EVENTS:

2018 Voter & Candidate Toolbox. Your quick guide to all the fact-driven, data-driven, nonpartisan 2018 issues coverage published by Bridge Magazine. At bridgemi.com.

WBLDEMS EXEC COMMITTEE MEETING. Sunday August 19, 4pm, home of Jonathan Warshay.

Jennifer Suidan Birthday Beach Party. See poster at right.

AUGUST WBLDEMS MEETING - Health Care Discussion. TUESDAY AUGUST 21, 2018. We will have a panel discussion about health care. Refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. The meeting will be at the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Building Room #102. More info at Meetings

MDP State Convention, Lansing, August 25-26 . Nomination of Candidates for State Board of Education, for Board of Regents (U of M), for Board of Governors (WSU), for Board of Trustees (MSU). Adoption of 2018 Party Platform, Adoption of 2018 Resolutions, Nomination of Candidates (2) for State Supreme Court, for Secretary of State, for Attorney General, for Lieutenant Governor. You have to be a party member by Wednesday July 25 to vote at the convention. Info here.

Tuesday, October 9th. Last Day to Register to Vote in General Election

The 2nd Amendment on Trial. Friday, October 19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT. Adat Shalom Synagogue. 29901 Middlebelt Rd. Farmington Hills. Is the right to bear arms absolute? Was the 2nd Amendment meant for militias, or for individual self-defense? Is reasonable regulation a legislative, political, democratic, or constitutional process?

Tuesday, November 6th. General Election Day.

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NEWS:

WINNERS OF AUGUST 7, 2018 PRIMARY:
DEMOCRATIC:
GOVERNOR - Gretchen Whitmer, SENATOR - Debbie Stabenow, 11TH CONGRESS - Haley Stevens, 14TH CONGRESS - Brenda Lawrence, 15TH STATE SENATOR - Julia Pulver, 11TH STATE SENATOR - Jeremy Moss, 39TH STATE LEGISLATURE - Jennifer Suidan, 40TH STATE LEGISLATURE - Mari Manoogian, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 5TH - Kristen Nelson, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 7TH - Karen J. Adams, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 13TH - Marcia Gershenson.
REPUBLICAN:
GOVERNOR - Bill Schuette, SENATOR - John James, 11TH CONGRESS - Lena Epstein, 14TH CONGRESS - Marc S. Herschfus, 15TH STATE SENATOR - Jim Runestad, 11TH STATE SENATOR - Boris Tuman, 39TH STATE LEGISLATURE - Ryan Berman, 40TH STATE LEGISLATURE - David Wolkinson, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 5TH - Tom J. Berman, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 7TH - Christine A. Long, COUNTY COMMISSIONER 13TH - Michelle Dinardo.

Health Care Lobbyists Secretly Secure Democrats' Opposition to "Medicare for All," . The Healthcare Leadership Council has closely tracked what its lobbyists have described as the "leftward movement" within the Democratic Party. Lobbyists for the group have told health industry executives to remain vigilant about the threat of single payer. Full article here

This Sunday, the entire New York Times Magazine will be composed of just one article on a single subject: the failure to confront the global climate crisis in the 1980s, a time when the science was settled and the politics seemed to align. And yet we blew it - "we" being humans, who apparently are just too shortsighted to safeguard our future. More here.

Reporter Thinks Russian Hackers Changed Votes for Trump. Michael Harriot, a reporter for The Root, seems to think so, in a column he posted today at theroot.com. Harriot doesn't claim that Russia definitely did change votes to get Trump elected, but he believes that's the most likely scenario based on the available evidence. More here.

Bernie Sanders Endorses Abdul El-Sayed for Governor of Michigan.Sen. Bernie Sanders, endorsed former Detroit Public Health Chief Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan. Sanders cited El-Sayed's support of "Medicare for All," tuition-free public colleges and universities, a $15 minimum wage, and strong environmental protections in the course of his endorsement. At theintercept.com.

Barak 'n' Roll. When asked in 1998 how his life might have turned out if he had been born a Palestinian, Ehud Barak replied "At some stage, I would have entered into one of the terror organizations and fought from there." The greatest threat to the Zionist dream is internal: from the most right-wing, deliberately divisive, narrow-minded, and messianic government we have seen in our seven-decade history. Yet Barak remains optimistic, especially considering that the ultimate aim of Zionism and Zionists was "not to secure every inch of the Land of Israel: it was to redeem, reinvigorate, and rededicate themselves to the People of Israel. More at wbldems.blogspot

Terrified by Progressive Enthusiasm Sweeping the Nation, Corporate Democrats Have Begun Planning a 'Counterrevolution'. Ignoring survey after survey showing that progressive priorities like Medicare for All, a living wage, and tuition-free public college are overwhelmingly popular among the American public, Democratic politicians and operatives with the notorious think-tank Third Way used an invite-only event in Columbus to tout an alternative agenda that centers on "opportunity" and access rather than equality, a platform that explicitly avoids alienating the ultra wealthy. More here

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At the heart of the Abdul/Whitmer divide is a fundamental disagreement about how policy is made and change happens. Whitmer and her supporters have been saying for a year that single-payer healthcare is impossible to implement at a state level. In this line of thinking, if something is politically impossible in the short-term, it is not worth talking about. Abdul and his campaign have a different philosophy. They believe that by talking about the impossible in the short-term, you make it possible in the long run. Call me young and naive, but I'd rather fight for the "impossible" than calmly explain to voters why a humane healthcare system, 100% renewable energy, and other life-saving policies are simply unachievable. Will Lawrence. At wbldems.blogspot.

Bernie Sanders hasn't been chastened from his role in Trump's election, and Senator Sanders is so inspired by his popularity with young people that he doesn't mind a little boost from the Russians or the white supremacists. It is great if he can inspire young folks to participate in the democratic process, but if he is all about himself and he doesn't care which Democrats are destroyed by his ambition, I'll do my best to expose him! Al

Al, what do you have against Bernie? Bernie is a REAL Democrat. You are old enough to remember them. Like FDR and LBJ who gave us social security and medicare. Would the "Democrats" we have today give us social security and medicare? No, they would give us a Wall Street managed "pension" which would disappear after the next crash, and they would give us medicare "vouchers" like Paul Ryan. Sheldon

Here's the game plan from INDIVISIBLE on how to fight for the Supreme Court vacancy. There are phone banking options in targeted states getting constituents in those states to call their senators. Take a look and see if there is something you can do. Don't forget to call our senators to tell them you support their efforts to block a nomination from Trump's short list and to postpone any vote until after the elections. Ellen, at wbldems.blogspot.

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Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for Governor

Dana Nessel, candidate for Michigan Attorney General
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