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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
MDP Statement on Judge Clarke Ordering Speaker Cotter To Testify in Courser-Gamrat Case
May. 20th 2016
MDP Statement on Speaker Cotter’s Blame-Shifting, Scapegoating Constitutional Amendment
May. 19th 2016
Calley’s Embrace of Donald Trump is Hypocritical, Lacks Judgment
May. 17th 2016
MDP Statement on Governor Snyder’s Answers to the Congressional Panel on Flint
May. 16th 2016
Democrats Rally Against Gov. Snyder at Isabella County GOP Golf Club Fundraiser
May. 12th 2016
Democrats Blast Rep. Canfield for his Opposition to the Detroit Public Schools Forensic Audit
May. 11th 2016
Democrats Demand Rep. Bizon Explain Opposition to the DPS Forensic Audit
May. 11th 2016
Michigan Democrats Call Out "Lyin' Tom" Casperson
Apr. 28th 2016

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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MDP Statement on Judge Clarke Ordering Speaker Cotter To Testify in Courser-Gamrat Case
May. 20th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Friday, May 20, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        


MDP Statement on Judge Clarke Ordering Speaker Cotter To Testify in Courser-Gamrat Case


LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to House Speaker Kevin Cotter being ordered to testify in the Courser-Gamrat case:


“We applaud Judge Hugh Clarke for ordering Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter to testify in the case of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.  It is imperative to get to the bottom of what the Speaker knew about this Republican scandal and when he knew it.  Speaker Cotter has been anything but forthright when it comes to the taxpayer dollars spent sanitizing the internal Courser-Gamrat report and why whistle-blowing staff were terminated.  This is yet another example of the Republican majority in Lansing abusing its power and it’s encouraging that Speaker Cotter is finally being held accountable.”

 

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MDP Statement on Speaker Cotter’s Blame-Shifting, Scapegoating Constitutional Amendment
May. 19th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

 

MDP Statement on Speaker Cotter’s Blame-Shifting, Scapegoating Constitutional Amendment

 

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to House Speaker Kevin Cotter’s constitutional amendment to blame state employees for the Flint water crisis:

 

“House Republicans are once again failing the people of Michigan.  Their so-called investigative committee on the Flint water crisis has steadfastly refused to call on Governor Snyder and top officials to testify.   It’s galling that Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter is now trying to shift the blame of this horrendous crisis from Snyder’s inept and corrupt administration to workers.  This should be called the ‘Save Governor Snyder’s Hide Act.’  We don't need to amend the Constitution or scapegoat workers on the frontline –– we need to hold the Governor and his top officials accountable and pass anti-corruption laws that will help end the secrecy that plagues this Republican-led state government.”

 

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Calley’s Embrace of Donald Trump is Hypocritical, Lacks Judgment
May. 17th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com  

 

 

Calley’s Embrace of Donald Trump is Hypocritical, Lacks Judgment

Dems Call on Michigan Republicans to Denounce LG’s Call for Support of Trump

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley’s enthusiastic support of Donald Trump, despite the Republican presidential candidate’s offensive and troubling comments regarding women, immigrants, workers, the environment, and the disabled, a group of Americans for whom Calley has often claimed he is a champion:

 

“With his enthusiastic endorsement and call for Republicans to unify behind Donald Trump, Brian Calley has shown the people of Michigan his true colors,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“By endorsing Trump, a man who denigrates women, calls immigrants ‘rapists’, and physically mocks the disabled, Brian Calley has revealed himself to be a fraud and a hypocrite who lacks the judgment to be a leader in our state. Will any Michigan Republicans, like Speaker Kevin Cotter, Tom Barrett, John Bizon, or Holly Hughes have the courage do what’s right and denounce Calley’s call to support a misogynist, bigot, and hatemonger for president?”

 

Below are several of Trump’s comments and positions that call into question Calley’s judgment for his support of the Republican presidential candidate:

 

  • “He said U.S. automakers could shift production away from Michigan to communities where autoworkers would make less. ‘You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle — you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less,’ Trump said. ‘We can do the rotation in the United States — it doesn’t have to be in Mexico.’” Detroit News, ‘Trump suggests moving some car production from Michigan’
  • “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” 
  • “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” 

  • “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud."

  • “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

  • “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’” 

A more comprehensive list of Trump’s troubling views, including the above, can be found here.

 

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MDP Statement on Governor Snyder’s Answers to the Congressional Panel on Flint
May. 16th 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News From The Michigan Democratic Party

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com        

MDP Statement on Governor Snyder’s Answers to the Congressional Panel on Flint

 

LANSING –– The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Governor Rick Snyder's answers to Congressional Committee questions regarding his role in the Flint water crisis:

“Governor Snyder’s contradictory and evasive answers to questions from the Congressional Committee on Government Reform and Oversight about whether or not he deleted emails continue his troubling pattern of stonewalling people who want answers to what happened in Flint.  The Governor is demonstrating the same lack of transparency and accountability that fueled the Flint water crisis in the first place.  Michigan House Republicans must reverse their position and call Governor Snyder to testify before the Joint Select Flint Water Committee so that the people of Michigan finally get the answers they deserve.”
 
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Democrats Rally Against Gov. Snyder at Isabella County GOP Golf Club Fundraiser
May. 12th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com       

 

 

Democrats Rally Against Gov. Snyder at Isabella County GOP

Golf Club Fundraiser

MDP Chair Calls on GOP Candidates to join Democrats and Demand that Snyder Give Back $800,000 in Taxpayer Dollars Spent on His Criminal Defense

 

MT. PLEASANT –– Democrats today are rallying against Governor Rick Snyder, who’s scheduled to headline the Isabella Republican Party fundraiser at the Buck’s Run Golf Club.  The menu features the “famous” one-pound pork chop for a whopping $75.

 

Snyder will be raising money for local Republicans, even though he’s charged Michigan taxpayers $1.2 million for legal fees, including $800,000 for his own personal criminal defense over the Flint water crisis.

 

The Republican candidates for the 99th state House district, represented by term-limited House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant), are expected to attend the fundraiser.  Democrats are calling on Roger Hauck and Robin Stressman to join them in demanding that Snyder return Michigan taxpayer dollars spent on his criminal defense.

 

“We have a Governor who thinks nothing of forcing taxpayers to pay nearly $1 million for his criminal defense in the poisoning of Flint’s water,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  “We call on Republican State House candidates Hauck and Stressman to stand up for the people of Isabella County and demand that Snyder immediately return the money that he billed to Michigan taxpayers.  Under no circumstances should the people of Michigan be on the hook for Snyder’s personal legal bills.”

 

Governor Snyder unilaterally approved the $800,000 in taxpayer money for his criminal legal defense, even as Michigan roads crumble and schools can’t afford textbooks for children.

 

“If Roger Hauck and Robin Stressman want to pay $75 for pork chops, that’s fine.  But Michigan taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the ultimate pork-barrel project, their governor’s criminal defense,” said Jerry Hilliard, resident of Union Township in Isabella County.  “We’re calling on Hauck and Stressman to do the right thing and join us in demanding that Governor Snyder return that $800,000 to hardworking Michigan taxpayers.”

 

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Democrats Blast Rep. Canfield for his Opposition to the Detroit Public Schools Forensic Audit
May. 11th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com       

 

 

Democrats Blast Rep. Canfield for his Opposition to the Detroit Public Schools Forensic Audit

DPS Kids and Parents Should Know How Emergency Managers Ran the District’s Finances into the Ground

 

 

SEBEWAING –– Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon blasted Representative Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing) for his vote against a forensic audit of Detroit Public Schools.  Canfield was one of 18 Republicans in the House Appropriations Committee who voted last week against the Democrats’ amendment for a district-wide audit conducted by the Department of Justice. 

 

DPS has been under state control for seven years and is on the brink of insolvency.  Parents and schoolchildren deserve to know what Republican-appointed Emergency Managers have done with the district’s money.

 

“There is no good reason for Representative Canfield to be against a measure that would ensure fiscal responsibility and would hold Emergency Managers accountable for the condition of Detroit Public schools,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.  “Schools are failing and teachers are expected to work with the possibility of payless paydays. DPS students and parents deserve a forensic audit to understand why they aren’t getting the quality education they deserve.”

 

DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes has announced that the district will run out of money on June 30 and won’t be able to pay some teachers.  House Republicans have refused to come up with a viable financial aid plan for DPS or hold Emergency Managers responsible for the district’s problems.

 

“Children’s education cannot continue to be sacrificed to shield Republican-appointed Emergency Managers from public scrutiny,” Dillon said.  “Representative Canfield must cast partisanship aside and join Democrats to get to the bottom of the fiscal mismanagement of Detroit Public Schools.  He needs to stop protecting these Republican-appointed Emergency Managers and start fighting for our state's children.”

 

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Democrats Demand Rep. Bizon Explain Opposition to the DPS Forensic Audit
May. 11th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com       

 

 

Democrats Demand Rep. Bizon Explain Opposition to the DPS Forensic Audit

DPS Kids and Parents Deserve Answers about how Emergency Managers Ran District’s Finances into the Ground

 

 

BATTLE CREEK –– Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon called on Representative John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) to defend his vote against a forensic audit of Detroit Public Schools. 

 

Bizon was one of 18 Republicans in the House Appropriations Committee who voted last week against the Democrats’ amendment for a district-wide audit conducted by the Department of Justice. 

 

DPS has been under state control for seven years and is on the brink of insolvency.  Parents and school kids deserve to know what Republican-appointed Emergency Managers have done with the district’s money.

 

“Representative Bizon has a duty to get to the bottom of fiscal mismanagement of Detroit Public Schools under state control,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon. “His job is not to protect Republican-appointed Emergency Managers from public scrutiny.  Bizon’s job is to make sure every child in this state receives a quality education and to act as a good steward of taxpayer dollars.” 

 

DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes has announced that the district will run out of money on June 30 and won’t be able to pay some teachers.  House Republicans have refused to come up with a viable financial aid plan for DPS or hold Emergency Managers responsible for the district’s problems.

 

“A forensic audit of Detroit Public Schools under Emergency Managers is about fiscal responsibility and holding people accountable,” Dillon said.  “It’s impossible to understand why Representative Bizon is against that.  Students and parents deserve to know why their schools are failing.  We demand to know why Bizon voted to shield the Emergency Managers from scrutiny.”

 

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Michigan Democrats Call Out "Lyin' Tom" Casperson
Apr. 28th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

 

April 28th, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Michigan Democrats Call Out "Lyin' Tom" Casperson

 

After a string of lies and deceptions designed to mislead the public over his true record, the Michigan Democratic Party is calling on State Senator Tom Casperson to tell the truth.

 

The Republican-controlled State Senate is embroiled in scandal for proposing to move into a building owned by a well-connected Republican donor, costing taxpayers $134 million. Even fellow Republicans have admitted it is ethically questionable and fiscally irresponsible. Perhaps that's why, despite voting in support of the proposal in 2014, Casperson is now trying to rewrite history, saying "I was against the move from the start."

 

Casperson also recently tried to whitewash his mistakes when he told a reporter he had been present to vote for the recent Detroit Public Schools funding bill - despite actually being in DC, "wining and dining" Washington lobbyists at a dinner that reportedly raised $20 million.

 

"We understand why 'Lyin' Tom' might want to rewrite his past - wasting taxpayer money to give sweetheart deals to Republican donors and missing votes to hobnob with lobbyists in Washington are not going to go over well back home," said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "Michiganders deserve to be represented by someone who doesn't skip votes and waste their hard-earned tax dollars in order to secure his next campaign donation.”

 

Casperson has a long record of voting against the interests of Michigan’s working families. His support of a gas tax hike to pay for a roads plan that does nothing to address the state’s crumbling roads and infrastructure is most likely the next bad decision he’ll attempt to lie about.

 

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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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