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  •  I live in the 109th (1+ / 0-)
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    and I will probably vote for Tony Retaskie. It's unfortunate that the left isn't really represented in this primary at all, as both of our candidates are fairly moderate (or at least downplay the significance of social issues). Of the two, Retaskie would almost certainly be a more reliable Democratic vote; he is extremely pro-union, which plays here anyways, and his campaign has focused heavily on supporting the teachers union, which has been taking a lot of hits, especially in Marquette County. I was hard pressed to find any information about either candidate's views on social issues, but it stands out to me that Retaskie has been endorsed by both the Progressive Majority and the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for Women.

    John Kivela, on the other hand, is far more pro-business. He has no real union credentials, and that is certainly a handicap in this district. I've heard it said by people who know him personally that John would run as a Republican if he could (he wouldn't win, of course). For all I know, he may be socially liberal, but the "Issues" section of his campaign website focuses only on one "issue," which is keeping special interests out of elections.

    In the end, I think that Kivela is probably the narrow favorite simply because he is a lot more well known and has a larger institutional backing than Retaskie does - white collar Marquette County residents are likely to back Kivela heavily. But I also am cautious to underestimate the union machine power - Retaskie has all of the union endorsements so far - hopefully on election day that will be enough for him to pull it out.

    •  Thanks for the info (0+ / 0-)

      Has campaigning picked up yet? Are yard signs popping up? Union endorsements will help, especially if they campaign in the more sparsely populated areas. Getting a good chunk of that vote may be able to offset a narrowish loss in the city.

      M, 22, School: MI-12(new) (Old MI-15), Home: NY-18 (new) (Old NY-19)

      by slacks on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 05:24:39 PM PDT

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    •  Kivela (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know much about the guy, but he seems to be a fairly popular mayor who has enthusiastically hosted Obama when he's come to town.  I haven't really got the vibe from him that he would be a problem for Dems in the house, particularly serving the district that he's serving.

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