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Republican presidential candidates gear up for Michigan primary

Posted by mesablue on January 5, 2008

No mention of Fred Thompson.

The Detroit News:

Romney officials said the first voting of the campaign — and the disappointing loss in Iowa — had generated a new sense of urgency among volunteers. And they’re banking on what is by far the most extensive network of political supporters and staff in the state to make a difference between now and Election Day.


“The difference between our organization and others is, we have an organization,” Romney staffer Katie Packer said.


Romney, an Oakland County native and son of late Gov. George Romney, has endorsements from four of the state’s Republican members of Congress and dozens of lower-level officials.


With the crucial New Hampshire contest looming, Romney supporters argued that the former Massachusetts governor is the only candidate competing across all the early states. And Michigan supporters renewed their promotion of Romney as best equipped to address the state’s economic malaise.


“When you look at where our country is economically and the economic challenge Michigan faces, it’s critical that taxes be reduced so we can get the economy humming again,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, in a conference call with Michigan reporters Friday. Camp contrasted what he called Romney’s tax-cutting record with that of McCain, who opposed President Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. McCain now says he wants those cuts to be permanent.


Romney aides said their campaign would spend the weekend recruiting volunteers and targeting likely supporters with phone calls.


McCain, the winner of the 2000 primary in Michigan, is hoping Romney’s loss in Iowa can give him the momentum to defeat Romney in New Hampshire, where Romney led throughout the summer and fall. The winner in New Hampshire, in turn, likely will carry enormous momentum into Michigan.


“We’re planning the next 11 days of events, getting out the yard signs and making the phone calls, a regular old grassroots campaign,” said Jerry Zandstra, a former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former backer of Sam Brownback who has endorsed McCain.


The Arizona senator began airing his first television ads in Michigan on Friday.

Democratic candidates have promised not to campaign in Michigan’s Jan. 15 presidential primary because the state jumped ahead of others, in violation of national party rules. The Republicans are starting to plan their Michigan ground games.


John McCain: Plans to hold rallies at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids and Oakland International Airport in Waterford on Wednesday. He’s scheduled back in Michigan, at events in Warren and Clawson, Jan. 12; Howell, Lansing and Battle Creek Jan. 13; Kalamazoo, Holland, Spring Lake and Grand Rapids, Jan. 14; and Traverse City and Ann Arbor Jan. 15.


Mitt Romney: Plans to be the guest speaker at the Oakland County Republican Party’s 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner in West Bloomfield Jan. 14.

Fred?

I’m getting bombarded by the Romney and McCain campaigns.

I get an email every couple of days from the Thompson campaign asking for money. No information.

It’s starting to look like I may have backed the wrong horse.

And, Michigan Democrats, how does it feel to be left out of the democratic process by your party?

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Lightning Drunks strike twice.

Posted by mesablue on November 20, 2007

What’s better than more weird news from Michigan?

Weird news from Michigan that involves two random drunk drivers — plowing into the same building.

At the same time.

Drunk drivers slam into same business

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police said two men face drunken driving charges after losing control of their cars and simultaneously driving into the same business.


WDIV-TV said the 21-and 22-year-old drivers were heading north on Milford Road in western Oakland County’s Highland Township, when both lost control of their vehicles and drove into the Carpet Classic Floor Studio.


Police say the drivers ran from their cars, but deputies tracked them down at their nearby homes.


Authorities are still investigating.

They may have been racing and wiped each other out. But, I prefer to imagine that they both just sort of arrived at the same location within seconds of each other. That must have freaked them out, huh?

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Watch out for falling — cows?

Posted by mesablue on November 6, 2007

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More weird news, this time not from Michigan, but to make sure that the universe stays in proper alignment…

Falling cow lands on Westland couple’s minivan

MANSON, Wash. — A Westland couple celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary in Washington State barely escaped disaster when a 600-pound cow fell 200 feet and landed on the hood of their minivan.


The county fire chief says the couple were lucky they weren’t killed by the cow that fell off a cliff as they drove on a highway on Sunday.


The van was heavily damaged, including a broken windshield.


Charles Everson says he kept repeating, “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this.”

Westland, if you haven’t guessed already, is in — Michigan.

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It’s about time

Posted by mesablue on November 6, 2007

I went to the polls today — and had to show a valid ID before I could vote. Excellent.

Voter fraud in Michigan, more exactly, in Detroit, has been rampant in past elections.

The law requiring that voters be required to present a picture ID or sign an affidavit before voting was passed in 1996. Because of interference by the ACLU and NAACP, it wasn’t until July of this year that Michigan Supreme Court decided that the law was constitutional.

Predictably, against all outward appearances of no problems whatsoever, the NAACP had this to say:

NAACP: Detroit voting ‘messy’ due to ID requirement

DETROIT — Officials from the Detroit Branch NAACP monitoring voting this morning say the process is “messy” because of the new photo identification requirement.


Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, general counsel to the Detroit NAACP, said there was one report of a voter being turned away in the city for not having an ID. He didn’t have any more specifics and was investigating.


He also said there has been confusion in the Detroit City Clerk’s Office over which affidavits to give to voters when they don’t have a photo ID. He said that one of the NAACP monitors witnessed a voter instead being given an affidavit for a provisional ballot that is set aside for six days until a voter can prove his or her identity.

One report is “messy?” Give me a break.

But clerk officials said that there have been no problems with election workers giving out the wrong affidavits.


“There has been no confusion,” said Daniel Baxter, director of the Department of Elections.


In July, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that a 1996 law requiring voters to either show a picture ID or sign an affidavit is constitutional and enforceable.


Voters need a Michigan driver’s license, state-issued personal ID card or other acceptable form of ID. Those without photo ID at the polls must sign an affidavit attesting to that fact before they can receive a ballot that will be counted with all others.


Elsewhere, elections officials reported few problems with the launch of the ID requirement.


Secretary of State spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said Michigan election workers reported that “the process has been smooth and orderly.”


Chesterfield Township Clerk Kelly Jo Smolarek has experienced no problems today with the new voter identification law.


“Everyone has been very receptive,” Smolarek said. “We have not had one negative comment. In fact, some people are saying it is about time.”

Indeed.

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A cool day in Hell

Posted by mesablue on November 6, 2007

Michigan, that is…

Couple from Hell wins Halloween lottery

HELL, Mich. (AP) — Life in Hell just got a little easier for John and Sue Wilson. The couple, who live in the unincorporated town 45 miles west of Detroit, were blessed with a $115,001 windfall from the Michigan Lottery.


They won the big prize in the Fantasy 5 drawing held Wednesday – that is, Halloween.


“How cool is that?” said Sue Wilson, 43, a teacher’s aide. Her husband is an electrician.

Very cool.

I went to Hell on 6-6-06. The town had a big festival, it was bikers, beer, satanists and evangelists all in one place — a good time.

Heh, the last time I posted weird news in Michigan, I got linked by Instapundit. *fingers crossed.

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Assault with a deadly — pickle

Posted by mesablue on October 31, 2007

More proof that it’s not weird enough unless it happens here in Michigan.

Mich. man gets probation for assault with pickle

NILES, Mich. — Talk about being in a pickle: A judge gave a 35-year-old man probation in a case that police said involved an assault with pickles.


According to police reports, the pickle problems began when Bobby Lee Bolen of Buchanan was hanging out at his then-friend Jody Lee’s home in Buchanan on Aug. 20.


Bolen went to the refrigerator and helped himself to some pickles. According to the report, Lee told Bolen he couldn’t afford to feed everyone and not to eat his pickles. Bolen then began yelling and swearing and stormed out, according to the report.


Later, Bolen barged back into the house and got into an argument with Lee. Lee told police Bolen slammed him down on the couch and threw two large pickles at him and said, “Here’s your damn pickles.”

It is not known whether they were able to save the pickles.

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers!

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