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+From The New York Times: Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Presumably for some semi homemade pot brownies.
+From Daily Intel: Does Anna Wintour want an ambassadorship?
+From Mother Jones: Jim Messina or Loggins and Messina? This game is much harder than it should be.
+From Click: Is Ann Romney’s horse Olympics-bound?
+From Click: ”[Rap] put Barack Obama in the presidency. If it wasn’t for rap, white people wouldn’t have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama.”
+From The Washington Post: First, read Sally Quinn’s article, which has ruined the Lifestyle section for me forever . . .
+From Daily Intel: Then read Jonathan Chait’s review of the article which included details about Strom Thurmond you will never be able to get out of your head.
From The Fix: Apparently only Thad McCotter can take down Thad McCotter.
From Click: Jose Canseco is considering running for office. Listen, if you can survive in a house with Janice Dickinson, you deserve whatever office you run for.
From Politico: Cats for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow is totally backing Obama.
From Man Made DIY: Free (completely off message) advice from Ron Swanson.
From Playbook: New rule: If your fiance doesn’t make you “feel more beautiful than Beyonce and smarter than Hillary Clinton”, that’s a deal breaker.
From Mashable: I am going to do so many inappropriate things with Mitt Romney’s new iPhone app.
From Daily Intel: Next time Mitt should wait for a Michigander to declare that the trees are the right height.
+From Michigan Liberal: Since Keith Olbermann no longer has a show, I’ll take the liberty of declaring Roy Schmidt the Worst Person in the World.
+From Click: James Carville and Mary Matalin love politics, mayonnaise (and mayonnaise substitutes), and bourbon.
+From The Caucus: If anyone knows about Super PACs, it’s John Kerry’s 2004 campaign manager.
+From Daily Kos: John Conyers only submitted 1,051 signatures. Wait. What?
+From Daily Intel: What happens when the Mayor of New York City violates his curfew? Nothing, nothing at all.
+From First Read: Don’t worry, Obama wasn’t going to win Kentucky or Arkansas anyway.
+From Washington Post: The most fascinating article about Mormon terrorism you’ll read this week.
Well, it’s Tuesday. And it’s super.
I’m pretty sure it happened like a month ago. But when it did, I didn’t really care about it.
-President Barack Obama
By Andrew Schulman
March 15, 2012
LSA freshman Pavitra Abraham first heard President Barack Obama speak when he visited her high school during his 2008 campaign. She said she was impressed by his charisma and personality during the event and decided to research his policies afterward. In 2011, Abraham joined his campaign.
“I was just absolutely mesmerized by him,” Abraham said. “He was so charismatic and positive and relatable. And from 2008 until now, he’s just made so much progress with people our age.”
Abraham, who now works for the Obama campaign as a campus organizer for Organizing for America, is among thousands of students who will participate in the campaign this fall and advocate for Obama’s re-election in November.
LSA sophomore Alexandra Brill, the newly elected chair of the University’s chapter of the College Democrats, was an ardent Obama supporter in 2008 and said she is looking forward to campaigning for his re-election this year. She pointed to his progress on issues pertinent to students — college loans and the jobs economy in particular — in calling Obama “the education president.”
“Even people who aren’t in the College Dems have seen (how much he’s done for education) and will see it when they go to pay back student loans and realize how difficult it is,” Brill added. “He’s made it a little easier, and I think students have noticed.”
Across campus, Brill said she thought Obama likely has about the same support as he did in the 2008 election. While she said the enthusiasm levels of the last election cycle might be difficult to replicate since the historical nature of his presidency has passed, Brill added that Obama’s progress in the last four years should maintain his student support.
Abraham agreed with Brill that Obama will find student support in his educational accomplishments, specifically as a result of his advocacy for Pell Grants and his introduction of the new income-based loan repayment program. Abraham added that the students she has encountered at the University have expressed excitement to restart their efforts toward aiding Obama’s re-election.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm around the campaign and for everything he’s done for people our age,” Abraham said.
In the last presidential election, Obama’s campaign depended on the support of students nationwide, especially at the University. Data from student-dominated polling places in 2008 showed a 14-percent increase in presidential election ballots cast from the 2004 election.
Still, a growing number of students are growing dissatisfied with Obama’s record during his first term and feel that he hasn’t delivered on his original campaign promises of change.
LSA freshman Vitaliy Studennyy said she believes Obama had a “decent” first term, but failed to bring the change he promised during his last campaign.
“He hasn’t lived up to the hype that he’s created,” Studennyy said. “He said he was going to change things before he got elected, and right now, he’s just gradually building up to it and making these same promises again going up to the next election.”
Other students said the country’s economic outlook has worsened under the Obama administration. Rackham student Benjamin Stewart, who said he did not vote for Obama in 2008, said he is concerned that the deficit and government spending have continued to rise over the last few years.
“I was pretty adamant against what Bush had been doing with the deficit, and I think it’s been either a continuation or a worsening under Obama,” Stewart said.
Before Obama’s election in 2008, the University’s chapter of College Democrats hosted mass meetings during which they registered 1,741 new voters and enrolled more than 1,200 students on their e-mail list during the first week of September.
Nathanial Eli Coats Styer, then-chair of the University’s chapter of College Democrats, said he had never seen such a high level of enthusiasm for a candidate on campus, following a 2008 meeting in which 100 of 300 attendees could not fit in the room.
“The excitement on campus is amazing,” Styer said. “I don’t think that we’ve ever matched this kind of excitement.”
Brill said the group’s January mass meeting, which the group advertised as the start of the 2012 campaign push for Obama, was also packed with attendees.
“Students should know that Obama’s got their back, so they should have his,” Brill said.
+ Last night CSG finalized the presidential and vice presidential debate rules, planned for their St. Patrick’s Day Diag day, talked about their new website, and unveiled a proposal for a zero-waste stadium. God, I just want our student government to get back to the things students really care about: Bringing musicians no one likes to campus and passing non-binding peace treaties for nations we’re not even in.
+The UofM’s grad schools are awesome.
+Apparently a vague social media campaign isn’t the best way to affect change in international policy.
+Governor Snyder has joined the long list of Republican politicians to attack the rights of employees. But, lucky for him, there haven’t been any repercussions for other go
+I think the world is ending in December 2012, but I got bored with the article and stopped reading, so I can’t be sure.
+The psychology and history behind my inability to get off Gchat.
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+Happy Pi Day!!!
Do you like music? Do you like Detroit? Then you will LOVE this song!
Welcome back from what I hope was a very restful “spring” break. In order to get everyone back into the swing of blogging, I thought I’d bring back an old Dems tradition, the Open Thread. So add comments, links to other stories, and, of course, lots and lots of snark.
+70% of Americans agree that the GOP primary is bad news bears.
+Roger Ailes says you should read Rachel Maddow’s book. This is clearly some sort of trap, right?
+I loved ASB, but I’m really upset that I missed the Detroit Kennel Club Show
+The 3rd district congressional race is heating up. Trevor Thomas has Granholm’s endorsement and Steve Pestka is backed by Mark Schauer. I could not be more confused about who I’m supposed to vote for.
By Katie Burke and Andrew Schulman
February 28, 2012
After weeks of back and forth campaigning, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney claimed a slight victory over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the Michigan presidential primary Tuesday night.
Romney, who was raised in Bloomfield Hills in the 1960s while his father served as the state’s governor, won the primary in his home state with about 41 percent of the vote over Santorum’s 38 percent.
The victory — a rebound for Romney after three losses to Santorum in the Colorado, Missouri and Missouri primary elections earlier this month — could re-energize Romney’s campaign looking forward to Super Tuesday on March 6, the former Massachusetts governor said in a speech to supporters after announcing his victory.
“We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough and that’s all that counts,” Romney said in the speech in Novi.
Once his victory was announced, Romney delivered a speech outlining his plans of contesting President Barack Obama in the general election.
“If there is one thing we cannot afford, it is four years of Barack Obama with nothing to answer to,” Romney said in his speech.
Romney said he would strive for a more limited government with lower taxes and increased job creation.
“I am offering a real choice and a new direction. I have a plan that will restore America’s promise through more jobs, less debt and smaller government,” Romney said in his speech.
Donald Grimes, senior research associate and economist at the Institute for Research, Labor, Employment and the Economy, said Romney’s win in Michigan will provide a surge of momentum going into the Super Tuesday primary elections on March 6.
“It is a significant boost for the Romney campaign,” Grimes said. “Now he will go into Super Tuesday … with some leverage to withstand some potential defeats next week.”
With such close elections, the question leading into next Tuesday’s contests in 10 states is whether or not the Republican field will narrow, Grimes said, adding that Santorum’s strong showing in Michigan solidifies his place as the alternative candidate.
Michael Heaney, assistant professor of organizational studies and political science, said Santorum’s close second place finish in Michigan shows the improvements he’s made in the polls
“Given that this was (Romney’s) native state, the expectation was that he would have a fairly big win here, and the fact that Santorum was able to challenge him … shows that the Santorum campaign still has strength,” Heaney said.
Though Romney has struggled with support from grassroots conservatives, Heaney said he thinks the candidate has the potential to compete with Obama in the general election.
Turnout for the election in Ann Arbor was about 8 percent, according to City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry. Beaudry called the turnout “pretty low” but said the elections in the city otherwise went smoothly.
At the Michigan Union, where voters from precincts 1 and 2 of Ward 2 cast their ballots, 17 voters turned out, according to election data. At the Michigan League, where voters from precincts 1 and 2 of Ward 3 voted, voters cast a total of 39 ballots.
Overall turnout in Washtenaw County was 11.82 percent, the data showed. Nearly 42 percent of Washtenaw County voters chose Romney, while more than 37 percent voted for Santorum.
LSA sophomore Alexandra Brill, newly-elected chair of the University’s chapter of College Democrats, said the low voter turnout and tight race showed the lack of unity in the Republican Party.
“The Republicans aren’t united around any specific candidate which means that (Democrats) will have a much easier time because we are already united behind Barack Obama,” Brill said.
While LSA junior Brian Koziara, external vice chair of the College Republicans, said the win for Romney was “not a resounding victory,” he said the results reestablished the Michigan native as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
“It shows that he was resilient,” Koziara said. “He was once again the comeback kid. He has the campaign organization and the staff and the resources to continue fighting this fight, and he has once again asserted himself as the frontrunner.”
Koziara added that Santorum’s loss is a major setback, particularly in light of his recent momentum and the fact that he urged Democrats in Michigan to vote for him, which Koziara said would be detrimental from the perspective of the Republican electorate.
Still, he said Romney might not be able to clinch the Republican nomination unless he gains at least half the electoral votes at stake on Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will cast their ballots. He predicted that Gingrich might win a few states in the South on Super Tuesday, as would Santorum, but that Romney would ultimately benefit from the division of votes among Santorum and Gingrich and either win a majority of the electorate or do well enough to use his strong campaign infrastructure and party support to wear down his rivals moving forward.