“Michigan Republicans are gathering for a three-day summit ahead of 2018 elections in which they hope to keep control of the governor’s office. … The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference begins Friday and runs until Sunday on Mackinac Island.” (U.S. News)
The conference leads to a lot of spending: “State-registered political committees have spent more than half a million dollars on Mackinac since 2010, records show. … The top political spender on Mackinac Island? Far and away it is Gov. Rick Snyder (R), whose campaign committee has spent nearly $82,000 on Mackinac since 2010. … Attorney General Bill Schuette, now a Republican candidate for governor, was fifth on the spending list, at $16,824.” (Detroit Free Press)
TRUMP CHANGE. “President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet endorsing Bill Schuette’s run for governor provided instant fundraising fodder for the GOP attorney general – and a Democratic rival.” Both Schuette and former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) emailed out to supporters seeking donations based on President Trump’s endorsement. (The Detroit News)
SCHUETTE’S CHANCES. Despite factors that stand to boost Democrats’ chances to win the governor’s race, “Schuette may have a good shot at being the state’s next governor. … For one thing, he’s got far more name recognition than his most likely Democratic challenger,” Whitmer. He “is also a clever and consummate campaigner. … His biggest problem may be convincing voters he is not part of one establishment crowd — the Snyder administration.” (The Toledo Blade)
STAYING POSITIVE. Former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D) “says he’s confident that his grassroots movement challenging establishment politics is gaining traction. … El-Sayed met Thursday with The Detroit News Editorial Board and said the system of politics in Michigan might be engrained, but he believes he’s ‘definitely disrupting that in some big ways.’” (The Detroit News)
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"Garrett Ventry, a communications adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP majority who was leading the committee's response to allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has stepped down."
"The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school, according to a person briefed on a call between the panel and her lawyers on Saturday night." Details are still being worked out, but "on Friday, the two parties agreed to limit the number of cameras in the hearing room, ensure Ford and Kavanaugh are not in the same room together, offer Ford breaks in her testimony and security from the U.S. Capitol Police."
"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."