EVENTS:

United Precinct Delegates Training Class Saturday Nov 17. 2:20 - 4:30 pm Detroit Michigan. RSVP ONLY. NO WALK IN. LIMITED SPACE. See poster at right. RSVP here.

WBLDEMS ExComm meeting Sunday 3PM at home of Jonathan Warshay.

NOVEMBER WBLDEMS MEETING. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2018. refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. Professor Seldler, constitutional law expert from Wayne State, will discuss "Guns and the Law." Expect a lively discussion of how the Supreme Court has changed regarding the 2nd Amendment. There will be Q&A as well. The meeting will be at the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Building Room #102. More info at Meetings

We will be celebrating Senator Gary Peter's big 6-0 on November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm at Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak.

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NEWS:

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy. Perhaps the best evidence for the power of an aristocracy is to be found in the degree of resentment it provokes. By that measure, the 9.9 percent are doing pretty well indeed. The surest sign of an increase in resentment is a rise in political division and instability. In the person of Donald Trump, resentment entered the White House. It rode in on the back of an alliance between a tiny subset of super-wealthy 0.1 percenters and a large number of 90 percenters who stand for pretty much everything the 9.9 percent are not. The defining challenge of our time is to renew the promise of American democracy by reversing the calcifying effects of accelerating inequality. More by Matthew Stewart at The Atlantic.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer. The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns. Full article here.

Democrats take control of the House, but Trump voters bolster Republicans in the Senate. Republicans take the Senate 51 to 47 with 2 races undecided. Democrats take the House 229 to 198 with 8 races undecided.

Results were mixed nationally, but pretty good in Michigan. Democrats won governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and one supreme court seat. Democrats are leading for the state board of education, MSU, U-M and Wayne State seats. There are about 100 precincts to be counted in Wayne County. Democrats took control over the Oakland County Commission 11-10, thanks in part to Kristen Nelson winning her race.

Should Democrats Keep Running To The Left? Tuesday Will Tell. The best way for Democrats to gain ground is to run populist on economics. Why? Because (1) that's where the country needs radical reform; (2) that's where the Clinton-Obama Democratic Party lost its soul; (3) if the election is all about identity, that plays to Trump's fear-mongering; and (4) economic populism creates a politics of working people of all races against economic royalists rather than working people of different backgrounds against each other. More here

Hero pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger wrote a blistering anti-Trump letter begging people to vote. "This is not the America I know and love," he writes a Washington Post op-ed. "Many politicians do not respect the offices they hold; they lack - or disregard - a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership; and they act impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment." Article here.

These Americans fled the country to escape their giant student debt. Chad Haag considered living in a cave to escape his student debt. He had a friend doing it. But after some plotting, he settled on what he considered a less risky plan. This year, he relocated to a jungle in India. "I've put America behind me," Haag, 29, said. More here.

Never Go Full Trump: The Lena Epstein Story. So who is Lena Epstein? She is a twice-over heiress, the scion of an extremely wealthy Detroit area family which owns a major regional oil distributor and supplier of industrial lubricants to Chrysler, Vesco Oil. She and her sister Lilly now run the company. The family is or was made up of moderate Democrats - and she was herself one until at least her mid-twenties. They're also big machers in the local Jewish community. In many ways, Epstein is a kind of regional Jared Kushner type. In fact, they both graduated in the same class from Harvard. But some time around 2011 and 2012 she shifted to the right and got heavily involved in Republican politics. More here.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Explains Why Trump 'Is the Product of a Failed Democracy'. You have a Democratic Party running around talking about James Comey or Russia without addressing the core issue, which is the orchestration of incredible social inequality, which the Democrats were part of and thus don't address. The longer the Democrats follow this track of believing that Trump will implode and attempting to blame his election on Russian interference, the more dangerous the situation becomes. The Democrats are demonizing outside forces such as Russia without addressing the core issue which has created this largest transference of wealth upwards in American history and a corporate oligarchic elite which is worse than even the Gilded Age. More here.

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I'm very pleased with michigan results. We finally have a Democrat as governor. I think she's going to be great for our state. At least we have the House in congress.nancy p. Has earned the right to lead. Hopefully she will put the brakes on the rat in the White House . He keeps demeaning his own party. We need to see his taxes! He has never done any thing for the average citizen . He's only enriched himself. His supporters only care about his racists undertones. I feel much better about our chances of putting that cold blooded guy in the White House in check. Jean

Donald Trump has announced that he is a Nationalist. There was never a doubt in my mind that he was born and bred as a Nazi. He knows how to get what he wants, and any one who tries to befriend him is used, and then thrown away like the dirt he believes them to be! Al

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