Sunday, October 31, 2010

Argus Story on the Conely and MEA/8-D Coordinating Council Mailing

I went into detail about the illegality of this mailing here and here.

The Argus investigated the claims by the 8-D Coordinating Council in today's paper. Here's the story on the mailing


Somebody didn't do their homework before sending out a postcard attacking Brighton Area Schools Board of Education candidate John Conely — and it turned out to be leaders of the district teachers' union.

The 8-D Coordinating Council PAC, a political action committee for Livingston County teachers' unions, sent out a postcard last week to Brighton-area voters linking Conely to 21 lawsuits in Livingston County.

The postcard asks, "Is this the kind of person you want for Brighton school board?" The postcard arrived in homes five days before Tuesday's general election.

The Daily Press & Argus reviewed all the cases and learned only 13 of the 21 involved the school board candidate. The other eight cases involved his father, longtime Brighton businessman Jack Conely, whose legal name is John D. Conely.

The mailing said a key word regarding the civil cases mentioned. It said involved. It did not say "found liable." It did not even say who was the plaintiff or defendant, nor mention if there was a settlement. Most of them were landlord tenant related. How often are those cases in court? If a customer did not pay the rent on his car or property, he was sued after a certain period. That's not unusual. I saw "civil infraction" on that list. Contested Traffic ticket. Big deal.

Barry Goode, president of the Brighton Education Association teachers' union and the 8-D Coordinating Council, disputed there were inaccuracies in the postcard.

Barry should get hit his own checkbook ready and pay up for not having his illegal PAC file its Statement of Organization (over 30 days late) and pre-general report.

There's more on the PAC:

The postcard clearly states it was paid with "regulated funds by the 8-D Coordinating Council PAC." The address is the local office of the Michigan Education Association office in Genoa Township. The MEA is the largest statewide teachers' union.

Although the MEA representative for Brighton schools wasn't available for comment, Barb Cameron, UniServ director for Hartland Consolidated Schools and Howell Public Schools, explained how the coordinating council and its PAC operate. Cameron and other UniServe directors are partially funded by the MEA and serve as liaisons between the state and local unions.

Cameron said the coordinating council is comprised of local teachers' union presidents and other teachers, and the PAC is an offshoot of the council. She said teachers donate money, which is separate from their dues, to the MEA. The MEA then distributes a portion back to local PACs. The coordinating council interviews local candidates and makes recommendations.

Cameron said this particular PAC is legitimate and subject to very strict guidelines.

This PAC is currently illegitimate and not following the most basic of guidelines. It's not registered with the Secretary of State nor with the County Clerk. There is no Statement of Organization. There also isn't any pre-general election report filed. As the local MEA's own newsletter points out, this PAC has been in operation for a period. It needed to file, and it failed to do so.

That's why I turned them into the Secretary of State's office.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Latest on MEA and 8-D Coordinating Council related shenanigans

In my last piece, I wrote about MEA being up to its illegal tricks. There's more evidence of illegalities.

Here's the newsletter from the BEA, Brighton's MEA branch. They discussed the PAC they formed here, and have admitted to raising money for the PAC. However, they did not register this PAC with either the County Clerk or the State of Michigan. They also failed to file any pre-general reports, as there isn't even a Statement of Organization. They certainly had enough to do a massive mailing of deceit.

A special thanks goes out to Barry Goode and the MEA's newsletter discussing the PAC. It made things easy when it came to turning your arses into the state. I attached those PAC pages, along with other evidence and sent it to Lansing for official filing.

I talked to a couple people in Howell Schools today, and I'm waiting for a scanned copy of their card. Unlike the Brighton mailing, this was a typical "support candidate x" piece from the MEA. It also has a disclaimer of paid for by MEA PAC (although with the wrong address for their PAC - as their PAC is from East Lansing). The address the MEA used was 3399 E Grand River Suite 203.....their branch office. That's the same office as the "8-D Coordinating Council" which sent the deceitful BS about John Conely.


If you're tired of the MEA and their cronies setting bad examples for our teachers with their illegalities, vote for John Conely in Brighton, or Mike Moloney, and Doug Moore if you're in the Howell School District.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MEA is up to their illegal tricks again

If you are in Brighton schools, you probably got a nasty illegal postcard spreading misinformation and disinformation about John Conely, courtesy of the MEA or its affiliate. This isn't the first time the MEA broke the law in their mailings. More information on that previous illegal mailing is here and here

Here's the front of the postcard with the name and address retracted.


What's illegal about that? I also said MEA. That card says something about "8-D Coordinating Council PAC" instead of the MEA. There's the problem. There is no 8-D Coordinating Council PAC registered anywhere in the Secretary of State's website, nor is it registered at the county clerk's elections division. I called the clerk's office today, and I checked their website. The PAC is not registered.

From the Michigan Campaign Finance Act
169.247 Printed matter or radio or television paid advertisement having reference to election, candidate, or ballot question; names and addresses; rules; exemptions; statement that payment made “with regulated funds”; violation as misdemeanor; penalty.

Sec. 47.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and subject to subsections (3) and (4), a billboard, placard, poster, pamphlet, or other printed matter having reference to an election, a candidate, or a ballot question, shall bear upon it the name and address of the person paying for the matter. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and subject to subsections (3) and (4), if the printed matter relating to a candidate is an independent expenditure that is not authorized in writing by the candidate committee of that candidate, the printed matter shall contain the following disclaimer: "Not authorized by any candidate committee". An individual other than a candidate is not subject to this subsection if the individual is acting independently and not acting as an agent for a candidate or any committee.

(2) A radio or television paid advertisement having reference to an election, a candidate, or a ballot question shall identify the sponsoring person as required by the federal communications commission, shall bear the name of the person paying for the advertisement, and shall be in compliance with subsection (3) and with the following:

(a) If the radio or television paid advertisement relates to a candidate and is an independent expenditure, the advertisement shall contain the following disclaimer: "Not authorized by any candidate".

(b) If the radio or television paid advertisement relates to a candidate and is not an independent expenditure but is paid for by a person other than the candidate to which it is related, the advertisement shall contain the following disclaimer:

"Authorized by ............................................".
(name of candidate or name of candidate committee)
(3) The size and placement of an identification or disclaimer required by this section shall be determined by rules promulgated by the secretary of state. The rules may exempt printed matter and certain other items such as campaign buttons or balloons, the size of which makes it unreasonable to add an identification or disclaimer, from the identification or disclaimer required by this section.

(4) Except for a candidate committee's printed matter or radio or television paid advertisements, each identification or disclaimer required by this section shall also indicate that the printed matter or radio or television paid advertisement is paid for "with regulated funds". Printed matter or a radio or television paid advertisement that is not subject to this act shall not bear the statement required by this subsection.

(5) A person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or imprisonment for not more than 93 days, or both.

OR they did not file a Statememt of Organization for not being registered.

169.224 Statement of organization; time for filing; late filing fee; violation as misdemeanor; contents of statement; name of sponsor; amendment; statement as to receipts or expenditures; filing statement indicating dissolution of committee; exception.

Sec. 24.

(1) A committee shall file a statement of organization with the filing officials designated in section 36 to receive the committee's campaign statements. A statement of organization shall be filed within 10 days after a committee is formed. A filing official shall maintain a statement of organization filed by a committee until 5 years after the official date of the committee's dissolution. A person who fails to file a statement of organization required by this subsection shall pay a late filing fee of $10.00 for each business day the statement remains not filed in violation of this subsection. The late filing fee shall not exceed $300.00. A person who violates this subsection by failing to file for more than 30 days after a statement of organization is required to be filed is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.

(2) The statement of organization required by subsection (1) shall include the following information:

(a) The name, street address, and if available, the telephone number of the committee. If a committee is a candidate committee, the committee name shall include the first and last name of the candidate. A committee address may be the home address of the candidate or treasurer of the committee.

(b) The name, street address, and if available, the telephone number of the treasurer or other individual designated as responsible for the committee's record keeping, report preparation, or report filing.

(c) The name and address of the financial institution in which the official committee depository is or is intended to be located, and the name and address of each financial institution in which a secondary depository is or is intended to be located.

(d) The full name of the office being sought by, including district number or jurisdiction, and the county residence of each candidate supported or opposed by the committee.

(e) A brief statement identifying the substance of each ballot question supported or opposed by the committee. If the ballot question supported or opposed by the committee is not statewide, the committee shall identify the county in which the greatest number of registered voters eligible to vote on the ballot question reside.

(f) Identification of the committee as a candidate committee, political party committee, independent committee, political committee, or ballot question committee if it is identifiable as such a committee.

(3) An independent committee or political committee shall include in the name of the committee the name of the person or persons that sponsor the committee, if any, or with whom the committee is affiliated. A person, other than an individual or a committee, sponsors or is affiliated with an independent committee or political committee if that person establishes, directs, controls, or financially supports the administration of the committee. For the purposes of this subsection, a person does not financially support the administration of a committee by merely making a contribution to the committee.

(4) If any of the information required in a statement of organization is changed, the committee shall file an amendment when the next campaign statement is required to be filed. An independent committee or political committee whose name does not include the name of the person or persons that sponsor the committee or with whom the committee is affiliated as required by subsection (3) shall file an amendment to the committee's statement of organization not later than the date the next campaign statement is required to be filed after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this sentence.

(5) When filing a statement of organization, a committee, other than an independent committee, a political committee, or a political party committee, may indicate in a written statement signed by the treasurer of the committee that the committee does not expect for each election to receive an amount in excess of $1,000.00 or expend an amount in excess of $1,000.00.

(6) When filing a statement of organization, an independent committee, a political committee, or a political party committee may indicate in a written statement signed by the treasurer of the committee that the committee does not expect in a calendar year to receive or expend an amount in excess of $1,000.00.

(7) Upon the dissolution of a committee, the committee shall file a statement indicating dissolution with the filing officials with whom the committee's statement of organization was filed. Dissolution of a committee shall be accomplished pursuant to rules promulgated by the secretary of state under the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328.

(8) A candidate committee that files a written statement pursuant to subsection (5) shall not be required to file a dissolution statement pursuant to subsection (7) if the committee failed to receive or expend an amount in excess of $1,000.00 and 1 of the following applies:

(a) The candidate was defeated in an election and has no outstanding campaign debts or assets.

(b) The candidate vacates an elective office and has no outstanding campaign debts or assets.


History: 1976, Act 388, Eff. June 1, 1977 ;-- Am. 1977, Act 311, Imd. Eff. Jan. 4, 1978 ;-- Am. 1985, Act 138, Imd. Eff. Oct. 22, 1985 ;-- Am. 1989, Act 95, Imd. Eff. June 21, 1989 ;-- Am. 1994, Act 117, Eff. Apr. 1, 1995 ;-- Am. 1999, Act 237, Eff. Mar. 10, 2000
Admin Rule: R 169.1 et seq. of the Michigan Administrative Code.

Either way it is $1000 that either the MEA or the so called "8-D Coordinated Committee PAC" should owe for their violatons. What brings the MEA involved here. Notice the address. 3399 E Grand River Suite 203, Howell MI. That is HQ for Central Zone MEA 8d

The MEA has a PAC. Why haven't they just used their PAC address? Maybe because it has an East Lansing official mailing address and they did not want that going out to voters. Maybe because they don't have the most stellar reputation in this county due to the antics of Joyce Powers and company on the Brighton School Board. John Conely is a threat to them, and they know it.

Either the MEA used a false address and name for their disclaimer, or their local affiliate failed to register as a PAC. Either way, they resorted to illegal tactics to do so. It's not the first time. That's how the MEA does things. It's unacceptable, and I'm turning them in for the 2nd time.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pride comes before the fall. Forget the polls. We haven't taken any seats yet.

As many know, I'm a Michigan State grad and fan. One of my favorite moments was how a calm but angry Coach Mark Dantonio defiantly took on all comers in the press conference after the MSU loss to Michigan in 2007. This loss happens to be his last loss to Michigan. Go State.

I don't know Coach Dantonio's politics and I don't care what they happen to be. His press conference provides good lessons to politicians of all stripes. Republicans should have heeded it in 2004, and the democrats should have heeded it in 2008. Some quotes from his press conference are these.

"They need to check themselves sometimes."
"Let's just remember pride comes before the fall"
"They want to mock us. I'm telling them. It's not over."
"It's not over, and it'll never be over here"
"It's just starting"
"They want to make a mockery of it. Their time will come."

After seeing the arrogance and sneering of Obama, Congress, Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann, The NY Times, Thomas Frank, the chattering classes, and the like against grass roots opposition to their big government agenda, those thoughts kept running in my head, looking for the next payback opportunity. Those people need to lose. Those people need to be humbled. I had a lot of problems with Bush, but the best part about his re-election was John Kerry and the "gentry liberal" class losing. The only thing worse than their policies is the combination of arrogance and ignorance from the so called elites. In their minds, they know what is best for us. They don't. We do. They want to mock us. It's not over. It'll never be over. Pride comes before the fall.

It looks like we're going to win big in 2010. Wrong. We don't know. The decision hasn't been made yet. Pride comes before the fall and we need to check ourselves. We haven't won anything.

Most polls say that 50 or more seats will be taken over by the GOP in Congress. I've heard we're leading in 63 or more seats in the state house. The most optimistic say 100 Federal House seats are in play and even the senate could be taken over.

Wrong. We're leading in nothing. The democrats are leading in nothing. Polls are one of two things.

1. Incorrect.
2. If they are correct, they are based on a snapshot in time of the opinions of the electorate in a given area give or take a few percent. They may chance before election day.

In the US Senate, we are at 38 Democrats and 23 Republicans, needing to win 28 seats for a takeover.

In the US House, State House, and State Senate, we are at 0 Democrats and 0 Republicans.

For Governor, we have 0 votes for Snyder and 0 for Bernero. For Secretary of State, 0 for Johnson and Benson. For our districts here, 0 votes for Joe Hune, Chuck Fellows, Cindy Denby, Garry Post, Bill Rogers, and James Delcamp. For the county commission, it's 0-0.

I can go down the list. You don't win if you don't show up. In 1990, John Engler was trailing by 12% before the election. He won. In 1994, Mario Cuomo was up in polls on election day. He lost. Afternoon turnout did him in.

We need to make sure we vote (or have voted), get fellow supporters to vote, and we need to make sure elections are conducted with integrity and to guard against vote fraud as election challengers.

No celebrations until the election is over. After that comes the 24 hour rule, and we need to get to work holding the feet to the fire and make sure the new republicans (hopefully) don't screw things up like the democrats did and that we are on a road of less government and more freedom. It's not over. It's just starting.

A write-in candidate for MI-08?

I was driving in the Brighton area today and saw some political signs that stuck out to me. Katherine Houston is running as a democrat write-in for Congress. This one came out of nowhere. I've heard the name before, but am unfamiliar with her.

The democrat nominee Kande what's his name from Blue Cross, walked after he found he wasn't tough enough to handle an election that isn't handed to him. The executive committees picked a guy who jumped in and ran as a write-in after Kande jumped out. Lance Enderle got on the ballot due to the support from party leadership.

Houston doesn't like that and is giving the democrats an alternative.

The more left-wing choices in the election, the better. I voted for Mike Rogers.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vote Fraud - Heads up

Both from Redstate. First, Harry Reid.

Voters in one Nevada city are complaining that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s name was already checked when they went to cast their ballots in early voting Monday, according to Fox5Vegas.com.

Voters in Boulder City said they were trying to vote for Republican nominee Sharron Angle, but that Reid’s name was checked when they got to the electronic voting machines.

“Something’s not right,” voter Joyce Ferrara told the network, saying several people reported the same problem. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five-minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

A Clark County voting official said highly sensitive touch-screens may be to blame and that fraud is not the issue.

Harry Reid, who else. Then, there's Arizona, and ACORN style registration.

The Yuma Sun is reporting that two organizations — Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona — submitted more than 3000 voter registrations in Yuma County, and more than 20,000 voters statewide. Even more, they have signed up 43,000 people statewide for the permanent early voter list.

What they didn’t tell you is that voter fraud on a massive scale could be taking place, ostensibly to help Raul Grijalva keep the congressional seat he holds by stealing the election.

Here’s what the article doesn’t tell you, by a source in the Yuma County Recorder’s Office:

» These 3000 voter registration forms were all dropped off at once by the one group on the deadline to turn in voter registration forms.
» Almost all of the registrations were for the Democratic Party, a statistical improbability at best.
» Today, these same 3000 newly registered voters — as a group — had papers dropped off at the Yuma Recorder’s office requesting to be signed up for the permanent early voters list… which means the ballots will be mailed early, with no accountability.
» The Yuma Recorder’s office is checking the voter registration forms and have found that already more than 65% of them are invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc.

Now, the question is: is voter fraud taking place in Yuma County… and is it taking place on an even bigger scale in Pima County?

There's not a lot that can be done here in Michigan about that, except to make sure we have a Secretary of State who is not tied to Soros, the Secretary of State Project, the SEIU, ACORN supporters, and similar leftist groups. The right person for the job is Ruth Johnson. She has a history of fighting election fraud.

Argus Article on Post's Residency

The Argus writes a story on the claim with Post's residency as well as other matters. It seems to spend more time on that then the residency.


Post said he's registered to vote in Hamburg Township and claims his state homestead property-tax exemption at the Hamburg residence, which makes that his primary residence.

"You can see it's a pretty attractive place to wake up to each day," Post said, looking out onto Ore Lake from his patio.

State law requires candidates to be registered voters in the district in which they are running; have their primary residence in that district; and be at least 21 when assuming office.

Post's Hamburg home was his family's cottage while he was growing up in Ann Arbor. He said his parents later sold it to him, and that he sold it to a neighbor in 1988 before moving to North Carolina.

When Post returned from North Carolina in 2005, he purchased the cottage back from the neighbor to whom he had sold it.

Cottages are nice, but they aren't usually the primary residency. Here's the facts, and I wish Murph saw this before he got the call by the Argus:

1. Post and Hill's trust are the owners of a $500K+ home in Scio Township. The house is claimed as a homestead by Hill. It was bought in 2006 by Post and Hill.



2. Post and Hill own a 540 sq foot cottage in Hamburg Township. It is also claimed as a homestead, this time by Post (which is why he's registered to vote).



3. Both Garry Post and Robert hill have used both addresses on campaign finance reports. From the Secretary of State website (I took out the address numbers)

JENNIFER M GRANHOLM FOR GOVERNOR
510278-GUB
DIRECT GARROD POST
SOUTHWOOD CT ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-9735 08/29/06 $100.00 $100.00

LIVINGSTON CO DEM COMM
001426-COU
DIRECT GARROD POST
SOUTHWOOD CT. ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-0000 10/04/08 $50.00 $50.00

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMM
514998-COU
DIRECT GARROD POST
HILLPOINT DR.
MANAGER-POST REALTY BRIGHTON
MI 48116-5193 09/28/10 $100.00 $190.00

COALITION FOR A FAIR MICHIGAN
511681-BAL
DIRECT GARRY POST
HILLPOINT DR BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 10/01/04 $100.00 $100.00

COMM TO ELECT MARY ANDERSSON
512622-CAN
DIRECT GARRY POST
SOUTHWOOD CT.
REAL ESTATE MANAGER-POST REALTY ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-0000 09/17/06 $20.00 $120.00

GARRY POST FOR STATE REP
515017-CAN
INKIND ROBERT HILL
HILLPOINT DR BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 07/17/10 $90.00 $90.00

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMM
514998-COU
DIRECT ROBERT HILL
SOUTHWOOD CT. ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-0000 05/14/10 $220.00 $270.00

Both Post and Hill are co-owners of both properties. That's expected. They both have different homesteads, probably to save tax money. That is what placed Post in Livingston County and Hill in Washtenaw County. They both used to two addresses at different times, shown in the campaign finance reports. That's not an issue in 06 and 08 (Campaign finance reports), as Post wasn't running for office then.

As I said in the last post, Garry Post has been throwing a lot of dirt at Cindy in the campaign. Why would he be concerned about Livingston County? He's got a half million dollar property in Scio Township he can move back to when the election's over.

Monday, October 25, 2010

This will be as successful as the War on Drugs

Four Loko. I'm getting old. I've never heard of this stuff. It sounds nasty. From the AP

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Sugary, high-alcohol energy drinks that are popular with college students who want to get drunk quickly and cheaply came under renewed scrutiny Monday as investigators announced that nine freshmen had been hospitalized after drinking them at an off-campus party.

Several states are considering outlawing the drinks and at least two universities have banned them from campus while the Food and Drug Administration reviews their safety.

Caffeine and booze have been mixed for years. This isn't new. Back when I was in school, it was the old fashion rum and coke, which was my favorite on gameday. There's also Jack and Coke, Irish Coffee, 7up and Seagrums, and countless other concoctions out there.

Four Loko comes in several varieties, including fruit punch and blue raspberry. A 23.5-ounce can sells for about $2.50 and has an alcohol content of 12 percent, comparable to four beers, according to the company's website.

Health advocates say the caffeine in the drink can also suspend the effects of alcohol consumption, allowing a person to consume more than usual.

"It gets you really drunk really fast and it gives you a lot of energy so you're not going to be laying down and sleeping," said 18-year-old CWU freshman Hyatt Van Cotthem of Everett, Wash., who said he's tried the beverage but doesn't drink it because the taste is "nasty." He didn't attend the party.

I agree that stuff is nasty, but extra regulation isn't going to do anything. This stuff is about twice as strong as a beer. It's like a malt liquor or a stronger Steel Reserve which was big for about one weekend when I was at State. It's not as strong as what else is out there. Do you want them all to switch to Bacardi 151 and Coke? Jagr shots?

The way to combat drink related hospital visits in colleges is easier said that done. Age. Maturity. Good decision making. Experience. What isn't needed is more anti-freedom regulations which raise the curiosity of others. I never heard of this Four Loko stuff. I'm not that interested because it sounds nasty tasting, but why make it famous? I'm also well past the age to drink just to get drunk, and can't recover from hangovers as easily as I used to. It's not a forbidden fruit anymore. I'm much more content with one or two Mackinac Pale Ales from Michigan Brewing in Webberville and ending it there.

For about 15 years, it's been the age of zero tolerance. Zero sense. Everyone knows about MIP's and the fact it leaves a criminal record. Misdemeanor. About 90% of the people I know who were 18-20 drank at some time or another. The other 10% didn't drink not because of legalities (unless you count religious aspects). They just didn't drink. You have thousands of people in one city committing misdemeanors every weekend, and hundreds getting fined, licenses suspended (even not driving), probation, court costs, lawyer fees, and good people getting nailed and screwing up their lives for not evil, but stupidity. It doesn't teach respect for the law, but contempt.

The best thing we can teach those younger is to relate our experiences and why we no longer do some of the dumb things we used to do, and hope not everyone learns the hard way.

The jockeying for party leadership positions has begun

I'm seeing blogs pop out right now as well as emails and other propaganda out there from individuals with an interest in party leadership control and positions. One on the state level and one on the local level. I'm aware of it, and I will address this after November 2nd, and I am concerned about two individuals running to the point of bringing some inside baseball out into the open, which normally is not done on this blog. I'll name them when it is time. Now is not it.

Right now. it's too early for this. Right now, there's still an election eight days away. We need to concentrate on making sure good people are elected then, more than who and how the party is controlled, which happens after the election. Those positions are very important, but worry about them when it is time - After November 2nd.

Stop Jocelyn Benson

I wrote about how bad Benson would be as Secretary of State back in April. Since then, I've decided to go more into detail. These were some of the early out of state donors to her race. These individuals want to control elections in Michigan. This is for a "downticket" race that shouldn't affect them.

  • Alida Messinger, New York City - $3400, one of the Rockefellers. Senator Jay's sister. 
  • Secretary of State Project, Santa Cruz, California - $3200
  • Rob McKay, San Francisco - $3400, Taco Bell heir and part of Soros's "Democracy Alliance
  • Megan Hull, Washington DC - $3400 - Secretary of State Project
  • Ellen Kurz, Cambridge MA - $2000 - Former staffer of Mike Dukakis
  • Blair Hull, Chicago - $3400 - Former Senate Candidate, trader, sold his company to Goldman Sachs
  • Craig Kaplan, New York City - $1370 - Project Vote Board of Directors
  • Mary Delaney, Oakand CA - $1500 - Akonadi Foundation  (Also big Emily's List donor)
  • Tom Cosgrove, Cambridge MA - $500 - Dukakis worker, and Huffington Post poster
  • Dan Payne, Newton MA - $500 - Massachusetts political consultant
  • Amy Pritchard, Washington DC, $500 - DC Consultant
  • Jack Corrigan, Brookline MA, $500 - Head Lawyer in Palm Beach County for Gore "Re-re-re-count" efforts. 
  • Patricia Bauman, Washington DC, $750 - Bauman Foundation, Pew environmental
  • Joe Ganley, Wellesley, MA, $500 - Former Campaign manager to Chris Gabrieli (lost to Patrick in 06 primary)
  • Lani Guinier, Cambridge MA, $500 - Clinton's nomination for Assistant Attorney General, supports pure racial quotas and proportional representation on local levels. 
  • Laura Quinn, Washington DC, $500 - Al Gore's former Communications director
  • Ann McPhail, Arlington VA, $500 - International Monetary Fund
  • Holly Schadler, Chevy Chase MD, $500 - Lobbyist, Sierra Club, Clintonite
  • Tom Hsieh, San Francisco CA, $500 - Former member San Francisco Board of Supervisors, consultant
  • Celinda Lake, Washington DC, $500 - Al Gore's Pollster
  • Bill Roberts, Brooklyn NY, $500 - Atlantic Philanthropies - supports Illegal aliens, Aspen Institute, left wing "vote protection" (ie fraud doesn't exist), League of Conservation Voters, Tides Foundation (George Soros),
  • Michael Kieschnick, Palo Alto CA, $2000 - One of the founders of the Secretary of State Project and CREDO (Working Assets)
  • Joseph Sandler, Bethesda MD, $750 - DNC lawyer, moveon.org advisor, 
  • Myles Duffy, Brooklyn NY, $450 - Howard Dean guy
  • Gene Karpinski, Arlington VA, $400 - League of Conservation Voters
  • Chip Amoe, Washington DC, $366.89 - Lobbyist
  • Spencer Overton, Chevy Chase MD, $250.00 - Obama's Deputy Assistant AG for office of legal policy. Worked with "Common Cause" and NAACP's election team. 
  • Noah McCormack, Cambridge MA, $250.00 - Harvard Fellow
  • Scott Nielsen, Chicago IL, $250.00 - Tied to Soros, Joyce Foundation, and Democracy Alliance (Sec of State Fund)
  • Alvaro Bedoya - Washington DC, $250.00 - Counsel to Al Franken, also associate of Soros
  • Caron Atlas, Brooklyn NY, $300.00 - Fractured Atlas, Brooklyn Arts organization
  • Sanford Newman, Takoma Park MD, $250.00 - Project Vote, associate of ACORN. Where Obama got his start in politics. 
  • Sujata Tejwani, New York City, $250.00 - Camp Wellstone (former MN senator Paul Wellstone)
  • Andrew Tobias, Miami, $250.00 - Treasurer for democrats, pushed for no fault insurance requirements in California, and absolutely loves current no-fault insurance law in Michigan (but lives in Florida)
  • Anne Bartley, San Francisco, $250.00 - Rockefeller funds, Democracy Alliance, and "Grass Roots" Policy Project (SEIU)
  • Christopher Edley, Berkeley CA, $750.00 - Dean of University of Cal Berkeley Law School
  • Becky Bond, San Francisco, $250.00 - Working Assets/CREDO - (Which raises money for Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood [Barrenhood])
  • Kenneth Robinson, Providence RI, $250.00 - Bank Lobbyist
  • Jonah Goldman, Washington DC, $250.00 - Glover Park Group, and Democrat voting pusher
  • Mark Friedrichs, Washington DC, $250.00 - Department of Energy
  • Julia Cohen, Washington DC, $250.00 - Campus Progress (and heads up for vote fraud on campuses)
  • Thurgood Marshall Jr, Arlington VA, $250.00 - Former Clinton Attorney, Third Way
  • Jackie Bray, Washington DC, $250.00, Staffer for Terry McAuliffe campaign (Clintons's DNC guy)
  • Greg Speed, Washington DC, $250.00 - America Votes  (George Soros, Peter Lewis, Herb and Marion Sandler) - also has ties to ACORN, Brady Gun grabbers, Emily's List, SEIU, and a who's who of leftist causes
  • Jonathan Barry, Brooklyn NY, $250.00 - Goldman Sachs
  • Shaunna Thomas, Washington DC, $250.00 - People for the Unamerican Way
  • Angelique Pirozzi, Boston MA, $250.00 -  Organizational Specialist of the National Education Association
  • Robert Richman, St Paul MN, $250.00 - Paul Wellstone guy. Grass Roots Solutions. Consulting Firm tied to AFL-CIO. One of his favorite organizers - Saul Alinsky
 Since then, besides a lot of donations from Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco...

  • $10000 from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union
  • $100 from Jason Bauer who was Oakland County Democrat director that notarized the fraudulent BSTP (BS tea party)
  • $500 from Heather Booth of Washington DC. There's a real winner. Weather Underground, NAACP Vote Fraud support organization, AFSCME, SDS, ACORN, etc,etc. 
  • $375 from Robert Brandon, a DC Democrat lobbyist.
  • $200 from Christine Chae in DC area. Fannie Mae trader. (Bailout!)
  • $100 from Chicago's Robert Creamer. Convicted Felon and husband of Chicago Congresscritter Jan Schakowski. 
  • $1000 from Howard Dean's group, Democracy for America (What the hell does he want with Michigan's downticket race)
  • $350 from Berkeley's Maria Echaveste, part of George Sorors's Center for American Progress and former Clinton aide
  • $5000 from Radical Pro Abortion Emily's List.
  • $350 from Ivan Frishberg in DC. "Environment America" which opposed our auto industry.
  • $250 from Lindsay Hodel of Denver. "Colorado Progressive Coalition". What the hell are they doing here?
  • $15000 from IBEW
I've barely made a dent here, but the point's been made. It's time to tell these out of state interests and lobbyists to stay the hell out of Michigan, and we can do that by telling the carpetbagging Jocelyn Benson to hit the road with a major defeat this November. We don't need our own Jennifer Brunner here.

Protect our elections. Vote for Ruth Johnson.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

School Boards. John Conely, Doug Moore, and Mike Moloney are the best picks

One overlooked race in the general election is the school board races. These are downticket and overshadowed by the gubernatorial races. There are some good picks for the Brighton and Howell school board positions which are up for election this year.

For Howell - Doug Moore (endorsed in past from Concerned Taxpayers Group) and Mike Moloney. I'm confident they will do a good job there.

For Brighton - John Conely. With the previous mismanagement the last few years, it's just starting to rebuilt. Conely would be a great replacement for Powers, and can help restore fiscal sanity to the district where I went to school.

Regarding Howell, I had this forwarded to me from a current Howell resident. I knew Moore from back when I was with Concerned Taxpayers Group, and I've met Moloney at a GOP meeting.

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The Howell school board election is really about whether the teacher
union takes over the school board as they did in Brighton 5 years ago.
Then, Brighton teachers managed to elect Joe Carney and others to
control the school board and, against the wishes of the administration
(superintendent), they approved a teacher union contract that Brighton
couldn't afford. Over 4 years, Brighton went from having a $4 million
rainy day fund to an almost $10 million deficit. They're operating
under a state ordered deficit elimination plan.

To repair the financial damage, Brighton has closed two schools,
increased class sizes and decimated their non-teacher staff. They've
lost almost 10% of enrollment or about 600 kids in 3 years.

The Howell Education Association has the same plans for Howell School District.

In Howell, the district finances have been handled well for the past 4
years and they have a strong financial position. The teachers union
wants to take control of the board by adding to the one person already
there. That's so that the teacher contract negotiations in 2011 will
go their way and they can lock in a long-term agreement that takes
every penny possible from the district. Per the HEA and the MEA, there
is no good reason for a school district to have a funds balance.

With that in mind, we should at least be aware of who the different
candidates are;

Teacher Union Endorsees

Mike Yenshaw
Jan Lobur
Marcus Wilcox

Other Liberals;

Mike & Kim Witt - Kim's sister is a teacher in Howell Public Schools.
Just like Joe Carney in Brighton, it's unlikely Kim or Mike would be
on the side of the district in the teacher union contract negotiations
in 2011. In fact, many teachers and administrators are supporting the
Witts despite the endorsements of Wilcox and Lobur.

Jim Pratt is another liberal though he didn't get the teacher
endorsement and doesn't appear to have much support from the employees
of the district.



Jason Raines - unknown

Pat Howle - well known in the school community,

Mike Moloney - endorsed by the livingston county gop - has taken the
no tax pledge, sees fiscal stability as the platform to build the
district. www.moloneynow.com

Doug Moore - endorsed by livingston county gop - ran before - endorsed
by concerned taxpayers PAC...etc

Obama to focus on deficit? Where was this the last six years?

Leave it to the AP to spew this


WASHINGTON – Preparing for political life after a bruising election, President Barack Obama will put greater emphasis on fiscal discipline, a nod to a nation sick of spending and to a Congress poised to become more Republican, conservative and determined to stop him.

As I said in January, Obama's new awakening on fiscal matters is absolute bullshit. We had a record deficit since then.

Or as I said in 2009, Obama lecturing about Debt is like the Detroit Lions talking about winning.

This emphasis on "fiscal discipline" is from the clown who spend a crapload of money as a senator and as the resident of the white house the last two years. Bush was bad on fiscal matters. I called him out back then and supported the Pence plan as an alternative back in 2006. Obama makes Bush look about as fiscal conservative as Ron Paul. He's shattering the records with his budgets, bailout votes, and stimulus packages. If there's a poster boy for fiscal mismanagement, it is Barack Obama.

The president has signaled that at the start of the new year, he will speak more directly to the country about the financial choices ahead. "If we're going to get serious about the deficit, then we're going to have to look at everything: entitlements, defense spending, revenues. ... And that's going to be a tough conversation," he said.

It's one that will be framed by a bipartisan debt commission, whose ideas this December will give Obama political cover on where to suggest unpopular cuts.

Taxes. Of course. That's what Obama wants. He sure as hell isn't going to cut entitlements or his stimulus spending.

Obama says the most frustrating part of his presidency is that he had to keep spending money and adding to the deficit in his first six months in office "to save the economy." He has from the start called deficit reduction a goal, but one that had to get bumped in favor of sparking the economy.

Bullshit. Keynesian Economics is, was, and always will be a failure. It leads to stagflation, as proven during the Carter years. As for his suggestion on Commissions, they are also a joke. Always was, is, and will be. Federal Commissions are a bunch of politicians and has-been politicians with big egos who get together, run their mouths, and give themselves status to beltway people to get their bad policies passed. Look for tax increases to be proposed, pressure to come to the reps because of the commission being the ones to push this, and no real good solutions from them.

It's not that hard. Don't spend what you don't have. It takes 4th grade math to figure that out. It doesn't take a commission. It doesn't take a summit. It takes representatives to do their jobs and pass a balanced budget without tax increases. It's then the idiot in chief's job to sign that and not be an idiot anymore. It's not that hard. Even a caveman can do it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Barney Frank (D-Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae, AIG) in trouble?

Maybe there's a little good ole fashion populist Irish and Swamp Yankee rebellion in Massachusetts. Barney Frank, one of the major architects of the mess leading up to the bailout, as well as the bailout itself, is in trouble. While this district heavily leans democrat and has since the 1980's, it did vote for Scott Brown, and I believe Mitt Romney.

From the Boston Herald


Gleeful Tea Partiers are licking their chops at a panic-stricken Barney Frank, who’s digging deep into his own pocket to bail out his campaign, even as his rival taps Wall Street bigwigs in a bid to force the Newton Democrat into a Martha Coakley-style collapse.
“He sees the writing on the wall — he could lose this election,” said Christen Varley of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “I think he’s realized— I hope too late — that he has a viable challenger and his constituents are not happy.”
Frank — outraised by $70,000 by opponent Sean Bielat in September — pumped $200,000 from his personal retirement account into his campaign to thwart what he calls right-wing attacks from “bigoted” Tea Partiers.



More than anyone else, two people need to be gone after this election. Target number one needed to be Chris Dodd. He's retiring. Good Riddance. The other is Barney Frank. Sean Bielat is giving Frank his toughest run in a long, long time. Frank is polling under 50%, and is up by less than 10 in the last poll I've seen. No more bailouts, and no more Barney Frank.

Why?

2003: ''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''

Michigan GOP catches proof of forgery with BS Tea Party

Remember when they tried to get the BSTP on the ballot? MI GOP hired a forensic to confirm what we already knew.From State Party



Lansing, MI — U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) and Michigan Republican Party General Counsel Eric Doster released a report Wednesday from Speckin Forensic Laboratories providing further proof that at least some of the signatures by the Steffek fake tea party were forgeries “to a high degree of probability.” MRP calls on Jocelyn Benson to disclose what she knows about the Steffek fake tea party and her former employee’s involvement with it.
“As someone who had the honor to serve the people of Michigan for eight years as Secretary of State I understand well that one of the primary Constitutional responsibilities of the Secretary is to guarantee to the people of Michigan the integrity of our elections system,” said Congresswoman Miller. “The fact that someone running to be Michigan’s Chief Elections Officer would employ people who would participate in practices designed only to deceive and defraud Michigan voters is very troubling.
“This report provides further proof of something we all suspected—deceptive practices were used in the Steffek fake tea party scandal. Voters deserve to know what Professor Benson knew about or if she approved of the actions of her supporters and former staffer,” Miller said.

What does Jennifer Brunner clone Jocelyn Benson  have to do with this? Mike McGuinness was her Director of Operations. Now Benson wants to run elections, and for all we know, could put McGuinness in the department of elections. No thanks.

On the other hand, it was Ruth Johnson, Oakland County Clerk, who discovered this scam with McGuinness and the BSTP.  One candidate goes after corruption. The other supports election shenanigans like her mentor, Brunner.

Ruth Johnson for Secretary of State.

WALLY train denied $25 million

I hope this puts the proposed boondoggle to rest.

From the Argus


The planned Washtenaw and Livingston Line between Howell and Ann Arbor on Wednesday lost a bid for $25 million in federal funds to get the commuter railroad up and running.

It was the second time WALLY has been rejected for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The first failed TIGER application was for $32.4 million.
The grant would have allowed a WALLY startup date to be set, but losing the contest won’t hinder WALLY’s progress, said Michael Benham, rail coordinator for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. The authority oversees the WALLY project.
“The timeline has always been uncertain just because of funding. Startup can only occur with the completion of the funding package,” Benham said. “It’s really hard to speculate when that will be.”

The pushers for WALLY aren't done looking for more government subsidies for their project and we all need to stay alert so this boondoggle doesn't waste our money. We can't afford this, and this won't even come close to paying for itself.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Does Garry Post live in the 47th district or in Ann Arbor (Scio Township)?

There's an old adage. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Garry Post has been doing nothing but attacking Cindy Denby. I have a question of my own to Post. Do you live in the district, or do you live in Scio Township (Between Ann Arbor and Dexter) in Washtenaw County? Go home, Garry.

Garry Post got my guard up when I saw two different homes listed as his address on the campaign finance reports. One was in Scio Township. The other was in Hamburg Twp. The Ann Arbor address wasn't the company he inherited, Post Realty. That is on Maynard Street.


COALITION FOR A FAIR MICHIGAN
511681-BAL
DIRECT GARRY POST
**** HILLPOINT DR BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 10/01/04 $100.00 $100.00

COMM TO ELECT MARY ANDERSSON
512622-CAN
DIRECT GARRY POST
*** SOUTHWOOD CT.
REAL ESTATE MANAGER-POST REALTY ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-0000 09/17/06 $20.00 $120.00

GARRY POST FOR STATE REP
515017-CAN
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR
MANAGER-POST REALTY BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 07/13/10 $5,000.00 $10,697.23

GARRY POST FOR STATE REP
515017-CAN
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR
MANAGER-POST REALTY BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 05/03/10 $5,000.00 $5,697.23

GARRY POST FOR STATE REP
515017-CAN
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR
MANAGER-POST REALTY BRIGHTON
MI 48116-0000 05/01/10 $697.23 $697.23

JENNIFER M GRANHOLM FOR GOVERNOR
510278-GUB
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** SOUTHWOOD CT ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-9735 08/29/06 $100.00 $100.00

JOCELYN BENSON FOR SEC OF STATE
514336-CAN
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR BRIGHTON
MI 48116-5193 07/27/10 $100.00 $100.00

LIVINGSTON CO DEM COMM
001426-COU
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** SOUTHWOOD CT. ANN ARBOR
MI 48103-0000 10/04/08 $50.00 $50.00

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMM
514998-COU
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR. BRIGHTON
MI 48116-5193 05/07/10 $50.00 $50.00

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMM
514998-COU
DIRECT GARROD POST
**** HILLPOINT DR. BRIGHTON
MI 48116-5193 05/07/10 $40.00 $90.00
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His partner, Mr. Hill (not that there's anything wrong with that), also used both address, one in Scio and the other in Hamburg. Hill used both addresses for campaign reports. Post has an Scio Township address, and works in Ann Arbor, right next to Scio Township.

Scio Township is known for big homes. This one is no different and is a half million dollar plus home. Apparently, as Post is running in the 47th instead of the 52nd district, he does not live here at this house below. The owners are listed as Garry Post and Mr. Hill. Information can be found at Scio Township's website


He supposedly lives here instead. Source - Hamburg Township. Again, both Hill and Post are the owners. 500 square foot cottage on Ore Lake.



Those pictures are online from Township Websites. Does he live in a 500 sq foot cottage using the homestead to reduce his taxes (legal), or at the giant Scio Township house at the place homesteaded by his partner, Mr. Hill?

Garry's been throwing a lot of dirt at Cindy in the campaign. Why would he be concerned about Livingston County? He's got a half million dollar property in Scio Township he can move back to when the election's over.

Feds give us another 1 trillion deficit. Good job guys.

Mr. Obama is so fiscally leftist, he makes George W Bush look moderate on fiscal matters. It's not just Obama though. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi deserve just as much blame, as do Carl Levin, Stabenow, Gary Peters, Mark Schauer, John Dingell, Sander Levin, Bart Stupak, Dale Kildee, and John Conyers.

From the AP

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the 2010 budget year that ended Sept. 30 will total $1.29 trillion. That's down by $125 billion from the $1.4 trillion in 2009 — the highest deficit on record.

I thought the Jimmy Carter years proved that Keynesian economics don't work. Apparently, not. George W Bush believed in it too, and Obama believes in it on steroids.

There's more.

The Obama administration is projecting that the deficit for the 2011 budget year, which began on Oct. 1, will climb to $1.4 trillion. Over the next decade, it will total $8.47 trillion. Deficits of that size will constrain the administration's agenda over the next two years and will certainly be an issue in the 2012 presidential race.

How the hell is this government going to afford health care? Are we going to have more bailouts? Stimulus bills that didn't do a damn thing?

It's time for less spending, less government and more freedom. What needs to happen is for the GOP to push for a balanced budget without tax increases if they get past the house. There doesn't need to be a "reduction" in growth of the deficit. That's a halfway job which is worthless. Balanced budget or bust.

If Obama vetos it, send it back to him until he signs it or shuts down the government.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Micromanagers in Obama's administration at it again

I shouldn't be surprised by the folks winning to send someone to prison over not having government approved health insurance. This time it's over roads again. These egomaniacs need to be fired.


Obama's RINO transportation secretary, Ray LaHood said this.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban.

LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.

“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving,” LaHood said in an interview this week. “We need a lot better research on other distractions,” including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems, he said.

Even without a ban, which would have to be implemented by individual states, LaHood’s escalating campaign may limit the growth of vehicle features such as Sync, being added by automakers to attract younger buyers. His push also may reduce calls made from vehicles and the revenue of mobile-phone companies such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.

What I do behind the wheel is none of the fed's damn business. Period. I'm 500 miles away from DC. The feds refuse to control the borders properly, are micromanaging health care, trying to put the auto industry out of business with its newest CAFE push, and can't even balance the budget. They aren't intelligent enough, trustworthy enough, or good enough to have more power.

I'm not excusing distracted driving, but there are plenty of laws on that already on the state level where they belong, without bullying by the feds.

This isn't just a democrat thing either when it comes to roads. The GOP was just as guilty with Liddy Dole's micromanagement in the 80's. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. Roads are an issue that need to be on the state or local level. State's need to budget smartly where they don't need to take federal funds or the micromanagement that comes with it (on any issue), and then need to tell LaHood, Dole, Obama, and anyone else to go to hell. How do you deal with a bully like the feds? Punch them in the mouth. It needs to be done more often.

After that, the taxpayers need to demand the funds from that go back to taxpayers and not to dumb and dumber in DC.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Dingell trailing in new poll

As I said earlier, I'll believe it when I see it, but Dingell is trailing 44-40 in this new poll by Rossman. It's generally a 60% Democrat district, so I'll be shocked if Dingell loses, but if Dingell is trailing in a district with Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Romulus, and Inkster in it, what does that say about the state of the dems in Michigan? I'd like to see a poll of the Kildee-Kupiec race and Levin-Volaric race as well, both of which have similar percentages of democrats as this Dingell district.

Dr. Rob Steele may have a shot at this, especially with Snyder on the ballot. I'm not a big Snyder guy, but he is from Dingell's district and will do better than most republicans in Washtenaw County.