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MI Morning Update: MI Republicans Keep Up the Fight

25 Days Until Election Day

October 10, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

THANKS…thanks again to everyone for pitching in at this time of need.  Hundreds have called or walked into help at various Victory Centers around the state, extra contributions continue to come in daily to help fund our effort.  Michigan Republicans statewide are making it clear; we are NOT giving up on any race!

CONFERENCE CALL…last night we conducted a conference call with our state committee, county chairs and congressional offices from around the state.  We gave a more in-depth description of our current ground game and plans for the next 25 days.  Thanks again to all of you who participated.

HOOGENDYK v LEVIN DEBATE… Sunday, October 19th, 7pm.  Hosted by WGVU and Grand Valley State University, moderated by Peter Ross.  Scheduled to be broadcast live by all seven of Michigan’s PBS stations: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, WCMU-TV Mt. Pleasant, WDCQ-TV University Center, WFUM-TV Flint/Ann Arbor, WDET-TV Detroit, WKAR-TV East Lansing, and WNMU-TV Marquette. It will also be streamed live on www.wgvu.com.  A second debate will be held by the Detroit Economic Club on Monday, October 20th, 12:00 pm at the Detroit Marriott.  For more information contact Jack’s campaign at www.jackformichigan.com

GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…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]

LAWNSIGNS FOR PURCHASE…we have distributed ALL the available lawn signs statewide.  Norm Shinkle, Ingham County GOP Chair is organizing an independent effort to buy more lawn signs.  He can get the sign and wire for $0.98 cents each.  If you would like to participate, please email Norm at [email protected]

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Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal
In private conversations on troop presence, candidate pitched delay

Barbara Slavin
Friday, October 10, 2008

At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi leaders in private conversations that the president shouldn’t be allowed to enact the deal without congressional approval.

Mr. Obama’s conversations with the Iraqi leaders, confirmed to The Washington Times by his campaign aides, began just two weeks after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in June and stirred controversy over the appropriateness of a White House candidate’s contacts with foreign governments while the sitting president is conducting a war.

Some of the specifics of the conversations remain the subject of dispute. Iraqi leaders purported to The Times that Mr. Obama urged Baghdad to delay an agreement with Mr. Bush until next year when a new president will be in office – a charge the Democratic campaign denies.

Fictitious Donors Found in Obama Finance Records

By MICHAEL LUO and GRIFF PALMER

Last December, someone using the name "Test Person," from "Some Place, UT," made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07. Someone identifying himself as "Jockim Alberton," from 1581 Leroy Avenue in Wilmington, Del., began giving to Mr. Obama last November, contributing $10 and $25 at a time for a total of $445 through the end of February.

The only problem? There is no Leroy Avenue in Wilmington. And Jockim Alberton, who listed his employer and occupation as "Fdsa Fdsa," does not show up in a search of public records. An analysis of campaign finance records by The New York Times this week found nearly 3,000 donations to Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee, from more than a dozen people with apparently fictitious donor information. The contributions represent a tiny fraction of the record $450 million Mr. Obama has raised. But the questionable donations – some donors were listed simply with gibberish for their names – raise concerns about whether the Obama campaign is adequately vetting its unprecedented flood of donors.

 

Obama camp downplays payments to ACORN

S.A. Miller
Friday, October 10, 2008

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign distanced itself Thursday from its $800,000 payment linked to the liberal ACORN organization, which is under investigation in several states where it is suspected of filing fraudulent voter registrations. Federal Election Commission reports show ACORN-affiliated Citizens Services Inc. got $832,598 from the Obama campaign for get-out-the-vote work during the primaries. But those payments stopped in May and the Obama campaign says they should not be an election issue.

"This is going to be an historic election with unprecedented voter participation, and we are committed to protecting the integrity of the voting process," Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said. "We support local officials in their efforts to investigate any fraudulent behavior and the full prosecution of any illegal activities." Still, the contributions to Citizens Services draw the Obama campaign closer to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, and the growing voter-fraud scandal that this week spread to the battleground state of Ohio.

 

ACORN: A Clear and Present Danger

by Burt Prelutsky

As you may have noticed, left-wingers really hate to lose. That’s why, even eight years after the fact, they are still wringing their hands over the 2000 presidential election. They still insist that George W. Bush and the Republicans swiped it, even though several objective sources have since confirmed that, chads or no chads, Bush carried Florida, and that Sandra Day O’Connor, otherwise a heroine to leftists, was one of the Supreme Court justices who ruled against Al Gore, the candidate who couldn’t even carry his home state. Which is reason enough all of us should be forever grateful to the voters in Tennessee.

The idea that the Democrats have been crying "Foul!" for eight long years should appeal to everyone who appreciates irony. For it is those on the far left who have done everything in their power to corrupt the election process. One of their chief means of doing so has been through the activities of a group known as ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). With approximately 175,000 dues-paying members, they own TV stations, businesses and periodicals, and have offices stretching from Canada to Peru, with over 80 offices in the U.S.

 

Pollster: Don’t believe the Dem hype

By Joe Dwinell & Jessica Fargen
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts. "I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet," pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent. Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election. "The Sunday before the election the dam burst," Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. "That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan."

 

McCain: Obama link to ex-radical is honesty issue

Philip Elliott / Associated Press

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday that questions about Democratic rival Barack Obama’s association with a former war protester linked to Vietnam-era bombings are part of a broader issue of honesty. In his strongest personal criticism since his faltering campaign began casting Obama as an unknown and unacceptable candidate, McCain told supporters that Obama had not been truthful in describing his relationship with former radical William Ayers. The Arizona senator also said Obama himself has "a clear radical, far-left pro-abortion record."

Loud cheers from 4,000 people gathered at a sports complex near Milwaukee greeted McCain’s attacks over Ayers, who helped found the Weather Underground, a Vietnam protest group that bombed government buildings 40 years ago. Obama has pointed out that he was a child at the time and first met Ayers and his wife, ex-radical Bernadine Dohrn, a quarter-century later. "Look, we don’t care about an old, washed-up terrorist and his wife," McCain said. "That’s not the point here."

 

Bush seeks to soothe the nation’s anxieties
Speech today to assure public that officials are trying to stabilize system; new policies unlikely.

Terence Hunt / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — As the stock market plunged to its lowest level in five years, the White House on Thursday sought to assure anxious Americans that the United States is working aggressively to stabilize the nation’s chaotic financial system. In a new effort to calm the crisis, President Bush will make a statement on the economy today in the Rose Garden. Bush is not expected to announce any new policy decisions, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.

"He will assure the American people that they should be confident that economic officials are aggressively taking every action to stabilize our financial system," Perino said. "The Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the FDIC all have the necessary tools to address the problems we are facing. "The Treasury Department is moving quickly to use new tools to improve liquidity, which is the root cause of this problem," she said. "Americans should be confident that every effort is being taken to stabilize our markets."

 

State Supreme Court race doesn’t meet hype

BY DAWSON BELL
October 10, 2008

At one time, it seemed like this year’s state Supreme Court election — in which incumbent Chief Justice Clifford Taylor is seeking a third term — would be a monster political fight. It was to be well-funded and feature a big-name challenger, a race the Democratic Party state chairman said was second in importance only to electing Barack Obama president.

Things change. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Diane Hathaway, the Democratic nominee, is not well known, especially outside the Detroit area. Nor is she well-funded (at least not yet). She snared the nomination only a month ago after several higher profile potential candidates demurred.

 

GM SHARES TUMBLE

By DAN STRUMPF
Of The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Shares of General Motors Corp. lost nearly one-third of their value Thursday, plunging to their lowest level since July 1950 after Standard & Poor’s said the automaker’s credit could fall further into junk status due to the "rapidly weakening state" of the global automotive market. The negative automotive news was blamed for yet another stock market selloff. Prices plunged in the final hour of trading Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 679 points, or more than 7 percent, to its lowest level in five years.

GM shares plummeted $2.15, or 31.1 percent, to close at $4.76 after falling as low as $4.65. That low marked the automaker’s lowest trade since March 15, 1950, according to the Center for Research in Security Prices at the University of Chicago. At that time, the Korean War was three months away from beginning, and gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon. The latest stock market declines came on the anniversary of the closing highs of the Dow and the S&P. The Dow has lost 5,585 points, or 39 percent, since closing at 14,198 a year ago. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is off 655 points, or 42 percent, since recording its high of 1,565.15.