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This picture of Bill Schuette in front of a burning building is a perfect metaphor for his campaign

This is fine.

Ahh, Bill. We know that we've been a little tough on you lately.

From the abandoned Detroit campaign office to running out of campaign finances, and then painfully being dragged in front of the nation on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for seriously creepy behavior, Republican candidate for governor and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has had a tough couple of weeks.

So when we stumbled upon this picture of Schuette in front of a building with a tight, yet forced smile on his face, we couldn't help but recall one of our favorite memes:

However, Democratic State Representative Tom Cochran, the former Chief of the Lansing Fire Department, found the image to be much less entertaining.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/11/01/this-picture-of-bill-schuette-in-front-of-a-burning-building-is-a-perfect-metaphor-for-his-campaign
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 08:50 AM (0 replies)

Bad Optics: UAW Uses Nonunion Labor To Build Retired President's Home

Talk about poor optics.

The United Auto Workers is using nonunion labor to build a lakefront home on Black Lake, near Cheboygan for retired President Dennis Williams, a money saving move, reports Robert Snell of The Detroit News:

"Interviews with contractors and bid documents help pinpoint the original cost of a construction project being built amid an FBI investigation into whether union leaders' have spent membership dues and money from Detroit's automakers on personal luxuries...

"The UAW has provided homes at Black Lake for generations of retired presidents, but the Williams home is the first being built during a federal investigation into union spending."

To save money, the union has hired a nonunion electrician, a nonunion excavation company and is in talks to hire a nonunion plumber to work on the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 1,885-square-foot stone home at the UAW Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center in Onaway, Snell reports. The 1,000-acre retreat in northern Michigan is financed with interest from the union's $721 million strike fund, which is bankrolled by worker dues, Snell notes.

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/20925/bad_optics_uaw_using_nonunion_labor_to_build_retired_president_s_home
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 08:40 AM (4 replies)

INXS - Never Tear Us Apart

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 08:26 AM (0 replies)

Akron's African-American Newspaper to celebrate 50th anniversary; Cordray and Sutton are guests

The Reporter newspaper is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Akron African-American paper will hold a celebration at 5 p.m. Friday at the Blue Note Lounge, 1474 Copley Road. Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton and national civil rights activist Wade Henderson will be special guests at the event. Organizers said Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor, and other state and local candidates on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot were invited but did not respond to a request to attend the event.

For more information and to RSVP, call 330-607-9497.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 07:58 AM (1 replies)

12th Congressional District: Race drawing attention, cash from celebrities, PACs

WASHINGTON — Pop quiz: What do Bradley Whitford, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Cryer, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Sinatra and Kyra Sedgwick have in common?

They’re all entertainers, of course. But they’re also Danny O’Connor donors.

Among the whopping $7.3 million the Franklin County recorder has received during the nearly 11 months he’s sought the congressional seat in the 12th District that Pat Tiberi once held are a handful of celebrities and a whole lot of out–of–staters.

In fact, 79 percent of O’Connor’s itemized contributions come from outside Ohio, according to an analysis of campaign contributions by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Read more: https://www.ohio.com/news/20181102/12th-congressional-district-race-drawing-attention-cash-from-celebrities-pacs/1
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 07:51 AM (1 replies)

Midterm elections: Controversial right-wing group infiltrates several Democratic campaigns

WASHINGTON – Activists with the right-wing group Project Veritas embedded with campaigns of unknowing Democrats across the country ahead of the midterms. And in most cases, candidates didn't know they were a target until they saw the finished videos.

So far, the controversial group led by founder James O'Keefe, has posted undercover videos with liberal campaign workers or candidates in six tight races. And O'Keefe says more are to come in the days leading up to the midterms.

"It's trying to get as much done in the short amount of time we have," O'Keefe told USA TODAY in a phone interview. His goal, he says, is to "expose what these people really believe and think."


Those known to have been targeted by the group in this election cycle include: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and House candidate Abigail Spanberger.

Read more: https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/01/midterms-project-veritas-infiltrated-several-democratic-campaigns/1838657002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 07:41 AM (9 replies)

New poll shows tied Ohio governor's race and public souring on Republican candidates

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Another poll of the statewide races shows an increasingly tight contest between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray in the race to succeed term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Overall, the survey is good news for Democrats, who fared much better in favorability as the Nov. 6 election approaches, though Republicans outperformed the national generic ballot.

The poll from Cygnal - a firm with a "B" rating from polling experts FiveThirtyEight - was conducted Oct. 30-31 using live callers on landlines and cell phones. The sample size of 503 likely voters has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.37 percentage points. The poll also included those who had already voted early. The results are weighted to reflect the electorate.

Once again, the poll results found Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog, and DeWine, the state's attorney general, in a neck-and-neck race with just days to go until the majority of the public votes. Less than 1 percentage point separated the two, with Cordray at 43.2 percent and DeWine at 43.4 percent.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/11/new_poll_shows_tied_ohio_gover.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 05:44 AM (0 replies)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallies student vote for Richard Cordray near Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Democratic gubernatorial nominee Rich Cordray worked to rally support from Ohio State University students Thursday, bringing in Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to energize a group of younger supporters.

The potential 2020 presidential contender didn’t disappoint, calling Cordray “the nerd we need” and touting his work as the former head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Warren helped to create.

“Not many people get to run for office on a record of saying I returned $2 billion directly to people in this state when they got cheated,” Warren said of Cordray during a rally at a coffeehouse and bar near the Ohio State campus.

Warren also said the “shadowy” groups that have been running scores of ads against Cordray and in support of GOP opponent Mike DeWine show how much of a reformer Cordray would be as governor.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2018/11/us-sen-elizabeth-warren-rallies-student-vote-for-richard-cordray-near-ohio-state.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 05:18 AM (0 replies)

In final week before election, Sherrod Brown shares the love with rest of Ohio Democratic ticket

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Heading into the final days before the Nov. 6 election, Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to share his fundraising largesse with the rest of the Democratic ticket.

Through his campaign and an affiliated committee, Brown later this week will transfer $300,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party's federal account, according to his campaign manager, Justin Barasky. He also has cut checks for maximum contributions of $12,707 each to the five Democrats -- Rich Cordray for governor, Kathleen Clyde for secretary of state, Steve Dettelbach for attorney general, Rob Richardson for treasurer and Zack Space for auditor -- running for Ohio's five statewide executive offices.

The contributions suggest Brown -- who has raised a record $27.1 million as of Oct. 17 -- feels confident enough in his re-election chances that he is comfortable sharing his resources with other candidates.

Asked about this, Barasky said: "It's a sign of Sherrod's confidence in the ticket, and a sign of Sherrod's confidence that the stronger everyone's campaign is, the better we're all going to do."

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/10/in_final_week_before_election.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 04:55 AM (6 replies)

Ohio Voters Are More Likely to be Old, White, Without Higher Education and Non-Affiliated with a

Ohio Voters Are More Likely to be Old, White, Without Higher Education and Non-Affiliated with a Political Party

When former president Barack Obama won the state of Ohio in the electoral college, he did so by earning 23 percent more votes than Mitt Romney in 2012. However, just four years later, the current sitting president Donald Trump won the state by six points.

The New York Times published an analysis of the state today, trying to figure out what the 2016 election and Ohio's reputation as a "purple state" would mean for the 2018 midterm election, the gubernatorial race in particular. In 2016, many working-class democrats flipped parties to vote for Trump, a candidate who promised to add jobs that would benefit average, working-class Americans.

In Ohio, Trump said employers “weren’t hiring for years and years and years,” when in fact, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent when he took office — close to what economists consider “full employment.” He also said during his visit back in May that “all of a sudden, we have jobs,” even though the number of job openings has been steadily increasing since mid-2009.

There has been a 20 percent increase since he's taken office, but as Fact Check stated on inauguration day, "Trump won the election while claiming 'our country is stagnant,' even though he inherited an economy that was experiencing steady if unspectacular growth in output, jobs and incomes.” The reality of the situation is that the job market was on the rise before Trump even took office.

Read more: https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2018/11/01/ohio-voters-are-more-likely-to-be-old-white-without-higher-education-and-non-affiliated-with-a-political-party
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 02:26 AM (1 replies)
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