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    Tag: Michigan Tea Party Alliance

    The Survey Monkey Strikes Again

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 02:38:21 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party, MIGOP State Party Chair, 2011 MIGOP State Convention, local party conventions, 2012 Republican National Convention, 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Independence Caucus of Michigan, Michigan Tea Party Alliance, Fix Michigan Network (all tags)

    You may remember from an earlier article of mine my assertion that 64% to 70% of the voting public is relatively clueless.  These are the people who show up to the polls on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of the November of every even-numbered year, cast their votes (based on who knows what logic), and assume that they've accomplished their civic duty when it comes to determining the direction of this state and country.

    On the other hand, there are those of us who have learned the truth that civic involvement in politics isn't a two month sprint held every other year.  The brutal reality of the matter is that it involves a great deal of behind-the-scenes work that goes on 52 weeks a year, every year.  And that there are conventions and elections, not conducted in the public eye, that set the tone and lay the groundwork for the upcoming election cycles.

    Yes, our work is indeed just getting started.

    (1 comment, 1856 words in story) Full Story

    Michelle Bachman Event In Grand Rapids

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 04:01:31 PM EST
    Tags: Robert Schostak, Michelle Bachmann, Michigan Republican Party, Kent County Republicans, Tea Party of West Michigan, Independence Caucus of Michigan, Michigan Tea Party Alliance, Norm Shinkle, Eileen McNeil, Alex Clark, Sarah Ledford, Justin Amash, Bill Huizenga (all tags)

    As the state's chief executive, Rick Snyder has a long-standing right accorded to all such chief executives: that being the right to indicate his preference for his party's state chairmanship.  Should he choose to exercise that right, as he has done in endorsing Robert Schostak (the sitting MIGOP Finance Chair), then it is with the expectation that his preference will be respected.  Moreover, of the seven or nine names that I've heard tossed about as possible challengers, none save Troy Rolling (the sitting MIGOP Grassroots Vice-Chair) has emerged as an actual candidate, and I'm not sure that Rolling's challenge should be taken seriously.

    But Mr. Schostak is a wise man, and he is well aware that the voting delegates of the Michigan Tea Party Alliance (who will carry considerable clout on the state convention floor) require some convincing before they'll buy into his candidacy.  It was with this very thing in mind that he scheduled a couple of events - occurring on December 28th - with the leader of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, Michelle Bachmann.

    (4 comments, 1585 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Michigan GOP 2010 State Convention - Aftermath, Consequences, & Lessons Learned

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 10:54:47 PM EST
    Tags: MIGOP 2010 State Convention, Strategic National, Yob Machine, Independence Caucus, Michigan Tea Party Alliance, Rick Snyder, Brian Calley, Ruth Johnson, aftermath, consequences, lessons learned (all tags)

    In his Remarks in New York City at a Reception for Delegates to the State Republican Convention on June 17, 1982, Ronald Reagan said, "When the chips are down and the decisions are made as to who the candidates will be, then the 11th Commandment prevails and everybody goes to work, and that is:  `Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican'."  The point of this philosophy (originally developed in September of 1965 by California State Republican Party Chairman Gaylord Parkinson) was to avoid having Republican primary opponents so thoroughly savage each other that the stage would be set in the general campaign for a liberal Democrat win in November.  Additionally, once the general ticket is in place, the caution here is to set aside the heat of the primary contests and work as a statewide team for a GOP win at the general election.

    To say that the 2010 Michigan Republican State Convention was "interesting" would be considered by many attendees as an understatement.  By all honest accounts, it was evident that the MIGOP party leadership expected that, in exchange for being allowed a few seats at the table, the Michigan Tea Party Alliance would be good little sheep on the convention floor and rubber stamp the decrees of the party officials.  Funny thing about that though, is that the MTPA members blindly answer to no one (certainly no one whose trustworthiness is considered suspect at best), and most assuredly do not simply do as they're told.  On the flip side of that coin, though, anyone who is of the opinion that the MTPA is going to take out their frustration on the GOP ticket is going to be thoroughly disabused of that notion come November.

    Until The Polls Open In Michigan

    (37 comments, 2460 words in story) Full Story

    Smoking Out The Rats In A Snake Pit - Calley vs. Cooper

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 12:10:17 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Convention, Strategic National, Michigan Tea Party Alliance, shenanigans and skullduggery, Brian Calley, Bill Cooper (all tags)

    You'd think that someone would have covered it.  In the Grand Rapids area, channel 3, channel 13, the Grand Rapids Press, and the Associated Press mentioned it in passing.  Channel 17 mentioned the event that precipitated it and much of what followed it (although they did give it some coverage on the video).  Channel 8 was the only one to cover it in any detail.  Oddly enough, even Michigan Liberal at least gave it a spot.  And the really goofy thing is that in perusing the statewide media coverage of the 2010 Michigan Republican Convention this past weekend, the two Detroit papers provide the most accurate account of what happened as a whole at the convention . . . but only if you know how to combine the facts and weed out the inaccuracies.  Even then, both the Freep and the detNews didn't quite get the key point of what happened.

    So I suppose that, as usual, the conservative blogger-journalists have to step up to the plate and correct the record.  And in this case, I can provide a rather unique perspective.

    (5 comments, 2488 words in story) Full Story

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