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MI Morning Update 9-21-2008

44 DaysUntil Election Day

September 21, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW SCHEDULE BELOW…scroll down and see who will be “in the news” this morning.

MSU vs NOTRE DAME…great game…MSU wins 23-7…but McCain-Palin were VERY popular. We handed out lapel stickers and were out of them within an hour. Norm Shinkle showed up with backup bumper stickers and more lapel stickers…again out in no time. We gave folks one each and I had some lawnsigns out in front of our tailgate and folks kept asking if they could get one! Anecdotal evidence, but MSU fans were all about McCain & Palin!!!

CHARLIE RANGEL…DEMOCRAT EMBARASSMENT…Chairman of Ways and Means and doesn’t pay his own taxes for some 20 years. Now he refers to Palin as “disabled”…suffering from “Biden in mouth” disease. However, the press seems to be giving him a “free ride” on his tax evasion…a bit hypocritical…no?

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/media.htm

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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THE REST OF THESTORY:

SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW SCHEDULE:

ABC’s ‘This Week’ – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson; Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – Paulson; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Paulson; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

CNN’s ‘Late Edition’ – Douglas Holtz Eakin, adviser to John McCain; former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

‘Fox News Sunday’ – Paulson; Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chair of the American Red Cross.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at myArticles of Interest online.

 

Mich. Messenger agrees it misstated GOP comments

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Messenger’s editorial director says the Web site misstated an Ohio GOP official’s comments in an article that said Republicans were planning to challenge homeowners on foreclosure lists to keep them from voting.

Republicans have denied that accusation and demanded that comments from two GOP officials in the story be corrected or retracted.

Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Preisse told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a reporter for The Michigan Messenger took comments he made to The Columbus Dispatch and twisted them out of context.

Murdoch: Obama’s economic policies are ‘naive’

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said he doesn’t regret the New York Post endorsing John McCain, even as some say the Republican ticket is the weaker choice for voters concerned about the economy.

"I am very worried," Murdoch said during an interview Friday with Fox Business Network. "I like Sen. Obama very much. I have met him. He is a very intelligent man. But his policy of anti-globalization, protectionism, is going to be — and card checks — are going to do two or three things. It’s going to give us a lot of inflation. They’re going to ruin our relationships with the rest of the world. And they are going to slow down the rest of the world, too. And they’re going to make people frightened to add to employment. You are going to find companies leaving this country if it’s — if you put a protectionist wall around it. You’re going to get — his policy is really very, very naive, old-fashioned, 1960s."

Murdoch also was asked about the television business, asked if he thinks if GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt is being truthful when he says the company has no interest in selling NBC.

Bailout plan costliest rescue in U.S. history

Donald Lambro

The administration’s emergency plan to buy up bad mortgages and other unmarketable assets will be the costliest economic rescue in U.S. history, pushing the government’s annual budget deficit to more than $700 billion and preventing the next president from making good on many, if any, expensive campaign promises.

Private economists and former government officials estimated the massive cost to taxpayers of the latest bailout plan, now being written by Treasury officials and congressional leaders, at between $500 billion and $1 trillion.

That price tag would come on top of the several hundred billion dollars the government has already committed to backstop the investment bank Bear Stearns, the insurer American International Group Inc. and the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – all efforts to prevent a spiral of bankruptcies that threatened both the U.S. and global economy.

Palin to meet with Afghan president next week

WASHINGTON – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai this coming week in New York, campaign officials for GOP nominee John McCain confirmed Saturday.

Karzai and other world leaders will convene in New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. Both McCain and Palin planned to be in New York during that time, in part so McCain can introduce the Alaska governor to the foreign dignitaries assembled there.

McCain campaign officials said Palin may have meetings with other world leaders, but declined to say which ones.

Kilpatrick’s Cash Stash

(WXYZ) – With Kwame Kilpatrick awaiting the start of his jail term, our Chief Investigative Reporter Steve Wilson has some new details on the former mayor’s finances. Those details may help answer a question still on the lips of countless Detroiters–now that Kilpatrick’s among the unemployed, how is he going to support his family, not to mention paying off all his expensive lawyers?

Could he benefit, as he has before, from his Kilpatrick Civic Fund or one of the other special tax-exempt funds or foundations he and his family have set up?

Direct public support: reported to be slightly more than $600,000, with two-thirds of it reported to have been spent, leaving nearly a quarter-million dollars in the bank at the end of last year.

McCain tries anti-Chavez ad to lure Hispanics

By Stephen Dinan

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain released a commercial Friday linking Sen. Barack Obama to anti-American rants by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in the hope that Hispanic voters’ disdain for the divisive Latin American leader will pay off at the polls.

In the ad – replete with bleeps to cover up Mr. Chavez’s repeated expletives in condemning Americans – the McCain campaign charges that Mr. Obama would meet unconditionally with Mr. Chavez and other anti-American foreign leaders. "Do you believe we should talk with Chavez?" the announcer asks.

The McCain campaign said Hispanic voters are particularly open to the message because many of them are immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking to escape the sort of political tactics Mr. Chavez employs.

Seeking a President Who Gives Goose Bumps? So’s Obama

By MAUREEN DOWD

Now that he’s finally fired up on the soup-line economy, Barack Obama knows he can’t fade out again. He was eager to talk privately to a Democratic ex-president who could offer more fatherly wisdom — not to mention a surreptitious smoke — and less fraternal rivalry. I called the “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin (yes, truly) to get a read-out of the meeting. This is his account:

BARACK OBAMA knocks on the front door of a 300-year-old New Hampshire farmhouse while his Secret Service detail waits in the driveway. The door opens and OBAMA is standing face to face with former President JED BARTLET….

State will be ready for heavy voter turnout

BY TERRI LYNN LAND

While the results of the Nov. 4 election won’t be known until after the polls close, one thing already is certain: All eligible Michigan voters have the opportunity to cast ballots and can do so with confidence that their votes will count.

My assurance is based not only on Michigan’s distinguished record of election integrity, but also on the unwavering commitment of state and local election officials to make certain that every voter’s voice is heard.

Here’s what you need to know about participating on Election Day:

Truthiness Stages a Comeback

By FRANK RICH

NOT until 2004 could the 9/11 commission at last reveal the title of the intelligence briefing President Bush ignored on Aug. 6, 2001, in Crawford: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” No wonder John McCain called for a new “9/11 commission” to “get to the bottom” of 9/14, when the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off another kind of blood bath in Lower Manhattan. Put a slo-mo Beltway panel in charge, and Election Day will be ancient history before we get to the bottom of just how little he and the president did to defend America against a devastating new threat on their watch.

For better or worse, the candidacy of Barack Obama, a senator-come-lately, must be evaluated on his judgment, ideas and potential to lead. McCain, by contrast, has been chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, where he claims to have overseen “every part of our economy.” He didn’t, thank heavens, but he does have a long and relevant economic record that begins with the Keating Five scandal of 1989 and extends to this campaign, where his fiscal policies bear the fingerprints of Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina. It’s not the résumé that a presidential candidate wants to advertise as America faces its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. That’s why the main thrust of the McCain campaign has been to cover up his history of economic malpractice.

Pact on Debates Will Let McCain and Obama Spar

By PATRICK HEALY

The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.