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A victory for the will of the people.

Check out another post on this topic over at RedState.

This article is from the Free Press

U.S. panel rejects a delay for Prop 2

Affirmative action ban is upheld

BY NAOMI R. PATTON

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

A federal appeals court on Friday turned back a decision to let Michigan universities delay implementation of an affirmative action ban on their admissions policies.

In its order, a three-member panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said it could find no “tenable basis under federal law for suspending the law’s enforcement.”

On Dec. 19, U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit allowed an agreement between the governor, the attorney general and the universities that provided for the schools to continue their current admissions practices until July 1.

The University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State universities argued that the ban’s Dec. 22 effective date would hurt applicants for next year’s entering classes who applied under a different set of rules.

The district court decision was appealed to the 6th Circuit by Eric Russell, a current applicant to the University of Michigan law school. In granting a stay of the district court decision, the appellate court said any decision on the ban should come through state courts, not the federal bench.

George Washington, an attorney for By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, a pro-affirmative action group that fought the ban, said the ruling shocked him. He called it an “arrogant opinion” by “right-wing judges trying to shut off public debate.”

Washington said he plans to appeal the decision.

But Alan Foutz, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation representing Michigan Civil Rights Intiative — the group that pushed the successful ballot proposal — said he and his clients were “very pleased and happy that the will of the Michigan voters will be reinstated.”

The ballot initiative, known as Proposal 2, bans public universities and governments in the state from using race and gender in admissions and hiring decisions.

December 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some Michigander’s are re-thinking their support for Romney

I found this post over at Eye on 08′.

David Brody from the Christian Broadcast Network reports that “members of Romney’s steering committee in
Michigan… are now having reservations about recent revelations about Romney’s past comments in regards to marriage, abortion and the Boy Scouts.”

According to the article these individuals, whose support seems to be wavering, are likely to “jump ship.”  Their support could go to a candidate with a better track record on such issues, like Sam Brownback.

This is not the only instance as of late where Romney supporters are opting to relinquish their support for the Governor.  Swing State sees this as a direct consequence of Team Romney’s inability to effectively handle media criticism concerning his conservative credentials

On a related note, Romney also let fly with another media blunder as of late when he choose to not “weigh in” on the future of the Iraq war.  See this post over at GOP Progress for one insiders take on why this hurts Romney.

December 29, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michigan’s Hezbollah Connection

by Jim Kouri, CPP

While Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, proclaimed himself neutral — “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah; I don’t take sides for or against Israel,” he said — there appears to be problems of Hezbollah activities within his and fellow traveler Rep. John Conyer’s own backyard.

A Dearborn Heights MI, man pleaded guilty on recently to charges of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and using illegally obtained funds to help finance the terrorist group Hezbollah.

Youssef Aoun Bakri, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court as he stood before US District Judge Gerald E. Rosen. The original indictment charged Bakri and other defendants with  operating a criminal enterprise to traffic in contraband cigarettes and counterfeit goods, producing counterfeit cigarette tax stamps, and laundering money.

Most troubling was the fact that part of the profits made from the illegal enterprise were given to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization (DFTO), according to the indictment.

Bakri faces maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Two other defendants, Imad Majed Hamadeh, 51, of Dearborn Heights and Theodore Schenk, 73, of Miami Beach, Fla., have already entered guilty pleas to basically the same indictment.

“Fighting terrorism and keeping our citizens safe from its reach, is the Department of Justice’s number-one priority. Raising money for designated terrorist organizations, like Hezbollah, is a serious crime which will be vigorously pursued in the Eastern District of Michigan,” US Attorney Stephen Murphy said.

“Together, we will use all of the legal tools available to us to disrupt criminal activity that funds terrorist organizations,” he said.

Continue reading the full article at RedState.

December 28, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

President Gerald Ford 1913-2006

“Gerald Ford and I came from different sides of the aisle, but we forged a wonderful friendship as we served Michigan together in the House of Representatives. When his nation called on him to serve his country … he rose up and held the country together. It will certainly be his legacy. I will remember him fondly and I will miss him dearly.”

— U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn.

“President Ford was a great man, a great leader and perhaps Michigan’s greatest son. He served his country with distinction for his entire adult life. He will be remembered as a president who kept America together during one if its greatest crises. He and his wife Betty have demonstrated great courage and the highest values throughout their lives. He will be missed.”

— Jane Abraham, co-chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.

“He became president of the United States during a trying time and immediately began the difficult process of healing a nation torn apart by scandal. He will be remembered for leading with integrity and character. He brought West Michigan values with him to Washington and maintained them throughout his rise from congressman … to vice president and president.”

— U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland.

“President Ford made Michigan proud as he led our nation through one of the most challenging times in our history. Our prayers go out to his family.”

— U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

“When one reflects upon President Gerald Ford, the first things that come to mind are honesty, integrity, an ability to rise above when the going got tough — never losing sight of his faith, family and his beloved roots of Southwest Michigan. … He is a Michigan original, and folks throughout the state saw the ordinary man become extraordinary … but he was always our native son.”

— U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.

 

 

December 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Romney Set for Presidential Announcement

“Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is poised to announce his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination in two phases early next month, a top adviser told The Associated Press on Friday.

The Massachusetts chief executive is expected to file paperwork as early as Jan. 2 with the Federal Election Commission, establishing a presidential campaign committee and permitting himself to begin raising money for his race on the first business day of the new year. Romney will leave office on Jan. 4. “

Full Article

December 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Latest 08′ Poll – McCain continues to lead, support for Romney fading.

From Angus Reid:  See full article here.

It looks like these last couple weeks of negative press have caused Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s numbers to drop a bit according to this latest national poll.

Polling Data

Possible match-ups – 2008 U.S. presidential election

John McCain (R) 48% – 41% Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
Mitt Romney (R) 27% – 43% Barack Obama (D)

Swing State continues to notice McCain maintaining a comfortable lead in numerous polls when pitted against likely Democratic challengers Clinton and Obama.

Over the last couple of weeks, with Romney being forced to defend his conservative principles to the “right wing” of the party his viability as a candidate has started to fade.  As people like Brownback enter the race and with the strength people like McCain and Giuliani are showing in general election polling, Swing State is starting to see the upcoming primary as more of a two way race between Giuliani and McCain than we had originally thought.

This is contrary to this week’s National Review who pitted the primary as a two way battle between Romney and McCain.  (Mostly based on the strong organizations both of those candidates have managed to put together early in the 08′ talent draft.)  This is an area were Giuliani does seem to be lacking, though he has been picking up key personnel as of late.  One must only wonder if he is already too far behind to catch-up.

As for Romney, even with his talented political team in place, his numbers need to improve and his team must figure out a way to stop the bleeding from weeks of bad press.

 

December 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Granholm announces huge budget defict

An article from the Detroit News reports that Michigan will be facing a combined 1 billion dollar deficit upon entering the new fiscal year.  It also adds that with the lost revenue from the SBT we are looking at an actual hole of somewhere between 3 to 4 billion dollars.

Meanwhile the Governor continues to tout her Economic plan that is now in place and working (trying not to laugh) to create economic avenues and diversify Michigan’s economy. 

Granholm adds that huge spending cuts will need to be made along with possible tax increases in addition to a replacement for the SBT.

Do we really have to put up with for more years of this from Lansing????

December 21, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

More 08′ Updates

Check out this post from RedState on the run down of 08′ activity thus far:

 Let the Campaign Begin: A Rundown of Potential 2008 Presidential Candidates

Rudy Giuliani has updated has Exploratory Committee website:

http://joinrudy2008.com/

Senator McCain adds another name to his campaign staff:

McCain Hires Another Bush Insider

December 20, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gilmore Forms Exploratory Committee

From HotlineBlog:

Ex-VA Gov. / RNC chair Jim Gilmore (R) has decided to open a presidential exploratory committee.

His positioning is not … subtle.

“A void exists,” Mr. Gilmore said in an interview. “There is just no conservative right now who can mount a national campaign.”

The Draft Gilmore folks exult:

http://www.DraftGilmore.org is excited to announce that former Governor Jim Gilmore will explore a presidential bid in 2008. We believe Jim Gilmore is the only true conservative candidate in the 2008 presidential race. As Governor, he slashed taxes for hard-working Virginia families. As the leader of national security think tanks, Gilmore traveled the United States discussing national security. Gilmore has been and continues to be an advocate for deficit reductions, spending limits, and national security. Jim Gilmore is the next generation of conservatism. We believe only he can realign the conservative movement in America.

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Edwards to Enter 2008 Race

Officials: Edwards to Enter 2008 Race
Dec 16 1:51 PM US/Eastern
 
By NEDRA PICKLER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards intends to enter the 2008 race for the White House, two Democratic officials said Saturday.Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for six years, plans to make the campaign announcement late this month from the New Orleans neighborhood hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina last year and slow to recover from the storm.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Edwards’ announcement.

As Edwards enters the crowded field, the Lower Ninth Ward provides a stark backdrop to highlight his signature issue _ that economic inequality means that the country is divided into “two Americas.”

Edwards also plans to travel from New Orleans through the four early presidential nominating states _ Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina _ as part of an announcement tour between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Among Democrats, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are drawing the most attention almost two years before the actual vote.

Edwards, however, is in a strong position as the leading candidate in Iowa. He was a top fundraiser in the race for the nomination in 2004 before he became Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s running mate.

Since the Democrats’ loss to President Bush, Edwards has worked to build support for a repeat presidential bid. He has a retooled agenda that is more openly progressive and has spent time building relationships with labor leaders and traveling overseas to build his foreign policy credentials beyond his one term in the Senate.

Edwards’ spokesman, David Ginsberg, would not confirm or deny that Edwards planned to announce he would run in 2008.

Ginsberg said Edwards would make an announcement about his future when he is ready.

Word leaked about Edwards’ plans just hours after Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced he would not seek the presidency in 2008. Bayh had been a leading candidate in early fundraising and, like Edwards, based much of his appeal on his electability. Bayh and Edwards, friends who went running together daily when they were in the Senate, each won election in Republican-leaning states.

Bayh and some other hopefuls have struggled to build their name recognition against the drawing power of Clinton and Obama. Edwards, however, does not have that problem.

He is well known from the 2004 campaign and his profile has risen this year as he and his wife, Elizabeth, went on nationwide tours to promote their books.

A poll of Iowa Democrats that was published Thursday in the Des Moines Register showed Edwards with 36 percent support, more than Clinton’s 16 percent and Obama’s 13 percent combined.

Edwards’ campaign plans include an aggressive fundraising effort to prove that he belongs in the top tier of contenders. Because he currently does not hold federal office, Edwards does not have a war chest like some of his rivals. In fact, he has several hundred thousands of dollars of debt from his 2004 presidential campaign.

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Romney Interview

Check out this interesting interview with Mass. Governor Mitt Romney from National Review Online.

December 15, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John McCain (Terri Lynn) Lands Mike Cox.

Presidentail hopeful John McCain’s exploratory committee anounced that Mike Cox will be serving as the director of his Michigan Campaign.  

This seems to be big news in Michigan.

See the full update over at Michigan for McCain.

December 14, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some want a change in Michigan’s Constitution…

From Red State

Here are some of their suggestions:

1.)  “Change the state’s 1992 voter-approved term limits to apply a 12-year limit to the House, Senate and the Governor as well as the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.”

2.)  “Requiring voter-initiated constitutional amendments to be approved in back-to-back general elections.”

3.)  “Eliminating the state Natural Resources and the Agriculture commissions and allowing the governor to appoint her entire cabinet.”

4.)  “Allowing the governor to appoint members of the State Board of Education and the governing boards of the state’s three largest universities, subject to advice and consent of the State Senate and a partisan balance.”

5.)  “Allow the governor to appoint Supreme Court Justices to a single 10-year term with partisan balance on the high court. ”

6.)  “Levy an additional statewide mill to fund school district building programs that over time would reduce bonding mills at the local level.”

7.)  “Eliminate super-majority voting requirements spelled out in the constitution. Banking code amendments were one example of voting requirements. ”

8.)  “Eliminate restrictions on local taxation, particularly for transportation.”

9.)  “Eliminate the ability of non-Michiganders to gather signatures to amend Michigan’s constitution.”

10.)  “Alter language regarding local elected official recalls so that the only reason for recall would be malfeasance or misfeasance.”

11.)   “Allow the governor the option of a “pocket-veto”

Thoughts????

December 13, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

McCain and Clinton are top picks from political insiders…

In today’s Detroit News there was an article about what political insiders had to say concerning who they thought the front-runners were for the nominations of both parties in the upcoming 08′ Presidentail Primaries.

National Journal’s well-regarded survey of Washington insiders shows that nearly 69 percent believe that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., will be the Democratic presidential nominee, while 73 percent believe that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be the Republican nominee.

Notably, Republicans believe that Clinton is a much stronger candidate than the Democrats give her credit for. More than half of Republicans say she is the strongest candidate. But only a quarter of Democrats believe the same of her. Republicans and Democrats agree that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the second-strongest.

More than half of Republicans, meanwhile, believe that McCain is the strongest candidate, while 70 percent of Democrats do. Republicans believe Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the second strongest, but Democrats say former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is No. 2.

The 2008 election could yield the first female (Clinton), black (Obama) or Mormon (Romney) president. The insiders did not believe, generally, that religion or gender would hurt or help the candidates. But nearly half of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans believed that Obama’s race could hurt him in the campaign.”

December 11, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Big Bucks for an Office in Lansing

As the Detroit News reports the governors race this past election cyle in Michigan topped out at over 56 million dollars.

(When you take into account the money that outside parties invested in the race the final number is up to somewhere around 70 million)

The totals from the 2002 election between Jennifer Granhom and Dick Posthumus only reached 17.9 million.

WOW!!!!!

In an article from mlive.com on the subject, Devos campaign spokesperson John Truscott explains that the reason for the lavish spending, 35 million of which came from Devos own pocket, was because he was an unknown candidate that had to fend off the “star power” of Jennifer Granholm.

I find this to be somewhat perplexing…I mean it is not as if Mr. Devos, one of the wealthiest men in Michigan, who just happens to head up one of the most well known companies in the world is that unknown.

And although Jennifer Granholm is the sitting Governor, which would obviously explain her high name recognition, I am not so sure that her “star power” was so strong that 35 million dollars worth of assualt was needed to shatter it.  What was her approval rating going into the election anyway…somewhere around 43 percent.

In my humble opinion I think that people are just plain sick and tired of the high profile, negative, and substance-less campaigns that were run by both Mr. Devos and Jennifer Granholm, and on election day they were just a little less sick of Ms. Granholm.

December 8, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Who do you not want???

I saw this post over at www.eyeon08.com

I have not been able to find a link to it anywhere on the net yet, but I thought it was interesting none-the-less. 

Apparently it is a CNN/Opinion Research Poll on who people do not want to see as the Presidentail nominee in 08′.

For the Republicans it came in as follows:

Frist 51%

Romney 50%

Gingrich 48%

and for the Dems…

Kerry 51%

Gore 43%

Obama 38%

 

December 6, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Levin to seek re-election to end the “rubber stamp” Congress

Apparently Michigan Republicans will have another tough go at picking up a seat in the US Senate next election cycle.

Senator Carl Levin, who will be taking over the chairmanship of the Senate’s Arm Services Committee, will be seeking another 6 year term in 2008.

This is disheartening news for Republicans who were hoping to have a crack at winning an open seat since their loss to current 1 term incumbent Debbie Stabenow last time around.

It is rumored that current Congressman Mike Rogers and current Congresswoman Candice Miller have been considering challenging Mr. Levin.

 See the full article from the Detroit News.

December 5, 2006 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Brownback’s in….

Senator Sam Brownback has announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for President.

See his full statement at RedState.com here.

Also here is a website with more information on his exploratory committee.

As of now I am only aware of websites for Mr. Brownback’s and Mr. McCain’s run at the nomination, although New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has also made it public that he intends to run.

December 4, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment