Act Blue Steps Up for Trupiano (MI-11)

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Tony Trupiano's campaign (MI-11) is getting a huge boost. He needs your help to give it a bigger one. Howie Klien and the folks at Blue America have got a TV ad they want to help Tony run. The whole story is here at The Huffington Post.

They had an ad ready to run for Webb in Virginia titled Rubber Stamp. Long story short, Webb's not using it and they've decided to modify it for Tony. Go watch. I'll wait.

As Howie tells the story...

We got Markos to go over all the races with us and figure out which race would be most likely to benefit from this particular ad and where our limited budget would actually do enough... not just enough to send a message, but enough to swing a few points and win an election. In the end the four of us all came to the same conclusion: Tony Trupiano.

Check out Klein's description of McCotter below the fold. It's perfect.

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Scary Stories To Tell About Dick DeVos in the Dark

Election approaches, and just because I've already pled GOTV! doesn't mean I won't stop crying: GOTV! It's two weeks now to E-Day, and as I've promised, I'll keep up with diaries to do my small part to keep an important race on everyone's mind: Gov. Jen Granholm's reelection.

  • In an era where a woman's right to choose is under greater attack than any point since Roe v. Wade, it's more than a little disturbing to think that someone who said this could occupy the governor's mansion:

    "You're not going to find a more pro-life governor in Michigan's history than me."

    Even though to DeVos it would be more like the governor's shack.

  • If you haven't been reading LiberalLucy's reasons to "Just Say NO to Dick and YES to Jen," here are #14, #15 and #16. From the last, did you know:

    Dick DeVos is the only candidate for Governor in modern Michigan history not to disclose his tax returns to the public. He refuses to provide detailed information on his financial holdings or any potential conflicts of interests. "I will be disclosing to the people of Michigan that which I think is appropriate to understand as they look to make a decision about their next Governor."

    What ever could be in there? Maybe a few shares in Blackwater, his brother-in-law's secretive paramilitary corporation?

  • You know all about DeVos and dominionism, right? This is probably the scariest of all, via Rolling Stone:

    Meet the Dominionists -- biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt Gingrich's Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation's courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a "faith-based" government that will endure far longer than Bush's presidency -- all the way until Jesus comes back.

    Cue the music from "Psycho." These people are psychos. DeVos himself has also funded the ultra-secretive, ultra-right wing dominionist-dominated group the Council For National Policy.

  • Another big deal in Michigan I haven't much addressed is the MCRI. What DeVos won't say is that he has been a major donor to the so-called Center for Individual Rightrs, which filed the original lawsuits against the University of Michigan seeking to cut off affirmative action:

    And when liberal activists challenged the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative in Court, CIR defended the initiative and successfully fought to keep it on the ballot. That group received $35,000 from DeVos' foundation in 2001.

  • And though this diary is about the election, let us not forget the Tigers World Series run - an amazing achievement so far by a team that Dick DeVos has only displayed a glancing awareness of. He knows he should be seen at these populist events, but if anything is clear about Dick DeVos, we know that he's no "regular guy" who watches sports on weekends. With that in mind, props to displacedyankeedemocrat, who identifies the Tigers as (D-MI) while the Cards are (R-MO). It's a natural fit. And DYD adds:

    I'll be rooting for the Tigers. Don't get me wrong, St. Louis is a very nice place, and I love their toasted ravoli. But Detroit has my heart in this one.

A good thing to keep in mind. Remember, if you want to help with canvassing, call your local Democratic HQs And go Granholm!

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MI-09: Nancy Skinner's Ad with Robert Kennedy Jr

Here it is as promised: Nancy Skinner's ad with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as announced first during a Daily Kos liveblog.

Nancy's campaign is focused on global warming and the environment, a gutsy issue for a candidate in the heart of the auto industry. Nancy has a history of using market-based mechanisms to fight global warming, such as her work with the Chicago Climate Exchange. She wants to continue that with her plan for the "Next Great American Journey" - which I blogged about earlier this cycle.

Watch the Ad on Nancy's Website!

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Mi-08: You gave $240.06 to the New York Times "Underdog"!

In response to the New York Times article on Michigan congressional candidate Jim Marcinkowski you guys stood up for Jim and against the DCCC who stopped helping his campaign and 9 of you contributed a total of $240.06 to Jim!

The New York Times yesterday reported on the fate of Jim Marcinkowski, Democratic candidate in Michigan's 8th Congressional District, who stands for so many candidates out there who were urged to run, promised support by national Democrats and then left to fend for themselves.

In response to the article I wrote a diary yesterday urging you to "support the New York Times 'underdog'" and you stepped up to the plate and gave to Jim. Today I urge others to do so as well. More info on Jim and all links below the fold!

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MI-08: Let's support the New York Times "Underdog"

There are candidates out there, though qualified and potentially competitive, who don't get the attention they deserve. Then there are candidates who got played by Rahm Emanuel and the Beltway elites.

Jim Marcinkowski, candidate for Congress in MI-08 is both. The New York Times profiled him today as "the thankless underdog".

Let's show the New York Times and Rahm Emanual and the DCCC that this is a race that can be won if it gets the support and attention it deserves.

Below you will find quotes and link to the article, a link to a newly created ActBlue page for Jim and the link to his website. Follow me below the fold!

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