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Michigan dems and pubs can't be both be right on school funds and taxes

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

They can't both be right.

The House Democrats continue to pound Republicans for raising taxes on seniors and stealing a billion dollars from education.

And do you hear the Republicans demanding that the D's stop?

Nope.

"My suggestion is keep doing what they're doing," observes Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) who is heading the GOP effort to maintain control of the House.  He apparently has internal polling data suggesting the attacks are not working. Plus he argues the governor is now offering more money for schools and a tax break for seniors on their property taxes.

But Rep. Brandon Dillon (R-Grand Rapids) who chairs the Democratic campaign committee apparently has data suggesting the frontal attacks resonate with voters.

Mr. Nesbitt does make a point.  The House D's trotted out this same offense two years ago as they banged pretty hard on the pension tax/ school cutting themes.  And when they counted the votes, the R's did lose five seats but kept their grip on the house.  He apparently thinks that had more to do with Barack Obama being at the top of the ticket and luring more D's to the polls.

And now with Democrats Mark Schauer and Gary Peters running for governor and U.S. Senate respectively, he's even more confident the GOP is not going to be ousted in November. Or put another way, the Dem ticket at the top is weak.

On the other hand Dillon and company keep singing the same tune as he lays it out in simple terms.  "The governor and the Republicans came into your house, stoled your stereo, and all your CD's and then returned with one Burt Backrack CD."

There is one "X" factor in all this.

In the last race for governor Virg Benero lost for a variety of reasons but the most glaring one was that 995,000 Democrats went AWOL on election day.

The new state Democratic party chair Lon Johnson, who has borrowed the soft-ware from the Obama campaign, is on a crusade to get them back to the polls this fall.  And if he gets even half of those folks there, the Schauer-Snyder race and the contest for House control could be a photo-finish.

Mr. Nesbitt, in his best imitation of Alfred E. Neuman, is in a "what-me-worry" mode as he thinks the state GOP get-out-the-vote effort will, for the first time ,match or exceed the D's GOTV machine.

The day after the election we'll know which machine was superior and which internal polls on tax hikes and schools cuts was spot on.

They can't both be right.

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