Watch The Michigan US Senate Debate On TV & Online

The following was in the latest Jack Hoogendyk Campaign E-mail:

Many of you may have seen the WGVU debate on television or on the web. We have now been informed that the Detroit Economic Club Debate between Jack and Senator Levin will be broadcast tonight, October 23, at 10 pm on WTVS/Channel 56 in the Detroit area. It will be broadcast again on Channel 56 this Sunday, October 26, at 4 pm. If you don’t live in the Detroit area but would like to see the debate, you can catch it on the web by clicking here.
I hope you get a chance to see part or all of the debate. It was an exciting time, and Jack did a great job!
Have a great day,
Danae Brack
Campaign Manager
Hoogendyk for US Senate

Two Debates In Michigan US Senate Race Sun & Mon!!

The following is the latest note from the Jack Hoogendyk For Senate campaign:  

The US Senate debates will take place this Sunday and Monday, thanks to so many of you who called and emailed Senator Levin to urge him to participate. Now, don’t forget to tune in and watch!

The first debate, hosted by WGVU and Grand Valley State University, will be on Sunday, October 19th, at 7pm. You should be able to view it virtually anywhere in Michigan, because it will be broadcast live on the following stations state-wide: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, WCMU-TV Mt. Pleasant, WDCQ-TV University Center, WFUM-TV Flint/Ann Arbor, WDET-TV Detroit, WKAR-TV East Lansing, WNMU-TV Marquette, and WNIT Public Television out of South Bend/Elkhart, IN. If you don’t get to see the debate live, or don’t have a television, you will be able to catch the debate in its entirety at, where the debate will be streamed for up to a week afterward
The final debate will be held on Monday, October 20th, at noon. This event will be hosted by the Detroit Economic Club at the Detroit Marriott. The Detroit Economic Club has made tickets available — you can find out more about that here. Although this debate will not be televised, it will be streamed to WXYZ-TV/Channel 7’s
I am looking forward to this opportunity. I hope you will tune in and watch — and don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors!
Jack Hoogendyk


Huge, mondo Congratulations are in order to my friends in Michigan!! They have been fighting hard to get a debate planned between Carl Levin and Jack Hoogendyk in the US Senate race up there.   Up to this point Levin has refused to take up  Hoogendyk on his invitation to debate the important issues.  That is UNTIL TODAY!!!  Their prayers and mine have now been answered!!!  

Monday, October 20, 2008 — 11:30 am @ Detroit Marriott Hotel
Tickets $75

2008-2009 Season

Agenda: Network Cafe & Speaker Reception – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Senatorial Debate

The Honorable Carl   Levin The Honorable Carl Levin 
U.S. Senator
State of Michigan
The Honorable Jack  Hoogendyk The Honorable Jack Hoogendyk 
U.S. Representative & U.S. Senatorial Candidate
State of Michigan
  • Meeting Date: Monday, October 20, 2008
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Detroit Marriott

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Mike Huckabee Coming To Michigan October 22nd!!

The following post is too all my friends and readers in Michigan.  Governor Mike Huckabee is returning to The Great Lakes State this October to help the worthwhile cause of Jack Hoogendyk in his race to finally unseat the ultra-liberal Carl Levin!

Mike Huckabee Is Coming to Michigan!

Come Join Us For A Special Fund Raiser Honoring
U.S. Senate Candidate 
Jack Hoogendyk

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Noon till 1:30 p.m.
28125 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, Michigan

$500 Sponsorship, Luncheon and Photo
$100 per person, Luncheon

RSVP to Liz Sipfle at or
Call Liz at 48-363-1677  

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Jack Hoogendyk: "Is Senator Levin Really That Forgetful?"

The latest campaign mailing from Fack Hoogendyk is very timely and deservedly hard on Senator Levin.  Does this man really deserve to be re-hired by the people of Michigan?   

Is Carl Levin Having a Convenient Lapse in Memory?

When asked last week by WJR morning radio host, Paul W. Smith whether there was blame to be laid for this “market meltdown”, Carl Levin could not help but place it on President Bush. He said that the “economic policies and deregulatory policies of this administration are the major cause of this economy being where it is at.” Either Mr. Levin is playing on the ignorance of the voters, or he has forgotten what role he himself played in this mess.

It All Started With the Community Reinvestment Act 

Unless you just returned from a three-month fishing trip in Yellowknife where there are no radios, cell phones or Internet, you certainly know that the financial markets are in difficulty. It seems all these mortgages that so many folks obtained with little or no equity or credit rating, have suddenly crashed around all of us.

The genesis of this collapse is the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977. This act which was championed by President Carter required lending institutions to offer credit and home ownership opportunities to “underserved populations.” This happened as a result of pressure from community organizers and groups like ACORN .

What it ultimately led to was a large number of no-money-down or poor-credit-rating mortgages. These mortgages were only moderately risky as long as housing prices continued to escalate. In 1995 under Bill Clinton, the CRA was liberalized  to “generate billions of dollars in new lending and extend basic banking to the inner cities and to distressed rural communities.”

Now that the housing market is in full collapse, the chickens are, as they say, coming home to roost. Could this have been foreseen? Could this have been prevented? Of course. If all of us had exercised a little common sense added to a strong dose of personal responsibility, this would not have happened. Short of that, some solid regulation would have helped.

In fact, regulatory reform was proposed in the U.S. Senate in 2005. The bill, S.190 was introduced by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel and co-sponsored by Sens. Dole (R), Sununu (R), and McCain (R). It would have put some good controls in place to largely prevent the meltdown that is occurring today. The bill was supported by four Republicans and no Democrats. Where was Senator Levin on this? I cannot find any evidence of his support for the bill and, in fact, it was Democrats that effectively killed the bill out of committee.

President Bush had proposed a significant regulatory overhaul of the housing finance industry in 2003. It even included reducing the power of the administration. The New York Times reported on it. Democrats opposed it. Again, Carl Levin does not appear to have supported it. Senator Barney Frank (D), said it was unnecessary. It never saw the light of day.

Going back a little further, a bill was introduced in 1999S.900 , which would have put some controls in place and, in effect, “weaken” the Community Reinvestment Act. Carl Levin opposed it saying this, “I oppose the provisions weakening the CRA included in S.900, a bill intended to modernize the financial sector of our economy.”

It certainly looks like Carl Levin and his Democrat (and some Republican) colleagues passed on numerous opportunities to address the crisis that was rising on the horizon as far back as 1994. Legislation was offered to reign in the problem. Senator Levin is certainly motivated to find answers now, but where was he in 1994, 1999, 2003, and 2005? It’s no wonder that in his interview with Paul W. Smith, he mentioned that we should not look back, but rather, look forward.

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Carl Levin Named "Biggest Porker of the Month!"

The following is a release shared by the Jack Hoogendyk For Senate Campaign:

Senator Levin Wins Award

Dear Brian, Citizens Against Government Waste, your taxpayer watchdog in Washington, has named Senator Levin the “porker of the Month.” Rather than explain it to you, I will let CAGW do it for me. Here is their press release in its entirety…

Regards,  Jack Hoogendyk

CAGW Names Senator Carl Levin Porker of the Month

Washington, D.C. – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) its September Porker of the Month for attempting to give earmarks contained in committee reports the force of law.  The provision is included in S. 3001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.

Currently, earmarks listed in committee reports do not have the force of law; only those included in the statutory language have that status.  Traditionally, members of Congress have included earmarks in committee reports knowing they are not the law, but have expected federal agencies to treat those spending items as if they had the force of law.  President Bush issued an Executive Order on January 29, 2008 instructing government agencies not to fund any earmarks contained in report language, or based on any non-statutory source, such as phone calls from members of Congress.  

This means that beginning with this fiscal year’s authorization and appropriation bills, agencies would be under no obligation to fund earmarks contained in committee or conference reports.  In a brazen attempt to gut the executive order, Sen. Levin inserted a provision (Section 1002) into the defense reauthorization bill that would incorporate the earmarks listed in the committee report into the statute itself, making the earmarks “a requirement in law.”  The earmarks would be “binding on agency heads in the same manner and to the same extent” as if they were written into the bill.

This provision continues a practice of using committee reports to hide earmarks and make them difficult to eliminate by offering amendments to authorization and appropriations bills.  It certainly does not qualify as “reform” of the earmarking process.  It would prevent open debate and votes on earmarks and reduce transparency and accountability.  The “incorporation” language sets a precedent for other fiscal year 2009 legislation.  If it is not removed from the bill, it would demonstrate that the Democratic leadership of Congress has no intent of ever getting earmarks under control.

Considering Chairman Levin’s history of requesting earmarks, his bill language is not surprising.  In fiscal year 2008, Chairman Levin requested 255 earmarks for a total of $301.4 million, which made him the eleventh biggest porker in the Senate.

The earmarks in S. 3001 total $5.9 billion, and include the following:  $6.5 million for expandable light air mobility shelters, $5 million for a hydrokinetic power, and $2 million for thin film amorphous solar arrays.  While earmarks generally are a waste of tax dollars, they are most outrageous when included in a bill that is intended to defend the national security of the United States.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had planned to offer an amendment to strike Section 1002 and preserve the current status of earmarks in committee language so they will continue to be just that language, not the law.

For attempting to circumvent the January 29 Executive Order and make it easier to earmark the taxpayers’ money, CAGW names Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) its September 2008 Porker of the Month.

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.


For more information, contact:    

Leslie K. Paige        

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