Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thursdays on the Trail: Conservative candidate formula

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Pumpkin farm – Roca, Nebraska

Recently I received and email from one of the many Republican/Conservative groups that somehow got my address even though I never signed up for their newsletter. I am pretty sure I know how it happened, but that story is for another time. Anyway, the email was a “letter” from a guy running for office in Nebraska. Ben Sasse is his name and he is running to replace Sen. Mike Johanns who had previously announced that he was not going to seek re-election.

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MidWest Wednesday: Continuing a theme

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Bill’s Farmers Market – Conway, Michigan

Waterway reforms in the House

Two weeks ago water was discussed and so it is again this week. Last week, the House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. This bill will make it easier for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work on the development of American waterways and ties in with the hydropower bill discussed previously.

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Hoosier Tuesday: Congressman avoids constituents – news at 11

Angel Mounds State Historic Site - Evansville, Indiana

Angel Mounds State Historic Site – Evansville, Indiana

Bucshon town hall scheduling is spooky

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN 8) will be hosting a town hall meeting in his hometown this week and the timing couldn’t be worse. Evansville is, by far, the largest city within Indiana’s Eighth District. So, of course, it makes sense to offer the chance for Evansville citizens to meet with their Congressman…on Halloween?!?!

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Michigan Monday: Obamacare a security threat?

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Benzie County, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Benzie County, Michigan

Could the Affordable Care Act website be a security risk for anyone who enrolls?

On Sunday, Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI 8) stated that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) website could be a potential security for millions of Americans. Rogers is Chair of the House Intelligence Committee – so he is not just another GOPer spouting off, he does have some insight. Due to the numerous glitches with the site, he feels that the personal information of any American who signed up could be at risk.

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Thursdays on the Trail: Inaugural Edition

Michigan's Upper Penninsula

Michigan’s Upper Penninsula

In the quest for daily content, I thought covering campaign side of things might make for some interesting reading. It is likely that some subjects will crossover between the other daily columns…but twice is better than never. And yes, this is late…sorry

Michigan Senate Race

The race to replace retiring Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) has been discussed here before. It seems as though the two main candidates have settled in a little over a year before Michiganders (or Michiganians) go to the polls. The Democrats have, from the beginning, stood behind Rep.  Gary Peters (D-MI 14). After only three months in the race, he has raised $1 million. After searching for someone, anyone, in the House to run for Senate, it appears that former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land is leading the pack for the GOP nomination. She has quite a bit of money on her side as well, having raised just over $2 million (although $1 million was from herself).

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MidWest Wednesday: What could have been

Cave-in-Rock State Park - Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Cave-in-Rock State Park – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Ditka could have altered history

Recently, former Chicago Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka stated that one of the the biggest regrets of his life was not running for Senate against now-President Barack Obama in 2004.

Biggest mistake I’ve ever made. Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.

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Hoosier Tuesday: Detention for Education

Patoka Lake - Birdseye, Indiana

Patoka Lake – Birdseye, Indiana

The government that fights itself is sure to lose

The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instructions, Glenda Ritz, has filed a lawsuit against the state board of education. She is saying that the board violated Indiana’s open meet rulings last week when it sought to get A-F school ratings.

The controversy stems from issues under previous superintendent Tony Bennett (no, not that Tony Bennett). Also, as with anything in government, partisan politics plays a very large role. Ritz is a Democrat, elected last fall, and the majority of the board were appointed by Republican Governor Mike Pence.

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Michigan Monday: The Primary challenge

Comerica Park - Home of the Detroit Tigers

Comerica Park – Home of the Detroit Tigers

Michigan Congressmen get primary challengers

Normally this would be covered in the planned (but yet to be initiated) column “Thursdays on the Trail” but it is Monday and that column hasn’t taken shape yet, so here we are.

Representative Justin Amash (R-MI 3), the Libertarian/Republican from Grand Rapids, has drawn a primary opponent in the form of Brian Ellis. Ellis is the founder of investment advisory firm Brooktree Capitol Management. According to his campaign biography he is “fiscal and social conservative Republican who embraces traditional values, limited government, and strong national security.”

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MidWest Wednesday: Hydropower ON

Ludington Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Facility – Ludington, Michigan (photo – Consumers Energy)

In August, Michigan Representative Fred Upton (R – MI 6) announced the passage of H.R. 267 –  the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013. Upton is chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the group in the House of Representatives responsible for such issues. It is also fitting that Upton is from a district that borders Lake Michigan, one of the the largest bodies of fresh water in the world.

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Hoosier Tuesday: Where has the civility gone?

McCormick's Creek State Park - Spencer, Indiana

McCormick’s Creek State Park – Spencer, Indiana

Pence rises above the fray

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has to be glad he made the choice to run for Gov in 2012 rather than seek re-election to the House or run in a primary against then Senator Richard Lugar. Pence can now sit back in his office in Indianapolis and seem to be “above it all” regarding the mess that is Washington D.C.

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