MI Morning Update: Romney in MI, Grassroots continues to answer the call

29 Days Until Election Day

October 6, 2008


"Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

-Governor Sarah Palin, Republican Nominee for Vice President


GOV. MITT ROMNEY IN MICHIGAN…this week, Governor Romney will be traveling around the state raising money for the Michigan Republicans and House Republican Campaign Committee.  Mitt Romney continues to be a big supporter of Michigan Republicans and will be doing events in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit.

GRASSROOTS EFFORTS PICKING UP…as we reorganize Victory Centers and Call Centers around the state, volunteers continue to make calls, knock on doors and make contributions to fight for Republican candidates up and down the ticket.  Please check this link for a Victory Center near you.  We need you now, more than ever.

MICHIGAN YOUTH EFFORT GROWS…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JUMP IN…our Michigan Youth Counts effort, designed to stop the "brain drain" this weekend were in Battle Creek making phone calls, knocking on doors with local candidates for State Representative.  Next weekend they’re heading to Oakland County. For more information please contract Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected]

MICHIGAN MATTERS…about 30 minutes after I received the call notifying me of the McCain campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan, I was in the studio with Democrat Chair Mark Brewer and taped this commentary…immediately adjusting our strategy and pointing out that there are "other" races that are important to the voters of Michigan.  Our Republican ticket needs your help.

JOE KNOLLENBERG’S NEW TV COMMERCIAL…great stuff…Joe delivers for his district, he delivers for Michigan.  Check out his newest commercial.

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS…small business owners and employees are the neglected constituency in this year’s election. There are millions of them. Small businesses employ 50% of American workers and create 70% of new jobs. Small business is angry with Washington. But small business is even angrier at the prospect of ruinous Obama-Pelosi-Reid taxes and regulations.  Reach out…we need their votes.

FREDDIE MAC AND FANNIE MAE…so what happened?  How did we get here?  Even Saturday Night Live makes fun of the Democrats denials.  Check out this commercial that puts things in perspective.

SNL SKIT ON FINANCIAL BAILOUTS…. the Democrats are NOT going to like this one.

THE PALIN LOOK…so this weekend I went to my son’s football game and saw three different girls that were wearing their hair in the "Palin look". Hmmm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER…we are going to keep as many Victory Centers open as possible and need 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.

THIS ISSUE WILL BURY AMERICAN JOBS…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.  Click here for more information.

TALK RADIO 1400 AM…I’ve become a weekly guest on the Hughes Sullivan Show on WDTK-AM 1400, which is broadcast in metro Detroit every evening.  I am scheduled to regularly appear Mondays and Fridays between 9:05-9:45 pm. This week I’ll be on both Monday and Tuesday before the debate.  Good, conservative talk radio.  You can hear it online at  http://wdtkam.townhall.com/  

EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE MICHIGAN HOUSE VOTED TO INCREASE TAXES ….every one. We can change this. We have the most outstanding crop of candidates running that we have had in many election cycles. The difference between winning and losing in many of the hotly contested races is money….money to let voters know who is looking out for them. With only a month to go, your help could make the difference.

Please support Michigan House Republicans in their fight for UPCOMING HOUSE REPUBLICAN fundraising events:

GOPtoberfest with Special Guest Governor Mitt Romney
October 8,  4-6 PM at The Christman Building, 208 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933  $300 per ticket

West Michigan House Republican Reception
October 16, 6-8 PM at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546  $200 per ticket

For more information, to RSVP, or to make a contribution, please call the House Republican Campaign Committee at 517-679-2731.



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Economy looms large in Michigan’s US Senate race

by Tim Martin 
Monday October 06, 2008, 6:15 AM

LANSING – Michigan’s economic misery topped the list of issues in the U.S. Senate race long before the debate over rescuing the U.S. financial industry came up. It’s even bigger now as uncertainty swirls around what’s next for the nation’s economy.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Detroit Democrat and Michigan’s longest serving U.S. senator, said his vote last Wednesday in support of the $700 billion rescue plan was made "with many qualms." His Republican opponent, state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, said it’s a vote he wouldn’t have made at all.


Detroit Got Its Bailout

New York Times

While the White House and Congress have been embroiled in negotiations over the $700 billion bailout of the nation’s bedraggled banks, another bailout of sorts passed Congress just under the radar: $25 billion in subsidized loans for Detroit’s bedraggled automakers. The burst of government generosity last week inspires two thoughts. There is a long list of troubled industries that could easily put government billions to good use. But public finances are looking more stretched with each passing bailout. So it is probably a good idea for Congress, and the administration, to refrain from giving another big chunk of the corporate sector more money, at least for the time being.

Moreover, while the money is ostensibly meant to further the cause of fuel efficiency, we fear Detroit’s automakers will be tempted to put it to other uses. The Department of Energy, which is in charge of writing detailed criteria for car companies to get the loans, should include a provision for strict oversight of the program to ensure that the money is not diverted to other purposes. The loans are limited to plants that have been around for at least 20 years, which pretty much limits the help to the gas-guzzling trio from Michigan and three Honda plants. It is supposed to be used to retool old car and parts plants to make vehicles that achieve at least 25 percent better gas mileage than similar models in their class – hardly a difficult target, according to experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists.


McCain Supporters still campaigning

Posted: Oct 5, 2008 02:14 PM EDT

With exactly one month to go until election day, Michigan Republicans are picking up where their nominee left off. John McCain may have given up on Michigan but his supporters aren’t giving up on him. It’s no typical night at the office for the people at the McCain Victory Center

McCain Victory center volunteer: "We’re trying to keep the whole process going, even ramping it up a little bit" Volunteers here are making more phone calls than usual, campaigning for John McCain in Michigan because he won’t be campaigning for himself.


Old events fuel new presidential campaign attacks

October 6, 2008

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The gloves are off, the heels are on, and the presidential race is dredging up infamous events from 20, 30, even 40 years ago. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended her claim Sunday that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists" because of his association with a 1960s radical.

Democrats denounced the charge, and warned that it would trigger reexaminations of Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s past. Sure enough, Obama’s campaign released a Web video and a letter about McCain’s role in the Keating Five scandal from the early 1990s. McCain "does not want to play guilt-by-association, or this thing could blow up in his face," Democratic strategist Paul Begala said on NBC’s "Meet the Press."


Older voters a decisive bloc
High turnout propels them over youths

Monday, October 6, 2008

GLEN MILLS, Pa. | Like any good political operative, 80-year-old Frank Elwood checked a "street list" that broke down the party registration for members of his retirement complex, and found that Republicans outnumbered Democrats and independents 2-to-1. Richard Parsons, 81, says, "I think what they really want to do is clean out all these cigar-chomping old fogies in Washington and put in some people there who will work out."Undaunted, the volunteer for Sen. Barack Obama started a support club and recruited others in the Maris Grove complex to call 200 other senior citizens on Mr. Obama’s behalf.

The retired computer programmer and Korean War veteran is confident many of his peers will come around to his thinking once they know more about Mr. McCain, saying, "All it takes is talking to them, convince these people that some of these things are lies." Mr. McCain’s partisans are quietly working the ranks of the gated brick complex, too. Joseph Costa, 78, leads the McCain supporters club at Maris Grove, and points to the Republican nominee’s experience.


Obama sought HUD grant for donor’s project
Letter to Bush ghostwritten by development consultant

Jim McElhatton
Monday, October 6, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama, who vows to change Washington by trimming wasteful spending and disclosing special-interest requests, wrote the Bush administration last year to seek a multimillion-dollar federal grant for a Chicago housing project that is behind schedule and whose development team includes a longtime political supporter. Mr. Obama’s letter, however, was never disclosed publicly. In fact, the letter was ghostwritten for him by a consultant for the Chicago Housing Authority, which wanted the money – a practice ethics watchdogs have frequently criticized.

The housing project through July had completed fewer than one-sixth of the 439 public housing units it had planned, court records show. The Bush administration obliged Mr. Obama’s request, awarding a $20 million competitive grant last month from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It called the project a "shining example" of urban revitalization. The Washington Times learned of the letter from Republican operatives.


The Wright Stuff


I spoke on the phone Sunday with Sarah Palin, who was in Long Beach, Calif., preparing to take off on her next campaign trip. It was the first time I’d talked with her since I met her in far more relaxed circumstances in Alaska over a year ago. But even though she’s presumably now under some strain and stress, she seemed, as far as I could tell, confident and upbeat. In terms of substance, some of what she had to say was unsurprising: She doesn’t have a very high opinion of the mainstream media, and she believes an Obama administration would kill jobs by raising taxes. But she said a couple of things that were, I thought, either personally touching or politically provocative.

At one point, noting that Palin had remarked ruefully almost a week ago that her son Track had been, since his recent deployment to Iraq, in touch with his girlfriend but not his mother, I asked whether she had subsequently heard from him. Palin told me she had. "He called the day of the debate, and it was so wonderful because it was the first call since they were deployed over there, and it was like a burden lifted even when I heard his voice." Palin said that she told him that she had a debate that night. "And he says, ‘Yeah, I heard, Mom,’ and he says, ‘Have you been studying?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I have,’ and he goes, ‘O.K., well I’ll be praying.’ I’m like – total role reversal here, that’s what I’ve been telling him for 19 years."


Sarah Palin helps Republicans rebound

David Brooks

There are some moments when members of a political movement come together as one, sharing the same thoughts, feeling the same emotions, breathing the same shallow breaths. One of those occasions occurred Thursday night when Republicans around the country crouched nervously behind their sofas, glimpsed out tentatively at their flat screens and gripped their beverages tightly as Sarah Palin walked onto the debate stage.

By the end of her opening answers, it was clear she would meet the test. She spoke with that calm, measured poise that marked her convention speech, not the panicked meanderings of her subsequent interviews.

It took her about 15 seconds to define her persona – the straight-talking mom from regular America – and it was immediately clear that the night would be filled with tales of soccer moms, hockey moms, Joe Sixpacks, Main Streeters, "you betchas" and "darn rights."


G.O.P. to File Complaint Over Donations


The Republican National Committee plans to file a complaint on Monday against Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raising questions about the legitimacy of its small contributions and donations from overseas. Republican officials are demanding the Federal Election Commission conduct a full audit of the Obama campaign’s donations, although it appears that no action would be taken, even if the commission found merit in the complaint, until after the November election.

The Obama campaign has been powered in large part by small-dollar contributions, with donations of $200 or less accounting for more than $220 million of the record-breaking $450 million it has collected so far. But such donations do not have to be itemized in reporting to the election commission unless the donor’s total contributions exceed $200. The lack of information on such donors has been highlighted by watchdog groups as potentially troublesome. The groups have also praised the campaign of Senator John McCain for offering on its Web site a tool that allows a search of all of its donors, including those who gave less than $200.


Seeking to Shift Attention to Judicial Nominees


There is no way, of course, that Senator Barack Obama would ever nominate three controversial figures from his past to serve on the United States Supreme Court: the convicted felon Antoin Rezko; the former Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers; or Mr. Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Yet the names and faces of the three men appear in a new television advertisement – running in Michigan and Ohio this week and nationally on Fox News on Monday, at a total cost of $500,000 – arguing that Mr. Obama’s judgment about his associates shows that he cannot be trusted to pick justices for the Supreme Court.

At a time when job losses, home foreclosures and the war in Iraq are paramount in voters’ minds, the politics of the Supreme Court seem, at first blush, abstract and unlikely to emerge as a concern before the election. Yet both presidential campaigns are gearing up for the possibility that court-related issues will become an X factor in some swing states, in what political analysts see as intensifying unpredictability. "Judges are what you refer to as a ‘last 30 days’ issue, and it’s hard to know how it might play," said Evan Tracey, the head of CMAG, a company that monitors political advertising. "Now is the time when you start hearing messages that connect with the single-issue core voters – guns, abortion, civil rights. And it’s all about judges."