* Word from MIRS is that Moolenaar and Mitchell are neck-and-neck in the 4th.
* Last chance to be a precinct delegate this year - fill out this form, get it notarized, turn it in to your clerk, and then write-in your name under "Delegate to County Convention" on Tuesday. Note: Instead of turning into your clerk, you can turn it in to the poll workers on Election Day.
* Emails from the DCCC is now on Tumblr. God Bless America. (I know that's not Michigan-specific, but it's too important not to share.)
* Hobbs just announced that Mayor Mike Duggan will announce his endorsement of Hobbs this evening at an event in Detroit.
* In this corner: the Devos-backed "Great Lakes Education Project." In this corner: Gary Glenn and Todd Courser. Ready? Fight!
One mailer criticized Glenn's stance on tax policy and accused him of believing that the government should be able to "police bedrooms" and "imprison all gay citizens."
Warning: The article also mentions a guy whose last name rhymes with Ragema.
* Via email: Syed Taj, our 2012 nominee in the 11th, is backing Anil Kumar.
* A couple tweets from MIRS tell us that Peters leads Land by 45-39, while Amash is up on Ellis 51-31.
* UPDATE: Mitchell poll in the 14th: Hobbs 38%, Clarke 25%, Lawrence 22%. But that's Mitchell, so take it with many grains of salt.
Hi, y'all, from Van Buren County. I interrupt my working vacation (charter fishing tomorrow!) to tell you that this morning Richard Bernstein has officially announced his candidacy for the state supreme court. The announcement comes courtesy a press release in Ye Olde Inbox from Vanguard Public Affairs, run by my fine pal T.J. Bucholz. As noted previously, Vanguard is currently this website's sponsor, but this is legitimate news since Bernstein starts the race with name recognition of about 120 percent.
I now return to my previously scheduled working vacation (charter fishing tomorrow!).
* Both Skubick and MIRS are reporting that high-level Democrats are pushing for Godfrey Dillard to run for Secretary of State instead of Attorney General. I do know that he has quite a solid biography. Aside from that, this would satisfy that unofficial rule that in gubernatorial years, at least one of the Democratic nominees for Gov/LG/SoS/AG be non-white. (Not since 1966 have Dems nominated an all-white ticket.)
* Sen. Judy Emmons (R) was outraised by Democratic challenger Fred Sprague, $20,589.43 to $15,940. This seat is supposed to be a safe Republican seat, yet the Republican is getting outraised. Here's the database with all the filings.
Saw this circulating over social media over the weekend. It's a story about ads being run in the Detroit area about the race for Wayne County executive.
CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Wayne County Executive race for the primary election is heating up, and now we have discovered that a group of Republicans is getting in the mix by funding ads that promote a Democratic candidate.
Once 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo started asking questions, people associated with the ads started scrambling to fix some important paperwork.
The candidate in question is Bill Wild, who I believe has zero shot of winning, but they are smear ads. And they are funded by ... who knows? The paper trail leads back to two possible Republican sources, but no one admits to being responsible. So, no one knows which means there's no way to hold anyone accountable or even ask why. It's almost as if they're kicking the tires on a new and exciting program of secretly funded smear ads being run for no particular reason. It's the free expression of speech, we're told.
* Lots of Democrats came to Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids hear Mark Schauer, Mark Totten, and various other candidates speak. (Peters had to attend to another matter.) The anti-fracking folks were also out in force.
* Good read in Crain's about three of my favorite things: campaigns, technology, and the nexus between the two.
* As Mark mentioned in a diary, Paul Clements (running against Fred Upton) has his first ad. Spoiler alert: He comes across as more of a nerd than the self-proclaimed one.
* The Michigan Nurses Association is backing Anil Kumar. Keep in mind that Kumar is a doctor, for whatever that's worth.
* Rand Paul is hiring John Yob to help steer his PAC.
Last weekend, while at work, I received a text message from Graham Davis telling me to go to hell. I told him to fuck off, which seemed like an appropriate response. Anyway, he posted all this on Facebook and I spent half an hour swearing at him. I later found out that some people thought that we were feuding. That's not the case. I am feuding, but it's with my neighbor. If you and I are connected on social media, you already know that, because that's where the feud is taking place. Also, in real life, like when I sabotaged the gargoyle he has in his yard and he wrote, "Baerren Go Home" in chalk-paint on his driveway.
For those of you who couldn't give less of a shit about who I'm feuding with, consider this the opening of the weekend thread.
I'm going out of town next week to visit family. It's in South Haven. I'm told there's a charter fishing trip that involves perch, which will be excellent. I've gone there before and sort of faked out like I was still around by posting once or twice a day and pretending that I was just really busy doing things besides fishing and shooting guns and stuff. It was all lies. This year, there'll be no disguising it. My laptop shit the bed earlier this week (actually the DC power jack) and there's even more limited Internet access at where I'll be, which is the home of a neo-Luddite.
In the middle of next month, I'll be leaving town again for a week to do some backpacking between Cadillac and Manistee with the kid. I'd give you dates, but I assume some of you awful people would use that to start planning a mini-vacation using my couch to crash on and drinking what beer there is in the refrigerator.
Oh yeah, in between I'm doing a no-booze, no-caffeine vegan cleanse. That doesn't affect any of you, but it will explain things if you get a whiff of moral superiority and self-satisfaction coming off my posts.
Detroit News political civility scold Jeffrey Hadden discovers reason 8,472 why to ignore liberal calls for being nicer to each other. This time, he links to a Washington Examiner article that says that the Shut Up Party (Democrats to the rest of us) want to use the FEC to shut down conservative media websites by telling Paul Ryan that he can't use campaign funds to purchase books in bulk and distribute them like it's a lit drop.
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban.
Needless to say, there's a little bit of distortion at work there and a whole lot of dissembling. And, since it gets run through the wash-and-rinse cycle twice, it smells twice as fragrant.
TRAVERSE CITY — State Senate candidate Greg MacMaster gained endorsements from political officials in his opponent's hometown, including Traverse city's mayor, but primary foe Wayne Schmidt swiped a different sort of political prize: support from MacMaster's mother.
Alden resident Michelle MacMaster publicly endorsed Schmidt, a state representative from Traverse City, for the 37th State Senate seat over her son, a state representative from Kewadin. Macmaster and Schmidt face off during the Aug. 5 primary election for the Republican nomination to represent eight counties in northwest Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula, including Grand Traverse and Antrim counties.
Can there be any doubt that she and MacMaster's grown daughter, who is also endorsing Schmidt, are paid stooges of the United Nations, which is using this to strike back against a foe who has sought to undermine their Agenda 21 through legislative means? Can there be any other explanation?