Primary 2020 winners and finances, John James distorts military record, Bob LaBrant on dark money and Unlock Michigan

August 6, 2020

Michigan Policast for Thursday, August 6, 2020

  In this episode:

  • Congressional races
  • State House races
  • Bob LaBrant on dark money & Unlock Michigan
  • John James misrepresents his military background
  • Transcript


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Congressional races

MI-03 – Peter Meijer and Hillary Scholten will face off in the general.

Source: OpenSecrets

“[Tom] Norton, a former Sand Lake village president, for instance, argues that he'd have more funds in his campaign coffers if donors weren't afraid of alienating his main opponents, who include Peter Meijer, the grandson of the founder of the eponymous grocery store chain and whose family is deeply connected to the state's business community, and state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids.” ~Source


Source: Click On Detroit

MI-06 – As expected, Jon Hoadley will face Fred Upton in November (though it was a bit of a nail-biter at times …. )

Source: OpenSecrets

“”Obviously he should have taken the primary more seriously based on what we're seeing right now,” said [Adrian] Hemond, noting Hoadley clearly didn't spend enough of his war chest on the primary. ” ~Source: Detroit News

Source: New York Times

MI-13: Rashida Tlaib will face David Dudenhoefer in the general. David “the dude” Dudenhoefer won a three-way primary with 47.5% of the vote.

Source: OpenSecrets

“In her statement Wednesday morning, Tlaib said, “We have a resounding mandate to put people before profits. Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first. If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.”” ~ Source: Detroit Free Press

“[Omar] raised less than $500,000 over the quarter, which for a safe-seat member of Congress is fairly standard. Her highest-profile primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, raised $3.2 million. Much of that, as Buzzfeed's Molly Hensley-Clancy reported last week, came from donors outside the state who maxed out at the chance to retire Omar. Lacy Johnson, Omar's Republican opponent, raised more than $2 million for the quarter, despite having no clear path to victory in a Minneapolis-centered district that gave Hillary Clinton 74 percent of the vote.” ~Source

State House races

“With 98% of precincts reporting, Thanedar won with about 35% of the vote, followed by Donavan McKinney with 20% and China Cochran with about 17%.” ~Source



“As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, around 1.6 million people voted absentee in the primary, the first major statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic hit Michigan. The previous record for absentee ballots was 1.27 million in the 2016 general election, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson estimates 3 million could be submitted in the November presidential election.” ~Source

Bob LaBrant on dark money & Unlock Michigan

“By making multiple contributions to the campaign, totaling $660,200, Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility became its own ballot proposal committee that should have to file reports with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, LaBrant argued.” ~Source


John James misrepresents his military background

” James cannot say he is an Army Ranger, only that he is “Ranger qualified.”

Indeed, presumably, James knows this because the biography on his campaign website says: “After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer.”” ~Source

The difference between “Ranger qualified” and “Army Ranger” may seem subtle, ... But the Army says he’s not an Army Ranger, and that’s important for voters to understand.' @johnjamesrevealClick To Tweet

“the Fact Checker certainly received lots of email messages — from Army veterans who argued that Ranger-qualified indeed means Ranger and from many other Army vets who were appalled at Messner’s claim.” ~Source



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