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EVENT: Betsy Coffia’s “no PAC money” campaign to hold Ann Arbor fundraiser while her GOP opponent buys Facebook “likes”

One of my favorite Democratic candidates in Michigan is Betsy Coffia from Traverse City in the 104th State House district. In addition to being a good friend, Betsy combines a straightforward populist message with a value system that perfectly aligns with mine and wraps it all up in a tornado of exuberant energy that is positively infectious.

During the last election cycle, Coffia won her primary taking no PAC, SuperPAC, or out of state money. She did the same in the General Election but was unable to prevail in what is a very red district. You can read my interview with Betsy from that time HERE.…

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EVENT: Mark Schauer, Gary Peters + other Dem candidates to rally in Schauer’s hometown of Howell this Saturday

This Saturday, October 11th, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer will return to his hometown of Howell, Michigan for a pep rally to fire up Livingston County volunteers.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Training Facility, 275 E. Highland Road, Howell Township.

In addition to Mark Schauer, a long list of other Democratic candidates will be at the event:

  • The Hon. Gary C. Peters – U.S. Senate
  • Eric Schertzing – 8th Congressional District
  • Godfrey Dillard – Secretary of State
  • Richard Bernstein – Michigan Supreme Court
  • Mark Totten – Attorney General
  • Shari Pollesch – 22nd State House
  • Timothy Johnson – 42nd State House
  • Jordan Genso – 47th State House
  • All 9 Livingston County Commission candidates

For a printable flyer, click the image below.…

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EVENT: “Women in Politics” Meet-and-Greet featuring Lisa Brown, Debbie Dingell, and many others – Oct 7th in Ann Arbor

Next Tuesday, October 7th, the Ann Arbor Dems along with the Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club are hosting a “Women in Politics” meet-and-greet on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. Attending the event is an all-star line-up of exceptional Democratic women from around the state:

  • Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
  • Chairwoman Debbie Dingell, Candidate for United States Congress, 12th District
  • Shari Pollesch, Michigan State Senate, 22nd District
  • Rep. Gretchen Driskell, Michigan State House of Representatives, 52nd District
  • Veronique Liem, Candidate for Washtenaw County Circuit Judge
  • Judge Deborah A. Thomas, Democratic Party Nominee for Michigan Supreme Court Justice
  • Tracy Van den Bergh, Candidate for Washtenaw County Probate Judge

Here are the full details:


Women In Politics

Please Join
-Hosts-

Hedieh Briggs ▪ Louis Green ▪ Mike Henry
-Sponsors-
The Ann Arbor Democratic Party ▪ Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club (Committee in Formation)
for a Meet & Greet Reception with special guests

Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Judge Deborah A.

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EVENT: Benton Harbor VOTES rally – Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

This Saturday, October 4th, a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) rally will take place in Benton Harbor. The rally will feature speakers (to be announced) and will take place in Broadway Park from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The rally features free refreshments and the opportunity to register to vote for those who are not already registered.

Here is the announcement:

If you are in the area, please plan to attend and make sure anyone you know in the area is aware of the rally.…

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EVENT/ACTION: Michigan United’s “Capitol Day” and “Billionaire’s Ball” – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 (UPDATED)

Michigan United is a broad coalition of grassroots faith, labor, and other organizations that are “fighting for the dignity and potential of every person.” As they say in their “About” page, they “are committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity. To ignite the power of our communities and shift the balance of power, we cultivate the leadership of those directly affected by injustice, and build popular institutions for the future.”

This Tuesday, September 30th, they are converging on the State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan to talk to legislators and their staffers to discuss issues related to social justice.…

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EVENT: Ann Arbor fundraiser for Democratic Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard this Tuesday – 9/23/14

This coming Tuesday, September 23, 2014, there will be a fundraiser for Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Godfrey Dillard at Mélange in Ann Arbor starting at 6:00 p.m. Dillard is trailing incumbent Republican among definite voters by only 4.4% in one poll, just outside the margin of error, despite having just become a candidate. In another poll, he’s in a statistical dead heat, and in a final poll, he’s leading her by 3.6 points.

Here are the details:

HONORARY HOST
Honorable Rep. Jeff Irwin (State House Representative)
Honorable Monica Ross-Williams (Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner)

HOST COMMITTEE
John Carter * Michael Henry * Wilma Gold-Jones
Robyn McCoy * Christina Montague * Ronnie Peterson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Host – $50.00
Guest – $25.00

Melange Bistro
312 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Corner of S.

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EVENT: Livestream of Citizens United debate between David Cobb & James Bopp in Ann Arbor – 9/8/14


Move to Amend’s David Cobb

Tomorrow night, the Ann Arbor-area group Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) will livestream a public debate between Move to Amend‘s David Cobb and corporate attorney James Bopp over the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. The event takes place at the Pittsfield Township Hall (Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor) and starts at 7:00 p.m.

I have interviewed Cobb twice, HERE and HERE.

Here is a description of Monday’s event:

“Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics” – Public Debate featuring David Cobb & James Bopp
September 8, 2014

Indiana University in Bloomington will host a public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend’s National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech.

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REMINDER: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor TODAY!

I am reposting this as a reminder that there is a rally to support public education TODAY in Ann Arbor from 5:30-6:30 at Liberty Plaza. Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown will be the headliner.
Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this TODAY, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.…

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EVENT: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor this THURSDAY, 8/28/14

Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this Thursday, August 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.

The event will also include readings from the 2014 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team and free ice cream and face painting for kids.…

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EVENT: Rally for marriage equality in Detroit, Thursday, August 21st

This Thursday, there will be a rally at the Detroit Courthouse to support marriage equality in Michigan and the 300 same-sex couples who were married in March.

Here are the details, via Michigan for Marriage:

Join us in Detroit at a rally for the freedom to marry
After a federal judge struck down Michigan’s marriage ban in March, more than 300 same-sex couples legally married across the state before that historic ruling could be stayed.

The federal government is already recognizing these marriages as legal but Governor Rick Snyder won’t budge—putting hundreds of Michigan families in legal limbo as Michigan’s marriage case makes its way through the courts.

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