Voter Guide Questionnaire Responses of Mary Belden - Candidate for State House 40th District. Read them at

I am concerned that Proposal 1 is a trap! Do you really believe that we can cut taxes for business and give more funds to local communities? This is another gift to the businesses who have large inventories that are taxed by local communities. The apparent trade off is that 2 cents of the 6 cent use (sales) tax will go to local communities. That is already the practice. Under this proposal, the governor will appoint a board that will determine which community gets how much. It appears to me that the "Local Community Stabilization Board" is a vehicle to make sure that there is no increase in taxes to support those communities in the future. Let's get more information before we allow this trap to become law! Al Halper

One Of The NSA's Original Whistleblowers Says The Goal Is 'Total Population Control' William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. The NSA is not just pursuing terrorism, as it claims, but ordinary citizens going about their daily communications. "The NSA is mass-collecting on everyone", Binney said, "and it's said to be about terrorism but inside the US it has stopped zero attacks." Read More

"Alarmingly, dozens of large United States companies are contemplating the increasingly popular tax-skirting tactic known as an inversion. Under the strategy, companies merge with foreign rivals in countries with lower tax rates and then reincorporate there while still enjoying the benefits of doing a large part of their business in the United States.". Read the story: Walgreen - renouncing corporate citizenship

Michael Saari is running against Sandy Colvin for the Michigan House in the 39th District. In April, 2014, his party affiliation was listed as REPUBLICAN!! Beware, some hiding behind the Donkey are really Elephants! He is also a member of the NRA.

The Detroit Free Press has published the results of an alarming in-depth investigation of Michigan charter schools and their use of state money. The news is disturbing. Charter schools spend $1 billion a year in state money with little transparency, oversight, or accountability. In fact, the Free Press' reports found that there are "a record number of charter schools run by for-profit companies that rake in taxpayer money and refuse to detail how they spend it, saying they're private and not subject to disclosure laws.". The Michigan Senate Democrats introduced Senate Joint Resolution R last year, a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the operation of any public school in Michigan on a for-profit basis. It's a move many other states have taken to protect our tax dollars and ensure the focus in our schools is always on educating our kids, not maximizing corporate profits. Unfortunately, this legislation has gone nowhere under the Republican Majority. Sign our petition at today to ban for-profit corporations from running our schools in Michigan

Will Anyone Stop Charter School Corruption? When politicians and pundits take to the barricades to defend "wonderful charter schools", is this what they're thinking of? A recent article in a Minnesota newspaper reported about a change in state law. Read it at

Control of the Senate is going to come down to the wire. These six women are locked in tough races. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Michelle Nunn in Georgia. Natalie Tennant is the Secretary of State in West Virginia and is now running to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is facing Scott Brown in New Hampshire. Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator Kay Hagan. Click here to contribute before the critical June 30th deadline. Debbie Stabenow United States Senator

Senate to vote on medical marijuana amendment!. Last month, we made history by passing an amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please take two minutes to call both of your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Paul/Booker medical marijuana amendment! June 19, 2014. See more at Marijuana Policy Project

Tony Trupiano for State Representative. Donate to protect a Blue seat in the 13th House District. Without your support the 13th could end up with someone who is not a true Democrat and certainly does not have the perspective I have who will work furiously to make sure you are protected from a Republican majority that must be disbanded this year. Donate here. If you prefer to mail a check send it to: The Committee to Elect Tony Trupiano P.O. Box 1027 Dearborn Heights MI 48127

For 20 years Michigan has cut taxes with little to show for it. "... for 20 years Michigan has been vainly cutting taxes with little to show except poorer public services and considerable damage to education." Read Jack Lessenberry's post at or at

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Oakland County Democratic Party HQ, 24445 Northwestern Hwy (Lodge service drive near 10 Mile), Southfield 48075. Call Democrats to update contact info. For details contact Carla Meier: 248-689-1815

Political Issues Forum, Wednesday, July 16, 7 - 8:30 PM For 11th District US House candidates - our own 3 candidates plus others. At Milford High School, 2380 South Milford Road, Highland Township 48357.

Debate on Channel 7, July 17, on Chuck Stokes program among all of the candidates running in the 14th Congressional District. Hosted by the League of Women Voters in Grosse Pointe.

NETROOTS NATION. The country's largest annual gathering of Progressives. July17-20 Detroit Michigan. Special guests: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Howard Dean, Rev. William Barber. 80 panels including a track of Michigan-related sessions. 40 hands-on training sessions on online tools, grassroots organizing and more. An Ignite themed keynote, featuring talks from movement leaders . Just $195 for a full conference pass Visit to register

Meet & Greet with 13th House District Candidate Tony Trupiano. Saturday, July 19th from 3-5 PM at The Home of Chris Michalakis 5528 Heather Lane Dearborn Heights, MI 48125 Please RSVP to: or call 313-820-6432 A $25 dollar donation is suggested, but you are all welcome to join us.

11th Congressional District Meeting For All Democrats - Saturday, July 19, 10:30 to Noon. A political issues forum for our 3 US House Democratic candidates: Anil Kumar, Bobbie McKenzie, Nancy Skinner. At MEA Center, 2625 East Oakley Park Rd, Commerce Township 48390. Doors open at 10.

Michigan's 14th Congressional District Candidates Forum. Tuesday, July 22 7 p.m. Adat Shalom Synagogue 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills . Come and learn about the candidates running in Michigan's 14th Congressional District. Compare their positions on issues that are important to you.

14th Congressional District Democrats annual fundraiser dinner. This year's event will be held at the Westin Southfield-Detroit on July 25, 2014. Tickets are $65. For more information call: Carol Weaver 313.459.6208 or go online

West Bloomfield Lakes Area Democratic Club Picnic, Sunday July 27, 12 - 3 pm, Marshbank Park

Primary Election - Tuesday, Aug 5

Oakland County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Democratic Party State Convention - Saturday, Aug 23 At Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.


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Candidates for 14th Congressional District: Brenda Lawrence, Hansen Clark, Rudy Hobbs

Candidate for 39th House District
Sandy Colvin

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Charles Roddis

Candidate for 40th House District
Mary Belden

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