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Today in campaign news: Republican edition

by: Eric B.

Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM EDT


All the campaign news I have this morning comes from the R side. All of it is great fun, of course. If any of you have news from the D side, please share in comments. In fact, I note that this is already happening, which is great and as God intended (if, by God, you mean the people who thought up open blogging).

*--The Hill says that Lil' Fella looks poised to hold off Brian Ellis.

*--Someone sent me a link yesterday of a Paul Mitchell ad (his junk mail is again showing up at my home and I'm again apologizing to our local mail carriers for having to put wear and tear on their knees delivering it) of him saying he's going to take aim at Obamacare or something like that. That is, the 4th Congressional District race will ultimately be decided based on how voters react to something from Cloud Cuckoo Land. Jesus Fucking Christ. CapCon has more.

*--Mike Bishop leads Tom McMillin in a poll. It would not make me terribly unhappy if Michigan lost another Congressional seat because both candidates destroyed it while also destroying each other.

*--Tim Skubick has a column on Bill Schuette's poll problem. His poll problems are well deserved, since he's used his office mostly to pursue his own agenda, which is intended to help him run for governor. More than that, however, is his track record of getting creamed in court. It's an awful train wreck that we're all paying for.

Eric B. :: Today in campaign news: Republican edition
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Michigan Chronicle Endorses Brenda Lawrence. (0.00 / 0)
As explored further in this Diary: http://www.michiganliberal.com...

Great Lakes, Great Times.

Also in Republican news, Bentivolio sticks it to U.S. Chamber. (0.00 / 0)
The Free Press reports that Congressman Kerry Bentivolio is returning an award the U.S. Chamber of Commerce just presented to him (along with hundreds of other Members of Congress), months after endorsing his GOP primary opponent David Trott. He then grills them for being pro-amnesty, et cetera.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

We're gonna miss Kerry B. (4.00 / 2)
Of course, it'll be far far better if we miss him because there's a competent Progressive Democrat serving the 11th District next year.

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


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A-greed! (4.00 / 2)
Snaps for that.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Benson, O'Brien, McCormack all get props from Lessenberry (4.00 / 1)
Not technically campaign news, per se, but Jack had some great things to say about these three young women and the impact they're likely to have in the coming years.

Great read.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: McCann (D) seeking recount for state Senate in Kalamazoo County


Freep endorses SMART millage renewal (4.00 / 1)
Endorsement: Voting for SMART millage is the smart move

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

If I recall correctly, (4.00 / 1)
The News begrudgingly did as well...

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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A tax increase that supports something good for business (0.00 / 0)
That would get that kind of reaction from the Detroit News.

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

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Minimum Wage petition gets flushed. (4.00 / 3)
The two sides were very well matched.  The proponents didn't bother to scrub their signatures for duplicates or easily fixed technical problems causing them to barely clear the minimum number required, according to the Election Division's preliminary check.

But then the opposition botched the challenge, proposing a stupid method of estimating the number of duplicates, causing the E.D. staff to recommend simply ignoring most of what they submitted.

Finally, on the day of the Canvassers' meeting, the opposition apparently obtained competent legal and statistical advice and re-wrote their challenge - after the deadline - and convinced staff and one of the Dems that there really weren't enough valid signatures.  (Which there weren't.)

Millions of dollars spent by the two sides, much of which went to keep clowns in proper attire.  In the end, barely a snicker from the crowd.


Damn. (0.00 / 0)
Thank you for the update, though.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Can't anybody here play this game? (0.00 / 0)


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There are people around who get things right. (0.00 / 0)
The problem isn't with the incompetent consultants - it's the incompetents who control the money and hire them.

When Steve Hood nearly sunk Conyers, you couldn't really blame Hood.  He was doing the best he could, which isn't saying much.  The real fault lay with the Member of Congress, who could have hired anybody, and chose a nitwit.

In the present case, the decision not to check the signatures rigorously wasn't made by the consultant (I'm pretty sure) but by the people running the campaign.  I don't have the campaign finance report in hand (I heard it's due to be filed) but I suppose they spent nearly seven figures collecting the signatures.  But they decided to save $50000 or so, figuring it was better to have lots of wormy signatures than a smaller number of solid ones.

If Darwinian selection applied to politics, these folks would be out of the gene pool.  But it doesn't, and so there they are, waiting to part the next fool from his money.


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At least we got a higher minimum wage from the legislature (4.00 / 1)
I'd rather have had the ballot initiative, though.

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

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Right...bet they're kicking themselves now (0.00 / 0)
If they'd simply waited for the petition drive to implode, we'd have nothing.

Bet it gets revisited in the lame duck...and not in our favor.

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


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