Skubick to speak to Calhoun GOP

April 23, 2014 by  
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This is kinda interesting.

The Calhoun County Republican Party will host a silent auction and dinner at its annual Lincoln Day Celebration next month.

Political commentator Tim Skubick, who hosts “Off the Record” on WKAR-TV, will be the event’s guest speaker. Donated items, including Michigan State University football tickets and a one-week stay on Marco Island, Fla., also will be auctioned.

I wouldn't necessarily read anything into this, because it's not terribly unusual for media people to speak to varioius private organizations (I once spoke to a local Rotary Club!) and what you can pull out of Skubick's work doesn't pose him as a rightwing bomb thrower or anything. It's kind of interesting that the Calhoun Republicans would ask him, however.


Terri Lynn Land releases ad begging Gary Peters to define her

April 22, 2014 by  
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Terri Lynn Land has a new ad out. It's vacuous, trite, and insults the intelligence of everyone who watches it. But, it commits an even graver sin. It begs Gary Peters to define Terri Lynn Land.

She is practically begging Gary Peters to respond with an ad (again) highlighting her support for everything in the Republican War on Women, and framing her as an enemy from within.

What a dumb move.

Update! ... Dumb, just dumb.

LANSING - Timing is everything. The same day Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land released her first ad, which contained more elevator music than substance, attempting to push back on her out of touch record on women's issues, she earned Rick Santorum's endorsement. Santorum would clearly like to turn the clock back on Michigan women.

Why on Earth would she even go public with this at all? The only people Rick Santorum carries any weight with are conservative Catholics, and he couldn't even win the 2012 Republican primary here. His endorsement carries no value in the general election, and undercuts her own first ad by tying herself to Santorums decidedly anti-woman ideas. Whoever is responsible for signing off on this ought to be fired, even if it's the candidate herself.


Most of the people who are running for office this year – the near-final list

April 22, 2014 by  
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It's 5:30 - do you know who your candidates are?

Here's the unofficial list of Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor, US Senate and House, state legislature, and judgeships. Keep in mind that candidates have until 4:00 on Friday to withdraw.

Gongwer had a piece today about some of the big surprises of filing deadlines past, including the Great Schmidt-storm of 2012 and a guy who tried to run for Governor against Posthumus and Schwarz but who didn't get enough valid signatures. 

No huge surprises of that sort today, but a few remarks below the fold.

 


Governor and US Senate

No surprise here. It does seem a little odd that, in a year in which the governorship is hotly contested and the US Senate seat is open, neither race has a competitive primary.

Congress

It will officially be a three-way battle with Barnett, Bishop, and McMillin in the 8th. Meanwhile, John Moolenaar's path to Congress is complicated by the candidacies of Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy (the latter of whom got in the race while Camp was still expected to run).

I'm surprised that Jeffrey Hank (D-8th) and Raymond Mullins (D-12th) ended up filing. Brian Ellis only turned in 1,200 signatures in the 3rd, while Douglas North only turned in 1,110 in the 7th. Given that 1,000 of them need to be valid, don't be surprised if Amash and Walberg supporters challenge these signatures. 

State Senate

District 2 features five Democrats, including incumbent Bert Johnson, John Olumba, Some Dude, and - get this - two people named Lemmons who live at the same address! I'd expect one of them to withdraw their name before this Friday's withdrawal deadline. 

After filing only 551 signatures (cutting it close, since 500 needed to be valid), Patrick Colbeck withdrew his candidacy and then re-filed with the $100 filing fee. 

In the open-seat 28th (a reliably Republican seat), current Rep. Peter MacGregor faces off against a guy named Kevin Green (who may or may not be this Kevin Green). Also in the race: Tommy Brann of Brann's steakhouse fame. More people are running for the right to Replace MacGRegor in the 73rd House seat.

Geoff Hansen (R-34th) has to face a primary challenge from Nick Sundquist for the right to lose to Cathy Forbes in the fall.

Democrats Chris LaMarche and Chris Germain filed to run against Tom Casperson in the 38th. LaMarche only filed 566 signatures (again, cutting it very close), while Germain went with the filing fee. I don't know much about LaMarche, but I do know Germain is kind of young. Oftentimes young candidates running in swing districts are met with skepticism in terms of their ability to win a tough race, but we'll see how it all plays out.

State House

Three candidates will vie for the right to lose to Winnie Brinks in the 76th: Keith Allard, who ran as an independent in 2012, as well as former GR city comptrollers Donijo DeJonge and Stan Milanowski.

One of the few other area in which Dems have to play defense is the 91st district - Holly Hughes, who was elected in 2010 but lost in 2012, has two primary opponents.

Todd Courser wishes to fail yet one more time

April 22, 2014 by  
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From MIRS.

Todd COURSER, the conservative Republican who was pondering whether to challenge Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY, has decided to run for the Michigan House.  

In a press release this afternoon, Courser said he's filed paperwork to run for the open 82nd District seat, which is currently held by term-limited Rep. Kevin DALEY (R-Lum).

Normally I'm a sucker for a man with grit and determination. This is a bit different. This feels like a guy who simply wants really badly to be in the public eye and will do anything to get there. He's a fourth-rate Kardashian.

"I am excited for what God has in store on this journey," Courser said. "Over the coming months I will be working hard and reaching out to the voters of my district. I look forward to hearing their stories and concerns. I hope to gain their trust and get the support of their vote on Aug. 5." 

I was not aware that Todd Courser's sense of personal ambition doubled as Lord and Savior of us all.


Detroit News blogger wonders why land management agency has armed officers to manage land

April 21, 2014 by  
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Detroit News blogger and retired editorial writer Jeff Hadden thinks that after waiting for two decades for Nevada welfare bum Cliven Bundy to settle up what he owes the feds that they should have waited some more, and thank god a bunch of armed nuts showed up to attract Tee Vee cameras so they would. Then, after saying that people shouldn't provoke potentially violent confrontations with armed federal officers carrying out court orders, wonders the BLM has agents in the first place.

I don’t recommend or support armed citizens confronting armed federal agents. But Investors Business Daily, which quoted Napolitano, reasonably asks why so many federal agencies and departments, including the Bureau of Land Management, EPA and even the National Oceananic and Atmospheric Administration, have armed agents.

The idea that a land management agency would have its own internal law enforcement agency to deal with laws governing the management of public land seems like it would answer itself. So instead lets go with an even more strange example ... NOAA.

NOAA is also one of the oldest agencies, and used to stick to charting the coasts. Now, a lot of what it does is scientific. In fact, the clowns in the House have legislation pending that would prohibit NOAA from studying climate, which seems like a good idea. Why do they have armed agents? I wonder if the answer is so arcane that going to NOAA's website and look around for a FAQ page is not a solution. Well, no.

We protect marine fisheries, wildlife, and habitat by enforcing domestic laws, international treaties, and obligations to ensure these global resources are available for future generations to use and enjoy. We are the only federal law enforcement agency fully dedicated to the enforcement of federal fishery regulations. Our work supports NOAA Fisheries’ core mission mandates—maximizing productivity of sustainable fisheries and fishing communities and protection, recovery, and conservation of protected species.

Hadden suggested that law enforcement functions of those agencies be turned over to the FBI and Marshal's Service. It wouldn't save any money, because they'd still need people who are experts in fisheries law to enforce fisheries law, which means the agents currently employed by NOAA would stimply be folded into another agency with yet another layer of bureaucracy.

None of this, on the other hand, explains why Cliven Bundy's supporters would have been any less threatening if they were dealing with federal agents from the FBI rather than the BLM.


Lieutenant governor just now becoming aware that same-sex marriage is an issue

April 21, 2014 by  
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Tim Skubick had a column yesterday in which the lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, takes a whiff on domestic partner benefits ... because he hasn't studied the issue. And, we all know what "I haven't studied the issue" means: That the person giving the answer would prefer not to give an answer because either way it will make a lot of people angry. This comes at a time when the Illinois Republican party booted members who wanted to get rid of a pro-same sex marriage party chairman. It doesn't track perfectly with the Michigan Republican Party's inability to get rid of the Michigan Republican Party's official spokesperson Goat Killer, despite the many, many times he's covered them with shame, because they voted these clowns out of office rather than finding a pretext within their governing documents (which exists) to get rid of them.

This is simply another reminder that when Goat Killer slurs LGBT folks and Muslims and everyone else that he speaks on behalf of the entire Michigan Republican Party.


Happy Easter. The thread is open

April 20, 2014 by  
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Forgot all about this yesterday, probably because I was up to something sinister. Better late than never. Here's your open thread.

Jase Bolger, who once toured Detroit, might scuttle Detroit bankruptcy deal just to be a dick

April 18, 2014 by  
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A few months ago, everyone made a big deal that Jase Bolger visited Detroit and said that something needed to be done to help out the people of Detroit. Today, we learn what it is that he thinks needs to happen to help Detroit: Detroit's unions need to be extorted or else he's happy to let Detroit's bankruptcy drag on. Along the way, Ari B. Adler burns yet another bridge.

Ari Adler, a spokesman for Bolger, said: “I think it’s entirely reasonable to expect the unions to give back to the very people they profited from.”

“The union leaders made these deals that couldn't possibly have been afforded; they built up their own savings from membership dues paid for by unaffordable contracts,” he said. “Now they want to walk away, effectively leaving the retirees they are supposed to have represented holding the bag.”

The great thing is that he essentially waited until the last minute to say this, rather than letting everyone know ahead of time that it was his expectation.


Dear Dan: Smoking weed does not lead to demonic possession

April 17, 2014 by  
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Oh brother.

But let me show you why smoking pot presents an even bigger problem for you, which is: It invites demonic infestation into your spirit. Take a look at 1 Corinthians 10:14-21:

There's ... no need to go quoting Scripture around here, so we'll just skip past that to the Precious Bodily Fluids argument.

The use of mind-altering substance for “recreational” purposes puts a person at serious risk of demonic attack because what you’re doing is rejecting the natural chemicals God already put in your body as insufficient to satisfy you physically and emotionally.

How about a little pure grain alcohol with your fluoride-free water, Dan? Oh wait, I guess the grain alcohol is a gateway drug to Beelzebub.

By the way, just for the record, when you try to -- in the space of the same article -- try to cite science and Scripture's support for demonic possession, you deserve the peals of derisive laughter that result. Consistency is a damn fine thing.

P.S. I am happy to report that, after decades of drug and alcohol use, that polluting your precious bodily fluids with mind-altering chemicals does not, in fact, lead to demonic attack. Unless by demonic attack you mean the occasional crushing headache.


RGA attacks Mark Schauer for something Mark Schauer wasn’t responsible for

April 16, 2014 by  
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There's always an inherent problem in letting someone campaigning on your behalf: They might do or say something stupid, and you look stupid by reflection. We saw this when Terri Lynn Land, who might be the worst candidate for the U.S. Senate since Peter Hoekstra, let Americans for Prosperity lie about Obamacare and then use a cancer sufferer as a willing human shield (by the way, anyone ask if Julie Boonstra got paid for all this?). Now, there's this.

LANSING, MI -- The Republican Governors Association released what it called a "new attack ad" on Wednesday, criticizing Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer for a 2002 state House vote that imposed a new per-bed fee on nursing homes.

The only problem?

The "Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Program" was backed by Republican Gov. John Engler, won bipartisan support in the state Legislature and was later extended by Gov. Rick Snyder, who Schauer is challenging.

The program is designed to win federal match dollars and then return them to nursing homes that participate in Michigan's Medicaid program.

The sound you hear is the Republican Governor's Association wrenching the sink out of the kitchen and hurling it at Mark Schauer.


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