Friday, September 30, 2005

Go Spartans!

The big game's tomorrow! Go Green! Go White!

And defeat scUM!!!

To add on - I notice some of the posts removed from blogger are back up, and others vanished. I have no idea why.

I'll probably keep the poll up for a couple of more days, then change it.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

How can this joker be trusted with counting votes?

The latest from that joker Jackie Currie. From the Free Press.

Detroit City Clerk fined for mailing unsolicited ballot applications

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie was fined $250 on Thursday but avoided jail time for violating a judge’s order that she halt the mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications.

No vote fraud in Detroit, right? Riiiiiiiiight.

Judge John Roberts confirmed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

It's official. CSPAN has the vote

78 for, 22 against. All Republicans voted Aye, as did "independent" Jeffords. Democrats opposing are Stabenow, Akaka, Bayh, Biden, Boxer, Cantwell, Hillary, Corzine, Dayton, Durbin, Feinstein, Harkin, Inouye, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Obama, Reed, Reid, Sarbanes, and Schumer,

One reason why I left the Socialist Paradise of East Lansing

From the State News

Residents: City ignores concerns of East Village
The State News

East Lansing residents said Wednesday they feel officials have shut them out of discussions involving the future of properties in the East Village area.
The residents spoke at an East Lansing Planning Commission public hearing on the proposed East Village Master Plan, which calls to redevelop the area that includes the Cedar Village apartments and six fraternities, among other buildings.

"It's the cart before the horse," said Randy Baker, owner of Prime Housing Group Inc., which owns several apartments in the East Village area. "These fraternity houses are at risk. The city is really turning its back on these buildings. They don't grow on trees."

Four of the fraternities own the property their houses sit on and are refusing to sell to the city, said Cody Dawson, vice president of external affairs on the Interfraternity Council.

"Our primary concern is that we haven't had our opinions heard," Dawson said. "We're trying to make sure our properties stay there."

The proposed area is bounded by Hagadorn Road on the east, Bogue Street on the west, Grand River Avenue on the north and the Red Cedar River on the south.

City and university began planning a new look for the area, which has a history of riots, in spring 2004.

"It's to provide or create a vision for how the area could redevelop over time," said Lori Mullins, senior project manager for East Lansing.

The redevelopment is slated for the next 10 to 15 years and could bring new apartments, condominiums and retail space into the area - which was deemed blighted by the City Council in December 2004. Blighted is a term for an area or a neighborhood considered undesirable for living or business.

"The redevelopment potential is strong because of its location," Mullins said. "It's a desirable location. It's the type of place people want to live or start a business or shop or go to restaurants.

"It's a cool city type of neighborhood with a lot of activity and diversity and energy. "

Nancy Kurdziel, president of the Prime Housing Group Inc., said the city is asking owners to gamble on their property.

"How would you feel if your house was deemed blighted and the city OK'd a plan without your input?" Kurdziel said. "This plan is designed for property owners to sell their land to a developer so the city can get their pretty picture."

Translation of this article - The City Council wants to eliminate Cedar Village. Too bad, since I had a lot of good memories there.

The group of jokers on the East Lansing City Council is a major reason why I can never become a democrat. While I couldn't vote there since I was registered in Brighton, I lived up there while I was a student.

I've never seen a more anti-student group of people in my entire life. Students make the city what it is. Without MSU, East Lansing would be just another bedroom community to Lansing like Okemos. That's the vision of the city council which is trying to push the students away from downtown(which borders campus), and up into the northern part of the city, Okemos, Lansing, and even Bath Township. If Michigan State University wants to be recognized as the elite university it is, it will only do so when the City Council treats the students as residents and adults, instead of the enemy. If I went back to school for a second degree, I wouldn't live there. I don't live where I'm not wanted. That's why it was back to Livingston County for me even before I finished my degree.

The good news is that the Poletown decision was overruled by the State Supreme Court, so we might not have a Kelo decision here. East Lansing will only be a "cool city" when the council members are tossed out on their collective butts and replaced by people who know what makes a college town great.

One thing I should mention, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows is running for state representative in the 69th district. I'm going to be very eloquent. He sucks. Bigtime. I hope he gets trounced, either in the primary or general.

Vote no on the tree ordinance (Brighton Twp)

From the Argus

Officials stand pat on tree ordinance - Board of Trustees, Planning Commission decide to not alter measure until after Nov. 8 referendum
By Jim Totten

Opponents and supporters of a controversial tree ordinance in Brighton Township do agree on some issues, an indication the two sides may be able to reach some middle ground and create a tree preservation ordinance that isn't so divisive.

Both sides believe the existing ordinance needs changing, although opponents would prefer to have the township toss out the entire rule and begin work on a new one. Both sides believe officials should hold off making any changes until after a townshipwide vote Nov. 8 on the issue.

Thanks to the Brighton Twp Supervisor Mr. Prine and a group of RINOS on their board, this proposed tree ordinance did nothing but cause clearcutting on their property since the ordinance was so restrictive. The RINOs were Prine, Bolin, Doughty, and Winship. Harmon did not vote. Slaton and Murphy were not RINOs and deserve kudos for their no votes.

For more information on the referendum, go to the Care for Brighton site

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Now this is old school - a duel!

From the newswires across the country.

Cousins Prosecuted With 1846 Anti-Dueling Law

POSTED: 10:41 am PDT September 28, 2005

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- Five years into the 21st century, an 1846 anti-dueling law is being used to prosecute two cousins accused of getting in a knife fight.

"The 1800s are alive and well in Mount Clemens," joked Dean Alan, who heads the Macomb County prosecutor's office warrants division. It issued warrants Tuesday.

Police say the cousins, ages 19 and 31, disagreed Monday over a $30 debt.

The older man brandished a knife and challenged the younger man to fight outside their Mount Clemens home, and the younger man accepted, said Sheriff Mark Hackel. The teen was stabbed in the stomach.

If they wanted to settle it like men, they should drop the knife and use punches and kicks, and drink a beer afterward when it's all over.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hendrix has huge lead over Mayor Navigator

From the Free Press

Detroit's rookie Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has exactly six weeks left to change the minds of voters who say he is less trustworthy and less suited to the job of running Michigan's largest city than his opponent Freman Hendrix, a new poll suggests.

He has to win over more people older than 40 and at least a few white voters and ignite his base of young black voters who relate better to the 35-year-old mayor, the polling indicates.

Hendrix, however, shows little signs of losing his lead. The poll -- by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) -- showed Hendrix with a 19-percentage point lead -- 51-32 -- and voters saying he's better suited to build important relationships with suburban leaders and run the cash-strapped city.

Good luck to Hendrix. A better Detroit would be good for the entire state.

September Straw Poll

Patrick Ruffini has a new September Straw Poll up and running. The last poll had over 17,000 posts.

I voted for Pawlenty (2nd choice) on the mail ballot and Mark Sanford in the optional ballot.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Mitchell: DeVos Only 9% Down

From an email from state party. Source MIRSNEWS

Mitchell: DeVos Only 9% Down
(MACKINAC ISLAND) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVOS trails Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM by only nine percentage points, according to a survey pollster Steve MITCHELL sprung on attendees of the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

The poll of 600 likely 2006 gubernatorial voters by Mitchell Research and Communications shows Granholm leading 45 to 36 percent, numbers Mitchell told elated attendees at the "Pundits and Pollsters" seminar stunned him. This result, combined with Granholm's 39 percent re-elect number and 45 percent approval rating, signals trouble for the first-term Democratic governor, Mitchell said.

"This points out that we have a real opportunity to unseat the governor," he said. "It's because of Michigan's economy and more than half say jobs and the economy is their No. 1 issue."

When asked about Granholm's handling of the economy, 48 percent disapproved. Forty-six approved.

Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Debbie STABENOW (D-Lansing) held a 47-31 percent lead over Republican candidate Keith BUTLER. Only 42 percent said they would vote to re-elect Stabenow, which should be encouraging to the eventual Republican nominee, whoever it is.

"In 2000, Democrats kept saying that then-U.S. Sen. Spencer ABRAHAM would lose because he couldn't crack the 50 percent mark in the polls," Mitchell said. "On Election Day, he couldn't crack 50 percent either and he lost. Generally, incumbents do not get any of the undecided voters. With Gov. Granholm at only 45 percent and Sen. Stabenow at 47 percent, both are endangered incumbents."

Mitchell's numbers were more optimistic to Republicans than those released Thursday by the Marketing Resource Group and Inside Michigan Politics, which showed Granholm with a 49-34 percent lead over DeVos. But a common theme was Granholm's relatively low approval rating. For the first time in her administration, the governor's job approval rating is below 50 percent.

The most striking number, according to Matthew DOWD, chief pollster for President George W. BUSH in 2004, is right direction/wrong track numbers that show 27 percent believe Michigan is on the right track. Sixty-two percent believe Michigan is on the wrong track. (By comparison, 29 percent think the nation is going in the right direction and 62 percent believe it's on the wrong track.)

Dowd said he had visions of the former Gov. Ann RICHARDS campaign of 1994, in which another popular Democratic incumbent was ousted from office. The difference: Richards' re-election numbers were 14 points better and her right direction/wrong track numbers were 25 percentage points better.

"There is no reason why we can't change the leadership of this state," Dowd said.

Steve Mitchell is usually the most accurate pollster in the state, so this is good news and something to build on. It's early, but a good start.

Mackinac Conference Report (Romney, Brownback, others)

Mackinac Conference Report (Romney, Brownback, others)

Last weekend, I was up at the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference up in Mackinac Island. North Michigan is God's Country, and I highly recommend it as a place to visit.

We had four keynote speakers(and three of them are possible presidential candidates), and I was able to make three of those events. I missed one of the speakers. Former Governor and HHS secretary Tommy Thompson. He wasn't on my presidential candidate radar, but I wouldn't rule him out for his work on welfare reform in Wisconsin.

The first keynote speaker was Senator Sam Brownback. He's a dark horse to watch who has a strong core support among religious conservatives. He emphazised both economic issues and social issues, as well as his farming roots in Kansas. Conservative judicial candidates are the biggest issue to him, and he wants us to elect a new senator. He's a good speaker, and didn't have the usual senatorial arrogance I see on CSPAN.

The second keynote speaker was Gov Mitt Romney. Gov. Romney is a Michigan native who has been working this state harder than most candidates. His dad was a moderate governor here, but Mitt called himself a conservative. He mentioned the economy most prominently, and contrasted his Massachusetts jobs record to Granholm's record here. "She's gone down the liberal road, and I've gone down the conservative road." He sounded like a presidential candidate since he not only critizised Granholm, but also mentioned what he did with a democrat legislature. Mitt also had an eye on his right flank, saying he was pro-life, and that he opposed gay-marriage.

Another candidate who spoke was Dick DeVos. I think he can surprise some people. He's improved his speaking ability in each speech given(I've heard him three times, and he used no notes in the first two). He's running on jobs and education, using his business experience. He will not pursue vouchers as that ballot initative lost, but will still focus on it. Unlike Romney, DeVos does not stand out from the crowd, but he tries to talk to every person in the crowd individualy after his speeches. He did not attack Grandholm as much as others, but emphasized solutions.

Both US Senate candidates Keith Butler and Jerry Zandstra were there. Zandstra surprised me, and think he surprised a lot of people who aren't Grand Rapids natives at Mackinac. I first thought he had maybe 20 people on his campaign outside of family since I haven't seen anything so far. Zandstra was very organized at Mackinac, and had a lot of support there. I now expect a spirited race. I knew Zandstra was very intelligent since I'm aware of the Acton Institute, but he's a good speaker as well who can think on his feet.

I've commented on Butler's strong organization before here, and it was no different at Mackinac. He had much support there, as he as shown elsewhere.

The most popular t-shirt there came from Mike Cox's campaign. It is the "Granholm and Stabenow" farewell tour. On the back is shows a rock band picture with AG Mike Cox, Dick DeVos, Sec. of State Terri Lynn Land, Keith Butler, and our state party chairman Saul Anuzis.

My favorite part of the convention though didn't have any glitz and hype. It was the two panels there with pollsters and stragetists. I knew I was in my element there, and even shaped part of the discussion on the panels with my question. The panels featured Matthew Dowd(Bush 04 campaign), Bill Ballinger (One of the most respected pollsters and insiders), Steve Mitchell (One of the most accurate pollsters statewide), Dave Doyle (MRG pollster, former GOP chair), Dan Pero (John Engler's campaign manager) and Betsy DeVos (Former Chair). The topics were the Changing dynamics of Michigan and Pundits and pollsters.

Steve Mitchell had the best comment on Oakland County. The biggest difference between today and 1988(or was it 1992) was Southfield. The first Bush lost the city of Southfield by 5000 votes. GWB lost it by almost 27000 votes. Without Southfield, Bush wins Oakland.

One of the main topics were the 'exurbs' and the good news for republicans here. The biggest recent increases in Michigan for Republicans have been in Livingston, Lapeer, and Southern Genesee counties. You can add parts of West/North Oakland and Northern Macomb counties as well.

Granholm is also in trouble. ALL of the pollsters there agreed on that, and the two biggest problems she has is a less than 50% re-elect number, and a poor state right-track/wrong-track number. Her likeability numbers are still good, but that doesn't always mean Michiganders will vote for that person. There was a clear example given, but I forgot who was given as the example. I think we have a good shot here.

One last thing.

Jenny Grandstand made a few comments as well about us all

"Now they are spending time on Mackinac Island sipping Chablis on the porch of the Grand Hotel talking about an election that is 14 months away," Granholm said. "Jobs cannot wait."

C'mon Jenny, get it right. I wasn't sipping Chablis. It was Guinness or Labatt's(or Coke when I wasn't drinking). You're right, jobs cannot wait, which is why we need Gov. DeVos elected.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Brownback and Romney Speak

I saw both Senator Brownback and Governor Romney speak for the first time today.

Senator Brownback was a good speaker who emphasized both social and economic issues. He mentioned his Kansas farming roots, gay marriage, judicial activism, and the war on terror. He has some core support and may be a dark horse candidate in the presidential race.

Romney was an excellent speaker. He said all of the right things. He declared himself pro-life and pro-marriage, but spent the most time on taxes, government waste and jobs. He is a Michigan native from Oakland County and lived here till he was 19.

I'll post more in detail when I get back from the conference.

Posting from Mackinac

Mornin' all.

We're up in Mackinac right now, and have three featured speakers today at our events. Senator Sam Brownback will be speaking at breakfast, Governor Mitt Romney at lunch, and RNC director Ken Mehlman at dinner.

I'll post updates here when I can.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Onward to Mackinac

This weekend is the Mackinac Leadership Conference which is the premier GOP event in Michigan that takes place every two years during non major election years(Presidential or Gubenatorial). It is usually the "official" kickoff for campaign season. If there is going to be any surprises, we'll probably know about it there.

I've been to several state conventions and the 04 national convention, but this is my first GOP event in Mackinac, so this will be new to me. At least two possible presidential candidates will be there in Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and Massachusetts Governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney.

I may update this over the weekend if I can get access to a computer there. I'll post a summary here when I get back. This should be a great event, although I wish Mackinac wasn't so much money. Despite the stereotype, not all republicans are rich. Those that believe they are never met me.


I added Ionia County.

Unfortunatly, blogger isn't cooperating right now with picture posting, so I haven't been able to post any new pictures. I wanted to add a Mackinac one.

One good thing is that I haven't had to delete, zot, tombstone, destroy, eliminate, off, ban, or give the heave ho to any posts since the word verification was added. That stopped those !@%@ing spambot jokers.

Monday, September 19, 2005

County Updates

All through Ingham County complete. Ingham County (Lansing/East Lansing) is the most detailed county I've completed as I'm more familiar with that county than any other outside of my home county.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Michigan State 44, (10) Notre Dame 41

Great win! GO SPARTANS!!

Nanny State Big Government not limited to Democrats

I found this from GOP Bloggers who got this from the AP Wire.

Calif. Gov. Signs Ban on School Junk Food

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) - The food served in California schools will be healthier under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The new laws impose a campus ban on the sale of sodas, set a new nutritional standard for vending-machine snacks, and require more fruits and vegetables in meal planning.

The former bodybuilding champion and fitness expert said the new rules are all part of a new effort to fight childhood obesity.

We don't need big government getting involved here. The best way to stop childhood obesity (not by BS government standards, but the real thing) is by good parenting and exercise. The biggest thing is self-discipline. We all need to get off our butts, lift weights, and run, and encourage our kids to do the same. My hat's off to the individuals who have the top level discipline required to keep in top shape.

What's considered obese? Michael Moore is the obvious, but it's not just the Michael Moores of the world if you use government standards.

If I'm a 209lb athlete at 5'10, able to run a 6 minute mile, and bench press 320 pounds, is that considered obese? By strict government standards (BMI - Junk science), it is. That's a defensive back in college football. I was at 190lbs (Still am, although not in the same shape) when I was in the best shape of my life. By BMI standards, I was considered 16 pounds overweight.

A 6'4 250 NFL linebacker is possibly the best athlete in the world combining speed, stamina, and strength. That's obese by BMI standards. People are either in shape or not. Strength, speed, and stamina are the keys. Weight is a factor, but it varies from person to person.

Now what's going to happen here with the schools? Five day suspensions for Mtn. Dew contraband? Wouldn't surprise me. Drawings of guns got kids suspended from elementary school in the past few years due to the "zero tolerance" craze.

The parents needs to be in charge here, not government.

Friday, September 16, 2005

My Mistake

I got the color of Kwame's taxpayer funded Navigator wrong. He drives a red one. So from now on, this picture will be posted with any Mayor Navigator story.

Judge Roberts and Sen. Russ Feingold discuss Second Amendment

First, I'd like to thank the Post for posting transcripts from the hearing online. I can only take so much CSPAN due to the self-important blowhards and drama queens/kings in the US Senate. (cough Joe Biden Cough) Second, thanks to Henry Bowman at the High Road for the heads up

From the Washington Post

FEINGOLD: Let's go to something else then. I'd like to hear your views about the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. This is an amendment where there's a real shortage of jurisprudence.

You mentioned the Third Amendment where there's even less jurisprudence, but the Second Amendment's close. So I think you can maybe help us understand your approach to interpreting the Constitution by saying a bit about it.

The Second Amendment raises interesting questions about a constitutional interpretation. I read the Second Amendment as providing an individual right to keep and bear arms as opposed to only a collective right. Individual Americans have a constitutional right to own and use guns. And there are a number of actions that legislatures should not take in my view to restrict gun ownership.

FEINGOLD: The modern Supreme Court has only heard one case interpreting the Second Amendment. That case is U.S. v. Miller. It was heard back in 1939. And the court indicated that it saw the right to bear arms as a collective right.

Actually Mr. Feingold is incorrect here. Guncite is a well referenced database on the Second Amendment and gun control issues and has the full text of US v Miller here. It did not mention "collective right". Some courts, specifically the 9th circuit argue that Miller held it as a "collective right", but not US vs Miller itself. Miller held that the weapon (short barrelled shotgun which is a Class III firearm) itself was not a militia weapon. Mr. Miller died so he could not defend his case.

Back to the transcript:

In a second case, in U.S. v. Emerson, the court denied cert and let stand the lower court opinion that upheld the statute banning gun possession by individuals subject to a restraining order against a second amendment challenge.

The appeals court viewed the right to bear arms as an individual right. The Supreme Court declined to review the Appeals Court decision.

So what is your view of the Second Amendment? Do you support one of the other views of the views of what was intended by that amendment?

ROBERTS: Yes. Well, I mean, you're quite right that there is a dispute among the circuit courts. It's really a conflict among the circuits.

The 5th Circuit -- I think it was in the Emerson case, if I'm remembering it correctly -- agreed with what I understand to be your view, that this protects an individual right. But they went on to say that the right was not infringed in that case. They upheld the regulations there.

The 9th Circuit has taken a different view. I don't remember the name of the case now. But a very recent case from the 9th Circuit has taken the opposite view that it protects only a collective right, as they said.

In other words, it's only the right of a militia to possess arms and not an individual right.

Particularly since you have this conflict -- cert was denied in the Emerson case -- I'm not sure it's been sought in the other one or will be. That's sort of the issue that's likely to come before the Supreme Court when you have conflicting views.

I know the Miller case side-stepped that issue. An argument was made back in 1939 that this provides only a collective right. And the court didn't address that. They said, instead, that the firearm at issue there -- I think it was a sawed-off shotgun -- is not the type of weapon protected under the militia aspect of the Second Amendment.

So people try to read the tea leaves about Miller and what would come out on this issue. But that's still very much an open issue.

I'm glad to see Roberts correct Feingold on Miller. It shows he at least competent enough to understands it.

FEINGOLD: I understand that case could come before you. I'm wondering if you would anticipate that in such a case that a serious question would be: Which interpretation is correct?

ROBERTS: Well, anytime you have two different courts of appeals taking opposite positions, I think you have to regard that as a serious question. That's not expressing a view one way or the other. It's just saying, "I know the 9th Circuit thinks it's only a collective right. I know the 5th Circuit thinks it's an individual right. And I know the job of the Supreme Court is to resolve circuit conflicts." So I do think that issue is one that's likely to come before the court.

Judge Roberts did not flat out say that it is an individual right. He can not prejudge his cases before an appointment to the court. That said, I am cautiously optimistic about him. I don't expect an Alex Kozinski, but I will settle for another Judge Rehnquist, whom I suspect Roberts will emulate.

Dick DeVos visits Livingston County

From the Argus

DeVos makes county rounds - Businessman seeks GOP nod in bid for state's top job in 2006

The man who many Republicans hope will be the state's next governor campaigned Thursday in Livingston County.

Dick DeVos, son of the founder of Amway and leader of the failed 2000 ballot initiatives to allow private-school vouchers in the state, made several stops in the county, including a visit to Cleary's Restaurant Pub and Banquet Center in Howell.

He said his goal was to listen to what voters want.

"I've been traveling extensively through the state to listen to the people of Michigan as to their concerns, fears and hopes and dreams for the future," DeVos said.

Dick DeVos was at four events in Livingston County yesterday. I'm active in the county GOP, so I was at two of the events. I saw many positives there.

The first thing I noticed is that he did not use notes in hid speeches. That sounds minor, but to me is shows that he knows his subjects, and is more likely to think on his feet. There was only two questions, and he answered them well. I heard the Teenage Republicans asked some good ones earier at their event.

Another thing is that he did not mention Granholm once. We all know that Granholm is unacceptable, but DeVos has to give us all reasons to vote FOR him, and not just AGAINST Granholm.

He mostly mentioned his family background and the business climate in Michigan, and related the two. We're the only state losing jobs, and we are losing most of them to Ohio, Indiana, and South Carolina. Two of the major culprits of that is the SBT tax and red tape regulations. Many people are leaving the state for work, lowering the tax base here, which affects the budget as well as school funding.

Dick DeVos also did a lot of listening. He talked to every single person in the room at both events I was at. Not all candidates do that (usually locals do), and few make the same effort at that as DeVos did. This is especially the case when the event is not a fundraiser.

I'll also mention that he drives an American car. That may not mean a lot to some folks, but I grew up in a "Big 3" family, so that's good to see.

I think this race is winnable. DeVos has a large social conservative following. If he can sell the jobs policies in Macomb, the UP, Alpena, Battle Creek and other blue collar swing and slightly democrat areas, we can take this and put Michigan on the right track once again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


County profiles are now updated. All counties in alphabetical order through Gogebic County are complete.

Word verification is now required for comments. Due to a few jackass advertisement spammers here, this had to be done. So here's a one-finger salute to all of you spammers out there.

Monday, September 12, 2005

2008 Straw Poll (Both Parties)

I just posted a straw poll on the sidebar and included most candidates I've heard rumors about running or those encouraged to be drafted to run. While this is a Republican site, I included some democrat choices as well for the visitors of the other party.

I voted for Mark Sanford for reasons mentioned here and here.

As for Mr. McCain and Mr. Pataki:

Cassis exits governor's race

From the Detroit News

The deck was cleared for wealthy businessman Dick DeVos to challenge Gov. Jennifer Granholm next year when state Sen. Nancy Cassis of Novi, his last challenger for the Republican nomination, withdrew and gave him her endorsement.

"I am ending my campaign and will work for Dick DeVos to advance the Republican agenda to create jobs for our state," Cassis said. "He has an excellent organization. It's polished, and he's very energized and committed."

DeVos welcomed her support, saying Cassis "did a wonderful job of bringing forward the issues."

This most likely clears the primary for DeVos who can now completely focus on Granholm. I would not be surprised if Cassis is the next Lt. Governor.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Livingston County Elections November 8

Today's article in the Argus gave a preview of what is to come here on the 8th. While we don't have the Lansing and Detroit mayoral races here which are dominating the state, we do have some significant races on the local level.

The cities of Howell and Brighton will have city council races. There are six candidates for four seats on Brighton's city council. There are five candidates for three positions on Howell's city council. There are three candidates for two positions for Howell's board of review.

Brighton Township will have a referendum on the controversial tree ordinance.

Linden schools, which includes parts of Deerfield and Tyrone townships, will have a school millage renewal.

Byron schools, which covers parts of Conway, Cohoctah, and Deerfield townships, will have a bond proposal.

Dexter District library will have a millage proposal.

We will report any developments in the races here.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Clinton admin official Sandy Berger busted for smuggling classified papers

From the Washington Post

Berger Is Fined For Smuggling Classified Papers

A federal judge yesterday ordered former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger to pay a $50,000 fine and give up his security clearance for three years as the penalty for smuggling classified terrorism documents out of the National Archives in 2003.

The sentence was much more severe than the $10,000 fine that Justice Department prosecutors and Berger's attorneys had jointly proposed after Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. But Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson said the punishment, which also included two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, would more "sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offense."

That's it? He should have been sent off to jail at the very least. Unacceptable.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bush decision on second nominee not expected soon

It looks like we'll have to wait awhile.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe President Bush was just joking around to fuel speculation, but conservatives aren't laughing about the president's playful glance at Attorney General Alberto Gonzales when he described the list of possible nominees for the second Supreme Court vacancy as wide open.

"No conservative leader supports Al Gonzales and those who say they do are not telling the truth but are afraid of losing White House access, or promised help with fundraising," said Manuel Miranda, former counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

I am very concerned about Alberto Gonzales due to his statements on life and guns. I really don't care for him at the AG position(I didn't care for Ashcroft either), but I'd rather have him there than judge.

I did find this interesting:

Gonzales is on the list of eight candidates that the Hispanic National Bar Association suggested to the White House in July. On Tuesday, the bar delivered a second letter to the White House suggesting the same eight plus 60 other prospective Hispanic candidates, including Maura Corrigan, a judge on the Michigan Supreme Court, whom it hopes Bush will consider to replace O'Connor.

I always thought Corrigan was Irish. I think Judge Corrigan would be a great pick for SCOTUS, as would Markman, Taylor, or Young. I'd hate to give Granholm a Michigan Supreme Court pick (especially with a track record of picking Theresa Brennan), but at least judges in Michigan have to face the people, so I'll pay that price.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Judge Roberts hearings begin Monday

It'll be interesting to see where Judge Roberts stands. I suspect he is a clone of Bill Rehnquist(who passed away Saturday), but I don't know where he stands on issues.

I'm also interested in Bush's second pick. I hope it is someone pro-2nd Amendment.

Friday, September 02, 2005

We lost a good one.

'He will be sorely missed' Lin, GOP vice chair, father of three, dies after battling cancer
By Dan Meisler

John Lin, vice chairman of the Livingston County Republican Party and father of three, died early Tuesday morning after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Lin, 35, never had the exact origin of his disease diagnosed, but it was treated as colon cancer.

Survivors include his wife, Becky, and three young children, Courtney, Ryan and Austin.

John was a good man, intelligent, a patriot, and a gifted writer, who represented our party and community well. Everybody liked him and respected him. He will be missed. We lost a good man, and God gained a good man.

The good thing is that he's no longer suffering and is in a better place.

Condolences and prayers to his wife, kids, and family. A fund is set up to help the Lin family. He left behind a wife and three young kids.

Help for John Lin
c/o Fifth Third Bank
10011 E Grand River
Brighton, MI 48116

I hope we find a cure for cancer in my lifetime.

Help for the Hurricane Victims


Cash Sought To Help Hurricane Victims, Volunteers Should Not Self-Dispatch

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Voluntary organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states, according to Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. But, volunteers should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary agency.

“Cash donations are especially helpful to victims,” Brown said. “They allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require.”

Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.

“We’re grateful for the outpouring of support already,” Brown said. “But it’s important that volunteer response is coordinated by the professionals who can direct volunteers with the appropriate skills to the hardest-hit areas where they are needed most. Self-dispatched volunteers and especially sightseers can put themselves and others in harm’s way and hamper rescue efforts.”

Here is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.

Donate cash to:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
1-800-257-7575 Spanish;

America’s Second Harvest

Operation Blessing

Donate Cash and/or Volunteer

Adventist Community Services

B'nai B'rith International

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
(202) 606-6718

Feed the Children

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

UJA Federation of New York
212 836-1880

United Jewish Communities

Union for Reform Judaism

United Methodist Committee on Relief

For further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at:

This list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster. Please email if you are interested in having your organization added to the list.

Please check with your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information regarding the tax deductibility of your donation.
The listing of or omission of an institution or organization on this Web site does not refer to programmatic capability nor does it confer any official status, approval, or endorsement of the institution or organization itself. This listing does not purport to be a listing of all organizations that are providing relief in the affected area. Additionally, there may be organizations providing relief in the affected area that are not accepting donations at this time. It is not the purpose of this Web site to make, or enable to be made, any representation to the public concerning the organizations listed. This listing is for informational purposes only. Any contributions you choose to make from links on this Web site are at your sole discretion.

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

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