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The Perfect Storm Election of 2010

October 23, 2009

A lot is up for grabs in 2010. At least that’s what Bill Ballenger, Michigan’s “crown prince of pundits” and editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said Wednesday evening at a Progressive Women’s Alliance meeting. 

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It only happens once every 16 years, that rare occurrence when there’s an opportunity to reevaluate the very constitution of Michigan. 2010 is that year. In the past, change has been voted down 3-1. Yet Ballenger believes this margin may be closer this time around.

  • It only happens once every 16 years, that rare occurrence when there’s an opportunity to reevaluate the very constitution of Michigan. 2010 is that year. In the past, change has been voted down 3-1. Yet Ballenger believes this margin may be closer this time around.
  • 2010 is also a census year, which will lead to redistricting, offering Democrats a key chance to get better districts.
  • All 4 of the constitutional officers (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State) will be on the ballot, and there will be no incumbents.
  • 2 seats out of the 7 on Michigan’s Supreme Court will be open. As the Federal Supreme Court nominations have shown, Supreme Courts are rarely nonpartisan. Democrats will have a chance to gain more control of the Supreme Court.
  • The Republican control of the State Senate may end after 26 years of control. Ballenger predicts Democrats have a good chance at taking the 4 seats needed to do so.

Ballenger is known as a political predicator, and a good one at that. When asked about the gubernatorial race and who to keep an eye on, Ballenger had encouraging words about current Speaker of the House Andy Dillon. While Dillon hasn’t declared whether he will be running, Ballenger thinks he would make an excellent general election candidate. Although Dillon is a Democrat, he is often seen as more nonpartisan on a lot of issues. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Cherry, has a good chance of winning the Democratic primary, yet Ballenger believes he is too closely linked to Gov. Granholm, who has been receiving a lot of flak lately. The filing deadline is in seven months, plenty of time for many upsets and surprises in the political arena.

Ballenger said if Democrats maintain the Governorship and win the Senate, they will really be in the driver’s seat in Michigan. However, Ballenger continually emphasized that this will not be possible without the help and determination of such groups as the Progressive Women’s Alliance.

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  1. lucie fig permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:01 pm

    This sounds like good news for Democrats, but does that mean good news for the people of Michigan? On the national level, Democrats have sold us down river. They continue to support the occupations of Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan; healthcare “reform” seems bent on benefiting insurance companies and big pharma, etc. etc.

    Neither the Republicans or Democrats represent the people. Both work for Big Money, at both the state and national levels.

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