Sep 26, 2008

Judge Hathaway leading in Michigan Supreme Court race

The Livingston County Democratic Party has a couple of big events, and recent news about the Michigan Supreme Court will make the burgers at Sunday's event a lot tastier.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Diane Marie Hathaway will be the guest of honor at a "Flip the Court" barbecue at party headquarters, 10321 E. Grand River Ave. In Brighton, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The friendly, local Democrats will be flipping burgers and educating voters on how to "flip the ballot," to vote the non-partisan section of the ballot, and flip the court back to fairness. A $10 donation is appreciated.

Hathaway is trying to unseat Cliff Taylor for the eight-year seat. He leads the Republican majority of activist judges known as the “Gang of Four” that has been rated the worst court in the country. It is virtually impossible to unseat a sitting Justice, but a recent poll has raised some eyebrows. A survey of 600 likely Michigan voters conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) between Sept. 15-20 showed Hathaway with a slight lead over Taylor.

It also showed that 68 percent of voters are undecided, but that is not unusual for a Supreme Court race. But the surprise is that an incumbent is behind with that much more undecideds is what is unusual. Because Taylor is a shill for insurance companies and large corporations, he has a massive war chest estimated at more than $1.1 million, and we can expect him to start spending some of that blood money attacking Hathaway.

On Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Whispering Pines Golf Course, 2500 Whispering Pines Drive
Pinckney, the LCDP is hosting a "Countdown to Victory" party featuring former U.S. Congressman David Bonior of Macomb County.

Bonior, a former Michigan congressman and long-time champion of the working class, will lay out the stakes for us in this election and get the party faithful fired up for the last 30 days of the campaign. During his 11 years in office, Bonior was the public face of Democratic opposition to the NAFTA, and he was known for his tenacity in opposing Rightwing Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

In addition to Bonior, the candidates for local offices - from State House to township offices – will also be there. The suggested donation of $25 per person will help us pay for the last big push, as well as cover an excellent lasagna dinner. Only limited seated will be available at the door, and the deadline for registration is Sept. 29.

For information on either event call (810) 229-4212 or email


4Hathaway said...

We need your help spreading the word about our great candidate, the Honorable Diane Hathaway! For more info please see And for info about what is going on at our highest court, and believe me it's NOT good, please see

As referenced in the article above, most important after knowing who the candidates are and what they stand for is to teach others that voting a straight ticket (e.g., for the Democrats) will NOT cast a vote for any Michigan Supreme Court candidate because it is “technically” a non-partisan race.

If you care about individual rights, please tell everyone you know about Judge Hathaway and how to cast a vote for her.

Anonymous said...

Chief (in)justice Taylor has been an absolute disaster for Michigan Citizens and a gift from above for insurers and corporations . He has voted to protect drunk drivers and rapists. He has simply made stuff up to prevent Citizens from enforcing environmental laws. I am voting for Judge Hathaway for supreme court on the non-partisan ballot!!!