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Fresh Idea for POLLING DATA! Your input needed.

by: JordanLFW

Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 21:08:22 PM EST

Let me bring you back a few months, to when Nancy Skinner's campaign released an internal poll showing her narrowly trailing Knollenberg. It was the only poll the campaign could afford, and no media organizations polled the district. No one believed the poll could be accurate, and no one cared to check out data.

Flash forward and Skinner For Congress almost pulled off an upset. Congressman Knollenberg won with just 51% of the vote after spending $3 Million, to Skinner's 46%.

Who Doesn't Love Polling Data?! We love when new numbers get posted, and we love waiting for Nirmal's analysis ;) More importantly, information gleaned from the campaign's poll was extremely helpful for setting the message and structure for the remainder of the campaign.

Why can't we ALL enjoy polling data, even from districts that aren't in the spotlight?

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Dem convention fun on 2/24/07

by: David Boyle

Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 18:22:44 PM EST

(Cross-posted from Arblogger...you've heard some of these things already, but not all.....)

Blogger "Liberal Lucy" at mike during MDP Bloggers' Caucus, Laura Packard in background

  The Mich Democratic Party convention on Saturday the 24th at Cobo in Detroit was something of a fun time, especially if you enjoy hours on end of speeches... The Bloggers' Caucus seemed successful, with various visiting grandees including Senator Stabenow, Mich. House Speaker Dillon, etc. We got a much bigger room than during the August convention, so we must be doing something right.

"House Dean" Congressman Dingell with Governor Granholm; blogster/author Marcy Wheeler in lower left-hand corner

  For some of us there were two lunches available, the one from the Governor available in the Riverside Ballroom, and for 15th District folx, the one from Congressman Dingell. (See photo above) It doesn't hurt to be Dean of the U.S. House, I guess. No one starved, let's put it that way.

You can't see details of the Gov from far away, but you probably recognize the flag

Glowing like she's radioactive. Or is it just my cell phone camera.
...Now you can call her "J. Glow" if you like

  There wasn't much great controversy at the convention; a looming floor fight over "net neutrality" was averted, at least for now. What was worth noting, though, was the way, during the main meeting of the convention (dodging the Clark and "Draft Gore" fans and flyers as we went to our seats in our respective districts), which Jennifer Granholm was able to "work" the crowd.

  Without mentioning all the details, I'll say that she waved her arms, she slipped into a drawl at times, and her voice built up to this sort of (Martin Luther) Kingian crescendo as she forcefully emphasized how important it was that we move Michigan forward, as per her economic and other plans. The crowd got to its feet clapping, so what JG did must have worked. ...Quite the performer--in a good way!

  (Also worth noting was Senator Carl Levin's comedic recognition that Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears should be the real news priority these days. At least I think he meant it as a joke...)

  And after all that, I was lucky enough to attend a birthday party for Ann Arbor blogger Laura Fisher, whose blog a later date is well worth checking out. (Have a look at her art gallery too.) What a day/night!

  See you at the next convention!

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HPV: should there be mandatory vaccination of Michigan girls?

by: David Boyle

Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 20:14:18 PM EST

(Cross-posted from Arblogger)

  HPV meaning "human papilloma virus" of course; and a few months ago, there was a bill in this state to make vaccination for HPV mandatory, but it failed, see, e.g., Michigan Votes. It seems as if Michigan House, and Senate, Democrats supported the bill more than the Republic Party did. Maybe the R's were not completely wrong on this one. . .
  That is, people in other states are beginning to get skeptical about vaccination, too, see, e.g., DetNews, Clarence Page, No need to rush anti-cancer shots,

  "...At least 20 states have been debating whether to require all girls to receive Gardasil to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. In the meantime, the vaccine works and that's good news. According to the CDC, each year, more than 12,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die of the disease. ...
  Texans were not the only ones surprised on Groundhog's Day when Gov. Rick Perry jumped way out ahead of that national debate. Without going through the usual niceties of a legislative debate, Perry issued an executive order to make his state the first to require the vaccination for schoolgirls aged 11 and 12.
  Texans have good reason to wonder about Perry's haste; he's a usually conservative Republican. If any issue calls for reasoned debate and public education, this one does.
  Nor did it calm anyone's nerves to learn that Merck, which stands to make billions of dollars from the drug, had hired as one of its top lobbyists, Mike Toomey, who once served as Perry's chief of staff and is very popular with the legislatures. Merck also doubled its spending on lobbyists in Texas this year, according to news reports, as lawmakers considered a vaccine bill that had not yet been voted on when Perry announced his executive order.
  For a state that has been reluctant to provide other more urgently needed health-care coverage for the uninsured, it also seems odd for Perry to be in such a hurry to provide the vaccine in this case. Perry's plan allows parents to opt-out for religious reasons, as they can for other shots. But, for an innovation this new, they should be allowed to opt in. ..."

  Opt-in was just what I'd been thinking myself before I read Page's article. (Page is usually on the "liberal" side, by the way, so I don't see his being a sinister enemy of young girls' health or anything, or an ally of the hysterics on the "right" who think the vaccine will promote female promiscuity!)
  So whatever Michigan does on this issue, I hope it's informed by many factors, including libertarian concerns, issues of transparency about lobbying, etc. Just because you don't support mandatory needle-sticking with Gardasil, that doesn't mean you're down with HPV...

  (Off-topic note: MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATE CONVENTION tomorrow at the Riverview Ballroom, Cobo Center, Detroit, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. See you there!)

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Should Mark Brewer be re-elected MDP chair?

by: David Boyle

Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 18:27:47 PM EST

  Yeah, I'll look for the horse's head in my bed tonight, but whatever. Note that the title isn't "Stop Mark Brewer from being re-elected MDP chair!"; who would run against him anyway? Has anyone, ever?
  (He seems to think so, maybe, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten his mailer recently, the one where the Governor calls him a "pit bull"...)
  ...Like Chairman Mao, Chairman Mark has had his successes (but with less bloodshed); one of them is "beloved Gov" J. Grho┬«, and we also note that the Michigan House was recaptured. Good! So there may be no desperate need to find a replacement for the Brewmeister.
  Still, some things to chew on:

1. The China Syndrome

  I'm not saying that teh Mark went overboard on China-bashing or anything, but one just has to be careful. Michigan may does not have as huge an Asian population as, say, some West Coast states. Still, if one continues in giving an impression that Those People Over There Across the Blue Pacific are the EVUL ENEMY OF MICHIGAN┬«, there could be backlash in various ways.
  Of course, the Vincent Chin case was a low point in Michigan race relations, see, e.g., the Wikipedia on that 1982 murder of a Chinese man in Detroit by angry auto workers who thought Chin was Japanese (not that that'd have been an excuse...). One doesn't want to revisit that type of incident, or even to scare off or needlessly annoy the various Asians here, including those at universities, who could help make Michigan's cities cool as per the Governor's "Cool Cities" initiative. As in, help make the cities cool, instead of leaving for other states.
  So, no nuclear confrontations with Asians or others needed. Word to the wise. ...Obama is popular because he can get attention without the "pit bull" thing, and maybe that's a good example to follow in many instances.

2. Down with DLC

  Certain posters on this wonderful site have wondered if Chairman B is too down with the DLC and its rather corporate brand of politics. I'm not sure of that, especially since Brewer seems to be pro-union. However, it still pays to seem innovative rather than a creature of habit or stagnation. What's up with the webmaster situation at the MDP, for example? That "electronics" thing is hopefully not too new-fangled for some folks to deal with.
  ...Meta-comment: Michigan needs to retool and rebuild itself; despite some successes (and many of these are due, bluntly, to the charisma problems of Dickie DeVos vs. the stunning performances of Jennifer G), the MDP might have to do some of that revamping, too. If more had been done, maybe we'd have recaptured the Mich Senate, actually...

3. Ticket Selection

  By the way, I see that the Secretary of State and Attorney General candidates are still selected at the party convention (last I checked), not through an election as in other states.
  Is that a good idea? ...Do Dems hold the Sec. of State and AG positions currently? Hmmmm. (Not that I have anything against the sort of "labor unity ticket" that suggested Amos Williams and Carmella Sabaugh--I voted for both of them--, but a competitive primary might have produced even more competitive candidates, at least hypothetically.)
  Maybe there's something to that "democratic inclusion of all Democratic voters" after all. It might even let us WIN MORE ELECTIONS, which presumably people care about. . .
  Would Brewer favor this sort of move towards more democracy, e.g., giving the registered Democrat voting public more of a voice about their candidates? Or not?

  That's it for now; I could say much more, but don't want this to go too long. --Ash Wednesday, regardless of your faith or lack of it, is not the worst time for reflection. What kind of leadership do we want for this party? What kinds of ideals do we want carried out? Where should we be going?
  Enjoy your evening, and hope to see you all in Detroit at this weekend's MDP convention!

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Larry Kestenbaum fundraiser Monday at Leopold Brothers

by: David Boyle

Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 15:37:29 PM EST

(Cross-posted from Arblogger)

  Larry isn't running for President (though maybe he should, and it'll be Presidents' Day), but he's running for county registrar again (his candidacy is live, so no "political graveyard" jokes), so come on down: it's Monday, February 19, 2007, 5-7 p.m., at Leopold Brothers.
  (523 S. Main St., Ann Arbor)

  It'll be his 2nd annual President's Day fundraiser, for the Larry Kestenbaum for Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds campaign. (Giving a more formal name for the stuff above)
  See you there!

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College Dems pancake breakfast tomorrow

by: David Boyle

Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 19:19:20 PM EST

(Cross-posted from what the French call Le Arblogger)

  See UM College Dems website,

  "The College Democrats at the University of Michigan cordially invite you to our 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast with special guest Congressman John Dingell!
  Join us on Saturday, February 17th from 10am to 12 noon at Arbor Brewing Company?in downtown Ann Arbor.
  Ticket prices for community members are $15 pre-sale (purchase via Paypal) and $20 at the door.
  Student tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are free. ?"

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Fireblog, uh, doggers, on NYT frontpage re Libby livebloggery

by: David Boyle

Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 19:52:55 PM EST

  (Crossposted from Daily Kos and then Arblogger)

  Not only Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake but also DKos Plame pundit and famous Michigan blogger Marcy [empty]Wheel(er) and relevant others made the New York Times front page today, see today's NYT, For Liberal Bloggers, Libby Trial Is Fun and Fodder,


"The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, has drawn every major news organization in the country to the federal courthouse in Washington. But none has fielded a bigger team - or was more openly crushed by the defense decision this week not to put Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby on the stand - than Firedoglake.com.
  Even the Web-savvy may ask, Fire dog what? A collective of liberal bloggers, fueled by online donations and a fanatical devotion to the intricacies of the Libby case, Firedoglake has offered intensive trial coverage, using some six contributors in rotation. They include a former prosecutor, a current defense lawyer, a Ph.D. business consultant and a movie producer, all of whom lodge at a Washington apartment rented for the duration of the trial. ...

  (more fiery blogging below)

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After action report on Wheeler booksigning

by: David Boyle

Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 20:38:52 PM EST

(Cross-posted from Arblogger, where else)

Wheeler shows with right hand how her book will grip and crush Bush administration

  Speaking of women academics: as noted elsewhere on this site, Marcy Wheeler did a booksigning on Thursday for her new book "Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the War and Smear a Critic", at Kerrytown Concert House.

  She related various anecdotes about the dopiness of the "Main Stream Media" press (of course, the press have been pretty obseqious to the Bush administration); about the vagueness of "off the record" vis-a-vis her liveblogging the Scooter Libby trial; about how she got into all this from wondering about issues such as First Amendment protection for journalists who are little but shills for the government; etc. Of course, she also spoke about the need for citizen journalism, and transparency as a way to accountable government.
  I asked her if she had a title for the next book, e.g., "The name is Bond. Deborah Bond" (Bond is the name of an FBI agent who has testified); there may not be a next book or a title, I found from her, but one can always hope.

Wheeler does hand thing, no symbolism this time (?)

  Then we all repaired off to the Aut Bar nearby, though I saw little drunken revelry. Relatively civilized.

Wheeler shows football block she uses against Bush thugs in courtroom

  Enjoy your Sunday! Read often!

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Washtenaw Cty. Dem. convention today

by: David Boyle

Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 22:22:16 PM EST

(Cross-posted not from National Review Online or Little Green Footballs, but...*Arblogger*)

  Besides some announcements and delegate elections (Mich. Dem. Party convention coming up in 2 weeks, etc.), the main focus was on passing resolutions, or not passing them.

  About 10 or so were up, and just about all were passed, including ones for: an investigation of the Bush administration's intelligence failure and Iraq war; for federal action to end the violence in Darfur; TWO resolutions "Condemning Abuses by the Bush Administration" (one guy gallantly withdrew his version in favor of the other one); allowing felons who served their sentence to serve on juries; that the essence of American patriotism is to honor the Constitution; for universal health care; for election reform (hand count audits etc.); redeploying troops from Iraq; and...
  I had two, both very short, and submitted just yesterday,

"1. Resolved, that the State of Michigan should adopt legislation like Illinois, New Jersey, California, and other states ensuring that the state has no direct or indirect investments in Sudan until the genocide in Darfur has ended.

2. Resolved, that the State of Michigan, through the Governor, should make an official apology to the victims of slavery or of legal (per se) or other (de facto) racial segregation by state law, private covenants, or other means of segregation."

  Due to the latish appearance of mine, they had to be voted on even to be considered...and the latter one failed by 2 votes even to be considered. The Darfur one did pass, fortunately; who knows, up the chain it might be merged with the other Darfur resolution, or not. (No point in petitioning the federal government to do something about Sudan if our own state hands aren't even clean.)

  ...All the above stuff to the best of my memory, sorry for any errors.

  Thanks to the folks who put this on. (Including Marcy Wheeler, whose book "Anatomy of Deceit" was on sale there, and who also introduced the resolution--the one that passed--re "Condemning Bush Abuses" above...how she does get around!)

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Edwards Will Keynote MDP Jeff-Jac Dinner in April

by: philgoblue

Mon Feb 05, 2007 at 15:12:31 PM EST

From the MDP Press Release, http://www.michigand...

Edwards will join MI Democrats in Detroit on 21 April 2007

LANSING - Presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator John Edwards will deliver the Keynote Address at the Michigan Democratic Party's (MDP) annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, to be held April 21, 2007 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.

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Grand Rapids Mayor, George Heartwell blames unions for city budget woes.

by: JWinston70

Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 23:34:43 PM EST

Election season has officially begun in Grand Rapids.  George Heartwell is coming out swinging now that he knows that there is a viable challenger to his Mayoral seat in Jim Rinck.  Heartwell, known as one of the nicest people in Grand Rapids is beginning to show his true colors in an effort to gain supporters from the Grand Rapids Rotary Club membership.

The Feb. 2 Grand Rapids Press reports:

In a speech to the Downtown Rotary Club, Heartwell called for changes to several state laws, including Act 312, the law that lets police and firefighter unions seek binding arbitration if they become deadlocked in their contract talks.

"Act 312 tilts the field toward labor in police and fire negotiations and stymies consolidation efforts," Heartwell said.

Heartwell is a self proclaimed Independent.  He has counted on the support of Democrats and the Democratic party althouth he is not a Democrat.  Socially he is however quite progressive; a champion for diversity and equal rights; pro-choice; and GLBT Rights.  Over the past years he has buddied up to labor (In fact he attended the UAW Region 1-D political breakfast this past Monday to schmooze the labor supporters.) and received a great deal of financial and physical support from the very unions which he is now attempting to strip of their arbitration powers.

But wait... there is more:

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Gratz only gets $10k from UM

by: David Boyle

Wed Jan 31, 2007 at 22:47:38 PM EST

  (Cross-posted from Arblogger)

  See DetNews, Lawsuit challenging U-M undergraduate admissions policy dismissed after 10 years: Plaintiffs will receive $10K each to cover costs; no damages,

  "...Plaintiffs Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher will receive $10,000 each to cover miscellaneous costs under the settlement agreement that a U.S. District Court judge approved Wednesday. They will not receive damages. ...
  In January 2005, a federal judge ordered U-M to pay $672,000 in fees to the lawyers for Gratz and Hamacher. They had originally sought $2 million. ..."

  $2 mil? What is this, the Michigan lottery??

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A Green Lesson from Northern Michigan

by: LiberalLucy

Sat Jan 27, 2007 at 18:31:48 PM EST

A trip to Northern Michigan these last couple days have gotten me thinking. This post is part of a diary offered on my blog. For anyone wanting to clear their head and heart, I heartily reccommend you head North!

While spending several days here in Northern Michigan, I realize once again how incredible this portion of our state is, and how precious it is. My visit here has renewed my dedication to continue to fight to keep Michigan environmentally great, because it is a delicate ecosystem that hangs in the balance.

Climbing a frozen sandy beach to view the icy shore of the Great Lakes and having my breath taken away equally by the cold and the view, I was struck with a sudden sense of being incredibly humbled. Michigan is not about our cars, our sports, or our schools.

Michigan started with and continues to stand out against the other 49 states by our environment. Unlike any other state, Michigan is known for its two peninsulas, our massive shoreline, and the extraordinary beauty that lines our land from Houghton to Pigeon and everywhere in between.

It's easy to laugh and dismiss the Tree-Huggers in their stereotypical Birkenstocks and hybrid cars, but you open to your eyes to the real Michigan, and you realize they are right. Everything in Michigan revolves around our environment one way or another. If we take care of our land and our lakes, our economy will follow.

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Bonior, Edwards, Michigan and the Unions

by: philgoblue

Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 23:37:37 PM EST

Sandra Svoboda wrote a very interesting article in today's Detroit MetroTimes about Dave Bonior, his relationship with John Edwards, and the roll unions may play in the 2007-2008 Democratic primaries: http://www.metrotime...

Below are some excerpts, summaries and my commentary:

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State of the Union 2007 open thread

by: David Boyle

Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 20:18:34 PM EST

  I'm not actually in front of a TV, but maybe one of you can do running commentary.

  Especially on the 20% gas use cut recommendation, vis-a-vis Detroit auto stuff...

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Some Michiganders in high dudgeon about beer tax

by: David Boyle

Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 15:17:16 PM EST

  See AP, Think tank: Mich. should raise beer tax to ease budget problems,

  "State officials should consider raising the tax on beer for the first time since the 1960s as part of an effort to ease the state's budget problems, according to a think tank.
  John Bebow, executive director of The Center for Michigan, a think tank in the Ann Arbor area, said that if the $6.30 a barrel tax had been indexed for inflation, it would be about $39 a barrel today. ...
  But Mike Lashbrook, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, said raising the beer tax would hurt the industry and consumers. Michigan's tax on beer is higher than many neighboring states, he said.
  The state's school aid and general fund budgets have a projected deficit of around $800 million for the fiscal year that began in October. A larger deficit looms for the next fiscal year, but that largely depends on how the state goes about replacing revenue that will be lost when the Single Business Tax expires in December."

  Larger deficit...I'll drink to that.

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Ted Nugent wacks out at Texas inaugural

by: David Boyle

Thu Jan 18, 2007 at 18:45:35 PM EST

  See Yahoo, Rocker's inaugural act creates stir,

  "Hours after Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his second full term in office, [famous former Michigander] Ted Nugent helped him celebrate at a black-tie gala, but not all attendees were pleased by the rocker's performance.

  Using machine guns as props, Nugent, 58, appeared onstage as the final act of the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks about non-English speakers, according to people who were in attendance.

  Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, downplayed the Tuesday-night incident.

  "Ted Nugent is a good friend of the governor's. He asked him if he would play at the inaugural. He didn't put any stipulation of what he would play," Black said.

  Others said the appearance was inappropriate. ...

  The guitarist - known as the "Motor City Madman" - lived in Michigan most of his life before moving to Crawford in 2003. He is famed for his 1977 hit "Cat Scratch Fever."

  News of Nugent's appearance at the ball drew criticisms from civil-rights leaders.

  "Whenever someone sports the Confederate battle flag, many Texans will be offended, and rightly so, because of what it symbolizes - the enslavement of African-Americans and more recently the symbol of hate groups and terrorists," said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People."

  You know, sometimes I do not always regret that he moved.

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Thank you Martin and Coretta

by: David Boyle

Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 12:15:14 PM EST

(Let's call this an Open Thread. What's on your mind? - promoted by nirmal)

(Cross-posted from Arblogger)

(Montgomery, Alabama, 1958)

(Somewhere, 1960)

(Broken images removed...AGAIN.)

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Take a lesson from Michigan's Son, Mr. Bush

by: LiberalLucy

Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 02:42:05 AM EST

Michigan's own son, Gerald R. Ford. A man of integrity, humility, servitude.

Not words I'd associate with our current Commander in Chief. But I certainly appreciate his words today about the late President.

Now only if he'd take a lesson of his own and follow in Ford's example.

There were several points throughout the speech that I found surprising, particularly considering the speaker.

He (Ford) belonged to a generation that measured men by their honesty and their courage.

Has that generation left us? Is it a generation that we willingly walked away from or did it simply disappear? Who took us away from that generation and why aren't we walking back to it instead of just referencing it as a historical event?
In President Ford, the world saw the best of America -- and America found a man whose character and leadership would bring calm and healing to one of the most divisive moments in our nation's history.

Today the world seems to see the worst of America. From Jakarta to Mexico to Iraq and Afghanistan, we're known as the big schoolyard bully, that one that everyone allies with out of sheer fear and desperation.

And why is that?

Because of our leader. Where is that man/woman who can lead us back to a time of calm and healing? Think about our country today and you think of war, economic slumps, living in a constant state of panic and anxiety.

Gerald Ford showed his character in public office.  As a young congressman, he earned a reputation for an ability to get along with others without compromising his principles.  He was greatly admired by his colleagues and they trusted him a lot.  And so when President Nixon needed to replace a vice president who had resigned in scandal, he naturally turned to a man whose name was a synonym for integrity: Gerald R. Ford.  And eight months later, when he was elevated to the presidency, it was because America needed him, not because he needed the office.

Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay, Haliburton, Karl Rove, Bush v. Gore, Mark Foley - what integrity is left in today's politics? America longs for it back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Do we really have to wait till 2008 to see it again?

Gerald Ford assumed the presidency when the nation needed a leader of character and humility -- and we found it in the man from Grand Rapids.  President Ford's time in office was brief, but history will long remember the courage and common sense that helped restore trust in the workings of our democracy.

What will Bush be remembered for? (Hint - see above.)

Typically in times of reflection and grief, one is able to find pride and admiration. That seems to be the reoccurring theme for our country (for the most part) up until 2000. Now all that comes to mind is strife and scandal, fear and death.

Where is the courage and the common sense?
Where is the integrity and stewardship?
Where have all the Gerald Ford's gone?

(Cross-posted on Liberal, Loud and Proud and Daily Kos

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Prop 2 stay knocked down

by: David Boyle

Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 01:28:37 AM EST

  (Cross-posted from Arblogger)

See DetNews, Court: 3 Mich. universities must comply with Prop. 2,

"..."In the absence of any likelihood of prevailing in invalidating this state initiative on federal grounds, we have no choice but to permit its enforcement in accordance with the state-law framework that gave it birth," the three-judge panel of 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati wrote. ...

...the extension was opposed by the Center for Individual Rights, which represents Eric Russell, an Auburn Hills man applying to the University of Michigan Law School. ...

"To say the least, I am very pleased," Russell said of the ruling. "This is a victory for all the people in Michigan who voted 'yes' on Proposal 2." ..."

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