Tuesday, October 23, 2007

MDP Chairman says, "Dayne Walling is a Democrat. Don Williamson is not."

The Michigan Democratic Party(MDP) has come out in support of Dayne Walling for Mayor of Flint. In the Flint Journal, Chairman Mark Brewer, says "Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words and by his [Williamson] actions he's a Republican." The MDP has released a new radio ad in Flint stating that Don Williamson is involved in two lawsuits regarding sexual harassment and racial discrimination, hiring individuals who attacked Flint women, and comparing him to Denzel Washington's character in Training Day at the end of the ad. The ad cites a FBI report that under Williamson's watch crime has doubled in Flint and blames Williamson's refusal to put more cops on the street. Check out the radio ad here.


Friday, October 19, 2007

MI Republicans Vote to Refuse Poor Children Health Care

I'm not exaggerating. Here is the list of your Congressmen who voted against the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SCHIP). If reauthorized, the Bill would cover millions of low-income children and would cost taxpayers $35 million, which would be raised through a 61 cent increase in federal taxes on smoking. There are more details attached by link. The President vetoed the Bill and the vote was to overturn the veto. Considering the unemployment rate in Michigan and the many Michiganders who fall below the poverty line, one would think that this would be an issue all Michigan legislators could agree on. Unfortunately, many Michigan Republicans voted down the Bill. All Michigan Democrats voted to support the Bill and millions of disadvantaged children. Thank you Vern Ehlers, Candice Miller, and Fred Upton for voting your conscience and being the only Michigan Republicans to support this important legislation.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dems Should Turn Michigan Green

There was a rather interesting article at Michigan Liberal a few days ago about the future of Michigan as a center for green industry. Considering Michigan's experience in engineering and automobile design, we should be the prime candidates for building an American future based on renewable energy and international independence. It may sound like a pipe-dream, but maybe if we elect a Democrat as president (assuming any of them run in Michigan) a change in our energy policy could completely change Michigan's future. We have some of the best engineering schools in the nation, connection across the country by road, low property values, and plenty of land. Hopefully, Jim Barcia is right.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Michigan Primary

The latest story about Michigan's presidential primary is sobering. On this issue I disagree with Keith. I do not see justification for the actions of the Democratic National Commitee or the presidential candidates.

While the parties are non-governmental organizations and have the right to govern their own affairs, I find it horrible that the DNC would restrict the decision making process to a select group of its members. Of course the DNC can do what it wants. But so can every democrat in Michigan and I think that money and support from Michigan will plummet for the DNC and the presidental candidates. Michigan Demcrats have no obligation to a party that shows no obligation to Michigan Democrats.

I have a feeling that in 2008 Michigan and Florida will not go for the democratic candidate but for either the Republicans or for Unity 08. This is the price of the sanctions that has not been mentioned in the news stories.