This year may be an "off year" in politics, but there are still some important elections in 2 weeks. Locally, Sterling Hts. will have a chance to elect a conservative newcomer, David Magliulo, to the Mayor's office, if they remove 16 yr incumbent and former union boss, Dick Notte. And in Troy voters will have a chance to elect 3 strong conservatives to the city council; incumbent Wade Fleming, and newcomers Doug Tietz and Carmen Johnson, to keep city spending under control .
Nationally, there are 2 bellwether elections for Governor. In New Jersey, conservative Chris Christie is challenging liberal-Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine . And in Virginia, where there is no incumbent due to term limits, conservative Robert McDonnell is running against liberal Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. These races may indicate the mood of voters moving into the 2010 election cycle, and early signs indicate that voters are not happy with the direction Obama and Congress are taking the country.
Polls show that several prominant Democrats may be in trouble in next year's elections, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid trails Nevada State Republican Chairwoman Sue Lowden, 50% - 40%, and even trails GOP hopeful Danny Tarkanian by 7 pts., 50% - 43%. Not a good sign for Democrats heading into 2010 with President Obama pushing a liberal agenda. All-in-all, it looks like a rough year to be a Democrat, in Michigan and elsewhere !