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    College Dems, Republicans gear up for election season
    Republicans plan 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,' 'Fun with Guns'

    Andrew Grossman
    Posted: 9/12/06
    Correction appended: Due to an editing error, this story misidentified Morgan Wilkins as an intern for the Republican National Committee. She works for the College Republicans National Commitee. Correction Appended

    It's still early in the election season, but the College Republicans and College Democrats have already launched campaigns to seduce your vote in November.

    On Sunday, the College Dems pulled on Ann Arbor's strong liberal roots and brought in John Dingell, a congressman from Dearborn who has had a hold on Michigan's 15th district longer than many students' parents have been alive.

    The College Republicans have other ideas, some not quite as mainstream as parading popular politicians.

    Morgan Wilkins, the intern hired by the College Republicans National Committee to win the hearts and minds of Michigan 20-somethings, is planning events that some may find odd. To others, they may be offensive.

    One such idea is "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day," in which a volunteer would play the part of an illegal immigrant and hide somewhere on campus while others try to find him. The winner would receive a prize.

    Her other ideas include an event called "Fun with Guns," in which young Republicans would use a BB gun or paintball gun to shoot cardboard cut-outs of Democratic leaders such as Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

    The College Dem's events might not be as contentious as Wilkins', but they seem to have struck a chord with their followers.

    Dingell, a crutch tucked under one arm, hobbled to the microphone at the College Democrats' mass meeting Sunday and addressed a crowd of more than 200 students. They came to their feet and applauded the congressman from Dearborn.

    "This is going to be a very interesting year," said Dingell, who spoke alongside Lt. Gov. John Cherry. "You can make a real difference in how this state goes."

    While Dingell faces no major opposition in his bid to add another term to his half century of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Cherry and running mate Gov. Jennifer Granholm are in a tight race with Republican challenger **** DeVos.

    Leaders of the two student groups are confident that their campaigning will make a difference in the race.

    "We're going to walk, we're going to talk, we're going to knock our way to victory on Election Day in November," said LSA senior Jamie Ruth, chair of the College Democrats.

    Students have formed campus chapters of Students for DeVos and Students for Granholm. They began recruiting Thursday at Festifall, an annual event on the Diag where student groups look for new members.

    Wilkins, who was trying to recruit supporters behind one of the Festifall tables, will spend the days between now and the election driving a green Kia across the state, planning events and sleeping in a different hotel each night as she tries to rally students to support Republicans.

    The RNC hopes her efforts will turn out young Michigan voters for DeVos and Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She's confident she won't disappoint.

    "I'm out to build up a mass base youth effort," Wilkins said.

    The College Democrats of America, the umbrella organization that includes the University's chapter, has made no such personnel investment here. Because the University's College Democrats are a relatively strong, well-funded organization, that's not necessary, said the national group's president, Lauren Wolfe, who spoke at the mass meeting.

    Members of both parties say student turnout will be heavy and crucial in the race for governor. On Sunday, Ruth announced plans to register 2,500 voters on campus this fall - voters the group expects to back mainly Democratic candidates.

    "You have a lot of young students who are very concerned about the future of the state and country they live in," Cherry said after his speech Sunday, adding that this makes them likely to vote for the Democratic ticket.

    "Student outreach is our number-one concern," said LSA senior Anthony Sandoval, chair of Students for DeVos. "This race crosses well beyond partisan lines because of the depletion of the Michigan economy at this point, and jobs are an important issue for students graduating from the University of Michigan."

    The groups have similar plans for reaching students, such as door-to-door campaigning in student neighborhoods and distribution of literature at football games.

    They will also work outside the University, contacting voters on behalf of their candidates. The Michigan Republican and Democratic Parties have both set up offices in Ann Arbor, which provide the student groups with resources like phone banks to call likely voters. The student groups also plan to travel, canvassing neighborhoods around the state.

    Though recent polls show Granholm holds a slight lead over DeVos, the race is far from over. Looking out over the crowd of College Democrats, Dingell, whose district includes Ann Arbor, was optimistic about his party's chances in November.

    "We're going to give those Republicans the run of their lives," he said.




    Sigh. Why do they have to perpetuate their own stereotype?
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    where do we sign up?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas View Post

    Sigh. Why do they have to perpetuate their own stereotype?
    I agree. Why do the Dems always have to make mountains out of molehills?
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    As opposed to the Dems "Sign an illegal voter up to vote day".
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    [QUOTE=daThomas;1084782][FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]
    ..........Republicans plan 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,' 'Fun with Guns'
    I do not know which is more obscene, this thread or its premise. Suffice it to say, a college student, however else affiliated, however sympathetic, and however clueless, is not "Republicans."

    For the record, I am not a Republican but I do not think any party should be identified with every stupid thing that one of their sympathizers does. On the other hand, I am sure that the little flake has some reason to think that other Republicans are sympathetic to what she is doing and that it will win votes. Too bad, so sad.
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    You beat me to it. Darn!

    Ben

    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever View Post
    As opposed to the Dems "Sign an illegal voter up to vote day".
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    They have to make sure you know how much you depend on them for everything in your life.

    Ben


    Quote Originally Posted by hoovs View Post
    I agree. Why do the Dems always have to make mountains out of molehills?
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    [QUOTE=whmurray;1084879]
    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas View Post
    [FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]
    ..........Republicans plan 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,' 'Fun with Guns'
    I do not know which is more obscene, this thread or its premise. Suffice it to say, a college student, however else affiliated, however sympathetic, and however clueless, is not "Republicans."

    For the record, I am not a Republican but I do not think any party should be identified with every stupid thing that one of their sympathizers does. On the other hand, I am sure that the little flake has some reason to think that other Republicans are sympathetic to what she is doing and that it will win votes. Too bad, so sad.

    Actually, it's fairly representative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas

    Actually, it's fairly representative.
    And you know this because... you've read polls? You're close personal friends with so many Republicans? Or you frequent internet forums? As a Republican myself, I'd really like to know.
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    [QUOTE=daThomas;1085008]
    Quote Originally Posted by whmurray View Post


    Actually, it's fairly representative.
    God help us all.
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    Interesting attitudes here. I always heard that it was the Republicans who were intolerant haters. I guess that goes on both sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeElmendorf View Post
    Interesting attitudes here. I always heard that it was the Republicans who were intolerant haters. I guess that goes on both sides.
    You've heard this because you believe the pablam spewed from the maw of the (mostly) biased left-leaning press. There is at least as much- and many would say much more- hatred and intolerance promulgated from the left as there is on the right. The majority of the hate-driven posts on this board originate from a few skewed individuals around here, all lefty libs (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!).
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    Gas -

    As a Republican, I was being sarcastic in the last post. I totally agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeElmendorf View Post
    Gas -

    As a Republican, I was being sarcastic in the last post. I totally agree with you.
    Shhhhh, Mike. If someone on the "Off Topic" board gets wind of the fact that there are two of us they'll think it's a vast right wing conspiracy, and soon we'll be banned. The libs protect their free speech tightly.
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    gasmeister, point made beautifully.
    I gotta have more cowbell

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