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The Primary Goings-On In Michigan

Tuesday, 10.15.08   Posted By: Millie

John is in New York this evening, covering of course none other than the Michigan primary. He spoke with Melissa Long earlier today. He had been in meetings all afternoon and she mentioned she was glad he got caught for a moment to sit down for an interview!

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John discussed the implications of a win for Romney – something crucial for him to essentially stay viable in the race. Melissa brought up a question that I had wondered about, too. How come people have not been focusing on the results of Wyoming, which Romney won??

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John replied that Romney’s camp indeed has been touting that win. He added, however, that it’s a small state, and there are a “modest” number of delegates. He additionally pointed out that all the unprecedented changes to the primary calendar are also contributing factors as to why some states get more focus and attention than others.

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Also discussed was McCain’s previous Michigan win in 2000, as well as what a win will mean for him tonight. John says McCain will be in “temporary command” of the Republican race if he emerges as the winner. The bottom line for any of the candidates, though, is that a win tonight means a boost in the polls and a much-needed gain in momentum.

John also touched on what’s ahead down the road after tonight, as larger states start holding their primaries and caucuses. He noted that candidates stumping in larger states will be spending much more as far as commercials are concerned, because they (the commercials) get aired in larger television markets. This means candidates with less cash in their pocketbooks will be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting their message out in larger cities.

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Tonight’s results will *technically* be only from the GOP side, due to a controversy about Michigan moving its primary date up and the DNC’s subsequent decision to not allow democratic delagates to *count*. This decision leaves me scratching my head. Why is it that other states have also moved up their primary dates, yet it is not an issue with them? Why only so far in Michigan is this causing problems?

The loophole here is that Democrats can vote for Republicans tonight, essentially voting for one GOP candidate over another, just to keep their least desirable Republican candidate from getting more votes.

Despite all these issues tied up in Michigan tonight, John said a “deal” will have to be made later on down the line as to whether or not the Michigan democratic delegates will be counted after all at their convention later on in the year.

All of this controversy is still a bit confusing to me… Our groupmembers Joan and Jeannemarie both live in Michigan, so I asked them for their take on what is going on.

Here’s what Joan had to say:

I didn’t vote because I just can’t make myself go “Red” and only having Hillary (for all intents and purposes) on the Democratic side, well, it didn’t seem right for her to “win” Michigan simply by default. She kept her name on the ballot, but she didn’t do any “stumping” around here for a vote.
I enjoy watching my state get all this attention. But the way reporters are talking about it – did it not really sink in that we have such a high unemployment rate? They’d quote the numbers, but it doesn’t feel like until they “got it” until they started talking to actual Michiganders and heard our stories. It seems that now it has really hit home how tough we have it.
John Roberts interviewed three unemployed people in Warren, MI this morning. One woman was leaving Michigan for a job in Georgia to try to keep her house here in Michigan. She was unemployed from GM. CNN has been showcasing the Detroit area. They haven’t even touched other cities such as Flint or Lansing. Michigan is hard hit everywhere.
As Chris Lawrence reported this morning, everything seems to have a six degrees of separation with the car industry, and the American car industry isn’t what it once was.

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And here’s what Jeanmarie had to say:

As a lifelong Democrat I should be excited about this year’s presidential primaries which feature the first viable female and African American candidates. While I am proud to be a part of the party where this is occurring I cannot help but be disheartened by the fact that those of us in Michigan will have little or no say in who our nominee will be.

For those of you unfamiliar with the controversy, Michigan – a state which leads the country in unemployment and is in dire need of fresh ideas – decided that it was tired of arriving late to the presidential nominating party. As a highly populated, diverse, Midwestern state we were tired of having election decisions made in large part by states that looked nothing like us and which did not necessarily share the problems of the industrial midwest. To try to have a greater say in the process the leaders of both major political parties in the state decided to move our primary date up. The fact that Democrats and Republicans in this state came together on this issue shows how important it is to us Michiganders.

The national powers that be, however, would have none of it. Instead of listening to the concerns and desires of states like Michigan the DNC decided that we should be punished like misbehaving children. How dare we try to voice our opinions and have a say in our future – father knows best. Thus, we were told by our national party that the Democrats would lose all of their delegates to the convention and none of the major candidates would campaign here.

For a state that has been crucial to the Democrats’ success in the past and to all of its loyal Democratic voters this was a slap in the face. As a result I find myself without a voice in the process and my loyal Democratic vote worthless. To make my vote count in some way, I decided to cross party lines for the first time in my life and vote in the Republican primary. My aim in doing so was to do my part to help ensure that the candidate I found the offensive of the viable Republican candidates did not win a majority of Michigan’s Republican delegates.

A number of my Democratic friends have done the same. As difficult as it was for me to sign my name and check a box labeled “Republican” next to my name I had to do it. It is important to feel that you are a part of the process and for me, this election cycle, it was the only way I could feel engaged. I am still a staunch Democrat and that will not change. Come this fall I will campaign for my party’s nominee as I have always done. I cannot change the decision of the DNC this election cycle but will make my voice heard next time they come calling for donations. If my vote doesn’t matter to the DNC, then neither should my money.

Jeanmarie Miller, Flint, Michigan.

Thanks to both Joan and Jeanmarie for their insight!

-Millie

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The Madness Moves To Michigan

Monday, 01.14.08   Posted By: Millie

Well, tomorrow is another big primary day, this time in Michigan. Will there be another pizza party this time around to celebrate the occasion? I don’t think so, because unfortunately… well, unfortunately we are still plumb tuckered out from the events of the last one!!!

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Maybe we’ll have to wait on holding our next big shing-ding until the November 4th election…

Tomorrow is Michigan’s turn in the campaign primary spotlight. Because the results from Iowa, Wyoming and New Hampshire left the standings in the race so wide open, Michigan should be another nail-biter. In fact, I get the feeling that every state will be a nail-biter… all the way up to Super-Duper Tuesday next month, when the bigger picture should finally solidify somewhat.

John has been reporting from Michigan in the last few days, covering the candidates as they stump across The Great Lakes State.

Here he is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, among a throng of people awaiting the arrival of Mitt Romney:

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We don’t have to go far to get some insider information about the issues at hand in Michigan. Our very own Joan lives in Michigan and she blogged back in October about her state’s economic problems, as well as some of the treasures it has to offer.

You can check out her previous post here.

We’ll have some highlights of the Michigan primaries here at Johnthenewsking as soon as the results come in. Until then, have a great start to your workweek and check back with us later on in the week for posts from our new contributors!

-Millie

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Picture Day Today!

Thursday, 10.18.07

Today, I looked through our yahoo photo album and found some additional screenshots of John reporting from Michigan. I also found some more screenshots from his recent appearances on AC360 and TSR.

In no particular order, here they are:

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John’s recent stay in New York and his participation in the “CNN Political Upfront” breakfast (held in NYC’s Gotham Hall) was put together as “a sales pitch for advertisers to buy time or space on CNN and CNN.com”.

Check out more information about the event here.

And, I have some great pictures to share from the breakfast! As you can see, the backdrop was CNN’s election debate set:

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John is currently in rural New Hampshire, where the leaves are just about changing for the fall season. I’m sure the views are breathtaking!

Have a great day everyone!

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Thanks! From Michigan

Saturday, 10.13.07 

I have long wished for a report to be aired on TSR regarding how bad things are economically in Michigan. Imagine my surprise on Thursday when I came home from work, turned on my dvr and got all set to watch John King’s report for the day. It was entitled “The Blight Battleground” and behind him on the video wall was Michigan!

With all that my state has to offer, the beauty of the Great Lakes, the Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, the Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!), I feel very proud to call this my home state.

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Yet I’ve watched for the last six years as the growing economy, slowly at first, and then at a terrifying rate, sank to lower and lower depths. A “blight” indeed! My dad is a blue collar worker in construction which is one of the hardest hit areas in Michigan. It’s hard to watch a man who’s used to working everyday to provide for his family being laid off and having to call unemployment. He has to go around to all the sheet metal shops asking for work and is turned away because there’s no work to be had. Yet this has been his story off and on for the past five years. And millions more just like my dad are doing the same thing everyday. My dad is lucky – right now there’s work for him. But there’s no guarantee how long it will last, especially with winter coming.

I haven’t crunched the numbers or done the research on how bad things truly are here in Michigan. But I know enough to know that when Mr. Bush looks into the camera and tells us that things are better economically in America, he’s obviously ignorant about the state that Michigan is in. As John reported Thursday, in most states the big issue this presidental election is the Iraq war. But in Michigan it is one thing: Jobs. 

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John interviewed Saul Anuzis, the Michigan GOP Chairperson who stated that Michigan’s the only state to lose jobs six years in a row. Then the report cut to John interviewing a Detroit UAW worker who wondered where has the middle class gone to? I think a lot of people are wondering the same thing. The rich get richer as the poor get poorer. It’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet anymore.

John goes on to report that unemployment in Michigan is at 7.4% compared to only 4.7% nationally. 5.7 million jobs have been added nationally in the last six years, while Michigan has lost 332,000 – 100,000 of those in the last year alone. People like to point fingers. Is it our 2-term Democratic Governor that’s the cause of this massive economic slide? Or could it be the country’s 2-term Republican President, who’s very non-friendly towards unions and this is a state that thrives on union work and needs it to survive?

Since Michigan broke the DNC’s rules by moving its primary up to January 15th, and with the Democratic candidates stating they won’t be doing any “stumping” around my neck of the woods because of it, does this mean that the Republican candidates have a better shot at winning such a “key battleground state?” Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure. Michigan is in need of major help from whoever is elected President.  Mere campaign promises or “band-aids” will not fix this blight.  On a 2005 Oprah show, Anderson Cooper did a special report that shocked me. Out of all the cities in the United States, the city that had the most homeless in it was Detroit. That hits a little too close to home. Lansing has auto plants closing and jobs are leaving. My hope is that the economy can start to climb before Lansing becomes the next Detroit.

John, anytime you’d like to do a follow-up on your report, Lansing would welcome you! I think it’s important to let people know that things are not the rosey picture that’s portrayed by the government. I realize that some states are booming economically, but others are in desperate need of help. I work at a firm where someone helped draft the legislation for the Michigan Chamber which became the new Michigan Business Tax. I also work for someone who’s the Editor of a booklet our firm published about doing business in Michigan and the tax incentives you can gain from it. So it’s given me a bit of an inside glimpse into how hard Michigan is working to get businesses to move here.

So thanks again from Michigan, John! We appreciate the acknowledgement that things are indeed tough economically right now for our beautiful State.

Joan

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