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    Tag: Independence Caucus

    Race Blogging - 29th State Senate Seat

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 09:48:21 AM EST
    Tags: Fix Michigan Center of West Michigan, Kent County Republicans, Kentwood, Justin Amash, Ken Yonker, Bing Goei, Harold Mast, Dick VanderMolen, Shana Shroll, Independence Caucus, Michigan Republican Party, Dave Hildenbrand, Michigan Democrat Party, David LaGrand, Libertarian Party of Michigan, Bill Gelineau (all tags)

    (Promoted by Nick...)

    My "normal job" here at the Fix Michigan Center of West Michigan is as the Communications Coordinator, which means that I'm supposed to be cranking out one blog per week.  Yeah . . . not so much.  The brutal reality for me this particular election cycle is that I've been heavily involved in a leadership position for the Kent County Republicans in the ground game in Kentwood.  My work is impacting the 3rd Congressional race (Justin Amash), the 72nd and 75th State House races (Ken Yonker and Bing Goei, respectively), and the 12th, 13th, and 19th County Commission races (Harold Mast, Dick VanderMolen, and Shana Shroll).  Of those candidates, only VanderMolen is an incumbent; Mast and Shroll are challengers, and the others are running for open seats.

    So far as I know, all six of those races are more or less safely in Republican hands right now, though some of them are tighter than we might care for.  On the other hand, there is one race in Kent County that will be closer than we'd like, that the Democrats want really bad, that the Republicans cannot afford to lose . . . and I've been working on the ground game (to a greater or lesser degree) since May.  Such is the life of a Precinct Delegate.

    Until The Polls Open In Michigan

    (4 comments, 1902 words in story) Full Story

    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

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    BREAKING: Independence Caucus Endorsement for Michigan S.O.S.

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 06:58:06 PM EST
    Tags: Independence Caucus, grassroots activists, Spanish Inquisition, Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, Ruth Johnson, Anne Norlander (all tags)

    Most member organizations of the Michigan Tea Party Alliance are structured as 527 groups.  This means that they're not allowed to directly advocate the election or defeat of any candidate for elective office, only to operate on behalf of issue advocacy and voter mobilization.  However, the tea party coalitions in several states (including in Michigan) operate in strategic partnership with an organization set up specifically as a Political Action Committee.  This organization concerns itself with candidate screening, endorsement, and advocacy, with a specific focus on constitutional loyalty and grassroots activism, and on integrity over money.

    The Independence Caucus is not a political party, nor is it affiliated with any political party.  It is the anti-incumbent, non-affiliated group of concerned citizens devoted to electing candidates truly committed to constitutional loyalty and fiscal responsibility, regardless of party.  The goal is the election of such candidates to not less than 40% of the seats in the House and the Senate in 2010 . . . and in each following election year.  It is a not-for-profit organization of concerned citizens from all walks who recognize the responsibility to act now to protect future generations of this nation from the disastrous consequences of our unfathomable deficits and debts, and exists to teach us how to govern our country as citizens, and to provide the practical tools and resources to actually make it happen.

    (6 comments, 1515 words in story) Full Story

    Big Surprise

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 12:48:59 PM EST
    Tags: Mike Huckabee, Mike Cox, HuckPAC, Pete Hoekstra, endorsement, 2010 Michigan Gubernatorial Campaign, National FairTax Initiative, Michigan FairTax Proposal, Michigan TEA Party Movement, Common Sense in Government, Smart Girl Politics, Independence Caucus (all tags)

    I did not see this coming.

    Everyone who's familiar with me is well aware that I'm a big fan of Mike Huckabee.  This is for multiple reasons.  The guy's a solid conservative and was - in my opinion - a better choice than John McCain for the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.  Most importantly, as far as I'm concerned, is the fact that Governor Huckabee is an open proponent of the National FairTax Initiative.  (Yes, he's also an open supporter of the Michigan FairTax Proposal.)

    With that in mind, I fully expected that Governor Huckabee would, if he endorsed anyone in the Michigan Gubernatorial race, be endorsing Pete Hoekstra (who has openly endorsed both the national initiative and the state proposal).  Congressman Hoekstra has also actively and constructively engaged the Michigan TEA Party Movement, and I recall well that grassroots engagement was what kept Huckabee in the Republican primary race as long as he was.  I also know for a fact that HuckPAC will not endorse, support, or otherwise back any candidate who doesn't support the FairTax initiative.

    So you can imagine my surprise when, around 8:30 this morning, I received a phone call from a close friend who just happens to be an insider to the Mike Cox gubernatorial campaign.

    (22 comments, 1454 words in story) Full Story

    ABC Healthcare Infomercial Protest-Rally

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 02:53:04 PM EST
    Tags: TEA Party of West Michigan, WXXM-TV (channel 13), Independence Caucus, WXMI-TV (channel 17), WOOD-TV (channel 8) (all tags)

    The TEA Party of West Michigan is holding a protest outside the WZZM-TV studio in Grand Rapids.  The focus of this protest is the President Obama infomercial in support of his Nationalized Healthcare plan.  The information I present below the fold is from both the Independence Caucus and the Republican National Committee.  We so need to do this!

    (591 words in story) Full Story

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