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  •  MI-Lt. Gov: Schauer reportedly picks Brown (12+ / 0-)

    It's a good thing work has been slow for me lately, because things keep happening in races I'm interested in.

    From Rick Pluta (NPR) via Twitter:

    Oakland County Clerk @LisaBrown39 will be tapped as @MarkSchauer's running mate for Lt Gov on the MI Democratic ticket #itsjustpolitics
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    @gnaeyaert @LisaBrown39 @MarkSchauer announcement tomorrow
    Brown was one of the three county clerks to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies before the appeals court stayed the ruling. When she was in the state House, she was one of the Democratic women involved in "vaginagate." Definitely considered a rising star in Michigan Democratic circles. She's almost certainly intended as a metro Detroit balance to the West(ish) Michigan Schauer.
    •  She also represented a surprisingly light-red HD. (1+ / 0-)
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      “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

      by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:13:49 PM PDT

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    •  big election for Oakland County this year. (2+ / 0-)
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      jj32, bythesea

      "I join Justice Ginsburg's dissent in full." - Clarence Thomas in Philip Morris USA v. Williams

      by James Allen on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:17:38 PM PDT

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    •  Great news (0+ / 0-)

      I remember thinking at the time that happened that it would be awesome if she ran for higher office.  

    •  Very good choice, hopefully she brings energy (0+ / 0-)

      to Schauer ticket.  He can't seem to capture any attention by himself.  I think, and I'll take heat for saying this, but Dems have a hard time getting fired up for white guys as candidates these days.

      Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers - https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/statuses/377787818619064320

      by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 02:46:10 PM PDT

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    •  Can't do wrong (3+ / 0-)
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      You couldn't do wrong with Byrum, Brown, or Whitmer.  Though, for me, with Peters already anchoring what's shaping up to be a slate, anyway, out of Oakland, Brown would have been at the bottom of these closely packed picks.  I'd have ranked it Whitmer, Byrum, Brown.

      Anyway, you can't go wrong with Brown, and I'm glad to see such a deep bench of women to choose from in Michigan politics, this cycle.  We've got Brenda Lawrence in MI-14, Pam Byrne in MI-07, Barb Byrum likely in MI-08, Nancy Skinner likely in MI-11...these are all very serious candidates.

      •  LG candidates (1+ / 0-)
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        Whitmer would've been my first choice too but it doesn't seem like she intends to run for anything this year.  I was indifferent about my second choice.  Brown and Byrum are both good choices.

        If Byrum does run in MI-8, I hope Jocelyn Benson runs for SoS.  There's less than 3 weeks before the filing deadline and the Dems don't have a candidate for SoS yet.

        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, that's worrying me.  Benson is such a "no, duh" choice, that you'd think she'd have been in this months ago or that you've have seen people screaming for her to get it.  I can't imagine why she's being so coy.  If she wasn't going to run for anything, she could have allowed us to focus our energies elsewhere.  

          In this year - which will a better year for us in Michigan than 2010 - I would have actually placed the SoS race as Lean Dem were she in this thing.  This seems like our easiest state-wide pick-up, and yet absolutely no attention has been given to it.  

          I can't even put into words how much of a BFD it would be to get back SoS.  A lot of the state party's results can be traced back to Republican having near carte blanche control of how elections are handled.  Michigan is so far behind the times when it comes to actually conducting elections.  Even more conservative Southern states often have more than we do.  We don't have early voting; we don't even have no-reason absentee.  Just getting this seat back, alone, could result in higher Democratic turnout in subsequent years.  You know, an electorate that actually and regularly reflects the politican leanings of the state, for once.

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