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Another Blow for Romney

 **Update**

I guess this comes from an article by Jennifer Rubin of the Weekly Standard

Town Hall has an article about a Planned Parenthood Questionnaire that was filled out by GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney in 2002.

Apparently in 2002 Romney filled out the questionnaire with the following answers:

         ‘Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade? YES

Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? YES

In 1998 the FDA approved the first packaging of emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill.” Emergency contraception is a high dose combination of oral contraceptives that if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can safely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? YES’

Romney also had this to say to the National Abortion Rights Action League

 ‘I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s …’.”‘

January 30, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John Kerry will not run

Fox News is reporting that John Kerry will not seek the Democratic nomination for President.  This is somewhat surprising seeing as how Mr. Kerry most likely still had something of an in-tact organization left over from his 04′ campiagn.

Apparently he has sighted his role as a Senator as one where he can be more effective for the American people as a reason to forgo another campaign.

Developing….

**Update**  Boston Globe Article

January 24, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Breaking: Pfizer cuts will cost Michigan 2,410 jobs

Pfizer Inc. will cut 2,410 jobs in Michigan and close its massive Ann Arbor research facilities and a site in downtown Kalamazoo in another blow to the battered Michigan economy.

Beyond the human suffering involved in job cuts, Pfizer’s move marks a setback for Michigan’s efforts to develop its health sciences industry as a major generator of jobs for the future.

“Michigan adds jobs in tear drops, like Google, and loses them in roaring tsunamis,” said Tom Watkins, former state school superintendent of Michigan and CEO of TDW and Associates.

Read the rest of the article here

January 22, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton is in, latest poll numbers show McCain out in front in New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton formally announced her intentions to seek the White House in 08′ on her website this morning.  Considering John Edwards dramatic announcement in New Orleans, and Barack Obama’s use of the net for his announcement I am surprised that Hillary Clinton did not choose a different medium to make her announcement and stand out a little  more.

 In other news here is some recent poll numbers from New Hampshire.

According to the article from a recent Zogby poll:

“Sen. John McCain leads with 26% support, six points ahead of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a race where the two with reputations for independence outdistance the field in a state where independence is a valued trait. In a distant third place is former Gov. Mitt Romney, who led neighboring Massachusetts for one term before leaving office just over two weeks ago.

January 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Liberals are already attacking McCain

January 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

McCain and Romney assemble their Michigan Campaigns

According to Michigan Cooler McCain has secured Oakland County politician Ruth Johnson for a member of his statewide Steering Committee.  

On Monday Michigan for McCain posted that Michigan RNC members Chuck Yob and Holly Hughes would be supporting McCain.

These are some big pickups for the McCain organization here in Michigan that compliment people like Attorney General Miked Cox, who are already on board with McCain.

As far as the Romney organization goes, the former Massachusetts governor has recently secured the support of Congressman David Camp. (Michigan Cooler)

According to a post from Saul on the MIGOP Blog last week Romney has put together a list of names for his field staff here in Michigan.

Here is the list:

Jason McBride – State Director

David Mroz – Michigan Field Director

Brandon Darin – Regional Field Director for the 1st and 4th Congressional Districts

Ryan Kool – Regional Field Director for the 2nd and 6th Congressional Districts

Reka Holley – Regional Field Director for the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts

Stefani Zimmerman – Regional Field Director for the 5th and 8th Congressional Districts

Ryan Klementowski – Regional Field Director for Oakland County

Jon Minjoe – Regional Field director for Macomb County and 10th Congressional District

Gailute Dedinas – Regional Field Director for Wayne County and 15th Congressional District

January 17, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Michigan Citizens For Tax Reform, Obama files papers

Check out this link to a new organization dedicated to pursuing new ways to improve Michigan economy and shrinking the deficit; other than by raising taxes.

www.michigancitizensfortaxreform.com

It focuses on things like shrinking government and cutting spending.    Plese sign the online petition.

The Detriot News even wrote a blog about it:

By Nolan Finley

Sign online petition against tax hike

With Gov. Jennifer Granholm clearly steering the state in the direction of a tax hike, some taxpayers are attempting a preemptive strike.

The group Michigan Citizens for Tax Reform is circulating an online petition to allow Michigan residents to speak out now against a tax hike. To sign the petition, go to http://www.michigancitizensfortaxreform.com

The effort is spear-headed by former state Rep. Matt Milosch, who argues that the state can’t tax itself out of a recession. More likely, Milosch says, higher taxes will deepen the current fiscal crisis. He’s right.

Granholm seems convinced that voters, in giving her a landslide victory last November, endorsed her vision of higher taxes and bigger government. The emergency panel she drafted to come up with solutions for the budget shortfall is led by former Govs. Bill Milliken and Jim Blanchard, both of whom raised taxes when they found themselves in Granholm’s situation. Most of the rest of the panel members are on the record as supporting higher taxes.

Granholm needs to hear from voters that her assumptions are wrong, that they didn’t consider a vote for her a vote for a tax hike.

Signing the online petition is a good way to deliver that message.

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In other News Barak Obama has filed papers to formed an Expolratory Committee.

January 17, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Ron Paul to run for President, another Dem is in, Romney saga continues, and some humor

Even though it does not makes an iota of difference in the race, but none the less, he is one of Swing States favorite politicians.  (Not that we agree with him on everything, but he is surely and interesting character and a smart cookie.)

I have not been able to find and article on it yet but I wonder if he is going to run as a Libertarian or a Republican.

See RedState Post.

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Senator Christopher Dodd is in for the Dems.

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Here is a link to the infamous Romney video everyone has been blogging about.

Here is Romney’s rebutle.

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and the ultimate…. Bill Brasky

January 12, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where has Hillary Clinton been???

For someone that is in a position to run away with the Democratic nomination for President I find it interesting that we have not heard a single thing from her on the Troop Surge or the new Iraq Strategy.  If she thinks that people are going to take her seriously as someone who wants to lead this country than she better stop ducking major foreign policy issues and take a stand one way or the other.

Obviously McCain has chimed in.

Giuliani talked

Even Mitt Romney “Weighed In”

Oh Hillary….we are waiting…

January 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More residents are leaving Michigan than any other state

Next Michigan: Fewer people

by: Richard Burr

“Michigan is tied for first with North Dakota (which has good academic achievement, by the way) for the highest percentage of households leaving the state (66 percent) comes on the heels of a Census Bureau report finding that Michigan was sixth in the nation for losing people to other states from 2000-06.”

January 10, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | 2 Comments

Senator McCain blogs on Power Line

Here is a link to Senator McCain’s blog on the Iraq war from Powerline. **Note for some reason it does not seem to be working at the moment.

Here are an excerpt posted over at Hugh Hewitt:

“We have made many mistakes since 2003, and these will not be easily reversed. But from everything I witnessed on my most recent visit, I believe that success is still possible. Even greater than the costs incurred thus far and in the future are the catastrophic consequences that would ensue from our failure in Iraq. By surging troops and bringing security to Baghdad and other areas, we will give the Iraqis the best possible chance to succeed. Our national security, and that of our friends and allies, compels us to make our best effort to prevail, and to do it now.”

January 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Michigan GOP kicks of “listen and learn” campaign

Here is a list of dates, times, and locations where you can express your views and ideas on ways to improve the Michigan Republican Party’s election effort.  (Click below the fold to read)

 You can download a questionaire and view more updates to the list at the MIGOP website here.

Continue reading

January 8, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

Romney kicks off with fundraiser

Fresh off announcing the formation of his exploratory committee Mass. Governor Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign with a 3 million phone bank this afternoon.

This total dwarfs what potential front-runner Mayor Giuliani was able to produce in his first fundraising effort.

It will be interesting to see what Sen. McCain is able to pull in with his first go at making a campaign cash splash.

***Update*** RedState is saying that the Romney fundraiser brought in upwards of 6 million.  Swing State will be looking for an official report on the exact dollar amount.

January 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Greatest Political Add Ever

January 6, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

The Heaven’s hurl fireballs down from the sky as the Dems take control of Congress

Check out this story from over at Drudge. (Update – another report from New Jersey)

In what Swing State sees as a calculated move by the Heavens to display their disgust as the Democrat’s take control of Congress for the first time in 12 years, fireballs were hurled down from above early this morning just as Pelosi and Company were about to begin their first 100 hours.

Swing State would just like to express that we share in their frustration and appreciate their symbolic gesture of anger and disgust. 

On a related note, the editors of Swing State, in a far less grandiose manner awoke early this morning to play “Taps” on the balcony of our apartment.  (We apologize to our neighbors for the loud sobbing.)

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Romney Exploratory Website

http://www.mittromney.com/

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

McCain leads early GOP primary polls

Check out some of this new poll from the American Research Group info from over at The Fix.   

One of the most interested things about this article is the way that the undecided voters are shaping up.  According to the article the number of uncommitted voters in early primary states like Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire is unusually low considering that the election is still more than a year away. 

In Iowa only 14 percent of those polled have yet to commit to a candidate.  In New Hampshire the number of uncommitted voters is even smaller, coming in at around 5 percent of those polled. 

While those numbers are still big enough to influence that standing of the candidates, I find it very interesting to see that they are not a bit higher this early on. 

Okay, so what about the numbers…. 

In Iowa and Nevada former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is holding on to a tight lead, with Senator McCain nipping at his heels and former Speaker Newt Gingrich in third.  The article does point out that “[g]iven Giuliani’s liberal positions on social issues…it seems unlikely that he will retain his number one spot in Iowa as that state’s caucuses tend to be dominated by socially conservative voters.”

The numbers in South Carolina and New Hampshire continue to show McCain leading the pack followed by Giuliani and Gingrich.

As this poll surfaces on the same day that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced the formation of his exploratory committee, the campaign must be realizing that they have a lot of ground to make up if they want to be considered a real contender.  Romney failed to garner 10 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, and as the article points out, that “may be the result of bleed-over from the Boston media market,” which increased his name recognition. 

In states like Iowa and South Carolina, where Romney has spent a great deal of effort putting together top notch political teams, he is only generating support from between 5 and 6 percent of those polled.

It seems as though the early numbers are showing a two way race between McCain and Giuliani, and with Giuliani’s recent campaign blunders, the upcoming difficulties he will have defending his conservative credentials to Republican Primary voters, and McCain’s organizational superiority, Swing State gives the edge to McCain early on

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Granholm Inauguration speech

Blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah….Dick Devos sent jobs to China…blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah…My economic plan is in place and working…blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah…

 Apparently there was other things said, read some excerpts I missed from the Det. News.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment