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    Tag: Pete Hoekstra

    Provable Vulnerability

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 11:05:58 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Republicans, Survey, 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, poisoning the party brand, creeping progressivism, executive-grade arm-twisting, constitutionally-restrained government, Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, integrity argument, causa provocare, liberty-minded network, acta non verba, empowered grassroots operation, sending a message, politician paper training, corinthian scales vs. absolute standard, "Mastermind" vs. "Oracle", Rick Snyder, GoverNerd, Nerd King, Slick Rick, mister thirty-six percent, Mr. 36%, Dave Agema, Mike Bishop, Keith Butler, Betsy DeVos, Gary Glenn, Pete Hoekstra, Bill Schuette, Michigan Banana Republican Party, MIGOP convention rule 22, MIGOP Policy Subcommittee, Brian Calley, Wes Nakagiri (all tags)

    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'.

    Continued with SO MUCH MORE below the fold.

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    Hoekstra: Michigan Could Change Obamacare Direction

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 08:49:26 AM EST
    Tags: Pete Hoekstra, Michigan, NO, 4714 (all tags)

    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.


    Hoekstra, who served 18 years in Congress, went on to say that the more that individual states go along with Obamacare by expanding Medicaid, the harder it will be to change or reverse the direction of Obamacare."

    'Reverse' is a gear seldom used in government.

    I wonder if the back up lights even work.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    2012 Analysis: Senate

    By Conservative First, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 01:57:05 AM EST
    Tags: Debbie Stabenow, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant (all tags)

    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.)

    Michigan Senate Results: County Map

    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.

    (724 words in story) Full Story

    2012 Michigan General Election Preview

    By Conservative First, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:31:12 PM EST
    Tags: Debbie Stabenow, Pete Hoekstra, Mitt Romney, redistricting (all tags)

    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
    Michigan leans slightly to the left in Presidential elections. This means that democrats need to win Michigan to win the White House, but Republicans don't. Michigan still has a weak economy thanks to eight years of democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm. Mitt Romney can still win here (current RCP average is Obama +4), but if he does, he's already won elsewhere.

    US Senate Likely democrat
    Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow is seeking a third term. The Republican nominee is Pete Hoekstra, former congressman who represented the 2nd district in West Michigan 1992-2010. He won a contested primary that sapped resources.  Hoekstra aired a controversial China ad and labeled Stabenow the worst senator ever, but never found support beyond the Republican base.  The RCP average is Stabenow +13.

    (4 comments, 1063 words in story) Full Story

    Forgetting The Message

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:06:18 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Elections, Republicans, Pete Hoekstra, Mitt Romney, Stephen Markman, Colleen O'Brien, Democrats, Failure, Obama, Stabenow, Bridget McCormack, Celebrity Race, Michigan Supreme Court, Rule-Of-Law, Messaging, Black & White (all tags)

    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.

    "I have always been concerned with the legal profession's impact on real people," said McCormack, a young-looking 46-year-old who her law school dean described as having, besides an infectious grin, "an infectious commitment to her craft, a subtle, powerful mind (and), an astonishing work ethic." Not to mention, time management skills; she and her husband, White House senior counsel Steven Croley, have a commuter marriage and a "blended family" of four teenagers."

    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!

    Continued below the fold

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    Send Rand a Helping Hand

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:54:58 PM EST
    Tags: Pete Hoekstra, US Senate, H.R. 459, Audit the Fed, QE 3, NObama, Dump Debbie (all tags)

    U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra answers a constituent question concerning an audit of the Federal Reserve, 4-30-09.
    Flashback 7-29-12:
    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.

    Now, like John Kerry, Harry Reid was for it, before he is against it.

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    Why Is Stabenow The Worst Senator? Let's Count The Ways

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:21:37 AM EST
    Tags: Pete Hoekstra, republican senate nominee, Debbie Stabenow, democrat senate incumbent, dangerously incompetent, meat puppet, do nothing, party-union line . . . every time, career politician, no budget Debbie, favors human sacrifice, amnesty for illegal immigrants, fairness doctrine, treats constituents like subjects, opposes affordable energy, UN Agenda 21, gun grabber, union shill, ObamaCare, anti-American socialist, thought police (all tags)

    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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    Enough With The Circular Firing Squad Already!

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 02:39:33 PM EST
    Tags: Pete Hoekstra, republican senate nominee, Paul Ryan, republican presumptive vice-presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, republican presumptive presidential nominee, disagree and commit (all tags)

    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.

    (11 comments, 1629 words in story) Full Story

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