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The thread, she is open

by: Eric B.

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 13:00:42 PM EDT

Who are the worst people on Earth? Well I'll tells ya. I do laundry once a month or so, and this morning was time. Went to the laundromat and loaded up one of the giant 60 pound washing machines. At the end of the cycle, I transferred all of it into a 75-pound dryer. There was one open. The one next to mine ... someone had put a single fleece blanket in it and set it to high for more than half an hour.

People who do shit like that are the worst people on Earth.

Talk amongst yourselves.

Eric B. :: The thread, she is open
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At least you're not airing your dirty laundry here (nt)

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Oakland County Senate Race
Former Michigander is more specifically Former Oakland County resident and recalls such State Senators as Sander Levin, Dan Cooper, Doug Ross and Jack Faxon holding the seat that three strong Dems are battling for today.

Were I still in the district I would be supporting Vicki, who I think is just what the party needs in these times where there is little political and legislative institutional memory.

That said, how is the race shaping up? Who do you Michigan folks see taking the primary, and what do you hear about what becomes of the two who lose?

Outside the District Perspective
I'm from the other side of 8 Mile but it seems to me that Vince Gregory has the advantage as his home base of Southfield is not spilt by an opponent. Vicki Barnett and Ellen Lipton are going after the same voters and seem likely to split their base. That favors Vince, who also happens to be the incumbent.

Vicki has said if she loses the primary she's retiring but in the past she has been mentioned as a possible Oakland Trasurer candidate when Meisner runs for Exec. No real word on Ellen, but if she were to lose I think she'd make a great State Board of Ed candidate.

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Vicki or Ellen
It would be great to see one of them fill the Secretary of State opening. I think both of them are assets for the Democratic Party and it would be a shame to see them retire from politics.

I also think Gregory has the advantage and is his race to lose.  

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Vicki or Ellen? Help!
I've got my AV ballot, and need some help. Not actually getting much lit.

What is it about Lipton -- "the" democratic candidate?

I've worked out of campaign offices in the past with Barnett, and she always seemed both competent and democratic to me.

Know nothing about Gregory.

In fact, know nothing about virtually any of the races. Doesn't anybody actually campaign anymore?

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SOS, SBE, etc.
It was no surprise that Barnett and Lipton got into the race while Gregory was running for Congress. What may be surprising is that they stayed in the race after Gregory jumped in.

One would think that one or both of them would've stepped aside or jumped in another race, like SBE or SOS (as you and 48101 have mentioned). The thing about nominating one of them for SOS is that, presuming Totten is nominated for AG, we'd then have an all-white ticket - something Democrats have often gone to great lengths to avoid.

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Completely Agree
Even though Lipton and Barnett would both be good candidates, I think they need a non-white candidate from the Detroit area to round out the ticket and appeal to more voters.

I think whoever loses the primary in the 14th congressional district would be a good candidate. Whether it's Clarke-Hobbs-Lawrence. I'd prefer Hobbs to be the SOS nominee because he is younger and doesn't have the reputation of losing at the statewide level yet (Lawrence). Other than that race it's hard to find a good, reliable candidate who is somewhat well known from that area, unless they go with someone who isn't already running for an election...

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I'm not sure losing the LG race is going to hurt Brenda if she runs for SoS. It certainly didn't hurt unsuccessful 2006 nominee Ruth Johnson.

That said, I did hear from a reliable source that Woodrow Stanley (from Flint) has been angling for it. Stanley is very popular in Flint, and while we (rightly) focus on turning out the Detroit vote, we certainly can't afford to ignore Flint.

Let's also not forget Godfrey Dillard. While I'm supporting Totten for Attorney General, I also think Dillard has a great bio and could definitely have a place on the statewide ticket.

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Detroit News endorsed Gregory
They also endorsed Fishman in the 13th.  I'm not following their lead; I only read the News for opposition research.

For state Senate, from Oakland.

Here are links to other endorsement editorials:

Editorial: For Legislature, from Wayne, Detroit

Our editorial: Primary choices for Legislature from Macomb

Wayne RESA millage a raw deal

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

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Interesting how the News separates Wayne and Detroit
...as if one is not part of the other.

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Doug Ross?
Is that the same Doug Ross who later worked in the Blanchard administration and ran for governor in 1998?

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Doug Ross
Same Doug Ross. Ran as a "reformer" in '78 against two-term incumbent Dan Cooper and took the seat. Didn't run for re-election, but rather for the Congressional Seat that was being vacated by Bill Brodhead, and lost to Sandy Levin. Also in the hunt for that seat was Maryann Mahaffey and Agnes Mary Mansour.

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Jack Faxon
As for Jack Faxon, he had served three terms in the State Senate from Northwest Detroit, winning a seat that was initially majority White that evolved into Majority African American by the end of his tenure in District 7. When the Oakland County Senate seat opened up with Ross going for Congress, Faxon did what alot of his former constituents had done, and moved north of Eight Mile. He then served three more terms from the Oakland County seat.

And his Campaign Manager in his last race in 1990 - Vicki Barnett.  

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I did not know that! Thanks for sharing!

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rolling coal
I saw Terri's truck last week for the first time when it raced by me on I96.  The truck sports a big rig style exhaust stack, which is also common on trucks that have been modified according to the rolling coal phenomenon.  http://www.slate.com/articles/...

anyone aware of whether terri's truck has the necessary engine modifications to participate in the rolling coal trend?


School board filing deadline in 9 days!
Friendly reminder: It's July 22 this year.

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I shudder to think who's going to file here in Plymouth-Canton
The Tea Party ran a four-man slate in the last election; and, because the non-Tea Partiers failed to get their act together, they divided the votes and allowed two TPers to win seats. I'm sure the Tea Party will be back this year.

One of the losing TP candidates, Matt Dame, was a major pain in the ass after the election. He and his wife tied the school board in knots over their objection to the inclusion of Beloved in the list of books for their daughter's AP English class*.

* The Dames argued that Beloved had no literary merit, which would come as news to the Pulitzer Prize committee.

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

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Aretha endorses Brenda
...per Brenda's Facebook.

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