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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.

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Vs. Old

   Out with the old and in with the old.
   In a nutshell there's the lead out of a pair of state party conventions staged during, hopefully, Michigan's last ugly snow storm of the year.
   Down in Motown the democrats stuck with the old and unanimously reelected Mark Brewer for the umpteenth time making him the longest serving state Democratic chair in the nation.
   Up in the capitol city, the battered and bruised state GOP huddled to send out the old chair, Saul Anuzis, and installed the new one, Ron Weiser, a really rich guy with deep party connections.
    Weiser out hustled what feeble competition there was for the job and rode home on a theme of winning.  Something this state party has not done for years although Weiser told the scribes 70% of the elected folks in Michigan have an R after their name.  Unfortunately for him, not enough of those are in the legislature and in the governor's office.
    The new chair promises to change. What else would you expect him to say?
    Weiser has his work cut out as 2010 slowly rolls into view.  Everything is on the line including the gov's office, the state house and senate and all the congressional seats.  Another bath at the polls could send the GOP into the dark ages as 2010 is all about redistricting.
     Based on new census data, the new legislature and governor will redraw the voting district lines that will stand for the next ten years.  Suffice it to say, the party in power will construct the lines to make sure more of its candidates are elected over the next decade thus giving that party control of the legislature and gov's executive suite.
    Democrats are on a hi gh.  Republicans, despite their Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow smiley faces, are worried.
    Brewer vs. Weiser.  The old vs. the new.  Let the games begin.


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