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Wednesday Coffee Talk/Open Thread

by: BZP

Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 07:12:55 AM EDT

Lots of links this morning. Happy Hump Day!
  • The Fix: Endorsement Elite: Michigan Republicans. Chris Cillizza lists the MI GOP endorsement elite: Dick and Betsy DeVos ("the unquestioned first couple of Michigan Republican politics" -- blech!), Pete Hoekstra, Teri Lynn Land, Candice Miller, Chuck Yob. Noticeably absent: Mike Cox.
  • Living Blue: An Invitation Rogers Probably Will Refuse. Mr. Rogers has been noticeably silent for most of the summer so far, and I don't think it's a stretch to say that it has something to do with all the heat he's been getting from groups like Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. They will be paying another visit to the Congressman's office in Lansing on Thursday this week.
  • WILX: Rogers Appropriations Requests. Mike Rogers has submitted a "complete" list of the appropriations project requests he's made for FY2008. This is good to have, but it's not quite what I asked for in this post on the Rogers Watch. I want every earmark he's ever requested while he's been in Congress. But, I'll give credit where credit is due... this is a nice start.
  • Walberg Watch: Congressman Tim to escape from bunker, make local appearance. Rep. Walberg will be visiting another friendly crowd at the Chelsea Commons Clocktower Building, Suite 200, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., this Saturday.
  • Walberg Watch: Nacht (D) Raises $160,000+. Nacht was the first one to release his Q2 numbers, and it's a pretty impressive haul (for a dem in this district). Berryman's totals are in too: $55k over five weeks. Sounds like a good start for both candidates (detailed reports here and here). I'll be curious to see what Walberg and Renier post (they have until July 15 to file).
  • Our Michigan: Ionia County Commissioners Vote to Fund Strong Families/Safe Children. Real family values at work: "Helping children and families makes sense. It is good public policy. It is fiscally responsible and provides longterm benefits to families and communities in which they live. The Ionia County commissioners could see this. Their sense of "we" included the least among them."
  • Conservative Media: South Carolina county GOP chair pulls an Anuzis. I think it's pretty hysterical that these state GOP party chairs keep trying to ban Ron Paul from their presidential debates, when the guy has more cash on hand than St. McCain ($2.4 mil > $2 mil).
  • Stateline: Governors are fair-weather Facebook friends. Gov. Granholm is featured in this Stateline piece about social networking sites like Facebook. It sounds like a lot of the candidates kept their profiles updated during the campaign season last yaer, but have let them stagnate since. Not so with our gov. Kudos to her for staying plugged in with the online community. Other Michigan politicians would be wise to follow her lead.
  • The Conversation: Mmmmm…Michigan! "Big Boy is asking a different question - 'What’s your favorite Michigan thing?' They have launched a statewide interactive campaign that gets people blogging about their favorite Michigan things. Big Boy, of course, is a proud Michigan-based company... So - what is your favorite Michigan thing?"
  • LSJ: MSU board will consider a 9.6 % tuition hike. 9.6% ain't 17%, but another increase could be in the works for the spring semester, if state funding doesn't come through. Sure glad I graduated last year.
  • DNews: Dingell's carbon tax is a shrewd stroke. "Rep. John Dingell is calling the bluff of his fellow lawmakers who love to pander, preen and posture in the name of environmentalism, just as long as it doesn't cost them anything." Not that we've seen the editorial writers at the News "pander, preen and posture in the name of" protecting Michigan residents from a tax increase or anything... but that's a separate matter. This line caught my eye: "'I sincerely doubt that the American people will be willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,' Dingell said of the carbon tax on C-SPAN." Is anyone else reminded of the scene in An Inconvenient Truth where Al Gore puts the picture of the Earth next to the sack of money?

Did I forget anything? Drop your links in the comments section...

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Did Dingell completely miss Gore's point?

So much for Cognitive ability.

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