I started in politics as a conservative grassroots Republican like many of you. Early in life I was more concerned with spending time leading songs in my church and starting my young family. But eventually I was fed up with what was happening in Lansing under Democrat leadership and what is now referred to as “The Lost Decade.”
So I got involved with the Ionia County GOP, eventually serving as Chairman and later ran for State Representative. I had the pleasure of serving with conservative champions like Justin Amash in the State Legislature. During that time we worked together with other conservatives to advance the principles of limited government with the Constitution as our road map.
One of Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters’ largest campaign donors does not consider nuclear Iran a threat.
Peters has raked in thousands of dollars from the Council for a Livable World, peace activists with a history of controversial positions. The group has contributed more than $13,000 to the three-term congressman’s campaign and features a prominent endorsement of the Democrat on its website.
“Gary Peters wants to see a rapid end to the war in Afghanistan and smarter Pentagon spending,” the council says in its endorsement of Peters.
Mark Schauer has little to show for his 17 years as a career politician. His “do as I say, not as I do” attitude has hurt Michigan families for years.
At a democratic meeting earlier this year, Mark Schauer was asked about his feelings toward voting in another party’s primary in order to undermine the system and elect a ‘weaker’ candidate. Schauer discouraged this ‘cross-ballot voting’ practice, saying, “I don’t recommend it.”
Michigan Democrat Party Chairman Lon Johnson and several other Democrat leaders have also discouraged their ranks from cross-ballot voting on different occasions.
But the members of Congress who represent large oil and gas communities are not necessarily all friendly to the cause.
The Western Energy Alliance has compiled a list of congressmen and senators who have voted against industry priorities to show which ones represent significant numbers of oil and gas workers and suppliers.
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
The Massive New York Times & CBS Poll That Should Frighten Democrats
The New York Times and CBS News tried a massive endeavor to collect a lot more polling data from everywhere in the country. The results — even if they’re iffy, and it’s only late July — should send a chill down the spine of every Democrat:
On Sunday, the research firm YouGov, in partnership with The New York Times and CBS News, released the first wave of results from an online panel of more than 100,000 respondents nationwide, which asked them their preferences in coming elections. The results offer a trove of nonpartisan data and show a broad and competitive playing field heading into the final few months of the campaign.
For the last month, we’ve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshot’s Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and governor’s race across the country.
The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race this year. YouGov, a polling firm, also conducted online interviews with roughly half of the panelists in previous years, allowing it to know how they voted in the past.