EVENTS:

FEBRUARY WBLDEMS MEETING. TUESDAY February 18, 2020. refreshments 6:45. Meeting begins at 7:00 PM and adjourns at 8:30. Our confirmed presenters are: Karen McDonald, candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor, Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk - she will discuss the election changes as a result of Proposition 3, Andrew Sarpolis of the Serra Club, Adam Hollier of the Pete Buttigieg Campaign. Meeting Location: Mezza Grille. 4189 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323. More info at Meetings

Come Hear Your Officials Speak About the Importance of This Year's Elections. Thursday, February 20th, 6:00-8:00pm UAW Local 653 670 E. Walton Blvd. Pontiac, MI 48340

Brenda Carter's Mardi Gras 2020 Second Line Kickoff. February 23rd at 6 pm. See poster.

PRECINCT DELEGATE ORIENTATION & TRAINING. The same 2-hour training will be offered as follows: Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m., Novi United Methodist Church, 41671 W. Ten Mile, Novi. Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy 48084. Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., 555 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights. REGISTER by email to Erichsusan@yahoo.com and indicate which date you will attend.

14th Congressional District CALL TO CONVENTION. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration 9:00-10:00 am. District Convention Starts 10:00 am February 29, 2020. Northwest Activities Center 18100 Meyers Detroit, MI. 48221

Voters Not Politicians is hosting Application Workshops. Join us to: Learn more about the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Learn more about the application process. Complete your application on site. Have your application notarized for free (please bring a photo ID). Saturday, February 29 at 12 p.m. in Pontiac. RSVP here.

Flip the Michigan House. A fundraiser with Special Guest Governor Gretchen Whitmer to get to majority. Monday, March 2nd. 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss American Center. 27777 Franklin Rd, #2500, Southfield, MI. Join us for food, drinks, and special guest speakers! RSVP here

Presidential Primary Election. March 10, 2020. Renewal of Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage. The Michigan Democratic Party is seeking Election Challengers for the 2020 elections, starting with the March 10 presidential primary. You must attend one training session in order to be assigned. Training will be offered in-person in multiple locations, and by webinar, from February 22 - March 1. Qualifications: You must be a registered voter in the state of Michigan You can't be a candidate for an elective office in the election. (Exception: Candidates for precinct delegate may be challengers in a precinct other than the one in which they are a candidate.) You can't act as a poll worker. You don't have to be a lawyer. You just need to learn some of the rules relating to elections, and to speak up when you see that the rules are not being followed. Contact Kelly Garrett at mgarrett@michigandems.com.

OCDP meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm! However our next meeting will be Monday, March 16th, 2020. The meeting will be held at Plumbers Local 98 555 Horace Brown Dr. Madison Heights, MI 48071. ocdp.org

14th Congressional District Dems Meetings. Executive Board Meeting 10:00 am. General Membership Meeting 11:00 am. March 14, 2020 & April 11, 2020. Oak Park Parks and Recreation 14300 Oak Park Blvd. Oak Park, Mich. May 09, 2020 & June 13, 2020. Northwest Activity Center 18100 Meyers. Detroit, Mich.

Judicial Candidates Forum, TUESDAY, MARCH 17. Oakland County judicial candidates will appear to tell us why they are running and to answer questions. Oakland County Democratic Party Chair Vaughn Derderian will Emcee the event, and moderators will be Hon. Jake Cunningham (Oakland County Circuit Court) and Prof. Sam Bagenstos (University of Michigan). The Forum will be held at the Farmington Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Forum starting at 7:00 p.m.

MDP State Endorsement Convention.Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9 AM - 5 PM. Lansing Center 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48933

General Primary Election - August 4, 2020.

The West Bloomfield/Lakes Area Democratic Club is on FACEBOOK.. Join Us!

NEWS:

The Berniephobes Are Wrong. Wall Street fears the rise of the Vermont senator. The rest of America has less to worry about. A social democrat winning the nomination or the White House would damage the financial markets, hurt business investment, and slow the underlying American economy, or so the argument goes. The only problem is that there is no reason to think that this is actually true. At theatlantic.com.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF WHITE-COLLAR CRIME.The criminal justice system has given up all pretense that the crimes of the wealthy are worth taking seriously. With few exceptions, the only rich people America prosecutes anymore are those who victimize their fellow elites. An entrenched, unfettered class of superpredators is wreaking havoc on American society. And in the process, they've broken the only systems capable of stopping them. Full article at huffpost.com.

Is Buttigieg the 2020 Version of Obama and Clinton? He is smart, articulate, a good campaigner, he came out of nowhere, and he has raised a lot of money from wealthy individuals and corporations, especially from Wall Street.

The hidden worst part of Donald Trump's unhinged impeachment victory speech. It was Trump on steroids. Trump unbound. Trump giving no, well, you know. But the worst part of it all had nothing to do with Trump. Instead, it was the audience who egged him on, laughed at his jokes and applauded his appalling lack of human decency. It felt like watching a bully beat up a helpless kid. Sure, the bully is to blame. But the crowd of people surrounding the beating and either cheering or doing nothing at all are far worse. The complicity of those in attendance -- the most powerful people within the Republican Party -- is what was truly astounding. At cnn.com.

"Because it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech." -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked why she ripped up Trump's speech on national television.

Of Course There Was Collusion with Russia. See Guide to the Mueller Report's Findings on "Collusion", where it states: On receiving an email offering derogatory information on Clinton coming from a Russian government official, Donald Trump Jr. "appears to have accepted that offer;" and Donald Trump Jr. told the Russians during the meeting that Trump could revisit the issue of the Magnitsky Act if elected. Trump's administration moved quickly to try and lift economic sanctions on Russia and other punishments former President Barack Obama had put in place as soon as it took office in January 2017. Articles here and here. But Congress passed legislation in July of 2017 to prevent Trump from lifting the sanctions on the Russian oligarchs (the Magnitsky Act), which the oligarchs (and Putin) desparately wanted him to do. See nytimes.com.

Sen. Sherrod Brown says Republicans acquitted Trump out of fear. "Many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. Fear has a way of bending us". More here.

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As an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and as a U.S. Senator, I took an oath to support the U.S. Constitution. After solemn consideration of the facts, I will vote to hold the President accountable for his actions. Senator Gary Peters. See the full statement here.

RESPONSES TO SENATOR GARY PETERS: You are a disgrace! Making allogations against our good President and presenting them as facts is not, and hopefully never will be the American way! Diane. Absolutely Senator. Only wish your republican colleagues were as honorable. Lori. Thank you Senator. It is beyond belief that all the evidence is ignored by those in trumps camp. Brett. And more responses here.

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