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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.

One Campaign For Michigan Office is open in West Bloomfield. 6545 Commerce Rd. West Bloomfield Twp, MI 48324. It is a great facility for the work that must be done for the November 6th Election. It is perfect for small meetings, phone banking, organizing, mailing and sharing materials. Instead of long sheets of printouts, you may need your own laptop or smart phone to access some of the materials, but there is plenty to do, and they will need all the help they can get! They also need an on-going supply of water and snacks.

Senator Bernie Sanders will join Gretchen Whitmer at a special campaign rally on Friday, October 19th in Ann Arbor!The rally will be held at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium (915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor) at 7 p.m. This rally is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available when doors open at 6 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets are first come, first serve, with a limit of one per person. Slated to Attend: Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic Nominee for Governor, Garlin Gilchrist II, Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), Jocelyn Benson, Democratic Nominee for Attorney General, Dana Nessel, Democratic Nominee for Attorney General, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Sam Bagenstos, nonpartisan candidate for Michigan Supreme Court. Megan Cavanagh, nonpartisan candidate for Michigan Supreme Court. Jordan Acker, Democratic Nominee for UM Board of Regents. Paul Brown, Democratic Nominee for UM Board of Regents.

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?

A Conversation about Legalization Date: October 22, 2018 Time: 7:00 pm Adat Shalom Synagogue 29901 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334. On November 6, 2018 we will go to the polls to vote "Yes" or "No" to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Are you pro? Con? Not sure how you feel about it? Have you considered what it will mean for you? Your family? Your community? Join us for panel discussion and an energized conversation from different perspectives. Register here.

March To Save Democracy. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM EDT Washington, DC. Citizens will unite to stand up for America's democracy across the country. Join the coast to coast event and host an event in your city. Info here.

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NOVEMBER WBLDEMS MEETING. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2018. 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

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Trump's New NAFTA Shows What He Really Cares About. Corporate profits, not you. It's an agreement with Mexico and Canada that has generous protections for Republican-aligned industries, including Big Pharma and fossil fuel polluters; no meaningful environmental protections; weak consumer safeguards; and no mechanism to enforce the moderately improved labor standards contemplated by the deal. More here

Oakland County Democratic candidate accused of embezzlement. Jennifer Suidan, a Democratic candidate in Oakland County's 39th House District is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner's campaign. Rep. Kristy Pagan and Rep. Kevin Hertel, co-chairs of the Democrats' campaign operation, said in a statement the allegations are serious and Suidan should immediately suspend her campaign. More here.

Trump's "genius" for selling New York and Florida real estate at ridiculous markups actually disguises systematic money-laundering and explains why he needs Rosenstein out now. Cohen, Manafort, and Weisselberg's testimony threatens Trump at his very core. It threatens to reveal the layers of Russia-connected money laundering, tax evasion, and decades of conspiracy that turned Trump from a bankrupt also-ran into an oligarch-powered "success." It's a threat to not just Trump's office, but to his money, his company, his image, and to everything he owns. More here

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise. Trump himself is a secondary figure in Moore's film, which is far more focused on the far more relevant and interesting questions of what - and, critically, who - created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy the Oval Office. To Moore's credit, virtually no powerful U.S. factions escape indictment in "Fahrenheit 11/9." The villains of Flint and West Virginia are two Republican governors. But their accomplices, every step of the way, are Democrats. This, Moore ultimately argues, is precisely why people had lost faith in the ability of elections generally, and the Democratic Party specifically, to improve their lives. Full article here

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This coming Thursday the Jewish New will have a full page ad on behalf of Haley. Let me explain the idea behind putting an ad in the Jewish News. First, Lena Epstein is Jewish. She wraps herself in the flag of Israel. We need to let Jewish people know that Lena Epstein is a terrible candidate. Lena Epstein headed the Michigan For Trump campaign. Richard

Lisa Lis is putting an ad in the Jewish News to dispute the lies in the Schuette ad in last week's Jewish News. If interested in being a co-signer, please reply to Lisa at lisamarklis@gmail.com She is suggesting a $100 or any amount you are comfortable with. Linda Samelson P.S. Please read "Truth Squad, Bill Schuette goes low, accusing Whitmer of terror sympathy." Ad here

Now that I have seen the Schuette ad, I support Lisa Lis' response ad. I will contribute this week. Regarding the BDS issue, nobody has said whether Senator Whitmer treated that as a First Amendment issue, where Americans are free to boycott or support boycotts, or as a substantive issue. Also, nobody has seen how the issue arose. Further, nobody has quoted the dialogue involved. Howard Lederman

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