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Today in campaign news: Schauer releases a plan, Dillard may switch to Secretary of State

by: ScottyUrb

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 21:42:50 PM EDT


Here's the plan.

* Both Skubick and MIRS are reporting that high-level Democrats are pushing for Godfrey Dillard to run for Secretary of State instead of Attorney General. I do know that he has quite a solid biography. Aside from that, this would satisfy that unofficial rule that in gubernatorial years, at least one of the Democratic nominees for Gov/LG/SoS/AG be non-white. (Not since 1966 have Dems nominated an all-white ticket.)

* Sen. Judy Emmons (R) was outraised by Democratic challenger Fred Sprague, $20,589.43 to $15,940. This seat is supposed to be a safe Republican seat, yet the Republican is getting outraised. Here's the database with all the filings.

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It's official--Free Press reports Bernstein running for Supreme Court (4.00 / 1)
Attorney Richard Bernstein announces bid for Michigan Supreme Court
Prominent Michigan attorney Richard Bernstein will announce his candidacy for the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday, his campaign said Tuesday.

Bernstein, who is blind, will be seeking a Democratic nomination for the state's highest court, where two full terms and one partial term will be contested in the Nov. 4 general election.
...
Wayne County Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas has not made a formal announcement, but told the Free Press Tuesday she also will be seeking a Democratic nomination.

Kent County Circuit Judge James Redford is expected to seek the Republican nomination for the Cavanagh seat.

We still need a third nominee.  Any suggestions before we draft Joumana Kayrouz?

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

Got the email earlier today from the Bernstein campaign (4.00 / 1)
I'm curious as to what the Bernstein law firm has to do with its TV ads now that Richard is running. For some time, the firm has advertised heavily on Fox Sports' coverage of Tiger games.

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

[ Parent ]
I'd guess (0.00 / 0)
They'd be okay so long as they don't run the ads that specificsally mention or show Richard. On that note, the ads talking about Richard have been in heavy rotation lately.

[ Parent ]
Potential third MSC nominee: (0.00 / 0)
If Hansen Clarke doesn't emerge as the 14th District Democratic nominee, he's a compelling Supreme Court possibility.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
On follow-up: (0.00 / 0)
I am making a presumption based upon his education and time as a law professor that he is eligible, but I should state that I don't know with certainty that he is eligible... Just that he should be kept in consideration, if he does meet the eligibility requirements.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
Are there eligibility requirements other than not being 70+? (0.00 / 0)
Are they in the state Constitution, or is it more of what the MDP considers "eligible?"

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


[ Parent ]
In Michigan (4.00 / 1)
I know there are judicial eligibility requirements in general regarding having passed the bar for five years, if I recall correctly -- and there may be more.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
Eligibility requirements for judges (0.00 / 0)
They are in the state Constitution, Article 6, section 19(2):
(1) '(A)dmitted to the practice of law for at least 5 years.'
(2) Not be over 70 at time of election

In addition, by statute, be a resident of the district from which elected, which is irrelevant to a Supreme Court candidate.

Clarke has been an attorney since about 1987.


[ Parent ]
Thanks! (0.00 / 0)
n/t

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


[ Parent ]
Justice Clarke? (0.00 / 0)
I must respectfully disagree with the suggestion that Hansen Clarke become the third member of our Supreme Court ticket.

I lived in Michigan during his time in the State House and much of the time he served in the Senate. And I found him to be the type of legislator ho was insightful, engaged and cared about the needs of his constituents and the state at large. And then, in 2010 his wonderful knockdown of Representative Kilpatrick.

And then?

Was this the Peter Principle at work? Maybe, because State Legislator Clarke went from being one of the most vital members of either body in Lansing to becoming a disengaged and disinterested member of Congress. He lost in 2012 because he deserved to, and he will lose next week for the same reason.

As such, what is his value to the ticket if we are to make a strong and legitimate bid to take all three seats?

I am sure those of you in the State have a far better read than do I on those who could much better round out the judicial ticket that consists now of a bright well-known male Jewish lawyer with great ID from Oakland and a respected African-American female jurist from Wayne County.


[ Parent ]
Rumor I've Heard: Phil Cavanagh. (0.00 / 0)
Some have speculated that he may be called upon for the third slot if he doesn't prevail in the Wayne County Executive primary.

Richard Bernstein
Phil Cavanagh
James Robert Redford
Brian Zahra (Justice of the Supreme Court)

Deborah Thomas
David Viviano (Justice of the Supreme Court)

That could be interesting.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.


[ Parent ]
Except... (0.00 / 0)
he's gonna win on Aug. 5th!  

[ Parent ]
WOTS (4.00 / 2)
Is that the Trial Lawyers have made some inquiries to current sitting judges not up for reelection this year and have found one very interested party: Mark Slavens of the Wayne County Circuit Court.

I'm sure the coming weeks will yield more clarity on the second full-term MSC candidate.

Although I'm told it will certainly be a man as the Bernsteins do not want a woman on the ticket - Ricky must finish first or else the "Call Sam Studio" might collapse right on Mickey and C-Mo.


[ Parent ]
And if the "Call Sam Studio" collapses... (0.00 / 0)
The Tigers will move to Charlotte; the Pistons will end up in Seattle, which lusts after a replacement for the Sonics; and the Wings will sneak across the Matty Moroun Bridge and settle in Hamilton, Ontario.

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

[ Parent ]
So we'd be stuck with the Lions (0.00 / 0)
...and an empty entertainment district.  And, no, Los Angeles would not want the Lions.  They seem to be OK with their choice of games on TV with no blackout.  Besides, they don't want to bother building a new stadium and dealing with traffic on Sundays.

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

[ Parent ]
Mayor Mike Duggan endorses Rudy Hobbs! (4.00 / 1)
And in the mother of all 14th endorsements, the Mayor has come out for Rudy Hobbs.

This is noticeable for a couple of reasons:

1) Mike is not dumb. He's not going to endorse a 3rd place long-shot with no chance of winning simply because --- because --- (Exactly).

2) The mayor has his hands full trying to save Detroit from vultures while jump-starting some semblance of a functioning city. He needs all the help he can get. The fact that he thinks that Rudy is best positioned to be a federal partner speaks volumes.

I have largely stayed out of talking publicly about this race for obvious reasons. However, I have come to know Rudy over the past year and believe strongly that he is the best person to step into Gary's seat, continuing to advance smart, strong policy ideas for moving Detroit (and its suburbs) moving forward.

Disclaimer: I have had multiple personal interactions with Brenda and Hansen and truly like them both. I think at their core, they are both good people who want to serve and do the right thing. I just think, as a Congressman representing my hometown, my friends and my family, that Rudy is better.

#TeamRudy  


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


Duh moment. (4.00 / 1)
Yup, after all these years, I forgot how to post. Apologies for the duplicate.

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

[ Parent ]
It's easy to inadvertently double-post (4.00 / 1)
Eric has a very long rap sheet on me for that offense.

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

[ Parent ]
Mayor Mike Duggan endorses Rudy Hobbs! (0.00 / 0)
And in the mother of all 14th endorsements, the Mayor has come out for Rudy Hobbs.

This is noticeable for a couple of reasons:

1) Mike is not dumb. He's not going to endorse a 3rd place long-shot with no chance of winning simply because --- because --- (Exactly).

2) The mayor has his hands full trying to save Detroit from vultures while jump-starting some semblance of a functioning city. He needs all the help he can get. The fact that he thinks that Rudy is best positioned to be a federal partner speaks volumes.

I have largely stayed out of talking publicly about this race for obvious reasons. However, I have come to know Rudy over the past year and believe strongly that he is the best person to step into Gary's seat, continuing to advance smart, strong policy ideas for moving Detroit (and its suburbs) moving forward.

Disclaimer: I have had multiple personal interactions with Brenda and Hansen and truly like them both. I think at their core, they are both good people who want to serve and do the right thing. I just think, as a Congressman representing my hometown, my friends and my family, that Rudy is better.

#TeamRudy  


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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