Political Note #282 Hillary Scholten MI CD 03

 Check out the website: https://lenspoliticalnotes.com  Look at the recent Daily Bits on the website.  Rashida Tlaib gets a primary opponent, Joe: Think outside the box for Veep. 041020          Political Note #282   Hillary Scholten  MI CD 03 2020               General Election (This note is business as usual.  While the country deals with COVID-19, we also need to prepare for the election in November. This Note is intended to help achieve a Democratic victory.) Under ordinary circumstances, a Democrat would have no chance in this rural, conservative district.  The largest city, Grand Rapids, has fewer than 200,000 people.  Battle Creek has slightly more than…

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Political Note #225   Gary Peters MI US Senate

2020               General Election Gary Peters https://petersformichigan.com/ is running for a second term. I had thought I might start by explaining he was unusual among the men in the US Senate. His family had no pretensions to leadership. He did not demonstrate the aspirations that lead a high schooler to attend Harvard or Yale or Stanford or Chicago. He’s not as unusual as I thought. Of the Democratic men in the US Senate, half did not go to schools like Harvard or Yale or Stanford or Chicago. Or have other marks of being or striving to be members of the elite.…

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Political Note #110 Gretchen Whitmer MI Governor

Forty six years old, Gretchen Whitmer spent fifteen of those years in the Michigan legislature representing East Lansing, She was five years in the House, then filled a vacancy to move to the Senate. During her final four years, until she was term limited out, she was Senate Minority Leader. She was a forceful leader in difficult times.

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Political Note #64 Elissa Slotkin MI 08

Elissa Slotkin lives on her family's farm in Southwestern Michigan. Her grandfather, Sam Slotkin, was a butcher. He founded Hygrade, the company responsible for Ball Park Franks, the hot dogs sold in the Detroit Tigers' Briggs Stadium. She went on to Columbia to study international development. Elissa Slotkin's first day at Columbia was September 10, 2001. Her second day was 9/11. She sought public service and became an analyst for the CIA. She worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and for the National Security Council under President Bush. She was the only Iraq adviser Obama held over from the Bush administration. When Elissa Slotkin returned home shortly after her marriage to a helicopter pilot in Iraq, she had thoughts about running for political office. The incumbents vote against the ACA clinched her decision.

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Political Note #57 Gretchen Driskell MI CD 07

Until her loss in 2016, Gretchen Driskellhad only successes as a politician. In non-partisan elections, she was elected to the Saline City Council in 1992 and reelected twice. She was elected as the first female mayor of Saline in 1998 and was elected four more times before running successfully for the state senate. As mayor, Gretchen Driskellnotes she passed 14 balanced budgets in 14 years. Saline was named one of the top 100 small cities in America three times. She ran for the state legislature as a Democrat -- defeating a popular Republican in what was considered a Republican District. While the state legislative election was partisan, the negative campaign in her run for Congress was a shock.

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Political Note #41 Debbie Stabenow MI US Senate

Debbie Stabenow trained to be a social worker and it shows. She is a work horse Senator. She takes on unglamorous jobs. She was chair and is now the ranking member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. When she was chair and orchestrating the writing of the farm bill, she focused on supporting clean energy, local food systems, specialty crops that would reinvigorate the economies of small towns and rural communities as well as cutting-edge research and bio-based manufacturing. The food and farm legislation while she was chair had bipartisan support

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