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    Tag: Land

    BREAKING Bouchard Announces Running Mate:

    By apackof2, Section News
    Posted on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:40:43 AM EST
    Tags: grassroots in michigan, bouchard, land, 2010, govenor, braking news (all tags)

    Bouchard Announces Running Mate: Bouchard names Terri Lynn Land his running mate in the race for governor.

    (8 comments, 68 words in story) Full Story

    RightMichigan Exclusive: An Interview with Saul Anuzis

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 01:33:45 PM EST
    Tags: Exclusive, Interview, Saul Anuzis, MRP, Obama, Cherry, Land, Bouchard, Cox, Snyder, Coast to Coast (all tags)

    What's up, team?

    Had a chance a few days ago to play a little catch-up with former longtime Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis.

    Saul's been doing some pretty awesome work across the Country these last few months, from sitting on a new RNC committee that's looking at the Presidential Primary process to working with Newt Gingrich to making pretty regular appearances on the cable news talkers.  

    So what's his take on Terri Lynn Land's decision to drop out of the Primary field?  On John Cherry's chances of winning the Governor's office?  Of President Obama's first six months in office?  You can learn the answers to these and many more questions by clicking the little "play" arrows on the videos below...

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    RightMichigan Exclusive: Congressman Pete Hoekstra reacts to Land's decision to end campaign

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 07:07:21 AM EST
    Tags: Hoekstra, Land, Bouchard, 2010, Gubernatorial race, Cap and Trade (all tags)

    After learning yesterday that Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land was dropping out of the 2010 gubernatorial race and endorsing Mike Bouchard, a lot of folks started buzzing that west Michigan was now uncontested (and ripe) for 2nd District Congressman Pete Hoekstra.  Of course, we were curious what HE thought.  

    Late yesterday, through the miracle of technology, I had a chance to catch up with the Congressman while he was in the District of Columbia.

    RightMichigan: Congressman, thanks for making the time.  I know your schedule is crazy right now!

    Congressman Hoekstra: Glad to join you and the community here at Right Michigan.

    I am in DC trying to fight off the Democrat's Cap and Tax bill so that Michiganders and the manufacturing industry don't get hammered more by anti-growth leadership.  Democrats announced that (Friday) they will attempt to pass a massive Cap and Tax program to fight global warming and in the meantime are willing to pass the costs onto consumers via higher energy prices.

    RM: Thanks for fighting that fight.  Wish you had a little more support from the rest of the Michigan delegation, but that's a different discussion.  Big campaign news broken in Grand Rapids today.  

    What is your reaction to Secretary Land's decision to abandon her own campaign and instead back Mike Bouchard?

    CPH: I know that when I announced I was retiring from Congress, I took some time with my family so that we could decide together what was best for us and our future in Michigan. I am sure Secretary Land did the same.  Since I announced my candidacy back in March I have been focused on charging ahead, getting out and around the state and conducting a conversation about turning around Michigan.  That remains my focus.  I am very happy with my decision.  I can't speak for her, but I imagine the Secretary feels the same way today.

    RM: How do you think this affects the electoral playing field?

    CPH: People in our state are worried about their jobs, families and this economy - and so I haven't heard a whole lot of clamoring for my insight on party politics or my ability as a pundit to predict the field.  But since you asked Nick, my thoughts on it are pretty straightforward: I have always figured that the field would likely dwindle down by the time August 2010 rolled around and that the best candidate will emerge.  My opinion hasn't changed. I'm not sure Terri's decision does anything beyond confirming that the field will shrink some before we get to the primary, and the voters will decide who is best-equipped for the job.  

    RM: Many are now speculating that Land would become Bouchard's running mate should he win the nomination.  Have you put any thought into who might join you on a Hoekstra ticket?

    CPH: Just like I have done during my 16 years serving west Michigan, I'm focused on hearing from the people around the state and being the kind of leader that they need.  If I do that well and set a strong example of servant leadership I intend to provide, I think like-minded people will gravitate to my campaign and we will build a strong team from the bottom up.  There are a tremendous amount of talented people out there who share my passion for this state and I look forward to working with as many of them as possible going forward.  We can cross that bridge later.

    RM: What would you say to win voters, especially west Michigan voters who might have supported a Land campaign and now might be seriously considering following their candidate to the Bouchard camp?

    CPH: I don't think voters look at our crisis of leadership in Michigan as regional. I am in the race because I have a passion for West Michigan, Northern Michigan, Southeast Michigan, Central Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  I understand that the people losing jobs in west Michigan and the businesses closing in west Michigan have something in common with the people of the rest of state: they are all struggling and starved for leadership.  

    I think Michigan's future starts with all of us, and I am prepared to lead as we tackle our biggest challenges.  No other person in this race has 15 years as an executive in the private sector and 16 years served in public office.  I think that balance gives me an edge.  

    RM: Congressman, thanks again!

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    BREAKING: Land won't run for Governor, backs Bouchard

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 10:53:58 AM EST
    Tags: Land, Bouchard, 2010, Governor, Cherry (all tags)

    Standing in front of a backdrop that read "Fix Lansing.  Get Michigan Back to Work," Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land began her speech much the same way she begins most.  In six-plus years at the helm of Michigan's Department of State she has cut expenses, improved customer service and trimmed the ranks of taxpayer funded employees by twenty percent without a single layoff.  

    Invited to the Kent County Republican Committee's Grand Rapids headquarters by a press advisory that promised a long expected official announcement about Land's intentions regarding the 2010 gubernatorial race, media outlets from across west Michigan had their cameras rolling as she continued.

    She didn't deliver what they were anticipating.  There are things Michigan needs, she said.  Legislative experience.  Administrative experience. Leadership experience.  She'd found in someone else a candidate who represented, in her estimation, the best hope to turn the state around.  And then she introduced him.  

    Taking the press pool by surprise, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard emerged from a back room alongside his wife and joined the Secretary of State at the podium.  

    "We're both worried that our kids will be forced to leave Michigan to find jobs," Land continued.  And she believes Bouchard is the man to end that trend.

    And yes, This one was a real endorsement.

    Standing side by side it didn't take long for WOOD TV 8's Rick Albin to ask the next logical question... "Where will you look for a Lieutenant Governor?"

    Bouchard explained that geography is less important in an eventual running mate than skill and ability and then may have tipped his hand a bit.  "One (candidate) who would be and should be on anyone's short list is standing here," Bouchard said, nodding at Land.  

    The Secretary smiled... knowingly?  Not seeking the Party's gubernatorial nomination, perhaps, but very clearly not out of the Governor's race.

    (6 comments) Comments >>

    And then there was... one more! Bouchard announces run for Governor

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 07:30:41 AM EST
    Tags: Bouchard, Cox, Land, Cherry, 2010, gubernatorial race (all tags)

    A couple of hours from now Oakland County Sheriff and 2006 US Senate candidate Mike Bouchard will join the fantastic field of GOP candidates for Governor.  According to the campaign:

    Mike Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff, will launch his campaign for Governor by traveling the state to discuss Michigan's future with families, students and people from all walks of life in southeast Michigan, Lansing and Grand Rapids.  He'll meet with them to address their concerns and anxieties as well as preview his ideas and solutions for fixing Michigan as Governor.

    Michigan Republicans now in have in Mike Bouchard a successful (many times over) conservative candidate from voter-rich Oakland County, in Mike Cox a candidate who proved in 2002 he was able to knock off a Democrat in a position that hadn't elected a Republican in a half-century and in Terri Lynn Land the highest vote getter in the state.

    Democrats have John Cherry.

    Event details for his tour are below the fold...

    (13 comments, 353 words in story) Full Story

    It's the leadership, stupid!

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 29, 2009 at 06:46:11 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, Cox, George, Hoekstra, Land, taxes, business climate, bankruptcy (all tags)

    Before digging into this morning's news surrounding Chrysler's latest trip to bankruptcy court or digging into the details from yesterday's gubernatorial candidate "discussion" at the Mackinac Conference up north, do yourself a favor and swing over to the Detroit News and check out Daniel Howes latest column on the desperate need for long-absent leadership at the state level.  

    Go ahead.  We'll wait...

    **twiddling thumbs**

    **checking watch**

    **looking out the window**

    Oh, hi.  Welcome back.  

    Howes wrote, in part:

    The longer Public Michigan waits to reform the structure of government, to rationalize departments, to commonize retirement systems of public and school employees, to push consolidation of police and fire service among neighboring communities, the tougher the future will be. Ask GM.

    Business knows this because successful business lives it, responding to changing conditions with dynamic management. Smart CEOs would look at the tale of GM, its predicament and see missed opportunities that, seized earlier, might have mitigated the today's pain.

    Alas, smart CEOs have been in short supply in Michigan's executive office for the last six-plus years.  And if John Cherry's decision yesterday to duck the quasi-debate candidate forum up on the Island is any indication, the next two years won't bring us many bold or broad strokes either.  

    But that's not to say there wasn't something worthwhile being discussed by the other candidates.  The Ivory Tower:

    All five candidates said the tax structure of the state had to be reconfigured to make business taxes more fair, but only Cox said he would sign a pledge not to raise taxes.

    "I wouldn't sign such a pledge," George said. "Because we don't know what the future holds."

    I'd only reply that we DO know what the future holds should the current administration or the next raise taxes again.  We've experienced that nightmare before... and we're living through it now.

    (7 comments) Comments >>

    Does Cherry support Dem move to drive Auto Show OUT of MI? Never mind, he's not taking questions

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu May 28, 2009 at 07:20:37 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, Cobo, Auto Show, debate, Mackinac, Cox, George, Hoekstra, Land (all tags)

    Apparently John Cherry has better things to do.  As Dennis mentioned this morning, the Democrats likely 2010 gubernatorial candidate is making waves on Mackinac Island today by refusing to participate in a candidate forum with other candidates from both major Parties.  

    Pete Hoekstra will be there.

    Terri Lynn Land will be there.

    Tom George will be there.

    Mike Cox will be there the day after officially announcing his candidacy along with a pledge to cut taxes on Michigan residents by a full $2 BILLION!

    Heck, even radical pro-abortion candidate Alma Wheeler Smith will be there representing the Democrats.

    Cherry... not so much.

    Then again, if I were a part of a Democratic administration that was responsible for the largest tax hike in Michigan history, chronic budget "deficits" and thorough economic stagnation I'd probably duck a debate in front of the state's most prominent business leaders, too.

    Why give voters... ANY voters... any extra opportunity to examine the goods... so to speak?

    At first I thought we were looking at a case of abject political cowardice but I've since mellowed.  I hadn't considered the alternative.  

    Read on...

    (3 comments, 442 words in story) Full Story

    Cox, Land and Patterson leading Cherry

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 05:15:00 PM EST
    Tags: Cox, Land, Cherry, Patterson, 2010, Governor (all tags)

    Out-state you might know Bill Ballenger best as that guy who always sits on Tim Skubick's media panel during Off the Record.  If you're in his former District you might still think of him as a former member of the legislature.  In Lansing or any type of Michigan politico and you think of Ballenger as the man behind Inside Michigan Politics, a regular insider newsletter that analyzes numbers, targets and trends in ways that are often imitated and never duplicated.

    Ballenger is back this weekend with the first round of publicly released opinion polling on the field of prospective candidates for Governor in 2010 (h/t to the BlogProf).  Darn it all if Republicans Mike Cox, Terri Lynn Land, and L. Brooks Patterson (a man who hasn't even announced his intentions to run and has about six percent name recognition outside the Metro Detroit area) don't rack up convincing wins against likely Democratic nominee John Cherry.  Seven, five and four points respectively.

    Maybe running on Jennifer Granholm's record isn't such a good idea after all?

    Only time will tell, and there's still a loooot of that.  Remember, there was a time early in the 2006 cycle when Dick DeVos held a double-digit polling lead on Jennifer Granholm and we all know how that turned out.

    But, as I became accustomed to saying about otherwise worthless numbers during that particular run, they might not mean anything but they're better than a kick in the head.

    So with visions of conservative victories dancing in our heads, figured we'd have a little multi-media Sunday.  Below you'll find the State Republican convention speeches delivered by the Secretary of State and the Attorney General only about a month ago.

    Check `em out... in order of who currently beats Cherry by more... (lest anyone ever accuse me of playing favorites).

    (6 comments) Comments >>

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