Michelle McManus Opposes No Reason Absentee Voting!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 21:44

Republican Candidate for SOS in 2010 Michelle McManus is opposed to No Reason Absentee Voting. As working men and women of Michigan, DFA believes that every voter has right to vote and have their vote counted accurately. Ms McManus says on her website (date 05142009):

McManus on the Issues: No-Reason Absentee Voting
We have another great reader question this week, especially in light of the House action to approve a no-reason AV program for Michigan elections.
Where do you stand on no-reason absentee voting?

Robert Young, Consumers' Public Enemy Number 1 !

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 21:07

Rudy Serra – Attorney

On May 8, 2009, The Detroit Free Press (pg 19A) discussed “two landmark cases” from 1999 and 2007, both of which were written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young.

Young is one of the “Federalist Four” (extreme right-wing Republican activist judges) who was appointed by former Governor John Engler. He is an activist judge who routinely legislates from the bench to help big business and harm consumers.

The Free Press stated that “both rulings contravened 23 years” of consumer protection law that held “unscrupulous businesses accountable for deceptive and unfair practices.”
Young decided that big corporations that were licensed to do business in Michigan were exempt from the law that protects consumers from fraud and cheating.

Thanks to Young “Dishonest merchants can take advantage of customers, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. That includes nearly every company in the top 3 complaint categories.”

John Mellencamp and Barack Obama in Indianapolis May 17, 2009 4 pm - Keep Indiana Blue!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 21:04

We hope you'll be able to make this Sunday's exciting event with President Barack Obama and John Mellencamp!

Please note these important reminders:
We hope you'll be able to join us this Sunday! Please remember the following:
1.) We are encouraging guests to arrive to the event early to ensure efficient movement through security. For guests coming from outside of Indianapolis, please note you will need to pick your ticket up ahead of time at will call anyway (see below).
2.) Tickets will be available for pick up at the Westin Hotel on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Sunday, May 17 from Noon until 3 p.m. Contributions must be received before tickets may be obtained, and tickets must be picked up during these times.
3.) RSVP to keepindianablue@gmail.com by THIS Friday,
May 15.

4.) Please remember to bring a Photo I.D. for security purposes.
5.) Please remember that large handbags, signs and banners will not be allowed into the Keep Indiana Blue Dinner.
Just announced!!!

Special Musical Performance
by John Mellencamp

Keep Indiana Blue Dinner

The Honorable AndrÇ Carson
The Honorable Joe Donnelly
The Honorable Brad Ellsworth
The Honorable Baron Hill

And special guest

Barack Obama

Sunday, May 17, 2009
4:00 p.m.

The Westin Indianapolis
50 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN

Health Care Actions and Events! Make Congress Represent the Citizens!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 20:56

Health Care Actions & Events - Make Congress Represent US!

Gov. Howard Dean, founder of DFA, has announced his initiative to show Congress that the American people will not accept Health Care Reform that has no public option.

Take Action: Sign Howard Dean's petition and find out more about his approach: http://standwithdrdean.com/.

Containing health costs, Insurance Co. Accountability:

On Monday, May 11, 2009 the for-profit health industry promised President Obama to cut costs by 1.5%. But there is no accountability in a promise. One way to pressure the for-profit insurance industry is to make sure that any health care reform plan adopted at least include a public option - as Gov. Dean clearly demands in his petition at http://www.standwithdrdean.org/. ; Furthermore, many in the single-payer movement have argued that the only way to seriously reduce health care costs is to move from for-profit health insurance to a single-payer system like Medicare."

Support Bruce Fealk for a Netroots Nation Scholarship from Democracy for America.

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 22:28


Bruce Fealk has been campaigning hard to earn the scholarship to Netroots Nation, offered by Democracy for America. Netroots Nation is a convention of progressive activists and bloggers from around the country. Currently I’m in second place with 61 votes. We want to get Bruce into first place and stay there till the 5/11 cutoff. The first place position is guaranteed the scholarship. Also, if you could forward this e-mail on to some of your progressive friends with a personal note, we'd appreciate that too.

So, if you haven’t voted for him yet, we here at D4MD would appreciate your taking a few minutes to do so.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/brucefealkfordfa

In the right-hand column just below where it says Grassroots Supporters there’s a link that says Add Your Support. Click on the link.

On the next page, log in if you are already registered with DFA. If you are not registered, take a minute to register and confirm your registration in the e-mail they send you.

You’ll be taken to the page to vote. There is a comment field which is optional to fill out. Click on the Voice Your Support button.

You’re done.

Thank you very much for your support!

Grassroots organizers activate!

Steering Jim

Job Strategies for Challenging Economic Times

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 21:48

Town Hall Meeting on Job Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Hosted by State Senator Gilda Jacobs
Representatives from
Michigan Dept of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth,
Michigan Economic Development Corporation,
Michigan Works,
Michigan Dept of Human Services,
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
(additional presenters may be added)

When: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Lathrup Village City Hall Community Room
27,400 Southfield Rd.
Lathrup Village, MI

Who Should Attend: Everyone, but especially Workers and Job Seekers

For additional information, call Senator Jacobs @ 11-888-937-4453
or email: sengjacobs@senate.michigan.gov

Health Care Now! 9th Congressional District Organizing Meeting

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 21:30

Join Organizers at a Planning Meeting
Purpose: Organize the 9th Congressional District for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare - H.R. 676

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Rochester Hills Public Library (2nd Floor)
500 Olde Towne,
Rochester, MI 48307

Coalition for Health Care Now

Michigan Coalition for Health Care Now

An Inexpensive Irish-Theme Inaugural Celebration - Tuesday, January 20, 2009! RSVP Today!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 08:17

Inaugural Dinner Dance
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Six-thirty until eleven p.m.
Gaelic League
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48216

Celebrate this historic day with friends!
Dinner, Live Irish Music and DJ, Dancing
Cash bar

Large screen TV to view rebroadcast of swearing in ceremony
and other festivities of the evening
Ample parking in adjacent lots
$20 per person before January 17; $30 after January 17.

Hosted by the MDP Justice Caucus and Irish Americans for Obama

For more information: (313) 342-2327

Please mail reservations, with checks payable to the Justice Caucus to:
Inaugural Dinner Dance
Dave Shindell, Treasurer
MDP Justice Caucus
115 Holmes Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-3020

Reservation form can be faxed to: (866) 616-3020
Reserve online today at www.justicecaucus.org
Dressy attire Optional


Inaugural Dinner Dance
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Reservation and Payment Sheet

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ State: _____________ Zip: ____________

Telephone: __________________ Email: ______________

UPDATE: Sheila Smith Abandons County Clerk Recount

Submitted by Brainwrap on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 14:11

From the home page of Sheila Smith's official campaign website:

Nov. 28, 2008
Recount update:

I want to share with you all that we have done about considering to file for a recount. Our volunteers and staff interviewed city clerks, we met with the Democratic committee certification canvassers, talked to Oakland Co. election officials, interviewed those who phoned in election day polling problems and spoke to community clerks who had problems with the ES&S M-100 tabulators prior to election day and audited 30 precincts polling books after the vote was certified. We also consulted with statisticians, candidates who in the past were in extremely tight races, legal scholars experienced with recounts and dozens of involved politicians.

BREAKING: Recount in Oakland County Clerk's Race!!

Submitted by Brainwrap on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 11:27

On Wednesday morning, I posted a diary called The Word from Michigan in which I summarized the more noteworthy election results from here in Oakland County and the rest of the wolverine state.

For the most part, we had good news to report--in addition to wins in MI-09 (Gary Peters) and MI-07 (Mark Schauer), we also passed Prop 1 (medical marijuana) and Prop 2 (stem cell research). More amazingly, we were able to take out a sitting state Supreme Court Justice, Cliff Taylor. We even picked up 8 or 9 state house seats, increasing our majority. Hooray for us!

Locally, Oakland County Democrats also had a pretty good night--all six of the county-wide elected positions (Executive, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer, Clerk, Drain Commissioner) had been held, up until now, by Republicans for a long, long time. That changed on Tuesday, with my own State Representative, Andy Meisner, winning Oakland County Treasurer and former Appeals Court Justice Jessica Cooper winning Oakland County Prosecutor.



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