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MI Morning Update: 3 more days

3 Days Until Election Day

November 1, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Trick or Treat".

Barack Obama’s newest campaign slogan for America?!?

MORNING UPDATE:

STATE OF MICHIGAN SCANDAL….our friends at Right Michigan have uncovered an "illegal"effort where state employees, on state time, have used state resources to assist the Obama campaign to give the campaign information about convicted criminals parole dates to solicit their vote???  Let’s see how the mainstream media plays this one?  See the original story here.

OAKLAND COUNTY RALLY…over 100 activist gather in front of Jimmy’s with Congressman Joe Knollenberg, Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Senator Mike Bishop, Representative Craig DeRoche and others as we kick off the "Fight to the Finish" 72 Hour program for Oakland county.  Most of us stayed for great Coney dogs afterwards.

KNOLLENBERG’S CAMPAIGN…we made it back to the Troy Victory Center which was buzzing with campaign workers as they prepared for the 72 Hour program to be implemented in the 9th Congressional District on behalf of Joe Knolllenberg.  Great crowd, enthusiastic volunteers…ready to go!  Fight to the Finish!!!

Congressman Knollenberg has been locked up in a tight campaign that recently has gotten nasty as Gary Peters and Washington Democrats continue to dishonestly sling mud to discredit his record.  The truth is that Congressman Knollenberg has been delivering results for Oakland County for well over a decade and is demonstrating the quality of his leadership again by trying to secure more federal loans for auto industry as it works to modernize and retool.  We’ve all come to know the quality of his leadership and can trust that he will continue to fight for us in Congress.

WALBERG 72 HOUR PUSH…hundreds of volunteers have been organized and ready to go all day today on behalf of Tim Walberg throughout mid-Michigan.  Every county has door-to-door efforts going on today.  Schauer’s attacks are so off base that many voters are just rejecting his absurd charges as out of hand! Go Tim!

In Mark Schauer’s most recent attack, his campaign got caught red-handed and red-faced with a disgraceful lie.  Media all over the 7th Congressional District are starting to run with the story and get the word out that an "unemployed" Michigan worker in Schauer’s latest attack ad is actually an actor who is gainfully employed.  With all of the jobs Schauer has cost Michigan with his record of hiking taxes, it’s incredible that he needed to use a stand in.

DOWNRIVER VICTORY CENTER…WYANDOTTE…an awesome group of excited Republicans packed the downriver Victory Center, making calls, handing out signs and selling buttons and "stuff" to support our statewide Republican ticket.  Its efforts like this around the state…where we are ALL "fighting to the finish" that will make a difference on Election Day.  Thanks for all you do!

MIGOP AD FOR CLIFF TAYLOR…we put together a radio ad that is playing out-state on behalf of Justice Cliff Taylor.  Right to the point…listen here.

MICHIGAN MATTERS…taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Sunday on CBS Detroit Channel 62 at 11 a.m.   Watch Democrat Chairman Mark Brewer and myself on our final appearance before the election.

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.

TEAM "BRAIN DRAIN" ANNOUNCES  "GET OUT THE BRAIN DRAIN" ….GOTBD is coming to your city…Please join Republican Youth from across Michigan SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1st and SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2nd in two convenient locations for our final push! All Party activists young and old are welcome to help us defend our most valuable natural resources: Our college graduates.

PLEASE JOIN US BOTH DAYS FROM NOON TO 8PM FOR CALLS, DOORS, and Conservative COMRADERIE.
 
In West Bloomfield: Amy Peterman’s Office
Near the corner of Maple and Orchard Lake
Address: 5640 Maple Road, #304
Candidates: Pat Dohany, Amy Peterman, Gail Haines, Shelly Taub, David Law
RSVP: Anthony Markwort: [email protected] 517-243-5961
 
In Downtown St. Joseph: Candidate Contact Center
Address: 513 State St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
Candidates: Sharon Tyler
RSVP: [email protected] 517-331-5631

TWITTER…we are on our Fight to the Finish Tour as we hit Victory Centers and campaign headquarters for our final push to election day.  Follow the excitement on Twitter and our blog…we’ll be posting updates regularly. www.twitter.com/sanuzis

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Is McCain Making a Move?
Obama 49.1%, McCain 44.1%

UTICA, New York — Republican John McCain made a small gain against Democrat Barack Obama and has pulled back within the margin of error, now trailing Obama by five points, 49.1% to 44.1%, the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking telephone poll shows. Almost two days worth of the polling — or about half of the current sample in the three-day rolling poll of likely voters nationwide, was conducted after Obama’s 30-minute commercial aired Wednesday evening. There is no evidence it helped him, as he has dropped 1.1 points in the last two days, while McCain has gained 0.8 points during the same period.

Pollster John Zogby: "Is McCain making a move? The three-day average holds steady, but McCain outpolled Obama today, 48% to 47%. He is beginning to cut into Obama’s lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all. "Obama’s lead among women declined, and it looks like it is occurring because McCain is solidifying the support of conservative women, which is something we saw last time McCain picked up in the polls. If McCain has a good day tomorrow, we will eliminate Obama’s good day three days ago, and we could really see some tightening in this rolling average. But for now, hold on."

AP: Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama’s memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango’s case.

Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.

 

Obama’s New Attack on Those Who Don’t Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

October 31, 2008 10:58 AM

On the stump this week, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has pushed back against Sen. John McCain’s description of his tax policies.

"The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich," Obama said in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday. "I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That’s the American dream, that’s the American way, that’s terrific.

"The point is, though, that — and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.

 

Press plane ejection fits in pattern

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Reporter Christina Bellantoni of The Washington Times will be kicked off of Barack Obama’s campaign plane starting Nov. 2, making it much more difficult to cover the candidate during the critical final days of the election. The Obama campaign insists that politics had nothing to do with it. We note that all three newspapers that had reporters booted from the plane – The Times, the New York Post and the Dallas Morning News – endorsed John McCain. An Obama spokesman insists that it is just a coincidence.

Aides to Mr. Obama told us Friday that the decision was made in part in order to accommodate his hometown newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, which have not traveled with the candidate very frequently in the past. They also claim that the decision to kick The Washington Times off the Obama plane could not have possibly been due to this newspaper’s endorsement, which was published Tuesday. The Obama campaign insists that it notified Miss Bellantoni on Oct. 25 that it might not have room for her on the plane. Miss Bellantoni protested. Later that day she was told that she could stay on the plane until Friday night. Starting Monday, Miss Bellantoni sought an update about her status each day until Thursday. That afternoon, while covering an Obama rally in Florida, she learned that effective Nov. 2, she would no longer be traveling on Mr. Obama’s campaign plane.

 

Lawyers demand vote fraud probe
See federal ‘dereliction’ of duty

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Justice Department is failing to ensure that voters are legally registered in at least two states, five former high-ranking government attorneys during Republican administrations said Friday in seeking tougher enforcement.

The five attorneys once held top jobs in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. They asked Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to "vigorously" investigate the community activist group ACORN, some of whose employees are accused of submitting voter registration forms signed by Mickey Mouse or other fictitious characters.

"We write to ask you to assure the public that the department is taking all steps necessary to protect the integrity of our election process by vigorously investigating and prosecuting fraudulent voter registration activities," they said.

 

State government caught assisting Obama

By Nick, Section News
Posted on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 11:59:46 AM EST

An official with the Michigan Department of Corrections offered to make available to the Barack Obama Presidential campaign, unsolicited, lists of convicted criminals eligible for parole, along with scheduled release dates and contact information. 

According to internal department emails obtained by RightMichigan.com, MDOC Office of Legal Affairs Administrator Richard Stapleton instructed Cheryl Groves, the Administrative Assistant to the Prison Administrator in Region II (Ionia) to use state resources to offer the information to the Democratic nominee’s campaign despite the fact that it was never requested.  A message left with Mr. Stapleton about whether or not the same unsolicited offer was extended to Republican campaign staffs in Michigan went unreturned as of posting.

 

Pundit Dick Morris tells local Republicans it’s important to challenge unions

by Dave Murray
Thursday October 30, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids is "the most important front in the war to improve education in the country" because an outside group is assisting district leaders as they battle the teachers union, political pundit Dick Morris said. Morris was an adviser to President Bill Clinton who now works as a Republican-leaning consultant and commentator.

Morris was speaking in three Michigan cities Thursday on behalf of the Education Action Group, a Muskegon organization critical of teachers unions. The group has sided with Grand Rapids Public Schools in its ongoing labor battle with teachers, and Morris recently narrated a documentary about the acrimonious negotiations.

"This is the only place in the country where a grassroots group is challenging the teachers union," Morris told Thursday’s gathering of about 125 local Republicans at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. "And the union stands in the way and really presents the ultimate evil — denying us the opportunity to help our children."

 

Cox’s office looking into possibility of Cockrel probe

BY ZACHARY GORCHOW
November 1, 2008

The state Attorney General’s Office is exploring whether Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. should be investigated for perjury because he signed a sworn statement that he had no unpaid campaign fees when in fact he owed $42,000. A source in Attorney General Mike Cox’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday that attorneys in the office began looking at the situation after it became public about two weeks ago. The source said no decision has been made about whether to charge Cockrel.

"If we decide to do something, it will be with the utmost reluctance because Detroit’s already been through the wringer," said the source, referring to the scandals and criminal charges that forced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office in September, elevating Cockrel to mayor. "But he’s going to do his job," the source said of Cox. On Wednesday, Detroit political consultant and Kilpatrick ally Adolph Mongo filed a request with Cox’s office requesting that he charge Cockrel with perjury after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined to take the case, citing a lack of resources to handle elections complaints.

 

GOP rallies for fight to finish

By KAREN WORKMAN
Of The Oakland Press

Republicans rallied outside a Royal Oak restaurant Friday, calling on all their volunteers to, "fight to the finish." "If we’re not willing to do the job that’s necessary in the next 72 hours, there is going to be a pretty ugly Obama recession coming our way," said Saul Anuzis, chairman of the state’s Republican Party.

Oakland County residents signed up for more than 700 new, three-hour volunteer shifts with the Republican party recently, Anuzis said. "Michigan has always been a battleground state, and one of the reasons is that because of people like you, we have one of the most effective get-out-the-vote efforts," Anuzis said.

 

State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber

Friday,  October 31, 2008 10:21 PM
By Randy Ludlow

Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case. Niekamp didn’t know she just had checked on "Joe the Plumber," who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain’s example in a debate of an average American.

The senior manager would not learn about "Joe" for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry. The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.