Talking Points

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by mhenry No Comments

 

Talking Points for the Critical Election of 2014

http://annarbordems.org/talking-points/

This election is as important as a presidential election, because the Senate hangs in the balance. If Republicans take the Senate, Mitch McConnell has already threatened to shut down the government next year unless Obama accepts their radical plans to slash the budget, overturn the Affordable Care Act, limit the authority of the EPA,[i] and generally acquiesce to the entire Republican platform.

To counter the Republican onslaught, Democrats in Michigan have a host of great candidates to support this year.

Senate: Gary Peters v. Terri Lynn “I can’t do this” Land

In Congress, Gary Peters was described as “the single most effective person” in fighting against the forces that wanted to allow Detroit to go bankrupt. [ii] He understands the financial sector and its affects on the middle class: his experience as vice president at Paine Webber and teaching finance at Wayne State and Oakland Universities gave him the background to help author the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which reined in abuses after the 2008 financial collapse. He has voted for the Recovery Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Dream Act, and legislation to combat climate change.

Terri Lynn Land, Peters’ Republican counterpart, is not a strong candidate. In her first unscripted public appearance at Mackinac Island in 2013, she fled reporters who were asking her policy questions with an exclamation of, “I can’t do this”.[iii] Land has evaded any debate and avoids public appearances or policy statements, except to call for overturning the Affordable Care Act. Nonetheless, the Koch brothers seem confident enough that she will support the extreme positions of the Republican Party that they have seen fit to invest over $4 million in her election.[iv] Land could well provide votes for official planks of the Republican Party platform, such as turning Medicare into a voucher system, privatizing Social Security, and making all abortions illegal, even in the case of rape or incest. We cannot afford to have a Senator Terri Lynn Land.

Governor: Mark Schauer v. Rick Snyder

We’ve all heard it: “But isn’t Michigan’s doing okay under Snyder?” Michigan is doing “okay” because Democrats rescued the auto industry. Snyder, meanwhile, has focused on providing a bonanza to big business through dramatic tax cuts, at the same time that he has slashed funding for education, police, and fire. Was Snyder’s $1 billion cut to education “okay”? What effect has it had on kids? What effect will it have down the road on our competitiveness? Under Snyder taxes on most corporations have been eliminated, providing an 86% reduction in business taxes and reducing state revenues by $1.7 billion in 2012 alone. At the same time, taxes on actual people have increased by nearly a third through policies such as halting the planned rollback of the state income tax, adding new taxes on pension income, and rolling back the earned income tax credit. This is not the kind of “okay” that Michigan needs.[v]

Mark Schauer, in contrast, is sharply critical of Snyder’s tax cuts, supports reversing Snyder’s $1 billion cut to education, supports raising the Michigan minimum wage, and has said that he would work to legalize same sex marriage.[vi]

Secretary of State: Godfrey Dillard v. Ruth Johnson

Civil rights lawyer and Wayne State adjunct law professor Godfrey Dillard is running for the critical position of Secretary of State at a time when Republicans are attempting to use that office to restrict access to the polls. In Dillard’s own words, “Michigan is awash in unaccountable, unreported dark money. Our state needs a Secretary of State who will take on the entrenched special interests in Lansing – the same special interests who are corrupting Michigan’s political system with dark money every day.”[vii]

Dillard’s opponent, incumbent Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, is best known for pandering to xenophobia by attempting to introduce a citizenship check box on ballot applications in 2012, a move that prompted an injunction by a federal judge.

 

[i] http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/2014-election-mitch-mcconnells-barack-obama-confrontation-110154.html.

[ii] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Peters_%28politician%29.

[iii] http://www.freep.com/article/20140601/COL04/306010049/terri-lynn-land-senate-gary-peters.

[iv] http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-races-governor-us-senate-spending-big-tv-ads

[v] Analysis by State Representative Jeff Irwin, http://annarbordems.org/2014/03/31/snyder-by-irwin.

[vi] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Schauer.

[vii] http://www.michigandems.com/civil-rights-attorney-dillard-run-democratic-nomination-secretary-state.

 

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Governor Snyder’s First Term: What You Need to Know

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by admin No Comments

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…)

12th District Democrats Debate Watch Party

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Join Democrats for a district-wide Debate Watch Party between Mark Schauer and the Nerd on:

Sunday, October 12th – 5:30 PM
Arbor Brewing Company
114 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mark Totten for AG, Sun. Oct. 5, Arbor Brewing Co.

Posted on: October 5th, 2014 by mhenry No Comments

Join Mark Totten this Sunday for a reception at the Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub Tap Room in Ann Arbor. RSVP Today and help continue the momentum that will carry Mark to victory this November.

Please Join Us at the Arbor Brewing Company for a Reception
 Supporting Michigan Attorney General 
Candidate & Democratic Party Nominee 
Mark Totten
Hosts 
Matt & Rene Greff

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

At the Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub Tap Room
114 East Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Contribution Levels
Sponsor: $500
Supporter: $250
Guest: $100

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

To RSVP, please contact Megan at (248) 622-6318 or by email at megan@marktotten.com.

To purchase tickets in advance or to make contributions, please donate online at MarkTotten.com/Donate or mail checks to Mark Totten for Attorney General, P.O. Box 19463, Kalamazoo, MI  49019.

Paid for by Mark Totten for Attorney General
Mark Totten for Attorney General
P.O. Box 19463
Kalamazoo MI 49019 United States

Mark Schauer GOTV Strategy Mtg & BBQ Sat. Oct. 4th

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by mhenry No Comments

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Please Join
-Hosts-
Ann Arbor Democratic Party Chair Mike Henry
Rep. Jeff Irwin ▪ Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton ▪ Rep. Adam Zemke
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson ▪ 12th District Democrats Chair Mark Gaffney
Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair Lavonia Perryman
Hedieh Briggs ▪ Joe Malcoun ▪ Paquetta Palmer ▪ Dr. Mary Hall-Thiam
Former Ann Arbor Council Member Tony Derezenski
Ann Arbor Council Member Sabra Briere & David Cahill
Washtenaw County Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair Linda Horne
Eastern Washtenaw Democrats Chair Cleveland Chandler
Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair Fran Brennan
Candidate for U.S. Congress – 12th District Debbie Dingell ▪ and many others

-Sponsors-
The Ann Arbor Democratic Party ▪ 12th District Democrats ▪ Eastern Washtenaw Democrats
Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus ▪ Washtenaw County Democratic Party
(Committee in Formation)

for a Get Out The Vote Strategy Meeting with special guest

Mark Schauer
Democratic Party Candidate for Governor

Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
At Pittsfield Township Administration Building
6201 West Michigan Avenue (at the corner of Platt Road)
Ann Arbor, MI 481o8

Music, games for kids, grilled food & beverages in the parking lot.
Dress warm. Forecast calls for 50 degree temp & slight chance of a shower.
Bring the whole family. Bring your neighbors. Bring your friends.
If your schedule permits, come ready to phone bank, pick up
yard signs, literature, & turf anytime from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This event is free of charge and open to the public but seating is limited

To reserve your space please RSVP instantly online annarbordems.org/schauer-rsvp or contact Wren Montgomery at 734-219-3869 or wrenmontgo@gmail.com or contact Mike Henry at 313-559-5558 or mikesoffice@gmail.com

For more information about Mark Schauer & Lisa Brown, please contact Jack Petroskey at (248) 773-9469 or jack@markschauer.com

Printed in-house, labor donated.  Paid for by the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, P.O. Box 7497, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

MDP Field Offices

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Pick up literature, grab lawn signs, drop off snacks, or volunteer to canvass or call your friends & neighbors from one of the conveniently located campaign offices listed below:

Ann Arbor – 3810 Packard Rd., Suite 230, 48108 -
Phone 313-608-8553.
Ypsilanti – 10 N Washington, 48197 -
Phone 313-421-0587.
Chelsea – 300 N Main, 2nd Floor, 48118 -
Phone 248-505-2410
.

As of 9/7/2014 we have 31 field offices throughout Michigan.  Find more offices or sign up at  http://www.michigandems.com/2014-coordinated-campaign#sthash.jVk0hR4E.dpuf or email volunteer@michigandems.com.

Find the shift that works best for your schedule.
Sunday-Thursday shifts:  10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm, 4pm-7pm and 6pm-9pm.
Friday & Saturday shifts:  10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-7pm.

Labor Day Picnic 2014 Media Advisory

Posted on: August 30th, 2014 by mhenry No Comments

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 29, 2014

Contacts: Mike Henry, Chairman, mikesoffice@gmail.com, 313-559-5558 or
Jason Morgan, Vice Chair of Communications, jtmorgan07@gmail.com, (989) 751-6287

Ann Arbor Democratic Party to Host Annual Labor Day Picnic Fundraiser
-Featuring Democratic candidates Mark Totten for Attorney General,
Godfrey Dillard for Secretary of State, Debbie Dingell for Congress
and many others for federal, state and local offices-

ANN ARBOR – On Monday, September 1st, 2014 members and friends of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party will host their annual picnic fundraiser in honor of Labor Day at Island Park in Ann Arbor. The event will include Ann Arbor city council members, Washtenaw county commissioners, judges, and other elected officials, along with a full picnic meal. The event will feature headliners Mark Tooten for Attorney General, Godfrey Dillard for Secretary of State, and Debbie Dingell for Congress. Local Labor Leaders Ian Robinson and Steven Gulick will serve as Honorary Chairs.

WHO: Members and friends of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party

WHAT: An annual picnic fundraiser

Enjoy music, yard games, remarks from Democratic candidates for office and delicious food. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Monday, September 1, 2014 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Island Park, 1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

RECOMMENDED DONATION: To donate, sponsor, or RSVP visit https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/demslaborday

$15 for individuals
$30 for families (2 adults and up to 4 children)

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings and mixers regularly attract the Mayor, numerous City Council Members, Washtenaw County Commissioners, members of the State House and Senate, and other government leaders who wish to connect with engaged citizens.

For a complete calendar of Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings and events visit www.annarbordems.org.

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Annual Labor Day Picnic, Mon. Sept. 1, 4-7PM

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

 

AADems Labor Day Picnic 2014

Please join us for our annual Labor Day Picnic!

We will be barbecuing some great food, plus we’ll have kids games and live music  by Chris Kendall and She-Bop and the Riff Raff. This is chance for us to celebrate the end of the summer and hear from our great democratic candidates and elected officials!

Suggested donation: $15 Individual / $30 Family (2 adults and up to 4 kids)

Donate at the door or click https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/demslaborday

 NOTE:  A local media source mistakenly reprinted incorrect information of the Elks Lodge as the location.  As of 1:30 PM on Labor Day, they have corrected the error online.  If you saw the incorrect information in print please disregard and know that we will be at Island Park, 1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI.  You may click this Google Map link or call our Chair, Mike Henry, 313-559-5558 for directions :)
Also, it looks like we may get a little Labor Day rain after 5:00 PM.  Come early to start your picnic experience off dry.  And don’t fret.  We have reserved a nice sturdy brick shelter at Island Park with grills, tables, and accessible restrooms.  Bring lawn chairs and rain gear just in case.

 

Sponsors and Advertisers

Our fantastic sponsors include:

Ayse’s Cafe
Arbor Brewing Company
Sally Hart Petersen for Mayor
Samuel McMullen for City Council
Kirk for Council
Alex Milshteyn for Washtenaw Community College Trustee Campaign
Sabra Briere for Mayor
Christopher Taylor for Mayor
Graydon Krapohl for Council

Advertising in our program booklet are:

Veronique Liem for Circuit Court Judge
Constance L. Jones for Probate Judge
Tracy Van den Bergh for Probate Judge
Midwest Bike and Tandem
The Barre Code

 

Monthly Town Hall Forum – City Council Candidate Debate

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidate Forum – Saturday, June 14th at 9:30 AM

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by mhenry No Comments

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
 
This event is free and open to the public.  Democrats are strongly encouraged to bring their children, neighbors, and questions for the candidates.  Expect media to be in attendance.  Click this link to experience audio and video from the forum.
 

Ann Arbor Democratic Party Annual Chili Cornbread and Coleslaw Cook-off

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

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 chilicookoff@annarbordems.org or call (734) 531-9605.

To sponsor, contact mikesoffice@gmail.com or call 313-559-5558. Hope to see you there!

This is very Kid friendly event.

Bridge over the Huron River with Obama written on it
2008 AA Dems Picnic
2010 AA Dems Labor Day Picnic
Rebekah Warren speaking at 2010 AA Dems Labor Day Picnic
Congressman John Dingell address AA Dems 2010 Labor Day Picnic Patrick Boeheim and another woman at the 2010 AA Dems Picnic Two Women at 2010 AA Dems Picnic 2011 Chili Cookoff Steven Kunselman and Yonah Lieberman, Jan. 2011 AA Dems Mixer, Jan. 2011 Man at AA Dems Mixer, Jan. 2011

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