The Swift Boating of Jennifer Granholm

Bumped from the diaries -- Jonathan

Once again the right has shown that they will sink to any level, and I mean ANY level to advance their agenda.  Putting images of Hitler and a swastika on the same page as former U.S. Presidents to convey your point is far outside the mainstream of acceptable advertising tactics.

Ad linking Granholm to Hitler is Under Fire

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos were in rare agreement Thursday -- the campaign they are waging against each other doesn't have anything to do with Adolf Hitler.

Granholm and DeVos were responding to a full-page ad appearing in this week's edition of the Detroit-based Michigan Chronicle newspaper that featured photographs of Hitler and Granholm and accused Democrats of taking African-American voters for granted.

The racist ad itself is included after the jump...

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Grover Norquist Wants to Drown Your State

Grover Norquist famously said that he wants "to get [government] down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." In fact, he's working hard right now to do that across the country including, quite likely, in your own home state.

Grover Norquist and the organization he leads -- Americans for Tax Reform -- are one of a small group of extremely well-funded radical rightwing groups attempting to put state spending in straitjackets. The straitjacket is known as TABOR -- the so-called "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights" -- and it is modeled on disastrous legislation passed and eventually suspended in Colorado. Check below the fold to find out more about Norquist's attempt to drown your state in the bathtub -- and what you can do to fight back.

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

cross-posted at Michigan Liberal

As the Robert Kennedy, Jr. Rolling Stone article"Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" makes its way through the blogsphere's collective consciousness, it becomes clear that the Republicans have a modus operandi when it comes to elections.

You would be a fool to not believe that Michigan will receive the same special treatment that Ohio and Florida before it has experienced.

When you consider that many Democratic precincts state wide have much greater number of voters packed in than the Republican precincts, it should be clear to anyone that it is impossible for full turnout to occur.

Let's look at the numbers:

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Winning With Michigan -- Four Districts to Watch

Ah, Michigan... home of beautiful lakes, the once-thriving automotive industry, and Democrats like John Conyers and John Dingell. It's gone for Democratic presidential candidates since 1992, has two Democratic senators and a Democratic governor. Yet, somehow, this lean-blue state has only six Democratic congressmen, versus nine Republicans.

Gerrymandering may have made it difficult to elect Democrats in the past, but 2006, we are rapidly discovering, will not be an ordinary year. As we seek strategies to retake the House this fall, the promising Northeast Strategy reminds us that there are lots of blue states where we should be winning.

This year, there are four potentially-competitive House races in Michigan: MI-08, MI-09, MI-11, and the longshot, MI-07. In the extended entry, a brief profile of each.

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Democracy for $1

5 Days Left...Can 1$ Make a Difference?

From :
Trupiano for Congress
Sent :
Monday, March 27, 2006 2:30 PM
To :
XXXXXX@msn.com
Subject :

5 Days Left...Can 1$ Make a Difference?

Monday, March 27, 2006
While our next filing deadline is just five days away, and I want to thank those of you who have contributed in the past week, we have to continue to ask you to help us so we can help you. By forwarding this Newsletter on to others who want change and understand the importance of change you can assist us in continuing to grow my campaign and your realistic chances at change in the House of Representatives.

Last Monday evening I was a guest on a national radio show and the guest host asked me how I was planning to raise the money I would need to win this November. I sincerely replied, one dollar at a time. What I didn't expect was that someone would take me literally (fine with me!) and start something of a phenomenon. The text of the e-mail follows; I'll share the result after you read what I believe to be the original e-mail:
read the results at http://bloggingwithblue.blogspot.com/200 6/03/5-days-leftcan-1-make-difference.ht ml

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