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Today in campaign news: The Sierra Club endorses a handful of people

by: Eric B.

Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 14:00:00 PM EDT

*--Here is a list of names directly connected to the headline: Shari Pollesch, Bert Johnson, Bryan Mielke in legislative races, and county commission candidates David Woodward in Oakland County and Tim Killeen in Wayne.

*--The Grosse Pointe Democratic Club is hosting a candidate forum, moderated by Craig Fahle of WDET, tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. It will feature candidates for the 14th Congressional District.

Eric B. :: Today in campaign news: The Sierra Club endorses a handful of people
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The David Woodward I know is in Oakland County, not Wayne.

Here's the full list of Sierra Club endorsees, by the way.

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

Thanks for posting the list.
Sierra does not automatically endorse every Democrat. You really have to be on the right side of a bunch of policy issues to get their (our, I should say, I'm a member) endorsement.

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All the State House endorsements are of incumbents
Was the endorsement based on voting records? Will the Sierra Club endorse any challengers?

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Mielke and Pollesch are challengers (nt)

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

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Sierra Club doesn't show Pollesch among the endorsed candidates
However, her website lists the endorsement.


Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Wrote this in a rush before work yesterday. Didn't see this, or the below kerfluffel, until this morning.

Among the Trees

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The white slate?
Does the Sierra Club have a problem with endorsing people of color??? Unless this is just a partial list, this is pretty embarrassing.  

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

Sen. Johnson
is black.

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That's pretty obvious.

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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"White Slate" seems a bit absurd, eh? Also endorsed: John Conyers, Dave Rutledge, Sam Singh, Hoon-Yung Hopgood.  

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Sensitivity class 101
Here is a scenario that explains the way racial insensitivity works:

You have 20 white candidates running and endorse 18 of them.
You have 10 black candidates running and only endorse 2 of of them.

See what's wrong with this picture???

You can't have one token and say: "Ooo looky! See we aren't racially oblivious."

For perspective, it's like the GOP parading out the ONE lady on a panel that they have to try to convince people that they really don't have a patronizing view of women. We seriously just don't believe that.  

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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be interested in knowing who applied for endorsements and which are in "environmentally competitive" districts (i.e. one candidate has a good environmental record and another candidate has a poor one.  

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it's a fair question ---
but you have posted the "20 white candidates" and "10 black candidates" -- do you have any idea of what the real numbers are?

MIChange cites 5 non-white endorsees, out of 31 endorsees listed on the Sierra Club page -- 16%. Is this actually less than the percentage of non-whites running for the Michigan legislature? I don't know, just asking.

Also, it appears that not all endorsees are listed there, per comments above. So not sure what is going on with that.

Finally, it is important to note that you can't endorse if candidates won't return your questionnaire. I know this from the other side of the table. Some candidates just don't bother.

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Pot, kettle
Your point is fair too memiller, however when GOP leaders can't find a single woman to sit on a panel to talk about reproductive rights, we lefties are the first to hoot and holler. Is it because the women haven't submitted a "panel questionnaire"? Or because that's just how insular their circles are?

In both cases, I think it's the latter.  

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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I don't see the parallel.
When a US House committee put on a panel of six white men to testify about WOMEN'S health care, you bet we hooted and hollered -- and rightly so. Because they could easily have found women to testify about what the effects on their lives would be, it's just that was not the message they wanted to send.

When the Sierra Club endorses a group including 16% minorities, out of a fixed pool of candidates (we don't know the minority proportion of, but with some research we could find out, I suppose), I just can't see that as tokenism or evidence of insularity. By the way, Michigan is about 80% white, 20% non-white http://quickfacts.census.gov/q... , so 16% is not that far off.

Others have pointed out below that this is an ongoing process. I'll bet a bunch of African-American candidates are in contested primaries. I think it's likely we will see further Sierra endorsements of some of the winners after the Primary.

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The insinuation that the Sierra Club discriminates against people of color is absolute lunacy. Period. Full stop.

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How Sierra Club endorses and when
Sierra Club is led by volunteers who are organized into regions within MI and there's a fairly involved endorsement process that flows from the local level to a statewide political committee and ultimately to a statewide executive committee. There are candidate questionnaires and sometimes interviews with candidates.  If it involves a federal candidate then a national committee must agree with an endorsement as well.   The 2014 Sierra Club endorsement process continues and is incomplete. There will be another batch of endorsements in July and then others after the August primary.    

For more info on Sierra Club endorsements
Mike Berkowitz, Sierra Club's Michigan political director, would be happy to answer any questions from anyone.  His email address is: mike.berkowitz@sierraclub.org

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Sierra Club IS the lobbyist for the poor!
Sierra Club devotes a large portion of their funding and agenda into protecting urban populations for the very reason yvette248 mentions in their tagline. Sierra Club has an office in Detroit dedicated to nothing but Environmental Justice. No organization has more effort dedicated into seeing that people of colors' right are protected and that their views are represented. This blatant, back-handed smear of racism is unfounded and ignorant of the facts. These type of baseless observations belong on Fox News, not on this website.
These endorsements are obviously for the primaries, many of which are unopposed in either Party. Before the General election there will be another round of endorsements. I can tell you from past experience that Sierra Club is color-blind when it comes to endorsing. Many of the endorsements are based on questionnaires which do not include a checkbox for RACE.
Knowledge is power. But ignorance is louder.  

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