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Poll: Majority believe that an out-of-touch millionaire is an out-of-touch millionaire

by: Eric B.

Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 13:24:15 PM EDT

Great news for Andy Dillon!

In the new poll, 53 percent called Snyder "out of touch," including 59 percent respondents who identified themselves as independents. That should be worrisome for Snyder, whose whose stands against union workers and in favor of Detroit's bankruptcy angered many Democrats, said T.J. Bucholz, public affairs senior director of Lambert, Edwards & Associates.

He's not only out-of-touch, he's also terrible at getting his own party to give him legislation he wants.

Update! ... Yeah, this is what I'm talking about.

The summit audience cheered a man who questioned the governor on what citizens could do to drive on better roads.

"Call your legislator," Snyder said. "It's important to the economic comeback to Michigan...I believe that it actually saves us money because if we don't make that investment, we're just racking up huge bills that we're going to stick our kids with or we're going to have to pay later."

It reminds of last summer, when he said that people should call their legislators and make them expand Medicaid ... and nothing happened.

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Our township government passed the buck to Robert Ficano
I live in Canton Township, which has been run by Republicans for 30 years. A few weeks ago, our township supervisor reacted to complaints about potholes by telling us--via both the township website and monthly newsletter--to complain to Wayne County. Evidently, "the buck starts here."

As for contacting state lawmakers, Canton residents are represented in the Senate by Patrick Colbeck, who believes giving tax cuts to the richest Michiganders will cause the potholes to magically disappear.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Canton seems ready
to elect Democratic leadership to run its township.

Do you have a similar sense, on the ground?

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
More activity than I've seen since I moved here > 25 years ago
The old Community Democrats club was almost moribund. The Canton Dems have around 100 members.

The Democrats only put up one candidate for Township Board in 2008 and 2012. Had they run a full slate, they could have picked up two or three board seats (getting a majority of four would have been tough because of incumbents on the board). Maybe this will happen two years from now.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

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Pothole Pat
I recall in 1996 Pat Nowak, the Deputy Oakland County Executive,challenged Dale Kildee for Congress when the district was competitive. Oakland's roads were terrible that year and Kildee pinned the problem on Nowak, successfully branding him in TV ads as "pothole Pat."  Nowak, who was considered a strong challenger, ended up getting less than 40% of the vote.

I would love to see a campaign against "Pothole Pat" Colbeck.  

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What district?
Out of curiosity, what district was that?  It seems weird to hear someone from Oakland County (unless he commuted) running for the same seat which I tend to think of as being passed way up in Flint.

[ Parent ]
That was the old Ninth District
when the northern Oakland Pontiac / Clarkston / Rochester areas were blended with Genesee and Lapeer counties.

In that district, Tom McMillin (then an Auburn Hills City Councilman, before he later jumped ship to Rochester Hills to have a more amenable political landscape) was the 1998 Republican nominee.

I'm glad LiberalBubba shared the Pat Nowak history, I had never heard it before.

Check out this old CNN election preview: http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS...

"In another race that promises to be extremely competitive, Republicans have once again targeted 9th District Democrat Dale E. Kildee, a 10-term member who barely hung on with 51 percent of the vote in 1994.

"This year, Kildee's Republican challenger is former state transportation official Patrick M. Nowak, who has built his campaign around fiscal issues such as balancing the budget, reducing taxes and scaling back the federal government's scope."

From the Wikipedia 1994 Election Results:

Dale E. Kildee (D) 51.2%
Megan O'Neill (R) 47.0%
Karen Blasdell-Wilkinson (Natural Law) 1.7%

Sander Levin and Lynn Rivers had close races that year, too -- and the Bob Carr open seat was lost.

From the Wikipedia 1996 Election Results:

Dale Kildee (D) 59.19%
Patrick Nowak (R) 38.81%
Malcolm Johnson (L) 1.50%
Terrence Shulman (NL) 0.49%

From the Wikipedia 1998 Election Results:

Dale Kildee (D) 55.9%
Tom McMillin (R) 41.9%
Malcolm Johnson (L) 2.2%

This was also resourceful: http://www.pscinc.com/Portals/...

"Kildee's district is in Genesee, Lapeer, and Oakland counties, and he won it by only 54 percent of the vote in 1992 and faces stiff challenge regardless of who wins the Republican primary-his last opponent, Megan O'Neill, or former state senator Kerry Kammer. (Although Kammer was a Democrat in the state legislature, he has been active in Oakland County GOP politics for the past few years and is running as a Republican.)"

Internet search reveals that O'Neill is from Clarkston (Independence Township, technically). She's the daughter of Dr. James O'Neill (a high-profile Clarkston community member). Appears as though she now goes by Megan O'Neill-Nini (or Megan Nini) and is still involved in her community.

When I was younger I do remember the television and radio commercials attacking Kildee, in particular, Tom McMillin radio ads from 1998.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Grandpa's nickname for a certain governor
that reminds me of my grandfather (rest his soul) and his nickname for a certain governor: "Pothole Engler."

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

[ Parent ]
Let's see:
Relentless? Nope.

Positive? Nope.

Action? Nope.

Something a "tough nerd" would say? Nope.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

Call your nearly certifiably insane tea partry legislator, who doesn't do anything until he or she is absolutely forced to, and beg them to do the right thing.  Right.  Okay.

Yes, Dr. Frankenstein?  Your monster's here to see you; when can we fit him in?

Did we fail in our messaging re: potholes?
A: Snyderholes were caused because he gave tax breaks to business!

B: Gov. Snyder is so weak he couldn't get his own Republicans to vote for road funding.

I think most people see A as the typical political blame game. B is something I think I heard on Facebook. I like B.  

We need a Governor who Leads, not one who Pleads
How many times must Rick Snyder go begging the Legislature to do something, only to get the bum's rush, before voters see just what a weak leader he really is?

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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