This Designated Conservative has a .545 batting average in picking favorites for the August 2010 primary election here in Washtenaw County. An outstanding baseball stat, it is far less impressive as an election statistic.
Choosing who to vote for in a primary election was made more difficult than usual this year because conservatives and republicans had many more good choices than in past years. For this November’s general election, the choices are easier:
- If you believe as I do in constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility, Vote Republican.
- If you believe, as the founders of this country did, that we are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life (which means from conception and birth through health, illness, and elderhood), liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which the founders thought of as land or property, in that age of farmers); Vote Republican.
- If you believe in the First and Second Amendments, as written; Vote Republican.
- If you believe that you made a serious mistake in 2008 by either staying home or casting a conservative protest vote against the free-spending ways of the 2000-2006 class of Washington, D.C. Republicans and their enabler, President “Where did I leave that veto pen” George W. Bush; Vote Republican.
- If you are a conservative who has become disgusted and disillusioned with both Democrats and Republicans and think that all politicians are the same; Vote Republican – many of whom are first-time citizen candidates inspired by the Tea Party movement – and then do your part by following up after they are in office to help them stay on the conservative path!
Here are this Designated Conservative’s picks for the November election:
Michigan Governor: Rick Snyder (R) – “Why,” you ask? “How can you? – he’s no conservative,” you say? Because primaries matter and any protest vote for a minor party candidate is nothing more than a vote for the third term of Jennifer Granholm in Democrat Virg Bernero.
Michigan Supreme Court – Justice Robert Young and Judge Mary Beth Kelly. Governor Jennifer Granholm made a secret deal with recently retired and seriously disaffected Justice Weaver to squeeze Justice Alton Davis on to the bench in the nick of time to be called an incumbent. He is not – he is at best a carpetbagger. Judge Kelly and Justice Young are the conservative voices we need on the Supreme Court.
Washtenaw County Commisioner, District #6 – David Raaflaub (R). Current Commisioner Ronnie Peterson (D), Ypsilanti Twp. has completely failed to adequately represent his mostly City of Ypsilanti district. This deficit was made far worse this summer when word came down of his involvement (as determined by a federal court in Detroit) with sexual harassment of female tenants in his city rental homes by his business partner and relative.
15th District U.S. Congress: Dr. Robert Steele (R) – Finally, the republicans have nominated a candidate who can take on the congressman-for-life and Dump Dingell this November!
54th District State Representative: Richard Deitering (R) – The next state legislature is responsible for the once-per-decade redrawing of legislative districts. This Designated Conservative has read the election tea leaves and believes that our humble 54th District could hold the key vote needed to take control of the Michigan House. A vote for Rick Deitering will help elect conservative candidates across the state in 2012 and beyond!
However, if you are one of our liberal readers who simply cannot stand the notion of voting republican this year, we have an answer for you: Vote for independent David Palmer, an alternative to the Democrat’s same-old-same-old moldy ideas, as exemplified by the current officeholder (Alma Wheeler Smith) and nominee (Mr. Rutledge).
City Charter General Revision and City Bus Millage/Charter Proposal: This Designated Conservative is recommending a “No!” vote on all tax proposals – under our Depressocratic Michigan economy, now is simply not the time to ask voters for their last dollar (more below)….
Every 10 years, the Ypsilanti City Charter comes up for a renewal vote, along with election of a city charter commission. The City Charter does need updating to move local elections to a non-partisan ballot and reduce the excessive length of City Council terms.
Unfortunately, the proposed City Charter Commission’s candidates (above) are dominated by former Mayor Cheryl Farmer (architect of our city’s current Water Street Redevelopment debacle), former Councilmember John Gawlas and their cronies – the very folks who wrote the current flawed charter. Farmer and Gawlas should not be given another opportunity to do more damage.
UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS: This Designated Conservative recommends a “No!” vote on the charter question, while hedging our bets by also recommending votes for conservative local attorney Karen Quinlan Valvo and write-in candidates Kim Porter-Hoppe, Rodney Nanney, Karen McConnell, James Fink, and Robert Doyle as additional conservative votes for this commission.
Library Millage Hike and Library Board: The Ypsilanti District Library Board had the temerity to cast a unanimous vote to put a big tax hike on the November ballot! Let’s send a message back to the Library Board to get their fiscal house in order without picking our pockets by voting “No!” on the tax hike, and casting a vote only for the non-incumbent candidate, Marsha Kraycir!
Michigan Constitutional Convention: Every 16 years a proposal for a constitutional convention must be placed on the ballot. Our state constitution could use a tune-up, but conservative estimates suggest that a “yes” vote on this proposal could cost the state $50 Million or more and paralyze state government for much of the next year. The voter-approved amendment process is cumbersome, but it has proved to work, so fiscal prudence says this is a “No!” vote.
UPDATE: Since posting this “anti-incumbent” recommendation for Ypsilanti School Board, I have received additional information on the candidates. With that in mind, I have revised my recommendations to give a tentative nod to Board Chair David Bates for re-election, while keeping my anti-incumbent strategy with a recommendation for Ellen Champagne.
In the case of the WCC Board, the two incumbents up for election have shown themselves to be the most effective of a very mediocre group, so they may deserve another term. A difficult call…..
POSTSCRIPT: If you’re still carrying the water for President Obama, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and 15th District U.S. Congressman John Dingell, then…
- …you must be living in the People’s Republic of Ann Arbor, otherwise known as “24.6 square miles surrounded by reality;” or
- …you have tenure; or
- …your AFSME or SEIU union dues are fully paid; or
- …you are comfortably ensconced in a state or federal government bureaucracy of great importance to you and your officemates.