Yeah, Land should not be seriously considered someone fit to be in the U.S. Senate. Luckily her opponent, Rep. Gary Peters (D. MI) is serious about the economic issues the country is facing like calling on the House to extend unemployment benefits:Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), the likely Republican nominee for Senate in Michigan, said women prioritize flexibility in a job ahead of salary.
"Well we all like to be paid more and that's great but the reality is that women have a different lifestyle," Land said in the speech. "They have kids, they have to take them to get dentist appointments, doctors appointments all those kinds of things and they're more interested in flexibility in a job than pay."
Land's comments were made during a 2010 speech at a Senior Women's Club event in The Community House in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. The remarks were highlighted by the American Bridge 21st Century PAC. - TPM, 4/8/14
And raising the minimum wage:"Michigan's economy is still recovering and folks are still struggling to find work. For months, families have been without the unemployment insurance they depend on to keep the lights on and put food on the table. Extending unemployment insurance has a proven economic return and will help the thousands of Michiganders who are looking for work have the certainty they need to make ends meet and take the next step to find employment. Today, the Senate came together in a bipartisan way to revive these benefits, a move that will strengthen our economy. The House of Representatives should bring this compromise, which is fully paid for, to the House Floor for a vote immediately."
Peters has been leading the fight to extend unemployment insurance since the benefits expired in December 2013. In early January of this year he called on Speaker Boehner to cancel recess until benefits were extended, an effort joined by 113 of his colleagues. Reps. Peters and Sandy Levin also hosted a "Lunch and Listen" event with local workers affected by the expiration of unemployment insurance in late January and discussed the best path forward on this critical issue. - Insurance News, 4/8/14
By the way, while some Democrats are nervous to be seen campaigning with Obama, Peters welcomes it:Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage -- and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of prosperity for millions of Americans.
An upbeat Obama struck a distinctly partisan tone at the University of Michigan, a day after his administration received an unexpected burst of good news when his health care law beat expectations for its first year of enrollment. Addressing a crowd of about 1,400 in a stadium that included many students, Obama cracked jokes about his GOP foes as he touted his plan to raise federal wages to $10.10 per hour.
"You've got a choice. You can give America the shaft, or you can give it a raise," Obama said.
At Obama's side for his three-hour visit to this Midwest battleground state was Rep. Gary Peters, a Senate candidate embracing the chance to appear with the president before voters this year. Some other Democrats have shied away from Obama amid controversy over his health care plan, but Peters opted to appear with Obama as the president echoed his State of the Union affirmation that no American working full time should live in poverty.
"It would lift millions of people out of poverty right away," the president said of his proposal. "It would help millions more work their way out of poverty right away."
Michigan also has an effort to put a measure on the November ballot to increase the state minimum wage $7.40 to $10.10 an hour, an initiative that polling shows is popular among voters who have been hit hard by the economic downturn in recent years. - Huffington Post, 4/2/14
P.S. PPP has Peters back in the lead against Land:Peters could benefit from the publicity that a presidential visit brings, since he has not been elected statewide and polls show many voters are unfamiliar with him. Asked whether he was concerned about absorbing backlash from Obama's unpopular health care law, Peters stressed the president's economic message.
"I'm happy to be with the president. I work with the president on issues that are important to middle class families here in Michigan and families who aspire to be in the middle class," Peters said as Obama prepared to take the stage. - Huffington Post, 4/2/14
Lets help fuel Peters campaign so he can beat Land in November:In early December Land led Peters by a 2 point margin in our polling. Now Peters is ahead by 5 points at 41/36. The race has moved largely because what was a 17 point lead for Land with independents is now a tie between the two candidates. Early attacks ads on Land have taken a toll on her favorability rating- it's declined a net 14 points since our last poll from a +11 spread at 34/23 to now a -3 spread at 28/31. There hasn't been much change in feelings about Peters with voters who have an opinion about him still pretty evenly divided.
One thing that's helped make the terrain better for Peters as he tries to keep the seat Democratic is that opinions about how the Obamacare rollout has gone have improved dramatically since our last poll. In December 63% of voters rated the rollout as having been unsuccessful, compared to just 30% who thought it had gone well. Now it's down to 52% who rate the rollout as unsuccessful with those saying it's been a success up to 40%. Voters are still opposed to the Affordable Care Act overall- 37% support it to 48% who are opposed- but it's not as problematic an issue for Democrats as it was late last year. - PPP, 4/8/14