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Dems Blast Snyder Endorsement of State Reps Who Shielded Him from Accountability
Jul. 19th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump's Choice of Mike Pence as Running Mate
Jul. 15th 2016
MDP Chair Slams Snyder for Tapping BP Oil Spill Spin Doctor to Run DEQ
Jul. 14th 2016
Michigan Democrats: We Are Stronger Together
Jul. 12th 2016
Friends, Family of Schuette and Snyder Set to Cash In on Taxpayer-Funded Contracts
Jul. 12th 2016
MDP Statement on Suzanna Shkreli's Candidacy for Michigan's 8th Congressional District
Jul. 6th 2016
Dems: Bizon Owes it to Taxpayers To Come Back from Summer Break and Do His Job
Jun. 29th 2016
MDP Statement on the Sudden Passing of State Rep. Julie Plawecki
Jun. 26th 2016
MDP Calls on State Rep Tim Kelly to Release Communications
Jun. 21st 2016
MDP Statement on Donald Trump and the Economy
Jun. 21st 2016
Michigan Veterans Blast Schuette For Fighting Against Abused Vets at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
Jun. 16th 2016
Democrats Call On Michigan Republicans to Condemn Trump’s Racist Attacks, Rescind Support
Jun. 9th 2016
MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton Securing the Delegates Necessary to Become the Democratic Nominee for President
Jun. 8th 2016
House GOP Bathroom Bill Promotes Fear and Ignorance, Will Hurt Michigan Businesses
Jun. 3rd 2016
Michigan Dems Hold Press Call Responding to Trump’s Disrespect Toward Veterans
May. 31st 2016
MDP Chair Blasts Snyder for Blowing Through $6,500 a Day on Legal Fees Fighting Flint Families
May. 25th 2016
Schuette Ignored and Fought Veterans Complaints of Abuse and Neglect Court Docs Show
May. 25th 2016
Predator Trump Put Profit Over American People With Hopes of Housing Crash
May. 24th 2016
MDP Statement on 8th Congressional District Race
May. 24th 2016
MDP Statement on Snyder Using Secret Funds to Avoid Responsibility in Flint Water Crisis
May. 23rd 2016

Dems Blast Snyder Endorsement of State Reps Who Shielded Him from Accountability
Jul. 19th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from The Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Dems Blast Snyder Endorsement of State Reps

Who Shielded Him from Accountability

Today's endorsements guarantee less transparency, more secrecy in Lansing

 

LANSING -- Today the Michigan Democratic Party blasted Governor Snyder's endorsement of a host of State House candidates, including Representatives Bizon, Hughes, Iden, Kesto and Sheppard.  All have failed to demand more accountability from the the governor in his cover up of the Flint Water Crisis and his use of millions of dollar in taxpayer money to pay for his criminal defense.

 

"Governor Snyder is rewarding legislators that have shielded him from accountability and let him walk with millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for his criminal defense over the poisoning of Flint’s water," said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.  "These aren’t just candidate endorsements, they are endorsements for continuing the secrecy, cover-ups, and insider deals in Lansing that have benefited Snyder and his friends."

 

Democrats called on the endorsed state representatives to denounce the governor's taking of tax-payer dollars for his criminal defense and demand the money be returned.  They have also called on Governor Snyder to subject his office to the Freedom of Information Act, like the 48 other states that require the same transparency from their executive office.

 

"We call on Representatives Bizon, Hughes, Iden, Kesto, and Sheppard to do what is right and demand the governor return the money he took from taxpayers for his criminal defense and subject his office to the Freedom of Information Act," said Dillon.  "It’s time for the secrecy and cover-ups to end.  The people of Michigan deserve much better out of this Republican-led government in Lansing."

 

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MDP Statement on Trump's Choice of Mike Pence as Running Mate
Jul. 15th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Friday, July 15, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Statement on Trump's Choice of Mike Pence as Running Mate

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate:

 

“If there was any doubt Donald Trump had the anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-worker vote locked up, choosing Mike Pence as his running mate, the most extreme VP pick in a generation, put those fears to rest.

 

“Mike Pence was essentially the Donald Trump of American politics before Donald Trump decided to bully and insult his way onto the scene. As governor of Indiana, Pence alienated businesses, divided communities, and embarrassed his entire state by spearheading and signing into law divisive and discriminatory legislation that targets LGBT rights and women’s healthcare. Pence also wants to cut wages for American workers and opposes raising the minimum wage, yet promises to give even further tax cuts to benefit his richest donors.  

 

“Donald Trump loves discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families, so it’s no surprise he picked someone like Mike Pence as his running mate.  

 

“The people of Michigan know what it’s like to have their state government under the control of Republicans like Mike Pence. Rather than working to improve the lives of every citizen, they spend their time and energy trying to bring people down, strip away rights, and do everything in their power to ensure a select few at the top benefit.  The people of our state and our entire country can’t afford the dangerous, divisive, and failed type of leadership that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are offering.”

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MDP Chair Slams Snyder for Tapping BP Oil Spill Spin Doctor to Run DEQ
Jul. 14th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Thursday, July 14, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Chair Slams Snyder for Tapping BP Oil Spill Spin Doctor to Run DEQ

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Governor Snyder’s appointment of Heidi Grether, a former BP America executive, as the head of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality:

“Governor Snyder has again shown he is completely out of touch with the people of this state and the problems they face. Flint is still reeling from the worst man-made environmental disaster in Michigan’s history, yet Rick Snyder decides to tap a former BP executive, one of the worst polluters in the world, to lead our state’s Departmental of Environmental Quality?

“After asking for Dan Wyatt’s resignation as Director of DEQ due to his failures during the Flint water crisis, I was optimistic that the governor would show leadership in his next choice to lead this critical department.  Unfortunately, Rick Snyder has once again put politics over people by appointing Heidi Grether, BP America’s spin doctor during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As a result of BP’s gross negligence, 11 people were killed and the environment throughout the Gulf of Mexico was destroyed.  The company had to pay $18.7 billion in fines, the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.

“Governor Snyder should stop hiring PR flaks to shield him from the next Flint water crisis and start focusing on fixing the pipes in Flint and doing what it takes to prevent another disaster.”

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Michigan Democrats: We Are Stronger Together
Jul. 12th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Michigan Democrats: We Are Stronger Together 

 

LANSING—The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Senator Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President:

 

“As Bernie Sanders said, strongly endorsing Hillary Clinton, our ‘future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across the nation than any other event in the world.’

 

 “In Michigan, we had a spirited Democratic primary that focused on issues that matter to Michigan families – raising incomes, reducing inequality and increasing opportunity for everyone, not just those at the top. But whether Michigan voters supported Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, we all know that there is more that unites us than divides us.

 

“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both share common progressive values, including creating an economy that works for everyone, not just those on Wall Street. Donald Trump thinks that wages are too high and that we should give more tax breaks to the wealthiest.

 

“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders support a living wage for hardworking families – Donald Trump wants to abolish the federal minimum wage.

 

“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders want every American to have the opportunity go to college and not be saddled with thousands in debt. Donald Trump has no plan to make college more affordable for Michigan families.

 

“With Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, the stakes in this election are too high. Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and dangerous policies would take our country down the wrong path.

 

“Ahead of the Democratic convention, we all share the same goal – to stop Donald Trump from becoming president and to elect Hillary Clinton so she can continue the positive achievements we have seen under President Barack Obama.”

 

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Friends, Family of Schuette and Snyder Set to Cash In on Taxpayer-Funded Contracts
Jul. 12th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Friends, Family of Schuette and Snyder Set to Cash In on Taxpayer-Funded Contracts
Snyder cousin set to get $49 million contract amid objections bidding process was rigged; Schuette campaign donor to receive an additional $3.4 million

LANSING—Two contracts set to be approved by the State Administrative Board today raise concerns that Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are using taxpayer dollars to reward friends, family, and major political donors.

New documents revealed today show that Governor Snyder’s cousin, George Snyder, once again stands to benefit financially when the Snyder administration awards him a another furniture contract funded by Michigan taxpayers – this time worth $49 million. Troubling irregularities in the bidding process for the new furniture contract raise serious questions as to whether Snyder administration officials fixed the system to steer the contract to the Governor’s cousin.

“State government should not be rigged for the financial the benefit of Rick Snyder’s family and political friends,” said Brandon DillonMichigan Democratic Party Chair. “Wasting $49 million of the taxpayer’s money on furniture the state doesn’t need and can’t afford, while our roads crumble and schools suffer, is an outrage and another example of Republicans treating state coffers like their own personal checkbook.” 

In multiple instances, the State required that proposals submitted by potential bidders match specifications that described proprietary features of DBI/Haworth’s modular office furniture systems.  Indeed, the Snyder administration’s seemingly preferential request for proposal (RFP) prompted potential bidders to raise concerns – no fewer than five times during the bidding process – that the State’s specifications would “disqualify everyone from bidding except DBI/Haworth.”  The Snyder administration rejected the bidders’ concerns that they had intentionally written the RFP to benefit the Governor’s cousin.

Furthermore, at least one voting member of the committee that awarded the $49 million contract to DBI/Haworth was a former employee of DBI Business Interiors. 

Over the years, DBI executives have contributed more than $14,000 to Snyder’s campaigns and to PACs supporting his election efforts.  Haworth has given more than $211,000 to Snyder’s campaigns, PACs supporting his election efforts, and slush funds under the Governor’s control.

The new $49 million contract with Haworth, Inc. and its dealer, DBI Business Interiors, replaces a previous contract that had ballooned from $19 million to $54 million on Governor Snyder’s watch. 

Snyder’s cousin isn’t the only one poised to cash in today.  The State Administrative Board is also expected to approve Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for an additional $3.4 million payment to Todd Flood, a major Schuette campaign donor and the attorney to whom Schuette awarded a contract to investigate the Flint water crisis.  The $3.4 million increase would bring the total payout to Flood to $4.9 million.  Flood has contributed more than $10,000 to Schuette’s political campaigns.

“It’s time for insider double-dealing to come to end in Lansing,” said Dillon.  “The people of Michigan have a right to expect that their best interests will be represented, not the friends and family of the Governor or political allies of the Attorney General.”

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MDP Statement on Suzanna Shkreli's Candidacy for Michigan's 8th Congressional District
Jul. 6th 2016

MDP Statement on Suzanna Shkreli's Candidacy for Michigan's 8th Congressional District

 

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Macomb County prosecutor Suzanna Shkreli’s announcement of her candidacy to represent Michigan’s 8th District in Congress:

 

“Michigan Democrats are thrilled about Suzanna Shkreli’s candidacy for Michigan’s 8th District, and we look forward to working closely with her over the coming months to bring her message of fighting for working families to Washington,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair

 

“Suzanna is a leader, plain and simple – she’s taken on tough fights in the courtroom, she’s a strong victims’ rights advocate, and as part of Emerge Michigan’s program to encourage more women to run for public office, she’s leading the charge for equality. Most importantly, she fights for Michigan’s children and families, not for Donald Trump and GOP mega donors, like her opponent Mike Bishop has done with his time in Washington.”

 

For more information on Suzanna Shkrelli's candidacy, please visit, http://www.suzannaforcongress.com/

 

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Dems: Bizon Owes it to Taxpayers To Come Back from Summer Break and Do His Job
Jun. 29th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

 

Dems: Bizon Owes it to Taxpayers To Come Back from Summer Break and Do His Job 

New Offices for Legislators, Secrecy, Money for Snyder Criminal Defense Take Priority While our Roads and Schools Crumble under Bizon 

BATTLE CREEK –– Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon denounced Representative John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) for refusing to fight a growing Republican culture of corruption in Lansing that puts rewarding insiders and party faithful ahead of addressing the needs of the people of Michigan.  Republicans failed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and schools while spending $134 million on new offices for legislators and millions on the Governor’s personal legal fees.

 

Rep. Bizon has stood idly by while Gov. Rick Snyder has racked up $6,500 a day in legal fees to cover his personal criminal defense in the Flint water crisis and charged it to taxpayers.  Even worse, the governor has claimed he was raising money for Flint for his tax-exempt slush fund, but spent it on PR firms and an attorney helping him avoid responsibility for this health catastrophe.

 

“Representative John Bizon owes it to his constituents to go back to work.  Hard-working people in Battle Creek, Albion, Springfield, and Bedford Twp. shouldn’t be expected to spend $134 million of their money on new offices for legislators or cover the costs of Gov. Snyder’s high-priced criminal defense lawyers while our roads crumble and schools struggle,” saidMichigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon. “They deserve a champion who will put the needs of the district above insiders and major party donors.”

 

Rep. Bizon opposed Democrats’ efforts to remove funds in this year’s State budget for $134 million lavish legislative officesknown as the Capitol View Project.  The project, wasting scarce taxpayer dollars, was awarded to a GOP mega-donor Ron Boji, despite vocal objections from Democrats about this secretive, insider deal.

 

That $134 million could have been used fixing crumbling roads and schools in the 62nd District and across the state.  Last year, Rep. Bizon joined Republicans in voting for a gas tax increase and a new “birthday tax” on vehicle registrations, but the Michigan Department of Transportation says that our roads are worse than ever and will continue to get worse.

 

“Rep. Bizon voted to raise the gas tax last year, but our roads are worse than ever.  Many schools can’t afford textbooks or fix heating and cooling systems.  Our roads and schools could use the $134 million being spent on fancy offices for legislators, but Rep. Bizon refused to join efforts to stop that wasteful project. Republicans in Lansing are putting themselves and their cronies first and the rest of us are paying the price,” said Dillon.

 

 

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MDP Statement on the Sudden Passing of State Rep. Julie Plawecki
Jun. 26th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

June 26, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, (517) 371-5410; pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Statement on the Sudden Passing of State Rep. Julie Plawecki 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the sudden passing of State Representative Julie Plawecki:

“Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the family of State Rep. Julie Plawecki. She was a champion for working families and worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents. She was a fantastic colleague. Above all else, she was an incredible wife and mother. We lost a classy and wonderful person far too soon.”

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MDP Calls on State Rep Tim Kelly to Release Communications
Jun. 21st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Michigan Democratic Party

 

June 21, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandens.com

 

MDP Calls on State Rep Tim Kelly to Release Communications

GOP legislator using social media to promote conspiracy theories questioning President’s loyalty  

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, calling on Republican State Representative Tim Kelly to release any communications he has had that would lead him to question whether the President of the United States has been “radicalized”:

 

“We are calling on Tim Kelly to release any and all communications he has had with the birther movement, 9/11 conspiracy theorists, people who think the moon landing was a hoax, and anyone who has recently seen Elvis. We also ask that he make public the transcripts of the conversations he has had with the delusional voices in his head.

 

“In all seriousness, as an elected official, Tim Kelly’s behavior is an embarrassment to our state. Publicly suggesting that the President of the United States would possibly sympathize with terrorists is not only ignorant and irresponsible, it promotes what Mitt Romney has called the “trickle down racism and trickle down bigotry” that Donald Trump is encouraging throughout the country.

 

“Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel should join with her Uncle Mitt and start calling remarks like those of Tim Kelly for what they are – hate-mongering, pure and simple.” 

 

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MDP Statement on Donald Trump and the Economy
Jun. 21st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandens.com

MDP Statement on Donald Trump and the Economy

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, blasting Donald Trump’s economic approach and pointing out the dangerous effects it will have on Michigan and the rest of the country:

 

“Through his dangerous ideas and divisive rhetoric, Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to remake America in his image. Lying, cheating, and getting rich at the expense of others is the Trump way. When it comes to our economy, Trump’s America would be one of bankruptcy and recession, runaway debt and deficit, lost jobs and lower wages, and a financial system and tax code that favors the wealthiest Americans and buries the rest of us.

 

“We need an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top—with good-paying jobs, more fairness and more basic economic security for Michigan’s working families. The choice in this election is clear. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party believe that we are stronger when we work together to solve our problems and everyone shares in the rewards. Donald Trump believes in Donald Trump, the politics of fear, and an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, so like him, they can fail and stay rich at the expense of the hardworking men and women that make our country great.”

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Michigan Veterans Blast Schuette For Fighting Against Abused Vets at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
Jun. 16th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandens.com

 

Michigan Veterans Blast Schuette For Fighting Against Abused Vets at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

 

Court documents show Schuette silenced complaints from abused vets in 2011

 

LANSING – Today veterans from across Michigan joined Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon in condemning Attorney General Bill Schuette’s failure to protect neglected and mistreated veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV), even after lawmakers and residents of the home had been raising concerns with Schuette for years.  Only after the scandal at the GRHV received widespread media attention earlier this year did Bill Schuette issue a press release announcing an investigation.

 

“Michigan’s veterans deserve more than the lip service we are getting from Bill Schuette,” said Tim Duplanty, U.S. Army veteran from Flint, Michigan. “For five years, veterans have been sounding the alarm about deplorable conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and, for five years, Bill Schuette has not only ignored their concerns, he has fought against veterans and their families in court.”

 

After Bill Schuette announced last month that he was investigating the scandal at the GRHV, court documents surfaced showing that Schuette had been aware of the issues at the veterans’ home for years.  In 2011, Anthony Spallone, a Vietnam veteran and resident of the GRHV, filed a lawsuit on behalf of veteran residents of the Home.  The suit against the State aimed to stop further privatization of the GRHV’s health care staff.  In the lawsuit, Mr. Spallone set forth in graphic and disturbing detail the alleged neglect and abuse that had been inflicted on veterans at the hands of the privatized health care workers.

 

But when Attorney General Bill Schuette was faced with the veterans’ concerns, he chose to side with the private company and against the veterans in court.  Schuette’s response to the veterans’ concerns was nothing short of offensive.  He rejected the veterans’ claims that they had a “right not to be abused or face a significant risk of mental or physical harm,” arguing that no such right existed.  Schuette argued that, if the veterans didn’t like the care they were receiving from the GRHV, they were “free to leave at any time they wish” even if they “may not be physically or mentally able to leave without assistance.”  Schuette also argued that the move to privatize services made sense in light of Governor Snyder and the Republican legislature’s $4 million in cuts to the Home.  He assured the court that the veterans’ concerns about increased abuse and neglect at the hands of the private health care employees were unfounded.

 

“The recent Auditor General’s report confirms what Bill Schuette has been warned about for years: Republican cuts to veteran care services have left Michigan’s veterans the victims of unconscionable mistreatment and neglect at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans,” said U.S. Army Veteran, Nikki Smith of Sterling Heights, MI.  “When veterans alerted Bill Schuette about the horrific conditions at the veterans home, his response was ‘if you don’t like it, you can leave.’  The men and women who have honorably served our state and our country deserve better from our attorney general.”

 

In 2013, Michigan Democrats called on Schuette to investigate claims of veteran abuse and neglect at the GRHV, and were ignored by Schuette.  In February of this year, a report by the Auditor General confirmed many of the veterans’ most troubling concerns about dangerous and neglectful service by the privatized staff at the GRHV.

 

“Attorney General Bill Schuette should be fighting for our state’s veterans—not against them,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.  “But, for years, Bill Schuette has not only ignored the calls of Democratic lawmakers and veterans themselves to investigate the conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans - he actively tried to stop them.  Michigan veterans deserve an attorney general who doesn’t wait until the TV cameras are on to take action on complaints of abuse and neglect at our veterans homes.”

 

***Court documents discussed above can be found here. For those unable to attend the Lansing press conference, video of the event can be seen here.***


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Democrats Call On Michigan Republicans to Condemn Trump’s Racist Attacks, Rescind Support
Jun. 9th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Democrats Call On Michigan Republicans to Condemn Trump’s Racist Attacks, Rescind Support 

LANSING – Today Michigan Democrats called on the Michigan Republican Party and its elected officials and candidates to condemn Donald Trump’s racist remarks and to rescind their endorsements of Trump as the Republican nominee for president.   

“Donald Trump has been running a toxic, divisive, and destructive campaign across the country,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “By attacking women, disabled Americans, the Hispanic community, Muslims, immigrants, and just about every other group of Americans, except failed white businessmen and reality TV stars, Donald Trump has bullied his way to the top of the Republican Party and their nomination for President of the United States.”

 

Last week, Donald Trump declared that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University, had “an absolute conflict” given that he was “of Mexican heritage” and Trump has made attacking Mexican immigrants and sealing the United States’ border with a Mexico a cornerstone of his campaign. Trump later said he also believed it was possible that a Muslim judge might not be able to rule impartially in a case involving him because of his call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

 

“We’re asking Michigan Republicans to put their politics aside and join us in condemning Donald Trump for his racist attacks on their fellow Americans – our fellow Americans – and to withdraw their support for a candidate that disgraces the very principles upon which this country was founded,” Dillon continued. “We’ve already seen Republicans across the country taking a stand by condemning Trump and rescinding their support and their endorsements, but we’ve heard nothing from Republicans here in Michigan Their silence has been deafening – and if they continue down this path of appeasing a bully and endorsing a racist, then that should be a wakeup call for all Michiganders.”

 

Following Trump’s comments, Republicans around the country have condemned his remarks as racist, many completely rescinding their support and endorsements for him as the Republican nominee for president.

 

“Each generation of Americans leaves its mark on this country and moves us forward,” said State Representative Vanessa Guerra. “If Trump can’t see the progress we’ve made, looking down from his throne in Trump Tower, then he doesn’t deserve to be president of the greatest country in the world. Today, we call on our Republican friends across the aisle and throughout Michigan, to join with us in condemning Trump and demanding an end to this type of vile rhetoric---and for them to take a stand on behalf of all the people in this state, by publicly renouncing their support for him as the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States.”

 

Dearborn resident Sami Khaldi said, “Trump is saying that Hispanic-American judges and Muslim-American judges are incapable of ruling fairly on cases involving him because of his offensive language and campaign rhetoric against Hispanics and Muslims.If we heard a leader in another country saying these things, we would say to ourselves, “that wouldn’t happen in the United States.” But it is…and by not speaking out against it, those that consider themselves to be leaders, are simply followers. I urge the Republican leaders in this state, and anyone else who finds themselves aligned with Donald Trump, to take a stand and say that enough is enough. Love of country is more important than politics and that should be reason enough to say that Donald Trump doesn’t speak for you or for the rest of America and that he should never be allowed to do so from the White House as President of the United States.”

For those who could not attend today’s press event, video is available on the MDP Twitter page (@MichiganDems) or by clicking here.

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MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton Securing the Delegates Necessary to Become the Democratic Nominee for President
Jun. 8th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

 

MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton Securing the Delegates Necessary to Become the Democratic Nominee for President

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Secretary Hillary Clinton securing the necessary delegates to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for President of the United States:

“While Donald Trump is making a fool of himself and alienating voters across the political spectrum with his racism, Hillary Clinton just made history by becoming the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for President of the United States. This is a moment 240 years in the making and something all Americans should be proud of, regardless of political party or preference.

“Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should be commended for their civility and spirited debate on how best to move our country forward. Throughout the primary season, both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders have offered substantive ideas about how to bring people together and improve the lives of all Americans, while the Republicans, led by Donald Trump, have divided our country with divisive and dangerous hate speech. 

“It’s time for Democrats across Michigan and throughout the country to come together to continue the fight against income inequality, raise wages for working people, and make college affordable for all young people. I look forward to working with all Democrats in Michigan to defeat Donald Trump and do whatever it takes to get Secretary Clinton, along with Michigan Democrats up and down the ballot, elected this November.”

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House GOP Bathroom Bill Promotes Fear and Ignorance, Will Hurt Michigan Businesses
Jun. 3rd 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Friday, June 3, 2016

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

 

 

House GOP Bathroom Bill Promotes Fear and Ignorance, Will Hurt Michigan Businesses

 

LANSING – Michigan House Republicans introduced new bathroom policing legislation that seeks to discriminate against transgender individuals. HB 5717 would take transgender discrimination even further than State Senator Tom Casperson’s bathroom bill, by expanding its scope beyond school bathrooms to include all publicly-owned restrooms, locker rooms, and changing facilities.

 

“The people of Michigan should be disgusted with the legislation put forth yesterday by House Republicans,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “This type of unprovoked discrimination has already cost businesses in North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars, while destroying the state’s image across the country. This legislation would undoubtedly do the same to Michigan’s economy and reputation if it ever becomes law. Instead of promoting fear and ignorance against their fellow citizens, Michigan Republicans should join with Democrats and focus on solving the real issues affecting our state.”

 

North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom policy could ultimately cost the state nearly $5 billion a year.

 

"With yesterday's filing of HB 5717, coupled with last month's SB 993 and last year's passage of the package of bills allowing for anti-LGBT discrimination by adoption agencies, Republican legislators in Lansing continue to state loud and clear that in their view, LGBT Michiganders are not equal citizens of this state,” said MDP’s LGBT Caucus Chair Mark LaChey.  “We can speculate whether such blatantly anti-LGBT actions are based upon genuinely-held beliefs, pandering to their far right constituency, or a combination of both, but the result is the same: elected Republicans, including Governor Snyder, are perfectly OK with the enactment of statutory discrimination when it involves my Community.  I remain proud to be a member of the Democratic Party, which recognizes the value and inherent rights of LGBT Americans at the local, state and national levels." 

 

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Michigan Dems Hold Press Call Responding to Trump’s Disrespect Toward Veterans
May. 31st 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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

Michigan Democrats Hold Press Call Responding to Donald Trump’s Disrespect Toward Veterans

 

Today, the Michigan Democratic Party will hold a press call to discuss what’s at stake for veterans in 2016. This morning, Donald Trump held a press conference touting his “support” for veterans, but here is the truth: Trump is a fraud whose only concern is what’s in it for him. Our veterans deserve a president who will honor their service and is fully committed to ensuring their access to quality health care, education, and other benefits they earned through their service. MDP Brandon Dillon and State Senator David Knezek, an Iraq War veteran, will host the call and take questions from the media. 

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MDP Chair Blasts Snyder for Blowing Through $6,500 a Day on Legal Fees Fighting Flint Families
May. 25th 2016

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News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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

MDP Chair Blasts Snyder for Blowing Through $6,500 a Day on Legal Fees Fighting Flint Families

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party today denounced Governor Rick Snyder for spending $6,500 of taxpayer money a day on lawyers helping him evade responsibility for the Flint water crisis.

Today’s Detroit Free Press story comes just days after a shocking Detroit News report revealing that, while Snyder claimed his tax-exempt slush fund was helping the people of Flint, it was actually paying for PR firms and prep sessions to help shield him from accountability over the water crisis.


“Governor Snyder is treating taxpayer money like it’s his personal checkbook, burning through $6,500 a day on high-priced lawyers in a desperate attempt to avoid responsibility for the water crisis in Flint that he created," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  "He’s demonstrated a reckless disregard for both Flint families who have suffered and Michigan taxpayers as a whole who want their money to go toward things that will make their lives better, like fixing our crumbling roads and schools, not Snyder’s attorneys.”

 
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Schuette Ignored and Fought Veterans Complaints of Abuse and Neglect Court Docs Show
May. 25th 2016

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News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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

 

Schuette Ignored and Fought Veterans Complaints of Abuse and Neglect Court Docs Show
Schuette to veterans: 'If you don't like it you can leave' 

LANSING – Today the Michigan Democratic Party released court documents showing that Attorney General Bill Schuette has been aware of veterans’ concerns of abuse and neglect at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV) for years and not only ignored them, but actually fought them tooth-and-nail in court.

“It is unbelievable that Bill Schuette is only now inviting veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans to call him with their concerns,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.  “Veterans have been voicing their concerns about abuse and neglect at the home for years, but rather than investigate, Bill Schuette chose to shut them down in court.  Bill Schuette has been siding against the veterans in Grand Rapids from day one—his politically-motivated about face is too little, too late.” 

In 2011, Anthony Spallone, a Vietnam veteran and resident of the GRHV, filed a lawsuit on behalf of veteran residents of the home.  The suit against the State aimed to stop further privatization of the home’s health care staff.  In the lawsuit, Mr. Spallone set forth in graphic and disturbing detail the alleged neglect and abuse that had been inflicted on veterans at the hands of the privatized health care workers:

      In one instance, a private healthcare worker became frustrated with a veteran and struck him on the arm, calling him “a bum.”

      In another, a private worker became angry when he discovered that a veteran had soiled himself.  In retaliation, the worker hoisted the veteran up in a mechanical lift for nearly 10 minutes as punishment.

      There are several examples of veterans suffering broken bones and other serious injuries as a result of the poor care they received at the hands of private workers.

      And many other examples of neglect that no one—especially those who have served our country—should have to endure.

But when Attorney General Bill Schuette was faced with the veterans’ concerns, he chose to side with the private company and against the veterans.  Rather than immediately investigate the lawsuit’s disturbing claims, he chose to fight them tooth-and-nail in court.

Schuette’s response to the veterans’ concerns was nothing short of offensive.  He rejected the veterans’ claim that they had a “right not to be abused or face a significant risk of mental or physical harm,” arguing that no such right existed.  Schuette argued that, if the veterans didn’t like the care they were receiving from the GRHV, they were “free to leave at any time they wish” even if they “may not be physically or mentally able to leave without assistance.”  Schuette also argued that the move to privatize services made sense in light of Snyder and the Republican legislature’s $5 million in cuts to the Home.  He assured the court that the veterans’ concerns about increased abuse and neglect at the hands of the private health care employees were unfounded.

In 2013, Michigan Democrats called on Schuette to investigate claims of veteran abuse and neglect at the GRHV, and were ignored by Schuette.  In February of this year, a report by the Auditor General confirmed many of the veterans’ most troubling concerns about dangerous and neglectful service by the privatized staff at the GRHV.

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Predator Trump Put Profit Over American People With Hopes of Housing Crash
May. 24th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Predator Trump Put Profit Over American People

With Hopes of Housing Crash

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding recent reports on Donald Trump’s 2006 comments that he was hoping for a housing crash so that he could benefit financially:

 

“Donald Trump is a predator – plain and simple. Someone that hopes for an event that could – and almost did – destroy the lives of millions of Americans and devastate the world economy, just so they can profit financially, has no business running for President of the United States. Here in Michigan, hard-working families experienced firsthand the nightmare that was Donald Trump’s dream of a housing crash and the recession that came with it. His lack of judgment, temperament, and basic humanity have shown him to be entirely unqualified to occupy the Oval Office.”  

 

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Trump Cheered on the Collapse of the Housing Market

  •  In March of 2007, Trump said of the real estate market, “People have been talking about the end of the cycle for 12 years, and I'm excited if it is,” and that “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than in good markets.”
  •  In 2006, he said in a Trump University audio book of a housing collapse, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy.”
  •  He noted in the same audio book that, “If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you can make a lot of money.” 

The Effects of the Collapse Were Devastating

  •  The value of real estate owned by U.S. households fell by $7.1 trillion between 2007 and 2009.
  •  Median household wealth fell in the U.S. by 28% between 2005 and 2009. [Inflation-Adjusted? Apples to Apples] Median wealth decreased by 66% among Hispanic households and 53% among black households. 
  • By February 2010, U.S. employment had declined by 8.8 Million.

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MDP Statement on 8th Congressional District Race
May. 24th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Statement on 8th Congressional District Race

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the race for Michigan's 8th Congressional District:

“Michigan law is clear: since it appears Melissa Gilbert was the only candidate who filed the requisite number of valid signatures required to appear on the ballot, her announcement means that the county Democratic parties will fill the vacancy after she removes herself from the ballot.

“Make no mistake: this district is still a top target for us. Career politician Mike Bishop continues to put special interests in front of the needs of his constituents, uses taxpayer money to line the pockets of his donors, and supports trade policies that would ship even more Michigan auto jobs overseas.”

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MDP Statement on Snyder Using Secret Funds to Avoid Responsibility in Flint Water Crisis
May. 23rd 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Monday, May 23, 2016

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

MDP Statement on Snyder Using Secret Funds to Avoid Responsibility in Flint Water Crisis

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party today released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Governor Rick Snyder using his tax-exempt Making Government Accountable fund to pay an attorney to prepare him for his March 17 congressional testimony:


“It’s despicable that Governor Snyder is claiming to be raising money to help the people of Flint, when he’s actually using it to avoid taking responsibility for the tragedy he created.  We now know that his tax-exempt slush fund has paid for PR firms and a high-priced attorney to help shield him from accountability before Congress and the public.  The fact that Governor Snyder named his fund ‘Making Government Accountable,'  when he is the least transparent governor in Michigan's history, is beyond ironic and just plain offensive."



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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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