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MI Morning Update 11-3-2008

1 Day Until Election Day

November 3, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"He (Obama) said the other day that his primary victory vindicated his faith in America. My country has never had to prove anything to me, my friends. I’ve always had faith in America."
– John McCain

MORNING UPDATE:

RE-ELECT CHIEF JUSTICE CLIFF TAYLOR…Michigan Supreme Court Justice Cliff Taylor has done a terrific job leading our state’s highest court and needs you to help keep him there.  Under Cliff’s leadership, the court has made great strides in eliminating judicial activism from the Michigan judicial system and was labled as the "Finest Court in the Nation" by the Wall Street Journal.  Cliff has also been endorsed by several major newspapers around the state including the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press, and the Saginaw News.

Cliff’s opponent, Diane Hathaway has been largely backed by trail lawyers and labor unions who are looking for a supreme court justice that will champion their causes, versus providing common-sense interpretations of the law.  Hathaway has been labeled as too inexperienced and "out of her depth" by the same papers mentioned above and would move Michigan’s courts back in the wrong direction that Cliff has worked to hard to pull them away from.  Make sure when you go to the polls tomorrow you are voting to re-elect Chief Justice Cliff Taylor to the Michigan Supreme Court!
DEMOCRAT, GARY PETERS is ending the 2008 campaign the way he started it, lying about Joe Knollenberg’s record, and embellishing his own resume.  The Gary Peters for Congress campaign has once again come down with selective amnesia with a television ad that misleads voters on both his, and Congressman Knollenberg’s records in public service.
 
Like everything else we’ve seen from this campaign so far, this ad is a complete fabrication.  The truth is that while Congressman Knollenberg has been leading the way in Congress to protect Michigan manufacturing jobs, Peters has been a big government bureaucrat that has taken money away from our schools and repeatedly voted to keep taxes high when he was a state senator.  

In just the last two days, Peters and his supporters in Washington have come under fire for an attack ad they are running accusing Joe Knollenberg of killing animals.  The ad, paid for by the National Humane Society PAC, is so despicable that local officials worry backlash from the television spot will hurt local Humane Society efforts in Oakland County.

72 HOUR PROGRAM IN FULL SWING…Republican grassroots activist in every corner of the state are going door-to-door and making tens of thousands of phone calls to get our supporters to the polls. An energized Republican party is fighting this fight to the finish, pushing the McCain/Palin ticket and every candidate down the ballot!
Saturday Michigan Republicans made over 110,000 voter contacts in one day!

BATTLE CREEK…we were down in Tim Walberg’s district yesterday going door to door and Republicans around the state – continuing with our 72 Hour efforts making walking door to door as well as making phone calls to get out our vote. Statewide…we’re continuing our fight to the finish!

EATON AND INGHAM COUNTY VICTORY CENTERS…all in full swing as volunteers continued to make phone calls and deliver literature door to door. Thanks to all for their efforts throughout the weekend. Great team!

MIDLAND COUNTY GOP…late yesterday afternoon I addressed over 25 volunteers who had gathered to make phone calls and others going door to door for the McCain/Palin ticket and Jim Stamas, their local state rep candidate! Across our state, Republicans have put in a huge effort this weekend!

OFF THE RECORD…BREWER v ANUZIS…this weekend Tim Skubick led a discussion/debate between myself and Democrat Chair Mark Brewer. We talked about the presidential campaign, the Supreme Court race and more…watch it here.
http://migop.blogs.com/blog/2008/11/the-saul-anuzismark-brewer-debate.html

VOTNG MATTERS…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.
http://www.migop.org/inner.asp?z=113

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. http://www.twitter.com/sanuzis

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Falsified registrations become votes

By JOHN FUND

The liberal "community organizing" group ACORN became a campaign issue last month after Nevada’s Democratic attorney general and its Democratic secretary of state teamed up to conduct a highly visible raid of the group’s Las Vegas offices. They seized files on what could be thousands of fraudulent voter registrations.

After ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, complained the raid was a "stunt" designed to hinder its efforts at minority registration, Larry Lomax, the chief elections officer in Las Vegas, responded that the group’s claims it had extensive quality controls to catch fraudulent registrations were "pathetic." He noted that ACORN had hired 59 inmates from a work-release program at a nearby prison and that some inmates who had been convicted of identity theft had been made supervisors. That led some local wags to joke that at least ACORN was hiring specialists to do their work.

ACORN’s second line of defense has been that fraudulent registrations can’t turn into fraudulent votes, as if the felony of polluting voter lists was somehow not all that serious. But that defense goes only a short distance. "How would you know if people using fake names had cast votes in states without strict ID laws?" says GOP Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, who this year won a major Supreme Court case upholding his state’s photo identification law. "It’s almost impossible to detect and once the fraudulent voter leaves the precinct or casts an absentee ballot, that vote is thrown in with other secret ballots there’s no way to trace it."


Knollenberg, Peters make case to 9th District voters

Gordon Trowbridge and Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau

In a final-weekend push of campaigning for one of the nation’s most hotly contested congressional seats, Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg’s campaign was downplaying his partisan label while Democratic challenger Gary Peters was hoping a blue wave in Oakland County helps push him into Congress.

Criss-crossing Oakland County in a search for every last vote, Knollenberg stopped by a diner and a farmers market in Royal Oak on Sunday; Peters visited African-American churches in Pontiac and the landmark Franklin Cider Mill.

Not since 1996, when Democrat Debbie Stabenow beat freshman Republican Rep. Dick Chrysler for a Lansing-area congressional seat, have Michigan voters ousted an incumbent member of Congress in a general election.


‘Mac is Back’, roars fired-up McCain

Republican John McCain boldly declared "Mac is Back" as he predicted victory in his election race with Democrat Barack Obama at a rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

The fired-up 72-year-old Arizona senator, who is trailing Senator Obama in polls, renewed his attacks on his opponent’s patriotism and tax plans in a rally before several hundred supporters crammed into a school gymnasium.

"I’ve been in a lot of campaigns, I know when momentum is there. We’re going to win Pennsylvania, we’re going to win this election," Senator McCain said.

Romney’s Campaigning Gives Him Big GOP Role

By ELIZABETH HOLMES

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has worked aggressively in recent months on behalf of Sen. John McCain and dozens of his party’s congressional candidates, in an effort that could help boost his own political future.

The McCain campaign has for the final stretch dispatched Mr. Romney and other top surrogates to battleground states to hold "Victory" rallies. Former New York Mayor and presidential contender Rudy Giuliani held a trio of McCain events Saturday: in a suburb of St. Louis, outside Las Vegas and in Mesilla, N.M. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a finalist for the GOP vice-presidential pick, held two rallies in Iowa the same day.

Mr. Romney has been among the most active foot soldiers. Come Tuesday, he will have hit nine states in the final five days of the election on behalf of the Republican presidential nominee. Since April, Mr. Romney has campaigned for candidates in 28 House races, five Senate races and a pair of gubernatorial ones. He has contributed more than $400,000 through his political-action committee, including help for about 80 Republican candidates, said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

What We’re Fighting For

The presidential election occurs at a pivotal moment. Our nation is fighting two wars abroad, suffers from the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression, and is facing a painful recession. I believe in the greatness of America. I believe in our capacity to prosper, and to be safer and remain a beacon of light on the global stage. But we cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. We have to act immediately. We have to fight for it.

The institutions that we counted on — Wall Street banks, our elected leaders in Washington — failed us. We must reverse the corruption and arrogance that have overtaken these institutions, and we must place our trust in the hands of those who have never let us down, especially the American family and small businesses.

We need to grow our small businesses, not tax them. I will fight the Democrats’ plans to redistribute the fruit of America’s labor and turn our economy into a full-fledged disaster. I will cut taxes on families, seniors, savers and businesses. We need to double the child deduction, cut the capital gains tax, and keep jobs in America with a lower business tax.


Vote tomorrow; get informed today

It’s not too late to get informed about the candidates and issues you’ll see on your ballot tomorrow. While polls indicate many likely voters have made up their mind on their presidential selection, there are many other important races and proposals for you to consider.

Our online Voter Guide includes thousands of candidates in hundreds of races across the state, from the U.S. Senate to local city council boards. We asked candidates to weigh in on the issues you face in Michigan so that you can weigh in on election day.

The Voter Guide helps determine the races you’ll see on your ballot and features side-by-side comparisons of candidates’ biographies and responses. It will also allow you to print or email your finished ballot to bring to the ballot box or email to friends and relatives.


Perilous transition

Compounding the challenges facing the next US president is the transition from the old administration to the new. This is no small matter. American handover arrangements would strike politicians and civil servants in many other countries, especially Britain, as odd at the best of times. Under present conditions they are downright hazardous.

The new president will not be inaugurated until January 20, 11 weeks after the election. Moreover, the US system calls for the entire executive branch to be purged several layers deep when a new chief executive takes over: there is no permanent senior civil service after the British fashion. This vast reshuffle typically takes months. In some cases, if Congress is reluctant to co-operate in confirming appointments, it is never concluded.

A John McCain administration could better afford to take its time, of course, since Republican appointees already occupy the top jobs. On the other hand, it would face a Congress that would give “reluctant to co-operate” a whole new meaning. If Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, which seems most likely, the new administration could be less than fully manned for months, and the new president’s attention will constantly be drawn to issues of personnel management, when it is urgently needed elsewhere.


Detroit schools free from state takeover

Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools won’t have to live under a state-appointed financial manager, at least for now.

Instead, a state committee will allow the district to sign a consent agreement, letting it retain control of its own finances under stringent conditions.

The agreement amounts to a huge reprieve for the state’s largest school district, which can avoid giving control of its $1.1-billion budget to a state appointee rather than a citizen-elected board for the second time in its history.


Cockrel takes city’s reins with eye on February ballot

Leonard N. Fleming / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr., who inherited the job following Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation, said he’s well-prepared to take the city’s reins but hopes the campaign finance fee problem he encountered recently won’t cost him a place on the Feb. 24 ballot.

Cockrel, who faces serious competition to finish Kilpatrick’s term that ends Dec. 31, 2009, is the subject of a complaint to Attorney General Mike Cox because Cockrel signed an affidavit saying he had no outstanding fees.

He owed $42,000 and has since paid that amount.


U.S. rejects GM’s call for help in a merger

By Bill Vlasic and Micheline Maynard

DETROIT: The Treasury Department has turned down a request by General Motors for up to $10 billion to help finance the automaker’s possible merger with Chrysler, according to people close to the discussions.

Instead of providing new assistance, the Treasury Department told GM on Friday, the Bush administration will now shift its focus to speeding up the $25 billion loan program for fuel-efficient vehicles approved by Congress in September and administered by the Energy Department.

Treasury officials were said to be reluctant to broaden the $700 billion financial rescue program to include industrial companies or to play a part in a GM-Chrysler merger that could cost tens of thousands of jobs.