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    Tag: Michigan's First District (page 2)

    Jason Allen, Traverse City and the First District

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 11:11:23 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan's First District, Republicans, Jason Allen (all tags)

    Jason Allen, currently Senator of Michigan's 37th district, is soon to announce his decision to run for United States Representative of Michigan's First District.

    The Constitution does not require a representative of a district to live within the district he/she represents, however, Jason Allen and his family have decided to move within the district from his life long home of Traverse City,  to "legitimately run" for the office formerly held by Bart Stupak.

    The overwhelming majority of the current 1st district is infinitely different than the Traverse City area, and it is disconcerting that Allen would presume to represent most firsters.  The TC area is the home of Michael Moore's yearly film festival, and is a play spot of many celebrities and government officials.

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    Benishek challenged by Career Politician

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 02:45:29 AM EST
    Tags: Benishek, Michigan's First District, Republicans, Jason Allen (all tags)

    Enough is enough!  Benishek for Congress

    Benishek campaign

    Senator Allen, welcome to the race...and to the district!

    Senator Jason Allen today jumped into the race for Congress in the 1st District, shortly after moving into the 1st District. Benishek for Congress Field Director Dan Blough offered the following statement:

    "We'd like to welcome senator Allen to the race for Congress and to his new home in the 1st congressional district. As soon as he actually moves in and we find out his address we'll send over the welcome wagon and perhaps some cherry pie so he won't be so homesick for Traverse City."

    Dr. Dan Benishek is a surgeon from Iron River, Michigan and a Republican candidate for Congress in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. Please visit our website at Dan Benishek For Congress Benishek campaign

    (20 comments, 145 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Jason Allen: Career Politician Wants Stupak's Seat

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 02:39:28 AM EST
    Tags: Benishek, Michigan's First District, Republicans, Jason Allen (all tags)

    Michigan News and Views: CJ's Corner

    C. J. Williams  

        Jason Allen is a forty-seven year old career politician from Michigan's Grand Traverse County who became active in Republican politics while still in high school.  Some speculate he aspires to become governor of the state someday, which might explain his `hands-across-the aisle', bipartisan mentality and willingness to cater to special interest groups and snake oil salesmen with deep pockets.

       Following graduation from Traverse City High he earned a Bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in fashion merchandising at Miami University in Ohio.  Allen returned to Traverse City where he went through the rigors of National Guard training and worked in his family's men's apparel business, the Captain's Quarters. The siren's song, however, soon lured him back into politics.

       He ran a successful campaign to become a Grand Traverse County Commissioner, a position that served as a diving board for his leap into state politics.  In 1999 at age thirty-six he became State Representative Allen and held that title until 2002 when he became State Senator Allen.

       As a state senator, Mr. Allen has been representing the people of the 37th District of Michigan, which consists of Grand Traverse, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Chippewa and Mackinac counties.

       Since term limits have now forced him not to run for reelection and since Grand Traverse County isn't in Michigan's 1st District so he can campaign for a job and tidy salary as a U. S. Representative.  Congressional District, he's purportedly thinking about packing up and moving into a nearby country that is in the 1st.

       This maneuver has caused some to label the soon to be ex-senator a "carpet-bagger", a term coined after the Civil War when northern white men headed to the South in search of power and financial gain. As it pertains to politics, however, it denotes one who shamelessly moves their household into any district so as to promote their career.

       Like a cowardly lion, Mr. Allen has waited to announce his candidacy

    until after U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak tucked his whipped puppy dog tail between his legs and let it be known he's canning his reelection campaign and retiring at the end of the year.

       If he does decide to run, Allen will join four other Republicans who will face off in the August 3rd primary. Unlike the cowardly carpet-bagger, however, the four have been actively campaigning for weeks. One, Dr. Dan Benishek, publicly threw his hat in the ring before Stupak's traitorous vote in favor of government-controlled healthcare. The others, Linda Goldthorpe, Don Hooper and Tom Stillings, had also been collecting signatures to get their name on the ballot, and formally announced their candidacy soon after Stupak's treachery.

       Throughout Jason Allen's political career he's given every appearance of catering to special interest groups and been richly rewarded financially in return. For instance, last August Sen. Allen sponsored Michigan Senate Bill 731, which, if signed into law, will greatly benefit the SEIU government employee union.

       Formally known as the Service Employees International Union, the SEIU, you may recall, helped spawn ACORN, which now stands accused of creating voter fraud in the last national election. The scuttlebutt is that the SEIU had already gifted Allen with $2,000 on June 22, 2009. In fact, his campaign financial disclosures - those he chooses to share with the public, that is - reflect such contributions before then.

       Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy perhaps best sums up SB 731. In his December 15, 2009 article, "GOP Senators, SEIU Taxpayer Giveaways, Campaign Cash and More, OH MY!", Jack wrote:

       "On Aug. 5, 2009, Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Bill 731, which would give statutory cover to a scheme transferring approximately $6.6 million in taxpayer money annually to the SEIU government employee union, one of the parents of ACORN. This is accomplished by creating a shell government `employer' for some 42,000 individuals who are actually hired by elderly or disabled Medicaid recipients to provide personal care services in their homes. A Mackinac Center lawsuit is pending regarding a similar arrangement imposed on home day care providers."  (An update on the lawsuit can be read here.)

       Though campaign contributions are usually disclosed, it's been learned that Allen has in the past created several secret funds, including two political action committee funds, his campaign fund, an administrative account and a community fund.  Reporter Brian McGillivary, writing for the Traverse City Record-Eagle, brought this to light in his July 16, 2006 article, "Allen mum on campaign giving".

       McGillivary noted that between 2003 and 2005, Allen had raised more than $600,000 in political contributions in five funds he controls, but was less than candid about where the money had come from.

       He also noted "...Legislation involving some of Allen's secret account contributors has appeared before Allen's legislative committee or before the state Legislature, but Allen said he doesn't pay attention to the timing of contributions and his legislative votes or actions aren't influenced by such money."

       Allen seems to attract snake oil salesmen like honey-wagons draw flies. Take for instance `Sovereign Deed', the mercenary outfit that wanted to set up shop at the tiny Pellston Airport, which Stupak gifted with taxpayer money so it could become a northern Michigan version of the Taj Mahal. On April 17, 2007 Allen jumped in with a gift of his own, SB 400, which specifically offered a special tax break to Sovereign Deed.  It was railroaded out of committee and through the state legislature within one month's time and signed into law by Granholm on May 29th.

       Then there were the developers involved with the `Petoskey Pointe' project.  Though they had an opulent vision of razing an entire city block and building an upscale condominium under which there would be shops and other attractions, the vision turned out to be a nightmarish pipe dream. Petoskey citizens are now wondering what to do about the huge hole that's been left in their downtown area.

       The snake oil salesmen involved with Petoskey Pointe have since moved on, but not before rewarding Jason Allen with donations for his help in promoting their proposed economic development in his district. One of them, James Wilson, contributed more than $10,000 to Allen's campaign, but Allen of course admitted no wrongdoing.  

        Yet another development project that netted Allen lots of campaign cash also fizzled.  That fiasco, TC Towers, involved building a huge parking deck in Traverse City.  Allen was accused of sweetening the deal by chasing off another developer who vowed he could build it cheaper, but the senator of course admitted no wrongdoing with that project either.

       One of the players involved with the TC Towers scheme is Louis P. Ferris. Mr. Ferris, who has given plenty of money to Sen. Allen, is now involved with a proposed commuter rail line in Detroit.  Yes, he invested in a railroad, and Allen is hoping  his benefactor will bring the commuter rail line all the way to Traverse City.  Imagine that!  

       Ferris also bought into a grocery/beer/wine business. He supplied his new enterprise, "Bella Vino", with produce from his nearby 107-acre estate, no doubt gifted with more of Allen's special `tax-break' legislation and/or state and federal grants. Ferris got out of the grocery business early in 2009 after `anchoring' the Plymouth Road Mall for five years, but Bella Vino still had hopes of marketing beer and wine and fresh from its farm foodstuff at other locations.

       Another player in both the TC Towers and Petoskey Pointe projects was Ferris' front man, Michael Uzelac. He's just another of many, including some involved with land conservancies, who have the ability to attract the attention of career politicians like Jason Allen.

       After almost eighteen years of Stupak do you think the 1st Congressional District of Michigan voters are in the mood to send another career politician to Washington, D.C., particularly a shameless carpet-bagger?

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    Just when you think you know what you're up against...

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 07:49:25 PM EST
    Tags: Benishek, Michigan's First District, Republicans (all tags)

    Posted at Red State
     Posted by Dan Benishek  

    Monday, April 19th at 1:25PM EDT

    As some of you may have heard, I started my campaign at the end of January after Congress passed the massive stimulus bill which will be wasting our hard-earned money.  Making things even worse, Congress, with Rep. Bart Stupak, voted into law a terrible health care bill that nobody read with huge implications for our government, tax situation, health care and morals.

    Stupak's caving in certainly gave a big boost to my campaign.  A lot of pressure was placed on him over the vote, and may have been the reason for his retirement announcement a week and a half ago.  Whatever his reasons, the decision has changed the race yet again.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention the help I have received from the online community, sites like Redstate and The Minority Report, in allowing my campaign to be as successful as it has.  This help has been invaluable.  It is evident we are together in this fight to get our country back.

    With news of new candidates getting in the race on both sides, I just wanted to assure everyone I don't intend to step aside and let some career politician take this seat because he or she thinks it is easier now.  I will continue the fight against irresponsible spending and our Congress' deaf ear to constituents, as I have from the very beginning.  As a people, we cannot continue to be ignored.  My district and the country need sustainable, unobstructed, economic driven jobs, not government spending increases and unfulfilled promises.  Enough is enough!

    I would like to thank you all for your support and tenacity and hope you continue to support great conservative candidates on our road to Congress.

    Thank you and God bless,

    Dan Benishek

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    Benishek Hits Money Bomb Goal

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 06:37:28 PM EST
    Tags: Benishek, Michigan's First District, Republicans (all tags)

    First brought to my attention by Saul Anuzis, former Michigan Republican Party chair, back on March 26, 2010, the Benishek campaign set a goal of raising $219,000.  Described as $1000 for every vote for the monstrous, unconstitutional "healthcare" bill, the "money bomb" was directed at defeating Bart Stupak.

    The day Stupak folded, the Benishek Campaign hit it's mark.

    Money Bomb Hits Its Mark
    Benishek Hits Goal of Raising $219k to Dump Stupak on Same Day Stupak Backs Out of Race

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    Benishek message to political Johnny-Come-Latelys

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 06:00:24 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan's First District, Benishek, Republicans (all tags)

    Dr. Dan Benishek has gained massive attention from national and local media in the wake of  the March 21st "Health Care" vote.  Bart Stupak (D) Menominee was seen to have played a pivotal role in the vote, disillusioning his constituency as well as members of The Right to Life, and people all over the nation.  After promising to be a stalwart on the issue that there be no public funding of abortion in the law, Stupak instead received an executive order from President Obama, the most pro-choice President this country has ever seen.

    Ever since that fateful vote, Dr. Benishek raised money from not only his district, but people all over the nation wanting the surgeon to use the funds to defeat Bart Stupak.

    Last Friday, Bart Stupak decided to retire.

    Presumably in response to currently term-limited Republican challengers eager to enter the race for United States Congress in the First District of Michigan, Dr. Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls has prepared a press release.

    Benishek message to political "Johnny-Come-Lately-s" in MI-1

    (189 words in story) Full Story

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