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Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 2.22.49 PMConservative Intel conducted a detailed analysis of races for State Board of Education dating back to 2004 and found that female candidates vastly outperformed mail candidates for State Board of Education.

The Republican and Democrat parties are holding their conventions this weekend and will nominate their candidates for State Board of Education, University of Michigan Regent, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University Board of Governors.

Females have an electoral advantage on the Michigan Statewide ballot. Over the past the 6 elections female nominees for the State Board of Education have a 4.2% advantage over male nominees from either party.

Largest Female Advantages

2014 – 4.5% Female Advantage (Mid-Term Election)

2012 – 6.1% Female Advantage (Presidential Election)

2008 – 11.7% Female Advantage (Presidential Election)

2004 – 4.0% Female Advantage (Presidential Election)

Both political parties would be wise to nominate female candidates for these important positions.

Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra didn’t quite get the date he was dreaming of in the 2016 dance for the Republican Presidential nomination, but when it comes to the battle against Hillary Clinton in November, the ex-House Intelligence Committee Chairman is no wallflower, he’s hitting the campaign trail hard, determined to help beat her.

Hoekstra, previously one of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s biggest supporters after they served together in Congress, says he’s committed to electing Donald Trump as the next President.

Hoekstra believes Kasich should back Trump, pointing to his speech in Wisconsin earlier in the week as a reason why.

“Kasich ought to be standing up and cheering that speech,” Hoekstra said. “That could have been a John Kasich speech. I’m proud we have a leader in Donald Trump who says we will fight for every vote. It’s long overdue for a Republican to talk to the African American community and say, how’s Dem leadership working for you? Are your kids educated? Are your streets safe? Is your economy growing? Trump is saying, not only can we have the conversation, we have solutions to offer,” Hoekstra said.

Hoekstra was invited to Trump’s major national security roundtable in New York City earlier this week. He says Trump impressed him.

“He had good a pretty great cross section of people-law enforcement, military, political” Hoekstra said. “Trump was exactly like a President or CEO would be in a meeting, listened, asked questions, gets feedback, tells jokes…There was no chaos, it was flawless-Trump has all the characteristics of a leader.”

Hoekstra believes Trump is strong on ISIS.

“He doesn’t pontificate,” Hoekstra said. “He knows what we need to do overall to defeat ISIS, now he’s asking, what specifically can we do? When and how will we do it? What are our limitations? He’s turning Monday’s speech and turning it into a sound security strategy,” Hoekstra said. “Hillary doesn’t talk about her foreign policy experience because it’s all turned out so badly.”

Hoekstra believes Michigan is in play in November largely because of frustrated union workers.

“I have always had a great relationship with the Teamsters, and a lot of their members are excited about Trump,” Hoekstra said. “They like his trade policies. And after 25 years of NAFTA, shouldn’t we at least take a look? Where Ford or Chevy makes a car might not make a difference to the CEO of Ford or Chevy, but it means everything to the workers on the line and the American people. Trump gets that, Hillary never has. Trump can win Michigan and she knows it-she’s failed us again and again.”

The big meeting invite, along with Hoekstra’s credentials and advocacy for Trump across national and Michigan media outlets, has created buzz that Hoekstra may serve in some capacity as a part of the Trump administration.

Hoekstra tells CI his focus is on beating Hillary Clinton in November, but would give any such offer immense consideration.

“I’d love to have the responsibility of being the White House groundskeeper” Hoekstra said. “Cut the grass, water the flowers…In all seriousness, my focus is on November and beating Hillary Clinton. Obviously, if Donald Trump asks you to serve, you take a major look, but that’s not why I am in this, I love the private sector.

Faith Steketee is the popular former Ottawa GOP Executive Director who was also involved with Paul Mitchell’s fight against Prop 1. She says Hoekstra is the politician she trusts the most and she’d love to see him serve in some capacity.

“Pete isn’t driven by an agenda, he’s driven by doing what is right,” Steketee tells CI. “Of all the politicians I’ve known (and it adds up to be quite a few), I have the very highest respect for Pete Hoekstra. He’s a straight shooter and honest.”

It was long thought to be a two-man race between State Senator Tom Casperson and former lawmaker Jason Allen in Michigan’s competitive 1st Congressional District Republican primary, but in the end, retired 3 star General Jack Bergman prevailed in a stunning late-night finish.

As of press time, Bergman received 38% of the vote to Casperson’s 34% and Allen’s 28%.

In a sign that campaigns were responding to Bergman’s numbers, Casperson released a hit piece on Bergman late last week, but the move proved to be too little, too late-Bergman already had command of the race.

The 3 star General benefitted from Casperson and Allen attacking each other while he was concurrently able to get his message out unscathed, until the very end… 

“Establishment liberals like Casperson have no problem throwing a great veteran like Bergman under the bus,” said Matt Maddock, a leader of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, the leading GOP grassroots organization in the Great Lakes state. “They’ll do anything to try to keep their power.”

Maddock was pleased with the results.

“Good voters in the 1st saw right through this cowardly hit from behind,” Maddock said. “Bergman will be a great candidate to beat Lon Johnson in November.”

Allen never could catch on in the race, and Casperson was haunted from the beginning by his controversial voting record.

Casperson was consistently labeled the most liberal Republican in Michigan’s Senate by American Conservative Union’s well respected rankings, and was also known as the “most liberal Republican Congressional candidate in the country.”

Bergman faces Lon Johnson in November in what will be one of the most closely watched and well funded Hosue races in the country…

Stay tuned!

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Michigan Primary Update: The Michigan Primary is tomorrow Tuesday August 2nd and the most closely watched races are the two congressional primaries taking place in MI-1 and MI-10.

MI-1: The first congressional district of Michigan began with State Senator Tom Casperson as a strong frontrunner.  Casperson was the only candidate running who currently represented any area in the congressional district and led in fundraising for the initial quarters.  He was easily labeled as the most liberal Republican congressional candidate anywhere in America because of his opposition to Right to Work, support for Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, and support for the Gas Tax increase.  Liberal labor unions came in to support Casperson with $150,000 in the last couple of weeks and they may have been the beginning of the end for his campaign.  He even appeared at public fundraisers with liberal union leadership.  Conservative groups responded with an equal amount of funding attacking Casperson for his liberal voting record.  The final week of the campaign Casperson was inundated with problems from his outright lying, dishonest campaign ads, and being labeled the mot liberal state senator in Michigan three years in a row by the American Conservative Union.  As a result, the Casperson campaign has imploded as his unfavorable numbers skyrocketed.  Casperson supporters have to be questioning the campaign’s decision making and specifically their association with liberal labor unions in a GOP Primary.

MI-10: The tenth congressional district of Michigan began with Senator Phil Pavlov as a strong frontrunner.  He received most of the supposedly important endorsements in the district and seemed to be on track for an easy victory.  His main opponent Paul Mitchell surgically dissected Pavlov and is on track for a big win in the home of Reagan Democrats with strong support from Macomb County.  Mitchell was unsuccessful in the 4th congressional district race in 2014 but has come on strong in the years since with a historic victory against Proposal 1 and now on the verge of winning the congressional primary.

The big stories coming out of Michigan tomorrow seem to be the utter implosions of the early frontrunners in the congressional primaries: State Senators Tom Casperson and Phil Pavlov.  Watch for big upsets.

Alyssa Hadley Dunn, a Michigan State Professor for Teacher Education who also teaches classes on “diversity and oppression,” recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post with her two cents on how white Moms should raise their sons.

She says parents aren’t doing enough on racial issues, bragging that young Michiganders learn more from her in 15 weeks than they have in their entire lives…

“(W)hite college students can say they learned more in 15 weeks in my class on diversity and oppression than in their previous 15 years of life,” Dunn writes. “Does this mean their parents did a “bad” job raising them? Of course not. This is not a mom-bashing article. It simply means that there is clearly room for improvement… Mothers (and fathers) of white sons, it’s on us. We have to stop pretending this isn’t happening or merely shaking our heads and saying that it’s so sad but that we feel helpless. It’s not enough. Of course, there are anti-racist white men out there (I married one!)”

Wow. She talks about her “anti-racist white man” husband like such a person is a the human version of an endangered species or a super-rare Pokemon she was lucky enough to get hitched with… Nuts!

In addition to lecturing parents on a number of things they are evidently doing wrong and Dunn is doing oh-so-right, the Prof also provides links to resources for white allies to learn more.

“If you’d like to read more about what White “allies” can do in the wake of racial injustice, see this list of curated resources, originally developed for #MSUTeachIn in August 2015,” Dunn writes at the end of her article.

I decided to check some out, finding Dunn’s “resources” laced with disturbing rhetoric as violent as it is reprehensible.

Consider these quotes from “Decolonize All The Things,” allegedly an elite source of material for wannabee white allies to “learn” more.

“Yeah I said it, shut up. Your job as an ally is not to continously co-opt spaces and run your mouth. Marginalized/oppressed peoples can advocate for themselves in their own spaces…White people, in a space/venue made by and for people of color, you need to shut up. Don’t make suggestions, your job is to sit there, listen, and learn.”

Also:

“Ride or die. You don’t ask where we riding to, you don’t ask why you have to die, you just do it. Your job as an ally is to take your privilege and relinquish it to service the oppressed.”

Most disturbingly:

“The ONLY time the privileged get to be on the front lines is if somebody is shooting

Yep, if you have privilege, you only get to be the center of attention or on the front lines if there is danger in site.”

Other links counseled teachers on how to stop “valuing whiteness” and said it was racist to call what happened in places like Ferguson a riot.

This is what they’re teaching in parts of East Lansing and across the country these days, a PC cult with twisted views on how to bring about racial unity has overtaken many facets of academia. This PC hitsquad is as dangerous and divisive as the issues it claims to fight against, perhaps even more so.

Anyone opposed is clearly a privileged racist!

Trump

A new poll shows Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in Florida, 47% to 42%.

Even more stunning? He beats her 49% to 36% with the Hispanic community!

He’s also doing much better than Mitt Romney in the 1-5 Corridor, a crucial region on par with Hamilton County in Ohio that political observers note are key bellwether areas, often indicating broader results…

According to reports:

“Currently, Donald Trump has a 47-42% lead over Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race (3% support third party candidates, while 8% are undecided).

There are four facets to Donald Trump’s lead:

(1) Partisan – Despite news reports to the contrary, Republican voters in Florida favor Trump by a 76-12% margin, and this solid support is augmented with 54-33% support from white Independents;

(2) Geographic – Florida’s geographic regions are fairly predictable in their partisan voting patterns. In this poll, overall geographic patterns of support are similar to those of 2012, with one exception: Mitt Romney only carried Central Florida 50-49%, while Trump has a 51-37% lead over Clinton in this crucial region (also known as “the I-4 corridor”) of the state;

(3) Ethnic – While much has been written about the monolithic nature of the Hispanic vote this year, the reality is more complicated in Florida, where the partisan breakdown of likely Hispanic voters is 39-31% Democratic/Republican (30% are not affiliated with the two major parties). Those of Hispanic origin in South Florida (particularly Miami-Dade) are historically Republican, while the growing Hispanic population in Central Florida is Democratic, but not unanimously nor consistently so. In this poll, Trump has a 49-36% lead over Clinton among Hispanics, largely due to a 72-11% lead among Hispanic Republicans; and

(4) Gender – there is currently an 17-point gender gap, as males favor Trump 51-36%, while female voters favor Clinton 46-44%.

The race in Florida will remain competitive until Election Day, as Hillary Clinton’s Democratic voter base is solidly behind her as well,”

Lee and Stephanie Chatfield

A scheme designed to threaten Michigan State Rep. Lee Chatfield over an abortion has completely backfired after the freshman legislator turned his blackmailer’s dirt into a powerful reminder that God uses imperfect messengers to reach people, and sometimes those messages can be quite the surprise.

It is still unclear who was targeting Chatfield and his family, stay tuned…

According to a statement from Lee and Stephanie Chatfield:
“Please see the statement below made by my wife regarding her unplanned pregnancy in high school. I’m extremely proud of my wife for her courage!Be Pro-Life – But offer help to women in need

There are women all around us in our communities that need help with pregnancies. There are young girls that have unplanned pregnancies and feel that there’s nowhere to turn and no one to confide in. These girls are afraid. And these young girls – feeling alone, helpless or ashamed – unfortunately turn to the only solution that they believe can solve their supposed crisis: abortion. I know this personally, because as a teenager in high school, I had an abortion.

To tell you the truth, I desperately wish that I had the courage as a teenage girl to accept and welcome my child into this world. I wish that I had the same amount of courage that it’s taking me to share my story now. But I didn’t, and I made a decision that I’ve thought about and regretted nearly every day since. It’s haunted me. It’s made me weep. It’s made it difficult to look in the mirror at times. I knew that what I did was wrong at the time, but I never imagined the weight and guilt that I would carry as a consequence. But now, it’s time for me to tell my story, and if this testimony helps other young girls, then to God be the glory.

First, I would sincerely like to thank the person who recently contacted my husband. You informed my husband that you had heard a rumor, and that you would keep digging. You promised that you would ensure that this story went public. In fact, your desire to see this story go public emboldened me to do something that I should have done years ago. After speaking it over with my husband, I felt that telling my story was best. And no matter the intentions of anybody wishing to see this story go public, this I am certain of: God meant it for good and will glorify Himself through this.

In high school, I made a poor decision to attend a party one night. I have no memory of the majority of that night, but judging by my appearance and physical condition the next morning, I knew I had been taken advantage of. Three weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t tell my friends. I didn’t tell my parents. Truthfully, I didn’t tell anybody. I was ashamed and I was scared.

The decision that I made one week later to abort my child was the worst of my life. Rather than find comfort in the ones around me that loved me the most, I sought to take care of the situation the only way that I knew how. I should not have done it. It was my easy way out, but little did I know that I would be stricken with an unbearable guilt for the months and even years to follow.

It wasn’t until after I spoke with my parents and my then ex-boyfriend (now my husband, Lee), that I realized the full forgiveness and grace that God freely offers through His Son Jesus Christ. You see, Christ took my place on the cross and bore the weight of my sin so that I could have eternal life. And though my sins are forgiven, I never want to minimize the mistake that I made that day, because it now magnifies the love and grace of my Savior through the telling of this story.

To girls everywhere, if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, whatever the circumstances, know that those around you love you and want to help you. There are crisis pregnancy centers in our area that exist for the sole purpose of helping girls like you. The support is there. You will not be judged, but rather you will be loved and forgiven. Be courageous. Reach out and look for support!

To those who’ve had abortions and might be battling with guilt, there’s forgiveness in Christ. There’s a life to be lived! God has so graciously blessed me with four beautiful children and a wonderful, loving husband who takes care of us and adores me for who I am, mistakes and all. God has forgiven me, and He’ll forgive you too.

To all Pro-Life advocates, be against abortion – yes, but let’s continue being proactive and looking for young girls and women who are hurting, suffering and confused so we can offer them assistance. Let’s be about solutions and showing the true love of Christ to each and every woman in our communities and families.

And to everybody reading this, remember what I had forgotten – that God is greater than our sin. I am confident that God can continue to use an imperfect person like me to bring Himself glory. And while the life vs. choice debate will continue to wage on, this I know for certain: I made the wrong choice. Yet, I plan to use my story to help girls, love others and serve as a living testimony of God’s grace and forgiveness.

-Stephanie Chatfield”

 

Donald Trump’s campaign believes they can turn Michigan red for the first time in over 25 years, but it won’t be easy…

According to The Detroit News:

“Donald Trump’s campaign is seeking to end the Democratic Party’s 20-year grip on Michigan’s electoral votes as the presumptive Republican nominee seeks to heal a divided party and reshape the campaign map this fall.

A top Trump aide said Sunday that the billionaire real estate mogul is targeting Michigan in a face-off against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He successfully predicted in January that he would win the state’s March 8 Republican primary “because I protect the car industry.”

Trump’s campaign and even some of his critics within Michigan Republican politics argue the combination of his appeal to blue-collar workers and a high negative perception among voters of Clinton could be a winning combination.

GOP strategist Greg McNeilly, no fan of Trump, said Democrats will be working hard to paint the bombastic billionaire negatively in an effort to turn out their unenthusiastic base.

“It’s going to be fear and loathing in Detroit and Flint and every other urban center Michigan has. Democrats are going to run a scare-out-the-voter turnout,” McNeilly said.”

Donald Trump In Des Moines, Iowa For His Vet Event

GOP Presidential front runner Donald Trump officially picked up 12 more delegates today out of Missouri.

According to The Hill:

“Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump added 12 delegates from Missouri on Tuesday, nearly a month after his narrow victory in the state’s primary.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander — a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate — certified the March 15 primary results, giving Trump the additional delegates.

The race had been too close to call, but according to the final tally, Trump won with 383,631 votes. Ted Cruz had 381,666 votes.”

The man prosecuting Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is under fire after it has been revealed he supports Hillary Clinton and is a member of her Florida leadership team.

According to WND:

“The Florida prosecutor who brought battery charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, supports Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

An article published by the Palm Beach Post on Nov. 17, 2015, has been circulating since Tuesday evening because it lists Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg as a member 150-member Florida Leadership Council, which was established by the Democratic Party to promote Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.

The article states that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Tax Collector Anne Gannon “are also part of Clinton’s Florida team.”

Mike Cernovich, writing Tuesday in the blog DangerAndPlay.com, cited the Palm Beach Post article in arguing the charges against Lewandowski were politically motivated. He contended “there was no assault,” because reporter Michelle Fields “was heading towards Trump and was brushed away due to security concerns.”

Dave Aronberg

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