Thursday briefing and open thread

Thursday evening already? The week is flying by.


Let’s start with the indicators indicating that President Obama will be elected. According to we are winning the Presidential Mask poll. And as you may (or not?) know, the Presidential mask poll predicts the outcome of the election. We already won the kid poll. And Nate Silver has us up to 79% chance of winning.

Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture on Romney’s exploitation of Sandy.



Hope springs eternal for the Republicans.

US Senate

Debbie talks to Tony this morning on First Shift

US House

From the 11th: Kerry Bentivolio’s brother says he’s crazy.

“I’ve never met anyone in my life who is conniving and dishonest as this guy,” Phillip Bentivoliosaid, according to the Michigan Information and Research Service   (subscription required). “He’s my brother so it’s hard to talk about this, but I believe that if he gets elected, he’ll eventually serve time in prison.”

Gary Peters on The Stephanie Miller Show today:


Other Michigan

Without getting into climate change / global warming, the Army Corp of Engineers have concluded that climate is the cause of low lake levels …

That was the message from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Office on Wednesday as Great Lakes water-level experts for the federal government announced that Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superiorare within an inch or two of setting all-time record lows. The last time the upper lakes had so little water in them was in 1964.

Perhaps the best thing Saul Anuzis has ever done for Michigan: he is openly supporting Prop 3:

 In his support of Prop Three, Mr. Anuzis links arms with several other organizations that would normally be anathema to him.  But, for Anuzis, Prop Three is not a matter of politics; rather, it is the ethical and prudent thing to do given the need to “preserve the health, economic and spiritual benefits of our natural world for our children, grandchildren and future generations to come.”

In a detailed memorandum addressed to “Michigan Republicans/Conservative Activists and other Interested Parties,” and, in his remarks to me, Anuzis provides several reasons for his support of Prop Three—reasons ranging from philosophical/historical to political/pragmatic.  It is a conversation well worth hearing and a memo equally worth reading.

Click through to listen to an interview with Saul on this subject.

Republicans were the only candidates to show up on the Ottowa County sample ballots. Democratic and independent candidates were left off of the ballot. Gee how could that happen? From another article on the same:

“We’ve communicated this to all of the candidates and to the county Democratic Party officials as well — certainly NOT an intended error — but we are most glad that we caught it in enough time to correct the mistake!” Roebuck said in an email to The Sentinel.

Ottowa County officials are saying they are the ones at fault for the error.


Census DailyThursday, November 1st. One of the great match races in horse racing history took place on this date in 1938 at Baltimore’s Pimlico track between War Admiral and Seabiscuit. The heavily favored War Admiral was larger, as well as the reigning triple crown winner and horse of the year. Seabiscuit’s regular jockey was injured and could not ride that day. Seabiscuit jumped to an early lead, but War Admiral caught up and the two horses raced side by side for almost a mile. Then, in the stretch, Seabiscuit pulled away and won by four lengths, showing the spirit that generated a best-selling book and movie of several years ago. There are 127 horse race tracks across the U.S., and they generate just over $5 billion in revenue each year.
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  1. James Rairigh says:

    Presidential Election 2012 …Undecided? … A Main Street View Made Short and Simple
    We should all be able to agree that the incumbent President, and his challenger, coming from very different backgrounds, and by their own perspective standards, are good men who love their families and this country.

    What is making this 2012 election cycle different from past presidential elections is the progression of something more than the usual political friction, but an evolution into more of a cultural dilemma, a cultural dilemma where we, as a nation, are searching for a way to bridge this cultural divide that has seemingly been growing in this new century.

    So, at the risk of sounding too harsh and simplified with this Main Street view, so many in this country have drifted into a culture of greed, a culture of instant gratification, and a culture, at times, of disrespect.

    We can look back at our first decade in this new century witnessing our economy being basically left unattended and spiraling out of control. This benefited a few, but was disastrous for so many. Some can look back at the last four years of our gradual economic progress with impatience, and refuse to understand why so many of us have less spendable income compared to 15 years ago. We can see a lack of respect creep into every aspect of our lives, coming from home, in our schools, to our professional lives. All of this has almost become numbing.

    What it basically comes down to in this 2012 presidential election is who you trust.

    Who do you trust to keep our nation on the path of continuing our national recovery?

    Who do you trust to invest in and build every facet of our infrastructure in our nation?

    Lastly, who do you trust when looking into a family member’s eyes when putting them to bed at night, whether it be the innocence of a child, or the thankful sometimes tearful eyes of a parent, trusting that your child is going to continue to be safe and have opportunities, trusting that your parent will still have the resources to live out the rest of their life with dignity?

    The 2012 presidential campaigns have revealed who we can continue to trust not only through our path of continuing recovery, but with our path of building a sustainable prosperity for not just the few, but the opportunity of prosperity for all in this country.

    Maybe some will think this is an over simplification, but with all of the misinformation that we as voters have been bombarded with in this 2012 presidential election because of the Supreme Court decision, it really comes down to one thing, trust. President Obama has demonstrated leadership and the trust criteria. You don’t have to agree on every issue with this President, but you know you can trust him.

    Thank You.
    James Rairigh
    Lansing/Traverse City, Michigan

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