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Oakland County Executive Election Bill Moves To Senate Floor. The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee yesterday moved a bill that would allow Oakland and Bay counties to change their county executive elections from presidential years to gubernatorial years starting with the 2018 election. THIS IS THE LATEST OF A SERIES OF REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO CHANGE THE RULES AND RIG ELECTIONS TO PRESERVE THEIR POWER AND MINIMIZE VOTER PARTICIPATION. Contact Amanda Klein or Kelly Garrett at the Oakland County Democratic Party today by calling 248-584-0510 or info@ocdp.org and offer to write a letter to your local paper about this issue.

The new revelations about the Bush administration's secret torture program are sickening. But today, one of the key legal architects of the torture program, former White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, is the dean of a Christian law school. Gonzales has never apologized or repented for his role in drafting and approving the infamous memos that provided the administration's legal justification for torture. Tell Christian university: Torture is unchristian. Fire Alberto Gonzales.

Congress must pass a spending bill to keep our government running before tomorrow at midnight. But House Republicans are once again undermining the process by jamming in provisions for their special interest backers. In the middle of the night, they slipped in a provision that would allow big banks to gamble with money insured by taxpayers. It's opening the door for another taxpayer-funded bailout of big banks. Republicans were hoping this would go unnoticed. The Republicans want to saddle middle class families with the burden of Wall Street's failures. Sign your name and demand Boehner remove these provisions immediately at action.dccc.org 12/11/2014

Democrats prepared to vote down Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal . Congressional Democrats say there are enough votes on both sides of the aisle to strike down a Trans-Pacific Partnership if it doesn't include key measures to protect U.S. jobs. Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee says the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other similar deals did the opposite of what they promised. Instead of bringing jobs, they took them. More at michiganradio.org 12/9/2014

Tim Skubick: Democrats will do deep dive into official elections results to figure out what went wrong. Read his article at mlive.com

Discrimination in the Name of Religion Bills Passes House. These bills, PASSED today in MI House (59 - 50), and allow discrimination in the name of religion!! 1. Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) 2. Adoption & Foster Care bills (HB 4928 & 4991) (that allow adoption and foster care agencies to refuse to provide services and make placements based on religious or moral convictions, even if the decisions are not in the best interest of the children.) Please call your State Senators this Friday to defeat these bills. 12/8/2014

Black Friday Revealed How Poor Americans Really Are. Black Friday sales plummeted this year, leaving retailers completely stumped. After weeks of declining gas prices, many analysts predicted the biggest holiday season ever. So where are the customers? They're probably broke, according to some analysts and executives. Read the article at msn.com

Strange Bedfellows Are Blocking The McConnell-Obama Trade Deal. President Barack Obama's administration has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership since the beginning of his presidency. But Obama has faced two domestic obstacles to enacting his pact: Democrats in Congress, who worry it will exacerbate income inequality, and a bloc of House Republicans, who are up in arms about the deal's implications for executive power and national sovereignty. Read more at huffingtonpost

Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High. This TPM article raises crucial points such as, "civic culture," "civic participation," & voting by mail: talkingpointsmemo.com

GOP States' Hitlist: Abortion, Unions & Hillary. thedailybeast.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee. Last Wednesday, President Obama announced his nomination of Antonio Weiss to serve as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department. So who is Antonio Weiss? He's the head of global investment banking for the financial giant Lazard. I have voted against only one of President Obama's nominees: Michael Froman, a Citigroup alumnus who is currently storming the halls of Congress as U.S. Trade Representative pushing trade deals that threaten to undermine financial regulation, workers' rights, and environmental protections. Enough is enough. It's time for the Obama administration to loosen the hold that Wall Street banks have over economic policy making. Sure, big banks are important, but running this economy for American families is a lot more important. More at huffingtonpost

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Join the Coffee Party Movement. You'll be supporting efforts that call for Campaign Finance Reform, Wall Street Reform and Tax Code Reform from the grassroots level. The Coffee Party is a grassroots movement to restore democracy, civility and economic security. Go to coffeepartyusa.com or facebook.com/coffeeparty

Dear lovers and defenders of Democracy, We all give to charities that provide aid and support and vital assistance on so many levels, this time of year. We write letters and speak as advocates and support good candidates who share our vision. But there is something also important for us to do: Please write tax deductible contributions to the litigious organizations that haul the bigots and haters into courts and force them to cease and desist: *AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE. *SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER (who put the KKK out of business). *ACLU FUND. Their addresses are on Google. Jeanne Korsh

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WBLDEMS JANUARY MEETING -Wednesday, January 21, 2015. This will be a joint meeting of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club and the West Bloomfield Democratic Club. SPEAKER: Jocelyn Benson, Dean of the WSU Law School. She will be talking about election law, reflecting on the 2014 mid-term elections and insights on improving our election process


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