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Democrats Blast Governor for Withholding Facts from Public
Feb. 11th 2016
MDP Chair Brandon Dillon Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal
Feb. 10th 2016
MDP Statement on Report Snyder Ordered Test Results Withheld from County Health Officials
Feb. 10th 2016
Conflicts of Interests and Lucrative "Blank Check" Contract Awarded to Large Campaign Contributor Cloud Schuette’s Investigation of the Flint Water Crisis
Feb. 9th 2016
MDP Statement on Information Flint EM Knew of Legionnaires' Outbreak 11 Months Ago
Feb. 9th 2016
MDP Calls for Governor to Resign After New Information Showing Snyder Administration Knew of Connection Between Flint Water and Legionnaires' Disease
Feb. 4th 2016
MDP Statement on Snyder Proposal Only Giving Flint Residents 65% Water Bill Refund
Feb. 3rd 2016
Democrats to Hold Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6th
Feb. 3rd 2016
Dems Call on Snyder to Demand Earley’s Testimony Before U.S. House
Feb. 2nd 2016
Michigan Democratic Party Chair: Snyder Must Testify Before Congress
Jan. 29th 2016
Heckuva Job, GOP: Snyder Signs Bill for Flint While in Grand Rapids
Jan. 29th 2016
MDP Statement on Public's Opinion of Governor Snyder, Handling of Flint Water Crisis
Jan. 27th 2016
Snyder Dodges, Walks Out on Flint/New NERD Fund Question
Jan. 27th 2016
Government plagued by scandals, secrecy and cover-ups is jeopardizing Michigan’s future, fueling crises like Flint
Jan. 19th 2016
Michigan Democrats Respond to Snyder's State of the State
Jan. 19th 2016
Democrats Demand AG Appoint Independent Investigator for Flint Water Probe
Jan. 15th 2016
Two Career Politicians Won’t Earn Votes of UP & N. MI's Working Families
Jan. 14th 2016
MDP Statement on Governor's Signing of Bill Eliminating Right to Vote Straight-Ticket
Jan. 5th 2016
MDP Statement on Resignation of MDEQ Director Dan Wyant
Dec. 29th 2015
MDP Chair Calls For Republican Party to Denounce RNC Committeeman for Intolerant Remarks Against Muslims
Dec. 21st 2015

Democrats Blast Governor for Withholding Facts from Public
Feb. 11th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 11, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Democrats Blast Governor for Withholding Facts from Public

New reports show Snyder Withheld Test Results to Consider PR

 

LANSING – Michigan Democrats blasted Governor Snyder, today, for his continued lack of transparency and prioritization of public relations over people, following new reports that he ordered the withholding of lead test results from Genesee County health officials until after he could hold a press conference.

 

"The newest revelations of Governor Rick Snyder withholding water test results to line up his public relations strategy further proves he cares more about his headlines than the children and families of Flint. We have introduced bills to expand the Freedom of Information Act to cover the Legislature and executive office for every session since 2011, but Republicans in power refuse to move that bill," said House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills). "I urge the governor to testify before Congress and the Michigan House of Representative and fully disclose what he personally knew related to this tragedy, when exactly he learned it, and what actions his administration took in response."

 

Test results showed elevated lead levels from multiple test sites, including a Flint elementary school, but the information was withheld from county officials while Governor Snyder and his team concluded the best way to present the information to the public.

 

“Putting public relations over the health and safety of children is unconscionable, reprehensible and potentially criminal,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “If Governor Snyder withheld positive lead test results from county health officials, for even one second, to consider the PR side of things, it’s no longer a question of incompetence or dishonesty, but a matter of morality and criminality." 

 

“How many more FOIAs will need to be filed and emails released before we finally get the whole truth and nothing but the truth from Governor Snyder? It’s time for this governor to quit withholding the truth from the people of Michigan, once and for all.”

 

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MDP Chair Brandon Dillon Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal
Feb. 10th 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 10, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

MDP Chair Brandon Dillon Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal



LANSING - Governor Snyder's annual budget proposal, released today, contains no serious commitment to replace the lead pipes poisoning children and families in Flint.  The Governor also continues to avoid coming clean on what happened in Flint, while refusing to embrace critical reforms that would apply the Freedom of Information Act to the executive office and legislature.


 

"The Governor says that his budget treats the State like a family, but almost a year after his administration was warned of lead and Legionnaires' Disease in Flint's drinking water, his proposal contains no serious investments to replace the very pipes causing devastating illness and irreparable damage to the lives of children in Flint," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  "Furthermore, the Governor still refuses to come clean and apply the Freedom of Information Act to his office, like 48 other states, so we can get to the bottom of why Flint's water was poisoned and what exactly his administration knew."

 

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MDP Statement on Report Snyder Ordered Test Results Withheld from County Health Officials
Feb. 10th 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 10, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
MDP Statement on Report Snyder Ordered Test Results Withheld from County Health Officials

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, this evening, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to information that Governor Snyder ordered the withholding of lead test results from Genesee County health officials until after he could hold a press conference:

 

“Putting public relations over the health and safety of children is unconscionable, reprehensible and potentially criminal,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “If Governor Snyder withheld positive lead test results from county health officials, for even one second, to consider the PR side of things, it’s no longer a question of incompetence or dishonesty, but a matter of morality and criminality." 

 

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Conflicts of Interests and Lucrative "Blank Check" Contract Awarded to Large Campaign Contributor Cloud Schuette’s Investigation of the Flint Water Crisis
Feb. 9th 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 9, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Conflicts of Interests and Lucrative "Blank Check" Contract Awarded to Large Campaign Contributor Cloud Schuette’s Investigation of the Flint Water Crisis

 

LANSING —  The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Flint Water Investigation Roundtable:

 

"Lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts going to a significant political donor cast a dark cloud over Schuette's investigation into the Flint water crisis. The entire effort to uncover the truth has already been tainted by conflicts of interest, before it's even started" said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

"How can the investigation be independent when Todd Flood has given tens of thousands of dollars to Schuette, Governor Snyder, and other Republicans, and had to consult with an ethics attorney before evening taking the job? The people of Flint deserve justice, but this team, assembled by Bill Schuette, is too contaminated by conflicts of interests to get the job done."

 

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MDP Statement on Information Flint EM Knew of Legionnaires' Outbreak 11 Months Ago
Feb. 9th 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 9, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
 
MDP Statement on Information Flint EM Knew of Legionnaires' Outbreak 11 Months Ago
LANSING - The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding news that one of Governor Snyder's former Flint emergency managers was warned of the Legionella crisis 11 months ago, while Flint residents were kept in the dark until only recently:
"Today brought to light yet another example of Governor Snyder's secret, corrupt government and their failure to act after learning the people of Flint were being poisoned, not only by lead in their drinking water, but Legionnaires' Disease, as well," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. 
 
"Facing a mountain of evidence, how can the Governor say, with a straight face, that he didn't know about these outbreaks? It seems everyone else in his administration, including top staff and the Flint Emergency Manager, knew of the Legionnaires' outbreak and its connection to the change in Flint's drinking water, yet the Governor and his team seemed more intent on ignoring the problem or covering it up rather than protecting the people they are supposed to serve. This Governor is either completely incompetent or not telling the truth."
 
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MDP Calls for Governor to Resign After New Information Showing Snyder Administration Knew of Connection Between Flint Water and Legionnaires' Disease
Feb. 4th 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 4, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
MDP Calls for Governor to Resign After New Information Showing Snyder Administration
Knew of Connection Between Flint Water and Legionnaires' Disease 
LANSING - The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding new information showing top officials within the Snyder administration were made aware of the possible connection between Flint's water supply and the increase in diagnosed cases of Legionnaires' Disease in the area. This news comes as Democrats have continued to demand accountability and transparency from Governor Snyder and the expansion of the Freedom of Information Act to cover the governor's office and the legislature: 

“There is a limit to how many times you can play dumb when it comes to events and actions that take place on your watch," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. "Governor Snyder is attempting to employ this tactic again, claiming he wasn’t told of the connection, made almost a year before he informed the public, between Flint’s water and the legionella bacteria. This governor is either a victim of the culture of secrecy that he created or he’s lying. If he didn’t know, the incompetence is astounding. If he’s lying, the betrayal of trust is unforgiveable.”

 

“Either excuse – incompetence or purposeful deception – cannot be tolerated and are not the traits of someone that should be governor of Michigan. At this point, Governor Snyder can claim either excuse, but he should no longer be allowed to claim he is the governor of this state. It is time for him to resign.”   

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MDP Statement on Snyder Proposal Only Giving Flint Residents 65% Water Bill Refund
Feb. 3rd 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 3, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
MDP Statement on Snyder Proposal Only Giving Flint Residents 65% Water Bill Refund
 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Governor Snyder’s proposal that Flint residents should only receive a 65% refund on their water bills:

 

“Governor Snyder only giving Flint residents a 65% refund on their water bills is beyond absurd," said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "This governor has yet to give the people of Flint 100% of anything, including leadership and the truth. The least he could do is refund them every penny they paid for unusable, poison water. Once again, Governor Snyder is showing he cares more about numbers than he does people.” 

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Democrats to Hold Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6th
Feb. 3rd 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
February 3, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
 

Democrats to Hold Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6th

The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the announcement by the Democratic National Committee that a Democratic presidential debate will take place in Flint, Michigan on March 6th:

 

“We are thrilled to welcome our Democratic presidential candidates to Michigan,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.

 

“America has witnessed the man-made public health disaster inflicted upon the city of Flint, and we applaud Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for their efforts to shine a light on the crisis, especially when our Republican governor has done everything he can to keep Michigan’s citizens in the dark. Holding a presidential debate in Flint will bring further into focus the issues faced by working families here in Michigan and around the country.”

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Dems Call on Snyder to Demand Earley’s Testimony Before U.S. House
Feb. 2nd 2016

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News from Michigan Democratic Party
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Dems Call on Snyder to Demand Earley’s Testimony Before U.S. House

Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s Refusal to Testify is the Latest of the Snyder Administration’s Attempts to Stonewall Michigan Citizens 

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, calling on Governor Snyder to demand former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s testimony before Congress, in light of reports that Earley is refusing to appear before a U.S. House Panel investigating the Flint water crisis and is stepping down as emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools:

 

“It’s good that Darnell Earley will no longer be able to do any more damage to our state, however, this does not, in any way, relieve him of his obligation to testify before Congress regarding the Snyder administration’s responsibility for the Flint water crisis,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “Governor Snyder needs to demand that Darnell Earley go to Washington and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Given that Governor Snyder has inexplicably praised Earley for doing ‘a very good job’, there should be no reason for him not to go before Congress and defend his actions and those of the Snyder administration.”  

 

 

“Earley’s resignation is long overdue and something Democrats have been calling for since last October. The fact that he was allowed to continue in this position for so long after his role in the poisoning of Flint residents, and his presiding over the deplorable conditions in Detroit Public Schools, shows just how unaccountable the Snyder administration is to the people of Michigan.”

 

Mr. Earley was Snyder’s emergency manager who oversaw the switch of Flint’s water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River.  He rejected an offer to continue drawing water from the Detroit water system in favor of drawing from the Flint River instead.  Today, Earley announced he is stepping down from his failed tenure as emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools.

 

Earley’s refusal to testify comes amidst a fever pitch of public demand for transparency and accountability from the Snyder administration regarding the Flint water crisis. In recent weeks, dozens of groups across the country have joined Michigan Democrats in calling for common sense anti-corruption laws that would bring transparency and accountability to the governor’s office and the legislature.  For years, Democrats have been calling for an end to the loopholes in Michigan’s Freedom of Information laws that currently exempt the governor and the legislature from disclosing the very types of public documents that would uncover the decisions that led to the Flint water crisis.

 

“It was troubling and disheartening to hear the news that the former emergency manager who oversaw the beginnings of the water crisis in the city of Flint would not be testifying before Congress tomorrow,” said State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint). “From the state of Michigan to our nation’s capital, it seems that a Republican majority at any level is not interested in finding out the full truth behind this humanitarian disaster.”

 

“The decision is questionable at best, considering the FBI is beginning their investigation into the crisis. I am confident they will not leave any stone unturned, and will question all parties involved to produce a full report. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said about those we elect at the highest levels of government and their hand-picked wrecking ball. Darnell Earley has been appointed to lead another vulnerable entity in the Detroit Public Schools and remains isolated and safe. Once again, a complete lack of transparency is failing the people of Flint.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Chair: Snyder Must Testify Before Congress
Jan. 29th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
 
January 29, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

 

Michigan Democratic Party Chair: Snyder Must Testify Before Congress

Calls on Congressman Walberg’s Oversight Committee to hold Snyder accountable

 

LANSING – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon has called for the House Committee on Oversight – and its sole Michigan member in the House Republican Majority – to have Governor Snyder testify at the hearings on the Flint water crisis next week.

 

This comes one day after the news that state officials were secretly having coolers of purified water delivered to state government employees in Flint, all while the citizens of Flint were told they there was no need to worry about the quality of their water.

 

“It is baffling that Congress would not require Michigan’s executive officer to explain, under oath, his actions leading up to, and during, this public health disaster in Flint,” said Dillon.

 

“Congressman Walberg’s Republican Party has the majority in Congress. Congressman Walberg’s Republican Party controls the Oversight Committee. Congressman Walberg has a unique position, as the sole Michigan Republican on the Oversight Committee, to require Governor Snyder’s testimony before Congress.

 

“The people of Flint deserve the truth, and every person in this state wants to know why nearly100,000 of their fellow citizens were left in the dark about the poison flowing into their homes on a daily basis. Congressman Walberg has the ability to call on Governor Snyder to provide those answers, and we demand that he do so, or explain to the people of Michigan why he won't."

 

Yesterday, Walberg challenger Gretchen Driskell offered to personally drive Governor Snyder to D.C. and called on Walberg to have him testify, as well.

 

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Heckuva Job, GOP: Snyder Signs Bill for Flint While in Grand Rapids
Jan. 29th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
 
January 29, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
Heckuva Job, GOP: Snyder Signs Bill for Flint While in Grand Rapids
 

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the emergency funding bill aimed at addressing Flint’s water crisis and its signing today by Governor Snyder while at a Michigan Press Association lunch in Grand Rapids:  

 

“Signing this bill at a Michigan Press Association luncheon is further proof that Governor Snyder cares more about trying to get positive media coverage than he does about getting things done and helping the people of Flint,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“While Governor Snyder and his Republican pals are all smiles, posing for photos at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, the people of Flint are 100 miles away, waiting for their governor to actually lead and solve the crisis for which he and his administration are responsible.”

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MDP Statement on Public's Opinion of Governor Snyder, Handling of Flint Water Crisis
Jan. 27th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
 
January 27, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com
 
MDP Statement on Public's Opinion of Governor Snyder, Handling of Flint Water Crisis
 
The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, today, on behalf of MDP Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the WXYZ/Detroit Free Press Pollshowing 69% of Michigan residents disapprove of the way Governor Snyder has handled the Flint water crisis:

“The people of Michigan have witnessed Governor Snyder’s incompetent and negligent handling of the Flint water crisis, along with his penchant for operating under a shroud of secrecy, and they’re growing more tired of it by the day,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“The governor says he likes to let the numbers do the talking – well, no “high stakes” PR firm can spin the story the latest poll numbers are telling us: the citizens of this state expect more from their governor, and they most certainly deserve better.”  

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Snyder Dodges, Walks Out on Flint/New NERD Fund Question
Jan. 27th 2016
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

January 27, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com

Snyder Dodges, Walks Out on Flint/New NERD Fund Question (video)
Earlier this afternoon, Governor Rick Snyder dodged the question, then walked out of a press conference, when asked about his use of a new, secret, and unaccountable NERD Fund to pay for a "high stakes" public relations team, instead of more workers on the ground to help with the Flint water crisis. 
"Governor Snyder is dodging legitimate questions from reporters on why he is using a secret, unaccountable political fund to hire public relation experts, rather than more workers to actually get things done in Flint," said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman. 
"This is not the way to handle a public health crisis. The public has a right to know why money is being spent on an image makeover for the governor, instead of getting safe, clean water restored to the people of Flint."
To watch the video, follow this link: https://youtu.be/MM1ugZH_DIU
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Government plagued by scandals, secrecy and cover-ups is jeopardizing Michigan’s future, fueling crises like Flint
Jan. 19th 2016

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Michigan Democratic Party

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410

 

Dems to Snyder:

Government plagued by scandals, secrecy and cover-ups is jeopardizing Michigan’s future, fueling crises like Flint

Governor should use Address to embrace Dems’ common sense anti-corruption reforms

 

LANSING – In advance of the State of the State address, Michigan Democrats blasted Governor Snyder and the Republican-controlled legislature for creating a culture of secrecy that is fueling one scandal after another and destroying the public’s trust. At the heart of the problem is a pattern of backroom decision-making that allowed Flint’s water to be poisoned with lead and then covered up.  Democrats also pointed to multi-million dollar contracts being awarded to relatives, donors and cronies, $134 million to be spent on new legislative offices that the state doesn’t need, the firing of whistleblowers, and many others as examples of the need for reform now.

 

“Secrecy and cover-ups create scandals like the poisoning of Flint’s children with lead and the throwing away of $134 million on new legislative offices the state doesn’t need and can’t afford,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  “How many more times will we have to ask what did they know and when did they know it, before Republicans join us in passing anti-corruption laws that will make the Governor’s office and the legislature transparent and accountable to the people they are supposed to serve?  We are calling on Governor Snyder to use tonight’s address to break from the GOP’s business-as-usual and embrace our call for common sense anti-corruption reforms to clean up Lansing and get to the bottom of scandals like the poisoning of Flint’s water.”

 

Governor Snyder and legislative Republicans have been dogged by repeated scandals since 2011 (see attachment).  Recently, internal documents suggested that top Snyder officials were aware of the grave health threat posed by Flint’s drinking water months before they publicly acknowledged it. In the beginning of 2015, Senate Republicans gave $134 million to a GOP mega-donor for new Senate offices with no accountability or oversight. Meanwhile, allegations in a recently filed whistleblower suit suggest that Speaker Cotter knew about rampant misuse of taxpayer funds in the offices of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat months before he publicly acknowledge it.

 

The Governor and his fellow Republicans have consistently dodged questions about their involvement in these scandals, hiding behind Michigan’s weak anti-corruption laws.  Michigan’s freedom of information laws contain loopholes that shield the governor and legislators from public scrutiny, our lobbying laws allow lobbyists to spend thousands of dollars without reporting it, and Republicans have chipped away at financial disclosure laws to allow dark money to flood the political process.  The Center for Public Integrity recently ranked Michigan dead last in the country when it comes to anti-corruption and transparency laws.

 

“We need to focus on making Michigan’s economy work for everyone, not just the wealthy,” Greimel said. “Democrats want to fight for more government transparency and accountability to ensure the public gets answers on the Flint Water crisis and the $134 million Capitol View boondoggle. Additionally, we must strengthen all parts of our education system, so every child has an opportunity to succeed, and every family has a chance to prosper right here in Michigan. We are calling on the Governor and his fellow Republicans to use the State of the State to announce support for these common-sense measures and help us end the culture of corruption they’ve created in Lansing.”

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Michigan Democrats Respond to Snyder's State of the State
Jan. 19th 2016

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Michigan Democratic Party

 

January 19, 2016

ContactPaul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

Michigan Democrats Respond to Snyder's SOTS

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, tonight, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address this evening:

 

“A few minutes spent blaming bureaucrats does not make up for the months Governor Snyder spent doing nothing while Flint children were being poisoned,”said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

“Instead of pushing for full transparency and accountability by joining with 48 other states whose governors and legislatures are subject to FOIA, Snyder plans to offer up a few cherry-picked emails in hopes that will satisfy the calls for him to come clean about what he knew about Flint and when he knew it. Unfortunately, for Governor Snyder, the people of Michigan will not be silent until our governor and legislature are no longer allowed to operate in a shroud of secrecy that allows cover-ups to become tragedies, like what we've seen done to the people of Flint.”

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Democrats Demand AG Appoint Independent Investigator for Flint Water Probe
Jan. 15th 2016

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Michigan Democratic Party

 

January 15, 2016

ContactPaul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

 

Democrats Demand AG Schuette Appoint Independent Investigator for Flint Water Probe

Schuette’s conflict of interest, lack of transparency disqualifies him as investigator

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, calling on Attorney General Bill Schuette to appoint an independent investigator to probe the Flint water crisis based on his blatant conflict of interest and history of blocking the people of Flint from accessing critical information on the crisis:

 

“Bill Schuette has disqualified himself from conducting a fair and honest investigation of the Snyder administration’s role in the Flint water crisis, plain and simple,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “His history of stonewalling the release of critical information to the people of Flint shows that he is more interested in protecting his Republican cronies than getting to the bottom of what Snyder knew and when.  What’s more, Schuette is the one responsible for defending Snyder against lawsuits from the people of Flint, raising a serious conflict of interest.  It’s no wonder Bill Schuette waited months to launch his so-called investigation, and only after being called out for his inaction. Schuette is more interested in political opportunity and protecting his Republican friends than he is in protecting the people of Flint.”

 

In November, it was reported that the health department told citizens that Schuette’s office had instructed them not to release public documents in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  Now, Schuette has been tasked with representing Governor Snyder and his top officials in lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis—even as he claims to be conducting his own separate investigation into the Snyder administration’s role in poisoning the Flint water supply.

 

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Two Career Politicians Won’t Earn Votes of UP & N. MI's Working Families
Jan. 14th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

January 14, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

 

Two Career Politicians Won’t Earn Votes of UP & Northern Michigan's Working Families
Allen and Casperson made millions off of taxpayers while voting against wage increases for workers
 
LANSING – Despite spending decades turning their backs on Michigan’s working families, two career politicians are now fighting for the Republican nomination in the race for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.
 
Jason Allen and Tom Casperson, both lifelong Republican politicians, whose careers span decades inside Michigan politics, have collected nearly $2 million from taxpayer-funded salaries, all while turning their backs on Michigan working families by voting time and again against raising the minimum wage.
 
“Jason Allen and Tom Casperson have come to Michigan taxpayers with an open hand when it comes to collecting their paychecks, while using the other hand to keep Michigan workers down by voting against wage increases every chance they get,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “These two career politicians have no idea what working families in Michigan go through to make ends meet.”
 
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MDP Statement on Governor's Signing of Bill Eliminating Right to Vote Straight-Ticket
Jan. 5th 2016

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

January 5, 2016

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

MDP Statement on Governor's Signing of Bill Eliminating Right to Vote Straight-Ticket

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Governor Snyder's signing into law the elimination of the right to vote straight-ticket:

 

"By signing the elimination of straight-ticket voting – an option the voters of our state already made clear, not once, but twice, was their right –  Governor Snyder again chose politics over people and the Republican Party over democracy," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  "This is another clear and direct attack by Republicans on voting rights in Michigan and will do nothing but make it harder for voters to cast their ballot." 

 

"Unfortunately, it's clear that the thought of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as their presidential nominee is another factor motivating them to use any means necessary to make voting more difficult."

 

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MDP Statement on Resignation of MDEQ Director Dan Wyant
Dec. 29th 2015

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 29, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

 

MDP Statement on Resignation of MDEQ Director Dan Wyant

Governor Snyder accepts appointee’s resignation, apologizes to Flint

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the resignation of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant over his handling of the Flint water crisis:

 

“While it’s encouraging to see that Governor Snyder is finally heeding the calls for action that we, along with thousands of others across Michigan, have been making for months, we are still a long way from achieving the accountability the people of Flint deserve,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair.

 

“Apologies and resignations are long overdue, and if Governor Snyder is serious about making things right, his next step will be the removal from state employment all others responsible for the poisoning of Flint’s water, particularly Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, who is now in charge of Detroit Public Schools. Earley and every individual involved in this blatant violation of human rights must go now, before they do any further damage to the futures of Michigan children and families.”

 

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MDP Chair Calls For Republican Party to Denounce RNC Committeeman for Intolerant Remarks Against Muslims
Dec. 21st 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 21, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

MDP Chair Calls For Republican Party to Denounce RNC Committeeman for Intolerant Remarks Against Muslims

Dave Agema once again proves he’s not fit to speak for his Party

 

LANSING, MI – After Republican National Committeeman and potential candidate for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Dave Agema, once again, proved his bigotry by praising Donald Trump’s despotic idea to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon has called for the Republican Party to denounce Agema. This comes as a rally in support of Donald Trump is scheduled to be held in Grand Rapids later today.

 

In an interview with MLive on Sunday, RNC Committeeman Dave Agema said that Donald Trump’s idea to ban all immigrants solely based on their religion was “right on,” and that he’s “glad he's in the race to bring those issues forward.” Agema then cited his own failed bill he championed in the state legislature that would have imposed immigration papers checks at traffic stops.

 

“The fact that someone who speaks for the Republican Party actually believes we should ban someone from entering the United States solely based on their religious status is not only inexcusable, it's un-American,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.  “Unfortunately, it’s hardly a surprise that Dave Agema would hold these beliefs, considering his hateful views against the LGBT community and African-Americans are already widely known due to his previous rants. The Michigan GOP and the Republican National Committee should immediately denounce Dave Agema and his hateful views.”

 

Dave Agema was censured by the Republican National Committee in January for posting articles on his Facebook page that referred to “homosexuals” as “promiscuous,” implied that Muslims were not Americans, and cited an essay from a white supremacist magazine that said African-Americans are not as smart as other people. He called that magazine article “very enlightening.”

 

Agema told MLive in October that he was considering a run for Congress in Michigan’s 1st District.

 

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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. 

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