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Jack Hoogendyk Drops Bid for Michigan GOP Chair; Ron Weiser Now Unopposed

January 27, 2009

This is semi-breaking news coming in about the race for the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Former MI GOP Chairman candidate Jack Hoogendyk (who ran for Senate against Carl Levin this past year) issued the following press release earlier today:

I am writing today to announce my decision to withdraw from the race for Party Chairman. This comes after a great deal of careful consideration and discussion with close friends and family. I congratulate Ron Weiser for his strong and successful campaign. I wish him well in his new role as chairman and pledge to do what I can to help strengthen the party and deliver victory in 2010.

I am stepping out of this race, but not out of the political arena. I intend to do my part to help make the party stronger and more unified under the banner of “less government, low taxes and individual responsibility.” I will be sending newsletters and blogs to let you know what those “rascally Democrats” in Lansing are up to; things you aren’t likely to read about in the newspaper.

I am happy to report that I have been offered a position that allows me to fight for some of those basic freedoms that all Republicans believe in and which our constitution protects. I will share the details of my new assignment soon. Until then, thank you to everyone who encouraged me in this race. Over 900 of you endorsed the effort. I will always be grateful for that.

I pledge to uphold the values and ideals that you hold dear and I encourage you to stay engaged in the pursuit of returning the Republican Party to its rightful place as the party of limited government and personal responsibility. God bless all of you. If you have any questions or input, please call me at 269-806-4626.

So, there you have it – Ron Weiser is now officially unopposed.  I had endorsed Weiser about a month ago, but hadn’t really publicized it, but now that doesn’t really matter since he’s unopposed.  I’m really glad that Hoogendyk decided to bow out – Weiser was pretty much guaranteed to win, and an unopposed race will guarantee that we start to reunify the party here in Michigan.

We’re going to need to reunify a lot more if we want to win the Governor’s race in 2010, and then the White House in  2012, and this is a step in the right direction.

Done Ranting,

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Now that He’s Safe, Obama Wants to Seat Michigan and Florida’s Delegates

August 5, 2008

Well, this came as a move that we all knew would happen, but it doesn’t make it any less disgusting.  After complaining and whining about seating Michigan and Florida’s delegates (156 and 211 delegates, respectively), and settling on a compromise that would still make him pretty safe to win the nomination, Obama has decided that he wants to seat all of Florida and Michigan’s delegates to the DNC, with FULL votes (they were all going to be seated with 1/2 votes).

Here’s an excerpt from a letter he wrote to the Credential Committee: “As these delegates go about the important business of the Convention, I believe Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories.”

Well, that’s convenient.  Now that you’re safe, you have them seated.  Now, even having all of these delegates seated now wouldn’t give Clinton the victory, but it may have changed the outcome.  Who knows what kind of butterfly effect could’ve happened if Clinton had more of a chance of actually achieving a majority of the delegates.  I don’t think she’ll do anything, but Obama isn’t doing this because he wants them seated, he’s doing it purely for his political image and personal gain.  If he cared about those states’ voters, he’d have done this before.

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Democratic Party activist Debbie Dingell put out a joint statement saying, “This underscores the need for a fairer and more sensible process for selecting presidential nominees.  We have always been confident that Michigan would have a full delegation and a full vote.”

Meanwhile, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman said, “Today is a proud day for all of us who fought so hard to ensure Floridians votes are fully counted.  [Obama has proved] his commitment to uniting the party and ending the uncertainty surrounding the process.”

Alexis Herman, James Roosevelt Jr. and Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, the 3 co-chairs of the Credentials Committee, said that this will be their “top priority” in their August 24th meeting, and went on to say, “As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November.”

Obama later told reporters, “As we prepare to come together in Denver, however, we must be — and will be — united in our determination to change the course of our nation.”

Obama is nothing but scum for doing this this way.  Hopefully the voters of Michigan and Florida see through his scheme and don’t vote for him this November.

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Race for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District: A Look at Money and Fundraising

June 3, 2008

Alright, after a moderately severe housing disaster last week (who knew flushing a toilet could cause so much chaos), I am back and blogging about THE RACE FOR MICHIGAN’S 9TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT!  This week, I will be looking at the money (wishing that some of it were my own).

Who is giving who money?

I looked at the top 19 industry sectors (information from the U.S. Census Bureau).  In 7 of the 8 sectors that the census bureau and OpenSecrets.org looked at, Knollenberg raised more money than Peters (in terms of percentage, not total.  Total would be unfair to Peters because Peters has raised less than half of what Knollenberg has).

Here’s some information from OpenSecrets.org:

Knollenberg received contributions from the following sectors.  I have highlighted the sectors that appear  on the Census Bureau’s list (the Census has Real estate and Finances as separate.  If they were combined, they would rank 5th, instead of 12th and 8th, respectively):

Sector

Total

Finance/Insur/RealEst

$269,200

Transportation

$238,149

Ideology/Single-Issue

$178,974

Lawyers & Lobbyists

$148,530

Misc Business

$135,050

Construction

$108,200

Other

$87,700

Health

$58,972

Energy/Nat Resource

$54,625

Defense

$33,250

Communic/Electronics

$23,550

Agribusiness

$15,500

Labor

$7,500

Now, let’s look at Peters:

Sector

Total

Labor

$132,500

Lawyers & Lobbyists

$103,921

Ideology/Single-Issue

$81,818

Other

$73,587

Finance/Insur/RealEst

$37,367

Misc Business

$35,943

Health

$15,750

Communic/Electronics

$5,300

Construction

$4,300

Agribusiness

$2,847

Transportation

$1,500

Energy/Nat Resource

$1,168

Or, let’s look at it this way, 41.99% of Knollenberg’s money has come from industries that make up a major  part of the district, while only 26.76% of Peters’ money did.

So, where is Peters’ money coming from?

Well, when we look at specific industries, we see that his #1 contributing industry is lawyers/law firms.  Then come leadership PACS (after retired contributors), then a  whole slew of…

Unions!

Now, no offense to any union members, but unions don’t have the 9th District as their focus.  Unions have gone from advocates for decent rights of workers to greedy organizations that border the category of corrupt organizations.  Take the UAW for example, which is now advocating fair trade because “China sells dangerous toys.”  Bull crap!  The real reason that you’re advocating fair trade is because you need tariffs on imports so that companies don’t ship your jobs overseas.  You want the ability to get paid $30/hour plus great benefits but still retain the right to strike anytime you want a 30 cent raise.  Get a life!  OK, sorry – back on track…

Peters has also received money from some of the most liberal politicians and organizations:

  • $4,000 from Representative Charles Rangel (NY-15)
  • $4,000 from Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA-8)
  • $5,000 NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • $4,000 from Representative John Dingell (MI-15)
  • $2,000 from Representative Sander Levein (MI-12)
  • $4,000 from Senator Carl Levin (MI)
  • $500 from Representative John Conyers (MI-14 – my future Representative after I move.  YIKES!)
  • $4,000 from Steny Hoyer (MD-5)
  • $10,000 from AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America
  • $5,000 from Victory Now PAC
  • $10,000 from Our Common Values PAC
  • $10,000 from National Leadership PAC

So, we have Peters receiving money from some of the most liberal politicians and PACs in the country – scary.

Is there any hope, Republican Ranting?

Well, there’s always hope up in Oakland County (I’ve given up on hoping for Republicans down here in Wayne County).  Fortunately, Peters is being out-raised by nearly 2-1.  Knollenberg has raised $1,847,146 against Peters’ $750,162.  Knollenberg still has $1,336,212 on hand, while Peters has $644,931.

So, Knollenberg’s got this in the bag then?

Not quite.  Although I think he’ll win, it should be noted that Peters is benefiting from ActBlue, the online  Democratic fundraising site.  He has 1,004 supporters and has raised $228,540.  The online aspect, combined with his being on the DCCC’s RedtoBlue list, could help him where he needs it in the fundraising  area.

Overall, I still think that Knollenberg is doing great and is headed for a victory, but Republicans have to step it up and make sure that they’re supporting Knollenberg, not only at the voting booth but in the check books.

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Michigan Should Not Re-do Its Primary; Democrats Agree

March 17, 2008

Alright, so lately we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about a do-over primary here in Michigan, and possibly in Florida.  For now, we’re going to leave out Florida, because it seems like actual progress for a plan is moving quicker in Michigan.

Personally, I think it’s a terrible idea for the Democratic Party – but if they do do it, I think that it would be great for the Republican Party come November.

Here’s what’s been proposed by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) (yes, she’s Mayor Kwame’s mother, and unfortunately my representative [13thCongressional District] – one of the most liberal people in the house.  She wants us to pull out of Afghanistan!  Most Democrats support the war in Afghanistan.  That and her office is the most disorganized  thing I’ve ever seen in my life), United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, and Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell:

  • A primary would be held sometime in June (the rumor has been June 3rd).
  • The primary would be run by the Secretary of State, but funded by the Clinton and Obama campaigns.
  • Anybody would be allowed to vote as long as they did not vote in the Republican Primary (Michigan does not keep track of party registration, only who takes which ballot).

The group put out this statement on Saturday: “We agree that the Michigan delegation should be seated at the convention, and without a fight before the Credentials Committee or on the floor of the convention.”

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer called the movement a “good first step.”

The Michigan Legislature would have to pass a law, since it would be run by the Secretary of State (Terri Lynn Land [Republican]).  The Senate Republicans (who are in control) have said that they would not stand in the way, but some Democrats in the Democratic controlled House may oppose it.  As of now, nobody is getting delegates, and even if Obama does lose, the delegates that he would win (because it would be a proportionally awarded system) might push him over the magical number.

In addition to the Michigan Legislature, both the Obama and Clinton campaigns would have to back the plan.  Obama released this statement, “I will continue to work with all involved to resolve the issue of seating our delegates at the National Convention,” while Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman said, “We hope a resolution can be arrived at that is fair and practical, and look forward to building a winning campaign in Michigan for November.”  As of yet, Clinton has not released a statement.

So, how do Democrats feel?  Well, let me introduce my friend and roommate, Livid Liberal, who I have allowed to guest post so that we could get the view of a Democrat on this (and he’s just one of many Democrats that I know that share this view):

As a first-time voter the Democratic Party has done a wonderful job destroying my enthusiasm for politics. I’m going to start out by saying that I feel like the voters of Michigan were screwed over by the DNC. First we’re told we are not going to be allowed to vote just because a few of our people managed to upset the party. Those of us who were educated and informed didn’t want our votes to go to waste so we decided to vote in the Republican primary. At least that way someone is listening to our opinion. Now after all the hassle about how we broke the rules and how we deserved not to have our opinion count (a violation of the democratic value of equality I might add) it turns out the Democrats actually want our opinion. Unfortunately the Democrats really managed to screw things up because the informed Dems voted in the Republican primary and won’t be able to participate in the real primary. I suppose they don’t have a choice unless they let all the Republican voters participate also, but it seems like those of us who were trying to plan ahead and not throw away a vote are now being punished for doing what at the time was the most reasonable choice presented to a Democratic voter in Michigan.

~~Livid Liberal

I agree wholeheartedly.  If you’re going to hold a primary, you should open it to everybody.  And you better bet that I’m going to vote in it.  The Democrats crossed over in 2000 and 2008, so do you honestly think that I’m going to sit here when I have the opportunity to vote for both a Republican and Democrat?  NO!

We’ll have to wait and see what happens – if the Obama or Clinton people in the House fear that it’ll help their opponent too much, they may vote it down, and this will become a non-issue.

Done Ranting,

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DNC Has Stripped Michigan of Its Delegates

December 1, 2007

Well, it’s official, Michigan has lost its delegates for the Democratic National Convention.  The vote occurred earlier today, but Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer thinks that the nominee will insist that the delegates be seated (I’m guessing he thinks that’ll be Clinton, since she’s the only major candidate on the ballot).  John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Joe Biden have withdrawn their names from the ballot, leaving Hillary Clinton, Dennis  Kucinich, Chris Dodd, and Mike Gravel on the ballot. 

Mark brewer told the DNC rules panel that he thinks that “it is unconscionable that we continue to grant special treatment to some states in this process.”

Alexis Herman, co-chair of the DNC rules panel, and Yvonne Gates of Nevada defended the decision as many panel members said they sympathized with Michigan but felt that they had to uphold the rules (and frankly, I’m going to agree here – the Michigan Dems FORCED the Reps into an early primary because MIGOP can’t afford their own primary, so it would’ve been a caucus).

On the other hand, former DNC Chairman Don Fowler and Senator Carl Levin insist that the delegates will be seated and that “it will be plain for all to see that the privileged position that New Hampshire and Iowa have extracted through threats and pledges from candidates is on its last legs.” (Levin)

I think it’s stupid – and the controlling Michigan Dems need to get a life and live with it – not everybody can be first so shut up and live with it – same to any Republicans out there – sure, it’d be nice to be first, but we haven’t ever been in the past, so just deal with it people!

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican


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