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.

Photo by Chris Savage | Eclectablog

The Ann Arbor stop was one of several on a tour that started Friday in Charlevoix. They also did sessions in Muskegon and Kalamazoo on Saturday and, on Sunday, in one in Oakland County. At every stop, Democrats were given detailed information on topics ranging from use of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) database, a roadmap for Democratic efforts between now and November, fundraising, and more.

One of the main messaging focal points for the coming months is to show that Governor Snyder and the Michigan Republicans are not behaving in a way that represents the values of Michiganders — the Michigan Way. They are encouraging Democrats across the state the “Take the pledge to vote the Michigan Way” by visiting their website :

Republican Rick Snyder has worked to attack the rights of working families, dismantle environmental protections, and erode women’s rights. Lansing Republicans have cut our schools and raised taxes on middle-class families and seniors, all to pay for a massive giveaway to corporate special interests. That’s not the Michigan Way.

In Washington, Republican politicians have repeatedly tried to pass huge tax breaks for wealthy special interests, and pay for them by raising taxes on middle-class families, and ending the promise of Social Security and Medicare for our seniors.

In 2014, we have a chance to show everyone what is right about Michigan. We know we can do better.

Commit to vote the Michigan way in 2014.

2014 will be a crucial year for our state. If Democrats turn out on Election Day and vote the Michigan Way, we can retake a majority in the state House of Representatives, replace our Republican Governor with someone who shares our values, and begin the process of reshaping Michigan into a state that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connect.

If you want to know what’s on Democratic Candidate Mark Schauer’s “To-Do” list his first day in office, have a look at this video:

What actions will you take your first day in office?

Well, if there are any Emergency Managers that are still in our cities, I will remove them and send them back to where they came from. I will ask for bills to be sent to my desk to repeal the job-killing Snyder retirement tax. I will ask for a bill to repeal Right to Work for Less. I will ask for appropriations to support our schools and begin to remove the profitization and privatization of our public schools. Those are the top items that are on MY agenda.

Sounds like the Michigan Way to me.