectacle has got to end

Will today be the beginning of the end? The people can only hope, with Gov. Jennifer Granholm, courts willing, scheduled to open her hearing on the Detroit City Council’s request that she use her authority under the state Constitution to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office.

Remember that old state tourism slogan, "Say Yes! To Michigan"? Well, today is the governor’s chance to do just that by saying "No more!" to Kilpatrick, who has clogged up the courts and paralyzed the city, indeed the state, for months by clinging to his office and hiring lawyers to take every issue raised against him to a high-noon standoff.

It’s past time to end the drama and let the city start recovering under new leadership.

In the state of New York, they seem to have long forgotten about Eliot Spitzer, the former governor who resigned shortly after getting caught as a customer in a high-priced prostitution ring. There’s a new governor who even gave a speech last week at the Democratic National Convention.

Detroit voters want mayor out

BY TOM WALSH • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

Nearly 74% of Detroit voters view Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick unfavorably and 69% say he should resign from office, according to a new poll commissioned by the Detroit Renaissance group of business leaders.

Industrialist and former basketball star Dave Bing was the top-rated potential mayoral successor by respondents to the telephone poll of 600 Detroit voters conducted Aug. 8-11 by the Glengariff Group Inc. of Chicago.

Until recently, most Detroit area corporate leaders and their major business groups, Detroit Renaissance and the Detroit Regional Chamber, were conspicuously silent about the mayoral scandal that had engulfed the city since January.

Detroit Mayor Removal Hearings Begin Wednesday

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will begin her removal hearing for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The hearing was not finalized until 7: 40 p.m. Tuesday when three Michigan Court of Appeals judges agreed with a Circuit Court Judge that the courts would not interfere with the hearing, despite requests from Kilpatrick’s lawyers.

On Tuesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski declined to stop the hearing under the governor’s constitutional power to expel a public official for misconduct.

State Appeals Court Won’t Stop Gov Hearings

WWJ Newsroom Reporting

Detroit (WWJ/AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals won’t stop Gov. Jennifer Granholm from holding a hearing Wednesday that could lead to the ouster of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday night after hearing arguments from Kilpatrick’s lawyers and the governor’s legal team.

Earlier Tuesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski refused to stop the hearing Tuesday. Kilpatrick’s lawyers had claimed Granholm is biased.

The judge rejected arguments that Granholm is biased and that Michigan law is vague about the definition of misconduct. He said the mayor’s right to “just and fair treatment” also doesn’t apply — citingcase law from several cases.

Make Michigan’s property tax system simpler

Carl Davis

Michigan property taxes are behaving a bit strangely. Despite home values falling in many parts of the state, property tax bills are actually increasing.

Although this bizarre occurrence is understandably frustrating to many Michiganians, the truth is that this is an essential component of the state’s ill-conceived Prop A property tax cap.

To understand why, it’s necessary to take a quick look at the complex design of the cap.