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Talking Points

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


Talking Points for the Critical Election of 2014

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.






[v] Analysis by State Representative Jeff Irwin,




MDP Field Offices

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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 or email

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

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

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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…)

Grassroots Empowerment Orientations (GEO)

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by Dmitry Kalinchenko No Comments
There will be two more sessions that we are calling Grassroots Empowerment Orientations (GEO). The next one is this Sunday, July 14th, in Ann Arbor. Here are the details on both of them:
Please RSVP on the Facebook pages and share this information with your friends, neighbors, family and anyone else you know who may be interested. Certainly share the events with your friends on Facebook. This will help greatly with our efforts to get the word out.

Sunday, July 14
4:00-6:00 pm
Eisenhower Center
3200 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
Facebook event page:

Monday, July 22
6:00-7:30 pm
Chelsea District Library,
221 S Main St, Chelsea
Facebook event page:


What’s Next?

Posted on: March 2nd, 2013 by Dmitry Kalinchenko No Comments

As the Right to Work legislation becomes law in Michigan, the Western Washtenaw Democrats present a forum of esteemed speakers to discuss the consequences, reactions, and what concerned citizens of Michigan can do to overturn the law.

JOIN US: Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 7:00p.m.

7920 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 

Located between Ann Arbor and Chelsea. 
Exit I-94 at Baker Rd. (Exit 167) 



State Senator Gretchen Whitmer

Karla Swift | President, Michigan AFL-CIO

David Hecker | President, Michigan American Federation of Teachers

Moderated by: Ron Motsinger | IBEW Assistant Business Mgr.

Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Mark Brewer and challenger Lon Johnson to visit Ann Arbor early in campaigns to lead Michigan Democrats – Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by mhenry No Comments


Ann Arbor Democratic Party

P.O. Box 7497, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone:  734-531-7855



Contact:  Mike Henry, Chairman


Cell Phone:  313-559-5558


Eric Keller, Co-Vice Chair for Organization


Cell Phone:  734-686-7385








Join members of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party as they host MDP Chair Mark Brewer and challenger Lon Johnson at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon.


Other speakers will include: Congressman John D. Dingell; State of Michigan Board of Education President John Austin; former Michigan State AFL-CIO President and Candidate for 12th District Democratic Party Chair Mark Gaffney; and U-M Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute Director Dr. John Callewaert.


ANN ARBOR – February 7, 2013 – Ann Arbor Democrats will be among the first in Michigan to see MDP Chair Mark Brewer face off against challenger Lon Johnson.  Brewer has served as MDP Chair since 1995 and is considered one of the most experienced State Party Chairs in the nation.  Lon Johnson has been involved in political campaigns for over 20 years, ran for the Michigan House in 2012 nearly defeating a Republican in a tough district for Democrats, and is married to Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot.  At the Ann Arbor Democratic Party meeting this Saturday, both candidates will present cases explaining why Ann Arbor Democrats should elect them as Chair at the MDP Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit February 22nd-23rd.


The Ann Arbor Democratic Party will meet at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon.  The Party will serve a light breakfast from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM while attendees network and mingle with guest speakers.  The meeting runs from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.  All Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings including the general membership meeting this Saturday, February 9th are free and open to the public.


Ann Arbor Democratic Party Chairman Mike Henry explains, “This is the first serious challenge to Mark Brewer’s leadership in about a decade.  I am eager to hear exactly why Lon Johnson thinks his leadership will strengthen us in Michigan.  And more importantly – exactly how he thinks he can mount and execute a statewide program better than Mark.”


On Tuesday, in a letter to party members, the entire Michigan Congressional Delegation backed Lon Johnson of Kalkaska to replace longtime Chairman Mark Brewer.


In a letter from his congressional committee, Congressman John Dingell wrote, “I am concerned that Michigan is a blue state that is increasingly becoming red in representation.  The future of too many things we care about are at stake.  Only with a diverse, vibrant and energized party can we hope to gain victories in 2014 and beyond.  I believe there is one candidate that can do just that:  Lon Johnson.”


In a matter of hours, after Lon Johnson’s announcement went out to party members, Mark Brewer sent a letter detailing his case for another term as MDP Chair.  On Wednesday, Brewer also sent a letter listing his endorsements.


Henry continues, “Ann Arbor residents won’t find a more open or robust forum in the city to engage leaders and elected officials regarding our future and the policies they advocate.  Every month we present a unique opportunity for citizens to have direct contact with decision makers and the people who influence them.”


This Saturday, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party will also host four (4) other key speakers:

1.  Congressman John Dingell will speak on a host of topics affecting Michigan and the nation;

2.  State of Michigan Board of Education President John Austin will address concerns about how Governor Rick Snyder is handling Michigan’s educational and budgetary challenges (Austin is rumored to be a likely challenger to Snyder in Michigan’s upcoming 2014 Gubernatorial race);

3.  U-M environmental sustainability expert Dr. John Callewaert will educate attendees on the effects of hydraulic fracturing in Washtenaw County;

4.  Former AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney will be in attendance to discuss the state of worker’s rights and collective bargaining in Michigan (Gaffney is also a candidate for Chair of the 12th District Democratic Party).


The Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings 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


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A2 Election Eve Rally with Stabenow, Dingell, the Future Supremes, and Many More

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Please join the U of M College Democrats and Democrats up and down the ticket for an Election Eve rally!

Senator Debbie Stabenow
Judge Sheila Johnson, Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court
Judge Connie Kelley, Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court
Bridget Mary McCormack, Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court
Mark Bernstein, Candidate for U of M Regent
Shauna Ryder Diggs, Candidate for U of M Regent
Congressman John Dingell
Debbie Dingell, Wayne State Board of Governors
State Senator Rebekah Warren
State Representative Jeff Irwin
State Representative Dave Rutledge
Gretchen Driskell, Candidate for State Representative
Adam Zemke, Candidate for State Representative
…and many more!

Middle-Class Victory Tour Stop
Monday, November 5th
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
The Ford School
735 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI

Doors open at 8:30pm

 As part of the statewide Middle-Class Victory Tour, our Democratic candidates will be in Ann Arbor on Monday to energize core supporters and volunteers for the last day of our 2012 Get Out The Vote effort!  We hope you can join us to discuss the important choice we have in this election and mobilize our team for the final push toward victory.

This event is free, but seating is limited.  To RSVP, please click here.

Second Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

Posted on: August 4th, 2012 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

The recent financial crisis cost 8.7 million jobs, erased more than $19 trillion in household wealth, and severely undercut confidence in the integrity of U.S. financial markets. Reform of the financial system was not a choice, it was an obligation. And on July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to address key gaps and weaknesses in the system to help make future financial shocks less likely and less damaging.

Wall Street Reform has already had a meaningful effect on ordinary Americans. Consumers are benefiting from clearer information and stronger protections on lending products and other financial services. And investors are getting a voice with “Say on Pay.”

We have just marked the second anniversary of Wall Street Reform and implementation is well under way, with critical elements of Wall Street Reform set to be in place by the end of 2012. To outline the progress made, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has developed an overview of where reform stands and its effects on the financial system to date. For the complete overview, please see the attached presentation: Reforming Wall Street, Protecting Main Street (pdf).

We hope this Wall Street Reform chart deck leaves you with a clearer understanding of what we have accomplished. All of us benefit from these common-sense reforms that are critical to restoring the safety, stability, and integrity of the financial system and building a sound foundation for economic growth.

Erane Washington For Judge Fundraiser | Wed July 11, 6-8pm | Sidetrack Bar & Grill in Ypsi (click image to enlarge)

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by mhenry No Comments

Erane Washington For Judge Fundraiser

Sheriff Clayton’s Golf Classic | June 8 | Polo Fields Country Club-Washtenaw (click image below to enlarge)

Posted on: May 28th, 2012 by mhenry No Comments


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