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    Tag: Randy Hekman

    And Then There Were Three

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:43:21 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, US Senate, Clark Durant, Pete Hoekstra, Randy Hekman, Gary Glenn, Debbie Stabenow (all tags)

    Michigan's US Senate race just changed a little.

    OK maybe a lot.

    Gary Glenn announced last night that he would withdraw from the race and endorse charter school founder Clark Durant.  Citing Hoekstra's voting record, Hoekstra's record on right to work, and the ability for Durant to reach out across lines to a greater base in the general, Glenn made it clear Hoekstra was not the best choice to oppose Debbie in November:

    "To help save our country from the brink of bankruptcy, our highest priority must be defeating big-spending liberals like Debbie Stabenow.  I've grown more convinced over the course of this campaign that because of the obvious vulnerability of his own big-bailout, big-debt, big-spending record, nine-term Congressman Pete Hoekstra can't beat Stabenow."

    "Since Pete Hoekstra can't beat Debbie Stabenow, my sense of duty requires me to step aside and assist the conservative candidate whose broad and growing range of support from all corners, financially and otherwise, makes him clearly more likely to defeat Congressman Hoekstra in August so we have a chance to defeat Sen. Stabenow in November. That's clearly Clark Durant."

    Glenn's announcement comes on the heels of recent radio blitz attacking Hoekstra on his record.

    A point man who had passed Right-To-Work in Idaho along with Charlton Heston, Glenn made specific reference to a comfortable relationship with Jimmy Hoffa JR by Hoekstra.  That comfortable relationship insinuated along with a record of Hoekstra opposing RTW.

    More than 40 tea party groups throughout Michigan had recently selected Glenn as their preferred candidate through the Michigan For Conservative Senate campaign. Glenn was identified through a series of debates and events as the most conservative,  yet the cost of a statewide campaign proved to be too much in the end.  Hoekstra's visible absence from most of the events where the other candidates attended will likely mean those groups break for Durant or Hekman, rather than the man who seemingly didn't consider their effort to be worth his time.

    Durant was well received in those events as well making him a likely favorite for their efforts going forward.  Randy Hekman may receive considerable support as well, given his recent endorsement by tea party favorite Dave Agema, who recently defeated Saul Anuzis for Republican National Committeeman.  Anuzis, an NPV supporter backs Durant.

    Money as always, will play a critical role in the next two weeks as we witness the shift in support, and realignment by active political elements in our state.

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    Signature Collection and Exit Polls

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 10:59:34 PM EST
    Tags: Scott Boman, Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Pete Hoekstra, Peter Konetchy, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, primary process (all tags)

    As I sit here waiting for the Kent County Commission Districts 12 and 13 return to come in, I thought that I'd share with you some fun I had at my polling place earlier today.

    (826 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Herman, Go Home

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 12:09:03 PM EST
    Tags: 2012 Senate Race, Scotty Boman, Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Peter Konetchy, Chuck Marino (all tags)

    What a tragic development this former presidential candidate Strategic National (John Yob) is revealing himself to be.  Herman first hitches his wagon to Newt Porkulus Bill Gingrich (Yob), and now he's in Michigan stumping for Pete TARP$tra's campaign ...managed by .. John Yob.

    "The Tea Party conservatives have been increasingly supporting Pete Hoekstra over the years as a result of his staunch fiscal policies in Congress," Cain said in a statement to the paper.

    If that statement is true, it's disgusting.  Cain is either ignorant about the Party power brokers in play in Michigan in general, or as I suspect, merely playing the old political payola game for other obvious agendas.  Either way, no plausible excuse is acceptable anymore.

    Go back home to Georgia, Herman.  Look, you're still an affable and very likable man Mr. Cain, but after 18 years of Pete TARP$tra in DC .. you've got it wrong.  It's more than enough of Pete.

    (3 comments) Comments >>

    Weekend Divertere

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:30:10 PM EST
    Tags: Ottawa county Patriots, Republican, US Senate Candidates, Scotty Boman, Randy Hekman, Gary Glenn, Pete Hoekstra, Chuck Marino, Pete Konetchy (all tags)

    The OTTAWA COUNTY, MI PATRIOTS ON 1-24-2012, held a debate, hosting 6 of the Republican US Senate candidates; Scotty Boman, Randy Hekman, Gary Glenn, Pete Hoekstra, Chuck Marino, and Pete Konetchy

    Thanks Patriots!

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    Michigan's US Senate Candidates On The 17th Amendment

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 02:41:07 PM EST
    Tags: MI4CS, Vetting, 17th Amendment, US Senate, Michigan, Randy Hekman, Gary Glenn, Scotty Boman, Chuck Marino, Clark Durant, Contrasts, MIGOP, Republicans, 1913, States Rights (all tags)

    The Mi4CS US Senate debate on the 14th was a good presentation of Michigan's US Senate candidates on a variety of issues.  Though not all the candidates were able to make it, the representation was sufficient to see some contrast in how we might find a better conservative candidate to face off in the US Senate race for Michigan in 2012.

    Several questions were asked, but one that stood out as an interesting contrast point, was the question on the 17th amendment.  Most readers understand the 17th amendment was the point which state's rights were severely hobbled.  I have supported the repeal of the 17th amendment since learning the reasons for which the founders had purposefully avoided it.  Of course I was never exposed to such radical ideas in public school, so it was full blown adulthood, and fighting off the years of indoctrination which provided a sense of truth how this country was meant to be.

    The Mi4CS (Michigan 4 Conservative Senate) vetting questionnaire asked:

    "Do you believe the Framers were in error in providing for the election of Senators by the State Legislatures and if so do you believe the 17th Amendment, (ratified during the Wilson administration), is the proper solution. Would you introduce/support a repeal of the 17th Amendment?"

    The 5 participating candidates had an interesting array of answers. While I would vote for ANY of these distinguished gentlemen over the meat puppet Debbie Stabenow, I was not enthusiastic about a couple of views.  I WAS intrigued by the thought process which went into each however.  Well done.

    The five below the fold ~

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    US Senate Debate -MI4CS

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 09:10:46 PM EST
    Tags: US Senate, Debate, MI4CS, MT Pleasant, CMU, Scotty Boman, Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Chuck Marino. (all tags)

    The MI4CS United States Senate debate at Central Michigan University went on as planned today with a packed auditorium.  Tea party folks from all over the state watched the 2 hour event that was primarily on issues of interest to conservatives and traditionalists.

    Candidates present were Scotty Boman, Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, and Chuck Marino.

    The debate was lively and each candidate did well enough, but each of them would also be hoping to have earned the straw poll top result afterward.  That result will be announced later by the MI4CS.

    I will have video available as soon as I can get that monster file processed.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    U.S. Senate Debate In Traverse City Part IV

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 01:22:18 PM EST
    Tags: Republican, GT GOP, Traverse City, Michigan, Debbie Stabenow, Conservatives, Scotty Boman, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Peter Konetchy, Chuck Marino, minus, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant (all tags)

    Another round (a little out of order) from the Traverse City Debate sponsored by the Grand Traverse Republican Party.

    The Social Security Question.

    Interesting responses.

    However, When one looks at the bigger picture of this Ponzi scheme, it seems that some further out of the box answers may be necessary.  Opting out perhaps?

    I wonder what Pete Hoekstra or Clark Durant would say?  Shame they didn't show up for this GOP sponsored event.

    Enjoy.  Another video will be available later.

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    U.S. Senate Debate In Traverse City Part III

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 07:45:08 AM EST
    Tags: Republican, GT GOP, Traverse City, Michigan, Debbie Stabenow, Conservatives, Scotty Boman, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Peter Konetchy, Chuck Marino, minus, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant (all tags)

    This second round has the candidates explaining how they would deal with what is one of the most egregious anti-constitutional laws put on the books in our nation's history.

    What about Obama care?  What should we do about it?

    As we look to the possible results of next year's elections, the Senate will be playing an important part in how this is handled going forward.  If the SCOTUS says it stands with an expected ruling in April of 2012, it will be especially important to have Senators who are principled enough to destroy it from within the body of its creation.

    It was too bad that candidates Hoekstra and Durant "couldn't attend" this debate, as it would have allowed us to see how committed they are in reversing the trend of big government mandates  and encroachment on our rights.  Perhaps for Pete, and his record, its best to stay "mysterious" so that some are easily fooled into thinking he might actually carry sufficient principle into this fight when its time. As For Clark, I don't know him well enough yet.  Maybe a video response by either of them would be a sufficient way to answer?

    Gentlemen, its an opportunity if there ever was one.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

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