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.…
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.…
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%.…
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
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.…
New poll shows Attorney General Bill Schuette is beatable, Gov. Snyder is in trouble, and Terri Lynn Land is history
Mark Totten, photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog
A new poll out by PPP has some terrific news for Democrats. Mark Schauer is still in a statistical dead heat with Governor Rick Snyder, down just a single point – 42-43%. Snyder is under water with respect to his favorability with 51% of those polled holding viewing him unfavorably compared with just 43% that give him a “favorable” rating. Considering that he’s been in his job for nearly four years, this is a clear indication that he’s in deep trouble. Schauer, in contrast, is clearly getting his name out there.…
Politics have many unofficial rules and philosophies that have been followed for years. Pundits of all political persuasions sometimes use these “excuses” to strengthen their point of view, or to protect their party’s candidate and to justify inconvenient truth(s).
One such inconvenient truth is that incumbents for office, like Governor, for example, don’t need to debate their opponent. The conventional wisdom is that their record speaks for itself and there is nothing to be gained by debates for the incumbent. OK, set that aside for just a moment.
In another scenario, let’s say there’s an open seat for the United Sates Senate where we have two candidates from very different political persuasions and points of view, two people who have a record of public service and will be asked to deliberate on historic policy that profoundly impacts all Americans.…
For the past few weeks, I’ve been going out twice a week to knock doors for Pam Byrnes, the Democrat running to unseat Tim Walberg, the current Congressman for Michigan’s 7th District. Last week, while speaking to one woman, I asked her, “Can we count on your support for our Democratic candidates this year?” Her response was, “Of course. I’m a teacher.”
Last night, the scene repeated itself. I was speaking to a man on his doorstep and asked him if we could count on his support for our Democratic candidates. His response was nearly the same: “My wife is a teacher.…
Democrat Mark Schauer leads Gov. Rick Snyder in most recent poll, Snyder spokeswoman calls EPIC-MRA poll “garbage”
Gotta love a headline like this: “Schauer edges ahead of Snyder, 45% to 43%, in new governor race poll”.
Mark Schauer is one of the most patient, methodical politicians I’ve ever seen. In my interview with him last fall, we had this exchange:
Democrat Mark Schauer helps Detroit-area resident clean-up after flood. Gov. Snyder decides he’d better do that, too.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all…
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer breaks down a child’s play set to remove it from a flooded Royal Oak basement, courtesy photo
Yesterday, Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer got his hands (and feet) dirty helping a Royal Oak resident clean up after the epic flood that flooded their basement. From his Facebook page:
Not to be outdone, Gov. Snyder today pledged to do the same and to also do it in Royal Oak:
VIDEO: Mark Schauer releases first campaign ad – “Our economy should work for everyone, not just the wealthy”
In addition to the new ad by the Democratic Governors Association that was released today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has released his first ad of the campaign this morning, as well.
It’s a good one, in my opinion, that perfectly frames the choice that Michigan voters face in November.
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