Please join us Saturday, July 12 for our July Town Hall, which will feature a debate amongst Ann Arbor city council candidates!
This a chance to meet your candidates and elected officials and be sure your voice is heard. The event is free and open to the public.
Tickets will also be on sale for our annual Labor Day Picnic, and we will feature our 50-50 raffle.
As always, we will have coffee and light refreshments starting at 9:30am. This month’s coffee sponsor is our friends at Ayse’s Cafe.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
For questions or information on event sponsorship, please contact our Chair, Michael ‘Mike’ Henry
Analysis by State Rep. Jeff Irwin, Michigan’s 53 House District.
When Rick Snyder put himself out to be Governor of Michigan during the 2010 election, many voters were wondering what Snyder stood for. As well they should have – Snyder ran a stealth campaign that revealed little about what values he would bring to the Governor’s office. He deflected serious questions about policy and refused to debate his opponent. Instead, Snyder repeated his vague catchphrase: reinvention. As we approach the end of Gov. Snyder’s term, we can look back on the last three years to get an idea of what Rick Snyder is all about. What did he mean by reinventing Michigan?
Gov. Snyder’s reign has been laser-focused on one goal. This one goal, lowering the tax burden for the wealthy, is his unmistakable signature. In service of this goal, Governor Snyder raised taxes on seniors and low-income workers and made steep cuts to K-12 and higher education. The magnitude of this realignment of responsibility is startling. Because of changes in 2011, taxes for most corporations have been eliminated. LLC’s and S-corps now pay a 0 percent tax, reducing state revenues by $1.7 billion in 2012[i]. This represented an 86 percent reduction in taxes on businesses. (more…)
SAVE THE DATE!
The Ann Arbor Dems will hold a
Mayoral Candidate Forum
Saturday, June 14th
9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street
Sunday May. 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ann Arbor Community Center
625 North Main Street
Tickets may be purchased online at https://secure.actblue.com/page/chilicookoff.
$10 individual in advance
$10 for students & senior citizens in advance
$30 Family Deal in advance (admits 2 adults plus up to 4 kids)
All tickets at the door:
$15 at the door for all.
Join us during & after the Water Hill Music Festival for great food and live Jazz music by Shema.
Bring family & friends along and join Ann Arbor city council members, Washtenaw county commissioners, sitting & retired judges, other government officials, cooking experts, & tons of Dems as they battle and help judge Ann Arbor’s best chili, cornbread, and coleslaw recipes. Enjoy about 20 different chili selections, varieties of cornbread, numerous coleslaw entries and a beer or thirst-quenching punch, voting privileges, & great music.
If you have questions about the event, email Hedieh Briggs email@example.com or call (734) 531-9605.
To sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-559-5558. Hope to see you there!
This is very Kid friendly event.
Join us for an evening featuring great hors d’oeuvres (lots of vegetarian and vegan options), desserts, drinks (wine/beer), live music, guest speakers and other entertainment! A local Judge will be on hand to renew wedding vows for married couples.
Ticket Price: $40 in advance, $75 for two in advance, $35 for students or $50 at the door.
Ticket Purchase: https://secure.actblue.com/page/demsgala.
If you have any questions or wish to sponsor the event, email Hedieh Briggs email@example.com or call (734) 531-9605.
Kids are welcome. Hope to see you there!
Sat. Dec. 14th – 10:00 AM to 12 Noon – Annual Meeting – Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street
Ann Arbor Democratic Party Executive Board – Nominating Committee Report on Positions
Below are the recommendations submitted by the Nominating Committee for Officer Elections next Saturday, December 14th from 10:00 am to 12 Noon.
Vice Chairs for Organization*:
Vice Chairs for Special Events:
Vice Chairs for Programs:
Vice Chairs for Resolutions, Bylaws, & Policy:
Vice Chairs for Outreach & Inclusion:
Vice Chairs for Communications:
Chief Technology Officer:
Liaison to the College Democrats of the University of Michigan:
Vice Chair for Voter Registration & Protection:
Vice Chair for Research, Data & Policy:
Vice Chair for Fundraising:
Vice Chair for Social Media:
Our friends at Vellum are graciously hosting us for our first social mixer of the fall! Come and meet some of our elected officials and our exciting candidates running for office, enjoy some elegant hors d’oeuvres on us, and imbibe in Vellum’s drink specials just for our event.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Laborpalooza 2013 is today and we recently got some exciting news: U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters confirmed that he’ll be joining us at Gallup Park on Monday. With Congressman Peters joining an already-impressive array of elected officials and speakers — to say nothing of the live music, dunk tank, grilled Lake Superior fish, cornhole, volleyball, rootbeer pong, and rentable SuperSoakers — Laborpalooza promises to be the most exciting Democratic Party party of the year.
- What: Labor Day Laborpalooza
- Date: Monday, September 2nd, 2013
- Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
- Where: Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI
- Tickets: $15 ($14 if you wear a campaign shirt); Students $10 ($9 if you wear a campaign shirt)
- Host: The Ann Arbor Dems
- Mark Schauer, Democratic Candidate for Governor
- Gary Peters, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
- John Dingell, U.S. Representative, District 12
- Debbie Dingell, WSU Board of Governors Chair and DNC Member
- Rebekah Warren, State Senator, District 18
- Gretchen Driskell, State Representative, District 52
- Jeff Irwin, State Representative, District 53
- David Rutledge, State Representative, District 54
- and Mark Gaffney, Honorary Labor Day Laborpalooza 2013 Chair
This political training boot camp is designed to target Democrats of color who may have considered running for office but are uncertain how realistic it is to win in largely white districts. We have hired professional campaign faculty and invited elected officials of color to show you step by step how to win! Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Reps. Santana and Tlaib, Commissioners Rabhi and Smith, MDP Executive Director Garrett Arwa, and MDP Chairman Lon Johnson are just a few of the experts who will present, guide, and mentor you during your run for office. Cost is $50 to help cover your meals. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit justicecaucus.com
to register NOW or annarbordems.org/train-to-win
to apply for a scholarship.
All Ann Arbor Dems should feel free to text, call, or email me 24/7. Thank you for your continued support and efforts toward advancing our values. I am looking forward to seeing your Democratic Party smile, talent, and commitment very soon.