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Today in campaign news: Rashida Tlaib endorsed by AFT, and so is Rudy Hobbs

by: Eric B.

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 15:00:00 PM EDT

*--The thing in the headline reflects a Tweet associated with Tlaib's account. Tlaib is running for the Democratic nomination in the 4th Senate District against incumbent Virgil Smith.

*--The other thing in the headline comes from a press release from Hobbs' campaign to win the nomination in the 14th Congressional District. He is running against Brenda Lawrence and Hansen Clarke.

*--There's a voter forum tonight concerning the 47th House District and 8th Congressional District starting at 6:30 in the Howell High School Auditorium.

Eric B. :: Today in campaign news: Rashida Tlaib endorsed by AFT, and so is Rudy Hobbs
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The Review reached out to Garnet Lewis and Stacy Erwin Oakes to hear their opinions on various matters. Lewis responded, but Oakes didn't. Here's how they rewarded Oakes:

The Review had hoped to present a Candidate Forum between Garnet & Oakes so that readers & voters could gauge the differences between the candidates in a detailed and in-depth forum, however after numerous e-mails and phone calls, Oakes failed to respond - apparently making the determination that it was of little importance or benefit to open herself to transparent scrutiny, nor address the issues that in turn creates a fully informed and intelligent electorate.

After criticizing a number of Oakes donors, they add:

A person is judged by the company they keep. This is axiomatic in politics. Why Oakes accepted donations from these people is a mystery. If this is the crowd with whom she associates, then voters will need to reflect on whether she has the good judgment to represent us in Lansing as a State Senator.

They go on to list Lewis's responses to their questions, including:

My mother was adamant and said, 'Lewis - there is no better education than an American education and if I got my degree in the USA I could go anywhere to work. I came out to find she was very right about that.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at Truman State University in Missouri, my Master of Arts in Educational Administration at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and my Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Texas.

I've been in the United States for over 30 years now, with 25 years in University Administration, which is one of the main reasons I am running for this office. In order to positively influence the way education is funded in this state and address the issues of quality involved with education you have to be sitting down in Lansing on the floor of the legislature.

Lewis come off as an intelligent, tireless champion of education - which she is - while Oakes's response does nothing to quell concerns about her commitment to the race (which she seems to have entered only at the behest of the Senate Dems, who were concerned about how Lewis's sexual orientation might be viewed by swing voters who don't really care about that).

It's a purple district - the kind of district in which Democrats will need to work hard to win. Lewis has what it takes; does Oakes?

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

Hope you're right about Saginaw voters (0.00 / 0)
Winning the 32nd is absolutely essential to erasing the repub supermajority and getting the Senate within striking distance for 2018.

It has a 55% DPI - if this seat is lost the Dems are pretty much done as a legislative party in this state.

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One of the top three or four, to be sure (0.00 / 0)
...along with the 7th, 20th, and maybe 34th.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

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Livengood live-tweeted the 8th district forums (0.00 / 0)

Some highlights for Tema Blue:

*"If we grow the economy, the deficit takes care of itself. That's the solution to that," says Grettenberger. Schertzing says deficits are only okay if we're at war or in a depression. Hank "[c]alls for cutting it w/o specifics,' per Livengood, who quotes Darga as saying that when you cut taxes, "We do experience growth, just as the Republicans say."

*Only Darga opposed decriminalization. Livengood says Schertzing "begrudgingly" said yes."

*Little support for military intervention.

*Hank says he doesn't call the ACA "Obamacare."

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

The DCCC is no collection of geniuses (0.00 / 0)
But even they could figure out none of these duds are worth much effort. It's been 14 years since Dems had a good candidate in the 8th - that's just sad and frustrating.

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Rather than calling folks "duds" for stepping up to the plate (4.00 / 1)
...perhaps a better exercise would be getting others to actually run - or figuring out why they don't run.

There are plenty of current and former Democratic electeds in the Lansing area - including many who would've had little to lose by running (i.e. Bauer and Meadows, who are out of office, and Whitmer, who is termed out). Yet except for Schertzing, they all took a pass. It's unfortunate that they did, but given that they had just days to make a decision after Rogers bowed out, one can't blame them for declining to turn their lives upside down running in a seat in Congress

If the seat stays in Republican hands, then candidate recruitment for 2016 will have to begin in earnest shortly after this election is over. Candidates will have much longer to consider their options. Given higher turnout, we should be able to and given higher turnout, a candidate should be able to do better in 2016 than in 2014 anyway.

Singh, Schor, and Cochran aren't term-limited until 2018, but any one of them could make a race of it that year.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

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Let's try those sentences again (0.00 / 0)
*It's unfortunate that they did, but given that they had just days to make a decision after Rogers bowed out, one can't blame them for declining to turn their lives upside down in order to run run in a district that even the President couldn't win in a high-turnout election.

*Given higher turnout, a candidate should be able to do better in 2016 than in 2014 anyway.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

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