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MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATE CENTRAL MEETING - DNC COMMITTEE ELECTION Saturday, December 3rd at 10am the meeting will be held at Westland City Hall located at 36300 Warren Rd

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP WITH THE MICHIGAN RECOUNT Hillary for America is recruiting volunteers to observe the 2016 presidential vote recount in Oakland County. The recount likely will begin Monday, December 5. This effort will require at lease 225 observer shifts each day until the count ends. While it is not our job to challenge the count, Secretary Clinton believes that it is important for us to have observers present. Observation shifts generally will be: 8:30am - 12:30pm 12:30pm - 4:30pm 4:30pm - 8:30pm If you are interested in participating as an observer please contact Mona DeQuis at 734-945-1717 / mdequis@mivi ctory2016.org and sign up at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/signups/mi-recount-help

WBLDEMS HOLIDAY PARTY. December 14, 2014. at Huerto Mexican Restaurant, Orchard Lake Rd. West Bloomfield. 6:30 - 9 pm. Appetizers provided

OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER ELECTION The OCDP Executive Committee will hold it's election of new officers and final meeting of 2016 on Thursday 12/15/16 at 7pm at the Plumbers Local 98 Hall at 555 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights. Members of the Party and public are welcome to attend.

JANUARY WBLDEMS MEETING. JANUARY 18, 2017. refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. The meeting will be at our new location at the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Building Room #102. More info at Meetings

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Donald Trump's 'Monster's Ball' DEC. 1, 2016 . There is work to do. Your country needs you, now more than ever. The loyal opposition needs your energy and your moral imagination. Donald Trump was elected on a wave of fake news, fake minority outreach and an 11th-hour email head fake by James Comey. During the campaign, Trump lied with the ease of breathing and made promises he knew well that he could never keep. He positioned himself as a champion of the disaffected, all the while imagining himself a dictator. Read more at Monster's Ball

The GOP's Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016. This was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. See full story

Another thought on why Clinton lost . We just elected a hate monger, racist, misogynist who cares only about his own ego. And people think this out-of-touch billionaire (is) a voice for the working man? The folks who voted for Trump didn't feel that Hillary Clinton, a multi-millionaire fixture of the Washington establishment for decades, was any kind of a voice for the average American either. More from Jack Lessenberry at michiganradio.org

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The meeting (OCDP election debrief 11/29/16) was SRO and was very feisty (understatement). There was a lot of finger pointing and frustration that was aired. Carolyn Lowe and I attended. I wish more people from our club had been able to attend. One good thing is that several people who had never attended a Democratic meeting before were there. There must have been 30 people who stood up to speak. Of course, everyone is upset and still in a state of shock. Linda Samelson

Yesterday, I challenged Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon on the failure of the State and National Party to win Michigan. Given that so many people in leadership are stepping aside because they failed to defeat Trump, would he step aside? I also asked about the election this Saturday being held to elect six DNC members to represent Michigan. Not only was information about this important election not widely available until yesterday, but no one knows who the candidates for these DNC positions are (except for one person who is campaigning openly and is a millennial). This rigged election allows a small group of insiders to push through their candidates at the last minute, and shuts out public vetting and input. It is just another example of how the party is rigged to benefit the establishment, the elites, and their donors. Notice how Brandon says how he doesn't know who the candidates are, and then later says he knows people who are running. Which is it? And why is the public being kept in the dark? Sam Pernick 11/30/16

To my liberal non-clinton voters (and to anyone who wants real change within the party): Please read this. Disregard the dogmatic f u tone at the beginning and really read the content and logic of the sanders would have won argument. I'm not sure Sanders would have lost, but I doubt he would have won without 95% of Clinton's support, and 50% of her donors. Frank Houston. newsweek.com/myths-cost-democrats-presidential-election

Jeff Sessions is Attorney General. Google him. He couldn't get appointed to the Supreme Court because he is such a racist. Brace yourselves. If anyone of us hoped Trump would be more moderate than he was campaigning, our hopes are dashed with this appointment, Steve Bannon, another racist and anti-semite, etc. Linda Samelson

It has become apparent that Donald Trump is about to become the most powerful man our country has ever placed in the office of the President of the United States of America! His recent appointments give us more reason to fear his motives! He will have all the power he needs to become our first dictator! American democracy is headed toward a train wreck unless we can slow it down or stop it! The Senate has the power to approve a well-qualified Justice to the Supreme Court while Barack Obama is still our president I am proposing that you start a petition to Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that he immediately convene the Senate of the United States of America for the purpose of acting on its Constitutional requirement to consider the nomination by President Barack Obama of Justice Merrick Brian Garland for the position ofJustice of the United States Supreme Court. Al Halper,

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