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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
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
MDP Statement on Republican Passage of Straight-Ticket Voting Ban
Dec. 16th 2015
MDP Response to Rubio Fundraising in Michigan
Dec. 9th 2015
Michigan Democrats Call on Bishop, Walberg, and Casperson to Denounce Donald Trump’s Hateful “Bigotry and Racism”
Dec. 9th 2015
Republicans Strip Voters of Right to Straight-Ticket Voting
Dec. 8th 2015
Whistleblower Lawsuit: Massive Cover-Up by House Republican Leadership Involving Threats, Intimidation, and Taxpayer Resources
Dec. 7th 2015

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

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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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MDP Statement on Republican Passage of Straight-Ticket Voting Ban
Dec. 16th 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 16, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

 

MDP Statement on Republican Passage of Straight-Ticket Voting Ban

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement tonight, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Michigan Senate Republicans passage of legislation banning straight-ticket voting, while removing the tie-bar bill that would have allowed for more absentee voting:

 

“Republicans in our state legislature are no longer even trying to hide the fact their goal all along has been to make it harder to vote in Michigan. By ignoring the concerns repeatedly expressed by our state’s local clerks and eliminating even minimal expansion of absentee ballots, Michigan Republicans have made it clear their true intent with this legislation is voter suppression, plain and simple.” 

 

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MDP Response to Rubio Fundraising in Michigan
Dec. 9th 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 9, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

MDP Response to Rubio Fundraising in Michigan Today

 

Marco Rubio is fundraising in Michigan today. Marco Rubio opposed the auto industry rescue that saved 1.5 million jobs, many of them in Michigan, and made the American auto industry competitive again for the first time in decades. Had Marco Rubio and the Republicans running for president had their way, GM and Chrysler’s doors would be closed, and the American auto industry would likely no longer exist.

 

Rubio On The Auto Rescue: “I Don't Think That Was The Right Way To Handle It… It Was A Problematic Approach That The Federal Government Took To Doing It.”

 

Tonight, Rubio is raising money at a fundraiser hosted by Michigan businessman John Rakolta, a former Mitt Romney finance chairman, who once bankrolled an advertisement comparing Jennifer Granholm to Adolf Hitler.  

 

"Michigan voters won’t forget that Marco Rubio would have let Detroit crumble – just like every other Republican presidential candidate," said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "Marco Rubio is clueless when it comes to saving and creating good-paying American jobs, and Michigan voters will see right through him.”

 

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Michigan Democrats Call on Bishop, Walberg, and Casperson to Denounce Donald Trump’s Hateful “Bigotry and Racism”
Dec. 9th 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 9, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

Michigan Democrats Call on Bishop, Walberg, and Casperson to Denounce Donald Trump’s Hateful “Bigotry and Racism”

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party has called on Mike Bishop, Tim Walberg, and Tom Casperson to denounce recent comments by Donald Trump calling for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country.

 

In an editorial this morning, the Detroit Free Press called Donald Trump’s comments “nothing more than rank bigotry and racism,” and denouncing them as “lies so vile that they become dangerous if not met with truth, and strength.”

 

Unfortunately, such “strength” is nowhere to be found among incumbent Republican Congressmen Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, and Republican congressional candidate Tom Casperson, who have all been silent while Trump spews his hateful rhetoric.

 

“Staying silent while the leading member of your Party spews hateful rhetoric, alienating millions of Americans, is nothing other than cowardly," said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “We elect our leaders not only to make decisions, but to be our voice. Congressmen Walberg and Bishop, along with Republican congressional hopeful Tom Casperson, seem to have forgotten that.”

 

Read the Free Press’s full editorial here.

 

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Republicans Strip Voters of Right to Straight-Ticket Voting
Dec. 8th 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 8, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

 

MDP Statement on Republicans Stripping Voters of Right to Straight-Ticket Voting

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the followed statement, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Senate Bill 13, which eliminates straight-ticket voting as an option for Michigan voters and was passed by the House Elections Committee today:

 

“Republicans in our state legislature have, once again, decided to overrule the democratic will of voters to benefit themselves politically. The people of Michigan voted, not once, but twice, to keep straight-ticket voting as an option when they go to the polls, but today, Republicans stripped them of that right by eliminating the option entirely.

 

“Rather than pass election reform that would benefit voters and strengthen our voting process, Representative Lyons and her fellow Republicans on the committee decided to take away a right, knowing that it will lead to longer lines, voter confusion and voter fatigue, and increase the burden and cost for our township, city, and county clerks that oversee and administer our elections. 

 

“Since Lisa Lyons plans to run for Kent County Clerk following her time in the House, she should consider yard signs that say Lisa “Long Lines” Lyons, because that’s exactly what she’s giving to voters on Election Day.”

 

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Whistleblower Lawsuit: Massive Cover-Up by House Republican Leadership Involving Threats, Intimidation, and Taxpayer Resources
Dec. 7th 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Michigan Democratic Party

December 7, 2015

Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410pkanan@michigandems.com 

 

Whistleblower Lawsuit: Massive Cover-Up by House Republican Leadership Involving Threats, Intimidation, and Taxpayer Resources

 

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party issued the followed statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the filing of a federal whistleblower lawsuit by former Courser/Gamrat staffers that alleges House Speaker Kevin Cotter and his top officials knew of the former representatives’ wrongdoing and actively engaged in covering it up:

 

            “This federal whistleblower complaint points to a massive cover up using threats, intimidation, and taxpayer resources by top Republican officials, including House Speaker Kevin Cotter. The question asked by Democrats – “What did the Speaker know and when did he know it?” – has finally been answered, and the answer is that they knew from the very beginning,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

 

On no less than eight separate occasionsKeith Allard and Ben Graham informed the Speaker’s office of the ongoing abuse of taxpayer funds including, "undeniable physical proof of everything he was telling them.”

 

“House Republican leadership at the highest levels, and the Speaker himself, were intimately involved in orchestrating a cover-up of an abuse of taxpayer resources that resulted in the wrongful termination of the whistleblowing staff,” Dillon continued. “This complaint alleges very troubling and deceptive behavior by top Republicans in the House. If these allegations are true, they are even more serious than the scandal that ultimately forced the resignation and expulsion of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, in the first place.

 

Scandals and cover-ups have become a troubling pattern and practice of the way Lansing Republicans conduct business. Republicans and House Speaker Cotter are clearly more concerned with furthering their own political careers than being held accountable to the people of Michigan.” 

 

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Statement from MDP Chair Lon Johnson on Republicans' Failure to Address Dave Agema

LANSING - MDP Chair Lon Johnson issued the following statement on the continuing failure of Republican leaders to condemn Dave Agema's bigotry:

"It speaks volumes that Republican leaders Rick Snyder and Terri Land still haven't broken their silence on Dave Agema's comments, even in the face of an election year threat from one of their top donors," said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "It's time for Republicans to remove Agema from his post, and to finally embrace common sense equality and non-discrimination protections for everyone in Michigan. Our state needs leaders like Mark Schauer and Gary Peters, who will work to build a stronger, more welcoming Michigan for everyone."

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