Tuesday, December 02, 2008

What Exactly Will The GOP Be Thanking Joe Knollenberg For?

Maybe it will be the children without access to affordable health care.
Maybe it will be 5 years of hell in Iraq.
Maybe it will be for the downer cows in the food chain.
Maybe it will be for all the support for women's health issues, like breast cancer.
Maybe it will be for all those high mileage cars coming from Detroit auto plants.
I'm sure there's something to thank Joe Knollenberg for. I just can't figure out what it would be.

9th Congressional District Republican Party


CONTACT: Glenn Clark

On Saturday, December 13, 2008, the 9th Congressional District Republican Party will honor their U.S. Congressman & Mrs. Joe Knollenberg at a tribute in their honor commemorating their years of service to our area, region, state and nation as Congressman and First Lady of Michigan’s 9th congressional district. The 2008 Christmastime Brunch – A Tribute to U.S. Congressman Joe & Sandie Knollenberg will feature various speakers highlighting the impact the Knollenberg’s have had on so many important issues, programs and citizens.

Tickets for the 2008 Christmastime Brunch are available to the public at the following prices. Tickets prepaid: $30 per person/$50 per couple. Tickets at door: $40 per person/$60 per couple. Prepaid tickets can be purchased by sending a check to: 9th District Republican Committee, P.O. Box 4553, Troy, MI 48099. Tickets will be available at the door as available. Checks only are accepted. Cash is strictly prohibited via Michigan election law. Credit cards are not accepted.

The event will be held at Camp Ticonderoga Restaurant at Sylvan Glen Golf Course, 5725 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan.

Further information for the general public related to the brunch and program can be directed to Glenn Clark, Chairman of the 9th Congressional District Republican Party at (248) 619-0921, or by emailing mi9thgop@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Now this is funny. Joe Knollenberg arguing with Neil Cavuto of Fox News

This is something I thought I'd never see. Joe Knollenberg telling Neil Cavuto that the loan money to the auto industry is not taxpayers' money. "It's not your money," yells Joe at Cavuto.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Freep Covers The Head's Retirement

Democratic activist Bruce Fealk said he isn't sure what he's going to do with the head that bears an uncanny resemblance to Joe Knollenberg. "It's a little bit hard on my back sometimes, but I won't have to wear it anymore," Fealk said.

A Big retirement

If there could ever be a silver lining to an election loss, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg might find some solace in the retirement of the "Big Head."

The head is a massive papier-mâché piece used to taunt Knollenberg at protests, parades and debates. It bears an uncanny resemblance to Knollenberg, the Bloomfield Township Republican who lost his congressional seat to Democrat Gary Peters. Bruce Fealk, the Rochester Hills Democratic activist and chief thorn-in-the-side of Knollenberg, isn't sure what he's going to do with the head.

He may put it on eBay and auction it off with the proceeds going to help pay for the medical expenses of a fellow liberal activist, "or I may just throw it a retirement party."

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Joe made a visit to the Troy Republican "Victory" center.

What to do with Joe's Head?

Now that we've disposed of Joe Knollenberg, there's the matter of what to do with Joe's head. I've been in contact with a woman who has lymphoma and no medical insurance. I'd like to have an event and an auction of the head and give the money to someone that really needs it. I'm open to ideas.

We Did It!! No More Knollenberg

I've been waiting a long time to write this blog entry. Even though Joe Knollenberg has not called Gary Peters to concede, he did concede defeat. Congratulations, Gary!
November 4, 2008

Knollenberg loses seat to Peters in Oakland County


A congressional district that cuts across the heart of Oakland County will be represented by a Democrat for the first time in 75 years come January, as incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg was caught Tuesday in the Democratic wave led by President-elect Barack Obama as it swept across Oakland County and Michigan.

Knollenberg lost to former state senator and lottery commissioner Gary Peters in the 9th congressional district.

With nearly 73% of the 9th Congressional District’s precincts reporting, Peters led by 8 points over Knollenberg.

The Bloomfield Township Republican who first was elected in 1992, did all but concede the race in a speech late Tuesday night, calling his defeat a "perfect storm” of events, combining outside money, the dominance of Obama, the tenuous economy and Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s decision to move his campaign out of Michigan.

“It’s become very obvious that’s it’s going to be very difficult to win this race,” he said shortly after 11 p.m.. "We had a problem, obviously. It’s not the greatest time in the world to be running.”

Knollenberg hadn’t called Peters yet late Tuesday, saying he just wanted to make sure a mistake wasn’t made in the counting of ballots across the district which spans from Farmington Hills up through Oakland Township.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Get Out and Vote for Gary Peters

I have been the lone contributor to this blog for about a year and a half. It has been my singular task to bring to light Joe Knollenberg's record in Congress and how he does not vote for the average, working family in his district.

Today is the day that it changes. We have a great candidate who's been well funded and done the hard work of campaigning to win. Gary Peters built a great organization and did the hard work of getting on the phone asking for and raising money, knocking on doors, attending political functions. Today it all pays off.

The Republicans in Oakland County and Joe's staff don't like me much. They got me arrested and called the police at every opportunity when we protested at Joe's office. They harassed me at the debates. But I persevered because I know that we need a new representative in Congress and Gary is that person to bring change to the 9th district.

I predict that tonight we will have a new Congressman representing the 9th District of Michigan and a new President, Barack Obama.

Now, go vote.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Joe Knollenberg Worked Hard to Earn His Ranking from the Humane Society Legislative Fund

This is a press relase issued today from the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Humane Society Legislative Fund Says Rep. Joe Knollenberg Can’t Hide from His Record on Animal Cruelty

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 1, 2008)—Just days before the election, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg has launched a desperate campaign of paid radio ads and robo-calls to try to fool voters in Michigan’s 9th District into believing that he is a friend of animals. But the Humane Society Legislative Fund says Knollenberg can’t hide from his 16-year record of voting against animal protection.

"Joe Knollenberg has a long and embarrassing record of opposing moderate animal welfare policies, and voters will see through this phony election-year conversion on animal issues,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “He has had 16 years in office to demonstrate where he stands on the humane treatment of animals, and time and time again he has voted against common-sense animal welfare reforms. He has had eight sessions of Congress to prove where he stands, and voters who care about animals are saying eight is enough."

Click here to view the TV ad that HSLF is running in the Detroit area.

In his 16 years in Congress, Rep. Knollenberg has opposed animal welfare reforms time and time again, and has repeatedly received among the lowest marks possible on the annual Humane Scorecard. He scored 4 percent in the 103rd Congress, 12.5 in the 106th Congress, 10 in the 108th Congress, 28 in the 109th Congress, and zero in the 104th, 105th, and 107th Congresses. Some of his votes on animal protection issues include the following.

· Horse Slaughter: He voted against the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 503 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll433.xml—September 7, 2006), to prohibit the slaughter of American horses to be served as a foreign delicacy in France and Belgium.

· Animal Fighting: He voted against the Blumenauer-Tancredo amendment to H.R. 2673 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll355.xml—July 14, 2003) which provided $800,000 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve enforcement of the federal law against animal fighting—the same law that was later used to break up Michael Vick's dogfighting ring.

· Polar Bears: He voted against the Inslee-LoBiondo amendment to H.R. 2643 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll573.xml—June 27, 2007) to prohibit wealthy American trophy hunters from importing the heads and hides of sport-hunted polar bears killed in the Arctic.

· Downer Cattle: He voted against the Ackerman-LaTourette amendment to H.R. 2673 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll357.xml—July 14, 2003) to protect our food supply and stop the abuse of sick and crippled cattle too weak to walk to slaughter. Six months after that vote, a downer cow in the U.S. tested positive for "mad cow disease."

· Bear Baiting: He voted against the Gallegly-Moran amendment to H.R. 2691 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll382.xml—July 17, 2003) to stop the inhumane and unsporting practice of shooting bears over piles of pizza and jelly doughnuts on national forests.

· Lethal Predator Control: He voted against the DeFazio-Bass amendment to H.R. 1906 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll172.xml—June 8, 1999) and the DeFazio-Bass-Morella amendment to H.R. 4461 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2000/roll382.xml—July 11, 2000) to end the use of tax dollars to kill predators with cruel traps and poisons as a government subsidy for private ranchers.

· Dolphin-Safe Tuna: He voted for H.R. 408 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll151.xml—May 21, 1997) which ended the embargo on dolphin-deadly tuna and weakened protections for dolphins caught in tuna nets, and he voted against the Miller amendment to H.R. 2670 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll382.xml—August 5, 1999) to limit U.S. funding of the international tuna fishing convention, which allows the use of dolphin-deadly nets.

· Trapping: He voted against the Farr-Whitfield amendment to H.R. 2466 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll291.xml—July 14, 1999) to stop the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and wire neck snares to kill and maim animals for their fur pelts on national wildlife refuges.

· Fur Subsidies: He voted against the Shays-Deutsch amendment to H.R. 1976 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1995/roll553.xml—July 21, 1995) which eliminated a $2 million annual subsidy for the luxury mink coat industry.

· Foreign Trophy Hunting: He voted against the Fox-Miller amendment to H.R. 2159 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll359.xml—September 4, 1997) to stop the use of tax dollars to promote the trophy hunting of African elephants and other foreign species as a rural development strategy.

· Yellowstone Bison: He voted against the Rahall amendment to H.R. 2691 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll383.xml—July 17, 2003) to protect the last free-roaming buffalo herd in Yellowstone National Park from government slaughter.

· Wild Horses and Burros: He voted against the Rahall-Whitfield-Sweeney-Spratt amendment to H.R. 2361 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll196.xml—May 19, 2005), and voted against H.R. 249 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll269.xml—April 26, 2007), to restore the decades-long protection for wild horses and burros on public lands from commercial sale and slaughter.

HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that endorses both Democratic and Republican members of Congress. HSLF's endorsements in Michigan for the 2008 election include: U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D); U.S. Reps. Bart Stupak (D-1st), Vernon Ehlers (R-3rd), Dale Kildee (D-5th), Fred Upton (R-6th), Mike Rogers (R-8th), Thaddeus McCotter (R-11th), Sander Levin (D-12th), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-13th), and John Conyers (D-14th); and challengers Mark Schauer (D-7th) and Gary Peters (D-9th).

HSLF evaluates candidates based on their stands on animal protection policies, and does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue. HSLF is a national organization working to pass animal protection legislation in Congress and in state legislatures, and is not affiliated with local humane societies.

Joe Knows Better - HSLF Ad Has Nothing To Do With Peters

I almost feel sorry for Joe Knollenberg and his campaign. His record has finally caught up with him, including his record on animal cruelty measures. The Humane Society Legislative Fund ads must be affecting his standing with constituents, including Republicans. Even Republicans like their pets. So, what does Joe do, he holds a press conference and tells the media Gary Peters should denounce the ads. Being a long-time politician, Joe knows Gary has no control over outside groups that run independent ads. It's illegal for the candidate to even speak with the outside groups about their ads. Maybe Joe should have thought about this before he cast his vote on all the measures near and dear to animal lovers.

Knollenberg says attack ads on him hurting local humane society
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Facing a tough fight for re-election, Rep. Joe Knollenberg on Saturday said an animal-rights group's attacks against him are hurting the Michigan Humane Society and called on his Democratic challenger, Gary Peters, to demand that the ads stop.

Knollenberg and campaign aides told reporters they believe the ads by the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which has spent nearly $400,000 attacking Knollenberg, are harming local humane societies that are not connected to the legislative fund, a Washington, D.C., political action committee. It's just one of the outside groups spending millions of dollars in the race, in which some independent analysts consider Peters a favorite to end Knollenberg's time in Washington after eight terms.

Peters' campaign said the controversy was an attempt to distract voters from the economy. Knollenberg, one of the nation's most vulnerable House Republicans, is seeking his ninth term in a district heavily targeted by Democrats.

Knollenberg's campaign cited a television report quoting a Michigan Humane Society board member, who said that donors who have supported the nonprofit animal rescue group are withholding donations because they mistakenly believe the state group is behind the anti-Knollenberg ads.

"Mr. Peters is the one who needs to step forward," Knollenberg said. "Either he will demand this ad be taken off the air or he will sit by idly and let the Humane Society be harmed.

Nancy Gunnigle, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Humane Society, said Saturday that the organization has gotten several phone calls from people who believed it was behind the ads, including some who have said they were angry about the ads and might not continue donations. Gunnigle said when the agency explains it is not behind the ads, those donors have pledged to continue their support. Click here for the rest of the story.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

CQ Politics: "Knollenberg is Probably Toast"

Oh, how I've waited to see those words in print. "Knollenberg is probably toast." Be still my heart. We're almost there. I can't wait to see a check mark on television next to Gary Peters' name.

A strong campaign organization bolstered by a heavy independent expenditure campaign by the DCCC have pushed Democrat Gary Peters, a former state senator, slightly ahead in his quest to unseat eight-term Republican incumbent Joe Knollenberg in this district in suburban Detroit’s Oakland County.

“The conventional wisdom here is Knollenberg is probably toast,” said Bill Ballenger, editor of the non-partisan publication Inside Michigan Politics.

The congressman’s problem in part is due to demographic changes in the district, as Democrats make gains in voter registration. “Knollenberg’s district is just changing demographically with the passage of time. Every two years it gets less and less Republican,” Ballenger said.

Another problem is the potential coattails effect from Obama’s campaign, which is now favored to carry Michigan and its 17 electoral votes. Polling indicates Obama leads Republican John McCain by a double-digit margin in Michigan, and a survey released Thursday by the Lansing polling firm EPIC-MRA found that voters statewide give Democrats a 12-point lead over Republicans in a generic congressional match-up.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Joe Takes Contributions from Bridge Owner - Opposes New Bridge. Of Course!

I shouldn't be surprised. One of Joe's contributors, Manuel Maroun, owner of the Ambassador bridge, doesn't want another competing bridge built. So, what would any billionaire bridge owner do? Contribute to the campaign of a Congressman on the House Appropriations committee, $103,000, since 1998, to be exact and then that Congressman opposes the funding for a federal study for a competing bridge. Simple.

From this morning's Detroit Free Press:

More money

Kilpatrick and Knollenberg said campaign contributions have no bearing on their public positions, with Knollenberg calling any suggestion to the contrary "as insane as it is insulting" and Kilpatrick saying her only concern is what's best for her constituents, some of whom would be displaced by the proposed span.

But they are at odds with the position taken by a host of DRIC supporters on both sides of the river, from Windsor's mayor to Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, normally a staunch ally of Knollenberg

Ambassador Bridge officials said the donations are coincidental to the rival span. (Right)

"My contributions are to individuals and have nothing to do with specific issues," said Dan Stamper, president of the Detroit International Bridge Co., which operates the Ambassador Bridge. The company wants to build a replacement span next to the bridge, a proposal that Windsor residents and officials have objected to. Granholm has asked federal officials to expedite a decision on that span.

At taxpayers' expense

Moroun wouldn't comment, but bridge officials said his contributions are motivated more by what's good for the nation than what's good for his business. Stamper said he thinks the DRIC proposal is a waste of taxpayers' money "when there's an alternative that makes better sense."

Part of that argument is about money -- the U.S. cost of the DRIC span could be as much as $1.5 billion -- but state officials say bonds would be issued to pay for that, with tolls covering repayment. Any bridge built by Moroun, they say, would be paid for in the same fashion.

Still, says Knollenberg, taxpayers would be on the hook for the money.

"We ought to look at private enterprise as well," he said.

Click here for the full article.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Is Pretty Ironic. I Received this Mailer Today

Here's Joe Knollenberg's empty seat from the forum at Walsh College.
Here's the mailer I received in the mail today, asking What is Gary Peters Hiding?

Answer: Nothing. Gary showed up last night and took questions from voters. Gary even took a question from Joe Knollenberg's son, Marty Knollenberg.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gary Peters at Troy Candidate forum - Joe's a No Show

This is Joe Knollenberg's empty seat at the form last night in Troy at Walsh College.

Gary Peters got the room all to himself. Joe Knollenberg couldn't be bothered showing up in Troy at Walsh College. Marty Knollenberg managed to show, but dad was just too busy to talk to voters on the issues of the day. Apparently Joe just had to attend a fund-raiser for a dog park in Royal Oak, rather than face the voters of the 9th District.
Peters attended, but Knollenberg declined citing other engagements at Beaumont Hospital, where a $500,000 federal grant for the study of chronic diseases, was being celebrated, and a fund-raiser for a dog park in Royal Oak.

No-show Joe attacks Peters for not answering questions

This is really sad. This e-mail arrived in my inbox today and when I read it, I couldn't help from laughing out loud, LOL, for you younger readers. It may even be an LMAO.

Even though the forum was scheduled months in advance, Joe Knollenberg was too busy to show up and answer questions from the electorate about the issues facing Michigan and the country. Joe doesn't deserve your vote if he doesn't even show up to face the voters face to face.

Lies and Lying Liars
Gary Peters has a bad habit. He likes to hide the truth. He knows that Oakland County's families don't share his extreme views, and he tries to hide them all costs.

But sometimes, when Gary isn't careful, he gets caught. And though Gary tries to run from his own words and spin his own comments, he can't hide from the truth.

Gary Peters supports "Medicare for All," meaning a government takeover of health care that will raise taxes. And it will put middle-class families on the hook for the free health care Peters would provide to illegal immigrants.

No wonder even Barack Obama called a plan like Peters' "extreme" and "wrong."

He said it as plain as day in front of a liberal audience in the spring. But now, he's trying to run away from his own words as fast as he can.

But this isn't the start of something new. It's a long standing tradition. His career of running for office has taught Peters to speak "politician" pretty well.

Peters sends out mailers calling himself a "fiscal conversative," but Peters supports the largest tax increase in American history. Peters’ tax hikes would cost average Michigan families more than $3,000 a year.

Peters was asked at the recent debate five different times, yes or no, would he raise taxes. Peters refused to answer each and every time.

Peters was asked on the radio, yes or no, would have voted to support the emergency economic stabilization legislation. And Peters refused to answer. The host called him "no guts Gary."

Peters refuses to answer questions on his views. And that can only mean one thing: he has something to hide. With views like his, it's little wonder.

Wouldn't you think Joe would show up at the candidate forum in Troy to answer questions from voters if he's criticizing Gary Peters. In fact, Marty Knollenberg, Joe's son, was sitting right in front of me and Marty was bragging after the forum that the moderator asked Marty's questions to Gary Peters about taxes and trade.

Joe was too busy to even show up to answer questions from voters. Isn't a representative supposed to represent his district? How can Joe represent us if he won't listen to us?

So what will Gary Peters do? Shamelessly attack Joe Knollenberg with false and outrageous attacks.

Did you see the one about Joe kicking dogs and hating all animals? Lies. Read the truth.

Did you see the one about Joe being the pocket of big oil? Lies. Read the truth.

Did you see the one about Joe being a rubber-stamp for President Bush? Lies. Read the truth.

Campaigns used to be about something more. They used to be about the issues and ideas the determine the direction of our country and the security of our families.

But that's what Peters is most afraid of. He doesn't want to debate the issues, because he doesn't want to defend his radical views.
Mike Brownfield
Campaign Manager
Knollenberg for Congress

Knollenberg Desperate - Lying About Peters' Record, Stance on Issues

With Knollenberg down 10 points, now Knollenberg has decided to take the John McCain low road in his campaign and just start making things up about his opponent, Gary Peters. I would think that it would be a better strategy for Knollenberg to explain how he would improve the lives of voters in his district, than lying about Peters' record and stance on the issues, especially an issue as personal and important as our health. But no, Joe Knollenberg is taking his cue from McCain/Bush and has decided to take the low road.

No wonder he's 10 points down in the polls. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Peters Challenges Knollenberg Mailers

Gary Peters has come out strong against the Knollenberg mailers that have been arriving in our mailboxes. Click here for Gary's fact check of the Knollenberg lies.

Joe Knollenberg is behaving the same way that John McCain is running his campaign, based on lies, innuendoes and just plain making stuff up.

Shame on you, Joe, but I didn't expect anything different.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

League of Women Voters Peters/Knollenberg Debate 10/16

Here is the video of the forum with Gary Peters and Joe Knollenberg, soon to be ex-Congressman.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Knollenberg on GOP "Goner List"

I can hardly believe my eyes. Joe Knollenberg is on a list by a GOP consultant of House seats that are done for.

GOP 'goner' list warns of House rout
By: Josh Kraushaar and Reid Wilson
October 23, 2008 07:42 PM EST

An internal document circulating among House Republicans warns of an impending congressional bloodbath, listing 58 Republican-held House seats being at risk, and 11 already considered as good as gone. As many as 34 GOP-held seats are in serious jeopardy of swinging to Democrats, the assessment shows.

The state-of-the-race update, first reported on by U.S. News’ Paul Bedard, shows the GOP already writing off the seats of Reps. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), John R. Kuhl (R-N.Y.), Don Young (R-Alaska) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). It also expects losses in the seats of retiring GOP Reps. Rick Renzi of Arizona, Jerry Weller of Illinois, Jim Saxton of New Jersey, Mike Ferguson of New Jersey, Vito Fossella of New York, James Walsh of New York and Tom Davis of Virginia.

Drafted by a Republican consultant, the document ranks seats on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most likely for a Democratic takeover. Eleven members received a 5, meaning the seat is gone unless “a significant turn of events” changes things in the final two weeks. An additional seven seats are ranked as a 4, in the leaning Democratic category, and 16 seats are in the tossup category.

One well-connected Republican operative told Politico that the list, if anything, understated the number of members needing a political lifeline. The operative also said the GOP is all but writing off the seats of Reps. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.), Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Phil English (R-Pa.), and the open New Mexico House seat of retiring Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), who is running for the Senate. Click here for the rest of the story

Free Press Endorses Peters and Schauer

No matter what shape the state is in or how much Michigan voters gripe about Washington, they have a pattern of retaining their representatives in Congress. It's pretty tough to knock off an incumbent on these peninsulas. The result is challengers who are sometimes unqualified, usually underfinanced, and generally unable to offer assets equivalent to the experience and seniority that matter so much in the Washington power structure.

This year, however, two challengers have made the case.

In the 9th District, which spans Oakland County from Farmington Hills north through Pontiac, the Free Press endorses Democrat GARY PETERS of Bloomfield Hills over eight-term incumbent Republican Joe Knollenberg of Bloomfield Township. In the 7th District, which encompasses all or most of seven southern lower Michigan counties, state Sen. MARK SCHAUER, D-Battle Creek, would do a better job than incumbent Republican Tim Walberg of Tipton has managed in his first term.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Poll Puts Peters Up by 10

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Grove Insight poll of 400 likely voters conducted October 21 with a 4.9 percent margin of error showing that Gary Peters expanded his lead to ten over Congressman Joe Knollenberg 46-36 percent in an initial head-to-head matchup. Two percent selected Jack Kevorkian.

"Gary Peters continues to build momentum with his unprecedented ground game and message of creating jobs and getting Michigan's economy back on track," said Ryan Rudominer, Midwest Regional Press Secretary for the DCCC. "Despite his desperate campaign tactics, Michigan's middle class families are resoundingly rejecting Congressman Knollenberg for blindly following the failed Bush economic policies that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."

Previously, the DCCC released a Grove Insight poll of 400 likely voters conducted October 4-5 with a 4.9 percent margin of error showing that Gary Peters led Congressman Joe Knollenberg 46-37 percent in an initial head-to-head matchup. Click here.

Eccentric - It's time for change - pick Peters in 9th U.S. House District

This endorsement says it all. Go Gary!!!!!!

Breaking with long-standing tradition, the EccentricNewspapers endorse challenger Gary Peters over incumbent Joe Knollenberg in the 9th District U.S. House race.

Our endorsement has much to do with Peters' experience and temperament and more than a little with the district's changing demographics as well as the political realities it now faces.

Knollenberg is an eight-term Republican and a man we've endorsed many times in the past. Despite his long tenure, he's never become a "Washington phantom." He's spent countless hours in the district and worked hard and sincerely on national and regional issues.

But new times call for new solutions - and new people. The district Knollenberg once represented, and its challenges, are very different today than they were as recently as 2006.

Consider the auto industry. Knollenberg has been a big defender of Detroit's Big Three. But in our interview sessions, he continued to rail against CAFE standards, while Peters emphasized the development of hybrid vehicles. More than anything else, this shows the difference between a candidate whose feet are bound by the past and one stepping rapidly toward the future.

Knollenberg, too, had been one of the last defenders of the policies of President George W. Bush, yet we're hard-pressed to understand how Bush administration policies have benefited the district.

Nonetheless, the district and its antecedents have been in Republican hands since before the Great Depression and our endorsement might well have been different had Peters been a different kind of Democrat.

There is, however, one even more critical issue.

Even with the state economy on its knees, Michigan has remained a donor state by distributing far more in federal tax dollars than it receives. This is an indictment of our political leaders of both parties, but an opportunity for Peters.

Should he win, he would hold a seat Democrats have hotly coveted and should be anxious to keep. They would do so by paying close attention to our state, our region, the people who live here and the industries which employ them and Peters can help point the way. That's clout.

We understand the tax policies put forth by Barack Obama may be anathema to many 9th District residents and we urge Peters to be more than just a rubber stamp for any taxing and spending policies.

Gary Peters represents change, but also a challenge. Both, we believe, would serve the district well.

Evans-Novak Report Moves 9th to Leaning Democratic Takeover

Wow, this is good stuff. The NRCC is pulling its advertising support from the 9th and Evans-Novak Political Report is moving the Peters/Knollenberg race to leaning Democratic. What great news to wake up to.

Michigan-9: Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R) faces the toughest reelection of his life, polling even with former state Sen. Gary Peters (D). Peters has nearly kept pace with Knollenberg's fundraising, and the DCCC and the AFL-CIO are both piling on.

Knollenberg is trumpeting his success in pushing a $25 billion carmaker bailout through Congress. A slew of third-party candidates — including assisted-suicide practitioner Dr. Jack Kevorkian could mix things up here

Knollenberg has an incumbent advantage, but that could also be a disadvantage this year. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

And from the AP
Bachmann is one of four at-risk Republican incumbents left to fend for themselves by a cash-strapped House campaign arm in the crucial final days of the campaign amid a tough political environment for the GOP . The National Republican Campaign Committee has also canceled planned TV ads to help GOP Reps. Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado, Tom Feeney in Florida and Joe Knollenberg in Michigan, spokeswoman Karen Hanretty confirmed.

Musgrave, Feeney and Knollenberg are extremely vulnerable and Democrats — who are eyeing double-digit gains in their House majority — have been targeting them heavily. Bachmann, whose district is solidly conservative, has only recently emerged as a prime target after her controversial remarks on MSNBC's "Hardball," which sparked a flood of campaign contributions to her Democratic opponent and have reshaped the race.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Metro Times: Brawl in the Sprawl

The Metro Times has a great article today covering the races in Oakland County. There is a large section of the article covering the Peters v. Knollenberg race.

The Obama bump Click here for the rest of the article.

With polls showing Obama also leading among Oakland County voters 48 percent to 42 percent, according to a Mitchell Research & Communications survey released earlier this month, Democratic candidates in other races are hoping to get a bump from the Illinois senator's popularity. Pundit Bill Ballenger says that's most likely to happen in the 9th Congressional District, where Democrat Gary Peters, who formerly served as a state senator and then Michigan's lottery commissioner, is challenging longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Township).

The Mitchell poll found the two candidates tied with 43 percent of the vote.

Obama has appeared with Peters at a Troy rally and the would-be congressman introduced the would-be president at Detroit's Labor Day event.

Knollenberg was first elected to Congress in 1992. The district claims a wide slice of Oakland County, from Farmington Hills to Oakland Township and Waterford to Royal Oak Township.

Peters, 49, is helped not only by Oakland's willingness to consider voting for Democrats but also by other national factors, says Ballenger, who edits the political newsletter Inside Michigan Politics.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Knollenberg Spokesperson calls Animal Activist Campaign a "Distraction"

Nate Bailey, Joe Knollenberg's spokesperson seems to think Knollenberg's record on animal rights is just a distraction. What Nate and Joe apparently don't know is that the 9th District of Michigan has one of the highest concentrations of pet owners and members of the Humane Society in the country and Joe Knollenberg has one of the worst records on animal rights in the country. (Click here for Joe's Record.) Apparently Joe doesn't realize that there are even Republican voters that really care about their pets and animal rights. I doubt those people will be thinking this issue is a "distraction," Nate. So, let's review, Joe has a terrible record on veterans issues, animal rights issues and has voted with George W. Bush over 90% of the time.

I agree with the HSLF. We need a new Congressman.

Peters calls for investigation

Peters seeks probe into shredded documents at Detroit VA office

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

U.S. House candidate Gary Peters on Monday called for a congressional investigation into the mishandling and possible shredding of veterans claims documents at regional Department of Veterans Affairs offices in Detroit and elsewhere.

Peters, a Democrat who is challenging U.S. Rep Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, also called for an unspecified amount of increased funding for the department and increased accountability.

Peters said he's concerned about breaking a "sacred commitment we have to veterans" and called for an immediate mechanism by which veterans can make sure their claim files are intact.

The Detroit News reported last week that the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating the mishandling of claims documents at three regional offices, including Detroit, after unprocessed documents were found in shredder bins during an audit.

Later in the article:

Nate Bailey, a spokesman for Knollenberg, said the congressman is a veteran of the U.S. Army and "a strong and ardent supporter of veterans."

Knollenberg, an eight-term congressman, voted for the largest increase in history for veterans funding, which took effect in 2008, Bailey said.

"Don't be fooled by those that manipulate Congressman Knollenberg's record," he said. "Taking votes out of context and misrepresenting his votes for veterans are not the true story." Click here for the rest of the story.

I'm not so sure Joe should be bragging about his veterans record. Here are how several veterans groups rank Joe on veterans issues.

2006 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 66 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Knollenberg a grade of C.

2006 Representative Knollenberg sponsored or co-sponsored 7 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 33 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 38 percent in 2003-2004.

2003 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the American Veterans 50 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the The American Legion 40 percent in 2003.

2001 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2001.

2001 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 77 percent in 2001.

1999 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 1999.

1997-1998 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 0 percent in 1997-199

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oakland Press Endorses Gary Peters

This is huge. The Oakland Press that has a penchant for endorsing Republicans, especially incumbent Republicans has endorsed Democrat Gary Peters in the race for the 9th Congressional district. Will wonders never cease. Way to go, Gary!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Peters and Knollenberg face off in forum

Click here to watch the stream from WXYZ. It really wasn't a debate. There was no back and forth between Gary Peters and Joe Knollenberg. At least Knollenberg had the courtesy to show up this time. The house was packed with about 300 people. Knollenberg seems to be proud of his ties to the Bush adminstration and their ruinous policies. The candidates were asked about campaign financing by Nolan Finley of the Detroit News. Knollenberg had the nerve to actually accuse Peters of accepting big money from PACs. I guess he missed the irony of his support from Big Pharma, the National Association of Realtors, the insurance and financial industry, and others. I would have liked more of a chance for Peters and Knollenberg to address each other and for that reason I didn't like the format.

One thing is for sure, there is a clear difference between Peters and Knollenberg.

Taxes, spending and the war in Iraq dominated a tame debate between four of the five candidates running for Oakland County’s 9th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Township, told about 250 people that he’s consistently delivered for Oakland County residents and would continue to “fight with all my might” if he’s returned to Congress.

Gary Peters, former state Senator and Lottery Commissioner, said the current economic crisis proves that Washington is broken and is in desperate need of change.

“Whatever has happened in the past is not working now,” Peters said. “We do need to change how things are done in Washington.”

Meanwhile, Green Party candidate Douglas Campbell had one of the best lines of the night when he urged that when voters watch the increasingly negative ads that Knollenberg and Peters are running against each other, that they “contemplate the possibility that they’re both right.”

The sharpest differences were on taxes.

Knollenberg said that raising them would be the worst possible thing to do at anytime, but especially in the current economic climate.

Peters said that he thinks tax cuts should be concentrated on the middle class and that tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas should be eliminated.

“If you look at the Bush tax cuts, they favor the people at the very top. If we do need to generate some revenue, that would be where I would look,” he said.

The ninth congressional district, which covers a wide swath of Oakland County from Farmington Hills through Oakland Township, has become a much more competitive district recently. Click here for the rest of the story.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

NRCC Pulls $320 K In Ads from 9th Congressional District

@ 12:47 pm by Hill Staff

The National Republican Congressional Committe (NRCC) has canceled nearly $320,000 in planned ad buys in favor of Rep. Joe Knollenberg's (R) reelection efforts in Michigan's 9th congressional district.

According to numbers obtained by The Hill, the NRCC has canceled its buys in the next two weeks, while preserving an expenditure in the last week of the campaign.

The NRCC canceled one buy from October 14-20 for $150,000, and another October 21-27 for almost $170,000. The preserved expenditure, to run from October 28-November 4, amounts to almost $314,000–just slightly less than the sum the NRCC had planned to spend in the race in the preceding weeks.

The NRCC has been strapped for cash during this election cycle, with financial constraints forcing it to only begin spending on behalf of its candidates as of late. Lackluster fundraising and an embezzlement scandal from the organization's treasurer left it at a disadvantage compared to its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Click here for the rest of the story.

Laura Berman: Political fear not so scary these days

Laura Berman speaks to the fact that political fear is losing its punch in this year's political campaigns. Joe Knollenberg is slipping in the polls and will suffer the same fate as John McGrumpy (McCain).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Laura Berman: Commentary

Political fear not so scary these days

Even in times when there's nothing to fear but the throb of that emotion itself, you can't factor out the political value of fear.

For several election cycles, campaigns have profited by scaring voters about the dangers of change, exploiting the insecurity of Americans in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and mounting worries about the economy.

In 2004, Americans re-elected George W. Bush, despite a hugely unpopular war, in part because the incumbent president's campaign pushed the "too scary" button so effectively.

But in Michigan, where we're increasingly haunted by mounting evidence of unpleasantness -- unemployment, bankruptcy, foreclosures and a collapsing national economy -- the tried-and-true scare tactics of previous campaigns are now resonating with the effectiveness of a blow-up ghost at Halloween.

'Extreme' goes both ways

In Oakland County, incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, once indomitable, is slipping in polls to challenger Gary Peters.

In response, Knollenberg's campaign is painting Peters, a mainstream Democrat whose most recent position was lottery commissioner, as a liberal wild guy.

Knollenberg is using the boilerplate language that worked in the last election against Nancy Skinner.

"When Gary says 'change,' you better watch out. Gary Peters' plan for change is too 'extreme' and 'wrong' for Michigan's families," warned Knollenberg's campaign manager, Mike Brownfield, in a campaign piece this week.

Democrat Bruce Fealk, in an online anti-Knollenberg blog, uses the same "too extreme" language against Knollenberg.

At this point, the words are field tested and shopworn. Click here for the rest of the story.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Peters/Knollenberg Debate Thursday - Doors Open at 6 p.m.

Hopefully Joe Knollenberg will have the decency to show up this time. The debate will be at Oakland University in the Oakland Center in the Gold Room. Seating is limited, so arrive early. The debate starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where: 2200 N. Squirrel, Oakland Center Gold Room

The debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Show up and show your support for Gary Peters.

Peters Moves up in Race for Congress - Go Gary!

It's looking better all the time for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. Both Peters and Schauer have moved the needle significantly since last year and both races are now moving in the Democrats' favor. With three weeks to go we need to get out there and work to get Gary and Mark elected. Even though polls show Obama up in Michigan, we can't let down now. Let's help Gary across the finish line.
2 Dems move up in race for Congress

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

CLAWSON -- A closely watched handicapper of congressional races on Tuesday upgraded the odds of two Michigan Democrats to unseat Republican incumbents.

The ratings from the Rothenberg Political Report came as the head of Democratic efforts to expand the party's congressional majority was in Michigan to raise money and attention for the challengers in two of national Democrats' most sought-after seats.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, promised "maximum effort" in the campaign's last three weeks to unseat Reps. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, and Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.

Former lottery commissioner and state Sen. Gary Peters, who is challenging Knollenberg, is now a slight favorite to unseat him in Rothenberg's latest ratings. And state Sen. Mark Schauer's race against Walberg is now a tossup. Both are upgrades for Democratic chances from Rothenberg's last set of ratings. Click here for the rest of the story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How Bad is it for Republicans? Just ask Joe Knollenberg

This article is actually pretty funny, from the perspective that Republicans just don't seem to be able to own up to the fact that it is their economic policies that have led to the point we are at.

The Race for Michigan’s Ninth
A snapshot of GOP troubles nationwide.

By Henry Payne

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — How bad is it for Republicans this year? Consider Michigan’s Congressional District 9 in affluent, white-collar Oakland County just north of Detroit, represented for 16 years by Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg.

Two years ago, Knollenberg survived a tight race as Democrats nationally swept into the House of Representatives to win back the majority they’d lost in 1994. That restored 2006 Democratic majority immediately took aim at the pocketbooks of Knollenberg’s “rich” constituents. Yet, despite Democratic polices that have adversely effected the district’s auto jobs, home values, and taxes, polls blame George W. Bush — not Democrats — for these ills, and the veteran congressman is more vulnerable than ever. Click here for the rest of the article.

Monday, October 13, 2008

No-Show Joe at Debate

Joe Knollenberg says he cares about his constituents, yet he couldn't make it a priority to show up yesterday at the Birmingham Unitarian Church for a debate with Gary Peters. I think that says everything we need to know about Joe Knollenberg. Knollenberg has one more chance to debate Peters, on Thursday at Oakland University. Even though Knollenberg is behind in the polls, he doesn't think it's beneficial to debate the issues of the day with his opponent. That is the height of arrogance, to not face your opponent face to face in front of the people you represent. But I've always known Knollenberg was arrogant, by the way his staff treated constituents at his office in Farmington Hills.

Debate fizzles after no-show


Of The Oakland Press
BIRMINGHAM — In the end, it wasn’t much of a debate.
Democrat Gary Peters, who seeks to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, RBloomfield Hills, made about 20 minutes of remarks to an audience of less than 20 Sunday at the Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Then he left.
The only other candidate, the Green Party’s Doug Campbell, spoke after Peters left.
Knollenberg was a no-show. His campaign Friday said he had other commitments.
With three weeks to go until the election, Peters, 49, claims his polls show him with a lead over the eight-term incumbent in a district targeted for takeover by
the national Democratic Party.
He used his remarks Sunday to criticize Knollenberg, 75.
“I don’t know that leadership has been shown by our current representative,” Peters said.
Peters, a former state senator and state lottery commissioner, called for universal access to health care and said more needs to be done to help the ailing financial sector.
“We are in an incredibly precarious situation,” he said. “We’ve got to do everything we can to restore confidence.”
He also threw his support behind mass transit for the region. “It goes hand in hand with economic development,” Peters said.
Knollenberg represents the 9th congressional district,
which includes Oakland, Bloomfield and West Bloomfield townships; parts of Orion and Waterford township; the cities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, Orchard Lake Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Lake Angelus; and the villages of Franklin, Bingham Farms and Beverly Hills.
Also on the ballot is assistant suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian as an independent and Libertarian Adam Goodman.
The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Oakland University for the 9th district candidates.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Birmingham Eccentric - Peters targets swing votes

Challenger targets swing votes
By Larry Ruehlen • ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER • October 12, 2008

Gary Peters faced a tough crowd Thursday.

"Politics can be very civil," he said. "This isn't personal. It is about having a different vision of where we want the country to go."
Peters was looking at Sandy Knollenberg as he made his opening remarks to the Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club.
Sandy Knollenberg's husband Joe is running against Peters for Congress.
Knollenberg's campaign manager Nate Bailey also attended. The symbolism was clear: Peters wasn't going to gain ground with staunch Republicans without a fight.
Peters told a story about a campaign worker going door to door. A man ran to the back of the house to retrieve a photo of former lottery commissioner Peters awarding him a multi-million dollar prize.
"It was a great job because I got to meet some of the happiest people ever," he said.
"A whole new twist on buying votes?" asked a Rotarian, as the small group laughed in unison.
Peters, also a former financial advisor, talked of the need for regulating banks and ending dependence on foreign oil by cultivating alternative sources of power. "Oil and coal are still more efficient," said Rotary member Alan Klein.
Before lunch, Peters conceded he was heading into a hostile environment. He spent the first hour of the day trying to sway an editorial board that habitually endorses Knollenberg.
After making nice with Rotarians, he headed back to his campaign headquarters in Clawson.
The former flower shop isn't much to look at. Posters cover particle board on a makeshift wall. The floor is messy. Papers are everywhere.
So are relatively young campaign workers.
Campaign Manager Julie Petrick seems obsessed with gaining a technological advantage over the Knollenberg crew in Bingham Farms.
"We just talked to our 200,001 voter," she said. "We've knocked on 111,000 doors. There is a lot of excitement for change out there."
Peters and his staff talk of a canvassing event on a beautiful July day as a turning point.
"We had 330 people show up," Peters said. "I was so proud. I'm excited to see what's going to happen the closer we get to election day."
Anna Valencia, 23, is in charge of the ground campaign. Getting as many people to knock on doors as possible is her job. "This is my third campaign cycle," she said. "We are focusing our efforts on persuasion. I've seen it work before and I know it is working for us."
Campaign workers ferret out undecided voters with a computer program. Then it's all about making frequent contact.
"We know who will vote for us and we go after them," Petrick said.
Campaigning in the information age is different, said Valencia, wearing the confident smile of youth. She points to all the computers, cell phones and PDAs. Every staffer is "plugged in" she says, so reaction is swift in the Peters campaign.
Peters touts a poll that says he's leading heading into the last three weeks.
Like Knollenberg, Peters typically has several personal appearances every day. His favorite are the small town hall meetings he holds in houses. A supporter asks him over for a chat and 15 to 20 people usually show up to hear what he has to say.
Peters believes his chances of winning will improve as more commercials hit the airwaves. His intense itinerary will continue until Nov. 4.
"It all depends on which one of us gets the swing voters," he said. "They will rule on election day.".

Friday, October 10, 2008

Peters up by 9 in latest poll

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Grove Insight poll of 400 likely voters conducted October 4-5 with a 4.9 percent margin of error shows that Gary Peters leads Congressman Joe Knollenberg 46-37 percent in an initial head-to-head matchup. Two percent selected Jack Kevorkian and 15 percent were undecided. 84 percent of likely voters said, "Things in this part of Michigan are off on the wrong track."

Gary Peters"Gary Peters continues to build momentum in the race by winning over middle class families with his message of taking action to create good-paying jobs, restoring fiscal discipline and getting Michigan's economy back on track," said Ryan Rudominer, Midwest Regional Press Secretary for the DCCC. "In stark contrast, Michigan's middle class families are clearly fed up with Congressman Knollenberg for blindly following the failed Bush economic policies that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."

On October 2nd, both Congressional Quarterly and the Cook Political Report upgraded their ratings of the race in the 9th District to "Tossup." Show Gary some love. Click here to contribute.

Peters raises $650,000, and he's ahead in the polls

If I were a betting man, given Peters' fundraising numbers and the tightness of the polls, Knollenberg will show up at the forum with Peters this week. Knollenberg hasn't had a real debate with an opponent in a while and he has never had a public forum with voters to answer questions about his votes.

Peters' camp raises $650,000

Two polls, one conducted by Democrat's campaign, show him neck-and-neck with Rep. Knollenberg.

Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Democrat Gary Peters' campaign said Thursday he raised more than $650,000 from mid-July through September in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg in one of the nation's most closely watched congressional races.

And two new polls out Thursday, one by Michigan-based Mitchell Research & Communications and one by the Peters campaign, show the contest is up for grabs with Election Day four weeks off.

Campaign finance statements are due next week, but Peters' aides announced his fundraising results early.

"We'll come out really strong. It's our strongest quarter yet," said campaign manager Julie Ann Petrick. Click here for the rest of the story.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will Knollenberg Show Up for Forum?

Forum features congressional candidates

October 9, 2008


Candidates for the 9th Congressional District - which includes Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township - are scheduled to appear together at Oakland University next week.

The forum, presented by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area and co-sponsored by the AAUW of Michigan and the League of Women Voters Troy, begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Gold Room in the Oakland Center Building on the OU campus.

The candidates invited to participate include Republican Joe Knollenberg, Democrat Gary Peters, Douglas Campbell of the Green Party, Libertarian Adam Goodman, and No Party Affiliation Jack Kevorkian.

Questioning the candidates will be Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, Stephen Henderson, deputy editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, and Roger Larocca assistant professor of political science at Oakland University.

The moderator is Chuck Stokes editorial and public affairs director of WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

The forum is open to the public and will be rebroadcast on cable channels throughout the district and Channel 7.