MI Morning Update 10-25-08

10 Days until Election Day

October 25, 2008



"The Democrat-endorsed candidate is so stunningly unqualified for the court that the Democrats have resorted to lying about Justice Taylor and his record to distract the voters’ attention away from that sober fact," said Michigan Republican Party President Saul ANUZIS. "The Michigan Democrat Party has not said one positive thing about its own candidate because it can’t find anything to say."

MIRS news article published this week on the Cliff Taylor race.


THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…to the thousands of volunteers, activists, donors, and candidates who are making a difference EVERY day.  As I traveled around the state this week I was buoyed by the excitement and commitment by Republicans everywhere who refuse to be written off and who are putting in that extra effort as we go into our final days of the campaign.  Thanks again for all you do!

KRAUTHAMMER SAYS IT ALL… "The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism, an apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran, a nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation, a rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism, and the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere."

THE OBAMA PLAN…here is a great analysis that a couple of conservative bloggers wrote that lays out what Obama has in mind for America…pass it along.

OBAMA RECESSION…STOCK MARKET ANTICIPATES…the various stock market indexes are starting to anticipate the effects of a possible Obama victory and pricing that possibility into the market.  Hence the nervous bouncing around of the various major indexes as investors fear higher spending, higher taxes, detrimental regulation, breaking trade agreements and a sustained recession under the policies Obama has already promised.  The stock market and futures markets are good forward indicators of fear…and the markets clearly fear an Obama presidency…and rightfully so.

UM vs MSU…as someone who comes from a "mixed marriage"…I went to UM and my wife went to MSU…I hoping for some great football today as Michigan’s voters come together and see that light that risking an Obama Recession is just NOT worth it!

OAKLAND COUNTY CAN’T AFFORD GARY PETERS…Gary Peters, the former Lottery boss, is trying to fool Oakland County voters into taking a gamble on him. When he ran the lottery revenues went up, but the rates paid to school – you guessed it – went down. Now, Lottery Czar Peters wants to go to Washington and raise taxes. There’s a whole LOTTO reasons to vote against Gary Peters; his plans to hike our taxes is just one.  Gambling on Peters is far too costly. Oakland County voters need to send Joe Knollenberg to congress.

RAISE MARK SCHAUER AND HE’LL RAISE YOUR TAXES…Liberal Democrat Mark Schauer is trying to get mid-Michigan voters to decide he’s the best choice for congress; but Schauer was the deciding vote for the largest tax increase in Michigan’s history. Schauer’s rationale: the tax hike was necessary to fix the state budget and turn Michigan’s economy around. How’s that plan working out? Even more, Schauer recently defended his vote to send our taxes skyrocketing. He said if he had it to do over, he’d do the same thing again. Unbelievable. Schauer will raise our federal taxes if he goes to Washington. There’s no doubt. Liberal Mark Schauer will raise our taxes; Conservative Tim Walberg won’t.

MICHIGAN MATTERS…Mark Brewer and I taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Sunday on CBS Detroit Channel 62 at 11 a.m.   They also discussed the ballot proposals with various guests.

DILLON RECALL…yup, it’s still on and there are many folks STILL upset for the Speaker pushing through the largest tax increase in Michigan’s history.  Activists and donors would love to send a "signal" to the legislature who appear to be ready to face another deficit of some $500 million…with no reforms or cuts in sight!  Click here or more information and to help out.

MISSED HOOGENDYK VS. LEVIN PART II? The Detroit Economic Club debate will be broadcast again on Channel 56 this Sunday, October 26, at 4 pm. If you don’t live in the Detroit area but would like to see the debate, you can also catch it on the web.

JOIN US…DON’T BE FOOLED…IT’S CLOSER THAN THE PRESS IS PITCHING…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 MAKING A DIFFERENCE!…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JOIN "TEAM BRAIN DRAIN"…our Michigan Youth Counts! effort, designed to stop Michigan’s "brain drain" was in Macomb County this weekend helping several key state and local candidates. "Team Brain Drain" made over 2000 calls, knocked over 1,600 doors, and worked 110+ man hours this weekend for our Republican candidates. Next week, "Team Brain Drain" will be in Battle Creek and St. Joe.  For more information please contact Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected].






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Chrysler leader: Be grateful, be afraid


The latest bizarre bombshell from Chrysler LLC was posted at 10:09 a.m. Friday on the Auburn Hills automaker’s internal electronic bulletin board, under the grandiose heading, "Messages From Our Leaders."

This communique came from The Leader himself, Chief Executive Officer Robert Nardelli.

It began with an opening paragraph larded with scary adjectives:

  • The times for the auto industry are not just unimaginable, but "truly unimaginable," he wrote. And also "challenging," he added three sentences later.

Granholm preparing plan amid Chrysler talks

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN • Associated Press Writer • October 24, 2008

Gov. Jennifer Granholm is drafting a plan to deal with job cuts announced today by Chrysler LLC and the potential loss of far more if the company is bought by another automaker.

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said today that the administration is working on a plan "in the event the rumors we’ve been hearing become reality."

"We’ll want to make certain we’ll be prepared to help those who are directly affected, as well as those who indirectly," Boyd said. "The governor has brought together members of her cabinet, she’s talked to industry analysts and we’re reaching out to local partners … to ensure that there is a regional, rapid response ready for whatever announcement is made by the companies."

High Court justice outraises opponent

In other races, Dems work to expand 58-52 majority over GOP in the state House.

Gary Heinlein and Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING — Clifford Taylor, the Republican incumbent in the high-stakes campaign for Michigan Supreme Court, has raised more than $1.7 million to fend off his Democratic challenger.

Campaign finance reports filed Friday show Taylor swamping his opponent, Wayne County Circuit Judge Diane Hathaway, in the fundraising sweepstakes. She’s raised $271,145, the records show, in her effort to win a job that pays $165,000 a year. A Detroit News/WXYZ-Action News poll published Thursday showed Taylor and Hathaway each with 19 percent of the vote among likely voters, and a huge undecided: 61 percent.

Friday’s fundraising reports show incumbent state Rep. Mary Valentine, D-Muskegon, was the top money-raiser among candidates in key House races — taking in $216,118 and out-raising Republican National Committee woman Holly Hughes of Montague, who collected $167,712. State lawmakers make just under $80,000 a year.


Outside group funds Michigan marijuana proponents

10/24/2008, 9:16 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., has donated nearly all the money raised by supporters of Proposal 1.

The ballot proposal would let severely ill patients in Michigan use marijuana to relieve pain, nausea and other symptoms. According to campaign finance reports filed this week, supporters far outraised opponents.

Citizens for Compassionate Care raised more than $1.5 million, most of it from the Marijuana Policy Project, which wants to remove criminal penalties for marijuana use.

New Detroit mayor pays outstanding campaign fines

10/24/2008, 6:42 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel has paid $42,425 in campaign finance fines and expects to remain on the city’s special mayoral primary ballot.

Spokesman Daniel Cherrin says Cockrel made the payment Friday to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett’s office.

There has been speculation that Cockrel could be left off the Feb. 24 ballot because he signed a statement that claimed he had no unpaid campaign fees.

McCain for President

By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON — Contrarian that I am, I’m voting for John McCain. I’m not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it’s over before it’s over. I’m talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they’re left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years.

I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe — neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) — yelling "Stop!" I shall have no part of this motley crew. I will go down with the McCain ship. I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings.

McCain seeks comeback, warns Obama is big taxer

Oct 24, 7:05 PM (ET)


DENVER (AP) – Frustrated Republicans voiced concern with their own presidential candidate, John McCain, on Friday as he sought one more comeback in a career full of them. He warned that the middle class will "get put through the wringer" if Barack Obama wins the White House. Obama, ahead in the polls, took a day off from campaigning to visit his critically ill grandmother in Hawaii. But two Republicans popped up to darken McCain’s day.

"I would have done things differently the last few weeks," Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Noting that Obama has outspent the Republican on television advertising in the state, he added, "I think McCain’s economic and health care plans should have been more vigorously defended, and unfortunately Obama has been able to incorrectly define McCain’s plans and ideas."

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge expressed a different concern to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Washington insider who made Obama rich

By D.D. Guttenplan

Published: October 24 2008 22:53 | Last updated: October 24 2008 22:53

Barack Obama and John McCain don’t agree about much, but when, in the middle of one of their debates this month, Obama referred to "those of us, like myself and Senator McCain, who don’t need help [financially]", his opponent nodded. Whoever comes out ahead in 10 days time, the next president of the United States will be a rich man. McCain made his first million the old-fashioned way: he married the daughter of a wealthy businessman. But Barack Obama, the son of an absent African father and a mother who relied on government-issued food stamps to feed her children, became a millionaire in a more modern manner – on the back of a book deal.

It happened circuitously. In 1990, Obama was already enough of a celebrity – the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review – for the New York publishers Simon & Schuster to offer a "six-figure contract" for a proposed autobiography. The only problem was that Obama was too busy finishing law school to write the book, and the contract was eventually cancelled. By the time Obama finished Dreams From My Father – published by Times Books in 1995 – his advance was only $40,000. In 2004, Obama – now a state senator in Illinois and a candidate for the US senate – was chosen to be the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, but his book was long out of print. Yet when he arrived in Washington, the $169,300 senator’s salary was not going to be his mainstay: two weeks before he was sworn in, Crown Books announced a $1.9m three-book contract with the senator-elect.

Recession alarm rings around the world

Giants of the auto, airline and technology industries ordered emergency action against the global financial crisis on Friday as shares took a new hammering amid mounting gloom.
Even a 1.5 million barrel a day production cut by OPEC failed to stop oil prices falling amid fears of a deep global recession.

Grim news backing those fears came from around the world.

China, Japan and 11 other Asian nations agreed to set up an 80-billion-dollar war chest to fight what ex-US Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan called a "once-in-a-century credit tsunami".


How to Take American Health Care From Worst to First

Published: October 24, 2008

IN the past decade, baseball has experienced a data-driven information revolution. Numbers-crunchers now routinely use statistics to put better teams on the field for less money. Our overpriced, underperforming health care system needs a similar revolution.

Data-driven baseball has produced surprising results. Michael Lewis writes in "Moneyball" that the Oakland A’s have won games and division titles at one-sixth the cost of the most profligate teams. This season, the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and New York Mets – the three teams with the highest payrolls, a combined $486 million – are watching the playoffs on television, while the Tampa Bay Rays, a franchise that uses a data-driven approach and has the second-lowest payroll in baseball at $44 million, are in the World Series (a sad reality for one of us).

Remarkably, a doctor today can get more data on the starting third baseman on his fantasy baseball team than on the effectiveness of life-and-death medical procedures. Studies have shown that most health care is not based on clinical studies of what works best and what does not – be it a test, treatment, drug or technology. Instead, most care is based on informed opinion, personal observation or tradition.

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