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Thursday, July 19, 2018

John James Disappoints With Racial Attacks On Sandy Pensler That Would Make Liberals Proud



By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)


The US Senate race between John James and Sandy Pensler gives Michigan Republicans two great choices to take on Debbie Stabenow.

Both candidates have great resumes: Pensler is a biz wiz who specializes in turning around failing companies, James is charismatic Iraq War Vet who helps run his family business.

The strategy has paid off for Pensler, who consistently leads polls by double digits, though a recent poll gives James his best numbers yet.

However, yesterday at the WJR debate between the two, James crossed a line I don't care for: he accused Pensler of being racist.

Why? For running an ad spotlighting a donation John James made to a radical Detroit Democrat who has led the fight to keep the "D" a sanctuary city.

If John James responded to  Pensler with facts, like his claim he donated for business purposes, that's fine. I get that.




If John James responded to Pensler and wanted to note that a couple of Pensler's dozens of donations over the years have been to Democrats, no problem.

If John  James responded that this was kind of a distraction from the real issues facing Michiganders, I wouldn't totally disagree.

But Mr. James decided to take a page right out of the liberal playbook, he playd the "race card," crying racism to deflect from his donation.

James outrageously claimed Pensler's "subtle racism in recent ads is intended to be a dog whistle." Wow. That's what the far left would accuse conservatives of when they didn't agree with President Obama! :(

This is not acceptable. Resorting to racially charged leftist talking points and taking ques from the Rules For Radicals playbook is immensely disturbing to me, and it should give all Republican voters pause.

If anyone thinks Debbie Stabenow will get played like that, they are enormously mistaken. She will have a laundry list of "accomplishments" she will point to for the black community, believe that.

James may be frustrated with the ad, but his response at the debate was horrendous.

Unfortunately, James has invoked race before. A few weeks ago, he sent mailers asking Republican voters to look past his race. 

Excuse me? Why the hell would you assume that is an issue for me? There is no doubt racism exists, but indiscriminately blanketing voters with accusations they are racist is as bizarre as it is unwise.

James is immensely talented and will have a bright future. He has passionate supporters, as well as a great resume, but he just doesn't seem like he is ready for prime time against Debbie, who is sitting on $10 million, if race based attacks is his chosen strategy to win the primary.

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Better Call Saul: Anuzis Entangled In Alleged Russian Spy Drama (Kinda)

Anuzis with Butina


By Brandon Hall
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Michigan Republican activists and leaders had a little fun with former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis  after news reports showed  Anuzis pictured with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, who was recently charged in federal court.

"Watch your back for Mueller, Saul!" one person joked.

The woman in question has attended many conservative events and has pictures with dozens of prominent Republicans, including Rick Santorum and Gov. Scott Walker.

According to the Detroit Free Press:


"A former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party who was photographed with an accused Russian secret agent said Tuesday he’s met Maria Butina a couple of times but has never had much of a conversation with her.
A photograph of Saul Anuzis and Butina began circulating on social media Monday after the U.S. Justice Department announced Butina had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.
Anuzis said he remembers the photo being taken in 2016 or 2015 at the FreedomFest, an annual conservative gathering in Las Vegas.
"I met her a couple of times," Anuzis told the Free Press -- once at the FreedomFest and another time during a chance encounter at an airport. "I actually have never had much of a conversation with her, other than being introduced to her."
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Developing: 39th District State House Primary To Replace Klint Kesto A Dead Heat, Trump Support High

From right: Tatulyan, Berman, Kosmatka


By Brandon Hall
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The race to replace State Rep. Klint Kesto in Oakland County is coming down to the wire, private polls show.

Two polls viewed by West Michigan Politics show the race a 3 way dead heat between Marsha Kosmatka, Kevin Tatulyan, and Ryan Berman.

Tatulyan is a small business owner and former Coalitions Director for President Trump in Michigan, Berman and Kosmatka are both lawyers.

The race is close between the three despite overwhelming establishment support for Kosmatka.

President Trump enjoys extremely high approval in the district at around 80%.

The 39th includes Wixom, West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Wolverine Lake.

The winner faces Mark Brewer staffer Jennifer Suidan in November in one of the state's most watched races.
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Sam Singh Snitches On Schuette: Goes Public With Rumor He May Have Been Under FBI Investigation Before Siemon's Request

Attorney General Schuette


By Brandon Hall
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One of Lansing's hottest rumors has been that Attorney General Schuette was already on the FBI's radar before the request by Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon for the feds to investigate after Schuette's admission he used state employees in private real estate deals while on state time. 

He originally denied knowing anything about the deals.

Now Sam Singh, leader of the House Democrats, is going public with a question that has generated immense speculation.

"Everyone in town has heard the buzz that the investigation into Schuette started way before the Ingham prosecutor sent the most recent item to the FBI. #mileg"




Singh's comments come as the Schuette camp is attempting to paint Siemon and attorney Mike Nichols, who originally requested an investigation, as co-hosting a fundraiser together for Gretchen Whitmer despite the fact the event has 77 co-hosts. 77!

Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Randy Richardville Joins Scott Greenlee's Anti Marijuana Legalization Campaign



By Brandon Hall
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Former State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has joined Healthy and Productive Michigan, the anti marijuana legalization group run by Scott Greenlee.

Greenlee praised Richardville in an announcement earlier this week.

 “I am thrilled to have someone of Randy’s experience join our team,” Greenlee said. “Randy brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, successful campaign experience, and contacts to Healthy and Productive Michigan.” 

The release says Richardville "is currently the President of RJames Consulting and resides in Monroe. Randy will assist the committee with Fundraising, as a Spokesperson, and with general strategy."

Richardville claims marijuana is a "bad thing" for Michigan

 “I’m happy to join this professional team and try to help voters understand why this ballot initiative is a bad thing for Michigan; especially for our young people and their future,”​ Richardville said.

The group was bolstered by a recent poll that showed marijuana legalization losing 47-44% despite a string of surveys showing support as high as 60% in recent years.

Stay tuned!
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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New Schuitmaker Strategy In AG Race Is Smart, But Is It Too Late?



By Brandon Hall
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Tonya Schuitmaker is a lot of things, but she's not stupid by any means.

That's why the only thing surprising about her new strategy is that it took her so long to start implementing it.

After months of absurd and bizarre attack mailers and digital ads against Speaker Tom Leoanrd, Schuitmaker has started to focus on a new target: radical leftist Dana Nessel, the Dem nominee for Attorney General.

It's a smart decision that allows Schuitmaker to start building herself up without tearing Leonard down. 

Many delegates were turned off by Schuitmaker's relentless and ruthless attacks, immensely puzzled as to why she never said anything positive about herself. She cost herself a lot of votes, no doubt about it.

Expect the attacks to be revived as August approaches. This race has been wild, and it will get nastier than ever near convention time, I'd surmise. In the meantime however, this is a wise pivot from Schuitmaker and her team.
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Sandy Pensler Joins Elon Musk, Commits $500k To Installing Flint Water Filters



By Brandon Hall
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US Senate candidate Sandy Pensler is joining Tesla and Space X leader Elon Musk, offering to help provide water filters for Flint residents impacted by the city's water crisis.

Pensler says he will throw down half a million dollars towards the initiative.


According to a press release:

"Elon Musk has a very interesting idea on how to ensure remaining homes get clean water—and to do it fast," Pensler said. "According to the EPA there has been tremendous progress in water quality, but by installing high end filtration systems at houses still under impact we can fix any remaining problems within a few days. To Elon, I will put $500,000 of my own funds behind this. Let’s be innovative. Everyone put politics aside and fix the remaining problems. Elon Musk has my support."

Pensler is battling Iraq War Vet John James for the Republican nomination to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

Pensler specializes in turning around businesses on the verge of bankruptcy, James has been involved with his family's business since returning from Iraq.

The race has been heated and nasty, with Pensler attacking James for donating to a pro sanctuary city Democrat, and James responding by calling Pensler a "pro choice liberal."
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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