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The Michigan Democratic Party is arming EVERY Democratic candidate with a free website

In February of 2012, I interviewed Lon Johnson who was running to be the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). During that interview, Johnson talked about the importance of Democrats competing in every single race across the state. “I think we need to have more people fighting for every seat,” he said. “We give no quarter. We make the Republicans duke it out in every single race.” Part of his vision for doing that was “Technology, technology, technology.”

Johnson put it this way at the time:

When I went down to the Obama campaign to visit my wife, it was a bunch of people that were not the “ward heeler” types.…
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Mich GOP so overconfident that they’re now openly mocking women on the House floor while Dems get organized

The recent kerfuffle in the Michigan House of Representatives with three state Republican legislators posing with women’s fashion mags to show they “understand women” is generating the requisite amount of outcry and outrage from around the state. Having them openly mocking women in an election year is a display of such chutzpah that even Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger was forced to issue an apology. His apology managed to squeeze in Father’s Day and his daughter’s high-school graduation, apropos of absolutely nothing. The only surprise is that he didn’t mention puppies and fresh-baked apple pie.

The statewide outrage would not have been nearly so vociferous had this not been just one more act among so very many by male Republican lawmakers since they swept into power in 2010.…

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Terri Lynn Land has got nothing, other than money from the Koch brothers

For Land, saying nothing is probably good campaign strategy — but it’s a very bad thing for Michigan voters.

If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has clearly fallen hook, line and sinker for the Koch brothers, who are pouring big bucks into her campaign.

But what exactly are the Koch brothers buying? A puppet in the Senate.

Land has no personal position on the issues — other than arguing against everything her Democratic opponent, Representative Gary Peters, stands for. Land has refused to say what she really thinks about anything that matters to Michigan voters.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Dems distribute “Mackinac Island Tipsheet” to Mackinac Policy Conference attendees

This week politicians and politicos from around the state gather on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference. This morning, attendees will receive a copy of the newspaper “The Mackinac Island Tipsheet”, a parody publication published by the Michigan Democratic Party.

The Tipsheet has articles with titles like, “Rick Snyder’s Economy Not Working”, “Wall Street Execs, Political Cronies Cash In With Snyder Administration”, and “Just Cruising: Snyder’s State Treasurer Was Paid Not to Work”.

Here’s a snippet of the fun:

Wall Street Execs, Political Cronies Cash In With Snyder Administration

For Rick Snyder, raising the minimum wage would be “a challenge.” What’s not a challenge for the governor?

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Improved bill to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25/hour by 2018 goes to Governor’s desk

After the Republican-led House Government Operations Committee passed a terrible substitute to S.B. 934 that only raise the minimum wage to an insulting $8.50/hour and strips out indexing the minimum wage to inflation, the full House passed a version (pdf) that is much closer to the original bill passed by the Senate this afternoon on a 76-34 vote. Shortly thereafter, the Senate concurred on a 24-12 vote and the bill now goes to Governor Snyder to be signed into law which is expected to happen before dinner time tonight.

All of this is all happening one day before Raise Michigan organizers are set to submit their petitions to put the issue to voters.…

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Helped by Explainer-in-Chief Bill Clinton, Michigan Dems fire up at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

“Politics is all about power for them. Politics should always be about people for us.”

Michigan Democrats took over the newly-renovated Cobo Hall in Detroit last night in a show of forceful solidarity unlike anything I’ve seen in the recent past. A sold out crowd of over 2,200 packed the venue, over 700 more than attended the event in 2012 when Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for their annual fundraising dinner. While the keynote speech by President Bill Clinton was certainly a major draw this year, the energy in the building went beyond just admiration for one our favorite Democratic presidents.…

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85,761 Michiganders have signed up for Medicaid expansion in 9 days

And the GOP plan is still repeal

After a three month delay that cost Michigan’s taxpayers $630 million, Healthy Michigan has enrolled 85,761 people since April 1, according to Charles Gaba’s ACASignups.net.

The program is expected to cover about 500,000 Michiganders.

Governor Rick Snyder recognized that turning down health insurance for a half million people that the state would pay for anyway was a bad a idea — especially after President Obama carried the state by 9.5% in 2012 — and accepted expansion.

The likely Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate Terri Lynn Land says she supports expansion, but she has repeatedly supported the Ryan budgets, which would repeal Obamacare with no replacement for Medicaid expansion.…

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Mark Schauer chooses Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown for running mate

A fierce warrior for women, for marriage equality, and so much more

Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer announced this morning that Lisa Brown as his running mate for Lt. Governor. Brown is a former two-term State House Representative in Michigan’s 39th District and is currently the County Clerk for Oakland County.

A statement from the candidate himself:

Lisa Brown is a proven leader who’s always been a tough fighter for the middle class. In the Legislature, Lisa led the charge against Governor Snyder’s $1 billion cut to education, and as Oakland County Clerk, she’s been a fearless champion for equal rights.…
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Democrats’ enthusiasm on the rise, over 40 attend 3-hour election training in Ann Arbor, Michigan

“When Democrats vote, we win.”

The Michigan Democratic Party is touring Michigan and conducting an intensive, three-hour training session designed to engage and education precinct delegates, activists, and candidates in preparation for the 2014 election. As MDP Communications Director Josh Pugh put it, “When Democrats vote, we win. In 2014, we need to make sure we get our supporters to the polls so that we don’t have a repeat of the 2010 mid-term election.”

If the turnout in Washtenaw County is any indication, Democrats around the state are waking up, firing up, and ready for the task ahead. Over 40 people attended the training in Ann Arbor last Saturday night, a remarkable turnout given that NCAA College Basketball Championship games were being played and that the training didn’t end until 9:00 p.m.…

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President Bill Clinton to be keynote speaker at Michigan Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

The “Explainer-in-Chief” comes back to Michigan


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

It what can only be called a major coup, the Michigan Democratic Party announced today that the keynote speaker for their 2014 Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner will President Bill Clinton:

“I’m thrilled to welcome one of the great leaders of our time to Michigan to boost Democratic efforts to win in 2014,” said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “We’re very much looking forward to hearing from President Clinton on how Democratic leaders can continue to work to create opportunity for all.”

“President Clinton has been a lifelong champion of the middle class, and I’m excited to welcome him to Michigan next month,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

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