Traverse City Record-Eagle

Our Views

November 4, 2012

Our endorsements

The following is a recap of Record-Eagle endorsements for Tuesday's general election.

President

Four years ago, as the economy was tanking, we were fighting two wars across the globe and the auto industry was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, the nation elected Barack Obama.

So are we better off now than we were four years ago? Yes. Has Barack Obama earned a second term? Yes.

Obama absolutely must curb the deficit in a second term, continue our economic rebound and make good foreign policy choices. But he is a better choice than Mitt Romney.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has earned another six years in the U.S. Senate in part because of her work crafting a well-received Farm Bill and her aggressive stance on the Asian Carp. Stabenow has also been endorsed by farm, business and veterans groups.

U.S. House

Dan Benishek, a tea party favorite, has done virtually nothing to earn re-election to Michigan's 1st Congressional District. His opponent, Gary McDowell, is a strong advocate for natural resources, a moderate on social issues, and best represents the values and people of the 1st Congressional District.

State House

After four years in Lansing Rep. Wayne Schmidt can talk about his record and work as a committee chairman. But he lacks a northern Michigan issue worthy of another term. Challenger Betsy Coffia is all about passion. She's smart, personable and energetic and has refused all outside money. But she lacks practical experience. No endorsement.

TCAPS bond

Traverse City Area Public Schools has done much in recent years with the lowest per-student financing in the state. But the school board's decision to seek a $100 million bond over 10 years to continue its Long Term Capital Infrastructure Improvement Program is asking too much too soon in a still-fragile economic recovery.

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