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TV and Cultural Icon Threatens to Quit Over Program Time Slot Move

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me.  For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky.  That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with MTV to star on “The Jersey Shore.”  I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future.  It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule.  Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with Jersey Shore  in its infancy, MTV has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, MTV executives told me they intended to move Jersey Shore to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35.  For 60 years the Jersey Shore has aired immediately following the late local news.  I sincerely believe that delaying the Jersey Shore into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting.  The Jersey Shore at 12:05 simply isn’t the The Jersey Shore.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it.  My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Jersey Shore. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.  Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter.  But with the Jersey Shore, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next.  My hope is that MTV and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.




January 12, 2010 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Michigan Primary (And around and around we go!)

OK, so today Florida voted to move its primary up to Jan. 29.  What does that mean for Michigan?  Well, MDP Chairman Mark Brewer has been quoted as saying:

“I have consulted with Michigan Democratic leaders and the consensus is that the MDP will hold its Caucus on Saturday, February 9, 2008 provided all other states abide by the DNC scheduling rules,” Brewer said. “There is also a consensus among our leaders that if any state schedules its caucus or primary in violation of the DNC’s rules, Michigan will move its Caucus to an earlier date. That earlier date may be on or before the date of the offending state’s caucus or primary.”

 ~March 1st 2007

Is he going to stand by his words? Only time will tell.

What about the Republicans?

Well according to this article, last month “Michigan Republicans….voted-to hold their presidential primary next Feb. 5, but agreed they would move up the date if Michigan Democrats go earlier.”

The main reason for the move according to MIGOP Chairman Saul Anuzis is to hold a primary on the same day and the Democratic party.

To make matter worse, the MDP is asking that municiplaties have their primary locations to them by June 1st.  There is only one problem with that…no one knows what date to reserve the sites for.

From my best guess, if MDP Chairman Mar Brewer hold true to his word, it looks like a joint primary or caucus on Jan. 29 for Michigan.



There have been some reports that moving up might not matter as much because states will be penalized by loosing delegates.  There has also been some reports that certain candidates will not participate in states that buck party rules. (Edwards)

Well, I have a couple thoughts on that.

1st – Florida and Michigan are both large states …if they are both penalized the combination of there two delegates will still be more the enough to entice candidates.

2nd – And this goes without saying, winning them will generate momentum for candidates going into Super Tuesday no matter what anyone tells you.  Candidates will not be able to pass that up…plain and simple.

May 3, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment


April 29, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News | Leave a comment

Romney takes a jab at McCain

Politico has an interesting thought on  a part of Romney’s Iraq supplemental Vote press release.  Was he taking a jab at McCain…it sure sounds like it to me.

From politico.com

“Of course the DNC and Romney folks which much rather have us focus on the fact that McCain missed the supplemental vote today. The bill passed 51-46, so McCain’s presence would not have had an impact.  Still, the Romney campaign couldn’t help but to include the following not-very-subtle in the last sentence of their release:

“We must also thank those senators who recorded their support for our troops and voted against this timeline for withdrawal.”

It might not be a very good idea for Governor Romney to go after McCain, someone who has stood behind the troops at every stop, for not being on record to support them.

Especially considering his track record of attendance during his last term of office.

See below.

Romney left Mass. on 212 days in ’06

Visited 35 states; built a national network

Laying the foundation of a presidential candidacy, Governor Mitt Romney has spent all or part of 212 days outside Massachusetts so far in 2006, an average of more than four days on the road each week, a Globe review of his public schedules shows.

Since announcing a year ago he would not seek reelection, Romney has been a one-man barnstorming show, traveling to 35 states and eight countries and logging well over 200,000 air miles.

Read the rest here.

April 27, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

New Michigan Poll

A new strategic vision poll has been released with some new 08′ numbers for the mighty mitten.

Click on the graph below for a nice breakdown of the Republican race from Michigan Cooler.

Here are the Dems numbers:

Hillary Clinton 29%
Barack Obama 24%
John Edwards 22%
Joseph Biden 3%
Bill Richardson 3%
Christopher Dodd 1%
Dennis Kucinich 1%
Undecided 17%

 Granholm numbers:

Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Jennifer Granholm’s job performance?
Approve 44%
Disapprove 41% 
                                                                                                      Undecided 15%

I also found this to be a very interesting poll question and I am still trying to figure out how the current crop of GOP Prez contenders numbers fit in with these responses.

 11. How important is it for the Republican presidential candidate to be a conservative Republican in the mode of Ronald Reagan?

Very Important 39%
Somewhat Important 19%
Not Very Important 9%
Not Important 15%
Undecided 18%




April 21, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

Alec Baldwin not at his best vs. Alec Baldwin at his best

Not at his best (A message he left for his 12 year old daughter)

Almost his best

****Award winning****

April 20, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News | Leave a comment

Obama sounds off about violence; ends up sounding like a moron

Listen here

Michelle Malkin had a quick synopsis on her blog for those who are two lazy to listen to the whole thing.

He said we are a violence obsessed culture. “We glorify it, we encourage it, we ignore it.” In what honestly was a very boring, dry, rambling speech, he then listed a litany of examples of how violent we are. He excoriated “verbal violence” and specifically mentioned Imus but, tellingly, not Ludacris. Then, he mentioned violent crime in Milwaukee, and other examples of how violent we all are. In one bizarre example, he said that he was also talking about the “violence” of men and woman who lose their jobs to other countries. HUH?And then he mentioned IRAQ…He started out by saying that our culture of violence is rooted in our supposed incapacity to understand we are all connected fundamentally as people (kumbayah!). We are still trapped in a belief that we can impose our wills on each other and differentiate ourselves and make ourselves feel better from one another because of the accidents of birth or race or gender, he said. We still think about our role in the world and foreign policy as if the children of Darfur are somehow less than the children here, and so we tolerate violence there. And then he said in that context:

“We base our decisions in terms of sending our young men and women to war not on the necessity of defending ourselves but the belief that somehow with military force we can achieve aims that should be achieved through diplomacy and alliances.”

April 17, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Romney losing ground in Michigan…

It appears that there is a growing trend of Mitt Romney’s
Michigan supporters who are questioning their support of the former Governor.

In an article from today’s Grand Rapids Press notable names like State Rep. Dave Agema and former State Rep. William VanRegenmorter are mentioned as possible defectors from Team Romney.

According to VanRegenmorter:

“I think I want to back up to a position of neutrality and weight some of the information that wasn’t very public then.”

Rep. Agema also notes that:

“I’m on the fence right now…”

Since the announcement of his campaign for the White House Governor Romney has been plagued by accusations of a shaky record on key conservative issues.

Eye on 08′ points out –

“He also struggles to keep his story straight on issues like abortion, gay-rights, taxes, guns, embryonic stem-cell research, Ronald Reagan, the Contract with America, immigration, and campaign finance reform.”

Unfortunately this is not the first time that Romney has had to deal with wavering support from some of his
Michigan backers.

Rep. Judy Emmons, who pulled her support for Governor Romney on the same day as his official announcement in
Dearborn said that:

“I should have done my homework first, for me, the bottom line is your record and where you’ve stood and what you’ve stood up for and what you’ve capitulated on.”

News of this nature must be very disconcerting for Team Romney as they no doubt must have thought that their impressive fundraising showing would jump start their campaign, which has never really managed to take off as far as poll numbers are concerned.  (Romney continues to trail fellow Republicans Rudy Giuliani and John McCain in most polls.)

Instead of touting their financial prowess the campaign was forced to deal with the publicity disaster surrounding Governor Romney’s ongoing hunting saga and now the loss of supporters in Michigan, which is shaping up to be a critical primary battle, and somewhat of a must win for Governor Romney considering the name recognition and family connections that he has in the state.

Michigan Cooler says of today’s Romney story:

“…this strikes at the heart of the Romney campaign and could send shockwaves across the state and across the country creating a domino effect of the loss of support.”

Hopefully the Governor will be able to button up his message in the near future to convince his supporters that he is the kind of candidate that he claims to be, or unfortunately, headlines like the one in this mornings Grand Rapid Free Press might haunt the rest of his campaign.

April 8, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

Some advice for Mitt Romney

 “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
~ Mark Twain


Romney retreats on gun control

ORLANDO , Fla. — Former governor Mitt Romney, who once described himself as a supporter of strong gun laws, is distancing himself from that rhetoric now as he attempts to court the gun owners who make up a significant force in Republican primary politics.


Romney Calls Himself a Longtime Hunter


The Associated Press
Thursday, April 5, 2007; 2:36 AM

BOSTON — In boasting about his lifelong experience as a hunter, Mitt Romney may have shot himself in the foot.


Be vewy, vewy quiet…; Romney changes hunting story (again)


Lifetime hunter Mitt Romney never had license

Mitt Romney’s hunting problem continues.

Earlier this week, Mitt Romney said he had “been a hunter all his life.” (see video here) But a reporter did some research, and Romney’s campaign admitted that Romney had only been hunting twice, once as a teenager and once for a fundraiser. Then Romney himself said that he was a “varmint hunter”, not a “big game hunter.”


“I dont even know what the fuck a quail looks like.”


April 7, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Some interesting thoughts on that whole Rakolta Nazi ad debacle

 I received the following in an anonymous email…none-the-less I thought it was somewhat interesting….

“Last month the DNC put out a press release criticizing Michigan resident and Co-Chair of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s national finance committee for a donation that he made to the PAC Voice the Vote. 

Apparently the PAC was responsible for an attack that criticized Democrats (specifically Governor Jennifer Granholm) and compared them to Adolph Hilter.Click to close, click and drag to move. Use arrow keys for next and previous.


According to the MSNBC“The Democratic National Committee…took issue with Rakolta’s role in the presidential campaign and called on Romney to disavow attack ads. 

Rakolta denied any knowledge of the ad and basically said, “All the Democrats are trying to do is embarrass Mitt Romney.”  He asserted that, “I’m not going to let one or two people, or the Democratic National Committee stop me from fundraising for Mitt Romney.” 

In an article from the Free Press on the subject “Nataki Harbin, Voice the Vote’s treasurer, reiterated previous denials by her and her stepfather, Detroit political consultant Adolph Mongo, that the ad was put together in collaboration with the DeVos campaign or the Michigan Republican Party,” and I assume this means any of the donors to the PAC. 

According to the MSNBC article “The DNC said Rakolta’s position on Romney’s finance committee raises questions about the type of presidential campaign the Republican candidate plans on running.” 

It seems to be very clear from all this that there is nothing to be made of Rakolta’s involvement with the ad considering the treasurer of the organization from which the ad was made claimed that there was no collaboration from any outside parties as to the content of the ad. 

However as most of us know, stories like this seem to have a mind of their own. 

Just as the whole story seemed to be picking up steam, and just when the Romney camp was starting to take some serious heat on the issue (which is exactly what the DNC must have intended on) a dagger was delivered to any momentum the DNC had generated in their attempt to tie the ad to a major member of the Romney campaign. 

This dagger came in the form of a document that was released from Adolph Mongo stating that “the add titled ‘Sometimes a Handshake and an Acknowledgement make a difference,’ is a personal advocacy add that was paid for by for by a personal credit that was owed to me from a previous transaction with the Michigan Chronicle.  It was not paid for by funds from Voice the Vote.” 

This documented, which is dated July 10, 2006, was apparently being circulated as proof that Rakolta did not have any involvement with the ad.  According to Jonathon Martin’s blog from over at the Politico, where there is a copy of the letter: 

“Assuming the guy is telling the truth and not just covering his donors and the party, John Rakolta, the Romney finance co-chair, never actually saw his money spent on an ad that compared Dems to Hitler or something.Lesson to major political givers:

Know who you’re donating your cash to.” 

So that should settle it, right…assuming this guy is telling the truth. 

Well, some minimal research might raise some question to the version of the story that Mr. Mango and company have been telling.  If you do an expenditure search on the “Voice the Vote” PAC over at the Michigan Sec. of States searchable disclosure database you will see that on June 30th a direct expenditure was made from “Voice the Vote” to the Michigan Chronicle.    

This is copied and pasted directly from the report: 

Making Expenditure
Committee ID-Type
Sched Type Payee
, State Zip
Exp Type-Purpose
Exp Date Exp Amt
Candidate or BQ
Office Sought
06/30/06 $5,000.00  

The ad in question ran the week following this expenditure which was paid to the exact same paper that the ad in question was printed in.  That seems a little fishy to me and directly calls into question Mongo’s claim that no “Voice the Vote” money was used to fund the ad. 

Now the question then becomes why did Mongo write that letter if it was not true? 

(**Disclaimer** from here on out I am writing under the assumption that Mongo’s statement in the letter is false due to the information in the disclosure report.) 

Was the letter (which was supposedly written the same week the ad ran) written to discredit any donations that funded the ad because some of the donors were upset about its content and pressured him to do so right after it ran?  And if that is the case why did this letter surface almost a week after the Free Press wrote the original story on the issue. 

It seems to me that Voice the Vote or Adolph Mongo would have wanted to clear matters up about its donors right away instead of having their names tied to this non-sense if they had the means to do so. Or here is another scenario to ponder… 

Was the letter even written on the July 10th date or was it simply a “not so clever” attempt to cover up what happened way back this summer by releasing this letter after the scenerio entangled much higher profile names. 

If that is the case who was involved in the creation and distribution of the letter and what are they trying to cover up?”

April 5, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | 2 Comments

Romney leads the GOP money primary

Here is the beakdown:

Romney 23 mil
Rudy 15 mil
McCain 12.5 mill
Brownback 2 mil
Tancredo 1 mil
Huckabee 500K

Kudos to team Romney…It will be interesting to see if someone else in the field can overtake him in Q2 or if Romney’s well  oiled fundraising machine will be able to maintain it’s lead.

Another side of the numbers that I also find interesting that are not as widely reported are the actual amount of people that have donated to the campaign…I am still looking for some numbers and will post as soon as I get them.

And finally, on a more serious note, here is something that combines two of my favorite things.  (Nintendo Wii Bowling and the Big Lebowski)

“Your killing your father, Larry!

April 4, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Giuliani’s firm has ties to company going through tax scandal

HT to Politico.

Justice department sues “We the People” to stop alleged tax scam

Associated Press Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — U.S. prosecutors asked a federal court Tuesday to stop “We the People” and its founder Robert Schulz from falsely telling customers they can legally stop their income tax withholdings by purchasing the organization’s Tax Termination Package.The tax fraud scam has already cost the U.S Treasury more than $21 million in unpaid taxes, government lawyers said in a 14-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

And apparently:

Giuliani Partners to Advise Nation’s Largest Legal Document

Giuliani Partners LLC and We The People USA, Inc., the nation’s largest legal document service, today announced a strategic alliance to significantly improve access to the legal system for all Americans. With more than 120 offices in 26 states, We The People prepares and files legal documents on behalf of consumers who choose to represent themselves in legal matters.

“I understand the need for competent independent counsel, while I also support the right to manage one’s own legal affairs,” said Rudolph W. Giuliani, chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners. “We The People helps individuals navigate the complex and often daunting legal system while providing access to valuable clerical preparation and filing services that many individuals could otherwise not afford.”

April 4, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

1984 Ad creator found, Florida is moving on up, Romney’s loss is Giuliani’s gain

The creator of the now infamous Big Sister Hillary ad has been identified as an employee of a tech company that has a contract with Obama.  Apparently the guy was not involved with the Obama camp and has done no work on their behalf.  Team Obama has denied they had anything to do with the ad from the very beginning.

He has also been fired from the company.  (In all actuallity he will probably be picked up some by some huge PR or marketing firm very soon, so being fired might be the best thing that ever happened to him.)

Read the whole story here.

In other news Florida may be moving up it’s primary to Jan. 29!!!  This is huge news for the Sunshine State, or as my buddy called it when he first moved down their after graduation “America’s Wang.”  With this move they would thus leapfrog all the Feb. 5 or Super Tuesday states and become the first “large state’ to hold a primary.

As I am sure everyone knows, there has been a major rush for states to move up their primaries this election cycle to become bigger players in the Presidential nominating game. 

Many big states like California (who just moved up to Feb. 5th), Texas, and New York (who are all talking about moving to the same date), feel that smaller states like Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire have too big a role in the process considering their size.

Michigan is considering moving up it’s date to at least Feb. 5th and possibly earlier. 

And finally Rudy Giuliani made a big pickup today at the expense of Mitt Romney:

“Richard Blankenship, a Jacksonville area investment banker and President Bush’s former ambassador to the Bahamas, said he resigned from Romney’s Florida finance team after becoming convinced Giuliani had broader appeal and said other Romney fundraisers in Florida could do the same.”

Seeing as how Romney already made news this week concerning his Florida fund-raising staff with the addition of H. Wayne Huizenga, who is #153 on the list of Forbes’s 100 richest Americans, this loss is not as damaging strategically to the campaign as it is morally damaging.

Blankenship gave the following reason for leaving:

“The changes in core beliefs gave rise to some concerns. You have to have an anchor in life,” he said of Romney. “Mayor Giuliani has a firm, secure hold on his moral compass and how that effects his platform, rather than change to satisfy special interests in our party. The Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal beyond a few special interests.”

Having a supporter say that a campaign lacks moral compass and then leave to back someone else is just about the worst press that any candidate could receive.  When people jump ship from supporting a campaign it seriously calls into qoestion the viability of that campaign and Romney has already had problems with losing support right here in Michigan. 

March 22, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Congressman Mike Rogers’ office is vandalized

Michigan’s 8th District made the front page of Drudgetoday, but not in a wat that anyone should be proud of.  Apparently some vandals decided to let Congressman Mike Rogers know that they do not agree with his stance on the Iraq war bydefacing his district office. 

Very productive you morons….

I will keep you posted if I here of any arrests..hopefully these cowards are caught and made an example of.

Roger’s Chief of Staff had this to say:

“It is unfortunate that a few criminals decided to attack the 8th District Congressional office in the middle of the night. This is an office which provides mid-Michigan citizens with assistance regarding Social Security, Medicare, the IRS, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.”

 “The aggressive destruction of federal property and vandalism was a callous attempt to intimidate Congressman Rogers and his staff.”

“We all are entitled to our own opinion on the situation in Iraq but we are not entitled to destruction of taxpayer property and intimidation of federal officials. With an office in Lansing, regular office hours throughout the district, rapid response to constituent concerns and a 24-hour online office, Congressman Rogers prides himself on his constituent service and ensuring all voices are heard. Despite this vicious attack last night, the office continues to serve constituents today and we encourage folks to continue calling the Congressman for assistance, appointments and other information they may need.”


March 20, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | 1 Comment

Some more good stuff over at today’s Hotline, McCain vs. the Club for Growth, Romney not flinching in Florida

Hotline has been doing a great job of covering the proxy battle going on between the McCain Camp and the Club for Growth:

Here is a video of the Club for Growth’s response to McCain:

Here is a video of an interview on McCain that Hotline says is a response from the McCain Camp:


In other news, Hotline has some great news for Team Romney from down in Florida that might just offset the whole Castro debacle…This is a huge pick up for Romney and it could not come at better time for him in Florida.

Romney Scores “King Midas”

Normally, the addition of a single name to a roster of 77 fundraisers wouldn’t be noticed, but this is different: Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney has won the support of one of the most high profile, influential entrepreneurs in all of Florida — a major GOP fundraiser to boot. This get will earn him some positive Sunshine State press. H. Wayne Huizenga is #153 on the list of Forbes’s 100 richest Americans. His nickname in South Florida: “King Midas.”

March 20, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | 1 Comment

Yet another Michigan Poll

Clinton, McCain and Giuliani lead in Michigan polls
Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. – New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic favorite while Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are tops among Republicans, according to a new poll of likely Michigan voters released Monday.

When 454 Democrats were asked who they would vote for if the presidential primary or caucus were held today, 45 percent said Clinton while 29 percent said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards came in third at 16 percent, while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden each got 4 percent.

Two percent said they were undecided.

Among 392 Republicans polled, 30 percent said they’d vote for McCain, while 26 percent chose Giuliani. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was picked by 21 percent, while 16 percent chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 1 percent chose Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. Four percent were undecided.

Two percent of Republicans volunteered that they’d vote for former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who plays district attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s drama “Law & Order.” Thompson has said he’s pondering a run but has not yet decided if he’ll be a candidate.

Both polls were conducted March 12 through Sunday by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA. The margin of sampling error for the poll of Democrats was around plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, while it was plus or minus 5 percentage points for Republicans.

Asked if they had a favorable opinion of the presidential hopefuls, Democrats gave Clinton a 78 percent favorable rating, while Obama got 72 percent.

Nearly 40 percent or more didn’t recognize the names of Democrats Biden, Richardson, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, retired Gen. Wesley Clark and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Clark and Kucinich were unsuccessful presidential candidates in 2004.

Fifty-three percent of the Republicans polled had a favorable opinion of Giuliani, while 50 percent had a favorable opinion of McCain. Thirty-three percent thought favorably of Gingrich, while 29 percent had a favorable opinion of Romney.

But around 40 percent or more didn’t recognized the names of Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter or Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel. Brownback, Huckabee and Hunter are all in the race, while Hagel has said he’ll announce his presidential intentions later this year.


March 20, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

The Michigan Primary

States jockey for ’08 position (Det News Link)

Parties seek earlier primary, caucus dates, but will Michigan benefit?

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Only two things are clear about the convoluted jockeying among states for the pole position in the 2008 presidential nomination contests: No one likes how this is going. And it can only get worse.For Michigan, which is among two dozen or more states scrambling to move its nomination contests earlier in the campaign calendar, the unsettled process carries big implications. It could bring more national attention to the state’s economic plight and that of its embattled manufacturers. Or, Michigan voters could be lost among the sea of balloting. “The system today is ridiculous,” said state Republican chairman Saul Anuzis.What’s happening? A crush of states, all seeking more influence in the selection of presidential candidates, have set primary or party caucus dates on Feb. 5. That’s the first day, under national party rules, in which states can vote. States that go earlier risk losing delegates to the national conventions. California, on Thursday, became the latest big state to move to Feb. 5; as many as 26 may eventually select delegates in one or both party races that day.

All are trying to move as close as possible to Jan. 22, the date of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Increasingly, politicians have chafed at the influence New Hampshire and Iowa, both in the bottom half of the 50 states, in population, wield with their early contests.

“We’re not going to let New Hampshire run roughshod over this process,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who along with state Democratic Party mover and shaker Debbie Dingell fought to place two states between Iowa’s Jan. 14 caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Levin and others hoped to give industrial states such as Michigan more influence; instead, party leaders picked Nevada and South Carolina

Continue reading

March 19, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

Giuliani in Michigan, not everyone is excited about his candidacy….

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in Macomb County, MI last night to speak at the county GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.

While in Michigan Mr. Giuliani picked up the endorsement of James Tignanelli, President of the 14,000 person Police Officer Association of Michigan…a huge pick up that might jump-start his state campaign; an campiagn that this article refers to as lacking behind Romney and McCain.

The part of the article that I found most interesting was this however:

“But Giuliani’s stance on some issues doesn’t sit well with Tom McMillin, the Michigan Republican Party’s Issues Committee chairman. He was among those who formed a group Friday called the Conservative Declaration of Independence, which vowed to withhold its support from the former New York mayor even if he wins the GOP presidential nomination.”

“We are conservatives first and Republicans second, and we will not stand by as the Republican Party considers nominating a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-homosexual rights liberal as the nominee of our party,” McMillin said in a news release.

Here is their website www.theconservativedeclaration.wordpress.com.

This is basically what the major signers of the document have to say:

The Conservative Declaration of
– March 15, 2007  

When, in the course of political process, it might become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, it becomes necessary to declare the causes which would impel the separation.  We, the undersigned of this digital document, hereby agree that we are Conservatives first and Republicans second, and that we would not support the candidacy of Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani  if  the Republican Party chooses to nominate him for President of the United States. We hereby agree that Mr. Giuliani is an American hero for his performance in the aftermath of 9-11, however his liberal record as Mayor, appointment of liberal judges, and the conduct of his personal life make it impossible for us to support his candidacy under any circumstances. 

We hereby urge conservatives across the country to join us in signing this Conservative Declaration of Independence by emailing theconservativedeclaration@hotmail.com .  

In Agreement, 

New Hampshire 

Paul Nagy Draft Buchanan ’92Northeast Director, Buchanan ‘92Northeast Director, Christian Coalition, 1994-99 


Mark Forton Chairman, Michigan ConservativeUnion State Chairman, Buchanan for President, 1996 & 2000County Republican Chairman, MacombCounty Republican Party, 1994-1996

Tom McMillin 

State Field Director, Christian Coalition of Michigan, 1994-1998 Issues Committee Chairman, Michigan Republican Party, 2005-2007Board Member, American Family Association of Michigan, present.

It will be interesting to see what kind of traction this group gains nationally, as I am sure there are more conservatives out there who are very shaky on Giuliani’s record.

March 17, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment