EVENTS:

Voters Not Politicians has successfully completed our signature gathering phase. We are gearing up for the next phase of the campaign and want to offer you a chance to hear about our plans and opportunities for getting involved. Here's where we will be: 2/20 6:00-8:00 pm Farmington Public Library 32737 Twelve Mile, Farmington.

FEBRUARY WBLDEMS MEETING. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2018. NOTE: Change of day. refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. Speakers will be: Dr. Abdul El-Sayeed, candidate for Gov. of Michigan, and Mona DeQuis; regional political organizer at Michigan Democratic Party. The meeting will be at the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Building Room #102. More info at Meetings

The People's Governor Forum: Transforming Michigan's Future. Saturday, March 3 at 12 PM - 3 PM. Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, 9000 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202. Hosted by MIchigan United.

14th Congressional District Meeting. March 10, 2018. Executive Board Meeting 10:00 am. General Membership Meeting 11:00 am. More at 14thdistrictdems.org

OCDP March Meeting Tuesday, March 13th 7:00pm Plumbers Hall 555 Horace Brown Dr. Madison Heights.

2018 MDP Legacy Dinner, Saturday, April 14, 2018. We are excited to announce U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris as our special guest. This year's event will celebrate the Legacy of Women in Politics and take place at Cobo Center in Detroit. Get tickets here.

2018 State Endorsement Convention . Sunday, April 15, ALL DAY @ The Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, Michigan. The purpose of this convention shall be to endorse a candidate for Attorney General, a candidate for Secretary of State, and candidates for State Supreme Court. In order to hold party office or vote at this convention, a person must be a member of the Party for at least 30 days prior, or by March 16, 2018. Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan office are exempt from the advance membership requirement, but must join or renew on or before April 15, 2018. Read Call to Convention

Join the OCDP every Wednesday night for a Project 83 Canvass. We will be meeting at our office located at 17100 W. 12 Mile Rd. Southfield from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. We will be out talking and listening to voters all over Oakland County. Project 83 is the MDP's blueprint to refocus, retrain & rebuild our organization so we're connecting with the voters of all 83 counties in our state. Fill out this form and let us know if you can join us!

Join our Meetup "Please join us as we modernize our methods and make it easier for local progressives and Democrats to meet, socialize, and share our values." Go to meetup.com/West-Bloomfield-Lakes-Area-Democratic-Club

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

NEWS:

I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes . I'm 20 and my ID is expired. Two days after the worst mass shooting in American history, and my local gun shop in Virginia showed no hesitation in selling me an AR-15. At thetab.com.

Republicans Announce Plans For Drastic Cuts To Social Security, Raise Retirement Age . Chairman Sam Johnson, the Republican Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of Ways and Means, just introduced a bill that would deeply cut Social Security as we today know it, not to mention his intention to raise the retirement age from 67 to 69. If the bill passes, which many expect that it will in some form, it will affect all Americans 49 and younger. At news.groopspeak.com

The Hidden Costs of America's Wars. In a counterpoint to the relatively limited estimates issued by the Pentagon, the Costs of War Project has come up with a comprehensive estimate of what the war on terror has actually cost this country since 2001: $5.6 trillion. That $5.6 trillion includes the costs of caring for post-9/11 veterans as well as spending to prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. At tomdispatch.com

The rise and fall of Clintonism. Hillary Clinton's shocking loss to Donald Trump highlights a generation of Democratic Party politics that has now come crashing to an end. Democratic presidential candidates from 1976 on were increasingly neoliberal. The engine of neoliberalism is money. Deregulating finance and busting unions, for example, leads to rapid increases in the share of income going to corporate executives and shareholders, who can then put that money behind more neoliberal policy. The result is a self-perpetuating cycle of inequality. At thenation.com

After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace. But that might not be a bad thing. It is time to get away from the idea that Israel's most fervently partisan supporter and supplier of money and arms can be a mediator. The United States is not neutral: It is a party to this conflict, fully on the side of Israel. Full article at thenation.com

Embracing Bold Platforms, Progressives Working to Unseat Corporate Dems Nationwide. "If we reelect the same Democratic Party that we had going into this mess, then we're going to have the same exact result." At alternet.org

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper. There is only one safe voting technology: paper. Barbara Simons believed that the electronic systems that had gained favor in the United States after the 2000 presidential election were shoddy, and eminently hackable. Many of the leading opponents of paperless voting machines were, and still are, computer scientists, because they understand the vulnerability of voting equipment. At theatlantic.com

Profiles in cowardice: Patterson, Hackel team up to kill regional transit. At freep.com

Dana Nessel needs our help! Our endorsed candidate for Attorney General, Dana Nessel, needs our help! Michigan does not have a primary race for the Attorney General position; there is an Endorsement Convention scheduled on April 15 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Go to Progressive Caucus of the MDP

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GUNS. First, the lunatic in chief. His first tweet put the blame on the teachers and students for not preventing the gunman from doing the killing. This man is crazy, not to mention evil. Today he gave a seven minute speech with the same old platitudes about prayer and telling children how much we love them. He said we will do everything we can to protect them. That is, of course, a bald faced lie. More from Richard at wbldems.blogspot.com

Usually, I do not feel embarrassed by by Jews in the public eye, who act like fools or are criminals. Stephen Miller is the exception. I'm so happy this letter was sent!!! Carolyn. See letter to the White House: "Stephen Miller must be removed" at ncjw.org.

Congress pushing back on Trump's reckless Mideast policies. At wbldems.blogspot.com. Kathryn and I have been members of J Street for several years. We think their mission is right on. As a heads up, we will be hosting an event for Elissa Slotkinn later in March. The event will be sponsored by J Street. I hope to get a big turnout. Richard

Preparing witnesses. I think that Chump is far more uncontrollable witness than any I have dealt with. If I were Chump's lawyer I would play out the string as long as possible in the hope that somehow he will not be compelled to testify to Mueller. Richard. More at wbldems.blogspot.com

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