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AFTERNOON GRAB BAG: Eric Schertzing making it competitive in MI-08, DGA releases new ad going after Rick Snyder

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing released an internal poll today showing him within striking distance of Republican Mike Bishop. Schertzing is down just 5 points, 42-37, in a poll with a 4.9 point margin of error. In the same poll, when respondents were read “a balanced series of positive messages about both candidates”, the two are tied at 43-43.

This is a race that deserves more attention than it’s getting (which is why I’ll be posting an interview with Schertzing next week.)

In other MI-08 news, Schertzing and Bishop were supposed to debate at a Livingston County forum tonight but Bishop pulled out at the last minute today so no debate.…

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BREAKING: Legendary Attorney General Frank Kelley endorses Mark Totten for AG

Former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley has formally endorsed Mark Totten for Attorney General. Kelley is legendary in Michigan. He was our Attorney General for 37 years, the longest-serving Attorney General in US history. During that time he set the records for being both the youngest and oldest Michigan Attorney General. Many of his proteges, such as Jennifer Granholm who later became Attorney General herself, have gone on to have amazing careers of their own. Kelley carved out a special place in Michigan history and is beloved by nearly everyone.

Kelley had this to say about his endorsement of Totten:

I’ve been a fervent supporter of Mark Totten.…
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EVENT: Ann Arbor fundraiser for Democratic Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard this Tuesday – 9/23/14

This coming Tuesday, September 23, 2014, there will be a fundraiser for Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Godfrey Dillard at Mélange in Ann Arbor starting at 6:00 p.m. Dillard is trailing incumbent Republican among definite voters by only 4.4% in one poll, just outside the margin of error, despite having just become a candidate. In another poll, he’s in a statistical dead heat, and in a final poll, he’s leading her by 3.6 points.

Here are the details:

Honorable Rep. Jeff Irwin (State House Representative)
Honorable Monica Ross-Williams (Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner)

John Carter * Michael Henry * Wilma Gold-Jones
Robyn McCoy * Christina Montague * Ronnie Peterson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Host – $50.00
Guest – $25.00

Melange Bistro
312 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Corner of S.

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AFTERNOON GRAB BAG: Snyder has lost the media, Land’s family are Islamophobes

NOTE: With the impending election, trying to keep up with all of the news is like drinking from a firehose and, with a day job and other activities I’m involved in, I simply don’t have time to do an individual blog post for everything that is going on. I’m considering doing a “grab bag” like this one every day or two, sort of a “news round-up” to at least point out some of the stuff I don’t have the time to do a full-blown post about. Some of the news may be a day or two old by the time I write about it but maybe it’s something you missed.

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Michigan Democrats introduce bill to place moratorium on opening of more charter schools

In the wake of the Detroit Free Press‘s explosive eight-day exposé on Michigan charter schools which revealed an astonishing lack of oversight, transparency, and actual performance in charters, Democrats have responded this week with a bill that would place a moratorium on opening any more charters. The legislation was introduced by state Representative Sarah Roberts. Rep. Robers and minority vice chairwoman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, revealed the new legislation at a press conference today.

The legislation has several components:

  • Require complete transparency, including financial disclosure by authorizing bodies, charter schools and educational management organizations and their subcontractors.
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VIDEO: Michigan GOP Chair Bobby Schostak: “The debates are gonna happen” & “Gov. Milliken is irrelevant”

This past weekend, the Chairs of both the Michigan Republican Party, Bobby Schostak, and the Michigan Democratic Party, Lon Johnson appeared on Fox 2’s “Let it Rip!” program to discuss the upcoming election.

Schostak showed up without a tie, carrying an aloof and almost derisive attitude. He struggled to defend his candidates time and again. In contrast, Johnson was well-dressed, poised, and on message the entire time. He hammered several points over and over again: Gov. Snyder has cut education by $1 billion, raised taxes on seniors’ pensions, labor has been attacked and had their collective bargaining rights stripped, women’s reproductive health choices have been diminished, and, despite occupying every single major government position, Republicans have not been able to fix our roads.…

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INTERVIEW: Bobby McKenzie – “Trott is a guy who has made foreclosing & evicting people as efficient as possible”

The election to replace Kerry Bentovolio in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, one of the most absurdly gerrymandered districts in our state, has been one of the most interesting races in the state this election cycle. Multi-millionaire “Foreclosure King” David Trott massively outspent Bentivolio to win the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, Bobby McKenzie, a former Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Counterterrorism in the U.S. Department of State, beat two other candidates to face off against Trott.

I sat down with McKenzie late last week to discuss his campaign and the man he’s running against. Despite Trott having spent millions of his own dollars, money earned at the misery of others, the race is a statistical dead heat.…

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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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Third poll this week has outstanding news for Michigan Democrats, Schauer up by 2.2 points over Snyder

It’s been a terrific week of polling for Michigan Democrats. I’ve written about two polls (HERE and HERE) that statistical ties for Mark Schauer and Mark Totten with Gary Peters pulling away from Terri Lynn Land.

Yesterday, a USA Today poll conducted by Suffolk University gives even better news.

Here’s the synopsis:

  • Mark Schauer leads Rick Snyder for Governor by 2.2 points (45.2/43.0%)
  • Gary Peters is up over Terri Lynn Land for U.S. Senate by 8.8 point (45.6/36.8%)
  • The top response given by respondents when asked what they thought of when they heard her name was “Dislike her/General negative mentions” while the top response for Gary Peters was “Like him/General positive mentions”
  • Godfrey Dillard is ahead of Ruth Johnson for Secretary of State by 3.6 points (39.8/36.2%)
  • Mark Totten is beating Bill Schuette for Attorney General by 6.4 points (42.8/36.4%)

The poll was conducted September 6-10 and has a margin of error of 4.4%.…

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UPDATED: Michigan Dems take leadership role on women’s access to contraception and LGBT civil rights

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer

This week, as Michigan’s legislature comes back to work, Michigan Democrats are taking a proactive leadership role on two critical issues.

First, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and House Rep. Gretchen Driskell (maybe we should call them “The Fighting Gretchens”?) announced that they will introduce legislation requiring companies who choose to deny women access to specific types of contraception based on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision to notify existing and prospective employees of this fact:

“Whether or not a company’s reproductive health coverage is comprehensive can be an important factor for a family to consider when making decisions about a job prospect,” Rep.…
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