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There’s still time to sign up to earn some money on Election Day helping democracy work for all of us

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the massive GOTV operation being organized by the 12th Congressional District Democrats. I wanted to let everyone know that there is still time to sign up to volunteer on Election Day and to earn some money at the same time.

They need volunteers for shifts between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th. The pay is $40 for the day.

They will be staging out of the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center and heading to Western Washtenaw to make sure all of our Democratic supporters go to the polls to vote.

If you are interested, call 734-404-VOTE or visit TURNOUT2014.org to sign up.…

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INTERVIEW: Bobby McKenzie has the juice to turn a Red district Blue with your help

For Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Bobby McKenzie, life these days is filled with events, rallies, door knocking and money raising, something that is true for most candidates. What is setting Bobby McKenzie apart from most other campaigns is that he is running against a multi-millionaire by the name of David Trott, also known as “The Foreclosure King” for his law firm’s foreclosing on more than 80,000 homes in the state of Michigan in one year alone, profiting multimillions of dollars off the suffering of mostly middle class friends and neighbors.

Trott & Trott, the firm in question, represented banks that had mortgagees who ended up months behind in their payments because of the economic downturn, people who then tried to modify their loans to make their home payments more affordable and to remove them from the threat of foreclosure.…

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VIDEO: Democrat Bobby McKenzie in MI-11 releases first ad slamming Foreclosure Vulture David Trott

Bobby McKenzie, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District is up with his first ad this cycle and it’s a doozy. It is a hard-hitting ad that shows what it looks like when Republican David Trott evicts people, in this case an elderly woman, from their home:

Here’s a statement from the McKenzie campaign released with the video:

The story of 101-year-old Mrs. Hollis is just one example of how ‘Foreclosure King’ Trott made millions off of the human misery of Michiganders. He has spent his entire career working with Wall Street banks to foreclose on tens of thousands of Michigan homes, up to 80,000 in a single year.…
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INTERVIEW: Betsy Coffia – “I’m just incredibly proud of how much this campaign has been so people-powered”

This past Saturday afternoon, Betsy Coffia and a car full of her staff members drove all the way from Traverse City to Ann Arbor for a fundraising shindig super-activist Rochelle Noel and I and a bunch of other folks held for her 104th state House district campaign. The host committee consisted of the two of us, Anne Savage, Tony Trupiano, Rep. Jeff Irwin, education activists Steven Norton and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, and Rep. Ellen Cogen-Lipton.

The event was very well attended and the speeches by the host committee members were truly inspiring, having been inspired by such a terrific candidate.

But the star of the show gave one of the more powerful speeches I’ve seen this election cycle.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to protect women’s health

Legislation would safeguard not only the life of the mother, but also the health of the mother in a problem pregnancy.

There are many troubling aspects to the Michigan law requiring women to buy a special insurance rider to cover abortion services, but the most upsetting to me is the fact that there is no exception for the health of the mother — only the life of the mother. In fact, her life must be at imminent risk for the law’s exception to apply. The risk of a permanent health issue or disability doesn’t qualify.

Three Michigan Democratic State representatives have introduced legislation to change that, along with other aspects of the law that are physically and emotionally harmful to women.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Paul Clements challenges Fred Upton in MI-06: “Our democracy is not working for the people”

I’ve been writing about the race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District quite a bit lately. Two things have this race stirring up interest. The first is that Professor Paul Clements, the Democrat who is challenging Fred Upton for this seat, has been running a race that’s far more competitive than any previous Democrat has run. He’s raised more money and he has had more ads on television. In nearly every way he’s running an unprecedented Democratic campaign in MI-06.

The second reason is that the citizen-funded MaydayPAC selected this race as one of its priorities and has committed to spending $1.5 million to defeat Upton, a Republican that receives an astonishing amount of money from special interest groups to whom he is beholden.…

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Livingston County Dems launch website to highlight how out of touch Joe Hune is with his constituents

The Livingston County Democratic Party has done an amazing job of finding candidates to run for seats across the county that often see no Democratic challenger. One of these candidates is Shari Pollesch, a Brighton attorney who is challenging ultra-conservative Joe Hune for the newly-drawn 22nd state Senate district. Although Hune has enjoyed widespread support in this oh so conservative area, the new boundaries now include the western part of Washtenaw County (where I live) so his job got a little bit harder. And Shari Pollesch is a terrific candidate.

What’s most painful for Democrats living in Western Washtenaw is that we are currently represented by Rebekah Warren who was labeled the “most liberal” state senator in 2011, 2012, and 2013.…

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INTERVIEW: Debbie Dingell – “It’s important that people know that I will work hard for them, I will be their fighter”

As an organizer and volunteer in Washtenaw County, I am blessed with the friendship of Dean of the House, Congressman John Dingell and soon-to-be 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Through that friendship, I have to come to realize a couple of things about Ms. Dingell and both have to do with a deeply committed love. The first is that “the Lovely Deborah”, as Congressman Dingell almost always calls her, is deeply committed to her husband. It’s a rare event, at least in our area, where, in addition to Congressional staffers, you don’t see Debbie Dingell there, as well. In addition to attending to her husband’s needs, she works the room as his surrogate, reestablishing friendships, asking questions, always seeking input.…

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With Mark Schauer, it’s the little things

There are many variations of the saying that the ultimate measure of a man (or woman) is not what they do when they are in public but what they do when they are alone. Another simple, quaint saying is, “it’s the little things.” If we were to juxtapose those two sayings we might just end up with something that would be a fair predictor of the people we know, or wish we knew better, including candidates.

During the Town Hall forum televised Sunday evening between Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder, I was live-tweeting during the telecast and interacting with those who were hanging in there with me.…

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VIDEO: Dem candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten releases 2nd ad highlighting Bill Schuette’s extremist record

Mark Totten, the Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General, has released his second television ad of the election cycle. Titled “One Thing”, it goes after Republican Bill Schuette for his crusade to push his ultra-right wing, partisan agenda:

The ad focuses on three specific things Schuette has done:

  • As the first attorney general to join Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Bill Schuette fought to allow employers to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception.
  • Bill Schuette led a lawsuit to deny Michigan families federal tax credits for purchasing healthcare, which could raise taxes on half a million Michigan families by $5,000.
  • While in the state senate, Bill Schuette sponsored and championed Michigan’s drug immunity law, which makes Michigan the only state in the nation where people can’t recover damages for drugs that harm or kill, denying justice to victims and families, and costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
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