Tuesday, October 31, 2006

We're number one!!

I received this in an email. In three of the last four years, our school was tops in the state when it came to bar passage rates. That says much about the teaching here.

The results of the July Michigan Bar exam were received today. I am very pleased to announce that 25 of 26 members of the Ave Maria School of Law Class of 2006 passed the Michigan Bar, which is a pass rate of 96%. Please join me in congratulating these graduates for their outstanding performance.

Listed below for your review are the results of all Michigan law schools on the July exam. This is the third time in the last four years in which our graduates have earned top honors among Michigan law schools on the Michigan bar exam.

First-Time Takers

Ave Maria School of Law: 96% Pass

Michigan State University: 94% Pass

University of Michigan: 93% Pass

Wayne State University: 93% Pass

University of Detroit Mercy: 92% Pass

Thomas M. Cooley: 80% Pass

All First-Time Takers in State: 91% Pass

Sunday, October 29, 2006

This goes WAY too far

This drill really chafes at my libertarian side is another reason why I plan on sending my kids to Catholic schools. From the GR Press.

Realistic school drill riles parents
Saturday, October 28, 2006
By Barton Deiters
The Grand Rapids Press
WYOMING -- Students at Lee Middle and High School got a realistic look at what could happen if there was a threat in the school building. But some parents are saying it was too realistic.

On Thursday afternoon, Wyoming Police officers in riot gear with weapons out entered one high school and one eighth-grade classroom, both filled with young teens and announced there was a threat to the school. Students were unaware it was a drill.

Students were taken from the classroom into the halls and patted down by officers and asked what they had in their pockets.

One student responded he had a "razor," which got the attention of officers, but quickly added he was referring to a "Razr" brand cellular phone, according to reports from students, parents and Principal David Britten.

Officers were wearing their protective tactical gear, which includes vests and helmets, and carried rifles that were unloaded and marked with colored tape designed to indicate they were not live weapons.

"Some of these kids were so scared, they just about wet their pants," said Marge Bradshaw, a parent with four children in Godfrey-Lee Schools. "I think it's pure wrong that the students and parents were not informed of this."

Argus endorses DeVos

Frankly, I'm shocked. The Argus endorsed the entire top of the democrat ticket in 02, and backed John Kerry in 04.

Michigan, perhaps more than any other state, is mired in a sea of high unemployment and the continued loss of attractive manufacturing jobs. The result is a drain on state revenue, which limits the funds needed to provide essential state services.

A governor cannot fairly be blamed for the global changes that have wreaked havoc on the state's economic base. But a governor must provide the leadership for our state to reinvent itself so that its citizens can thrive in the 21st century.

While undeniably an intelligent, caring and charismatic person, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has failed to demonstrate the required level of leadership needed in Michigan. Her style has failed. That's why voters should select Republican DICK DeVOS as Michigan's next governor.

Granholm's defenders argue that she has been prevented from dealing with a bad economy by obstructionist Republican lawmakers. That's a bad argument on two fronts.
First, that indicates that she will be no more effective in a second term if Republicans continue to rule both the House and the Senate. Second, the governor has come up short when it comes to specific programs that the Legislature could support or block.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Anti-2nd Amendment group endorsements

This is a good guide on who NOT to vote for. The Brady Campaign to take away our freedoms endorse the following jokers. Let's send these people (all democrats) home.

U.S. Senate
Debbie Stabenow
U.S. House of Representatives
Dale Kildee (5)
Sander Levin (12)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (13)
John Conyers (14)
The endorsed State candidates are:

State House of Representatives

Coleman Young (4)
Steve Tobocman (12)
Andy Meisner (27)
State Senate

Martha Scott (2)
Irma Clark-Coleman (3)
Liz Brater (18)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

More on the dangerous wingnut Jon Stryker

Bill Nowling at the Lunch Bucket Conservative has done a superb job at unconvering the shady gazillionaire Jon Stryker.

Campaign finance reports filed today with the Michigan Secretary of State show that Kalamazoo billionaire Jon Stryker has pumped in $4.6 million of his own money into the so-called "Coalition for Progress" while his sister, Patricia Stryker of Colorado Springs, contributed another $500,000.

There's more.

MSM Starting To Shine Light On Ultra-Liberal Billionaire Stryker's Hidden Agenda

And one more that covers what his agenda is

Over the years, ARCUS and Stryker have spent millions supporting benefits for same-sex couples, special rights to allow Gay couples to adopt, and efforts to get pro-homosexual courses included in elementary school curricula.

Leave the kids alone, Jonny.

Democrats abandon working families and kiss the ring of rich leftists like Jon Stryker

From the AP



Republicans have good reason to be worried about an unprecedented and expensive ad campaign designed to help Democrats win control of the GOP-controlled Legislature for the first time in years.

Democratic billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo has given $4.6 million to the Michigan Coalition for Progress, a new political action committee he founded. The committee is targeting Republican incumbents in key legislative races with negative ads and campaign literature


It looks like the dems are controlled by four wings. Hollywood, union leadership (Who sold out workers on issues including outsourcing) convicted criminal billionaires like the George Soros, and this wingnut Jon Stryker.

So who is the wingnut Jon Stryker? He's a gazillionaire who inherited billions from his grandfather and never had to work for a living. (DeVos has money, but actually does work for a living). Stryker founded the Arcus Foundation, which support radical gay causes (pushing the agenda on the kids - that's what is radical), killing babies (planned parenthood), and animal rights causes which is bad news for hunters and gun owners.
Arcus Foundation website

Don't take my word for it - take a look at the website itself.

If the democrats take the state legislatures and win the statewide officers, they are going to have to kiss this guy's ring. God help this state if that happens. We don't need Jon Stryker running this state even further into the ground.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Marcinkowski fails to get endorsement of Lansing State Journal

Amazingly, the famously left-wing Lansing State Journal does not endorse Jim Marcinkowski.

If Marcinkowski displayed more depth and temperament for the wide array of issues that will confront any congressman, he might have been a choice.


It sounds like his "Vote for me, I'm a Joe Wilson hanger-on" and loose cannon temperment turned even the LSJ off. His campaign's whining email about no endorsement made their point too.

DeVos in Genoa Twp, Howell Schools update

First off, DeVos was in town yesterday for our county's Reagan Day Dinner. His speaking is much improved from the debates, and he makes a good case in replacing our current "Matt Millen" of governors.

I missed the fiasco at the Howell School Board meeting going on at the same time but talked to a few people for a recap. For background information, go to Wendy Day's blog. Apparantly, the place was backed and split about 50/50 between her supporters and opposition. Much of the opposition have turned out to be real jokers and then some with their personal attacks. Granted what I heard there is secondhand, but I've seen the firsthand stuff on this blog. A couple of jokers on Wendy Day's blog are resorting to the juvenille (apologies to juveniles) tactic of posting under someone else's name (including mine). That's just stupid. This stuff makes Kevins/Communications Guru look like a statesman. At least he posts under his own screenname and gives an arguement.

Let's put this thing into some perspective. You have a few establishment types all in a snit because Wendy posted information about a SILENT protest organized by a chuch in Virginia. Wendy herself only made one comment about this supporting free speech. Granholm pushed for a similar type of protest over gay issues a few years back. I doubt the same people all in a snit over this had one over Granholm's event. Let's at least have some consistancy here. Also, why is the left so up in arms about ONE person on the school board.

Also, rumor has it that Howell Schools' tax raising leader Bonnie White is behind the recall and is passing out fliers promoting it. I also heard that any recall effort against Wendy will be brought against at least three of the sitting Howell School Board members. If there's one recall, they will all recall.

I can't speak for the LOVE Group as I'm not a member. However, as a member and former treasurer of the Concerned Taxpayers Group and its PAC, I'll be urging our members to get involved in any recall attempt/defense if either A. A fiscal conservative is being recalled or B. A big spender is being recalled. This is as much about fiscal issues as it is social issues, especially when Bonnie White is involved in this.

My own preference - No recalls, and settle everything in the scheduled elections.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Obama running in 08

Let's get a sports chant going...OV-ER-RA-TED! OV-ER-RA-TED!

From the AP:

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged Sunday he was considering a run for president in 2008, backing off previous statements that he would not do so.

The Illinois Democrat said he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. He said he would not make a decision until after the Nov. 7 elections.

"That was how I was thinking at that time," said Obama, when asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about his previous statements.


Obama is your typical "talk centrist, vote leftist" chamelion senator. He certainly is no friend of freedom with his anti-2nd amendment votes, even voting to ban .30-30 ammunition - one of only 31 senators (including leftist extremist Stabenow) to do so. He also supports junk lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.

He's just a "nice guy" variation of Hillary Clinton. Jimmy Carter circa 2008 is not what we need. That said, I can't see anyone with the last name of Obama winning nationwide anyway.

Chris Ward receives “Make a Difference Award”

Chris Ward Receives Recognition for Fighting for Equity in School Funding

Representative Chris Ward recently received the “Make a Difference Award” from the Huron Valley Schools Board of Education in recognition of his support to narrow the gap in the per pupil foundation allowance of Michigan public schools, and also for his continued support for Huron Valley Schools.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award from the Huron Valley Schools Board of Education,” said Ward. “Every budget cycle, I have fought hard to continue to lessen the gap in funding for school districts. Although it’s a first step in that process, securing equity payments for lower funded school districts is one of the greatest accomplishments of my legislative career and I remain committed to continue to fight for dollars for our area schools.”

Under budget agreements approved by the Legislature late this summer, public education received the highest levels of funding in the state’s history with an additional $210 in per-pupil funding; $20 million to bolster middle school math programs; $20 million to decrease the funding gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded school districts; and $10.7 million in additional funding for early childhood education.

In addition to the foundation grants, Representative Ward fought hard to see that a $23 per-pupil equity payment used to bring lower-funded schools in line with higher-funded districts was included. Area schools have been receiving less than $7150 per-pupil foundation allowances and this equity payment helps bring them in line with other districts.

“I’ve said time and time again that our local schools are among the fastest growing in Michigan but receive some of the lowest foundation grant allotments of any area in the state. This equity payment helps lessen the gap,” Ward said. “Even though Proposal A has been somewhat successful in lessening the gap between the highest and lowest funded schools, we still need to do more to work towards greater equality when it comes to funding our children’s education. Students in all school districts deserve the best possible education we can provide them no matter where they live.”

Argus gets one right

I don't usually agree with editorials in the Argus, but they got one right on the money here regarding the latest hornets nest in Howell Schools. We need to put this issue into perspective

To the many people who are getting too worked up about what was going to be an understated protest against abortion in a couple of Howell-area schools on Tuesday, we have some advice:
Take a deep breath, relax and try to put this issue in perspective. Let's remember who the adults are here

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Howell Schools hornets' nest

I've never seen so much "tolerance" in my days after reading much of the comment section. The angry leftists and old boys club are having a fit and are showing some fascist tendancies in their hatred of free speech and opposing views. Read some of the comments. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAOWW.

The facts are this. A non-governmental organized a protest. Some school kids in Howell schools are going to have a silent protest against abortion. WHMI mistakenly reported that Wendy Day has organized this. That is incorrect. These are the organizers. Brian Kemper and Stand True Ministries. If Wendy organizated this, I would not support this as government should not be pressuring towards views.

Wendy's only involvement is this comment on her blog.
One Tuesday, October 24th, students will be entering our schools with duct tape on their mouths, or red arm bands to show their support for the unborn. These kids will take a brave step toward civil activism. I hope these kids are supported as they exercise their freedom of speech. So far, Howell High School and Hutchings will have students participating.

For more information go to : http://www.silentday.org/

Give up your voice for those who have no voice.


Her only involvement in this is that one comment. For that, the left went off their rocker once again. Never mind that fact that Wendy is one person on the school board, surrounded by a board of Chuck Breiner yesmen. The old boys club is threatened and is no longer unopposed. Wendy had the highest number of votes in the highest recent turnout in a school board election.

I do have to wonder if the left there would have the same reaction if the students were wearing rainbow armbands? I highly doubt it. In the left's view, only one side should be allowed. Theirs.

For the record my stance is this. Government shouldn't organize, nor censor this. Free speech isn't just what one side agrees with.

Updates

The Lansing State Journal mentions this blog, along with five others, both right and left.

Chris Ward has been endorsed by the Free Press

The leftist national press ignores Harry Reid's shady land deal.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Argus endorses Chris Ward!

Considering that the Argus endorsed Theresa Brennan for the primary, John Kerry in 04, and Granholm, Levin, Butch Hollowell, and Gary Peters in 02, this is a bit of a shocker to me. I think the negativity from McGonegal's "Communications Guru" has hurt him badly.

Chris has done a good job for us. He's been in the forefront for trying to tackle the school funding issue and road funding. I don't agree with all of his campaign finance measures (We had a lot of discussions over that issue), but he's taken a stand there, and has been consistant there for the past four years which I respect. He's also solidly pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life. He's always pushed for election integrity, and after Gore tried to steal the election in Florida (and Kerry stealing Wisconsin, and Dino Rossi "losing" in Washington) - we need election reform in the worst way. Requiring photo ID to vote is a much needed start. We need to keep our elections watchdog and send Chris back to Lansing.

From the Argus

As a township trustee and later a clerk in Brighton Township, Ward was a key player in forging regional cooperation between the city of Brighton and neighboring townships to more effectively provide government services for taxpayers.
He has shown that same skill in Lansing, where his peers selected him as the House majority floor leader.

In his position, he has worked with some notable success at gaining additional revenue for Livingston County's under-funded public schools and roads. He took the lead in writing and passing legislation that consolidated all Michigan elections into four specific dates. And he has worked diligently — sometimes to the chagrin of members of his own party — at seeking more effective ethics and campaign finance reform laws.

Ward has an impressive grasp of the issues at play. He is a proud Republican, but he has shown that when it comes to issues, he is both well-versed and willing to work constructively with legislators on both sides of the aisle.

As part of his effort to address public school financing, Ward also understands that spending is an important part of the equation. Despite discouraging recalcitrance by many in the House and Senate, Ward continues to work to address the untenable costs of health-care benefits and retirement obligations in the public school system.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Updates

I have been caught up in a ton of work here, so I haven't been able to post updates. Things should open up slightly after Monday.

The judges had their debate Tuesday. All of them did well. Jay Drick did a very good job of contrasting his experience advantage against his pro-abortion opponent, Theresa Brennan.

In other news the absentee voting ballots are now stating to come out. Election Day for all intents and purposes - is now.

How to vote on the ballot proposals
1. Tough Call
2. Yes (Ban Affirmative Action)
3. Yes (Hunting - a yes keeps, a no bans)
4. Yes (Eminent Domain, Yes bans, no puts dependency on the Michigan Supreme Court)
5. No (Increases spending on MESSA and Pensions, not classrooms)

Lastly, good news for the GOP - Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner is NOT running for president. Warner, IMO was the dems best shot for winning.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Debate

UPDATE - Argus Article and audio of debates

Mary Andersson v Joe Hune - This was a civil debate about the issues. Andersson seemed nervous, but it's easy to say that from the seats. I've done some public speaking, but not in that setting. Public speaking isn't easy. Her main issues are environment and increasing health care. Joe is one of the best at giving straight answers and is a less government conservative. I always know where Joe stands, and he did a very good job tonight.

Mike McGonegal v Chris Ward - McGonegal did not do bad until the end where he got away from his vision and went negative. He could have been stronger, but he took too many pages out of the "KevinS/Communications Guru" playbook with his attacks in his closing statements. Chris brought his A game and was ready for a "Communications Guru" style of attack, and it showed. Chris emphasised his accomplishments in education and elections issues and took the high road.

Donna Anderson v Valde Garcia - I don't agree with Donna Anderson on 90% of the issues. (Term limits and to some degree, the Great Lakes) That said I give her some credit here. She did not give us politispeak and smoke. There is no doubt where she stands. Valde did a good job and detailed his work in the legislature. This debate was mostly about issues and did not have many attacks.

Jim Marcinkowski v Mike Rogers - Marcinkowski's a Class A jackass who spent all his time braying and yapping about how the other guy sucks. This guy doesn't have the temper to do the job. Mike kept the high road and talked about his work in DC. Marcinkowski showed himself to be a bigtime leftist as well, braying his support of socialized medicine.

County Budgets

From the Argus

For years, our county used growth as increased revenue to pay for the spending. With the slowdown in this county's growth (and Michigan overall), that's now catching up with us.

I have to give a democrat of all people some credit here on fiscal matters. Matt Evans has raised some good questions on the county budget and spending. Most of it was about the Sheriff's department, but I think the most important part is this.

Evans also took the commission to task for the 3.1 percent spending increase in the 2007 budget proposal. He said that's a larger increase than the rate of inflation as predicted by the Bush administration's Office of Management and Budget, 2.6 percent.

"On fiscal policy, I don't think that's conservative enough," Evans said.

He said he prefers "zero-based" budgeting in which the county would essentially start from scratch at the beginning of a budget year, determine what services it wants to provide and how much money it has, and then start writing the budget. That's instead of starting from last year's budget and making adjustments.


I have to agree given the current situation in Michigan, especially when I see Jack LaBelle make this comment.
"The county, despite having the lowest allocated millage in the state of Michigan, has maintained a balanced budget while giving due compensation to employees."


I'm going to have to talk to Jack about that. Granted it is hard to read the tone of a comment from a news article, but it sounds like he is not happy about the low millage here. Lower taxes means more productivity, which increases growth (Laffer Curve). The Laffer Curve works well when spending is held in check. We just had the 911 and several ballot measurers this August. Most of them passed, due to it being fire/police related. What's next? Times are tough here, and we do not need new taxes, and we do need ALL of our governments to live within their means.

I think we can start by cutting the full health benefits of the commissioners. If sacrifices need to be made, the buck needs to start at the top - the board.

Candidate Forum Tonight and tomorrow

The Argus has a candidate forum tonight and tomorrow. Tonight is for congress and state legislative races, and tomorrow is for judicial races. Both events are at 6:30PM at Howell High School's auditorium.

The candidates invited tonight are U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, and his Democratic challenger Jim Marcinkowski; state Sen. Valde Garcia, R-Marion Township, and Democratic hopeful Donna Anderson; state Rep. Chris Ward, R-Brighton Township, and Democrat Mike McGonegal; and state Rep. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, and Democrat Mary Andersson.

On Tuesday, judicial candidates are invited. The second forum is at the same time and place. The candidates in the nonpartisan judicial races are Circuit Judge Stanley Latreille and challenger Bill Russell; District Judge Theresa Brennan and challenger Jay Drick; Carol Hackett Garagiola and Robert Parker, who are running to replace retiring Probate Judge Susan Reck; and Carol Sue Reader and Bill McCririe, vying to replace retiring District Judge John Pikkarainen.


Unfortunately, I usually only see political junkies there and few undecideds. These events should be packed.

Look out for deer

From the Argus

The numbers are pretty staggering.
In Livingston County alone, there are more than 1,200 car-deer accidents annually.

That averages out to more than three a day.

Given our high traffic counts and many areas that are still relatively rural, then perhaps it isn't surprising that five of the state's top 10 sites for vehicle-deer crashes are in Livingston County.
With deer season upon us, the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition has provided tips to avoid a crash with one of the state's 1.75 million deer.


Let's all be careful out there. Almost every time I drive to my parents house lately, I see at least two deer. They are very common, and with the building around, they will adapt to more suburban and semi-rural areas - double the case when some of the residents feed the deer.


Watch for deer especially at dawn and dusk. They are most active at those times, especially during the fall mating season. In spring, deer will move from cover to find food, and back to cover. Often they will feed along road rights-of-way, where grass greens up first.

If you see one deer, approach cautiously, as there may be more out of sight.

Deer often travel single file, so if you see one cross a road, chances are more are nearby waiting to cross, too. When startled by an approaching vehicle, they can panic and dart out from any direction without warning.

Be alert all year long, especially on two-lane roads. Watch for deer warning signs. They are placed at known deer-crossing areas and serve as a first alert that deer may be near.

Slow down when traveling through deer population areas.


Luckily, I've never gone one on one with a deer when I've been driving. I'd like to keep it that way.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Trouble in Marcinkowski's paradise

I'm not usually a fan of the NY Times, but they had an interesting article here about Marcinkowski.

He talked to Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader; Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip; and Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. All urged him to run, especially Mr. Emanuel, who called several times, and even shipped him a thank-you cheesecake after he had agreed to run.

Mr. Marcinkowski says everyone promised their full support.

“That and a buck-seventy will get you a nice cup of coffee at Starbucks,” he said, adding that if he could do it again, he would have sought assurances that the campaign committee would devote ample “resources” — also known as money — to his race.

He says many of the Democrats who enticed him to run abandoned him after his fund-raising lagged and they deemed other races to be more winnable. “Sometimes I feel like the marine who they sent charging up a hill,” he said. “Then the marine looks back over his shoulder and wonders, ‘Hey, where’d everyone go?’ ”



Now there are several scenarios plausible here.

1. The Times made the whole thing up. Possible, but unlikely considering the stuff I've seen from this campaign.
2. Overrated candidate. Marcinkowski's whole plan is "Vote for me, I'm a buddy of Joe Wilson." Since it wasn't Karl Rove that ran his mouth, the whole thing crashed and burned, causing Rahm Emmanuel to cut his losses.
3. Rahn's a jackass and played Marcinkowski to get him to run. I don't agree with the far left Daily Kos crowd on much, but when it comes to Rahm Emmanuel, they are right. The Bill Clinton disciple has the loyalty of his mentors.
4. Mike Rogers is going wipe the floor with Jim Marcinkowski, and both Marcinkowski and Emmanuel wants to avoid blame for this loss, passing the buck to each other.
5. Combination of #2,3,4.

I'm going with scenario 5 here.

Tigers defeat Yankees in first round of playoffs

Good Job Tigers!

For years the Tigers were a highly respectable team who usually finished above .500 and even won titles every now and then, most notably the World Series in '68 and in '84, but there were other years when they won their division championship and even the American League Pennant. This was no small accomplishment in the 1960's and 1970's, an era when the mega-rich New York Yankees dominated baseball. These are the Tigers that I like to remember, the Tigers of my youth.

But an entire generation in Michigan had never seen a good Tiger's team, at least not until this year. After the struggles of recent years I had been hoping for nothing more than a team capable of winning more games than it lost, an indicator that they were finally getting serious about playing baseball. To have such an outstanding season was icing on the cake. Defeating the Yankees is like adding premium ice cream on top.

I'll be cheering for the Tigers as they compete for the American League Pennant and I hope they achieve much higher honors, but for me the Tigers are already big winners, much like the Tigers I remember growing up.

Now about the Lions . . . . .

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Marcinkowski LIES again

From the Argus



But Marcinkowski put the blame for Michigan's economy squarely on Rogers' shoulders for voting for free-trade agreements. He said the agreements don't require other countries to ban child labor or force them to pay fair wages.


Jim, stop LYING. I repeat. Stop LYING.

NAFTA and GATT (The bigger problem) were both passed in the mid 90's. Off the top of my head, somewhere around 1993 and 1995.

They were both signed by Bill Clinton. In 1995, Mike Rogers was a first term state senator who only voted in Lansing, not DC. He did not enter Congress until 2001. He had no chance to vote on Clinton's NAFTA and GATT.

So stop LYING Jim.

Monday, October 02, 2006

DeVos Granholm - Debate 1

Some good news and bad news. The good news is that this is only the first debate and that the debate does not affect my vote. The bad news is that the first debate was brutal. I'm not even going to spin this one.

I don't know how else to explain this. It was brutal and painful to watch, especially since I've seen DeVos speak several times in person - and have spoken with him several times. He's better than that. Much better.

It wasn't due to Granholm's not lacking any openings. She kept attacking, but led with her chin and was open to a good political counterpunch. DeVos should have countered with "We've had 4 years of your plan. It hasn't work. Here's my plan" and then go down the list with the plan right there. I expected all attacks as that's all Granholm had. She's done about as good of job running the state as Matt Millen has running the Detroit Lions.

I did not expect DeVos to beat Granholm (a lawyer who also went to acting school) in a TV debate. I did expect DeVos to rise above Granholm's slogans and attacks with more substance than was at the debate. What's worse though is that he HAS a plan, and did not mention it at the debate. I was waiting for the next step in the debate after "We need new leadership." Both candidates had too many dodges, too much politispeak, and not enough substance. I expected that from Granholm (all flash, no substance), but not from DeVos. I've see the other DeVos, and that's what the rest of the population needs to see.

I know it's easy to armchair QB, but if I was DeVos' debate prep team, I would just trash the slogans completely, be all business, and be himself at the next two debates - treating the crowd as 5 million Board of Directors members. Just be straightforward, no slickness, answer all the questions, and go forward with the Michigan Turnaround plan. That's just my own opinion.

There's two more debates to go. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

October 9 and 10 - Debates

The Argus and League of Women Voters are holding debates for legislative candidates on the 9th and judicial candidates on the 10th.

The debates are at Howell High School at 6PM.