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 Washtenaw Republican Informer
February 2010

In this Issue:

* National Level – Defending the Constitution
* State Level - Taxes and Spending – the Perennial Issue
* Local Level: Lincoln Day Dinner Well Attended, Optimism High
* Candidates for Office
* Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
* Other Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
* Help Wanted
* Letter to the Editor Guide
* Links You May Enjoy

National Level: Defending the Constitution

 One of the unifying themes of the many “liberty” groups, whether they be Tea Party groups, Americans for Prosperity, Campaign for Liberty, etc., is the demand for a return of the reading of the U.S. Constitution as it was intended by the Founding Fathers, i.e., the creation of a limited government, chock full of checks and balances. Here are some useful resources.

Nullification: A curb on federal overreach - An interesting outgrowth on the debate of the Senate health care bill (and ObamaCare in general) is the renewed interest in nullification among state legislatures. The first instance of the use of nullification were The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 a direct response to the constitutionally offensive Alien and Sedition Acts of the same year. Whether it’s ObamaCare, federal gun laws or the REAL ID Act more and more state legislatures are turning to nullification to reassert their state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. For further viewing: Judge Andrew Napolitano: The Constitution and Freedom

On the humorous side, two eminent law enforcement officers (Barney Fife and Andy Griffith) weigh in on the Preamble of the Constitution in this YouTube video.

Michael Badnarik, a more credible source on the Constitution, provides a very informative 8 hour class on the Constitution & History which can be watched in short segments.

The webcast archives from the Hillsdale College’s January 30th “Constitutional Town Hall” are another excellent source (free, after registering online).

State Level: Taxes and Spending – the Perennial Issues

Read “Where We Are and How We Got There”, Feb. 17, 2010, by Mitch Bean, with the House Fiscal Agency. This is not fun reading, but a good summary of the State's fiscal status. What is missing, however, are options for cost controls and job growth which help solve the revenue shortfalls. For good starts, see:

Republican Senate Reform Package which could potentially save
          the state more than $2 billion.

House Republican Strategic Task Force on Jobs

The Michigan 2010 Small Business Agenda

The Michigan Turnaround Plan, by the Business Leaders for Michigan

Both Republican caucuses and the business groups oppose the tax increases in Governor Granholm’s Proposed Budget. Where some difference of opinion exists among the Republican and Republican oriented groups is whether reforming Michigan to gain control of costs and a reforming the tax structure should occur simultaneously Consensus appears to be that cost control must come first, before reforming the Michigan tax structure is put on the table. Otherwise, the fear is that “restructuring” simply becomes a tax increase.

Local Level: Lincoln Day Dinner Well Attended. Optimism High. 

Ken Braun of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based free market think tank, the keynote speaker gave a talk entitled “Learning from the Tea Party”. The Ann Arbor Chronicle had this to say: Local GOP Eyes November Elections

Candidates for Office

In previous issues of Washtenaw Republican Informer, we asked known or expected Republican candidates to send their short bio/statement to be published in this issue. The ones we received prior to the January issue were included in that newsletter and may be accessed on the Washtenaw Republican Party website. This newsletter adds those received since then.

At the State House and Senate level:

Senate District 17.

·         Randy Richardville is running for his 2nd and final term in the Michigan Senate, representing the Washtenaw communities of Bridgewater, Lodi, Manchester, Pittsfield, Saline and York Townships, and the cities of Milan & Saline.  He has worked on behalf of all residents in his district to keep tax burden low and make state government tighten its belt, like so many families have.  Senator Richardville’s campaign website will be set-up in the future, but in the meantime feel free to visit his official site at: www.SenatorRandyRichardville.com

No identified R or D opponent known yet, but several term-limited Democrat State Representatives might take a run at his seat.

Senate District 18, Liz Brater (D). Term limited. Current State Representative Pam Byrnes has announced her candidacy for this seat as a Democrat.

There are no identified Republican candidates.

House District 52.  Pam Byrnes (D). Term limited.

·         Mark Ouimet - A fifth generation Washtenaw County resident, Mark Ouimet has worked his entire life for the betterment of his community and each organization in which he's become involved. Mark began his public service to his fellow citizens upon his election to the Ann Arbor City Council in 1988, a position he held until 1992. In 2004, Mark ran for, and was elected to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Mark started his professional career as a bank teller, and rose among the ranks to eventually serve as President and Chairman of the Board. A graduate of Northwood University in Midland, Mark earned his Master's Degree in Business and Economics. He later returned to give back to the university, serving as Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer from 1997- 2002.  http://www.markouimet.com/

Scio Township Trustee Christine Green has announced her candidacy as a Democrat, with City of Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell and Washtenaw County Commissioner Ken Schwartz apparently still considering joining the ticket.

House District 53, Rebekah Warren (D). Term limited.

No identified candidates.

House District 54, Alma Wheeler Smith (D). Term limited.

·         Rodney Nanney- See the January issue for Bio. Facebook http://www.VoteRodney.com

The Democrat side has Lonnie Smith, legislative aide to State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith; Bill Riney of Ypsilanti Township; Michael Mashif White, a trainer for AT&T from Ypsilanti; and Rolland Sizemore, Jr. of Ypsilanti Township, current Chairman of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Dave Franklin is also running as a Democrat. David Palmer, from Ypsilanti has also announced that he will be running as an Independent.

House District 55, Kathy Angerer (D). Term limited.

·         Rick Olson - See the January issue for Bio. http://voiceforthepeople.net

·         Mary Kay Thayer - See the January issue for Bio.  Facebook page

·         Joe Zurawski – See the January issue for Bio. http://joezurawski.com/

·         Frank Chrzanowski, from Dundee, attended the House Republican Campaign Committee Candidate School, but no announcement has been made.

·         Mike Smith, the AFL-CIO Community Liaison to the United Way and a member of the Bedford School Board, is a Democrat candidate. Russ Angerer, Kathy Angerer’s husband, reportedly will also be a candidate on the Democrat ticket.

Governor (alphabetical) Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur in August primary):

·         Mike Bouchard - www.BouchardforGovernor.com

·         Mike Cox - http://www.mikecox2010.com/

·         Tom George - http://www.georgeforgovernor.com/about.asp

·         Peter Hoekstra - http://hoekstraforgovernor.com/

·         Rick Snyder - See the January issue for Bio. rickformichigan.com

The Democrat ticket seems to be narrowing down to Virgil Bernero, mayor of Lansing, and Alma Wheeler Smith, State Representative in the 54th District. Speaker of the House Andy Dillon is expected to join the race, but may decline due to resistance from the unions.

Secretary of State Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur at State Convention in August):

·         Cameron Brown – Facebook

·         Michelle McManus – http://www.michellemcmanus.org/

·         Anne Norlander - See the January issue for Bio  http://annenorlander.com/

·         Paul Scott – http://www.gophouse.com/links.asp?District=51

Jocelyn Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, WSU Professor & Attorney, and Janice Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk are announced Democrat candidates.

Attorney General Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur at State Convention in August):

·         Mike Bishop – http://www.mikebishop.com/ 
 

·         Bill Schuette - http://www.billschuette.com/  

State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, an East Lansing Democrat, has dropped out of the race, leaving Richard Bernstein, son of Sam Bernstein the 1-800-Call-Sam legal eagle, and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton the announced Democrats in the race.

7th Congressional District: Currently held by first term Democrat Congressman Mark Schauer, who was elected on the coattails of Obama in 2008, and refused to hold forums in his district on health care reform.

·         Marvin Carlson - See the January issue for Bio. http://www.marvincarlson.com/

·         Brian Rooney - During the conflict in Iraq, Brian Rooney’s public service didn’t mean talking - it meant fighting as a United States Marine. It meant hard service in the Iraqi desert and infamous kill zones like Fallujah and Najaf. Brian has defended our freedom on the battlefield and defended our conservative values in the courtroom. Now, Brian wants to take that fighting spirit where we need it most - to Congress.   Looking to make his home of Michigan a better and more fruitful place than when he first moved here, Brian is a candidate for Michigan's 7th Congressional District.  http://runwithrooney.com/

·         Tim Walberg - http://www.walbergforcongress.com/

15th Congressional District: John Dingell (D) announced he will run for re-election, Saturday, February 20, 2010.

·         Jack Lynch – See the January issue for Bio.  http://www.jacklynchforcongress.com 

·         Robert L. Steele – I have never been involved in partisan politics before.  I am a cardiologist who has lived in the district for 29 years, and helped build and run a practice with 300 employees that has cared for thousands of patients. Married for 24 years with 4 children and 29 nieces and nephews, I am one of the millions of independently minded citizens who could no longer sit on the sidelines.  We must stop the career politicians who first exempt themselves from the laws they pass and then continue maxing out the credit cards of our children and grandchildren. It is only fair and just we give future generations the same opportunity the greatest generation gave us. The time is now, Take Congress Back. http://robsteeleforcongress.com 

·         Majed A. Moughni  - Facebook Page

Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Map:

Social Media: Politics & Business, Monday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00—7:30 pm

Voter Identification: Voter Vault Training, Wednesday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:00—8:00pm

Grassroots/Volunteer Recruitment, Friday, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00—7:30 pm

Other Events:

Feb. 27 (Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00): Republican Women Club monthly meeting at the home of Kim Hoppe, 1303 Grant Street Ypsilanti. Get your Precinct Delegate On!

March 11 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Map. Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!

Mar. 25 (Thursday), 6-10 p.m.): Tuscola/Huron County Lincoln Day Dinner, K of C Hall, 903 Ryan Rd., Caro MI 48723

Apr. 17 (Saturday, time to be determined): Monroe County Republican Party Meet the Candidates Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, Monroe Golf and Country Club, 611 Cole Rd., Monroe MI 48162-4188. Contact Chris, 734/735-3582 or Jo, 734/242-6488

Apr. 24 (Saturday, call or e-mail for details): Lapeer Lincoln Day Dinner, Lapeer Country Club. Tickets online at lapeergop.org, or call 810/441-5029

Political Training Classes for Free: Most political training courses come with a hefty price tag these days. However over at Smart Girl Politics http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/ they have some great webinar classes being held for free. Lest the name fool you, gentlemen are also welcome to participate on the Smart Girl Politics website and in the classes. Some of the previous classes were strictly by conference call but future classes will be presented through video conference. Previous classes have been held on Voter Fraud and on Voter Registration. For a list of upcoming classes and to register to participate visit http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/page/sgp101-1

You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.

If you have upcoming events, meetings, etc that you would like us to consider publicizing in the Informer, on the Washtenaw Country Republican website and on the Washtenaw County Republican Facebook page, please email the information to [email protected]  

Help Wanted

The GOP needs you! 
Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to
http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.

Letter to the Editor Guide

We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.

Links You May Enjoy:

Washtenaw County Republican Party website. Thanks, Wendy Carter, for updating the site!

Michigan Republican Party website.

Republican National Committee

U. S. Congress House Minority Leader John Boehner’s site

Ken Braun, the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker is the editor of the Michigan Capitol Confidential, the center’s bi-monthly print and online publication that covers state government. Tom Gantert, previously reporting on his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan”, now reports here as well.

Twitter hashtags you might want to follow: #migop #fixmi #gop #techgop #sgp #tcot

Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/

 

Washtenaw Republican Informer
January 2010

In this Issue:

* National Level – The Massachusetts Miracle

*State Level - Our Republican Senators Continue to Fight for Us

* Local Level: midWinter Rally a Smashing Success

* Help Wanted

* Candidates for Office – Bios/Statements/Websites

* Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
* Letter to the Editor Guide

* Links You May Enjoy


Game on!  Drivers, start your engines! This looks to be a Happy New Year in 2010. This year we will regain the Governor’s Office, retain the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices, retain a majority in the State Senate, and retaking control of the House of Representatives looks more and more possible. After Massachusetts, anything appears possible!

National Level: The Massachusetts Miracle

The “Massachusetts Miracle” with Scott Brown’s victory with a Republican taking the U.S. Senate seat long held by Senator Kennedy sure is thrilling! See The Lessons of Massachusetts by Newt Gingrich for his perspectives.

State Level: Our Republican Senators Continue to Fight for Us

“Senate Republicans have stepped up to the challenge of another gaping hole in the state budget with proposed reforms that would include a three-year pay cut and reduced medical benefits for workers at all levels of government and in public education. They also want to slash spending . . .” read more from the Detroit News editorial.

Local Level: midWinter Rally a Smashing Success

 Over 100 energized Republicans came to the rally on Sunday. With this much energy, consistent with the mood across the country, Republicans (and ALL Americans) should do well this November.

Help Wanted

The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.

Candidates for Office

In the last issue of Washtenaw Republican Informer, we asked known or expected Republican candidates to send their short bio/statement to be published in this issue. Two e-mail messages were also sent to the candidates asking them to submit their statements. Here (unedited) is what we have received, together with the websites/Facebook pages of the others that we found by Google and knowledgeable sources. Bios of others we receive after publication of this issue may be included in future issues.

Washtenaw County Commissioners:

  • 1st District: Gary Gochanaur, DDS.

At the State House and Senate level:

Senate District 17

Senate District 18

There are no identified Republican candidates.

House District 52

House District 53

There are no identified Republican candidates.

House District 54

  • Rodney Nanney- Rodney is a lifelong citizen of Michigan and a long time resident of Ypsilanti.  He has seen firsthand how Michigan and eastern Washtenaw County are suffering under the failed policies of Governor Granholm.  Our current state leadership has failed to right-size Michigan’s government, while continuing to drive families and businesses out of the state with ever-increasing costs.  In these extraordinary rimes, new leadership with the right plan and a willingness to get the job done is needed to return to a prosperous and productive Michigan.  Rodney looks forward to serving the people of eastern Washtenaw and helping to grow the Republican base in this area. Facebook

House District 55

  • Rick Olson - My experience in business management, finance, law and legislative support makes me ready to serve as your voice to create jobs. My focus is improving the business climate by reducing business taxes, lowering regulation and controlling spending. I have been a business manager most of my life. In fact, I went to Stanford Law School to be a better business manager. I worked for the Washington State Legislature for three years and served as an attorney in the Governor’s Office before returning to business. We will need experienced and knowledgeable people like me elected who can hit the ground running http://voiceforthepeople.net

  • Mary Kay Thayer - I was encouraged to run for the 55th House Seat based on my 30 years in local government, which included balancing budgets. I understand the impact unfunded mandates have on townships, counties and community colleges. I believe in Free Enterprise, Limited Government, the 2nd Amendment, the Sanctity of Human Life, Education and Part-time Legislature. As a small business owner, I fully understand the impact that the MBT has on business growth and development. Michigan is an example of the perfect storm; taxpayers leaving the state and those receiving entitlements growing. I am prepared for the tough challenge ahead reinventing Michigan.  

  • Joe Zurawski – Joe Zurawski is a retired Project Engineer having worked over 35 years in the auto industry. He has long been very actively involved in supporting Republican candidates with over 30 years as a Precinct Delegate and former Washtenaw GOP Vice Chair and Precinct Delegate Coordinator. Joe has served two four-year terms as York Township Trustee and is serving his second term as York Township Supervisor. He was instrumental in bringing the Toyota Technical Center to York Township. Joe also represents the Townships in Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties on the Michigan Townships Association Board of Directors. Joe stands for fiscal conservatism and limited government as described in the Constitution. He also is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment and a NRA Life Member. http://joezurawski.com/

 Governor (alphabetical) Republican candidates:

  • Mike Bouchard - www.BouchardforGovernor.com, Facebook and Twitter

  • Mike Cox - http://www.mikecox2010.com/

  • Tom George - http://www.georgeforgovernor.com/about.asp

  • Peter Hoekstra - http://hoekstraforgovernor.com/

  • Rick Snyder - Born and raised in Michigan, Rick Snyder earned both his MBA and JD at the University of Michigan.  As COO of Gateway, he oversaw massive growth and success, growing Gateway’s workforce from 700 to more than 10,000 before returning home to Michigan. Currently, the CEO of Ardesta, Rick has created hundreds of jobs in Michigan, and countless more across the country. Rick believes it is time for a leader with a strong entrepreneurial background to reinvent Michigan.  By providing tangible solutions to Michigan’s challenges, he will lead Michigan to an Era of Innovation.  Rick has released and will continue to release substantive policy proposals which can be found on his website, rickformichigan.com.

Secretary of State Republican candidates:

  • Cameron Brown – Facebook

  • Judy Emmons http://judyemmons.com

  • Michelle McManus – http://www.michellemcmanus.org/       

  • Anne Norlander - Anne Norlander is in the business of shaping lives, contributing to her community and serving people.  As the first woman to hold the position of Clerk and Register of Deeds in the 175 year history of Calhoun County, few can match her determination, drive and passionate leadership.  Her political career began in 1984 when she was elected Calhoun County Commissioner representing the 5th District.  After her re-election in 1986, Anne pursued a higher goal, becoming the first Republican to hold the dual position of Calhoun County Clerk and Register of Deeds. http://annenorlander.com/

  • Paul Scott – http://www.gophouse.com/links.asp?District=51

Attorney General Republican candidates:

7th Congressional District:

  • Marvin Carlson – For nearly 30 years Marvin Carlson ran his farm in Chelsea and built a small business into a profitable commercial real estate portfolio.  In a field of candidates that includes two career politicians and one who would like to be, Marvin stands alone as the only candidate with real world experience creating jobs.  Marvin knows how government interference takes the incentive out of investing in job creation.  His plan puts back incentives and removes tax and regulatory barriers that are crippling our free market system.  Please join Marvin in restoring liberty and prosperity to Michigan.  http://www.marvincarlson.com/

  • Brian Rooney - http://runwithrooney.com/

  • Tim Walberg - http://www.walbergforcongress.com/

15th Congressional District:

·          Jack Lynch – Jack Lynch is running for Congress in Michigan's 15th District in 2010. He wants to help lead Michigan and the country to a new respect for life and liberty that will be the foundation for a secure and prosperous future. Jack graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Affairs, the beginning of lifelong interest in politics. He is a career problem solver with thirty years of business experience dealing with complex information technology projects. He will apply that expertise to finding and fighting for leaner, more cost-effective government. http://www.jacklynchforcongress.com

Events:

Feb. 3 (Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.): State of the State Protest Meeting to be held in Lansing at capitol building during Governor Granholm’s State of the State address. Dozens of groups will be combining for a Tea Party style protest on Wednesday February 3, 2010. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Parking is available in several parking areas within blocks of the Capitol Bldg. For more information, see  http://www.mitaxpayers.org/seize_the_day.html

Feb. 11 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Map. Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!

Feb. 16 (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - Candidate Meet and Greet; 6:30 - Dinner Program): Lincoln Day Dinner: Learning from the Tea Party at the Four Points by Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor MI 48108. The Washtenaw County Republican Party, cordially invites you to a fascinating evening, on the quest for smaller, more responsible government. Guest Speaker: Kenneth M. Braun, from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential. $100 per person. Please RSVP by February 9. To register and pay by credit card, go to http://www.wash-gop.com/node/262 or mail your check to the Washtenaw County Republican Committee, 3025 Boardwalk St #290, Ann Arbor MI 48108. Questions?  Call 734.996.9467 or email [email protected]  

Feb. 17 (Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.): A National Issues Forum style forum on "Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work" will be held at the Pittsfield Charter Township Hall, located at 6201 W. Michigan Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (on Highway 12, about 1 mile west of I-94, on the south side of the road, just west of Platt Road). Options to be discussed include “holding the line”, a $6.5 Billion tax increase proposed by Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith (D), some selected tax increases, and the proposed Michigan FairTax. For more information, go to http://comingtogether.us.com/Tax.htm where a detailed Issues Guide is available for download. Please review the Issues Guide prior to attending, so that we can have an informed, interactive discussion. You may also contact Rick Olson, a trained National Issues Forum moderator, at [email protected] or 734-944-0794.

You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans (although it appears to still be lightly utilized on the newly designed Michigan Republican Party website).

Letter to the Editor Guide:

We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.

Links You May Enjoy:

Washtenaw County Republican Party website.  Thanks, Wendy Carter, for updating the site!

Michigan Republican Party website.

Republican National Committee

U. S. Congress House Minority Leader John Boehner’s site

Tom Gantert has suspended his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan” and will now be reporting with the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy’s Michigan Capitol Confidential

For a conservative/Republican view of local, state, and national issues, be sure to check out Wendy Carter’s blog, “The Perky Patriot,” at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

 

Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/

 Washtenaw Republican Informer
December 2009

In this Issue:

* National Level
* State Level 
* Local Level
* First Meeting Held at the New Fix Michigan Center in Ann Arbor. 
* Help Wanted, by Laurel Federbush
* Candidates for Office
* Events
* ClimateGate: The Global Warming Swindle Exposed, by William Rushlow
* Letter to the Editor Guide
* Links You May Enjoy

 

Let us all rejoice for a recovery from an abysmal 2008 to a resurgent Republican 2009. And, it looks like we can have a very good Happy New Year in 2010. Meanwhile, enjoy your holidays with your family and friends. Recharge your batteries, as 2010 will entail a lot of work to regain the Governor’s Office, retain a majority in the State Senate, and God willing, even retake control of the House of Representatives. 

Taking the risk of offending some, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (or is it Chanukah, or Hannukah???), or Happy Kwanzaa!  Or, for those who don’t celebrate the season, Bah, humbug!

 National Level:

Articles of interest to our country and you and your families wellbeing

·         Inside The Great American Bubble Machine - Matt Taibbi on how Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/29127316/the_great_american_bubble_machine

·         Obama’s Big Sellout - The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/31234647/obamas_big_sellout

 

State Level:

The Senate Republicans have held the line against tax increases so far. Keep your fingers crossed, because no man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

Local Level:

Local school districts struggle with their budgets following the defeat of the millage. Citizens work with the school boards to encourage them to find the savings in their respective district budgets, including reductions in salary and benefit levels. Stay tuned!

First Meeting Held at the New Fix Michigan Center in Ann Arbor:  The Executive Committee held its first meeting at the new Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 330 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Here is a Map to the center. This is envisioned as the happening place for any and all activities Republican, including campaign headquarters, phone banks, yard sign pickup location, etc. For more information, contact John Bremer, Director at (517) 803-3332 or [email protected]  Fix Michigan Centers have simultaneously opened in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland County, and Traverse City. The entrance to the parking lot is just east of the railroad track overpass bridge.

Help Wanted:  The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it!  You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer  for more information.

 

Candidates for Office

Washtenaw County Commissioners:

·         Gary Gochanaur has announced his candidacy for the 1st District, seeking to follow Mark Ouimet in that position.

·         Not a creature is stirring in other districts, i.e., No Republican candidates have been identified.

At the State House and Senate level:

·         Senate District 18, Liz Brater (D). Term limited. Current State Representative Pam Byrnes has announced her candidacy for this seat as a Democrat. There are no identified Republican candidates.

·         Senate District 17, Randy Richardville (R), completing his first term as State Senator, will run again. No identified R or D opponent known yet, but several term-limited Democrat State Representatives might take a run at his seat.

·         House District 52, Pam Byrnes (D). Term limited. Republican Washtenaw County Commissioner Mark Ouimet has announced his candidacy. City of Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Washtenaw County Commissioner Ken Schwartz, and Scio Township Trustee Christine Green have been reported to be eying the race on the Democrat ticket.

·         House District 53, Rebekah Warren (D). Term limited. No identified candidate.

·         House District 54, Alma Wheeler Smith (D). Term limited. Rodney Nanney, a community planning and development consultant and owner of Building Place Consulting Services, has thrown his hat into the ring on the Republican ticket. The Democrat side has Lonnie Smith, legislative aide to State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith; Bill Riney of Ypsilanti Township; Michael Mashif White, a trainer for AT&T from Ypsilanti; and Rolland Sizemore, Jr. of Ypsilanti Township, current Chairman of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. David Palmer, from Ypsilanti has also announced that he will be running as an Independent.

·         House District 55, Kathy Angerer (D). Term limited. Rick Olson and Supervisor Joe Zurawski, both from York Township, have announced their candidacy on the Republican ticket, as well as Mary Kay Thayer, Bedford Township. Mike Smith, the AFL-CIO Community Liaison to the United Way and a member of the Bedford School Board, is a Democrat candidate.

Governor (alphabetical) Republican candidates:

·         Mike Bouchard - Oakland County Sheriff, Ex-State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep & '06 US Sen. Nominee (with Terri Lynn Land (Secretary of State) named as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor

·         Mike Cox - Attorney General, Ex-Wayne County Deputy Prosecutor & USMC Veteran

·         Tom George (R) - State Sen., Ex-Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep. & Physician

·         Peter Hoekstra (R) - Congressman & Ex-Manufacturing Executive

·         Rick Snyder - Venture Capitalist, Ex-Gateway Computer CEO & Attorney

·         Lieutenant Governor John Cherry is the purported front runner on the Democrat side, but Speaker of the House Andy Dillon; Alma Wheeler Smith, current State Rep. from District 54; Denise Ilitch, a University of Michigan regent and turnaround adviser to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; George Perles, Michigan State University Trustee and former MSU football coach; Virg Bernero, Lansing's second-term mayor, have all had their names bandied about as potential Democrat candidates.

 Secretary of State Republican candidates:

·         Cameron Brown - State Sen. & Ex-St. Joseph County Commissioner

·         Judy Emmons - Ex-State Representative

·         Michelle McManus - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Gubernatorial Aide & '98 US Rep. Nominee

·         Anne Norlander - Calhoun County Clerk & Ex-Calhoun County Commissioner

·         Paul Scott – Grand Blanc first term State Representative (reported by Tim Skubick as considering running)

·         Jocelyn Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, WSU Professor & Attorney appears to be a recently announced, favored Democrat candidate, although Janice Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk, is identified as an active candidate on http://www.politicsone.com/mi.htm 

 Attorney General Republican candidates:

·         Mike Bishop - State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep. & Attorney

·         Bruce Patterson - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Wayne County Commissioner & Attorney

·         Bill Schuette - Ex-State Appeals Court Judge, Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Sen. & '90 US Sen. Nominee

·         Gretchen Whitmer - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Attorney is the only potential Democrat candidate mentioned on http://www.politicsone.com/mi.htm

 7th Congressional District:

·         Marvin Carlson – Manchester area businessman, real estate entrepreneur, rancher

·         Brian Rooney - Attorney, Ex-Marine, & Brother of Florida Congressman Tom Rooney

·         Tim Walberg - Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Rep. & Minister

·         The winner of this Republican primary aims to unseat first term Democrat Congressman Mark Schauer, who was elected on the coattails of Obama in 2008, and refused to hold forums in his district on health care reform.

 15th Congressional District:

·         Jack Lynch – Businessman, 2008 Congressional Republican Nominee

·         At least one other individual is seriously eying the race. Stay tuned!

·         The Republican nominee will take on John Dingell, the man behind the plan – the Health Care Reform effort that he has introduced year after year.

 All candidates are requested to submit short bios, complete with links to their campaign websites or Facebook pages and contact information for future editions of this newsletter.

Events:

Pre-Thanksgiving - Pilgrims Visit Congressman Schauer's Office We had some fun before Thanksgiving at Congressman Schauer’s expense. We have been told to keep our day jobs!

The latest Seventh District Players production regarding Cap and Trade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3tlk-6N6ZA

Jan. 14 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 330 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Map Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!

Jan. 21 (Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.): A National Issues Forum style forum on "Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work" will be held at Bedford Public Library in the Community Room on January 21, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Library is located at 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182-9493. Map Options to be discussed include “holding the line”, a $6.5 Billion tax increase proposed by Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith (D), some selected tax increases, and the proposed Michigan FairTax. For more information, go to http://comingtogether.us.com/Tax.htm where a detailed Issues Guide is available for download. Please review the Issues Guide prior to attending, so that we can have an informed, interactive discussion. You may also contact Rick Olson, a trained National Issues Forum moderator, at [email protected] or 734-944-0794.

You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans (although it appears to still be lightly utilized on the newly designed Michigan Republican Party website).

ClimateGate: The Global Warming Swindle Exposed, by William Rushlow

The hacking of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia provided proof that many skeptics of anthropogenic global warming have long suspected: that the global warming movement isn’t just a hoax it’s a statist wealth redistribution scheme.

Many are already familiar with the Cap and Trade proposal that passed the House earlier in 2009 (the 1,428 page Waxman-Markey Bill: HR 2454). Environmental groups such as The Sierra Club often cite that legislation like Waxman-Markey will create green jobs for a green economy. In reality Waxman-Markey is a job killing Cap and Tax proposal that will cripple the already struggling Michigan economy hurt by a decline in manufacturing. Environmentalists often omit that their “green jobs” initiatives lack private sector support and are heavily subsidized by the government a good example of this being ethanol.

The environmental movement scored a huge victory when the Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts vs. The Environmental Protection Agency that CO2 is a pollutant. The same gas that human beings exhale and that plant life uses for photosynthesis will now be put in the same category as PCBs. The largest greenhouse gas in the atmosphere isn’t CO2 but water vapor.

The emails not only prove that the University of East Anglia destroyed evidence sought under a freedom of information request and falsified data outright they also reveal the insidious relationship between the environmental movement and a compliant media. The Associated Press which was cited in the East Anglia emails conducted an “AP Impact” report to cover up their culpability with the university. Other organizations such as the New York Times which eagerly reported the ‘Pentagon Papers’ refuses to cover ClimateGate.

For further reading, viewing and listening:

The Frank Beckmann Show: The Frank Beckmann Show Global Warming Library

East Anglia UK Climate Research Unit emails

BBC documentary: The Great Global Warming Swindle

American Spectator Blog: “Climate Gate" Development: CEI Files Notice of Intent to Sue NASA

The UK Telegraph: Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?

Wall Street Journal: How Carbon Dioxide became a ‘pollutant’

[email protected] Liberty: The Church of Global Warming

Cato Institute: Pat Michaels

Climate Scientists Subverted Peer Review

Roy Spencer PhD (climatologist, author, and former NASA scientist): Global Warming 101

Ludwig von Mises Institute: Science or Nonscience?

Campaign for Liberty: The Meaning of ClimateGate

The Climate Change Propaganda Machine

Times Online: Copenhagen stalls decision on catastrophic climate change for six years

Letter to the Editor Guide

 

We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.


Links You May Enjoy:

 

The newly designed Michigan Republican Party website

Republican National Committee

U. S. Congress House Minority Leader John Boehner’s site

 

Tom Gantert has created a new, objective, but conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan” at http://www.reportingmichigan.org  You might also wish to join his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/group.php?gid=117791218323 so that you get notices when news is posted.

 

For a conservative/Republican view of local, state, and national issues, be sure to check out Wendy Carter’s blog, “The Perky Patriot,” at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

 

Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/

 

 

Washtenaw Republican Informer
November 2009

In this Issue:

* National Level: November 3 Election Results – A Good Omen for 2010

* State Level: Let’s all do our part to FIX MICHIGAN! 
* Local Level:

·         WISD Enhancement Millage

·         Fix Michigan Center Opens in Ann Arbor

* Candidates for Office

* Events
* UM College Republicans React to National Politics
* Dancing with the Czars, by William Rushlow

* ObamaCare Clears First Hurdle, by William Rushlow

* Letter to the Editor Guide

* Links You May Enjoy

 

National Level: November 3 Election Results – A Good Omen for 2010

 

What a shift in the winds from a year ago. Republican Governor wins in New Jersey and Virginia. Republican Mike Nofs’ State Senate District 19 victory here in Michigan (parts of Jackson and Calhoun Counties). A raft of good Republican candidates at the State and local levels for 2010. Activist organizations galore energized: Tea Parties, Campaign for Liberty, Americans for Prosperity, Conservative Caucus, Michigan Fair Tax Association, Patriots of S.E. Michigan, etc., all reflecting the concern, frustration and even anger at what is happening in our country.

It is still a long way to Tuesday, November 8, 2010, but one cannot help but be optimistic!

 

State Level: Let’s all do our part to FIX MICHIGAN! 


That’s what Michigan’s GOP intends to do.  Here’s a brief description of what that means:

·         First, jobs are number one.  It’s a no-brainer.  We can’t keep or attract families without good-paying jobs.

·         Second:  re-imagine education.  We have got to stop making excuses and get this right.  Republicans propose transformational policies that will strengthen the bonds between parent-child involvements.  As  taxpayers, we cannot afford to leave it all to the schools.  Families  have a huge role in our success.

·         Third: be green in a real way.  The GOP solutions aren’t written on t-shirts or bumper stickers.  We will protect our natural resources, most obviously our water. With 3,200 miles of lakeshores, 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, 17 million acres of forestland and 10 million acres of farmland, Michigan is rich in tourism, agribusiness, and forestry.

 

For a more detailed explanation of each of these points, please go to www.migop.org.  Together we can FIX MICHIGAN!

 

(Condensed by Laurel Federbush from an article by Michigan Party Chairman Ron Weiser.)

 

Local Level:

·         WISD Regional Enhancement millage. The WISD Regional Enhancement millage was defeated by such a substantial margin on November 3rd that it seems unlikely the electorate will be willing to change its mind any time soon. While we believe that the voters made a wise decision in blocking this tax increase at a time when families and businesses are already struggling in our down economy, we recognize that our schools still have problems with balancing their budgets. School administrators and school boards will need to make some hard choices.  It is critical that each decision be made with this question in mind: “What is best for the children?

During the course of the recent millage election, we were told that about 85% of every district’s budget is comprised of wage and benefit costs.  To us, this means that the sizable budget adjustments that are made from this point on will inevitably affect our teaching faculty to some extent.  Unpalatable as these choices are, the magnitude of the cost reductions that will be necessary is going to require reducing the number of positions, the average wage and benefit package cost, or some combination of these two factors.

We believe that as these decisions are made there needs to be a bias towards maintaining as many positions providing educational services to the children as possible.

Our school administrators and school board members will need support in their upcoming efforts to find ways to balance their budgets.  We have assembled information about upcoming school board meetings and posted it in two places on our website. School Board Meetings lists the next few meetings for each of the district's school boards, while District Websites contains links to each district's home page.

We encourage all Washtenaw County Republicans who wish to do so to get involved with their local school boards as they sort through the options before them.

~The Washtenaw County Executive Committee

·         Fix Michigan Center Opens in Ann Arbor. Tuesday, November 17, marked the grand opening of our very own Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Here is a Map to the center. This is envisioned as the happening place for any and all activities Republican. For more information, contact Anthony Markwort, 517/803-9516. Fix Michigan Centers have simultaneously opened in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland County, and Traverse City. The entrance to the parking lot is just east of the railroad track overpass bridge.


Candidates for Office

At the State House and Senate level:

·         Senate District 18, Liz Brater (D). Term limited. No identified candidate.

·         Senate District 17, Randy Richardville (R) Completing his first term as State Senator, will run again. No identified R or D opponent known yet, but several term-limited Democrat State Representatives might take a run at his seat.

·         House District 52, Pam Byrnes (D). Term limited. Republican Washtenaw County Commissioner Mark Ouimet has announced his candidacy. City of Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Washtenaw County Commissioner Ken Schwartz, and Scio Township Trustee Christine Green have been reported to be eying the race on the Democrat ticket.

·         House District 53, Rebekah Warren (D). Term limited. No identified candidate.

·         House District 54, Alma Smith (D). Term limited. No identified candidate.

·         House District 55, Kathy Angerer (D). Term limited. Rick Olson and Supervisor Joe Zurawski, both from York Township, have announced their candidacy on the Republican ticket, as well as Mary Kay Thayer, Bedford Township. No identified Democrat candidate yet.

We will do an update at the State and Congressional levels in December.

Events:

Nov. 18 (Wednesday): The Eastern Michigan University Republican Club will host State Senator Cameron Brown  at their meeting. For more information, contact Frank Pate,  734-972-6754, EMU College Republicans [email protected].


Dec. 2 (Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.): We will hold a National Issues Forum style forum on Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work at the Fix Michigan Center at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Here is a Map to the center. Options to be discussed include “holding the line”, some tax increases, and the proposed Michigan Fair Tax. The tax structure is greatly in need of a total revamping, but the Legislature has kicked the can down the road year-after-year with short term “fixes”. This discussion dialogue forum will give you a chance to express your opinion about what makes the most sense to you. To RSVP and get more information, contact Rick Olson at [email protected] or 734-944-0794.


Dec. 5 (Saturday, 9:00 a.m.): The Ninth Congressional District holds their Pancakes & Politics ’09 Christmastime Brunch at Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center, 6950 Rochester Rd., Troy MI 48085. For tickets, e-mail [email protected].

Dec. 10 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at the McKinley Technology Centre, 310-340 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Map. Note change in location for this meeting!  Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!


Dec. 12 (Saturday morning):
District 15 Committee meets at a location to be announced.

Jan. 21 (Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.): Repeat of Dec. 2 NIF style forum Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work to be held in Monroe County, at a location to be determined.

You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans (although it appears to still be lightly utilized on the newly designed Michigan Republican Party website).

UM College Republicans React to National Politics: A Newly Energized Membership Rises to the Occasion

In the face of national political uncertainty, the University of Michigan College Republicans are driven to action.

 

Since the first mass meeting on September 8th, the UM College Republicans have experienced a drastic increase in club participation. Enthusiasm for the party is up, and the UMCRs seem to be retaining members as the semester progresses. Recent growth can be attributed to a number of factors.

 

For one thing, the current political and economic climate both nationally and statewide has prompted all students to be more acutely aware of political events. Students realize the gravity of the issues at hand, and as they are bombarded with disconcerting headlines, everyone wants to get involved. An obvious way to do so is to connect with those who share common political convictions; and there is no better way to do so than by joining the College Republicans.

 

The “typical”  UM College Republican is a student who possesses genuine concern for the political matters of the day; strives to uphold and impart to others the Republican ideology, endeavors to serve the country through fulfillment of the social responsibility of political involvement, and displays service and patriotism. Service and patriotism are themes evident in the UMCRs recent philanthropy projects. November 14th, the CRs took part in Circle K Day, performing yard work for Ann Arbor senior citizens. The CRs seek projects that are fun, team oriented, and significant. Outreach also includes a project titled simply, “Support Our Troops!” Throughout the month of November, the CRs are collecting monetary donations and items to send to courageous U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The recent swell in membership is also due to several internal innovations.  What’s new with the UMCRs? The answer is everything: new newsletter, new website, new t-shirts, new leadership. The Red, White, Maize, & Blue Review newsletter is published monthly, and can be found on the newly re-vamped CR website. An online store, current events, meeting information and leadership profiles are all featured at www.umichgop.com. The unexpected resignation of the previous Chairman has given the group the opportunity to benefit from the talented direction by new Co-Chairs Gregory Cairns and Charles Bogren, who are focused on providing leadership to galvanize membership toward core values, innovative ideas and positive participation with an incredible group of newly energized and dedicated members.

 

For more information, please contact Greta Pisarczyk by calling 248-705-8662, or e-mail at [email protected].

 

[Thanks, Jan Riggs, for collecting this item.]

 

Dancing with the Czars, by William Rushlow


The following is a list of special advisors (or czars) to President Obama. Some members of the media such as Glenn Beck are alarmed not only by the number of czars (roughly three dozen) but also by concerns as to their authority under the US Constitution. 


Czars in and of themselves aren’t controversial: Bill Bennett was Secretary of Education under President Reagan and later became Drug czar to President George HW Bush, but it’s the number of czars under President Obama and the fact that quite a few of them have controversial backgrounds which have raised eyebrows with the media and Congressional Republicans.


Unlike Cabinet secretaries, not all special advisors or czars require Senate confirmation hearings. Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on President Obama’s czars on Studio B.

 

Culled from the Politico here is the list of President Obama’s czars:

·         Afghanistan Czar - Richard Holbrooke

·         AIDS Czar - Jeffrey Crowley

·         Auto Recovery czar - Ed Montgomery

·         Border Czar - Alan Bersin 

·         Car Czar - Ron Bloom 

·         Central Region Czar - Dennis Ross 

·         Domestic Violence Czar - Lynn Rosenthal 

·         Drug Czar - Gil Kerlikowske 

·         Economic Czar - Paul Volcker 

·         Energy and Environment Czar - Carol Browner 

·         Faith-Based Czar - Joshua DuBois 

·         Great Lakes Czar - Cameron Davis 

·         Green Jobs Czar - Van Jones (resigned on Sept. 6)

·         Guantanamo Closure Czar - Daniel Fried

·         Health Czar - Nancy-Ann DeParle

·         Information Czar - Vivek Kundra

·         International Climate Czar - Todd Stern 

·         Mideast Peace Czar - George Mitchell

·         Pay Czar - Kenneth Feinberg 

·         Regulatory Czar - Cass Sunstein *

·         Science Czar - John Holdren 

·         Stimulus Accountability Czar - Earl Devaney - statutory position 

·         Sudan Czar - J. Scott Gration 

·         TARP Czar - Herb Allison 

·         Terrorism Czar - John Brennan 

·         Technology Czar- Aneesh Chopra 

·         Urban Affairs Czar - Adolfo Carrion Jr. 

·         Weapons Czar - Ashton Carter 

·         WMD Policy Czar - Gary Samore

*Nomination was sent to Senate on April 20, no action yet taken    [Editor’s note: Sorry, I don’t have information on which positions need Senate confirmation and which do not.]

For further reading/viewing/listening:

Pajamas Media: Obama's House of Czars w/ Glenn Reynolds

The Politico: Russ Feingold: Czars have too much power

Human Events: Kevin Jennings -- Unsafe for America's Schools

American Thinker: Kevin Jennings' twisted terminology

Cass Sunstein's despicable ideas on regulating the internet

Fox News: Pay Czar Feinberg, Not Obama, Behind Decision to Slash Executive Pay

Fox Nation: Obama Czar Agrees With Mao: Thinks Free Market Is 'Nonsense'

BusinessWeek: Pay Czar Slashes Compensation; Makes Governance Changes

CNSNews.com: White House to Keep Obama’s ‘Czars’ from Testifying Before Congress

Judge Andrew Napolitano: What Can Obama's Czars Legally Do?

Wall Street Journal: White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar

Pay Czar Gets Broad Authority Over Executive Compensation

Forbes.com: John Holdren, Ideological Environmentalist

Reason.com: Science Fiction 'Czar'

 

ObamaCare Clears First Hurdle, by William Rushlow


In  a rare Saturday night vote, HR 3962, the massive 1990 page house bill which replaced HR 3200, passed in House. The vote was 220-215 with one Republican voting with the Democrats for the measure: Louisiana Congressman Ahn “Joseph” Cao. There is a political calculus for Cao voting with the Democrats in that his House district LA-2 is heavily Democratic and that he replaced William Jefferson in Congress.


HR 3962 featured The Stupak-Pitts Amendment which added a proviso to the legislation stating that there would be no public funding for abortions (all 176 House Republicans voted for this measure) which eased passage of the final bill.  NARAL, the radical pro-abortion lobby, swiftly released a statement  condemning Stupak-Pitts and demanded the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remove it from any final bill. This move by NARAL is noteworthy because it pits pro-abortion Democrats in the Senate against their pro-life colleagues in the House.


Obama/PelosiCare is hyper partisan legislation just like Cap and Trade and the stimulus bill that passed the House earlier in the year. ObamaCare is seen as a factor in the recent gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia and has an uncertain fate in the Senate. Moderate Democrats such as Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu, and Ben Nelson do not support a public option and Connecticut Senator Joe Liebermann has said that he will join Senate Republicans in a filibuster.


Former Clinton aide James Carville has stated that there are only 57 Senate Democrats who support ObamaCare. It takes 60 to end a filibuster.


For further reading/viewing/listening:

PelosiCare flow chart

Fox Business Network: Breaking Down the Health Care Bill

Betsy McCaughey: Betsy McCaughey Interview Fred Thompson Show

What the Pelosi Health Care Bill Really Says

Obama’s Health Rationer-In-Chief

Doctors on Health-Care Reform

Ms. McCaughey’s website: Defend Your Health Care

Judge Andrew Napolitano:Can the Government Run Health Care?

Is Government Run Health Care Constitutional?
Freedom Watch Episode 56

Campaign for Liberty: Operation Health Freedom

Mises.org: ObamaCare is a Devastating Tax on the Working Class

Why ObamaCare Can’t Work: The Calculation Argument

Gallup poll November 13th 2009: Health care not Government Responsibility

Bloomberg: Betting Against Obama Health Care Increases as Time Grows Short

Cato Institute: Cato on Health Care Reform                                                              

Cato Institute video: Dan Mitchell on Possible Tax Hikes for Health Care

Michael F. Cannon on CNN

Cato Experts dissect Obama’s Health Care Town hall meeting

Fox News: PelosiCare is unconstitutional

Axelrod Signals Obama Will Try to Strip Abortion Language From Health Care Bill

Clinton Pays Visit, But Healthcare Bill Not Likely This Year

Fox and Friends: Hell to Pay

Wall Street Journal: Obama is losing Independent Voters

 

Letter to the Editor Guide

 

We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.


Links You May Enjoy:

 

The newly designed Michigan Republican Party website

Republican National Committee

U. S. Congress House Minority Leader John Boehner’s site

 

Tom Gantert has created a new, objective, but conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan” at http://www.reportingmichigan.org  You might also wish to join his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/group.php?gid=117791218323 so that you get notices when news is posted.

 

For a conservative/Republican view of local, state, and national issues, be sure to check out Wendy Carter’s blog, “The Perky Patriot,” at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

 

Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/

Washtenaw Republican Informer
October, 2009

In this Issue:

* Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference Report
* National Level: The Fight Over a Health Care Reform Bill is not Done
* State Level: September 30? Was Something Supposed to Happen by September 30?\
* Local Level:
     WISD Enhancement Millage
     Washtenaw County Tax Increase
     County Commissioner Mark Ouimet’s Guest Column
* National Issues Forum (NIF) Forums
* Candidates for Office
* Events
* How to Influence Public Policy
* Letter to the Editor Guide
* Statement of Ideals
* Links You May Enjoy

 

Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference Report

About 2300 active Republicans swarmed Mackinac Island September 25-27. The highlights included dinners with nationally known speakers, 3 sessions of “Fix Michigan” panelists, very promising candidates for state offices holding receptions and a debate, and a straw poll for those candidates. The most important activities, however, were the networking, sharing information and catching the infectious optimism that not only do the Michigan Republicans have ideas on what to do to Fix Michigan, but that 2010 will be a good year for Republicans to win the elections needed to implement those ideas.

Hazzah! (an old, “Spirit of ‘76“, Revolutionary War period cheer!)

National Level: The Fight Over a Health Care Reform Bill is not Done

Vocal opposition to the “Health Care Reform” efforts in Washington, D.C. is cooling. In part, this is because most citizens who become politically active only do so for a short period of time, before returning to their immediate needs in their daily lives. Others have been fooled by the Baucus Senate Finance Committee “health care reform” bill which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation have calculated will not raise the deficit.

Beware!

1.      There is no “Baucus bill” as it is only a conceptual framework without actual legislative language. See Jubilation over the “Health Care Reform” Bill that Isn’t a Bill and Isn’t Going To Be the Bill and Max's Adventures in Wonderland.

2.      The calculations include increased revenues and “savings” over ten years but the cost of benefits over only 8 years.

3.      The increased revenues are obtained by tax increases.

4.      The “savings” are achieved by benefit reductions, primarily to seniors, and vaporous “cutting fraud and waste”.

5.      The bill is estimated to still leave 25 million Americans uninsured.

6.      The Democrats are likely to ram a bill through the Senate using either

a.       60 votes to invoke the cloture rule to close debate (either by having all Democrats vote for cloture or bring along one or two Republican Senators, such as Snow) or

b.      Using Congress’s budget reconciliation process which requires only a simple majority vote, which is outside the normal Senate procedure, which requires 60 votes to end debate on a bill; thus taking away the filibuster, letting some Democrat Senators off the hook to vote for a controversial bill and passing the bill without the need for any Republican votes.

c.       And, carving out a bill such as use H.R. 1586—a bill passed by the House in March to impose a 90-percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of certain bailed-out financial institutions—as a ‘shell’ for enacting the final version of the Senate’s health care bill (to evade the Constitutional requirement that such a bill originate in the House of Representatives) The House Democrats are very reluctant to take “unnecessary” hard votes on a bill which may not have the votes in the Senate, due to the first term Democrat Representatives being very nervous about their ability to get re-elected next year.

d.      And, passing the bill with little time for the public to read and react to “the final agreed upon” bill, despite cries for the proposed minimal 3 day period that a bill be posted prior to passage. Oops, it appears House and Senate Democrats recently blocked amendments that would have required health care bills to be posted online for 72 hours before a committee vote. Hmm, I guess citizens really wouldn’t be interested anyway, you think?

In short, a bill may be passed using a very unusual closed door procedure to craft the bill with no input from the American people. Such a bill will NOT be bi-partisan, and it will not achieve the dual objectives of containing costs and universal coverage that were the original reasons for many Americans initially supporting the concept of health care reform. This is NOT the change we need!

 For more information from the Republican National Committee: Grab Your Pocketbooks: When Democrats Say ‘Deficit Neutral’, Americans See Their Taxes Go Up

State Level: September 30? Was Something Supposed to Happen by September 30?

The September 30 deadline for passing the budget came and went without the necessary agreement being reached. House Democrats stalled until the last days to even get serious about the budget, and then tried to ram tax increases through to avoid the hard choices needed to balance the budget. Governor Granholm was missing in action.

At this writing, it appears that an agreement has been reached on the K-12 school budget and perhaps some revenue increases (which includes a 3-year phase-out of the Michigan Business Tax 22% surcharge).

For up-to-the minute updates, several Republicans have been posting on Facebook what is happening in each chamber. The Senate Republican and House Republican websites are good sources as well.

 Clearly, the budget process is busted!

 Local Level:

WISD Enhancement Millage – The Washtenaw County Republican Executive Committee overwhelmingly voted to oppose the Washtenaw Intermediate School District millage which would levy 2 mills for the next 5 years on all property within the school districts within Washtenaw County. This will be on the ballot November 3, 2009. While the Committee was unanimously supportive of education, they felt the struggling homeowners and businesses in our difficult economy do not need an additional burden. Following a presentation and a question and answer period with the Superintendents from the Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Saline school districts, the Committee felt that cost cutting measures that the districts had not implemented and were still available were the better approach. For more information from the districts, go to: Information Flier and Questions and Answers  

Washtenaw County Tax Increase – The Washtenaw County Board has given a preliminary OK to a .04 mill property tax increase. More information.

County Commissioner Mark Ouimet’s Guest Column in the Heritage Newspapers re increasing government efficiency and appreciation events for first responders.

National Issues Forum (NIF) Forums

 Earlier this year, Washtenaw County Republicans sponsored two NIF forums. This fall, the Gerald R. Ford Library is holding two forums at the Library at 1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Map

October 27 (Tuesday), 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need? The questions to be addressed are: how can we get the health care we require, in the face of rising costs? How can we pay for what we need?

November 17 (Tuesday), 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Regaining the American Perspective: Building an Economy that Works for Everyone. The issue to be discussed: Once we restart the economy, how can we build it into a place where we would want to live? For information call (734) 205-0555.

 In addition, we will hold an NIF style forum on Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work. Options to be discussed include “holding the line”, some tax increases, and the proposed Michigan Fair Tax. The tax structure is greatly in need of a total revamping, but the Legislature has kicked the can down the road year-after-year with short term “fixes”. This discussion dialogue forum will give you a chance to express your opinion about what makes the most sense to you. It is hoped to be just the first of many such forums across the state to gather the sentiments of the voters to be communicated to our State Legislators.

The forum will be on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting rooms at the Republican Headquarters: NCMS Building, 3025 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Map To RSVP and get more information, contact Rick Olson at [email protected] .

 Candidates for Office

 The Straw Poll at the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference (September 25-27) yielded interesting, if not very meaningful, results.

Governor (alphabetical)

Mike Bouchard - Oakland County Sheriff, Ex-State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep & '06 US Sen. Nominee (with Terri Lynn Land (Secretary of State) named as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor


Mike Cox - Attorney General, Ex-Wayne County Deputy Prosecutor & USMC Veteran


Tom George (R) - State Sen., Ex-Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep. & Physician


Peter Hoekstra (R) - Congressman & Ex-Manufacturing Executive


Rick Snyder - Venture Capitalist, Ex-Gateway Computer CEO & Attorney

John Cherry or Andy Dillon appears to be the likely Democrat candidate. 

Secretary of State


Cameron Brown - State Sen. & Ex-St. Joseph County Commissioner


Judy Emmons - Ex-State Representative


Michelle McManus - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Gubernatorial Aide & '98 US Rep. Nominee


Ann Norlander - Calhoun County Clerk & Ex-Calhoun County Commissioner


Paul Scott – Grand Blanc first term State Representative (reported by Tim Skubick as considering running)

Jocelyn Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, WSU Professor & Attorney appears to be a recently announced, favored Democrat candidate

 
Attorney General

Mike Bishop - State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep. & Attorney


Bruce Patterson - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Wayne County Commissioner & Attorney


Bill Schuette - Ex-State Appeals Court Judge, Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Sen. & '90 US Sen. Nominee

Gretchen Whitmer - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Attorney is the only potential Democrat candidate mentioned on http://www.politicsone.com/mi.htm 


7th Congressional District

Marvin Carlson – Manchester area businessman, real estate entrepreneur, rancher


Brian Rooney (apparently, yet an “un-announced” candidate) - Attorney, Ex-Marine, & Brother of Florida Congressman Tom Rooney


Tim Walberg - Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Rep. & Minister

The winner of this Republican primary aims to unseat first term Democrat Congressman Mark Schauer, who was elected on the coattails of Obama in 2008, and refused to hold forums in his district on health care reform.


15th Congressional District

Jack Lynch – Businessman, 2008 Congressional Republican Nominee


The Republican nominee will take on John Dingell, the man behind the plan – the Health Care Reform effort that he has introduced year after year

 
Help Wanted! We will provide an update at the State House and Senate level in the next edition. However, in State Senate District 19 (parts of Jackson and Calhoun Counties), Mike Nofs is running in this year’s November 3rd election to fill the seat previously held by now Congressman Mark Schauer (D). This election is expected to have not only State but also National ramifications in 2010!

The campaign is conducting “Nofs Blitz Days” in Jackson on October 24 and 31, and in Battle Creek on October 17. Mike can use all the help we can give him. Please RSVP to Mike Marzano to let him know you are coming: 517-977-2002 or [email protected]. Plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. and stay as long as you can. Activities end at 4:00 p.m. Both doorbellers and telephoners are needed. See details immediately below under “Events”

Events:

Oct. 17 (Saturday): Nofs Blitz Day, Battle Creek Mike Nofs Headquarters: 119 E. Columbia, Battle Creek, MI 49015 Map

Oct. 21 (Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.): Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work. NIF style forum, see above.

Oct. 24 and 31 (Saturdays): Nofs Blitz Days, Jackson Fix- Michigan Center: 103 S. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI 49201 Map On October 31, special prizes for the best Halloween costume.

Oct. 27 (Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.): Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need? NIF forum, see above.

Oct. 29 (Thursday): 15th Congressional District Republican Committee Fall Dinner 6:00-7:00 Candidate Meet and Greet (cash bar), 7:00 Dinner and Program, almost all (if not all) of the candidates for Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State will be there. Epicurean House, 1660 Fort St., Trenton, MI 48183. $35 per person, RSVP by Oct. 23 to  Bob Chmielewski, 25159 Pamela, Taylor, MI 48180. More info: 734-946-7931 or [email protected] .

Nov. 9 (Monday): The 10th Congressional District Leadership Dinner, with all the Republican candidates for governor. $25/person, or $250/table for 10. The dinner takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp., MI. For reservations and information, contact Randy St. Laurent at [email protected]

Nov. 12: (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, Republican Headquarters, NCMS Building, 3025 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Map  Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!

Nov. 17 (Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.): Regaining the American Perspective: Building an Economy that Works for Everyone. NIF forum, see above.

You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans (although it appears to still be lightly utilized on the newly designed Michigan Republican Party website).

How to Influence Public Policy

 Want to influence public policy? Here are some ideas on how to do it effectively.

 Letter to the Editor Guide

In the last edition, we enclosed a link to an excellent Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter. We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide:

 Statement of Ideals

 At the October 8 meeting of the Executive Committee, we planned to  discuss and act on the Statement of Ideals co-developed by William Rushlow and Chairman Mark Boonstra. Action on this has been postponed until the November 12 meeting. You can send any comments regarding additions, deletions, corrections or suggested amendments to [email protected]   Download file: http://voiceforthepeople.net/downloads/StatementofIdeals.pdf

Links You May Enjoy:

Tom Gantert has created a new, objective, but conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan” at http://www.reportingmichigan.org You might also wish to join his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/group.php?gid=117791218323 so that you get notices when news is posted.

For a conservative/Republican view of local, state, and national issues, be sure to check out Wendy Carter’s blog, “The Perky Patriot,” at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

 Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

Washtenaw Republican Informer
September, 2009 (inaugural edition)

In this Issue:

* The Wind is on our Back – Time to Raise the Sails!
* National Level: Health Care Reform Flounders
* State Level: Budget Might be Balanced Without New Taxes
* Letter to the Editor Guide
* Newspaper Article with comments from County Chairman, Mark Boonstra
* Candidates for Office
* Bill Summaries and Links by William Rushlow
* Statement of Ideals
* Events
* Links You May Enjoy

The Wind is on our Back – Time to Raise the Sails!

Who would have thought 11 months ago that we would have:

·         About 250 energized people at our summer picnic

·         The Obama administration playing defense on Health Care Reform, Cap and Trade, enormous deficits, auto industry bailouts, proposed new taxes, and on and on.

·         An estimated 1.5 – 1.7 million people in Washington, D.C. for the Tea Party Rally last weekend, after many well attended local rallies with the Tea Party Express bus passing through.

·         Hearings to be held on the “Audit the Fed” proposal

·         And, a state budget September 30 deadline looming and the Cherry – Granholm administration only recently laying out a rough proposal!

·         And, oh, yes, the Detroit Tigers playing in the post-season. (keeping fingers crossed)

National Level: Health Care Reform Flounders

 After President Obama’s speech and Sen. Baucus' health care reform proposal released on Wednesday, some believe a health care reform package has a better chance at passing. Many provisions are still far from acceptable to most Republicans, however. General agreement exists that something must be done, if for no other reason to keep Medicare and Medicaid from bankrupting our county, but after that, common ground is yet to be found. See “New health care plan and your wallet: Sen. Baucus' health care reform proposal contains a number of measures that have the potential to affect Americans' bottom line” at http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/16/news/economy/baucus_health_reform/index.htm?postversion=2009091704

“The bill, which would cost around $800 billion over ten years, is paid for mainly by reducing Medicare and Medicaid costs, imposing fees on health care companies, and taxing high-cost insurance plans. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the bill would reduce the deficit by around $50 billion over the next decade and significantly more thereafter.
 
". . . This bill absorbs a lot of money that could otherwise be used for deficit reduction. Obviously costs should be brought down and savings increased. For health care reform to be successful, we need to bend that health care cost curve significantly."

 

From the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bi-partisan source.

 

We must resist until our legitimate concerns are addressed – true reduction in health services costs (and not just fees and taxes to make the proposal “deficit neutral”), protection of services to our retired folks, retention of choice, retention of Health Savings Accounts, increased competition (such as allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines), and tort reform.

To stay informed in the progress on this critical issue and more, you can sign up for the “GOP Leader Alert” newsletter from House Republican Leader, Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio) by clicking here.

 State Level: Budget Might be Balanced Without New Taxes

There appears to be an agreement on the general structure (i.e., the target budget numbers) of the new State of Michigan Budget, with no new taxes. Our Republican legislators are working hard to hold the line. See Lansing State Journal or for a more detailed version (and, after all, the devil still is in the details) http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=136347607962  (Facebook account needed)

 Letter to the Editor Guide

 Wendy Carter has drafted an excellent Guide for writing letters to the editor. We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today.  Download Guide: http://voiceforthepeople.net/downloads/LettersGuide.pdf

 Newspaper Article with comments from County Chairman, Mark Boonstra

Mark hit a home run with this one with his comments on Obama, health care reform and Obama’s plummeting poll numbers. It is well worth reading.  “What is Important is Fixing Michigan”, http://www.heritage.com/articles/2009/09/01/milan_news_leader/news/doc4a9d703b38d6e872181704.txt

 Candidates for Office

http://www.politicsone.com/mi.htm is a website that lists all known candidates running for 2010 offices at the State or National level. It is not up-to-date, however, as neither Marvin Carlson nor Brian Rooney (actually, yet an “un-announced” candidate) are on the list as candidates for Congress from the 7th Congressional District. Much more will be know about the front-runners after the Mackinac Conference on September 25-27.

At the State House and Senate level:

·         Senate District 17, Randy Richardville (R) Completing his first term as State Senator, will run again. No known R or D opponent known yet.

·         Senate District 18, Liz Brater (D) Term limited. No known candidate, but several term-limited Democrat State Representatives might take a run at this seat.

·         Senate District 19 – Mike Nofs is running in this year’s November election to fill the seat held by now Congressman Mark Schauer (D). This election is expected to have not only State but also National ramifications in 2010!

·         House District 52, Pam Byrnes (D) Term limited. Word from a credible source is that we will have an excellent, well-known Republican candidate, who has not yet officially announced. Stay tuned!

·         House District 53, Rebekah Warren (D) Term limited. No known candidates.

·         House District 54, Alma Smith (D) Term limited. No announced candidates, but there are some Republicans exploring whether to run.

·         House District 55, Kathy Angerer (D). Term limited. Rick Olson and Joe Zurawski, both from York Township, have announced their candidacy on the Republican ticket. No known D candidate yet.

Bill Summaries and Links by William Rushlow

·         HR 1207: The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009   http://voiceforthepeople.net/downloads/HR1207Fed.pdf

·         HR 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009  http://voiceforthepeople.net/downloads/HR3200HealthCare.pdf

Statement of Ideals

At the October 8 meeting of the Executive Committee, we will discuss and act on the Statement of Ideals co-developed by William Rushlow and Chairman Mark Boonstra. You can send any comments regarding additions, deletions, corrections or suggested amendments to [email protected] .  Download file: http://voiceforthepeople.net/downloads/StatementofIdeals.pdf

 Events:

 Sept. 20, 2009 (Sunday): The Jackson County Reagan BBQ, 4-7pm, Weir Farms in Horton MI. www.Jacksonrepublicans.com

September 25-27, 2009: The 28th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. For information, go to http://mackinacconference.com/

October 8, 2009 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, Republican Headquarters, NCMS Building, 3025 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Map: http://www.wash-gop.com/contact All Republicans are welcome!

Nov. 9, 2009: The 10th District Leadership Dinner, with all the Republican candidates for governor. $25/person, or $250/table for 10. The dinner takes place at 7pm, Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp., MI. For reservations and information, contact Randy St. Laurent at [email protected]

You can always go to http://www.migop.org/event.asp for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.

Links You May Enjoy:

Tom Gantert has created a new, objective, but conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan” at http://www.reportingmichigan.org You might also wish to join his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/group.php?gid=117791218323 so that you get notices when news is posted.

 For a conservative/Republican view of local, state, and national issues, be sure to check out Wendy Carter’s blog, “The Perky Patriot,” at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

 Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/


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This Washtenaw Republican Informer is the product of the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Public Relations Committee, Rick Olson and David Pangborn, Co-Chairmen, with contributions from William Rushlow, Wendy Carter, Laurel Federbush, and Jan Riggs.

Paid for by the Washtenaw County Republicans with regulated funds. Washtenaw County Republican Committee NCMS Building, 3025 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108