Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton Says Rape Victims Must Be Believed (Except When They Are Accusing Her Husband Bill)

Hillary Clinton says that we should hear and believe woman that say that they have been a victim of a sexual crime.

Does this also apply then to Hillary Clinton's husband who has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct?  Besides having an admitted affair with Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton’s accusers include:

Paula Jones: A former Arkansas state employee, Jones sued Bill Clinton in 1994 for sexual harassment. Jones claims that in 1991 then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton propositioned and exposed himself to her in a Little Rock hotel. Clinton eventually settled with Jones out of court for $850,000, but never admitted to any wrongdoing.

Juanita Broaddrick: Broaddrick, a former nursing home administrator, alleges that Bill Clinton, who was running for Arkansas governor at the time, raped her in an Arkansas hotel room in the spring of 1978.

Kathleen Willey: Willey was a White House volunteer aide who, in March of 1998, alleged on the TV news program 60 Minutes that Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her during his first term as President.

Eileen Wellstone: Wellstone, an English woman, alleges that Clinton sexually assaulted her after she met him at a pub near Oxford University where Clinton was a student in 1969.

Carolyn Moffet: Moffet was a legal secretary in Little Rock in 1979, said she met Governor Clinton at a political fundraiser and was invited to his hotel room. Moffet alleges that she fled the hotel room after Clinton demanded she perform sex acts on him.

Elizabeth Ward Gracen: A Miss Arkansas who would go on to win the Miss America contest in 1982, Gracen alleges that she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him shortly after she won the Miss Arkansas competition.

Becky Brown: Becky Brown was Chelsea Clinton’s nanny. L.D. Brown, an Arkansas State Trooper and Becky’s husband, claims that Clinton attempted to seduce her in while the two were in governor’s mansion.

Helen Dowdy: Dowdy, the wife of one of Hillary’s cousins, alleges that in 1986 Bill Clinton groped her on the dance floor of a wedding.

Cristy Zercher: Zercher was a flight attendant aboard Clinton’s campaign jet from 1991-1992. Zercher told the Star magazine that Clinton groped her for over 40 minutes.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Wow Democrat Party Pays Black Staffers 30% Less Than Whites

If you’re a person of color hoping to get hired by a political campaign, here’s the ugly truth: You’ll probably get paid less than your white counterparts, if you’re even hired at all.

On both sides of the aisle, there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers are paid less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute.

For example, African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made. For Hispanic staffers in Democratic campaigns, the figure was 68 cents on the dollar.

And a recent study by PowerPAC+, funded by a major Democratic donor, revealed that less than 2 percent of spending by Democratic campaign committees during the past two election cycles went to firms owned by minorities.

Political operative Michael Gomez Daly worked on two congressional campaigns in 2012 with similar budgets. On one campaign, Daly, who describes himself as “a very light-skinned Hispanic,” was brought in as a field director, primarily for his skills as a Latino operative who could reach out to the Hispanic community. On the second campaign, where they did not know he was Hispanic, “I just came in as ‘Michael Daly,’ instead of ‘that Latino operative,’” he said. “Right off the bat they offered me twice the amount for the same job.”

Most of the operatives interviewed for this article, all of whom have years of experience in campaign politics, said they had to make an early, conscious decision to avoid being pigeonholed as a specialist in minority outreach. For minority campaign staffers, they said, the path to enduring success lies in saying “no” to jobs like that early on in your career.

“It was pretty clear to me early on that you can get put in a box pretty quickly. You get offers for jobs: African-American outreach, Asian-American outreach. Oftentimes when you start doing that work, it’s hard to get out of it,” said Sujata Tejwani, president of Sujata Strategies, a Democratic firm.

Added Rodell Mollineau, a past president of the progressive tracking organization American Bridge, “As a person of color [at the start of your career], you’re always put in situations where a primary part of your job is communicating with or working with other people of color.”

The NOI statistics on the campaign race pay gap compare all staffers of each race, and average out the salaries. One of the explanations for lower minority wages could be that they tend to be represented in lower-paying campaign roles.

“Most minority staffers get hired in campaigns in field jobs, and field jobs pay less,” explained Jamal Simmons, a Democratic political operative. “The problem is: they don’t hire African Americans, Latinos in the parts of the campaigns where they spend the most money. The most money in campaigns is spent in communications, polling and data. In those parts of the campaign, it’s very much mostly white.”

Conventional campaign wisdom is that voters best respond to pitches made by those who are similar to them. But this limits the roles that minority campaign staffers are able to play.

“There’s a presumption that minorities can’t manage ‘white’ issues. There’s a presumption that white voters won’t like to see a black press secretary, or that white voters won’t want to see an African-American or Latino political director,” Simmons said. “There’s just a general prejudice factor,” he said, that’s based in an antiquated understanding of race relations.

The issue of race can sometimes create doubts even in the minds of the most experienced operatives. “If the swing population [in an election] are white, you do wonder if you’re going to get hired,” said Tejwani, an Indian-American with decades of experience on campaigns.

The hidden prejudices present in broader American society are part of the problem. One operative compared campaigns to business startups that are constantly shutting down and restarting. With deadlines looming, top campaign staff may lean subconsciously on stereotypes about minorities.

Said one operative with experience in Virginia and Georgia: “The structural racism that happens in the United States, and how it is reinforced by a lot of presumptions, don’t get dropped because you’re working on a campaign.”

Source: The Daily Beast

Why Gallup's Most Admired Means Absolutely Nothing

The results of Gallup's "Most Admired" poll are the result of telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6 using a random sample of 824 adults from all U.S. states and the District of Columbia. There was a minimum quota of 40 percent landline participants and 60 percent cellphone participants.

Now keep in mind that Gallup is supplying the interviewees with a list of names as well.

Hillary For PrisonSo out of  the 824 adults that choose the most admired woman and man in our country, only 17% or 140 people chose Obama as the most admired man and only 13% or 107 choose Hillary Clinton as the most admired woman.   

These numbers hardly depict reality. In reality one should be embarrassed by such small numbers.

So when you see the liberals boasting about Obama being the most admired man and Hillary as the most admired woman, it is really a desperate attempt to fool the masses that really think otherwise of the so called "most admired".

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Is Trey Gowdy Actually A Fraud?

Trey Gowdy / Marco Rubio

First Gowdy said all confederate flags should come down.

Then Gowdy voted for Boehner as Speaker of the House.

Followed by Gowdy’s Benghazi hearings that were a complete failure as nothing has come out of them.

After voting for Boehner, Gowdy introduced the nomination of Paul Ryan as the new Speaker of the House.

Now Gowdy is backing the gang of 8 Amnesty Sponsor Rubio for president. The gang of 8 was McCain, Lindsey Graham and Rubio pushing to give blanket welfare checks, and grant citizenship to, an estimated 30 million illegal alien lawbreakers.  Rubio’s voter absenteeism is the worst in the Senate.

Is he being threatened or is he showing his true colors?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The History Of Schlonged

Here is what Donald Trump said Monday in Grand Rapids Michigan that has the Liberal Media up in arms, "Hillary, that's not a president.  She's not taking us to the --  Everything that's been involved in Hillary has been lawsuits.  You take a look.  Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama.  I don't know who'd be worse.  I don't know.  How does it get worse?  But she was gonna beat, she was favored to win, and she got schlonged.  She lost.  I mean, she lost.  But I watched her the other night.  It was hard.  It was really hard.  'Cause there were a lot of other things on better, including reading books and reading financial papers, which I actually enjoy reading."

Anybody with even one brain cell could tell that Trump was meaning she got beat and she got beat bad in that election.

When Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton got schlonged by Barack Obama in 2008, it wasn't the first time it was used the term was used in politics.  

In 2011 Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, said in said during the broadcast of the show that the 1984 Democratic ticket of Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro “went on to get schlonged at the polls.” 

Then in 2006 during a segment on Fox News, Dick Morris warned that President George W. Bush was “going to get schlonged” in the midterm elections.

Going even further back, the phrase made an appearance in New York City collegiate politics. The Daily Mail uncovered a 1967 article in the student newspaper of the City College of New York in which Ellen Turkish, a candidate on the losing slate for student council, said, “We got schlonged.” (As Ellen T. Comisso, she would go on to a distinguished career as a political scientist.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rubio Staffers Lie About Ted Cruz's Views on Amnesty

Marco Rubio's staffers seem to understand that this race is likely to boil down to a race between their employer and Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas. As a result, they apparently feel the need to smear their guy's main rival.

They do that by spreading a video in which Ted Cruz appears to support amnesty -- at least in some cases and for some people.

Shocking, right? Ted Cruz attacks Rubio for being a pro-amnesty guy, but he shared that opinion only a few years ago! Oh no, what a liar! What a hack!

There's just one minor problem: as former Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter explains, Ted didn't actually support amnesty. He only put this amendment forward in order to show to voters that the Gang of 8 wasn't telling the truth about whether or not their amnesty plans would eventually result in a path to citizenship for illegal aliens:

In 2013 Cruz offered Amendment 1322 to S.744. The amendment specifically prevents legal status.

In other words, Rubio's staffers are using a trick Cruz used to expose their boss' secret plans to give illegal aliens a path of citizenship against him. They're turning it upside down, inside out, and deceiving conservatives in order to destroy a candidate who is and has always been against amnesty.

This is how the Rubio folks roll: it could've come straight out of Karl Rove's playbook. I guess that proves that Rubio did indeed learn a lot from Jeb Bush; more than he's willing to admit.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Turns out Donald Trump is right again. According to legal experts, it is Constitutional to ban any person or group of any nationality, religion, political doctrine, etc, The Constitution does not offer protectional guarantees to non-citizens. There is historical precedence as of June of this year of this fact.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Another Congressman Endorses Jeb Bush. Why?

Michigan will hold it's presidential primary on March 8th,
Mike Bishop

Many are asking wondering what the fascination with Jeb Bush is.   Jeb has struggled in the polls.  He is also considered the heart of the Republican establishment.  

Jeb’s recent debate performances makes one want to believe that even he doesn’t want the position.

Michigan Republican Leadership though stands behind Jeb Bush as additional legislators jump on to this sinking ship.

Just this week Congressman Mike Bishop endorsed Jeb Bush for the Republican presidential nomination.

Mike Bishop,  who is a a first-term Congressman resides in Rochester joins first time Congressman  Dave Trott who is from Birmingham, in endorsing Jeb Bush. Both of these Congressman represent the majority of Oakland County.

Mike Bishop may have a tough race ahead as former Hollywood socialite and actress Melissa Gilbert (D) of Howell Michigan has announced her run for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.  

Melissa Gilbert though has had a bumpy start as it was discovered she owes over $400,000 in back taxes and her husband has been donating to her campaign rather than paying off her tax debt. 

One has to wonder though, if an establishment endorsement will have an effect on Bishop's re-election race.

Joining Bishop and Trott in their support for Jeb Bush is Congressman Fred Upton.

The remaining Republican Congressmen have either endorsed other candidates or have yet to endorse a candidate.

Congressman John Moolenaar who resides in Midland has endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in September.

Congresswoman and rumored Gubernatorial candidate Candice Miller,  who resides in Harrison Township has endorsed former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiornia during  mid-September Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference .

Congressman Justin Amash, who is from Cascade Township,  was the first to endorse when he announced in May of this year that he was endorsing libertarian-leaning U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. 

Congressman  Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls,  Tim Walberg of Tipton and Bill Huizenga of Zeeland have yet to endorse a presidential candidate. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Smug Obama Walks In Late To G20 Summit After Moment Of Silence For Paris

In complete disrespect, Obama arrived late to a 'moment of silence' in Belek, Turkey on Sunday as the rest of the world's most powerful leaders stood for a somber observance to honor Friday's terror-attack victims in France.

The G20 leaders 'gathered around a large round table for their first working session,' a White House
Obama late to the meeting with a smug smile on his face
Secretary of State also smiles with glee
pool reporter wrote from the scene.

'President Erdoan began the session with a one-minute moment of silence. The leaders stood to observe the moment. President Obama had not yet arrived and walked in at 4:34pm, after the moment of silence had begun.'

The when Obama spoke he blamed the economy on terrorism, not religious ideological fanaticism, which is the real cause. 'There is a strong link between economy and security,' he told the other members of the G20 summit

And referring to the refugee crisis spreading from Syria to Europe and beyond, he said that 'society has not passed this exam with good grades.'

Obama has continued to insist on accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States by year's end, despite warnings that ISIS could embed terrorists 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Congressional Candidate For Northern Michigan And Upper Penninsula Holding Fundraiser in Detroit?

Lon Johnson the former State Party Chairman for the Michigan Democrat Party is running for U.S. Congress in Michigan's 1st District which encompasses the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula and the entire Michigan upper  penninsula.  

Mr. Johnson must be having trouble finding funding sources
Lon Johnson
in his district as he is holding a huge fundraiser in Detroit with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and former U.S. Senator Democrat Carl Levin on November 23rd at the David Klein Gallery.  

Ticket prices are only $250 for general admission and $1,000 for VIP admission.  Remember the Democrat party states they are the party for the little guy.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ben Carson Was Right West Point Advertised - FULL GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP

On Friday Washington political news tabloid, Politico, published  a story on Ben Carson that was quickly passed on by not only the liberal left but the RINO establishment that still is working to get bottom feeder Jeb Bush the nomination. 

They partially retracted after it became apparent it was a fabrication. They did maintain though that Ben Carson was in error when he referred to being offered a Full Scholarship they went so far as to say such a thing didn't exist. 

So where is the truth?

Here is a copy of the material West Point used to recruit African American high school kids.

Surprise, Surprise it has. "Full Government Scholarship" printed on the front page.

Do you think Politico and the liberal media that wrongly attacked Ben Carson will retract their story and apologize?

I highly doubt it.

Highlighted in yellow "Full Government Scholarship"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Secret Sister Scam - Now On Facebook

You have probably seen a post or two in your news Facebook News Feed about the "secret sister gift exchange"  If you are a woman perhaps you have received an invite. 

Search on Facebook for “secret sister gift exchange” and you’ll find people posting and re-posting the same message over and over again. The message claims you can buy a gift for $10 or more, add your name to a list and then receive a bounty of 36 gifts.  A lot of people are thinking of doing it, or at least posting about it.  It really isn’t a good idea.

Secret sister  sounds a whole lot like a pyramid scam.  The premise is you only spend $10, get one gift for someone else. Everybody else sends you one.  How does this make any sense?

The biggest problem with the post is it’s illegal. United States Post Office regulations are very clear about pyramid schemes, and these gifts are being sent through the mail.

It’s also problematic because your personal information is posted on Facebook. “It’s against Facebook’s terms of agreement. So there’s the potential that Facebook, if they got wind of this, could block your account.”

There's at least one problem with chain letters. They're illegal if they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants. Chain letters are a form of gambling, and sending them through the mail (or delivering them in person or by computer, but mailing money to participate) violates Title 18, United States Code, Section 1302, the Postal Lottery Statute. (Chain letters that ask for items of minor value, like picture postcards or recipes, may be mailed, since such items are not things of value within the meaning of the law.)

But it’s so enticing, especially when you see your friends doing it, and inviting you to join in. The chances of you getting 36 gifts are very slim. And what are you going to get? A bunch of junk that you probably don’t want anyway.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lone Democrat Vote On Road Tax Increase On Trial For Attempted Murder

Way before the Todd Courser - Cindy Gamrat scandal broke in August of this year,
the top news story was that of Democrat Senator Virgil Smith.  

On May 10th of this year Virgil Smith got into a heated argument  with his ex-wife and shot at her.  

Virgil was arrested and is on trial for attempted murder, yet he still sits as a Senator in Lansing collecting a taxpayer paycheck.  

The shooting case does not look good for Virgil Smith as it appears undeniable that he shot at his ex-wife.  The case seems so open and shut, that according to news reports, Virgil Smith may claim insanity.

So we have either a Senator that tried to kill his wife as a sane person or as an insane person.  If he is insane does his votes hold legal merit?

What is even stranger is that his state office website has also been down since the shooting took place in early May but he is somehow still voting on key issues such as the road tax. 

The funny thing is Virgil Smith has been voting straight along with the Republicans, who hold the majority in the Senate.  Why hasn't Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlene Meekhof moved to expel Democrat Virgil Smith?  Has some sort of back scratching deals been put into place?  The votes seem to make it look so.

Rumor was Virgil Smith would get special treatment and perhaps he is.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Transgenderism Is A Mental Disorder

It is time to stand up against this lunacy!  The U.S. government on Monday found that a Chicago
suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student and gave the school a month to provide full access to girls' locker rooms or lose federal funding.  Forget the federal funding!

The student, who has not been named and should be, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a complaint on his ( a man is a man and a woman is a woman)  behalf, applauded the findings, while the school district called them "serious overreach."

After an investigation stemming from a 2013 complaint by the ACLU, and months of negotiations, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights found Township High School District 211 was violating federal non-discrimination rules.  What about the girls who do not want to see a naked boy with his penis in their showers?  Are we not discriminating against their rights for privacy?

The district has offered a more than reasonable solution and  says transgender students may use their gender-identified locker room if they change and shower privately. The government said a separate changing place was discriminatory because it subjected the student to stigma and different treatment.  Well the student is different.  The student is a boy pretending to be a girl and wanting to shower with girls.  Does nobody see the problem with this?  Have we all gone mad?

In mid-October the school district, with five high schools and two alternative high schools west of Chicago, defied the government, continuing to deny full locker-room access for the transgendered student.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

It is time that we stop accepting transgender as the norm, when it truly is a mental illness. We as society are doing both more harm to the individual who is ill as well as to society as whole by accepting this.    We are opening the door to attacks to our mothers, wives, daughters and girl friends by allowing men the opportunity to be unaccompanied into places were our women are exposed.  Bruce Jenner, who now calls himself transgender has publicly stated that he is still interested in women.  He himself also still has his man parts.  This is something to truly think about.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hold That Endorsement - State Rep Says He's Has Not Endorsed In The 80th District

Many of you have probably seen the flyer for Bill Sage, candidate for State House Representative in Michigan's 80th District with a series of endorsements.  However one listed endorser who is a State Representative says not so fast, I didn't endorse.

Monday night State Representative Jim Runestad of Michigan's 44th House District posted on twitter and on his Facebook page the following:

So the question is why is Jim Runestad's name listed as a top endorsement for Bill Sage and who made the decision to put that on the flyer?

Michigan's 80th District: Who Is Candidate Mary Whiteford?

The 80th district has been under the microscope and all candidates have been under that microscope except for one. 

 Who is candidate Mary Whiteford? 

She says she is a Christian, conservative and a patriot that honors the Republican Platform, but what we have found out puts all that into question.

We know that she has been endorsed by GLEP, the Great Lakes Education Project, which is a Devos backed "non-profit." The board consists of Jim Barrett, Betsy Devos, Greg McNeilly and former Speaker of the Michigan House, Jase Bolger.

Greg McNeilly Wedding Day
You may remember that Greg McNeilly, who has been dubbed Dick Devos' right hand man, was one of the first ones to get married in 2014 when gay marriage was legal.  

Could this be another reason, besides Common Core, why GLEP endorsed Mary Whiteford?  See Mary Whiteford has been very quiet about her daughter Alisa -- an open lesbian according to an e-mail we received with photos that indicate that fact. 

 At the 2014 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum,  Mary was the only candidate who said yes she would consider expanding special protections for sexual orientation under the Elliott Larsen Act. This expansion would include transgenders, homosexuals, bi-sexuals, and lesbians. The expansion could mean opposite sex in bathrooms and locker rooms.

 Would you want a man dressed as a women in the same bathroom or locker room with your child or daughter?  It could also force Christian businesses to hire those that go against their religious beliefs.  

Mary wrote in an email to a voter dated Monday, September 30, 2013 9:12AM: "Yes, if voters overturn the one-man one-woman law I would support marriage equally. I also wouldn't be surprised if that part of the Michigan constitution is found unconstitutional in the future." - Mary Whiteford

 In addition, on the 2-14 MLive Voter Guide when asked, "Do you support legally recognized gay marriage?", Mary skipped that question and left it blank.

Mary does not dispute that she was an active member of the American Association of University Women.  Mary stated though that had she stopped her membership when she found out it was a very pro-choice organization.  However, not only does this group promote abortion on demand, but anyone can take a quick look at the policies of the AAUW and see that they are a very liberal organization.   They stand against Hobby Lobby and support among other things: affirmative action, celebrating Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender lifestyles, global interdependence, the United Nations, international abortion programs, same sex marriage, and raising the federal minimum wage.   Who just joins an organization without knowing what they support?  

Mary is for  Common Core education.  At the 2014  AAESA Candidate Forum Mary responded that she supported the use of Common Core and Smarter Balance Testing.


This post has since been scrubbed from her facebook page.

A few days ago we received this very interesting e-mail exposes Mary Whiteford's openness to the gay community and questions her religious beliefs.  It also stated her openess to Common Core. This e-mail appears to pan out based on research. Here is how it reads:

Everything you are about to receive is 100% factual. Over the past years, Mary Whiteford has kept her daughter out of the spotlight, hidden. Why? The following clearly shows why. Mary Whitefords daughter is openly gay, shown in her profile pick with who I am assuming is her girlfriend, who works at the queer theater. Mary has kept this hidden in fear that it would cause her a loss of trust. But it doesn't end there. I will attach many pictures to this thread, proving where Mary stands. 

She has liked posts from LGBT, Atheist, and Liberal groups and organizations and has even commented in support for some of them (one from a group referring to republicans as bullshit) 
Why not be truthful with the district on where you stand... Why say one thing but demonstrate support for another? Why...

Note: this is not about the gay daughter, but the fact of where Mary stands on gay marriage. Is this why GLEP got involved with her?

Jesus, Republican's and Other BullShit's???  Mary Liked This???

The actual quote "We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief."

Mary did not sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
issued by American's for Tax Reform.

When asked in the MLive Voter Guide, "Would you sign or have
 you during this campaign signed a pledge
 to not raise taxes? (Yes or No)",
 Mary skipped this question and left it blank.

No nobody is saying Mary shouldn't run and the people should decide, but you the people should know your background and stances. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ok Here We Go Again In Oakland County

On Thursday October 22nd of this month, the Oakland County
Michigan Republican Party Executive Committee had its meeting.  I was there as a proxy voter.  The meeting ran smoothly and two individuals were elected unanimously without challengers to fill two vacant seats.  It ran smoothly even with White Lake State Representative Jim Tedder speaking about the revenue shuffle and tax increases for our roads.  I too joined the chorus of boos when Tedder spoke of why he voterd for the tax.

After Tedder spoke,  fellow Executive Member Tom Llewellyn was given the floor, as per the agenda, to speak on energy issues.  This was the last item on the agenda and all other items on the agenda were complete. Lewellyn began to speak and discovered, some changes occurring in Lansing as he found out from calling out to Waterford State Representative, Jim Runstead (who should be applauded for his no vote on the road tax increase) who was also in attendance.   Lewellyn then tried to refer his time to another Executive Committee member Eric Bond of Ferndale.   This was not part of the agenda and since Llewellyn gave up his time, the Chair Theresa Mungioli used privileged adjournment to close the meeting.  It was as simple as that.

After the meeting it was discovered that Bond wanted discuss the Oakland County Republican Party's e-mails in which the Oakland County Republican Party listed local candidates that were seeking help looking for walkers for their campaigns.   Bond felt that this was a violation of the Oakland County Republican By-Laws.   This was the provision in the bylaws that question:

Section 10.4: Exceptions In the exceptional circumstance where an endorsement will significantly benefit the Republican Party in Oakland County, the Executive Committee may endorse, support or disavow an individual candidate in a contested Republican or non-partisan special election, Republican or non-partisan primary election, a non-partisan general election, or in a judicial election provided that a motion to endorse or disavow a particular candidate be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Committee present and voting, and provided further that notice of consideration of the motion is given as provided in Article 11. Section 11.3, with the consent of the candidate whose endorsement is proposed.

Bond's concern was that the Oakland County Republican Party was endorsing or supporting certain Republican candidates over other Republican candidates in non-partisan races.   

This was NOT the case with the Oakland Republican Party. The Oakland County Republican Party merely listed the contact information for those asking for assistance walking their campaigns.  The Oakland Party obliged by listing their information.

Any Republican candidate had the same opportunity to have their information e-mail blasted out.  In no way did the Oakland County Republican Party endorse or give special favor to any of those candidates.  Using the City of Troy for example all 3 candidates received the same treatment and there was no endorsement.

Would it be a violation of Oakland County Republican Party by-laws to have signs dropped off at their location?  There are numerous signs from additional candidates that did not ask for walk help but asked that their signs be dropped off at the Oakland County Republican Headquarters.  Using the same logic that if sending an e-mail out for help candidates is a by-law violation, wouldn't it be the same as a candidate asking for help having their signs stored and picked up by campaign volunteers at Oakland County Republican Headquarters?

Now over something as small as a simple e-mail that contained no endorsements and intent of favoritism over one candidate versus another, we now have a nasty political blog written by an another Oakland County Executive Board Member filled with inaccuracies with a headline saying the chair had a "bizarre meltdown" which was not that case, again I was there.    The blogger also uses his blog to try to bully the chair but using an extra large photo of her with the text "Unfit to Lead, Unfit to Serve".

If perhaps Llewellyn and Bond approached the situation differently in a more calm matter and addressed the chair at the appropriate time of the agenda rather than do a bate and switch we wouldn't have all this turmoil and all these inaccuracies especially from that blogger.  

The Oakland County Chairwoman Theresa Mungioli will allow all sides to have their say but at the right time and right manner.  She is no different that most any other chair who would do the same.

As I have stated before, I was not sure about Theresa when she first became Chairwoman in the 9th District during the 2011-2013 term, of which I was a committee member.  However she did prove herself to be fair.  Did we agree on everything? No.  Was every battle won?  No.  But she gave everyone equal opportunity. 

Most thought  that Theresa Mungioli  proved herself she met with Bob and Regina Brim to work out the resolution regarding "Civil Asset Forfeiture" .  There was a lot of distrust in the beginning because the resolution did not make the agenda at first.  It wasn't because the resolution was bad, it was the wording that was.  Mungioli met with the Brims in her office to work out the resolution so it would pass the Oakland County Republican Party Issues Committee and make it to the agenda, which it did and passed.

It is a shame that we have this turmoil again over someone's twisting of an e-mail.

One of the main purposes of the Oakland Country Republican Party is to help with candidate recruitment.  These include candidates for local office.  Should the Oakland County Republican Party no longer offer advice to new candidates running for what is called non-partisan (but really isn't) political offices such as school board and/or city council? Watch how fast all the cities in Oakland County become 100% Democrat controlled when that happens.

 The party office is there to offer intellectual knowledge support to any Republican candidate.  Offering to share knowledge equally among all candidates that ask is not an endorsement or being supportive of one candidate.

The Truth About The President's And Congressional Pensions

By now most of us have seen the follow meme either on facebook or via e-mail:

The person that started this meme unfortunately has their facts wrong.  Here is the accurate information:

• Members of Congress earn their $174,000 salaries only during their elected terms. (Nope, not for life.)

• They’re eligible for congressional pensions only after five years of service. (For a member of the House, that would mean getting elected to office at least three times.)

Those pensions can’t be tapped until retirement age — and can’t be collected while a lawmaker still gets a federal salary. So John Kerry, for example, can’t collect his congressional pension while he serves as secretary of state, according to Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union.

• The size of the pension depends on years of service and the average of a lawmaker’s highest three years of salary. The exact formula depends on when they started. Meanwhile, every paycheck, lawmakers contribute to both their pensions and Social Security.

• Most congressional pensions are nowhere near a lawmaker’s salary. Under a pre-1984 retirement formula, it couldn’t be more than 80 percent of a lawmaker’s final salary, not counting cost-of-living adjustments. Under current rules, lawmakers could theoretically get more than 80 percent of their salary, but most would need to serve more than 66 years to get that.