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The Forgotten Totten?: Not so fast!

[For full disclosure purposes, I am a non-paid volunteer for the Mark Totten campaign for Attorney General in the state of Michigan.]

For passionate Democrats in the state of Michigan the past week has been quite delightful, has it not? As posted earlier this morning right here on Eclectablog, three straight polls show Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder in a virtual dead heat for the states CEO job. Congressman Gary Peters is also enjoying a growing lead over the incredibly inept Terri Lynn Land for the United States Senate.

While all these polls certainly bear out the truth that those of us that are working hard to elect Democrats in the state of Michigan, from the top down, are beginning to see the fruits of that labor realized, the rest of the story is about an uncommon candidate whose strength, intelligence, vision and determination find him just over 50 days away from something that most political experts said was impossible just six months ago.…

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NEW POLL: After 30 years in office Schuette’s favorable rating only 17.2% and other good news for Michigan Dems


Mark Totten, photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

Yesterday I reported on new polling numbers show great gains by Michigan Democrats. Another new poll out this morning by Detroit News-WDIV (Local 4) confirms those numbers. (Cross-tabs are HERE.)

The race for Attorney General continues to be surprisingly competitive and shows how weak a candidate Bill Schuette is.

Schuette started his career in public office nearly 30 years ago when he was elected to Congress in November of 1984. Since then, he’s been the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, a state Senator, a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals, and our state’s Attorney General.…

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Michigan Dems make major move to increase Michiganders’ access to the ballot through online absentee ballot application


As Republicans around the country work hard to restrict voter access, Democrats are doing the opposite. On the same day a federal judge forced Ohio to reopen early voting for its residents, the Michigan Democratic Party announced an important and major step forward in helping Michiganders access the ballot by apply for them online using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet.)

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on hand for the press conference yesterday where the MDP unveiled its new initiative. MDP Chair Lon Johnson described what the program:

With many voters having to be away from their communities on Election Day due to work, childcare and other responsibilities, more and more voters are using absentee voting as a way of casting their ballot – as shown by the fact that more than 27 percent of votes cast in Michigan’s 2012 election were absentee ballots.…
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BREAKING: Michigan Democratic Party files FEC complaint over Terri Lynn Land’s monster campaign trucks

When I first posted about the humongous truck used by Terri Lynn Land’s campaign to tote around a campaign sign in a post titled “Terri Lynn Land’s campaign is a visible demonstration of waste & excess with a $100K truck that gets 8 mpg”, most people didn’t realize that she has not one, but TWO of these trucks.

As I reported then, the Michigan Democratic Party was calling foul on her use of the two trucks because she rents them from a relative, brother-in-law Roger Lucas, who works at her her husband’s the “family” business Land & Co. for only $1,000 a month.…

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Michigan Democrats unanimously pass resolution condemning David Trott’s unethical foreclosure practices

At the Michigan Democratic Party’s Nominating Convention this past weekend, Democrats passed an important resolution condemning the unethical and damaging foreclosure practices of Republican Congressional candidate David Trott and demanding a repeal of a law that allows vulture foreclosure firms like Trott & Trott, P.C. to immediately foreclose on homeowners.

The resolution outlines a loophole that was passed by the GOP-led legislature and signed into law in 2013 that reduced the “redemption period” after a foreclosed home’s title is sold at auction from 180 days to 60 days, a move that benefited firms like Trott’s. The legislation also included a loophole “allowing his companies, as agents of the foreclosure sale purchaser, to inspect premises inside and out without notice, and to ‘immediately commence summary proceedings’ for eviction based on a broad range of supposed rationales, or simply because foreclosees refused to allow inspectors to invade their homes and violate their privacy.”

Trott lobbied hard for this loophole for the obvious reason: he and his firm stood to make an enormous amount of money by using it.…

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Proof of Terri Lynn Land’s lies about the source of her wealth continue to roll out

Chad Selweski of the Macomb Daily News has more revelations regarding Terri Lynn Land’s lies about the source of her immense wealth that has allowed her to dump millions of dollars of her own money into her increasingly failed campaign:

Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land’s claim that she is a small business owner, not part of the lucrative Land & Co. real estate conglomerate run by her husband, clashes with five Grand Rapids city inspectors’ reports from 2011-12 obtained by The Macomb Daily.

Each of the documents indicates the Southview Apartments complex that Land claims she owns and operates is, in fact, in the hands of the “registered owner” — her husband, Dan Hibma, and Land & Co.

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UPDATED: Michigan Democrats announce Detroit civil rights attorney Godfrey Dillard as candidate for Secretary of State

In preparation for the Michigan Democratic Party statewide nominating convention on Saturday, August 23rd, the MDP will announce announced today (see update below) that Detroit civil rights attorney and Wayne State adjunct law professor Godfrey Dillard will be the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. Dillard had planned to run for Attorney General along with Mark Totten who has been running for AG for over a year now. His decision to run for Secretary of State avoids an unnecessary battle for the AG nomination and rounds out the Democratic ticket which will now have two white men (gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and AG candidate Mark Totten), a white woman (Lt.…

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The Michigan Democratic Party is arming EVERY Democratic candidate with a free website

In February of 2012, I interviewed Lon Johnson who was running to be the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). During that interview, Johnson talked about the importance of Democrats competing in every single race across the state. “I think we need to have more people fighting for every seat,” he said. “We give no quarter. We make the Republicans duke it out in every single race.” Part of his vision for doing that was “Technology, technology, technology.”

Johnson put it this way at the time:

When I went down to the Obama campaign to visit my wife, it was a bunch of people that were not the “ward heeler” types.…
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Mich GOP so overconfident that they’re now openly mocking women on the House floor while Dems get organized

The recent kerfuffle in the Michigan House of Representatives with three state Republican legislators posing with women’s fashion mags to show they “understand women” is generating the requisite amount of outcry and outrage from around the state. Having them openly mocking women in an election year is a display of such chutzpah that even Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger was forced to issue an apology. His apology managed to squeeze in Father’s Day and his daughter’s high-school graduation, apropos of absolutely nothing. The only surprise is that he didn’t mention puppies and fresh-baked apple pie.

The statewide outrage would not have been nearly so vociferous had this not been just one more act among so very many by male Republican lawmakers since they swept into power in 2010.…

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Terri Lynn Land has got nothing, other than money from the Koch brothers

For Land, saying nothing is probably good campaign strategy — but it’s a very bad thing for Michigan voters.

If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has clearly fallen hook, line and sinker for the Koch brothers, who are pouring big bucks into her campaign.

But what exactly are the Koch brothers buying? A puppet in the Senate.

Land has no personal position on the issues — other than arguing against everything her Democratic opponent, Representative Gary Peters, stands for. Land has refused to say what she really thinks about anything that matters to Michigan voters.…

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