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Map of Michigan's Seventh Congressional District from Wikipedia.  Incumbent Mark Schauer is fending off a challenge from former Representative Tim Walberg.

This past week's news, including the latest news on debates, polling, and endorsements, after the jump.

Crossposted to Michigan Liberal.

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U.S. Representative Mark Schauer will be debating challenger Tim Walberg four times this month.

Examiner.com: Schauer, Walberg set time and location for two debates
By Vince Lamb, Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner

On October 6th, the Adrian Daily Telegram reported that the times and locations for two of the four upcoming debates between incumbent Mark Schauer and challenger Tim Walberg have been set.

The first debate will take place on Wednesday, October 13th, from 7 P.M to 8 P.M. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.  WLNS (Channel 6 in Lansing) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are co-sponsoring the debate.  The public is invited to attend.  The Performing Arts Center's address is 378 State Street in Charlotte.

WLNS will be broadcasting the debate live, so residents of Washtenaw County whose cable systems carry WLNS Channel 6 will be able to watch the debate.  Those who do not have cable but do have broadband can follow the debate on WLNS's website as the station will stream it live.

The second debate will be held the next morning at 8:30 A.M. on October 14th at the Lexington Lansing Hotel on 925 South Creyts Road, Lansing.  The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the candidate forum.  Anyone wishing to attend the forum should call (517) 487-6340.

More at the link, including information on the other two debates and how Walberg picked a fight with debate sponsor AARP before he accepted their invitation. Smooth move, Ex-Lax, especially in a district with a lot of retirees (I should know, I used to live there) and a year in which Social Security and Medicare are such big issues.

WILX reports on how Social Security and Medicare have become major issues in the race between Mark Schauer and Tim Walberg.

Examiner.com: Poll by The Hill finds Schauer and Walberg tied for Seventh Congressional District
By Vince Lamb, Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner

With less than a month to go before the general election, a poll by The Hill/America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) found Representative Mark Schauer and his challenger former Representative Tim Walberg tied at 41 percent each in the contest for Michigan's Seventh Congressional District.  Four percent of the respondents planned to vote for minor party candidates, and 13 percent reported they were undecided.

Partisans have mostly lined up behind their candidates, with only six percent of Democrats and eight percent of Republicans still undecided.  The contest will hinge on independents, 19 percent of whom are still undecided.  Currently, Walberg has a slim lead among independents, with 37 percent to Schauer's 35 percent.

The incumbent has to leap over two gaps, the gender gap and the enthusiasm gap, to defend his seat.

More at the link, including details about both gaps and how this race was one of a dozen surveyed for this poll.

Schauer endorsed by Schwarz; campaign releases poll showing Schauer in lead
By Vince Lamb, Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner

Today, incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Schauer picked up the endorsement of former Republican Representative Dr. Joseph Schwarz, who held the seat from 2005 to 2006.  It was the second time Schauer received the endorsement of Dr. Schwarz, who also endorsed the current incumbent when he challenged Tim Walberg for the seat in 2008.

Also, Schauer's campaign responded to yesterday's release of a poll by the The Hill finding that Schauer and Walberg were tied by releasing their own internal poll on the same day, which showed that Schauer was in the lead by four points, 44 percent to Walberg's 40 percent.

Details about the endorsement and the poll at the article via the link in the headline.

Just a reminder for readers who are new or have forgotten since I last posted about this race: I lived in the Seventh District from 1999-2010, only moving out of it in May. My wife and I met Schauer in 2007 and happily voted for him in 2008. We donated money to his campaign this year, which is the least we can do since we moved out of his district and can't vote for him. We also live too far away to volunteer for his campaign. Instead, we're working for Gary Peters in Michigan's Ninth District. We've been delivering lawn signs for his campaign for the last three weeks.

Originally posted to Neon Vincent's Massage Parlour on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 12:54 AM PDT.

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  •  More to come (19+ / 0-)

    The next installment in this series will be about the 52nd District State House of Representatives race.  If you've been reading Electablog's blog, especially his most recent diary, you know that race has just become much more interesting.

    Also, MI-07 has been in the national news a lot lately, and not all that coverage has filtered back to the local level.  I'll be summarizing it in a future report.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 12:53:33 AM PDT

  •  I am not in the district but see the ads. Noticed (6+ / 0-)

    that ads for Walberg (or against Schauer) are from many sources... a lot from the RNC and the happily named groups opposing Dems. They have to be saving Walberg a lot of money. The ads make it sound like the republican is the one trying to save social security/Medicare that Schauer is out to destroy as well as save American jobs since Schauer is sending jobs to China through the stimulus bill.

    Schauer's ads mostly come from Schauer so I am glad you donated. We all should. He's had some union ads but I was very irritated that he wasn't getting party support. Coming from a rather conservative district he spoke up for and voted for health bill and stimulus, he deserves some help!
    Lately I have seen one so-so ad from the Dems for him. His own ads are good, using Walberg's own voice and words but the republicans are really targeting him and their ads respond quickly to any of his.
    It is disturbing to see the republican party doing so much more for their candidates than we are doing for ours. If it is about tied now imagine how well he might be doing with more help

  •  As I drive around the district, (4+ / 0-)

    there are way more Schauer yard signs than Walberg signs....hopefully, that is a clue that the voters will make the decision for sanity and progress.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." A. Einstein

    by moose67 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 06:14:30 AM PDT

  •  I knew his district included (3+ / 0-)

    Livingston but didn't know it went to Battle Creek and Adrian. Tough district - so him being tied is promising. I hope the GOTV can give him a win.

    I am not seeing being anti-healthcare working in Michigan.

    I am working on Natile Mosher's campaign in MI-11 (Novi, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton) to upset McCotter.

    Vote 11.2.10 the penalty for refusing to participate in politics you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

    by coffejoe on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 06:18:42 AM PDT

    •  You must mean Lenawee, not Livingston. (0+ / 0-)

      Livingston is in MI-08, where Lance Enderle is running against Mike Rogers.

      Thanks for working on Natalie Mosher's campaign.  I've met her, too.  Nice woman.  She needs all the help she can get to beat McCotter.

      "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

      by Neon Vincent on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:42:08 PM PDT

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  •  My sister and brother-in-law (3+ / 0-)

    live in the district in Webster Township, not exactly the hotbed of liberalism.  They both happily voted for Schauer in 2008.  I'll make sure they do again.  I'm doing my best to keep Feingold in the Senate here in Wisconsin.  My 12 year old son and I have been out most weekends canvassing.

    I hope Schauer can hold on and keep this seat.

  •  good to see this (3+ / 0-)

    We're crazy busy in D.C. this week, don't have time to dig in, but I did see this come across the Google group :-) Keep up the good work :-)

  •  Just got back from a visit to the disrict (3+ / 0-)

    My parents are in Adrian (where I grew up). In town, most of the yard signs are for Schauer, whereas out in the country, most of the signs are for Walberg. On family business, we happened to be in the building where Dem HQ is located. Lots of activity there - they all seemed very aware of how close this race is going to be. We were able to pick up yard signs for my parents while we were there.

    ... no one can put the ocean in their pocket ... ~ Melissa Harris-Lacewell

    by tgypsy on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 07:30:07 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the details! (1+ / 0-)
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      May I use them in one of my upcoming reports on the race?

      Also, thanks on my behalf for getting the lawn signs for your parents.  Every bit of visibility helps.

      "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

      by Neon Vincent on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:29:00 PM PDT

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      •  You are welcome (1+ / 0-)
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        Feel free to use this info as you see fit. Definitely anectodal but I think the distribution of signs says something about who will be voting for each of the candidates.

        ... no one can put the ocean in their pocket ... ~ Melissa Harris-Lacewell

        by tgypsy on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 09:24:24 PM PDT

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  •  Glad to see coverage (1+ / 0-)
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    Of districts like this that don't get a lot of attention

    •  Glad to provide the coverage (0+ / 0-)

      MI-07 has special interest for me, since I lived in the district for 11 years.  Even though I don't live there any more, it holds a special place in my heart and I was glad to help turn it blue in 2008.

      As for the district not receiving a lot of attention, yes and no.  It's not getting a lot of love here on Daily Kos, but it is attracting attention nationally, as it is widely recognized as a race that could go to the Republicans and could hand them control of the House.

      I've read stories that feature the race in the New York Times, The Hill, and the Washington Post, and heard a very good investigative segment about it on the October 1st All Things Considered on NPR that used the race as a poster child of how third-party expendatures are playing a major part in this year's elections.  I plan on reviewing all that coverage this week.

      Another race that is part of my beat that I haven't covered much yet is John Dingell vs. Rob Steele in MI-15.  Everyone assumes that Dingell is safe, but some news came out last week that showed that the Dean of the House is not as secure as most think.

      Detroit Free Press: Poll: In House race, Rob Steele leads John Dingell by 4 points
      BY KATHLEEN GRAY
      FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

      A new independent poll has the dean of the U.S. House, Rep. John Dingell, trailing his Republican opponent, Rob Steele, by 4 percentage points.

      The automated phone survey of 300 people in the 15th Congressional District showed Steele getting 43.8% of the vote. Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress, got 39.5%. About 11% were undecided. The gap is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points. The poll was conducted Monday.

      Dingell's campaign said the survey -- conducted by the Rossman Group of Lansing and Team TelCom -- is a Republican front and is contradicted by other polls in recent weeks.

      The races here in Michigan, particularly those that affect Washtenaw County, have become very interesting.

      "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

      by Neon Vincent on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 02:14:01 PM PDT

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