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Michigan Radio reports that United States Senator Debbie Stabenow agreed to two debates between her and Pete Hoekstra.
Originally, Hoekstra asked for six debates, which was roundly criticized by members of both sides. Counting to six is difficult for Stabenow, not to mention the grueling work six hours of debate would wreak havoc on her difficult schedule. It was thought to be supremely mean to Stabenow, who, as everyone knows is body behind a grin.
Now we can look forward to hearing the grin talk about how wonderful the government is to help the farmers of Michigan, with a farm bill designed to help big agriculture and keep the small Michigan farmers struggling just enough to make ends meet.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
S.Amdt. 2101 to H.R. 2072 (Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012)
Today's vote: ONLY NINE Senate Republicans worthy of being in DC... Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), Hatch (R-UT), Lee (R-UT), Moran (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Rubio (R-FL), Vitter (R-LA)
The Senate minority Lugar/Graham/Brown/Mitch McRINO's voted in lockstep with comrades Stabenow, Levin, and Harry Reid.
For those who are concerned about boots on the ground in the US Senate race, it's time to take a second look.
Gary Glenn today announced over 27,000 signatures collected. State law requires U.S. Senate candidates to gather a minimum of 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, the highest requirement in the nation, and 100 signatures from at least half of the state's 15 congressional districts. Glenn far exceeded both requirements, submitting signatures from all 83 counties in the state and more than 500 signatures from all 15 districts.
But it was not as much as the gun to the head method employed by labor for Debbie Stabenow's 30,000 signatures. Ones that still may include a few from voters of a posthumous state.
And Glenn's goal, buttressed by the truly grass roots Mi4CS effort has not only been met but has apparently exceeded the signature counts of each of the other opponents. Some of whom had to pay for signature gathering. Hoekstra stopped at 22,000 a month ago, Durant, yesterday, with 24,407, Hekman and Konetchy both today with 19,323, and 15,500 respectively. Konetchy for his part, is likely to be now crossing both sets of fingers and toes.
Yet it is all quite Impressive.
The argument can now begin on the philosophical strengths of each candidate. The requirements alone are a test of will and ability to pursue the office.
NOW... Permissi ludicrum suscipio!
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Any Republican pushing GreenTard crap is just plain nauseating.
"All of you believe in green chemistry, I believe in green chemistry, it's a wonderful thing," he said. "The world out there doesn't fully agree with that. There are people out there that are challenged when they hear the terms. It's largely one of additional education. It's not about arguing with them about why they're different."
So, repeat the lie until it becomes the indoctrinated truth. Gotchya, Rick.
In a brief interview after the event, Snyder declined to address the partisan divide between conservatives and liberals on environmental issues. But he said it's natural for people to "resist the concept of change" until they understand issues thoroughly.
Rick's being honest here. Most folks don't like being fed a line of bullsh!t, and now that they've figured out what a costly lie Al Gore Warming is they have soundly rejected the junk science that has perpetuated the fraud. Rick, have you taken time to notice that even the White House bailed on you?
Asked whether he believes that people are causing climate change, he said: "I'm reinventing Michigan, so I just stay focused on a lot of key issues right in front of us, but climate change is an issue we need to be concerned about."
The MI-GOP is a complete laughingstock among those that consider themself a Conservative.
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Okay, first we had the 9-9-9 plan, then we had 9-9-9 with exemptions, and now we have 9-0-9 for the poor. I have had many conservatives telling me this is a good plan, but the introduction of a national sales tax alone was a deal breaker for me. Let alone the fact that the plan seems to change every few days.
Recently none other that Pete Hoekstra went on the record endorsing the 9-9-9 plan when the bandwagon started to roll. He said on Twitter:
I indicated support for Cain 9 9 9 plan as interim step in tax system overhaul. Paul Ryan and Art Laffer express support as well!
Well, it turns out that Paul Ryan has never supported the plan after all. Other conservatives have lambasted the plan including Hoekstra supporter Michelle Bachmann who blasted the idea. Hey, as a former lawyer for the IRS she knows a thing or two about taxes. So here is the question, does Pete Hoekstra still support Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan? And if the answer is yes, which one does he support?
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By JGillman, Section News
Here is a thought exercise.
Imagine if everyone was a Republican. Imagine if everyone who occupied an office in government was a Republican party member.
Would all of our problems be solved? Does it mean we have to stop worrying about what they do? Would we be satisfied to allow those individuals to manage the affairs continuously, even if they voted frequently to do things not consistent with the party platform? How about decisions made are not consistent with our core beliefs?
Think about this as you read through.
We all come with a certain amount of predisposed opinions, thoughts, ideas, based on our experiences, our education, and in large part our faith (or lack thereof). We draw from our life's preceding acts and mold our conclusions about how things should be from the outcomes we either witness, or experience personally. And over time we can make certain assumptions based on the lessons of time. We are the sum of our experiences, ideas, and environment, as well as observations of other experiences and others' ideas.
And when we select someone to speak for us, to represent our views, to be our surrogate, we entrust them with all of that experience. We give to them the unique ability to present our case on social issues and speak to the manner in which we will provide for those issues. Our values should be handed over carefully to only those who would respect them. Our voice should be heard through them.
This does not mean a person who is elected should have to go back on every decision and poll those supporters for the appropriate answer. It simply means that we (as voters) have an obligation before putting someone in office, to determine that they represent us best in their ideas, their natural instincts, or their character.
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By JGillman, Section News
Don't endorse a primary candidate if YOU are a primary candidate unless you are running as a slate.
If Michelle Bachmann is even aware of the thing (below the line) that is being sent out, she has made a GRAVE error. Signing on for any single US Senate candidate when trying to establish a broad base of your own is problematic enough, but with 4 other declared candidates, you risk spooking an entire pool of voters. Its done it to me.
Michelle, here is a clue: I don't know of any Tea Party actives who think Hoekstra is worthy of their support. There may be quite a few, but in the circles I run, Randy Hekman, Gary Glenn, Peter Konetchy, or even Clark Durant would be more acceptable.
TARP, failure to endorse Right-To-Work, and an entrenched DC mentality are other clues that might give you a picture of who Hoekstra is. The guy is willing to throw Michigan under the bus for the likes of Jimmy Hoffa.
Yeah. Tea Party. Yay!
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I was surprised to see this story this morning about Bob Lutz endorsing Clark Durant in his Senate bid against Debbie Stabenow (or Pete Hoekstra for that matter). Is this primary race shaping up to be a clash of the titans? It seems like the endorsements are coming "fast and furious" and much earlier than usual for a race like this. The Makinac Conference, the unofficial start of the campaign season here in Michigan, doesn't start until the 23rd and Durant hasn't even "officially" announced his candidacy yet. I am seeing comparisons between the Lutz endorsement and Gov. Snyder's as being politicians vs. business sector. What do you think?
Car whiz Lutz to help Clark Durant
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