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MI Morning Update 11-4-2008

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY

November 4, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right!”
-Henry Ford

MORNING UPDATE:

VOTE TODAY…this is it…we have been working for months to prepare for this moment. Please come out to the polls and find a friend of yours, who shares our views and might not of voted and bring them with you!

POLLS ARE CLOSING…nationwide, every poll in the country has been closing and momentum is clearly on our side. America is starting to actually pay attention to the issues rather than getting caught up in the hype and rhetoric of the Obama campaign. Turnout is the key…join us and vote!

MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS ARE FIRED UP…our Super Saturday efforts produced record numbers after all the set backs we have experienced. Michigan Republicans made just over 110,000 voter contacts on Saturday compared to 121,000 in 2006 where we had an intensive non-stop campaign going for months! Grassroots Republicans across the state came through with our fight to the finish!

THANK YOU…I can’t thank you enough and say how proud I am of the individual efforts by so many, the creative spirit of various county and district parties. As I traveled the state this last week on our “Fight to the Finish Tour” there were stories after stories of creative door to door blitzes, localized calling rallies, candidate efforts against long odds…Michigan Republicans rallied as a “team” to fight to the finish…regardless of what pundits and others have said or did. Great stuff!!!

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.

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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Time to decide on America’s future

Christina Bellantoni and Joseph Curl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | The presidential nominees made their closing-argument dash to the finish line of the marathon campaign for the White House, as millions of Americans prepared to vote Tuesday in the most-watched election in decades, thousands of lawyers fanned out across the country to monitor polling places and an army of volunteers deployed to drive turnout.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, who learned that his grandmother died before finishing his historic bid for the presidency with a swing through Northern Virginia, and Republican Sen. John McCain both played it safe on the campaign trail, avoiding reporters and sticking to their stump speeches.

Even still, Mr. Obama found himself taking heat for comments made in January that his climate-change plan could "bankrupt" the coal industry, which remains a critical part of the economy in contested places such as western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.


Report clears Palin in Troopergate probe

by Rachel D’Oro | The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Gov. Sarah Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired her public safety commissioner, the state personnel board concluded in a report released Monday. "There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters," the report says.

"Gov. Palin is pleased that the independent investigator for the Personnel Board has concluded that she acted properly in the reassignment of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan," her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said in a statement.

An earlier, separate investigation by the Legislature found that Palin had abused her office.

What We Know About Obama

By Stanley Kurtz

Reflecting on all that I’ve written about Barack Obama over these past six months, four inter-related points stand out: Obama’s radicalism, his stealthy incrementalism, his interest in funding and organization-building, and his willingness to use — or quietly support — Alinskyite intimidation tactics. Since we stand on the cusp of the election, I’ll lay out the bottom line. For those who want to know more, go back and read the detailed studies on which I base these conclusions.

Obama’s troubling associations are more than isolated friendships or instances of bad judgment. His ties to Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi, Michael Pfleger, James Meeks, ACORN, the New Party, and the Gamaliel Foundation all reflect Obama’s sympathy with radical-left ideas and causes — wealth redistribution prominent among them. At both the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, for example, Obama and Ayers channeled money into ACORN’s coffers. ACORN, a militant group pursuing economic redistribution, succeeded in undermining credit standards throughout the banking system, thereby modeling the New Party’s plans to tame capitalism itself. So the association with Ayers is not an outlier issue, but part and parcel of a network of radical ties through which Obama’s supported “major redistributive change.” Via ACORN, that project has already nearly wrecked our economy. What will happen when it’s generalized?


Campaigns and Voters Head to Polls for the Finale

By JUNE KRONHOLZ and CHRISTOPHER COOPER

A dispute over 35,000 mail-in ballots in Colorado and a lawsuit in Virginia over voting hours set the stage for a tense Election Day as both parties mobilized for an expected large turnout.

Voting-rights groups raised the prospect of the Colorado voters having their ballots tossed out if they failed to include a photocopy of their identification. A spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state, defending the ID requirement, said the instructions are "pretty blatant."

A federal judge in Richmond, Va., rejected a lawsuit filed by the NAACP seeking to extend voting until 9 p.m. EST and to offer paper ballots to shorten lines at polling places. The judge noted that he had stood in line for 2½ hours to cast an absentee ballot.

Seven factors key to shaping Michigan future

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

After nearly two years of campaigning, a mess of a state presidential primary, Michigan as a battleground and Michigan as an afterthought, Election Day is finally here.

Today will determine winners and losers, of course, but it also will set the stage for a political future that could be very different from what we’ve seen in recent years. With that in mind, here are the people or groups to keep an eye on tonight and in the days to come:
Young and black voters

They are the base of Barack Obama’s support, and he needs them to turn out in large numbers to produce a large, winning margin in Michigan. But Democrats hope those voting blocs don’t just boost Obama, and that they’re not a one-election phenomenon. Democrats have for election after election pointed to young and minority voters as the secret to winning elections; if Obama has actually unlocked that secret, it could boost Democrats up and down the ticket, and in future elections.

Obama vs. jobs

By Ralph R. Reiland

I interviewed two plumbing company owners over the weekend about Barack Obama’s economic proposals for small business.

One has 15 employees and 12 trucks. The other has 52 employees and 34 trucks. They’re Joe the Plumber, writ large.

Both owners had the same reaction to Obama’s proposed new taxes and mandates. To not have their bottom lines reduced by government fiat, both said they’d be forced to lay off employees.


Is Obama Swiping the Tax Cut Issue?

By Lawrence Kudlow

Wouldn’t it be the height of irony if Barack Obama wins this election as the Ronald Reagan tax-cutter? His tax plans are severely flawed, and his campaign narrative to support them is all wrong. And yet a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 31 percent of voters believe Obama is the real tax-cutter, while only 11 percent choose McCain.

Believe it or not, Obama seems to have swiped the tax-cut issue from the Republican Party. How can this be?

Well, for almost two years Obama has talked about cutting taxes for 95 percent of the people. McCain has no such record. And even though McCain has launched a strong Joe the Plumber investor-class tax-cutting surge in the last days of the campaign, it may not be enough to significantly impact Tuesday’s voting results.

We Could Be In for a Lurch to the Left

By FRED BARNES

There’s an old saying that politics in America is played between the 40 yard lines. What this means, for those unfamiliar with football, is that we’re a centrist country, never straying very far to the left or the right in elections or national policies. This has been true for decades. It probably won’t be after today’s election.

For the first time since the 1960s, liberal Democrats are dominant. They are all but certain to have a lopsided majority in the House, and either a filibuster-proof Senate or something close to it. If Barack Obama wins the presidency today, they’ll have an ideological ally in the White House.

A sharp lurch to the left and enactment of a liberal agenda, or major parts of it, are all but inevitable. The centrist limits in earlier eras of Democratic control are gone. In the short run, Democrats may be constrained by the weak economy and a large budget deficit. Tax hikes and massive spending programs, except those billed as job creation, may have to be delayed.

Keith Butler: Reform how Detroiters choose the City Council

As a result of the resignation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a special primary election will be held on Feb. 24 to fill the remaining term for mayor. Detroit will have the opportunity to bring greater accountability to the executive branch of city government.

While voting on this issue, Detroit residents should also take a look at injecting greater accountability into the electoral process for members of the City Council.

All nine council members are elected at-large. This means that there is no real accountability for areas of the city where they do not live.

In addition, at-large elections heavily favor incumbent council members because name recognition is the single greatest predictor of elections in Detroit. To amass enough votes to defeat an incumbent requires massive amounts of money.


Don’t think your single vote really matters? These people would beg to differ

BY KATHLEEN GRAY • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Think one or two votes don’t matter?

Barbara Dobb, Gary Blash and Joe Hune would beg to differ.

Today, a record turnout of about 5 million Michigan voters are expected to participate in what promises to be a historic election.

Still, more than 2 million registered state voters will sit it out, not helping choose the next president, or who represents them in Congress or the state House or whether sick people can use marijuana for pain relief.