Wentworth Campaign Fluff

Campaign Fluff vs Issues

Campaign Fluff vs Addressing the Issues One of my supporters sent me the latest of at least 15 mailers sent out by my opponent. As a service to the voters, I thought I’d break down the campaign fluff and compare it to the real issues affecting the 97th. While conventional campaign wisdom suggest a candidate[…]

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Wentworth and Townsend the Gladwin Debate

Which Candidate is Ready to Represent the 97th?     Click Play on the Video and Listen as you Read (Wentworth and Townsend start at 17:20)…   In Lansing, Experience Counts My opponent, Jason Wentworth, has a very straightforward campaign.  He is well financed and a Republican, and that is all he feels he needs[…]

Trump Supporters

Make Michigan Great Again

So You Support Donald Trump… Many political candidates use databases to identify possible voters and guide them as they go door to door.  My campaign- Robert Townsend for 97, does not use that strategy because I am running for all the district, not just members of one party.  So I just start at one end[…]

Recover the Economy, Make America Great Again.

Make America Great Again

Requiem for the American Dream I ran into an issue with a potential fundraiser the other day.  We were going to show a movie free of charge to raise some funds, but ran into an issue getting permission to do so and had to cancel.  As we were looking for a replacement, a friend suggested[…]

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Compare the Positions

Comparing the Positions of the Candidates In a political race, it is helpful to compare positions of the candidates.  In the race for the 97th, both candidates share some common positions, most notably Robert Townsend and Jason Wentworth both received the same favorable rating from the NRA.  Both were in public safety, both served in[…]

Democrat Votes Count

DeVos Candidate Mocks Democrats

“I want to share some “fun” facts with you. Republicans received an average of 74% of the total votes across the District! Leaving the Democrats with a lonely 26%.” Jason Wentworth, the DeVos sponsored Republican candidate for the 97th District has apparently returned from vacation and is back on the campaign trail.  Rather than humbly[…]

Republican Lincoln

Why are Republicans Supporting Robert Townsend?

I have a business in Au Gres. 85% of the people I vote for are Republican. Locally I vote more for the person than the party. From this article you sound more like a Republican than a Democrat. Think I need to know more about you. What do you plan on doing to help the 97th[…]

The Kingmakers

Kingmakers- the DeVos Family

Now Come the KINGMAKERS According to the local papers, the main candidates for the 97th District are me, Robert Townsend for team Democrat, and Jason Wentworth for team Republican. Looking at the race, the Republicans have a slight edge in the district based on voter pool but it is nearly 50/50 (they had excellent turnout[…]

Race for the 97th

The Race for the 97th- Should Money Make the Difference?

The Race for the 97th Enters the Final Phase by Dr. Robert Townsend The primaries are over and the race for the 97th is now a matter of two candidates and the general election.  Coming off a resounding victory in the primary, I wanted to set the tone for the remainder of the campaign.  The[…]

Mudslinging

Dr. Robert Townsend- Still the Best Choice for the 97th

One Week to the Election and Desperation Sets In We are less than a week before the election.  To date, I’ve run a solid and positive race.  But I am learning about politics and got a hard lesson today.  My opponent in the Democratic Primary has decided to start a smear campaign.  Well good, it[…]

Electric Deregulation

Electric Deregulation- Is it the Answer?

Electric Choice- Is Deregulation a Cheaper Alternative? One of the buzz words being used by Republicans in the race for the 97 is Electric Choice- Deregulation of the Electric Market to increase competition and reduce costs to consumers by letting the free market control the price of electricity.  While the free market is a cornerstone[…]

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Dr. Robert Townsend- Pro Gun Democrat

Dr. Robert Townsend Receives A Positive Rating from the NRA Both Robert Townsend and his Republican Opponent received the same B- Rating for the NRA in the Primaries.  Unlike his opponent, who worked behind the scenes to become the candidate the NRA wanted in exchange for an endorsement, Dr. Townsend has stood by his principles[…]

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The Republicans Destroyed Voter Initiatives Yesterday

Voter Initiatives Died Yesterday I started working on this article about a month ago.  Rather than publish it, I held back in the spirit of a positive campaign.  Yesterday the Republican House finished the work of the Republican Senate and destroyed voter initiatives in Michigan with party politics and dirty tricks.  Civic minded lawmakers like[…]

Salute the Flag

Veterans Can Salute the Flag

Military Salute I remember saluting the flag while in the Army.  While in uniform I rendered the military hand salute, but in civilian clothing I lost that honor.  Apparently, the law has changed (2008) and as veterans, we now have the honor of continuing the military salute in respect to our prior service. While this[…]

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Why does My No Fault COST SO MUCH???

Michigan Amongst Highest Cost for No Fault- Why? Michigan leads the nation in No Fault Insurance Premiums.  The national average is $1325 per year, Michigan comes in at $2738 and our nearest competitor for the ‘most expensive’ title is Montana at nearly $500 a year less.  We extensively researched this issue and I spoke with[…]

DPS

The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Debacle

DPS Currently Pays $1,100 per Student for Debt In an era where education consumes 31% of the State’s Budget, the already struggling Detroit Public Schools are being forced to divert over $1,100 per student simply to pay their outstanding operating debt.  The Legislature recently had to pass an emergency funding bill of nearly $50 Million[…]

Criminal Charges

Reduce Prison Population by Reducing Criminals

10 Commandments, 750 Criminal Offenses The headlines are full of stories about private prisons, prison overcrowding, and the high percentage of Michiganders that are incarcerated.  Before we expand our prison system, let’s make sure that our jails are for actual criminals.  We should also have a hard look at what constitutes a ‘Crime’. One thing[…]

The War on Drugs

The Cost of the War on Drugs in the 97th District

War on Drugs Figures Released The Michigan State Police have released arrest statistics, county by county, for 2014.  Specifically, we are going to look at the numbers for marijuana.  While we imagine the War on Drugs being fought against heroin, meth, and prescription drug abuse, the numbers tell a very different story: In Arenac County,[…]

Cars and Amish Buggies

Amish Buggies

Amish Buggy v Car Accidents The 97th District contains a significant Amish population.  Amish buggies on the road are a common sight and part of what gives our communities their ambience and rural character.  Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in Car v Amish Buggy accidents, and Facebook is full of conversation about what can[…]

CTE Millage

Career and Technical Education (CTE)- You can MAKE a DIFFERENCE

We Have an Opportunity! I am going to take a short break from the Campaign to Represent the 97th District to talk about Trade and Technical Education in our District.  We have an opportunity to make a difference on May 3- at a cost of about $50 per household, per year.  I encourage you to[…]

Border Wall

Building Border Walls

Let’s Build a Border Wall Time and again on my Facebook page, people from the District are asking me about illegal immigration and walls.  Although that is a federal issue, and the states have no say in immigration to the US, I’ll address the issue.  The most common solutions you hear seem to involve banning[…]

Capital, Lansing

Dr. Robert Townsend makes front page of MIRS News

97th Democrat Running As Doc That ‘Believes In Alternative Medicine’ Robert TOWNSEND says Lansing needs a doctor. And according to him, he is just the one to write Michigan’s prescription. Townsend, a practicing physician and owner of a number of medical clinics throughout the state, is running for the state house in the 97th district.[…]

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Gun Ownership is Part of America

We have a Second Amendment Right to Responsibly Own Guns I grew up with guns.  They were tools to me.  Like many in the 97th District we hunted in my family- mostly pheasant, deer and later dove when I lived down South.  My personal interest is long distance shooting.  I’m a member of the NRA,[…]

Michigan Fudge

Politicians Like Michigan Fudge

Why have I been called the ‘Un-Politician’ Most politicians running for office tend to make generic statements to attract the most voters while saying the least and giving the fewest ‘Benchmarks’ against which their performance can be judged.  I’ve decided against this approach.  It may cost me some votes, but I’m going to be real[…]

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Mandating Restrooms

The Michigan Board of Education has proposed rules to address gender identification. I am in agreement with the vast majority of that document but this section is causing controversy…  My concern is that this will detract from the positive aspects of the proposal by creating a ‘reason’ to oppose it that affects all our students[…]

Dr. Robert Townsend 97th District

Who is Dr. Robert Townsend and Why Should We Choose Him?

Who is Robert Townsend? After much consideration I’ve decided to seek election as your Representative for the 97th District.  Many of you know me from my medical practice, others have never heard of me.  Most of you, even those that have met me, don’t know much about my background or what I stand for politically-[…]

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I could use some LOCAL CAMPAIGN HELP!

The Campaign for the 97th District The 97th District is very large, parts of 4 entire counties and nearly 90,000 residents.  To succeed in this Campaign, I need to get my message of Healthcare, Justice Reform, the Michigan Economy and Education out to the voters.  They tell me it can cost a lot of money[…]

key issues

What Issues are Important to You?

What are the Important Issues to YOU? I’ve put up a few of the issues that are important to me- Healthcare, Reform of the Criminal Justice System, the Economy, and Education.  Obviously, these are not the only issues that I am looking over and forming opinions about. But a more important question is ‘What are[…]