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GOTV OAKLAND COUNTY!! (GET OUT THE VOTE). We are down to the final two weeks and the coordinated campaign is looking for volunteers to fill several shifts from now until Election Day. You can contact one of the four campaign offices in Oakland County to sign-up for a door shift or a phone shift. GOTV is one of the most important aspects of any campaign and we must get out and remind Democrats that this election is critical!
17100 W. Twelve Mile Rd. Suite 2 Southfield 313-434-2126.
4 North Saginaw St. 2nd Floor Pontiac 313-401-3681.
1205 N Main St. Royal Oak 313-655-1819.
29936 Orchard Lake Rd Farmington Hills 313-655-1780.

President Obama will be coming to Michigan Saturday November 1st to rally the 700,000 Democrats who did not come out to vote in the 2010 Midterm. He will be rallying for Schauer, Peters and all our dedicated Democratic candidates. See EVENTS below

WEST BLOOMFIELD DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ON THE PARTISAN BALLOT:
GOVERNOR:    MARK SCHAUER,                     LT GOVERNOR:    LISA BROWN
ATTORNEY GENERAL:    MARK TOTTEN.      SEC OF STATE:     GODFREY DILLARD
U.S. SENATE:     GARY PETERS
U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 14:    BRENDA LAWRENCE
U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 11:    BOBBY MCKENZIE
MICHIGAN SENATE - DISTRICT 15:    MICHAEL SMITH
MICHIGAN SENATE - DISTRICT 12 (KEEGO HARBOR, SYLVAN LAKE):    PAUL SECREST
MICHIGAN REPRESENTATIVE- DISTRICT 40:    MARY BELDEN
MICHIGAN REPRESENTATIVE- DISTRICT 39:    SANDY COLVIN
MICHIGAN REPRESENTATIVE- DISTRICT 29 (OL, KEEGO, SYLVAN):     TIM GREIMEL
OAKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 5 :    MARKUS TINCHER
OAKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 7 :     CHRISTOPHER DUBOIS
OAKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 13:    MARCIA GERSHENSON
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: -    CASANDRA E. ULBRICH, PAMELA PUGH SMITH
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: -           KATHY WHITE, MIKE BEHM
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY: -     FAYLENE OWEN, GEORGE J. PERLES
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY: -            MARILYN KELLY, DANA ALICIA THOMPSON
DEMOCRATIC ENDORSED CANDIDATES ON THE NON PARTISAN BALLOT:
JUSTICES OF SUPREME COURT: -    RICHARD BERNSTEIN, BILL MURPHY
JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT - INCUMBENT POSITION: -    DEBORAH A.THOMAS
CIRCUIT COURT:    JUDGE LISA LANGTON

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Open Letter to the Free Press. I've waited until I cooled down after reading your "close call" before sending this email to you. But I am still disappointed and angry that after you have demonstrated in your paper how the privatizing of public services such as schools and prisons has been mismanaged and abused. You suggest that he is the right man to control his radical legislature.   "Snyder, the Republican incumbent, promised a pragmatic approach to the state's problems and delivered - except when he was caving to radical elements of the GOP-led Legislature or going back on his word about transparency."   I disagree! I accuse Governor Snyder of distorting his record to make it palatable to you and others I consider reasonable. It is my opinion that he had an opportunity to hem in those legislators who take their orders from murky powers that keep them elected, but do not represent the best interests of our State! He didn't take it!   The inescapable truth on K-12 school funding is that the 2011-2012 saw a $470 per pupil reduction in the Foundation Grant that funds public schools, and the 2012-2013 budget had $0 increase, finally his 2013-2014 provided a $30 increase. Of course he spent a billion dollars more on "education" but his funding of the retirement system was not as urgent and the thousands of classrooms that were starved during the Great Recession.   I must say that after reading your endorsements for the Michigan House and Senate, my blood pressure is back to normal. I read more carefully your very lukewarm endorsement for Snyder, and I still disagree with your hope that he will stand up against his radical right legislature in the future, but your reasoning was open and clear.   Allen Halper, West Bloomfield

Gov. Snyder cut nearly $1 billion from state education funding during his first year in office, digging a hole that Michigan's students are still climbing out of. Getting Snyder out of the governor's office isn't the only way we can help. We need to elect Casandra Ulbrich and Dr. Pamela Pugh Smith to the State Board of Education. We need members on the State Board of Education who will make sure that all schools are focused more on educating their students than turning a quick profit. Sonya Alvarado Teacher Ann Arbor, Michigan. See the AFL CIO Voter Guide for all our candidates.

The Free Press endorsed Rick Snyder for another term as Michigan's Governor. The FP suggests that Snyder must serve as a bulwark against our gerrymandered, likely GOP-led Legislature. His record proves that he has caved in to the tea party wing on Right-to-Work, no regulations on motorcyclists wearing helmets, eliminate pricing on food, the rape insurance abortion law, etc. Tim Greimel and Sandy Levin said that this legislature is so extreme that if they are not tea party, they go along with it in fear of having a primary challenge and losing their jobs. We will continue to see the dismantling of public education in favor of privatized charter schools. This clearly lines the pockets of the few while taking money away from public education, an equal-and pubic education FOR ALL. I hope the Free Press is flooded with letters to the editor as to their endorsement of Snyder. Linda Samelson

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President Barack Obama is visiting Michigan Saturday November 1 to campaign for Gary Peters for U.S. Senate and Mark Schauer for Governor. Obama will be speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit. Doors open at 4 p.m. at the Matthaei Physical Education Center, 5101 John C. Lodge. It be a free, ticketed event, open to the public. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at Michigan Democratic Party coordinated offices across the metro Detroit area. See above for list of offices.

Volunteer to help us out at the polls on Election Day. If you haven't signed up yet we need your help! Consider taking the day off or closing your office. We will be focusing on high Democratic turnout precincts. Call Genevieve at 313-757-3084 to sign up to work on Election Day. MAJ will provide you with a location and materials. If you have questions or need more information about how you can get involved in this year's election please call Steve Pontoni, Director of Communications, at 517-321-3073, or email at spontoni@michiganjustice.org.   michiganjustice.org

I am coordinating the poll greeting program for the Supreme Court candidates nominated by the Democratic Party. I was hoping some of your members would be willing to volunteer at our West Bloomfield locations. Feel free to call me at any time! Alexandria Casperson 517-883-1311 Richard Bernstein for Justice bernsteinforjustice.com

NOVEMBER 4, 2014- ELECTION DAY. GET OUT THE VOTE!. If you are interested in becoming a poll watcher or poll challenger on Election Day you can contact Frank Houston at chair@ocdp.org.

On November 11th the Oakland County Democratic Party will be holding elections for the OCDP Executive Committee Members. If you are interested in a position please contact your local club chair. The meeting will be held at the Troy Community Center at 7pm. For Further questions please feel free to contact us at 248-584-0510.

11th Congressional District Democrats. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson will give an Election 2014 Analysis at our next general membership meeting, Nov 15, Saturday, 10:30. Plus free hot pizza post-election lunch for all. At the MEA Center, 2625 Oakley Park Rd, Commerce Township 48390.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 - WBLDEMS MEETING 7PM. ELECTION OF OFFICERS


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