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.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cherry No Show
pick the GOP and Democratic candidates for governor, some of the
major candidates will face off for the first time this week.
Attorney General Mike Cox let the world know this week that he
GOP Congressman Pete Hoekstra did the same thing months ago
and Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced her exploratory
committee this week as well.
The trio will be the headliners at a Detroit Chamber
fundraiser on Mackinac Island as they meet face to face to discuss
the issues. Joining the exchange are Sen. Tom George, a long shot
GOP candidate from Kalamazoo, and democratic Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith
who shares the same designation as George.
Of course there would have been real box office appeal had Lt.
Gov. John Cherry decided to join the group, but he declined and took
at shot at the Regional Chamber of Commerce in so doing.
Seems Mr. Cherry is not comfortable with the chamber charging
folks to see the debate for $175 in advance and $200 at the door.
"There's something wrong about a symbolism to watch a
political debate (and) have to pay to see that. To me that's just
the wrong message that you send at this time," Cherry tells capitol
correspondents. He says the public should be invited at no charge.
Apparently the chamber wanted no part of that.
Cherry meanwhile doesn't need the debate to draw attention to
himself. Starting next month he will launch a summer hearing tour
around the state to take testimony on what form state government
The half-dozen or so sessions will give Cherry a chance to
listen to the people and he may pick up a headline or two along the
way to help in his bid for governor. But he deflects any GOP
criticism that the summer tour is just a thinly disguised attempt to
promote his candidacy.
In fact Cherry says there is no guarantee that the tour is
"some magical path to any kind of political success." And he adds
since it could also be controversial, it could actually "provide
barriers" to higher office.
Oh boy…the R's will have a field day with that.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
governor facing a whooping billion dollar plus budget crunch, there
was good ole Johnny Boy with a two-fer.
First, he had a way for Jennifer Granholm to raise a billion
smackers and then he was helping his new buddy, Barack Obama, deal
with a challenge of his own, i.e. what to do with all those soon to
be former detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Engler's idea was to ship all those terrorist crooks to
Michigan's Upper Peninsula where they could be housed forever.
Whata guy. Whata guy.
Wait a gall darn minute!
Conservative Republican John Engler doing something to help two
Democrats in dire straits?
Having covered Big John for twenty-seven some years, this was
totally out of character. He never met a Democrat he didn't want to
abuse and so for him to come waltzing in on his white horse to help
the White House and the Governor in the State House…well that was
just too much to swallow.
Knowing him, there must have been a hidden agenda.
No one can prove it, but slip this on for size.
Ever since the Republican lost the Upper Peninsula
Congressional seat, Engler and company have wanted to un-trench the
currently entrenched Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak. Short of
getting him to do something illegal on the U.S, Capitol steps, R's
have failed miserably at ousting the popular Mr. S.
Enter Mr. E. with his Gitmo scheme. Engler reads the papers. He
knows that every congressman and woman in Washington is deftly afraid
that the president is going to ship some or all of the Gitmo gang
into their state.
In fact, when the new president asked the Congress for the money
to shut the prison down, even the Democrats balked at it, sending Mr.
Obama his first and real bi-partisan rebuke.
Give us a plan on how to house the prisoners and then we will
talk, was the message to the new guy on the block.
Engler has a plan. Ship 'em all to the U.P. and then let ole
Bart Stupak try to get reelected next year.
Yeah that's the conniving, bomb-throwing, sneaky Engler we know
Helping Granholm and Obama? My foot!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Justice Granholm: Not Now
Monday, May 25, 2009
Political Back Scratching
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Brewer: Here We Go Again
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Where's Mr. Bing?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A history lesson for Rep. Melton
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Granholm Has A Record
Monday, May 18, 2009
Save The Troopers
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Not Many Silver Linings
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Get Out Of Jail Free
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Hackel No On Gov Bid?
Monday, May 11, 2009
Troopers Standing Still
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Close But No Cigar
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Warning Shot On NAIAS
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Capitol Is Over There
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Out On The Stump
Monday, May 4, 2009
Obama Gives Freebie to R's
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Here We Go Again
Friday, May 1, 2009