In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So You Think You've Got Problems
So You Think You've Got Problems Republicans have been saying it for years, "The governor has no power." Well, guess what? This time they were right. Gov. Jennifer Granholm was powerless, literally. A series of thunderstorms that rumbled through the capitol city also knocked out the juice at the executive residence on the southwest side of Lansing. The state does have a small back-up generator at the home but it was not powerful enough to restore all the electricity the First Family needs. As a result, the governor was taking cold showers; had no access to her Internet, and was living without the conveniences of modern day life. All this must have been sort of an embarrassment for the Lansing Board of Water and Light which supplies the energy to the executive residence. When first contacted for an update, spokesperson Mark Nixon said he had no idea whether the power was restored because the BWL was more concerned about taking care of the elderly and others who need the air conditioning. Nixon advised that taking care of the governor's constituents was in reality a higher priority and the governor would probably agree. He then checked and discovered the juice had been restored so the governor is not powerless any more…at least not at home. In the Michigan House that may be another question? Still under the heading of "You Think You've Got Problems," instead of paying just over 4 bucks a gallon for your petro, you could be paying a whopping five dollars plus…if you lived on popular Beaver Island just off the west coast of the state near Charlevoix. Word reaches the mainland that over the Memorial Day weekend the price at the Four Corners gas station was $5.29 a gallon. Former GOP State Senator Phil Hoffman who has a place on the island filled up his gas guzzler Chevy Suburban to the tune of $175 and he adds, "I shutter to think what it will cost over the 4th of July." So rejoice at your $4.09 a gallon. It could be worse.