MI Morning Update: GOP All-Stars visit MI to tout McCain

26 Days Until Election Day

October 9, 2008


GOV MITT ROMNEY … GOV TIM PAWLENTY…GOV MIKE HUCKABEE…top Republican national leaders continue to come to Michigan to help Republicans fire up the troops and raise money for our party!  Governor Romney is finishing up his second day in Michigan today, which included events for the state party, House Republican Campaign Committee and Congressman Tim Walberg!

Governor Romney came by the state headquarters after the Walberg event and thanked everyone for their efforts, encouraged folks to never give up and left us with a surprise check for $50,000 towards our statewide efforts!  Thank you.

SCARY THOUGHT…JENNIFER GRANHOLM FOR U.S. SUPREME COURT…MLive reports that Jennifer Granholm is on Obama’s short list as a potential Supreme Court nominee.  Oh my???  Could you imagine this great "social planner" from Harvard on the Supreme Court for life?  That should scare many into voting against Obama.

DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA ENCOURAGE VOTER FRAUD…Democrat front group and ally ACORN has been the main group behind questionable voter registration techniques and out and out fraud around the country.  Law enforcement officials in Nevada took action this week and raided their offices and removed records and computers.  Michigan’s ACORN offices can’t be far behind with all the clerks complaining about their activities here.  Your vote deserves to be counted…and not stolen by a fraudulent vote.  Demand action!

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.  For more information please contract Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected]

HUCKABEE FOR HOOGENDYK…former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee will be in Michigan Wednesday, October 22 at noon from 1:30pm at Vladimir’s at 28125 Grand River Ave., in Farmington Hills.  This is a fundraiser for Jack’s U.S. Senate campaign; lunch is $100 per person or $500 for a photo op.  For more information and/or to RSVP please contact [email protected] or call Liz at 248-363-1677

HOOGENDYK SAYS ‘NO’ TO BAILOUT…Hoogendyk says as a U.S. Senator, he would have staked out a conservative position…he calls for lower taxes and removing the anchors holding investors and job creators down…says if we cut taxes on investors, money will flood back into the market.



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Voters Haven’t Decided Yet
Now it’s up to the candidates to drive home their message.


Tuesday night’s presidential debate was good entertainment. Both candidates were animated and loose throughout a wide-ranging discussion. Sen. Barack Obama did well in Sen. John McCain’s favorite format. Mr. McCain was more focused and sharp than in the first debate, though the cameras above him made his balding pate more prominent. Tom Brokaw was often a distraction: Did he really need over a hundred words — including the name "Sherard Cowper-Coles" — to ask about Afghanistan?

Mr. McCain’s advocates were cheered by him advancing the theme that Mr. Obama lacks a record of accomplishment or bipartisanship in the Senate. Mr. McCain also described how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac constituted "the match that started this forest fire" that’s engulfed our economy, and nailed Mr. Obama and Democrats for being AWOL on GSE reform. Mr. McCain was most effective on taxes and spending. He argued now is not the time to raise taxes and hit Mr. Obama’s proposal to hike small business taxes: three out of four filers in the top 5% report small-business income. Mr. McCain called for a spending freeze and attacked earmarks, including Mr. Obama’s $3 million for a Chicago planetarium’s "overhead projector." Mr. Obama weakly replied earmarks were only $18 billion.


Analyst: Michigan blue-collar votes still up for grabs

Jim Brown 
10/6/2008 8:00:00 AM

A political scientist in Michigan says Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has good reason to disagree with the McCain campaign’s decision to pull staff and resources out of The Wolverine State.

Sarah Palin reportedly sent an email to McCain campaign officials Friday expressing her displeasure with their decision to write off Michigan. In an interview with Fox News, Palin said: "I want to get back to Michigan, and I want to try. Todd and I, we’d be happy to get to Michigan. We’d be so happy to speak to the people there in Michigan who are hurting."
Doug Koopman, a political science professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, says it is premature for McCain to write off Michigan because even though he is trailing by 8-10 points in the polls, the state is still in play.


Expect the Race to Tighten

by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

The polls now all indicate an Obama win on Nov. 4; some even suggest a landslide. But there’s a strong chance the race will tighten back up this month. Anger over the Wall Street mess has been pushing voters to Barack Obama in droves. And John McCain’s effort to get involved in the solution only hurt him.

By suspending his campaign and heading to Washington, McCain made himself a central actor in the unpopular bailout, and thus a target of populist outrage. It also hurt his his effort to show how he far he is from President Bush – there he was, shoulder to shoulder with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Bush and Wall Street. But October may see the end of Obama’s surge: He’s peaking too soon.


News Flash: The Media Back Obama
Its activist role has been the single constant in this eternal election.


Both time and events have dimmed those defining moments that early on revealed the difference between the two presidential aspirants. Not only did the financial crisis arrive but so, in her uproarious way, did Sarah Palin. Tuesday’s debate between two candidates paralyzed by caution altered nothing. It was a relief, of course, not to hear about Sen. McCain’s record as a "maverick" — a word that would, in a merciful world, be banned from public discourse for the next decade. It was too much to expect Barack Obama to spare us further recitals of the McCain-Bush connection.

The single constant in the eternal election remains the media, whose activist role no one will seriously dispute. To point out the prevailing (with honorable exceptions) double standard of reporting so favorable to Mr. Obama by now feels superfluous — much like talking about the weather. The same holds true for all those reports pointing to Mr. Obama’s heroic status outside the United States — not to mention the cascade of press analyses warning that if he fails to win election, the cause will surely be racism.


Throw the bums out

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Washington’s recent missteps over mismanaged legislation, poor oversight and mishandled deregulation have become old news. Republicans have been fighting with each other and Democrats are fighting with each other. That’s old news, too. Neither party seems to be in agreement with its own members – let alone American voters. Now comes news from American voters, although politicians and bureaucrats inside the Beltway may not be pleased.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll for Oct. 4-5 showed President Bush has a disapproval rating of 66 percent and Congress has a disapproval rating of 78 percent. Now this: 59 percent of all voters, according to Rasmussen, would like to replace all of Congress, right now. Seventy-four percent of Republicans would like to throw out the entire Congress, while 62 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats agree. At the same time, only 25 percent of Democrats would like to keep the entire Congress, which is controlled by their own party.


GOP Renews Complaints Over Voter Registrations


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As most states finalize voter rolls this week, Republican officials are reviving alarms about vote fraud. One of the biggest instances of suspicious registrations is here in New Mexico, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a preliminary investigation into 1,400 potentially fraudulent voter registrations in the state’s most populous county.

It’s far from clear that the number of suspicious registrations is enough to affect the outcome of the presidential vote, even in tight states, elections officials say. They say enforcement efforts are likely to spot any big collections of fake registrations before votes are cast. What’s more, a fake registration doesn’t necessarily mean an ineligible vote is tallied. Officials say canvassers sometimes make up registered names to impress bosses or earn bonuses, but that doesn’t result in anyone ineligible casting a vote.


Missouri officials suspect fake voter registration

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press Writer
Wed Oct 8, 9:45 PM ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.

"I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy," Davis said. "We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all."



By JEANE MacINTOSH, Post Correspondent
October 9, 2008

CLEVELAND – Two Ohio voters, including Domino’s pizza worker Christopher Barkley , claimed yesterday that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they’d already signed up.

Barkley estimated he’d registered to vote "10 to 15" times after canvassers for ACORN, whose political wing has endorsed Barack Obama, relentlessly pursued him and others.

Claims such as his have sparked election officials to probe ACORN. "I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register," Barkley said. "They’d ask me if I was registered. I’d say yes, and they’d ask me to do it [register] again.


Mich. Republicans challenge Democrats on business surcharge tax

Gary Heinlein / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING — A group of Republican lawmakers challenged House Democrats on Wednesday to break from their month of campaigning, return to the Capitol and pass a Senate bill to accelerate elimination of a 22 percent surcharge on Michigan’s main business tax. Legislation passed last week by the Senate’s Republican majority would eliminate the Michigan Business Tax surcharge in a three-year period beginning Jan.1, instead of doing away with it over a decade as scheduled.

The Senate bill was approved over objections of Senate Democrats, who said faster removal of the surcharge would eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue and blow a huge hole in the state budget. The surcharge was tacked on in September 2007 during marathon legislative sessions to solve a $1.8 billion shortfall in the state budget.


Cockrel finds struggling Detroit at least $100 million in the red

October 9, 2008

The City of Detroit’s budget deficit is at least $100 million — considerably worse than forecast — and Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. said Wednesday that he might propose a plan of action within a few days to tackle the red ink. But Chief Financial Officer Joe Harris said Wednesday the deficit could be as high as $150 million.

Cockrel said he is reviewing plans to cut spending or sell deficit bonds, either of which would mean trouble for a city already struggling to deliver basic services to its residents. Cockrel declined to offer specific budget plans, but said he could unveil his plan within days.

"Nothing’s off the table, I will say that," he said. "This is definitely not something that we can drag out."