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MI Morning Update: MI Unemployment continues to soar under Granholm; Biden says more taxes is Patriotic

46 Days Until Election Day

September 19, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

8.9% UNEMPLOYMENT…thanks Governor Granholm, Mark Schauer and their Democrat allies for shoving through the largest tax increase in Michigan’s history.

"On taxation and regulation, Michigan gets rated by the CEO community an F," said Ed Kopko, chairman and CEO of Chief Executive magazine. "The only way you’re going to win is if you set up a system where you’re not incrementally moving up the list from 49th, to 48th and then to 43rd," Kopko said. "You’re still 43rd. Can you imagine yourself going into a store and you have 19 different brands of a product and you select the 18th best, which is also more expensive? You need to do a major call to arms. You need to change your tax structure, you need right to work, you need to work other costs out of your system or you’re destined to be at the bottom of the list."

MARK SCHAUER…was the deciding vote to pass the largest tax increase in Michigan’s history.  Will he apologize to his constituents?  Is he proud of our 8.9% unemployment rate?  Now he’s challenging Congressman Tim Walberg…oh my, that’s all we need…another tax and spend Democrat in Washington???  I guess Biden would call him a "patriot maker".  See the next post.

BIDEN CALLS PAYING HIGHER TAXES A PATRIOTIC ACT…hold on there Mr. Tax and Spend Liberal…you’ve got to be kidding.  Income distribution, increasing the size of government and creating a "nanny state" is patriotic.  Talk about someone who is completely out of touch with reality and our history.  Taxation is feeding the beast that threatens our way of life…too many elitists think they know better???

BIDEN…on taxes and on the fact that being a city councilman is harder than being a United States Senator…in his own words.

JANE ABRAHAM ON SARAH PALIN…and her interview with Sean Hannity.  Jane just posted a new "Notes from Jane" on our blog as Jane’s shares some of the latest information from the campaign trail.

8,000,000+ VIEW THIS YOUTUBE…see why over 8,000,000 Americans have viewed this youtube message from a veteran…powerful ending.

CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE…The conference will also open up Friday morning with be a three-way panel debate over which presidential candidate limited-government conservatives and libertarians should support in November featuring Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root, and Constitution Party National Chairman Jim Clymer.

WALBERG & KNOLLENBERG FIGHT FOR LOWER GAS PRICES…while Congressional Democrats control the agenda in Congress…citizens should ask, what was Congress doing if NOT voting on a comprehensive energy policy?  As gas prices at the pump continue to rise, Democrats in Washington are the problem.  Check out their votes.

RUMORS…HILLARY TO REPLACE BIDEN ON THE TICKET…some party activists and insiders are discussing the possibility of Biden "developing health problems" and stepping aside so that Hillary can become Obama’s running mate.  America would probably view this as a cynical ploy, but I’m sure the liberal media would be all over justifying and pushing this visionary "team for change".  Let’s watch how this develops.

UNIONS CHALLENGE SECRET BALLOT…CARD CHECK…Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot. The vast majority (around 81%) of Americans believe that American workers have a right to have a secret ballot election before they are forced to join a union. Last year the House Democrats passed a bill that would strip American workers of the secret ballot. A new bill should be introduced reaffirming that right, and it should be brought up again and again until marginal Democrats are forced to vote with the American people against the union power structure.  This, coming from a Teamster.

For more information go to: http://www.unionfacts.com/cardcheck/whatIsCardcheck.cfm

FACEBOOK…MIGOP SUPPORTERS…join this group to get the latest on what’s happening with the Michigan Republican Party…share your thoughts…give us some input.

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/

SLATECARD…AN EASY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR FRIENDS…Slatecard was designed to allow easy, online way to contribute and support our candidates for federal office. Please take a minute to check it out…and hopefully help.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…we are opening up new Victory Centers daily and need more and more volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors and put up lawn signs.  The response has been overwhelming, but Michigan will be the key battleground state and we need EVERY person willing to help in anyway they can.  Thanks again for all you do!  For more info click here.

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Poll: GOP brand making comeback

By DAVID PAUL KUHN | 9/18/08 6:00 PM EDT  

New polling suggests that the Republican Party is beginning to regain some of its luster and, perhaps as important, is experiencing a surge in excitement among its political base.

A new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reports that independent voters have an equally favorable opinion of both parties, 50 to 49 percent, a one-point edge for the GOP. That compares to an 18-point Democratic advantage as recently as August, a wide gap that had generally held for more than a year.

And half of registered voters overall now have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, the highest GOP ranking in three years. Slightly more voters, 55 percent, continue to have a favorable view of the Democratic Party.

 

Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 18, 9:15 AM ET
 
WASHINGTON – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the Republican campaign calls Obama’s tax increases "painful."

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less – the vast majority of American taxpayers – would receive a tax cut.

 

Hacker impersonated Palin, stole e-mail password

Sep 18 03:25 PM US/Eastern
By TED BRIDIS

WASHINGTON (AP) – Details emerged Thursday behind the break-in of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s e-mail account, including a first-hand account suggesting it was vulnerable because a hacker was able to impersonate her online to obtain her password.

The hacker guessed that Alaska’s governor had met her husband in high school, and knew Palin’s date of birth and home Zip code. Using those details, the hacker tricked Yahoo Inc.’s service into assigning a new password, "popcorn," for Palin’s e-mail account, according to a chronology of the crime published on the Web site where the hacking was first revealed.

 

The rise of Sarah Palin

Gary Andres
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Picking Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee energized John McCain’s presidential campaign like a Caribou Coffee jolt of caffeine. She produced a bump in the polls and a burst of excitement. The Arizona senator trailed Barack Obama by several points heading into the Republican convention but emerged from St. Paul either even or slightly ahead, according to the most recent surveys. Moreover, before the conventions, Democrats were more "enthusiastic" about the presidential campaign by a 57 percent to 39 percent margin. Following the Republican convention, that gap had shrunk to seven points (67 percent to 60 percent).

Yet beyond the presidential bounce, Mrs. Palin’s espresso-like enthusiasm could produce broader electoral consequences. The zeal she adds might do more than elect Mr. McCain president. The reform-minded Alaska governor could also help down ticket with Republican congressional candidates. As former Republican House leadership aide Billy Pitts told me, "This is the first time congressional candidates may ride ‘skirt tails’ to victory."

 

Will McCain Waste Palin?

By DANIEL HENNINGER

The media is turning the news into a presidential video game. "Hurricane Ike" or "Wall Street Meltdown" appears onscreen, and the media boots up Barack Obama and John McCain to see how well they talk the problem. Mostly they are speaking gobbledygook about things they barely understand. Whatever a credit default swap is, I’m against it. The public is left to wonder if they are voting for a commentator in chief or commander in chief.

The credit-market turmoil is serious, but no campaign has the information Treasury or the Fed are using to work the problem.

Rather than be dragged into the path of the financial storm, the McCain campaign especially needs to refocus on its postconvention momentum. It needs to worry about wasting the political capital Gov. Sarah Palin deposited in the Bank of McCain three weeks ago

 

Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism

By RUSH LIMBAUGH

I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama — the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change — has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.

Mr. Obama’s campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering.

Here’s the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities: "They want us to forget the insults we’ve put up with . . . the intolerance . . . they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much."

 

Poll shows tight race in 7 Big 10 states

9/18/2008, 5:19 p.m. EDT
By RYAN J. FOLEY

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Barack Obama and John McCain are statistically tied in their race for the presidency in seven of the eight states that are home to Big Ten universities, according to a poll released Thursday.

The race is within the Big Ten Battleground Poll’s margin of error in Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Obama has a 16-point lead in his home state of Illinois, a Democratic stronghold he represents in the U.S. Senate.

The poll, the inaugural from a partnership of eight Big Ten universities, asked 600 randomly selected registered voters in each of the eight states for their views on the candidates.

 

Granholm will sign bills to raise power rates, increase alternative energy

Mark Hornbeck and gary heinlein / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING — An energy package that will raise residential electric rates by up to 12 percent, require more electricity to be generated by renewable sources and put a cap on competition to the major utilities won final passage in the Legislature Thursday.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has been pushing for expansion of renewable energy for months, will sign the two bills in the long-awaited energy plan "as soon as they reach her desk," spokeswoman Liz Boyd said.

The legislation calls for 10 percent of Michigan’s electric power to come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power by 2015. Currently, about 3 percent of the state’s electricity is generated by these sources.

 

Mich. AG settles with Comerica in securities probe

9/18/2008, 3:52 p.m. EDT
By JEFF KAROUB   

DETROIT (AP) – Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Thursday that his office reached a settlement with the investment arm of Comerica Inc. over the sale of $1.46 billion in auction-rate securities.

Comerica, which did not admit or deny the allegations, has agreed to offer full buybacks to 1,500 account holders who bought the risky investments that have led to similar probes and settlements nationwide.

Comerica also has agreed to pay a $10,000 statutory fine, $100,000 to a state-run investment advocacy group and $750,000 to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the industry’s self-policing body.

 

Wall Street rallies as feds act
Rescue plan in works; markets get cash

Jeannine Aversa and Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The stock market finally found reason to rally Thursday, and Congress promised quick action as the Bush administration prepared a plan to rescue banks from the bad debt at the heart of the worst crisis on Wall Street since the Great Depression.

Details of the plan were still being worked out, but Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson emerged from a nighttime meeting on Capitol Hill to say he hoped to have a solution "aimed right at the heart of this problem."

As word of a government plan began to reach Wall Street earlier in the day, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 410 points, its biggest percentage gain in nearly six years.

 

Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela

Tony Halpin in Moscow and Alexi Mostrous in Washington

Russia defied the United States yesterday by announcing plans to sell military hardware to Iran and Venezuela. The head of the state arms exporter said that he was negotiating to sell antiaircraft systems to Iran despite American objections. Russia has already delivered 29 Tor-M1 missile systems under a $700 million (£386 million) deal with Iran in 2005.

"Contacts between our countries are continuing and we do not see any reason to suspend them," Anatoli Isaikin, the general director of Rosoboronexport, told the RIA-Novosti news agency at an arms fair in South Africa.