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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) will hold its County Convention on Saturday, November 22nd at the Pittsfield Township Hall (6201 W. Michigan Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.) Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the Convention itself starts at 10:00 a.m.
Involvement by all of our elected Precinct Delegates in this Convention is critical. One of the duties of Precinct Delegates is to elect the WCDP Executive Committee. Our by-laws state that one-third of the Executive Committee is automatically comprised of “the most recent nominees for countywide office and the county commission, and State House, State Senate and U.S. House whose districts include all or part of the county.”
The remaining two-thirds of the Executive Committee are chosen by the Precinct Delegates as well as the nominees for county, state legislative and U.S. House offices.
The Executive Committee, in turn, will choose our Executive Board (Chair, Statutory Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and the officers who serve as Vice Chairs of the various standing committees.) That may happen at the same meeting. We’ll know if that will happen soon and will let you know as soon as we have that information.
Please plan to attend this very important meeting that will choose the leaders of our County Party for the next two years. This is democracy in action and your participation is essential.
Yesterday, with only 13 days until the election, Michigan Dems were joined by former President Bill Clinton in Flint! Check out this MLive article to learn more:
“FLINT, MI – Former President Bill Clinton had a lot to say about Democrats as he rallied voters in Flint to get to the polls on Election Day Nov. 4.
He frequently mentioned Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters — but a few other key points stuck out during his speech.
From the Koch brothers to Detroit-made Shinola watches, Clinton touched a lot of topics. Here are some of the by-the-numbers highlights:
Five: The number of times Clinton rallied for Schauer.
“We’re back to square one. We are out of the hole. We have to plan the future. You will do better with Gary Peters. You will do better with Mark Schauer,” Clinton said.
Zero: The number of times Clinton mentioned Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Twice: His references to Flint. “It’s good to be back,” was his opening line to the crowd.
11: The number of times Clinton talked about the economy and jobs in Michigan and in the country.
“Then we had this crash (in 2008). It’s the fourth really big crash that we’ve had in 150 years. We had one in 1872, one in 1892, the depression in 1932 and then 2008. … All over the world there has been a lot of these crashes in 150 years. On average they take 10 years to get over,” Clinton said. “And when you hear people running the president down or people down in Washington you remember this. On average they take 10 years just to get the jobs back after the crash. … It took America in this difficult time six years and one month.”
30: The length of Clinton’s speech in minutes.
1,000: Roughly the number of people who filed into the Riverfront Banquet Center to hear him speak.
Three: The number of times Clinton said the phrase, “This isn’t rocket science,” when discussing the economy, getting back on track and getting more jobs.
One: The number of times Clinton mentioned the Detroit-based watch company Shinola, the brand he was wearing during the event Wednesday.
“We need more American success stories like Shinola in Detroit. I went to that factory a little while ago because they were grateful for me for hawking their watches everywhere and I go without commission. I’m the only free salesman they got,” he said during his speech, pointing to his watch.
Three: The number of times Clinton brought up the Koch brothers.
“Everybody gets so mad in these elections, you know, the Republicans and the Koch brothers, especially, they have put in so much money they’re just trying to weigh everybody down and stop you from thinking,” he said Wednesday.
26: The number of days Clinton has been a grandfather. He mentioned the family’s new addition twice.
Three: The number of times Clinton talked about working together and sharing responsibility.
“That’s why democracy works. It only works if you believe in empowering every individual. If you believe everybody should have a chance, everybody should have opportunity. Everybody should have the chance to shoulder his or her share of the responsibility,” he said.”
By Sarah Schuch | firstname.lastname@example.org
on October 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM, updated October 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM
State Representative Gretchen Driskell is partnering with State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer to demand more from Michigan businesses when it comes to providing insurance information on the contraceptive coverage that they offer to employees. Read this recent MLive article to learn more:
“New legislation would require employers to provide reproductive health information
By: Emily Lawler | email@example.com
on September 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM, updated September 09, 2014 at 12:20 PM
LANSING – Employers would have to provide insurance information on contraceptive coverage to prospective and current employees under bills slated for introduction in the House and Senate today.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline, will be introducing legislation in the Senate and House, respectively.
“Whether or not a company’s reproductive health coverage is comprehensive can be an important factor for a family to consider when making decisions about a job prospect,” Driskell said.
The legislation would require an employer to inform potential employees of its contraceptive coverage policy not just in a job offer but in any job postings or advertisements. It would also require that an employer notify employees of changes to contraception coverage 90 days before they take place.
Whitmer said she was disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, when it ruled that closely held private companies could decline to provide contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act based on religious beliefs.
“Over my entire legislative career I have worked to ensure that women have a voice in all matters, but when it comes to reproductive health care I think we’ve seen attack after attack,” Whitmer said.
The legislation is being introduced by Democratic members at a time when both chambers are controlled by Republicans. But Whitmer said it wasn’t intended to be partisan or divisive.
“I would like to think that we can all agree that employees should be able to know what is going to be covered in terms of their health care,” Whitmer said.