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Hillary for Michigan to Host Official Debate Watch Parties Across Michigan
Sep. 23rd 2016
MDP Release: Jack Bergman violating military rules on political activity
Sep. 21st 2016
Dems to Launch Ad Blitz: Steve Marino “Part of the Problem”
Sep. 21st 2016
Marino on Speaker Kevin Cotter: "Cotter Does a Bad Job In Lansing...He Just Doesn't Have Any Real Backbone…"
Sep. 20th 2016
MDP Slams New Snyder Fund Ads for House GOP Candidates
Sep. 19th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump Surrogate Carly Fiorina's Grand Rapids Visit
Sep. 19th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump's Admission that President Obama Was Born in the U.S.
Sep. 16th 2016
MDP Files Complaint with SoS Against GOP House Candidate Steve Marino
Sep. 15th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump, Jr.’s Comments Referencing the Holocaust
Sep. 15th 2016
Trump's Unwanted Campaign Visit to Flint
Sep. 14th 2016
MDP Statement on Passing of Rep. Peter Pettalia
Sep. 12th 2016
MDP Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Reject Schuette Straight-Ticket Appeal
Sep. 9th 2016
Do Republican Congressmen Bishop, Trott, and Walberg Support Donald Trump's Bashing of U.S. Military, Praise of Putin?
Sep. 8th 2016
MDP: Former BP Lobbyist Should Not Be Confirmed as DEQ Director
Sep. 7th 2016
Farrington’s Latest Desperate Attempt Dismissed in Macomb Co. Court
Sep. 7th 2016
MDP Statement on Schuette's Straight-Ticket Supreme Court Appeal
Sep. 2nd 2016
MDP Statement on Sixth Circuit Decision Not to Hear Schuette/Johnson En Banc Review on Straight-Ticket Voting
Sep. 1st 2016
Farrington’s Baseless Complaint Dismissed, Re-File Highlights Her Desperation
Aug. 31st 2016
MDP Statement on Passing of August 30th Deadline for Schuette/Johnson Straight-Ticket Appeal
Aug. 31st 2016
Gov. Snyder Continues to Abuse Michigan Taxpayers, Taking $2M for his Flint Water Criminal Defense
Aug. 30th 2016

Hillary for Michigan to Host Official Debate Watch Parties Across Michigan
Sep. 23rd 2016

 

Hillary for Michigan to Host Official Debate Watch Parties Across Michigan

Elected officials and supporters will gather to cheer on Hillary Clinton

On Monday, September 26, Hillary for Michigan will host official debate watch parties across the state, including in Detroit, Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Flint, East Lansing, Traverse City and Marquette. Supporters will cheer on Hillary Clinton as she debates Donald Trump in the first general election debate.

 

At the events, supporters will watch Hillary Clinton contrast her policies with Trump’s dangerous rhetoric and highlight what’s at stake in the election.

Space is very limited. Members of the media interested in covering any of these events should RSVP to mrivard@hillaryclinton.com.

Detroit Debate Watch Party

Special Guests: Former State Senator Bert Johnson, Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 6 PM

WHERE: Trade Union Leadership Council, 8670 Grand River Ave., Detroit 48204

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

Pontiac Debate Watch Party

Special Guest: Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8:30 PM

WHERE: Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St, Pontiac 48342

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

Grand Rapids Debate Watch Party

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8:30 PM

WHERE: Wealthy Street Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 49506

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

Flint Debate Watch Party

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8 PM

WHERE: Foutch’s Pub, 1477 S. Linden Rd., Flint 48532

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

East Lansing Debate Watch Party

Special Guest: State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr.

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8:30 PM

WHERE: Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Rd., East Lansing 48823

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

Traverse City Debate Watch Party

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8 PM

WHERE: Traverse City Coordinated Campaign Office, 813 S Garfield Ave., Traverse City 49686

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

Marquette Debate Watch Party

Special Guest: State Representative John Kivela

WHEN: Monday, September 26, at 8 PM

WHERE: Marquette Democratic Party Headquarters, 843 W. Washington St., Marquette 49855

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

 

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For Immediate Release, September 23, 2016

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MDP Release: Jack Bergman violating military rules on political activity
Sep. 21st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

 

Jack Bergman violating military rules on political activity

Local veteran calls on Bergman to comply with DoD directive

 

FRANKFORT, MI –– Jack Bergman, candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, is in violation of a Department of Defense directive regarding the use of military information in political campaigns.

 

Jack Bergman references his military service numerous times in his campaign literature, on his website, and in TV ads such as this one:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wniuLKhGv04. But he does not follow the stipulations outlined in DoD policy for disclaimers that should accompany such use of military information.

 

“Jack Bergman is discrediting the military by injecting it into politics for personal gain,” said Marine corps veteran Dale Evans, who served in Vietnam and lives in Frankfort, Mich., which is located in the 1st Congressional District.

 

DoD directive 1344.10 states that members not on active duty should avoid inferences that their political activities imply or appear to imply official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of the DoD.

 

Specifically, section 4.3.1.2 stipulates that in campaign materials, “any such military information must be accompanied by a prominent and clearly displayed disclaimer that neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Department.”

 

The tiny-print, white-lettered disclaimer at the end of his TV ad does not comply with this rule. It is not simultaneous with his declarations of military service, nor is it “prominent and clearly displayed.”

 

Evans is calling on Bergman to edit his ads and other campaign materials to comply with DoD Directive 1344.10, section 4.3.1.2. Formal request is attached.

 

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Dems to Launch Ad Blitz: Steve Marino “Part of the Problem”
Sep. 21st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Dems to Launch Ad Blitz: Steve Marino “Part of the Problem”

 

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party launched a cable and online ad blitz today, targeting Lansing lobbyist and State House Candidate Steve Marino.  The ad, called “Part of the Problem” zeroes in on controversial public remarks Marino made at coffee hour events, bragging about access to Lansing’s power elite, as well as votes taken at the Macomb County Board supporting bad trade deals. The ad will run on cable stations across the district.

 

“When we are finished, every person in Macomb County will know about Steve Marino’s work as a lobbyist bailing out drunk legislators to win influence, as well as his support of bad trade deals like TPP that send our jobs overseas,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.  “Steve Marino may benefit from outsourcing and bad trade deals because he owns a company in China, but he can’t keep these positions secret any longer.”

 

The Democratic ad highlights Marino’s:

 

-               Bailing out of a drunken House Appropriations Chair – “Stevie, what about my bar tab?!”

-               Bragging about access to the Governor: “I represent IBM and Delta, so I get pretty good access to Snyder.”

-               Votes on the Macomb County Board against a resolution opposing bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (attached).

 

Marino has found himself under intense public scrutiny since Democrats began releasing shocking confession-like audio recordings from his public coffee hour events.  Previous releases include Marino describing a property tax avoidance scheme he devised with his dad, boasting that he owns a business in China, and praising lobbyists like himself as “probably the most honest people in Lansing.”  These recordings and others, as well as the cable ad, can be found atwww.lobbyiststevemarino.com

 

Steve Marino is a registered lobbyist running for State Representative in the 24th State House District.

 

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Marino on Speaker Kevin Cotter: "Cotter Does a Bad Job In Lansing...He Just Doesn't Have Any Real Backbone…"
Sep. 20th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, (517) 371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Marino on Speaker Kevin Cotter:

 "Cotter Does a Bad Job In Lansing...He Just Doesn't Have Any Real Backbone…" 

In Newly Released Recordings, Lobbyist & Michigan House Candidate Steve Marino Blasts House Speaker Kevin Cotter Over His Failure to Lead Republican Caucus 

 

LANSING –– Today, the Michigan Democratic Party released a new recording of lobbyist and Michigan State House candidate Steve Marino, at a September 28th, 2015 coffee hour in St. Clair Shores, ridiculing House Speaker Kevin Cotter over his inability to lead the Republican Caucus. 

 

“Cotter does a bad job in Lansing because he’s not a forceful guy,” said lobbyist and Michigan House candidate Steve Marino. “I mean, [he’s] a nice guy – a guy you’d want your daughter to bring home…but if you sat in a room with him and you said, 'if you don’t do this, I’m going to do that,' he’s not going to come back at you and say, 'I’m the Speaker, you might want to like'… If you’re the Speaker, you don’t have to take that type of nonsense. You’re the Speaker! And he just doesn’t have any real backbone!”

 

This isn’t the first time Marino has slammed Cotter at his public coffee hours.  At another meeting, Marino says he met with Governor Snyder and told the Governor that he does “blame the Speaker” for failing to control the Republican Caucus.

 

Mr. Marino continues to be embroiled in controversy over other troubling comments made at public coffee hours including:

 

·              Boasting about a property tax scheme he concocted with his father to avoid paying his share of property taxes;

 

·              Claiming to own a company in China, while defending the export of American jobs to low-wage nations;

 

·              Organizing the payment of a “Jewish” wedding bar tab for the powerful Senate Appropriations Chair;

 

·              Bailing out a drunken House Appropriations Chair – “Stevie! What about my bar tab?!” and;

 

·              Describing lobbyist like himself as “some of the most honest people in Lansing.”

 

The MDP website is located at www.lobbyiststevemarino.com. Democrats say it will continue to be updated regularly.

 

Click here to listen to Steve Marino throw Speaker Kevin Cotter under the bus for having “no backbone”.

 

Click here to listen to Steve Marino blaming the Speaker for not being able to control the House Republican Caucus.

 

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MDP Slams New Snyder Fund Ads for House GOP Candidates
Sep. 19th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Monday, September 19, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com        

MDP Slams New Snyder Fund Ads for House GOP Candidates

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party today issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Snyder's use of two funds to advertise in support of House Republican candidates who have helped protect him from accountability in the Flint water crisis:

“The only thing Governor Snyder has done for Michigan is make it the least accountable and least transparent state in the nation.  The ads smack of being payback for shielding Snyder from having to testify about his role in the Flint water crisis or requiring his office be subject to open record laws like 48 other states. If Governor Snyder wants to tie himself and his failed record to Republican House candidates, we certainly welcome that,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.

The Detroit News reported today that Snyder’s Making Government Accountable and Relentless Positive Action committees are advertising on behalf of six GOP House candidates.  

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Michigan ranked dead last when it came to being transparent and accountable.

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MDP Statement on Trump Surrogate Carly Fiorina's Grand Rapids Visit
Sep. 19th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Monday, September 19, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com     

 

MDP Statement on Trump Surrogate Carly Fiorina's Grand Rapids Visit

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Donald Trump surrogate Carly Fiorina’s visit to Grand Rapids, Michigan to speak at a Kent County GOP fundraiser this evening:

 

“Carly Fiorina, like Donald Trump, supports extreme policies that would be disastrous for Michigan women,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “We saw where she stands on women’s healthcare when she was a presidential candidate, and if you combine that with Trump’s history of blatantly disrespecting women, they form an extremely dangerous duo. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has spent a lifetime fighting for women, children, and families. When it comes to women’s rights, along with every other issue, the contrast between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump only becomes clearer to the people of Michigan when people like Carly Fiorina visit our state on Trump’s behalf.”

 

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MDP Statement on Trump's Admission that President Obama Was Born in the U.S.
Sep. 16th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com  

MDP Statement on Trump's Admission that President Obama Was Born in the U.S.

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, on behalf of Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes, regarding Donald Trump’s admission today that, although he refused to admit it as recently as last night in an interview with the Washington Post, he now knows President Barack Obama was, in fact, born in the United States:

 

“Donald Trump likes to judge people, but he doesn’t get to appoint himself the judge of whether or not the President of the United States is an American,” said Lavora Barnes, COO for the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“He built his so-called political career by attempting to delegitimize the first African American president and created himself a coalition of bigotry and intolerance by spreading racist lies. The stunt he pulled today is just another appalling display of the lengths to which he’s willing to go to get attention and rile up his extremist supporters. If Donald Trump had any character or integrity at all, he would have apologized to President Obama and to the American people, but he didn’t, because he doesn’t.”

 

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MDP Files Complaint with SoS Against GOP House Candidate Steve Marino
Sep. 15th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com  

MDP Statement on Complaint Filed with SoS Against Steve Marino
 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the complaint filed by Dillon with the Secretary of State against former lobbyist and State House candidate Steve Marino for violating the Lobbyist Registration Act:

 

“Regardless of how many times Steve Marino and his friends deny the comments he made, the fact that he made them is irrefutable,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“In Marino’s own voice, we hear him claim that he violated the law on multiple occasions as a registered lobbyist. If he did what he claims, he’s a crook. If he didn’t, he’s a liar. Either way, the people of the 24th District deserve to have someone with strong ethics and values representing them in the legislature. After what we’ve heard from Steve Marino, it’s clear that someone is not Steve Marino.”

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Below is the language included in the complaint:

September 15, 2016

 

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Michigan Secretary of State

Lansing, Michigan 48918

 

Dear Secretary Johnson:

 

I am writing to file a complaint against Steven Marino for violating the Lobby Registration Act, as outlined in Section 14 and Administrative Rule 63.

 

Marino was a registered lobbyist with the State of Michigan from August 23, 2013 until December 29, 2015. Now he is a candidate for State House District 24.  On at least two occasions, it appears that Marino failed to report lobbyist expenses.

 

At a coffee hour on December 7, 2015 at a Tim Horton’s in St. Clair Shores, Marino was caught on tape saying that he and his multi-client lobbying firm paid a family wedding bar tab for a former Senate Appropriations Chair.  Nothing was reported on his lobbyist disclosure form.

 

At that same coffee hour on December 7, 2015, Marino was also caught on tape saying that he paid the bar tab for House Appropriations Chair Al Pscholka when he was incapacitated.  Once again, Marino reported nothing on his lobbyist disclosure form.

 

Marino’s actions are a gross abuse of the public trust.  I am asking that your office further investigate the matter.

 

I certify that the statements set forth above are true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Brandon Dillon

Michigan Democratic Party Chair

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MDP Statement on Trump, Jr.’s Comments Referencing the Holocaust
Sep. 15th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com  

 

MDP Statement on Trump, Jr.’s Comments Referencing the Holocaust

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding comments made by Donald Trump, Jr. referencing the Holocaust and declaring that the media would be “warming up the gas chambers” if Republicans were like Hillary Clinton:

 

“Just when you think the Trump family campaign couldn’t get any worse, Donald Trump, Jr. decides it’s appropriate to add the Holocaust and gas chambers to his arsenal of insults,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “The dog-whistles to white supremacism were already audible to the rest of us, but now the Trump campaign isn’t even trying to hide their aim to ally with the alt-right. Once again, we are calling on the so-called leaders of the Michigan Republican Party, like Bill Schuette, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, and Jack Bergman, to finally grow a backbone and denounce the disgusting, hateful rhetoric coming out of the Trump campaign.”

 

Trump's Unwanted Campaign Visit to Flint
Sep. 14th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com  

 

MDP Statement on Trump's Campaign Visit to Flint

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Donald Trump’s visit to Flint today:

 

“It's the profits-over-people approach to government, preached by Donald Trump and practiced by Rick Snyder, that led to the poisoning of Flint’s water,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  “He avoided the city and its people like the plague when the crisis was at its worst, but now he’s going to show up for a photo-op? If he had the city’s interests at heart, he easily could have used his billions of dollars and so-called connections to do something to help a long time ago. Trump only cares about himself, while Hillary Clinton has a long record of working on behalf of children and families, including those in Flint.”

 

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MDP Statement on Passing of Rep. Peter Pettalia
Sep. 12th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com    

 

MDP Statement on Passing of Rep. Peter Pettalia

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement tonight, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the passing of State Representative Peter Pettalia earlier this evening in a motorcycle accident:

 

“Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Representative Peter Pettalia. We will continue to keep his wife, children, and grandchildren in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

 

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MDP Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Reject Schuette Straight-Ticket Appeal
Sep. 9th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Friday, September 9, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com     

MDP Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Reject Schuette Straight-Ticket Appeal

LANSING – The Michigan Democrat Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Attorney General Bill Schuette's attempt to appeal the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down Michigan's ban on straight-ticket voting:

“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Bill Schuette’s Hail Mary attempt to have straight-ticket voting banned in Michigan in time for this year’s election,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “However, while the people’s right to vote straight-ticket is safe for this election, there’s no doubt in my mind that this fight is not over until Schuette's GOP mega-donors say it's over. Bill Schuette owes the people of Michigan an apology, not to mention the untold amount of their hard-earned tax dollars he’s wasted on his crusade to make it harder to vote in our state.”

 

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Do Republican Congressmen Bishop, Trott, and Walberg Support Donald Trump's Bashing of U.S. Military, Praise of Putin?
Sep. 8th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

 

Do Republican Congressmen Bishop, Trott, and Walberg Support Donald Trump's Bashing of U.S. Military, Praise of Putin?


LANSING – After Trump’s disastrous performance in last night’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” Michigan Democrats are asking if Republican Congressmen Mike Bishop, Dave Trott, and Tim Walberg if they still support Donald Trump for president of the United States. During the live, televised presidential forum, Donald Trump spent thirty minutes pushing his dangerous, insulting and sexist policies. In case you missed it, here are some of Trump’s most irresponsible and egregious comments from last night:

  • He criticized U.S. military generals and said he’d fire them if he becomes president.
  • He praised Vladimir Putin, citing the Russian president’s high approval rating, while declaring Putin is a stronger leader than President Obama.
  • He insulted servicemen and women, claiming that American generals had been “reduced to rubble.”
  • He suggested that men and women should serve separately in the armed forces, claiming that sexual assault in the military is due to men and women serving together.

“We want to know if Michigan Republicans, particularly Congressmen Mike Bishop, Dave Trott, and Tim Walberg, still endorse Donald Trump after he publicly insulted America’s military and the President of the United States, while in the same breath, heaped praise on a thug like Vladimir Putin,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “If Bishop, Trott, and Walberg can’t draw the line when it comes to the men and women who serve our country, there’s nothing they won’t allow Trump to get away with if he becomes president.”

 

“Trump is dangerous, plain and simple. He doesn’t have the temperament to be the commander-in-chief, and he is blatantly unfit to lead. It’s time for Michigan Republicans to put their country first and pull their support for Donald Trump, once and for all.”

 

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MDP: Former BP Lobbyist Should Not Be Confirmed as DEQ Director
Sep. 7th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

MDP: Former BP Lobbyist Should Not Be Confirmed as DEQ Director

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the Senate Natural Resource Committee’s advise and consent hearing on Heidi Grether, a former BP lobbyist and Governor Snyder's new appointee for Director of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality:

“After the Department of Environmental Quality’s deadly mistakes during the Flint water crisis, and its subsequent attempts to cover up the poisoning of an entire city, the people of Michigan deserve a department director who will stress accountability and has a proven track record of protecting public safety and the environment,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.  “Instead, Rick Snyder appoints Heidi Grether, BP America’s lobbyist during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which 11 people were killed and the Gulf of Mexico's environment was destroyed.  The Senate should exercise its due diligence and vote against the confirmation of Ms. Grether, who has already shown she’s more interested in PR spin than improving accountability within the DEQ and protecting Michigan's environment.”

In an interview with MLive last month, Grether stressed that one of her top priorities is improving the department’s “public image” (Michigan's new DEQ director focused on improving public image, employee morale).

 
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Farrington’s Latest Desperate Attempt Dismissed in Macomb Co. Court
Sep. 7th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

 

MDP: Farrington’s Latest Desperate Attempt Dismissed in Macomb Co. Court

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the dismissal of Republican Diana Farrington’s latest desperate attempt to deny voters in the 30th District a fair election by having Michael Notte removed from the November 8th ballot:

 

“Once again, a court has ruled that Diana Farrington’s desperate attempt to take her husband’s seat in the legislature, without having to answer to voters in the 30th District, is just that – desperate and baseless,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “Farrington is trying everything she can to get Michael Notte off the ballot because she knows she can't win when debating the issues. These 11th hour political games, from a candidate who barely won her primary, just prove she doesn't have a plan for moving Michigan's economy forward.”

 

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MDP Statement on Schuette's Straight-Ticket Supreme Court Appeal
Sep. 2nd 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com   

 

MDP Statement on Schuette's Straight-Ticket Supreme Court Appeal

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s decision to continue his crusade against straight-ticket voting by filing an appeal with the United States Supreme Court:

 

“Bill Schuette is a desperate man who will stop at nothing to waste taxpayer dollars and jeopardize the fairness and integrity of our elections, all in an effort to please his big-money GOP donors, like Ron Weiser, who also happens to be running for statewide office himself.

 

“He’s gone against the will of Michigan voters, he’s ignored three separate rulings by federal judges, including the entire Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and now he’s gone beyond the pale with his personal crusade to strip Michigan voters of the right to vote straight ticket.  

“Voters will remember how Bill Schuette is always on duty for his Republican friends, even at the expense of the people of Michigan.”

 

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MDP Statement on Sixth Circuit Decision Not to Hear Schuette/Johnson En Banc Review on Straight-Ticket Voting
Sep. 1st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com   

 

MDP Statement on Sixth Circuit Decision Not to Hear Schuette/Johnson En Banc Review on Straight-Ticket Voting


LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to hear the en banc review, requested by Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, of the three-judge panel’s decision that struck down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting:

 

“The full Sixth Circuit Court has spoken, and it’s time to move forward so our clerks can get to work preparing for this historic election,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“Bill Schuette and Ruth Johnson work for the people of Michigan, not the Republican Party, and dragging this out any further sends a clear signal that elections don’t matter to them."

 

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Farrington’s Baseless Complaint Dismissed, Re-File Highlights Her Desperation
Aug. 31st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com   

 

MDP: Farrington’s Baseless Complaint Dismissed, Re-File Highlights Her Desperation

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the state Court of Claims’ dismissal of Republican Diana Farrington’s legal complaint, in which she attempted to have Michael Notte, her Democratic opponent for state representative in the 30th District, removed from the November 8th ballot:

 

“This entire ordeal has been nothing but a desperate attempt by Diana Farrington to take her husband’s seat in the legislature without having to answer to voters in the 30th District,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “It’s straight out of the Republican playbook of trying to rig the system, when they know that can’t win in a head-to-head matchup where the voters get to decide. Farrington’s weak attempt at a Hail Mary was swiftly batted down by the Court and dismissed as baseless.”

 

“The fact that she’s now doubling down in Macomb County Court on her weak attempt to defraud voters of a choice on November 8th, only further highlights her desperation and inability to make the case for why she should be elected.”

 

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MDP Statement on Passing of August 30th Deadline for Schuette/Johnson Straight-Ticket Appeal
Aug. 31st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com       

 

MDP Statement on Passing of August 30th Deadline for Schuette/Johnson Straight-Ticket Appeal

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ lack of response to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s request that a full federal appeals court take action August 30th on her request for review of the overturned ban on straight-ticket voting. The ban had already been prohibited by a Sixth Circuit panel of three judges on August 17th:

 

“This has gone on long enough. August 30th has come and gone, which should be the case for this lawsuit after the rulings of four different federal judges now,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“Michigan voters and our clerks need certainty going into this important election and continuing to pursue an appeal to ban straight-ticket voting will only lead to more concern and confusion than its already caused. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and her attorney, Bill Schuette, should immediately withdrawal the appeal so we can get on with the business of preparing for this historic election.”

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Gov. Snyder Continues to Abuse Michigan Taxpayers, Taking $2M for his Flint Water Criminal Defense
Aug. 30th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

MDP: Gov. Snyder Continues to Abuse Michigan Taxpayers, Taking $2M for his Flint Water Criminal Defense

GOP-Run Legislature and State Admin Board Roll Over in Face of Wrongful Taking

 

LANSING –– Democrats today called on both the GOP-run Legislature and State Administrative Board to block Governor Rick Snyder’s brazen attempt to force taxpayers to foot the bill for his $2 million criminal defense over the Flint water crisis.


The Detroit News reported earlier this month that Gov. Snyder’s legal fees have ballooned to $3.4 million, with $2 million going to his criminal defense.  Snyder has been named in multiple civil suits and is the subject of multiple investigations that could lead to criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis.  Unlike other politicians facing criminal investigations, Snyder has refused to set up a legal defense fund to pay his bills.  Instead, Snyder has stuck Michigan taxpayers with the tab, while the Legislature and Administrative Board have done nothing to stop it.


“The Governor does not have the unilateral right to cut himself a blank check for his criminal defense,” Dillon said.  “The scary part is that no one knows how much more the public will be forced to pay.  At this rate, it looks like the amount could stretch into the tens of millions of dollars. Between Gov. Snyder’s hand-picked appointees on the Administrative Board and cronies in the Legislature, the checks and balances necessary to stop this abuse of taxpayer funds from continuing simply don’t exist.”


Gov. Snyder has asserted that he does not need approval from any entity –– including the Administrative Board or the Legislature –– in taking taxpayer funds to pay for his criminal defense.  Since March 8th, Snyder’s criminal legal bills have ballooned from $800,000 to $2 million now, with no end in sight.


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President Obama Rally with Michigan Democrats

President Obama will join Gary Peters and Mark Schauer on Saturday, November 4th at Wayne State University's Matthaei Physical Education Center in Detroit. Doors will open at 4pm. Tickets are free and will be given out on a first come, first serve basis and can be picked up at any one of the Michigan Democratic Party's campaign offices listed below. 

17243 Mack Ave., Detroit

7309 Lilley Rd., Canton

18409 Livernois Ave., Detroit

17100 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Lower Level, Southfield

4 N. Saginaw, 2nd Floor, Pontiac

23918 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn

Bill Clinton Event with Michigan Democrats

Congressman Dan Kildee hosted an exciting rally with Bill Clinton, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer in Flint. See photos from the event here and sign up below to support Michigan Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm election.

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A Message from Michelle Obama

The November 4th election is critical for Michigan and our country. We have the chance to keep the Senate blue and influence the next few years of lawmaking in Lansing and beyond. Because this election is so important, Michelle Obama stopped by Detroit on October 10, 2014 to rally supporters to join the grassroots movement that will decide if Democrats come out on top in November. Watch her special message below, then sign up to support Michigan Democrats.

Phonebank for Michigan Dems

Whether you're in Ohio, Nevada or DC, Michigan's Democrats need your support to win key 2014 midterm races! We are excited to offer phonebanking opportunities to supporters all over the country. Sign up to phonebank remotely for Michigan Democrats below, and we will contact you shortly to get you set up. 

Hillary Clinton Event at Oakland University

Hillary Clinton visited Oakland University on Thursday, October 16th to rally supporters ahead of the 2014 midterm election. See photos of the event here and sign up below to support Michigan Democrats.

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