Looking at NOTA a little differently.
On a personal note, this election cycle has left me as uninterested as I have ever been in who wins the day in far too many races. Try as I might, looking for the half full glass choice escapes any reasonable satisfactory result. Even by leaving a selection blank, it seems as if we cannot do enough to record our dissatisfaction with the choices made available to us. In fact, In 1980, the Canadian rock band Rush, reminded us
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”
But even that ‘choice’ eludes us as an effective solution.
Local (Northern Michigan) writer Tom Kachadurian offers some thoughts worth considering.
Terri Lynn Land’s team has not run the best campaign.
There is a group that is appropriately attacking Gary Peters for his alignment with the ACA, Obama and FAILED liberal policies, but sadly, the pandering done by the land campaign has hurt the very real possibility of taking over the US Senate this year. It has also done more to suppress conservative voting in Michigan, and might well have its own negative ‘coattails’ when added to those of the governor, who cannot champion liberal causes fast enough.
There are some bright spots however. The video interview by MLIVE below shows a more energetic Land, though they still cannot get the ‘replace’ part of the ACA repeal process out of her head. From “Ballot Bash” at MLIVE:
Of course, many folks think that short of the miracle of resurrection, this campaign is dead.
There is a reason current tracking has Snyder and 'shady' Schauer in a statistical dead heat.
We have seen the efforts of the current GOP powers more strongly attacking the conservative base than attacking progressive ideology in Michigan. It also seems to be a nationwide condition. Writing in today’s lead NRD article touching primarily on Immigration, Manning points out that Republicans have remained the party most likely to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He writes:
Phillip Hofmeister (President of Michigan OPen Carry, Inc.) addresses Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan regarding his stance on guns.
I am a frank man, as many people who know me could echo to you, so I will get straight to the point: you need gun owners this November. I know you have read the polling numbers, it’s real close — you might lose. Those few ten-thousand gun owners that won’t vote for you (along with me) may make the difference. Aside from the people who mindlessly follow the NRA, you don’t have them. I know many of them are planning to do one of the following regarding their vote for Governor: under-vote, vote third party (Libertarian or Constitutional), or vote for Mark Schauer (just to teach you and the Republicans a lesson).
I’m not sure which I will do yet, but I do know this: I won’t be voting for you. The purpose of this letter is to express what you can do to win my vote (and more importantly my personal support and endorsement). It’s simple, really. I only ask you to do 2 things:
- Work with the State Legislature as well as Michigan Open Carry, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, and Michigan Gun Owners in sincerity and earnest to repeal MCL 28.425o and have the repeal signed into law before November’s election. If you don’t know how to contact those organizations, that’s okay – your chief legislative assistant (Mr. Posthumus) does. This move will make a huge electoral impact as Michigan has approximately 450,000 CPL holders — most of them active voters. If you’re looking for legislative Sponsors I would consider approaching Sen. Mike Green or Rep. Joel Johnson.
- Send an open, published letter to State Republican Chair Bobby Schostak (and his successor, should he be replaced next cycle) that says the following: if the State Party holds its convention in a venue that bans firearms, you will not attend.
Yes, between now and November the NRA-ILA will sing your praise for passing its FOIA Package. I will yell just as loudly, that FOIA package accomplished nothing. Here’s the thing you and the NRA-ILA don’t want people to know: these records were already exempt from FOIA under Mager V. Department of State Police (Michigan Supreme Court, 1999, 460 Mich. 134). I will make sure as many people know this simple fact as possible — that despite all the NRA’s praise, signing this bill accomplished nothing.
So really, that’s it — those two, small things. Let’s face it: the anti-gunners are already going to vote for Mark Schauer so you won’t be losing their vote as it has already been lost. Not to mention, the number of pro-gun voters in Michigan seemingly far surpasses the number of anti-gun voters. All you have is gain. Do these two things and I will travel the state with you as well as sing your praise on every social media.
I look forward to working with you to accomplish these goals. Mr. Posthumus knows how to contact me.
Hey you hosers wanna thrown me a vote?
We got the bacon, eh?
Many of you might recall the fictional Canadian brothers from the “
What if I told you that a for real Canadian resident was on the ballot for a Michigan congressional seat?
Meet Jim Casha PO Box 308 Norwich, ON N0J1P0 Jim served in Lansing
welcome to bizarro world.
as an aside.. This gives me a laugh out loud. Former 8th congressional district candidate from Lincoln Park, now running for the 1st?
Snyder gets his man…reprise…
The state GOP elite marshaled its forces over the summer with the intention of protecting the Lt. Governor, and they succeeded. While the voting delegate count remained static, the outcome was reversed in comparison with the 2012 result that replaced Saul Anuzis in a conservative push that nearly unseated State Chair Bobby Schostak. A victory for the incumbent regime, or is it? With Common Core looming, and the the tie breaking vote on the Medicaid Expansion in Calley’s political resume’ , the conservative wing of the party may not be finished yet. There is still the November election.
The nomination of Wes Nakagiri was not just a symbolic gesture on the part of conservatives in the Republican party, it was a message to the established leadership that something has to change, and soon. The party has had four years to absorb the conservative message, and has chosen to reject it on a consistent basis. Rules changes for the nomination process were designed to discourage candidates from entering the political fray, not encourage them, and to further the debate. Nakagiri overcame all of them but in the end, the packing of the delegate convention with establishment types; including Lansing staffers; preserved the big government, “little tent” leadership. The decision, and effort, to exclude the conservative base from the party conversation has never been more obvious.
You will have plenty of special things to talk about
This is somehow NOT surprising.
“Top aide to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder claiming principal property tax exemptions in 2 states”
A top aide to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder who ran for a Republican precinct delegate post this month in Bath Township is registered to vote in two states and has reportedly claimed principal property tax exemptions in each.
Oh yeah.. Isn’t he a voting delegate too? Why yes, yes he is
Weiser appears ready to distance himself from Devos funded 'Great Lakes Education Project' and the radical activities of its MAIN MAN.
We can be fair here. I have never had a problem with those from all side airing out their concerns (until it becomes redundant and unnecessary torture) on these pages. In an attempt to set the record straight before next weekend’s main event, Ron Weiser addresses the specific rumors/charges/accusations made against him in an email blast that we reprint in whole below the fold.
In the mean time, lets allow the spirit of his writing put the pressure on those in the MiGOP apparatus who are insane enough to disagree with the esteemed Mr Weiser on some very KEY points. Weiser is clear enough in his letter, so that we know that:
- Homosexual marriage is a bad idea Mmk? Ron is quite obviously PRO Traditional marriage, and he is standing up and saying so. If you are PRO Homo (GHEY ‘marriage’) You are a BAD Republican. Obviously.
- Common Core is also BAD Mmk? Ron expressly disagrees with his wife, and is willing to endure interesting dinner conversations to stand on his principles. That crazy common core is wrecking our education system and he’ll quarter NONE of it at U of M, and states he would actively oppose it.
- GLEP and its Devos funded operator Greg McNeilly supports both of these, and Ron says will no longer be supporting GLEP financially, and has not since 2008. BRAVO! Greg McNeilley, who supports (and participated in) both Ghey ‘Marriage’ and Common Core, promotes the top two items through GLEP and his own personal PUBLIC displays, and THAT is enough for Ron Weiser who opposes GLEP and the Devos hired pop-gun McNeilley and his mechanization within the Republican party. Weiser and McNeilly, and perhaps McNeilly’s paycheck, DeVos by extension, must surely be natural enemies.
We are with you Mr Weiser. You gotta be careful who you hang with.
However, in the future, please feel free to be more direct and name names a little faster Ron. You know who they are, but we had to put the connected dots out there for you. No need to be coy, Mr Regent-to-be.
The letter as promised, in its entirety for full context below.