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Debra Wirth Launches Campaign Following Official Certification as Democratic Nominee for U.S. House (MI-4)
Aug. 24th 2016
MDP Statement on Board of Canvassers' Decision to Uphold Law Allowing Gilbert to Withdraw
Aug. 22nd 2016
As Flint Legal Fees Balloon, Dems Slam Snyder; Blast GOP-Led Legislature for Doing Nothing to Stop It
Aug. 19th 2016
MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Return to Michigan Tomorrow
Aug. 18th 2016
MDP Statement on Circuit Court's Decision to Deny Attempt to Reinstate Straight-Ticket Ban
Aug. 17th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump's Refusal to Follow Hillary Clinton's Lead By Releasing Tax Returns
Aug. 16th 2016
Dems: House Republicans Shielding Gov. Snyder from Accountability in Flint Water Crisis
Aug. 15th 2016
MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton's Economic Policy Speech in Warren
Aug. 11th 2016
MDP Statement on Trump's Suggestion "Second Amendment People" Could Stop Hillary Clinton
Aug. 9th 2016
MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Visit to Detroit Economic Club
Aug. 8th 2016
Michigan Dems Officially Nominate Suzanna Shkreli for 8th Congressional District
Aug. 8th 2016
1st District Veterans Call for GOP Candidate Jack Bergman to Denounce Donald Trump’s Comments and Stand Up for Military Families
Aug. 5th 2016
MDP Statement on Michigan's Democratic Primary Elections
Aug. 3rd 2016
Michigan Republicans Refuse to Condemn Trump for Attacking a Gold Star Family
Aug. 2nd 2016
MDP Statement on Mike Pence Visiting Michigan Today
Jul. 28th 2016
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
Friends, Family of Schuette and Snyder Set to Cash In on Taxpayer-Funded Contracts
Jul. 12th 2016
Michigan Democrats: We Are Stronger Together
Jul. 12th 2016

Debra Wirth Launches Campaign Following Official Certification as Democratic Nominee for U.S. House (MI-4)
Aug. 24th 2016

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Contact: Christine Maul, 989.751.0086christine@progressivecampaign.net

Debra Wirth Launches Campaign Following Official Certification as Democratic Nominee for U.S. House (MI-4) 
MOUNT PLEASANT/MIDLAND – Following the decision by the State Board of Canvassers to certify Debra Wirth as the Democratic nominee for Congress in MI-4, the campaign announced two kickoff events – with press welcome at both – for Thursday, August 25th.

“We began this race with the deck stacked against us”, said Debra Wirth, Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (MI-4). “The fact that we received nearly double the number of votes we needed to win a write-in is a testament to the countless hours of hard work put in by this campaign and the volunteers we rely on. We’ve proven that there is nothing we can’t accomplish if we do it together.”

The Wirth campaign launched a little over a month out from the August 2nd primary. Under state law, Wirth had to attain a number of votes equal to 5% of the Democratic turnout, or about 1,100 votes. On Monday, the state confirmed that she received over 2,000.

 

“While I am absolutely elated to be the nominee in this race, I recognize there is more work ahead of us,” Wirth continued. “Historically speaking, the number of candidates that have won a write-in and gone on to win in the general is very small, but this year is all about breaking down barriers and making history. My message is simple and it’s resonating. I’m focused on fighting for the people in this district who are being left behind and left out by politicians in Washington. People are feeling that way all across the country, including here in the 4th. I want folks to know that I’m listening and want to be their voice in Washington. I’m asking everyone who cares about the future of this district, and believes we deserve better representation, to join us on Thursday at our general election campaign launches. This is not my campaign. It’s our campaign, and together, we will ensure our next representative in Congress fights for everyone, not just those with deep pockets and political connections.”  
 
Mount Pleasant Launch
Thursday, August 25th at 5:30 pm
Isabella County Democratic Party Headquarters
208 S Main Street, Mt Pleasant, MI
Midland Launch
Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 pm
Midland County Democratic Party Headquarters
2720 Rodd St, Midland, MI
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MDP Statement on Board of Canvassers' Decision to Uphold Law Allowing Gilbert to Withdraw
Aug. 22nd 2016

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News From The Michigan Democratic Party



Monday, August 22, 2016

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

 
MDP Statement on Board of Canvassers' Decision to Uphold Law Allowing Gilbert to Withdraw
 
LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the state Board of Canvassers' decision to uphold Michigan election law and allow Melissa Gilbert, despite Michigan Republican opposition, to withdraw as the Democratic nominee for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District due to health concerns:
 
“The law was already clear, but we’re pleased with the Board of Canvassers’ decision today to confirm for Michigan Republicans that the people of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District deserve to have a choice on Election Day,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.
 

“Today’s decision should bring an end to the debate about whether or not Mike Bishop should have an opponent, in Susanna Shkreli, who will challenge the choices he’s made and the interests he’s served during his time in Washington. The law is clear, the law has been affirmed, and dragging this out any further is simply playing politics and a disservice to the people of Michigan's 8th District.”

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As Flint Legal Fees Balloon, Dems Slam Snyder; Blast GOP-Led Legislature for Doing Nothing to Stop It
Aug. 19th 2016

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News From The Michigan Democratic Party

Friday, August 19, 2016

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

As Flint Legal Fees Balloon, Dems Slam Snyder; Blast GOP-Led Legislature for Doing Nothing to Stop It 

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party today denounced Governor Rick Snyder for spending $3.4 million of taxpayers’ money on legal fees in a shameless attempt to dodge responsibility for the Flint water crisis.

It was previously widely reported that Gov. Snyder had spent $1.2 million on lawyers related to the health catastrophe.  Now, a breaking Detroit News report found that Gov. Snyder has spent more than double that, with $2 million on his criminal defense alone, bring the total bill now to a staggering $3.4 million.  However, the GOP-controlled Legislature has refused to block Snyder from spending taxpayer dollars on legal fees.

“Gov. Snyder is using $3.4 million of hard earned taxpayer money as his own private checkbook in an effort to skirt responsibility for the Flint water crisis,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair, Brandon Dillon.  “It’s deplorable that the Republican-controlled Legislature has refused, time and time again, to take a stand against this absolute abuse of public dollars.  House Speaker Kevin Cotter and the Republican Legislature should stop shielding Gov. Snyder and join Democrats in removing the funds from his office budget.  The Governor should be forced to set up a privately funded legal defense fund like other scandal-laden politicians.”

Republicans in the Legislature have been shielding Snyder from accountability in the Flint water crisis.  Not only have they failed to challenge his wrongful taking of $3.4 million to cover his personal legal bills, they refused to require his testimony at legislative hearings on the crisis and continue to stonewall passage of laws that would subject the Governor’s office to the state’s open records laws.  Under Snyder, Michigan remains the least transparent and accountable state in the nation, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

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MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Return to Michigan Tomorrow
Aug. 18th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Return to Michigan Tomorrow

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, ahead of Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Dimondale, Michigan, tomorrow:

 

“The only thing more puzzling than how Donald Trump styles his “hair”, is the fact that he keeps coming to Michigan to talk about his disastrous plans for American workers,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“Here’s a man who said Michigan workers make too much money, and that he would move auto plants to where labor is cheaper in order to drive down wages here. That may sound like a sick joke, but Michigan workers should have no doubt that Trump means what he says, considering his so-called fortune was built by taking advantage of the cheapest labor he can find, whether it’s here in America or overseas.”

 

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MDP Statement on Circuit Court's Decision to Deny Attempt to Reinstate Straight-Ticket Ban
Aug. 17th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Democratic Party

 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

MDP Statement on Circuit Court's Decision to Deny Attempt to Reinstate Straight-Ticket Ban

 

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 to reject the Secretary of State and Attorney General Bill Schuette's request that the ban on straight-ticket voting be reinstated:

 

“We agree with the court’s decision today to deny this appeal,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party“We now have four separate federal judges that have ruled against the Secretary of State and Bill Schuette in their attempt to create confusion, chaos, and long lines at polling places in November.”

 

“Bill Schuette himself declared that August 17th was the date by which this issue needs to be resolved in time for the November 8th election. Today is August 17th."

 

“Schuette’s hypocritical decision to further appeal this case demonstrates that he will stop at nothing to waste taxpayer dollars, as long as it pleases big GOP donors like Ron Weiser and furthers his standing with a narrow base of Republican primary voters. It’s time for Bill Schuette to stop trying to please his political supporters and start focusing on his so-called investigation of the Flint water crisis. Considering he ignored complaints about Flint’s water for over a year before he decided to act, I’m sure he has plenty of catching up to do.”

 

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MDP Statement on Trump's Refusal to Follow Hillary Clinton's Lead By Releasing Tax Returns
Aug. 16th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Democratic Party

 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com     

 

MDP Statement on Trump's Refusal to Follow Hillary Clinton's Lead By Releasing Tax Returns

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, even after Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made theirs available to the public last week:

 

“With Rick Snyder as governor, the people of Michigan are used to rich Republicans trying to hide the facts from them,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “However, even Richard Nixon released his tax returns, so that begs the question – what is Donald Trump hiding?”

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Dems: House Republicans Shielding Gov. Snyder from Accountability in Flint Water Crisis
Aug. 15th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party 

Monday, August 15, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

Dems: House Republicans Shielding Gov. Snyder from Accountability in Flint Water Crisis
House Republicans Refuse to Call Snyder to testify in the Flint Water Crisis, Strengthen FOIA or Stop Snyder from Taking Taxpayer Money for Legal Bills

LANSING –– Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon and State House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel slammed State House Republicans for letting Governor Rick Snyder off the hook on the Flint water crisis and for allowing Snyder to use taxpayer money to pay his legal bills. 

House Republicans have refused to call Snyder to testify, despite his central role in the Flint water crisis, even as the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office continue to investigate wrongdoing by the Snyder administration.  House Republicans have also done nothing to stop Snyder from wrongfully taking $1 million in taxpayer dollars to pay for his criminal defense against families affected by the crisis.  

“It’s unbelievable and unconscionable that House Republicans like Representatives Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) continue a cover up for their fellow Republican, Gov. Snyder,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.  “Voters sent them to Lansing to work for them, not let the Governor take their money to pay for his criminal defense in the Flint water crisis. They need to fully investigate what the governor knew and when he knew it by requiring Snyder to testify.”

House Republicans have also refused to pass much-needed legislation that would force the Governor and Legislature to adhere to the Freedom of Information Act –– once again shielding the governor and themselves from public scrutiny 

“Under Gov. Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature, Michigan has become worst in the nation when it comes to secrecy and holding politicians accountable. Time and time again, Snyder and his administration have blocked the public from finding out what’s going on with their government, which had tragic results in Flint with children being poisoned by their own water. And yet Republicans in Lansing refuse to stand up to their party bosses and high dollar donors and demand a vote on reforms that would make our government more transparent and accountable,” said House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills).

Snyder’s legal fees for the Flint water crisis amount to $6,500 a day, all paid for by taxpayers.  House Republicans could have blocked this abuse of power and conflict of interest by cutting the executive office in the 2017-18 state budget, but they refused.

“Not one dime of my taxpayer dollars should have been taken by Gov. Snyder to defend himself over the crisis in Flint,” said Sue Ellis, Health Plus retiree from Clio, MI. “And House Republicans didn’t do or say anything to stop it.  Legislators are supposed to represent the people, not shield powerful people like the Governor from accountability.  We deserve better than what we’ve gotten from this Republican Legislature.”

The GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature is on track to meet the fewest days in 14 years.

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MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton's Economic Policy Speech in Warren
Aug. 11th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

 

MDP Statement on Hillary Clinton's Economic Policy Speech in Warren

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Hillary Clinton’s economic policy speech this afternoon in Warren, Michigan:

 

“We are honored that Hillary Clinton chose Michigan today as the place to put forward her vision of an economy that works for all Americans, not just those at the top,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“The difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is clear on every level, but when it comes to the economy, there is absolutely no comparison. Secretary Clinton understands that, in order to create more jobs and an economy that works for everyone, we need to unleash the full power of the American worker. Nowhere can a stronger case be made for that approach than right here in Michigan.

 

“Donald Trump believes in the same tired, warmed-over, trickle-down approach that has never worked and only benefits the wealthiest Americans while leaving everyone else behind.

 

“Hillary Clinton's plan to create good-paying jobs stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s economic policies that would cost millions of jobs and devastate the economy. Hillary Clinton understands Michigan workers and will fight for working families. Donald Trump only cares about himself and doesn’t have a clue. “

 

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MDP Statement on Trump's Suggestion "Second Amendment People" Could Stop Hillary Clinton
Aug. 9th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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

 

 

MDP Statement on Trump's Suggestion "Second Amendment People" Could Stop Hillary Clinton

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Donald Trump suggesting that “Second Amendment people” may have a way to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges to the Supreme Court:

 

“Donald Trump is now blatantly encouraging physical harm against a presidential candidate and the Office of the President of the United States. He was already a threat to this country, if he were to somehow win, but now he’s clearly attempting to make violence the consequence of his defeat,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

When will enough be enough for Michigan Republicans, like Bill Schuette, Brian Calley, Ronna Romney McDaniel, Tim Walberg, and Mike Bishop? Anyone that continues to stand by this lunatic as their nominee for president is endorsing this unbelievably dangerous rhetoric and should consider themselves an accessory to its results.”

 

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MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Visit to Detroit Economic Club
Aug. 8th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

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

MDP Statement on Donald Trump's Visit to Detroit Economic Club

DETROIT – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Donald Trump’s visit to the Detroit Economic Club today:

 

“Donald Trump has returned to Michigan today, almost one year after declaring that he would have let the auto industry go bankrupt. He also suggested thatthe auto industry should leave Michigan and take its jobs to other states to drive down the salaries of Michigan workers. The fact that he would come to Detroit to tout his economic plan is either a sick joke or a complete lack of understanding of what drives the Michigan economy. Both possibilities are likely with Trump when you look at his track record.

 

“Donald Trump is an economic predator. He's made his fortune by piling up debt and declaring bankruptcy, walking away with profits while forcing others to take the losses and businesses to cut jobs; by stiffing workers and union-busting; and by having his products made overseas, wherever labor is cheapest. Right now, I think Trump ties are made in China, and I don't even want to know where Trump steaks come from. 

 

“Any truly successful businessperson in this country will tell you that Donald Trump is a snake oil salesman, who hides his ineptitude and failure behind neon lights and gold facades.  If Donald Trump had been president during the Great Recession, his terrible decisions would have cost Michigan millions of jobs. If Donald Trump ever becomes president, there’s no telling what it would cost Michigan in the future.”

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Michigan Dems Officially Nominate Suzanna Shkreli for 8th Congressional District
Aug. 8th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

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

 

Michigan Dems Officially Nominate Suzanna Shkreli for 8th Congressional District

Macomb Co. Assistant Prosecutor Nominated for November 8th Ballot as Serious Health Issues Force Melissa Gilbert to Withdraw

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following release today, regarding Suzanna Shkreli’s official replacement of Melissa Gilbert as the Party's nominee for Congress in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District:

 

Suzanna Shkreli, an assistant Macomb County prosecutor, is now officially the Democratic Party’s general election nominee for Congress in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.

 

“We are thrilled to now call Suzanna Shkreli our official nominee for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. We look forward to working closely with her, from now until Election Day, to bring her message of fighting for working families to Washington,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.

 

Gilbert, who is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery today and has been deemed by her neurosurgeon to be “medically disabled," therefore physically unfit to continue her campaign or serve if elected, advised the Michigan Democratic Party of her withdrawal as the Party’s nominee in the 8th Congressional District. Pursuant to Michigan Election Law, the district nominating committee, in a unanimous vote, nominated Shkreli to replace Gilbert on the November 8th ballot.

 

The Michigan Democratic Party today submitted the necessary documents to the Secretary of State and relevant county clerks, along with the request to have Shkreli placed on the November 8th ballot.

 

Once the Secretary of State accepts the withdrawal and subsequent nomination, Shkreli will officially replace Melissa Gilbert on the general election ballot as the Democratic nominee for Congress in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.

 

“Suzanna is a leader, plain and simple – she’s taken on tough fights in the courtroom, she’s a strong victims’ rights advocate, and she’s leading the charge for equality in the workplace and public office,” Dillon continued. “Most importantly, she fights for Michigan’s children and families, not for Donald Trump and wealthy campaign donors, like her opponent Mike Bishop has done with his time in Washington.”

 

“We wish Melissa Gilbert and her family the best, as she deals with these very serious and personal health concerns,” said Dillon.

 

For more information on Suzanna Shkreli's campaign, visit, www.suzannaforcongress.com/.

 

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1st District Veterans Call for GOP Candidate Jack Bergman to Denounce Donald Trump’s Comments and Stand Up for Military Families
Aug. 5th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Friday, August 5, 2016

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

1st District Veterans Call for GOP Candidate Jack Bergman to Denounce Donald Trump’s Comments and Stand Up for Military Families

Veterans from across Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, along with Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon, today held a telephone press conference to call on Republican candidate Jack Bergman to denounce Donald Trump’s recent attacks on a family whose son was killed in the Iraq War.

Yesterday, Bergman was asked by a reporter whether he still supported Trump as a presidential nominee, even after Trump had spent the last week publicly insulting a Gold Star family. Bergman responded, “Well, he’s the Republican nominee the last time I checked. So you have a choice. You have a choice. As a pilot, I choose not to make my choices too early because the winds may change. They may change the runway on me. Or something might happen. So I’m going to watch what’s happening here over the next few weeks.” Jack Bergman has earlier said he supports Donald Trump and has even equated Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln.

Gordy Bourland, Petoskey (Army, Vietnam Veteran): “As vets in the First Congressional District, we’re calling on Jack Bergman to denounce Trump’s attack on Gold Star families, and renounce his support Trump for President. Bergman’s support for Donald Trump’s candidacy and his unwillingness to repudiate Trump’s comments calls into question whether he is even fit to serve the people of Michigan and the 60,000 vets that live in this district.”

Dale Evans, Frankfort (Marine, Vietnam Veteran): “If Jack Bergman can’t stand up to a politician who insults our military and our Gold Star families, he shouldn’t be wearing the stars.”

GT Long, Horton Bay (Air Force Veteran): “As a veteran, I’m disgusted with the attacks on Khan and Khan’s family, and disgusted by anyone running for Congress who wouldn’t stand up to those attacks. Bergman should be ashamed of himself.”

Bill Mourufas, Sault Ste. Marie (Marine Veteran): “Jack Bergman prides himself for being a straight-talking Marine. Well when he had the chance to stand up for Gold Star families, we didn’t get that straight-talk.”

Kel Smythe, Escanaba (Army, Vietnam Veteran): “It’s clear Bergman is just another typical politician checking which way the winds blow, refusing to denounce Donald Trump and his comments.”

Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair: “It’s important to note that Republicans across the country are denouncing Donald Trump and his hateful comments on our military families. We will not accept anything less than a full disavowal of Donald Trump and his comments. This is when we see who the real Jack Bergman is.”

The Khan family’s son was an Army Captain in the First Infantry Division. Khan was killed in 2004 when a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty in Baqubah. Captain Khan was awarded the Purple Heart for his heroism.

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MDP Statement on Michigan's Democratic Primary Elections
Aug. 3rd 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Statement on Michigan's Democratic Primary Elections

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding yesterday’s Democratic primary elections:

“Congratulations to all those Democratic candidates who won their primaries yesterday. The Michigan Democratic Party looks forward to ensuring that, come Election Day, Democrats are winning across our state, so that township halls, county commissions, the state legislature, and Congress, will all have more individuals fighting for the people that sent them there.”

“This election can be boiled down to one simple question for voters: do you support the party of working families, seniors, veterans, women, immigrants, the LGBT community, small business, equality, and tolerance, or do you support the party of Donald Trump? I believe the answer will be clear on Election Day when Democratic candidates win up and down the ballot and the voters of Michigan soundly reject the policies of Trump and the extremist Republican Party he now leads.”

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Michigan Republicans Refuse to Condemn Trump for Attacking a Gold Star Family
Aug. 2nd 2016

Michigan Republicans Refuse to Condemn Trump for Attacking a Gold Star Family

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following release today, regarding Michigan Republicans’ refusal to condemn Donald Trump for his attacks on a Gold Star family:

An increasing number of Republican leaders, including Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Senator Kelly Ayotte, have publicly condemned Trump for his attacks on a Gold Star family.

However, Michigan Republicans have remained silent or have refused to condemn Trump's comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of Army Captain Humayan Khan, a U.S. soldier killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004.

The Michigan Republican Party issued a statement declaring that they disagreed with Trump’s comments, yet they refused to condemn Trump himself.

“Time and again, since Donald Trump bullied his way to the top of the GOP, Michigan Republicans, who call themselves leaders, have refused to stand up to him and condemn his attacks on other Americans,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “To stand by while their nominee for president viciously attacks the family of an American soldier, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, is shameful.” 

Top Michigan Republicans like Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, along with Congressmen Mike Bishop and Tim Walberg, have remained silent or refused comment.

Conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin explains how anything short of directly condemning Trump himself is harmful and a failure of leadership:

“It’s no longer sufficient for Republicans to rebuke Trump’s loony positions or foul statements. There are too many of both. The problem is not one of policy but of the nominee himself. Republicans must rebuke Trump himself and cease supporting him. Silence is consent. And consent is disqualifying for high office.” 

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MDP Statement on Mike Pence Visiting Michigan Today
Jul. 28th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Thursday, July 28, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517-371-5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Statement on Mike Pence Visiting Michigan Today

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes, regarding Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s visit to Michigan today:

“If Mike Pence thinks he’s going to find a receptive audience in Michigan for his backward ideas, then he’s going to be in for a surprise when he hears from the women of our state.

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence have teamed up to form the most anti-woman presidential ticket in our nation’s history.  Not only do they stand opposed to moving toward true equality for women in this country, but they want want to roll back the rights it has taken women decades to achieve.  

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence oppose equal pay and raising the minimum wage, which disproportionately impacts women, particularly single mothers. They want to defund Planned Parenthood and they’re opposed to women making their own health care decisions. They believe that a woman who has an abortion should be considered a criminal.

“Mike Pence doesn’t speak for Michigan women.  Mike Pence and his policies are a threat to Michigan women. Mike Pence and his boss, Donald Trump, are going to find out soon that their dangerous ideas and backward beliefs aren’t welcome here in Michigan, and it will be the women of this state that deliver that message loud and clear.”

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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

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

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

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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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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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