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Tag: Pete Hoekstra
By JGillman, Section News
When was the last time a sitting Republican governor of Michigan was subjected to a primary?
Truthfully, I am not sure if it has ever happened. In 2014 it would likely succeed, according to polling by iCaucus that was completed on Friday and finalized this weekend. The scientific polling was done over a week targeting a specific group that will decide who is the GOP flag bearer going forward; active, educated and engaged republican delegates.
As a foreshadowing through early results had revealed, there is little question of where folks are at this point in time, and on the eve of Snyder signing Obamacare capitulation into law in Michigan. The polling shows Rick Snyder in disfavor with delegates, and unwelcome to nearly half. Less than 40% would NOT like to see a primary challenge.
Not surprisingly to this writer, the results are not as clear with Lt Governor Brian Calley, who has results that are within the margin of error. Outside of the polling there is a sense that many conservatives still find the problem to be with the governor himself, and Calley to be more incidental and possibly holding the governor to more conservative positions than he would be otherwise.
This might be the case, and might be seen as an additional reason to oust the governor who requires such 'care'.
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From the "You Think?" department
"Former U.S. Congressman Pete Hoekstra says if Michigan lawmakers refuse to expand Medicaid, it could help force the federal government to change Obamacare.'Reverse' is a gear seldom used in government.
I wonder if the back up lights even work.
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Debbie Stabenow was reelected to a third term in the US Senate. She destroyed Pete Hoekstra 58.8%-38%. Hoekstra won only 22 of 83 counties, mostly in West Michigan. (Romney won 63/83.)
This race was sadly reminiscent of the 2006 senate race. Back then, Keith Butler was recruited to run. After running for a while, someone in Washington recruited Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard to run. Jerry Zandstra also jumped in, though he was eventually disqualified for not getting enough signatures. The primary absorbed money and time that could better have gone into other races. Bouchard won, but he had trouble raising enough money to be competitive. He ran a lackluster campaign and failed to take the conservative position on the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. He lost 41.3%-56.9%.
This year, there were five Republican candidates who submitted signatures, plus a couple more who never got close to the number of signatures required. Peter Konetchy was disqualified for lack of signatures. Konetchy, Gary Glenn, and Randy Hekman were all solid conservatives who drew support from the Tea Party. Glenn dropped out a few weeks before the election.
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Cross-posted at The Western Right, Right Michigan, and Red Racing Horses.
This is an overview of competitive November 6 general election races in Michigan in 2012. More detailed profiles of some of the races are linked within the article.
President (Michigan) Leans democrat
US Senate Likely democrat
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By JGillman, Section News
Folks concerned about the sniping from within the Republican camp need to look at their candidates a little more closely from now on.
First off, any conservative who thinks that we should do anything else but vote for Pete Hoekstra, and Mitt Romney is off their nut. There are absolutely differences between those two and their opponents. The damage brought about by twelve years of Debbie Stabenow type thinking in the US Senate, and a mere three and a half years of Barack Obama as commander in chief is Awesome. And not in a good way. Their mindset and ideals are incompatible with a Republican form of government guaranteed by Article 4, Section 4 of our constitution.
Incompatible with a country ruled by law, not men.
Today's paper highlighted however, the unfortunate condition of our candidates vying for those positions of such importance; President, US Senator, and Michigan Supreme Court.
With the carefully placed articles in the local papers, we have a problem. Articles about how Romney is failing to Obama in 'key' states, and George Weeks inflating Pete Hoekstra's record so he could pop it like a balloon, to a Lessenberry column 'introducing' Bridget Mary McCormack's message to a state that doesn't know who she is:
"Nor is she a traditional candidate. Most Supreme Court nominees have been former senators, governors, or appellate and circuit court judges. McCormack is a popular law professor at the University of Michigan and director of the school's legal clinics.Excuse me while I take over the cat's duties of leaving partially digested food on the floor for a moment.
Not much of a soft sell eh?
Never mind the fact that the left is would up like a nine day clock in support of her candidacy. she is ALL Hollywood folks. In fact they have already put out a viral video where the former cast of an NBC show (West Wing) is actually referring to McCormack as "Hot". By golly! If that is the best qualification for the Michigan Supreme Court? Then rule-of-law be damned. Stake out the local "Toddlers & Tiaras" competitions for the next generations of our top legal referees!
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U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra answers a constituent question concerning an audit of the Federal Reserve, 4-30-09.
The House approved Paul's Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 459, in a bipartisan 327-98 vote. The vote split Democrats almost evenly -- 89 for and 97 against -- while only one Republican, Rep. Robert Turner (R-N.Y.), voted against it.
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
A website was recently launched, asking the question, "Why is Debbie Stabenow the Worst Senator?" Plenty of response to this, so I'm told, and many people voicing their opinion as to why, according to them, Debbie The Dangerously Incompetent needs to go (upward of 13,000 replies to date, if I'm informed correctly). Though I don't have that list handy, I did converse with a few Michigan tea partiers and review the responses on Pete Hoekstra's campaign FaceBook page. The distilled feedback that I have follows the break.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
It's been said often enough, and I believe it to be true, that in any given partisan election campaign, the real choice is frequently in the primaries. Once the general campaign is joined, we're stuck with whoever survives the primary campaign, like that or not. After the primary election results are certified to be so, our job at that point is to rally behind the nominee and do what we can to get them across the finish line in November; or, if our consciences cannot support that, then to at least do no harm. (Yes, there are exceptions, such as Roy Schmidt) but this is the general rule.
In Michigan's case, we have a Junior Senator who needs to be unseated, and we are one of the eleven "battleground" states in the contest to unseat the President (the others being: CO, FL, IA, NC, NH, NV, OH, PA, VA, & WI). Yet, judging by some of the posts and comments on this site and elsewhere in the week since the August primary, we seem to be more interested in undermining our own nominees than we do in taking down the incumbents. That's gotta stop.
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