Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Reality to Mr. Obama - Talk is cheap.

This comes from the "You got to be kidding files." Money talks, BS walks.

From the AP

RACINE, Wis. – Sensitive to election-year resentment over big government, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he intends to get "our debt and our deficits under control." With fears alive of a double-dip recession, Obama warned that he won't slash spending at the expense of the economic rebound.

"We got it moving again," Obama said of the economy to his town hall audience in this Midwestern city, where unemployment tops 14 percent. "We now have to, in a gradual way, reduce spending ... but do so in a way that doesn't hurt people. And that is a challenge."

The debt is hurting people. It weakens our dollar, increases inflation, increases costs, weakens our country's economic leverage, and wastes taxpayers money in interest.

As far as reducing spending, Obama hasn't done jackshit except do what he does best. Run his gigantic mouth. This is the Joker who just ram-rodded a takeover of healthcare, a trillion dollar stimulus bill that benefits government, not people, and as a senator with McCain and Bush, pushed for a bailout of big banks helping his buddies at Goldman Sachs. This is in addition to the regular budget which double's Bush's record deficits. Bush absolutely sucked on this issue, and Obama makes him look almost like Mike Pence, who actually is good on this issue. That's not an easy thing to do.

"How do we get government spending under control? That's a legitimate question," Obama said. "And whether you're a Democrat, an independent, or a Republican, all of us should be worried about the fact that we have been running the credit card ... Somebody's going to have to pay that back."
It's an easy answer. Stop spending all the damn money you don't have, dumbass.

He promised that the matter would be a priority for him over the next couple of years, with help from a commission studying how to reduce costly safety-net programs. Still, the president defended as essential both the unprecedented stimulus spending and the massive aid given to big banks and auto companies.

Commissions? We don't need any commissions on this. Commissions are a joke. They are a bunch of has been politicians who call themselves "statesmen", who push for the same old crap to give cover to our elected polls when they follow the recommendation.

This does sound familiar. Obama ran his mouth on this awhile back too. Let's go back to January, when I wrote on this then.

1-26-2010 - Obama's new awakening on fiscal matters is absolute bullshit

Bluntly titled, and true. His awakening on fiscal matters is absolute bullshit. He talked about commissions then too. This was also before the health care fiasco.

Balancing the budget isn't hard. Paying off the debt with stimulus is harder, but doable with something that Washington does not have. Discipline. Put me in charge, and I'll balance the budget in the first year. I'll pay off the damn debt in 10 years.

If I can do it, the so called experts should be able to do it. Don't count on it. They aren't as smart as me and you.

Monday, June 28, 2010

McDonald v Chicago in

I have mixed views about the Chicago gun case. To put it best, I concur with the judgement. I am not a believer in "substantive due process", only procedural due process. I believe that the Bill of Rights was intended to apply to the states through the 14th Amendment's Privileges and Immunities provisions. I would have loved to have seen Slaughterhouse, Cruikshank, and Presser eliminated completely. SCOTUS did not address those cases which was a shame. I tend to agree much more with Justice Thomas's partly concurring and concurring in the judgment opinion. I do have strong biases against the Doe, Roe, and Casey cases however.

SCOTUS followed the current "selective incorporation" process, much the same way as the 1st amendment was passed on to the states.

I don't believe in the perfect being the enemy of the good, and overall this was good. I think it could be better, but this is a big improvement over crooks and cops being the only ones to have the guns. When only the police have guns, the result is a police state.

Regardless of that, one scary determination is that we are one judge away from losing this. Obama's Sotomayor is who we thought she was and took her Cruikshank support to SCOTUS. Ginsburg's civil liberty support ends at those she doesn't like. Stevens and Breyer are well known in their views and are no surprise. It is absolutely critical that a firewall is built to stop Obama from replacing one of the five.

This isn't over, not by a longshot.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Halfway jobs get halfway results. Asian Carp passes the barrier

I said back in February that a halfway job is absolute disaster. Well, now the carp passed the barrier and has a clear shot to Lake Michigan. Obama listened to his Chicago puppet masters instead of doing the right thing. It's time to close the locks and minimize the damage by these invasive species.

Picture's at the Free Press


Federal and state officials in Illinois said this afternoon that they found a live bighead carp in Lake Calumet, 6 miles from Lake Michigan, in an area near where a poisoning operation that ended June 4 took place.

Several members of Congress were notified today of the find. The creature, found by commercial fishermen looking for carp as part of wider carp hunting missions, was 34.6 inches long and weighed just under 20 pounds.

This is the first time anyone has found an Asian carp, live or dead, beyond an electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Lockport. The nearest carp to the barrier was a dead one found last December after a massive poisoning of the shipping canal.

But the Army Corps of Engineers said it has no plans to close any locks in response to the fish find. There are no locks that can be closed between Lake Calumet and Lake Michigan.

Lake Calumet sits between T. J. O’Brien Lock and Dam and Lake Michigan. The find was made in the northwest corner of the lake near Harborside Golf Course.

Officials said earlier this month they had found no evidence of the two Asian carp species thought to have breached the electric barrier.

Lake Calumet is a murky lake in southern Chicago near the Indiana border, between the I-90 and I-94 freeways, a few miles west of Whiting, Ind., in a heavily industrial area. The Cal-Sag Channel, an arm of the shipping canal, runs into the lake.

As I wrote in February.

The entire Michigan delegation united on this issue. That alone tells you how big of a deal this is. Just about everyone is on board except Obama not wanting to hurt his big money buddies in the concrete jungle of Chicago.

Intermittent lock closures are a joke. If you have a squirrel getting in your bird feeder, you don't take the baffle off of the feeder one week a month. The squirrel will get through. It's what they do. If you want to keep deer out, you don't put up a five foot fence. They will jump it. For once I agree with Granholm. Close this down, get rid of the bottomfeeders, and then open it up.

How big of deal is this? Gigantic. This up to 100lb fish gets 40% of its bodyweight each day. This will starve out the fish in our great lakes. Trout. Salmon. Perch.Whitefish. Walleye. This is a $4Billion dollar industry, and these carp are a major threat to that economy. I don't want to lose our fishing to a damn carp of all things.

Not only are the Great Lakes at risk, but so are the inland waters. Most, if not all of the rivers and streams in Michigan are connected to the Great Lakes. In Livingston County, the Huron River eventually flows to Lake Erie. The Red Cedar and Looking Glass Rivers flows eventually via the Grand River to Lake Michigan. The Shiawassee River flows eventually into Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron. The carp likely wouldn't go this far inland with the dams, but they could cause some problems flowing upstream in those rivers near the coast. That'll hurt the economy even more.

Take em out of the Illinois Waterway.

Time is money. Time is not on our side. It's time Obama stand up to his Chicago puppet masters and close the locks.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Another incumbent fired. Bob Inglis sent home

Ouch. Some big news in South Carolina. The media is hyping that two minorities won their runoffs and will be the Republican nominations for a congressional seat and governorship this fall. Nikki Haley, an American of Indian ancestry won a tough primary and runoff against a bailout supporting Republican in Greshem Barrett. Good to see. Tim Burns, a black republican beat Strom Thurmond's son which is significant considering that last name. Neither race was close, and good luck to both of them in the general. Both candidates are popular with the site Redstate.

What is more significant is that another incumbent was sent home. Bob Inglis, who supported the bailout was sent back to Greenville. Trey Gowdy destroyed him in the runoff.

Several incumbents have been defeated already, and we haven't gotten to November yet. Alan Mollohan, Bob Bennett, Arlen Specter, Bob Inglis, Parker Griffith, and Jim Gibbons all were fired. This is rare in primaries, and this has been a bipartisan firing.

Obama's Katrina? No. It's worse.

We all know about the BP spill, and a month later, Obama exemplifies the Peter Principle, rising to his level of absolute incompetence. The going got tough, and he showed himself to be the bitch that he is. He proved that he's not man enough for the job. Quit, and take Biden with you.

What has been Obama's response to this, weeks after the fact. He's been complaining, running his mouth, talking about asses to kick (try not to laugh), talking about this and that, and doing nothing except some damn moratorium on new drilling (almost nothing). I take that back, he got BP to put 20 Billion away in some claims fund. Wow. Good job. Between the damages to the economy, fines, and tort liability, BP's probably already on the hook for at least that in damages anyway due to negligence claims in several states. So, he did nothing.

Guess what's still happening. The oil's still leaking. I'm just a small business owner, but what do you do if you have a major leak going on. What's the first order of business. Stop the damn thing. The damage is still going on and increasing. Bush's big mistake in Katrina was poor preparations, not taking charge, and then giving away a bunch of money in handouts because he felt guilty. Obama not only isn't prepared, he hasn't responded, turned down aid, and just flys a copter and runs his mouth some more, and calls it taking charge.Worse, the coast guard just stopped Louisiana from trying to do things themselves to protect their coast.

Talk is cheap. Actions matter, and Obama's actions show what happens when you send a punk to do a man's job. While the well would have leaked anyway, different tactics should have mitigated some of the damages.

Then there's BP and Congress. What Tony Hayward needed to do is to go out on side, set up base, and make sure this thing gets fixed. When Congress had their sham hearing, he needed to show up to bitchslap them.  "I'm out there trying to do my job, while you are wasting time puffing yourselves up so you can look good for the cameras. Do you want this fixed or not? If so, I'll be going to back to work. Stop wasting my time dealing with you idiots." Hayward didn't do himself favors. 

Heads need to roll at BP. Heads also need to roll in government. The first order of business is fixing the damn leak. The rest needs to come later.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Damn it Bouchard. (Services Tax support)

Bouchard recently became my 2nd choice with Hoekstra's tax stance. Not anymore. I'm really getting dissolutioned with the gubernatorial candidates outside of Mike Cox. I like Bouchard and Hoekstra personally, and met Bouchard on several occasions. Honestly, I expected better from both.

This stance needs to be called out, and the self proclaimed "Business leaders for Michigan" need to get called out to the carpet as well for pushing this crap with the services tax. Business Leaders for Michigan is formerly "Detroit Renaissance" and it is extremely influential with the Lansing insiders. They need to feel the heat, and so to the reps.

Bouchard joined Hoekstra in support of the services tax.

From the Detroit News:


Bouchard: I'll back services tax if it's neutral

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard told The Detroit News today he can support extending the sales tax to services -- as long as the net effect of reshaping the system is neutral or a tax cut.
Bouchard, a Republican candidate for governor, added the rationale for tax reform must be to make Michigan a better place to do business.
"We have to make ourselves more competitive with other states," Bouchard said in a wide-ranging interview with The News' editorial board. "That has to be the goal."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100617/POLITICS02/6170489/1361/Bouchard--I-ll-back-services-tax-if-it-s-neutral#ixzz0rVOzevyx
Revenue Neutral? BS. The last revenue neutral idea came from the Michigan Business Tax. That was more of a disaster than the SBT. This so called revenue neutral idea (Business leaders for Michigan plan) cuts the sales tax a measly 1/2 cent and puts a 5.5cent tax on every dollar of services. 
Bouchard's right about the jobs by small businesses, but this damn services tax will chase them all away. 

Let's contrast Bouchard and Hoekstra's statement on the services tax to the others. 

Tom George - "The door is open" 

Rick Snyder - Opposes. Even Rick Snyder opposes this. I have my problems with Rick Michigan's stances on other issues, but he gets this big one right, at least in talk.

Mike Cox made his stance on this loud and clear.


“We’re not going to put Michigan back to work by taxing working men and women who are getting haircuts or picking up their dry cleaning for job interviews.  Michigan job makers and families need a tax cut, not a massive new sales tax on services.
“An expansion of the sales tax to services would kill jobs, drive businesses out of the State and further encourage out-of-control government spending.  With the nation’s highest unemployment rate and the third worst business tax climate in the nation, that’s the last message Michigan can afford to send.

When the other candidates are mostly caving on this major issue, Mike Cox has not.  He made his stance on this a long time in the past, and it hasn't changed. No Granholm services tax.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pete Hoekstra repeats his support for a tax increase

With the primary coming up, it helps to bring this back from the archives. Hoekstra came out for his tax increase around March 20th.

From the Observor and Eccentric in Royal Oak


The 57-year-old congressman from Holland told members of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that increased sales taxes would “totally eliminate some other taxes.” Specifically, he mentioned the small business and personal property taxes, both of which he said are hurting businesses in the state.
“My preference is to spread the sales tax over a broader base and to raise the rate,” Hoekstra said in response to a question. “There is no perfect tax system.”
Currently the state’s 6 percent sales tax does not apply to groceries and medication.

This isn't a secret. It's downplayed, but no secret, and it is probably a good reason that Hoekstra didn't get the Michigan Chamber endorsement. It's also a big reason why I'm supporting Mike Cox as the best alternative to the beltwayitis of Hoekstra.


I don't like the small business or personal property tax, but this small business owner is KILLED with a services tax.  Absolutely killed. Reduce the business taxes, yes, but don't KILL the services industry with a tax increase. Cut the damn spending.

I stand by what I wrote the 20th.

As I posted on March 20th:


We all know Andy Dillon supports higher taxes, but I'm a little disappointed in Hoekstra. He was until this my second choice for governor, and one where I wouldn't have to hold my nose in supporting outside of that one bailout vote that left me a bit sour. Well, now the bailout vote isn't the only thing that has me sour.

From the Detroit News


Beverly Hills -- Two early poll leaders in the Michigan governor's race -- Democrat Andy Dillon and Republican Pete Hoekstra -- found more common ground than differences Friday in a rare joint appearance at Detroit Country Day School.
They agreed term limits block political relationships in Lansing; it takes too long for businesses to get regulatory permits; right-to-work legislation would be too divisive; and the state needs to retool its tax system, including extending the sales tax to services.



This one pisses me off. It's personal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Official Con Con opposition committee forms

Speaking of the Michigan Chamber, they are leading the way against this years constitutional convention aka con-con which will be on the ballot this November. I've discussed my own strong opposition to the con-con on several occasions which can be read on this link. It is too much of a risk of our checks and balances against massive governmental power.

From the Detroit News

A long list of interest groups has formed a coalition to oppose the constitutional convention proposal on the November ballot, organizers announced today.
Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution includes business, education, agricultural, local government, faith-based, transportation and health care groups. The coalition says it is concerned about "the costs in time, uncertainty and dollars" a constitutional convention would require.
"A constitutional convention will handcuff our next governor and legislature for at least two years and effectively prevent them from tackling issues like spending reform, tax policy, education and economic development," said Rich Studley, president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Backers of the so-called "con-con" -- including Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican gubernatorial candidate Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo -- have said a rewrite of the Constitution would be the most effective way to make the reforms needed in state government.
The coalition said the convention would reopen the contentious issues recently decided by voters -- such as embryonic stem cell research, the affirmative action ban, gay marriage and assisted suicide, among others. There have been 31 amendments to the constitution since 1963.
Michigan's constitution was last rewritten in 1962. Law requires a constitutional convention issue be placed on the ballot every 16 years. Con-con ballot proposals were soundly defeated in 1978 and 1994. Some say the proposal has a better chance of passage this year because of general dissatisfaction with state government.
Approval of the ballot issue would require election of delegates, a series of meetings and another public vote on the end result of the convention. Cost estimates have run as high as $45 million, but backers of con-con say it would be much less than that.

The biggest reasons I oppose it is the push by Phil Power's people to reduce elections, eliminate recall provisions, and to raise taxes. The other reason is that in the off-time elections, those likely elected to be delegates are famous names or ex-politicians. They will be the ones writing the new constitution.

That is bad news, and this should be defeated.

Michigan Chamber State House Endorsements

The Chamber endorsements for State House open and challenged seats are out

Reading between the lines here. The Michigan Chamber is besides being very connected, is also pragmatic. They've gotten involved in some real long shot - on paper - districts this year. Hopefully, that means that we're going to pick up a few seats we're not supposed to win.  The 15th, 26th, 64th, and 75th come to mind.

OPEN SEATS – 25



District
Candidate
Home

15th
Suzanne Sareini
Dearborn

20th
Kurt Heise
Plymouth

26th
Ken Rosen
Royal Oak

33rd
Pete Vitale
Clinton Township

46th
Brad Jacobsen
Oxford

52nd
Mark Ouimet
Ann Arbor

55th
Mary Kay Thayer
Lambertville

57th
Jim Van Doren
Tipton

61st
Margaret O'Brien
Portage

65th
Mike Shirkey
Clark Lake

73rd
Peter MacGregor
Rockford

75th
Bing Goei
Grand Rapids

79th
Al Pscholka
Stevensville

80th
Aric Nesbitt
Lawton

81st
Jud Gilbert
Lansing

83rd
Paul Muxlow
Brown City

87th
Michael Callton
Nashville

89th
Amanda Price
Holland

91st
Holly Hughes
Montague

97th
Joel Johnson
Clare

99th
Christine Alwood
Mt. Pleasant

100th
Marc Libants
Newaygo

105th
Greg MacMaster
Kewadin

106th
Peter Pettalia
Presque Isle

107th
Frank Foster
Pellston





CHALLENGER RACES - 3



District
Candidate
Home

56th
Dale Zorn
Ida

64th
Jane Grover
Jackson

101st
Ray Franz
Onekama

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Endorsement Watch

I've been keeping an eye on the major endorsements by influential organizations. Farm Bureau, Life issues, 2nd Amendment, fiscal conservative, and business organizations are the ones I'm watching, more that endorsements from politicians.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce made its endorsements for the State Senate. Close to home, Joe Hune is the big winner.

OPEN SEATS - 17
District Candidate Home
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12th Jim Marleau Lake Orion
15th Mike Kowall White Lake
16th Bruce Caswell Hillsdale
20th Tonya Schuitmaker Portage
21st John Proos St. Joseph
22nd Joe Hune Hamburg
24th Rick Jones Grand Ledge
25th Phil Pavlov St. Clair
26th Dave Robertson Grand Blanc
29th Dave Hildenbrand Grand Rapids
30th Arlan Meekhof West Olive
33rd Brian Calley Portland
34th Goeff Hansen Hart
35th Darwin Booher Evart
36th John Moolenaar Midland
37th Howard Walker Traverse City
38th Tom Casperson Escanaba


CHALLENGER RACES - 1
District Candidate Home
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6th John Pastor Livonia

In other news, while it isn't an endorsement, Bill Rogers, my state rep, earned a Protector of Prosperity award from Americans for Prosperity-Michigan.
The ratings can be found there.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Don't fill out the Republican Liberty Caucus survey? What?

This came from MIRS and was forwarded to me. As a member of the RLC, this caught my eye.

GOP Candidates Steered From Certain Surveys
A House Republican Campaign Committee field staffer forwarded a message to GOP House candidates in which it's recommended that they do not respond to the questionnaires of 16 organizations that, arguably, have liberal leanings and have not, historically, endorsed large numbers of Republican candidates.

The June 3 e-mail obtained by MIRS from Frank EGELER is a forwarded document with the subject line "FW: Do not answer." It reads simply, "These are the questionnaires we recommend you DO NOT respond to."

The groups listed includes, in full, Planned Parenthood, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Michigan Equality, the County Road Association of Michigan, Sierra Club & Clean Water Action, Michigan Abortion Action Rights League (MARAL), Healthy Michigan, Healthy Kids, Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines, ACLU, ACORN, Family Rights Coalition of Michigan, the Republican Liberty Caucus and Project Vote Smart.

Dan McMASTER of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) told MIRS that it was the committee's policy not to talk about the questionnaire strategy, but that he was not aware of the Egeler e-mail and whether Egeler had authored it himself or was just passing along a message to his flock of candidates.

McMaster did confirm that Egeler was a field staffer for the HRCC and that he oversaw the candidates in Northern Michigan. That said, McMaster added that all Republican House candidates are free to answer whichever surveys they care to fill out.

MIRS asked McMaster to check on the legitimacy of the e-mail and to what extent it was e-mailed to Republican candidates throughout the state. He was not able to get back with that information by MIRS' publishing deadline.

Some of these are obvious. The SEIU for example is the most radical union in US History. It's almost communist. However, the Republican Liberty Caucus is far from liberal. First, it's Republican, and secondly, it's conservative libertarian.

From the Republican Liberty Caucus

Who we are & What we Believe

The RLC-MI, a state chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, consists of politically active Michiganders who believe in advancing libertarian principles and limited government policies within the Republican Party. (We think the GOP desperately needs our guidance and help.)

What are these principles? You can read about them below. You can also check out our updates to see how we apply these principles to today’s most pressing political issues.

While RLCers fairly disagree with each other about plenty of issues, it’s fair to say that we’re politically active because we share a desire for liberty. And we work together because we find ourselves on the same side in our struggles for liberty far more than the alternative. If you share this same desire for freedom and its blessings, we hope you’ll take a moment to join us.

The Republican Party?
You might, at this point, find yourself wondering something like, “Didn’t the Republican Party just preside over the largest expansion of the federal government in decades? And you RLCers are talking about limited government, and hoping to have Republicans deliver it?” These are excellent questions. The short answer is that the Republicans responsible for these tragedies deserve to be replaced in favor of principled advocates for liberty. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more elaborate answers to these, and other common questions.

Principles*
The Republican Liberty Caucus supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.

We believe every human being is endowed by nature with inherent rights to life, liberty and property that are properly secured by law. We support a strict construction of the Bill of Rights as a defense against tyranny; the expansion of those rights to all voluntary consensual conduct under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments; and the requirements of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

We support the Constitutional restrictions on federal government powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 as an absolute limit on all government functions and programs. We oppose the adoption of broad and vague powers under the guise of general welfare or interstate commerce.

We oppose all restrictions on the voluntary and honest exchange of value in a free market. We favor minimal, equitable, and fair taxation for the essential functions of government. We oppose all legislation that concedes Congressional power to any regulatory agency, executive department, or international body.

We support the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, the republican form of government it requires, and the right of all citizens to fair and equitable representation.

We believe these are also the proper positions of the Republican Party.


As far as specific issues
What is the purpose of the RLC?
To campaign for the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free markets in the Republican Party. We believe that one of the most important ways to advance these principles is to elect candidates to public office who share them. Our candidates focus on a broad range of issues, including taxation, property rights, gun rights, free speech, federalism, and the proper role of government. Please see our accomplishments for a brief overview of how we’ve been working toward these ideals.

That doesn't sound liberal to me. If I'm a candidate, this is one of the questionnaires I'd be filling out. Others I wouldn't because they wouldn't back me anyway, like MARAL, planned parenthood, ACORN, County Roads (with my outspoken gas tax opposition) or the Brady Campaign to take our firearms away. It would be wasting my time and theirs.

What this shows is that RLC members and supporters need to get more involved in the party, make sure we have good candidates running, and bully our way in if we have to so the powers that be get the message. What talks? Wins and the right issues.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recent Results and updates

I've been tied up with work so I didn't have a post on the recent primary and updates.

Bad news in California. Carly Fiorina of HP infamy and one of McCain's advisors won the primary for Senate. Unless she would be the 34th (Veto sustain), 41st (fillibuster stop), 51st (majority), 60th (Fillibuster) vote, or 67th vote (veto stop) in the senate, I couldn't vote for her, even over Boxer after the job she did with HP. Between the outsourcing, inept management, product quality decline and overall results of her tenure at HP, I couldn't do it. I'd even vote for the more liberal Tom Campbell over her in the primary. More likely than not, I'd be voting for the libertarian. I don't know what Palin was thinking when she endorsed her. Expect to see her face and HP record in attack ads for years, especially in populist states like Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, and much of Pennsylvania.

Good news in Nevada. Jim Gibbons was fired in the primary. They will have a new governor, hopefully Brian Sandoval. Sandoval beat Gibbons 55%-29%. Ouch. He faces Rory Reid, Harry's son. Another bad incumbent goes down, no matter what happens. Blanche Lincoln barely survived in Arkansas. On paper, that helps the democrats, but does it this year as the incumbency tag isn't a positive.

Out in South Carolina, the establishment democrat lost to a complete unknown in Alvin Greene. Who? James Clyburn is unhappy about it, but instead of pointing fingers at Greene or a conspiracy, he should ask his guy what happened in that campaign.

Closer to home, the endorsement game is getting bigger. Mike Cox scored some big ones recently. MI Chamber of Commerce, Dick DeVos, and Betsy DeVos. Cox won the endorsement over Hoekstra and Bouchard. I wonder if the sales tax comments were a factor in Hoekstra's case. The endorsements from politicians are one thing, but the big ones I look for, especially in primaries are the Chamber, Pro-life groups, Farm Bureau, and Firearms groups. Those are the big ones in primaries.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Mike Rogers endorses Pete Hoekstra

I'm not surprised by this outside of the fact that Mike doesn't often make his primary choices publicly known. Mike Rogers and Hoekstra work together in Congress and both have been on the intelligence committee. This endorsement is noteworthy because it takes a lot for him to endorse in primaries. I don't want to put words in Mike's mouth since he's capable of speaking on his own, but I suspect that a lot of this has to do with foreign policy, even more so than he says in the press release. Foreign policy is personal to Rogers, and he does a great job there. Hoekstra is good on foreign policy issues too.

But I'm not voting for congressman or senator. I'm voting for governor of Michigan. Domestic issues are king, and while I could count on Mike Rogers or Bill Rogers in not voting to support the Granholm services tax, Pete Hoekstra came out with Democrat Andy Dillon in support of that in a debate at Country Day High School. Mike Rogers voted against the bailout. Pete Hoekstra did the first time, but when the going got tough with the pressure by McCain, Bush, Obama, Paulson, and company, he caved. Mike didn't. I like you Mike, but I have to respectfully disagree with this endorsement.

Mike Cox has my vote. He'll take a stand, even when it isn't popular. He kept his campaign promises to gun owners and even exceeded them. He made cuts in his department and lived the fiscal conservatism he preached. He stood up for Civil Rights against racial preferences when it wasn't popular. He'll also fight back, something republicans don't do enough of these days. When the democrats attack in their campaign ads, and they will, Mike Cox won't be like most Republican politicians and sit there and take. He's fight back on their level, and that is what it will take to win. No Republican has done that effectively since John Engler.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Mike Rogers' opponent quits the race

This is a real kick in the nuts for the democrats.

From the Argus:


East Lansing Democrat Kande Ngalamulume today announced he's ending his run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton.

Ngalamulume said he's closed his campaign office and terminated all campaign efforts.

This is a shot at the democrat establishment here, along with a lot of the activists.

“It is with a grieving heart that I must announce I am ending my campaign for Congress. After two difficult months of trying to get this grassroots campaign off the ground, it is now apparent to me that there is not enough interest amongst the political establishment and many constituents in this district to replace Mike Rogers in Congress," Ngalamulume said. "As a result, I am suspending my campaign at once."

He added: "All along, I knew that trying to unseat a five-term incumbent would be a rather difficult proposition; however, I did not let that deter me from jumping into the trenches to fight for the future of this great state that I love. I will always be proud of what we were able to accomplish, with very limited resources, and in such a short period of time."

I think Ngalamulume's name is still going to be on the ballot so I'm not going to change my 8th district page listing him as a candidate, but this one's all but over for sure now. It takes more than a name on the ballot to win most of the time. It's like McCain quitting on Michigan and announcing it in 08. It doesn't go over well.

This district has a slight GOP lean outside of massacre years like 08, but it's never completely safe with Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos.

The best news about this is that it frees up money to go after Peters and Schauer, and to target Stupak's old seat.