It only took 4 days to go over 100 comments in thread #3 on Tuesday’s election between Granholm, DeVos and many more candidates. That’s probably partly a measure of how bad the weather has been, but I am guessing it is also a measure of how sharply divided the Michigan electorate is. Usually, in hard times people come together to work for a solution. That doesn’t seem to be happening in Michigan today. I wonder why our state is so divided and also if you agree with this and why you think it is or isn’t.
I have gathered up a couple of pieces I read about the upcoming election that I enjoyed that may aid in the discussion or in making an informed decision on Tuesday. Feel encouraged to add your own in the comments (which I figured we should start fresh for the weekend). I was pondering a rule like “no being mean” but I’m not sure how I’d enforce it. If anyone has ideas about that, post a comment!
Publius Voter Information Center – It’s pronounced “poo-blee-us” and pardon me if I’m over-linking to it, but it is such a useful web site that I feel obligated to give everyone a chance to explore it.
Partisanship, from William G. Milliken: Michigan‚Äôs Passionate Moderate by Dave Dempsey – This is the best thing I read this election cycle. “Right now there is widespread feeling that too many politicians are pandering to special interests and are self-serving. The net effect of that is disengagement on the part of citizens. That‚Äôs borne out by the fact that voter turnout is appallingly low.”
2006 Michigan Mock Election – If the above was the best thing I read, attending this mock election was the coolest thing I did. Full disclosure: I am on the school board at Leland School. Still, seeing 1000 students from area schools listening to student and candidate speeches and seeing candidates talking with them and actually listening to their concerns was inspiring and helped cut through a ton of negative ad-induced cynicism. The rally will be re-broadcast on Monday, November 6, 2006 from Absolute Michigan & MichiganLiveEvents.com. (time TBA)
Little keeping deceptive political ads from Michigan airwaves – Speaking of ad-induced cynicism, this AP article by David Eggert says that little stands in in the way of lying in campaign commercials. Both Republicans and Democrats are complaining but as Michigan Association of Broadcasters president Karole White says “The whole system is set up so anybody can say anything about anyone.” He adds that “Once it’s said, it’s said.” This means that spurious charges such as those dropped on Andy Levin or Sen. Tom George can be made with little worry that they will bite back.
OTHER VOICES | GRANHOLM OR DEVOS?: Michigan newspapers’ endorsements – The Detroit Free Press has a nice summary of endorsements from other papers. They did admit 2 papers from their list. One, the Detroit Free Press (Granholm) is understandable as they’re assuming regular readers would know that. The other, the Detroit News (DeVos) is a bit less so. Stranger still is the fact that the only place I could still FIND that endorsement was WOOD-TV. You’d think that the Detroit News would have left it online.
There you go, have a good weekend, have fun and try not to hurt each other.