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  1. The Washtenaw Republican Informer

    Washtenaw Republican Informer
    June 2010
    In this Issue:
    * National Level –
         Disclose Act in jeopardy after interest groups balk at NRA deal
         NRA Rebuttal
         Freedom Watch
         Questions About Obama
    * State Level - Voter Information Center
    * Local Level
         Local Candidates Still Needed
       
    Precinct Delegates – Many and Still Counting
    * Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    * July 4 Washtenaw County Republican Candidate Meet and Greet
    .
    * Other Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
    * GOP Merchandise:
    * Help Wanted
    * Letter to the Editor Guide
    * Links You May Enjoy
    National Level:
     
    Disclose Act in jeopardy after interest groups balk at NRA deal DISCLOSE Act” (HR 5175) would require corporations, unions and nonprofit groups to disclose their top five donors if they participate in political activity such as run TV ads or send out mass mailings in the final months of an election. This could radically limit the free speech of organizations.
     
    The bill is designed to restore more campaign finance rules in the wake of last year’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which removed prohibitions on corporations and unions running TV ads opposing or backing candidates in the run-up to an election.

    Interestingly, though at first objecting to the DISCLOSE Act, the NRA has now agreed to an exemption for their organization (and other mammoth, mostly liberal, organizations like AARP and probably Moveon.org) in exchange for support of the Democrats’ bill. This attempt at compromise ran into further difficulty when other liberal organizations also wanted exemptions. Now the effort is to expand the number of potential groups that would be exempted from disclosure requirements, from those with more than 1 million members to those with more than 500,000.
     
    This still leaves all of the other organizations, including the numerous patriotic grassroots organizations, in jeopardy and restricts their first amendment rights to participate in politics and maintain their personal privacy. Fear of being included on terrorist watch lists may deter people from getting involved in groups trying to maintain our liberties.
    NRA Rebuttal:Statement From NRA-ILA Executive Director, Chris W. Cox On H.R. 5175, The "DISCLOSE Act", NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT, Vol. 17, No. 24, June 18, 2010:
     
    “I appreciate the concerns that some NRA members have raised regarding our position on H.R. 5175, the "DISCLOSE Act."  Regrettably, our position has been misstated by some and intentionally misrepresented by others.  I hope you'll allow me to provide the proper context.

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision was a significant victory for free speech and the Constitution. The NRA filed a strong brief in that case, which the Court specifically cited several times in its opinion.  The DISCLOSE Act is an attempt to reverse that victory and that's why we told Congress we oppose it.

    The NRA has never supported -- nor would we ever support -- any version of this bill.  Those who suggest otherwise are wrong.”

    As always, we need to be careful about our news sources as they are not always accurate. From my vantage point, one of the above sources has the news wrong. David Keene, NRA First
    Vice-President, went on to say in the Alert, “Last week Democratic leadership in the House capitulated by agreeing to exempt the NRA from the act -- not in return for NRA support, but to avoid a political war that might cost them even more seats this fall.”
    So, if true, which I take at face value, everything is not always what it seems at the surface. Today’s news sources are great in their immediacy, but the credibility of the source cannot always be verified.
    Freedom Watch: A new show you might start tuning into will air on Fox on Saturday and Sunday on Fox Business called Freedom Watch!  The host is Judge Andrew Napolitano, a strict reader of the U.S. Constitution and a true American hero!  Episodes can also be seen on YouTube
     
    Questions About Obama: You might not be a “birther”, but this video sure raises a lot of questions. If the answers are so clear and simple, why can’t we get them? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHxb_vZe7Ao&feature=email
     
    State Level: Voter Information Center
    ·         Determine if you are registered to vote. Are all your Republican friends, relatives, neighbors, and casual acquaintances registered to vote? You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election, and here's where you can get the form: http://www.migop.org/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf
    ·         Find your polling location
    ·         Contact your local election official
    ·         Learn to use your voting equipment
    ·         Find answers to frequently asked questions
    ·         View your sample ballot. You can view your ballot before the primary election on August 3rd. Go to https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/ Voters will be asked to query by name or by drivers license number.  You may then click on, "View My Sample Ballot".

    It is critical that voters know what offices are actually on the ballot, who the candidates are running for those offices and what millages, proposals and initiatives are also being voted on each election. Elections this year are critical. The votes we take will have a major impact on our lives.


    Local Level:
    Local Candidates Still Needed
    Republican candidates have filed for every county commissioner district except Commissioner district 10, now held by Conan Smith. If you live in that district or know of someone who might be willing to run, it is not too late to get on the November ballot as a write-in candidate in the August 3rd primary. Candidates would need to file a Declaration of Intent by 4:00 p.m. on July 23. Filling that candidate position would create a full slate of Republican candidates for County Commissioner, unheard of in Washtenaw County.
    We also need a candidate to run for Scio Township Trustee, for the position being vacated by Christine Green.
    Anyone planning to run as a write-in candidate for Precinct Delegate is requested to let County Chairman Mark Boonstra know by sending him an e-mail at [email protected].

    Precinct Delegates – Many and Still Counting
    An unprecedented number of people have filed to become a Republican precinct delegates for this August 3rd election. In fact, it is still possible for others to join the group. If someone files a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate precinct board on the day of the August primary any time prior to the close of the polls and receives sufficient write-in votes in the election, they are officially elected. (Alternatively, you can file the Declaration of Intent with your city/township clerk’s office until 4:00 p.m. on July 30 and avoid the confusion at the polls as the poll workers may not be aware of the procedure.)See page 3 of Precinct Delegate Candidates. And, since many of the precinct delegate positions will be uncontested, a single vote may be sufficient in many cases. So, the more people involved in this Republican year the better.
     
    After the August 3rd primary election, the County Clerk will compile a list of those precinct delegate candidates who were elected. The County Chairman will be sending out a Call for the County Convention to be held Thursday night, August 12, at a location yet to be announced.
     
    The delegates selected at the County Convention to represent the County will attend the State Convention on Saturday, August 28 at the Breslin Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing. There the Republican nominees for Secretary of State, Attorney General, Michigan Supreme Court Justices, the State Board of Education and the trustees for MSU, U of M and Wayne State will be selected (in contrast to the Governor nominee which will be decided in the August 3rd primary). In other words, your influence is magnified many times that of the average voter once elected as a precinct delegate.

    Candidates for Office – Republicans File as Candidates for Office En Masse

    Candidate Bios:
    Candidate bios we received were printed in prior issues and may be accessed on the Washtenaw Republican Party website.

    Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map The building is located about one mile north of the I-94/S. State St. interchange on the east side of the street. The entrance to the space should be in front, with parking to the side and rear of the building.
    July 8 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!
    Ongoing: Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom Petitions. The Michigan Republican Party has joined with the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (MCHF) to place an initiative on the November ballot. The FMC will be acting as a pickup and drop-off location for petitions. We are looking for individuals that are interested in circulating petitions. If you would be willing to do so, please contact John at [email protected] or 517-803-3332.
    Voter ID: Phone banking continues on Wednesday nights from 5:00 p.m. on IDing voters across Washtenaw County whose party affiliation is unknown.
    For more events, follow the Fix Michigan Center on Facebook. The Center also has a bi-weekly e-mail newsletter. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, send an email to [email protected]

    Other Events:
    July 4 (Sunday, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Candidate Meet and Greet. German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, west of Dixboro Road. Map This should be a BIG turnout of statewide and local candidates and an excited throng of Washtenaw Republicans.The Master of Ceremonies will be Thayron X, from WAAM Radio 1600 - he will be interviewing folks, playing music for us, and Broadcasting Live various interviews during the event with sponsoring Candidates. Businesses and candidates will also have an opportunity to Sponsor the Event. Radio ads will be aired on WAAM Radio 1600 ahead of time, so we are expecting a larger crowd than even the great picnic we had last summer!
     
    Fairs and Parades to put on your calendar:
    Ypsilanti Parade                                  July 3
    Ann Arbor Parade                               July 4
    Whitmore Lake                                    July 4
    Ann Arbor Art Fair                                July 21-24
    Chelsea Sights & Sounds                  July 29-31      
    Dexter Daze                                         August 13-14
    Ypsilanti Heritage Festival                 August 20-22
    Saline Community Fair                      September 7-11
     
    Other Important Dates:
    Deadline for Voter Registration for August Primary:
    July 6, 2010
    Contact: Michigan Secretary of State
     
    Deadline for write-in candidates (other than write-in candidates who seek precinct delegate positions) file Declaration of Intent forms for the August primary.
    July 23, 2010
     
    Deadline for write-in candidates who seek precinct delegate positions file Declaration of Intent forms for the August primary. (As an alternative, candidates for precinct delegate may file form with appropriate precinct board on election day before the close of the polls.)
    July 30, 2010

    Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications for August Primary:
    July 31, 2010
    Contact: Washtenaw County Clerk

    Michigan Primary
    August 3, 2010, 7:00a.m. -8:00p.m.
    Local polling locations Find your polling location

     
    Washtenaw GOP County Convention
    August 12, 2010 (Thursday evening)
    Location to be announced. Stay tuned!

    Michigan GOP State Convention
    August 28, 2010
    at the Breslin Center at MSU.

    Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications for General Election
    October 4, 2010
    Contact: Washtenaw County Clerk

    Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
    October 30, 2010
    Contact: Michigan Secretary of State

    General Election
    November 2, 2010, 7:00am-8:00pm
    Local polling locations

    You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.

    If you have upcoming events, meetings, etc that you would like us to consider publicizing in the Informer, on the Washtenaw Country Republican website and on the Washtenaw County Republican Facebook page, please email the information to [email protected]  Note: In the spirit of fairness we will not be publicizing candidate sponsored events. To find out about candidate sponsored events, please contact the candidates listed above in the Candidates for Office section.

    GOP Merchandise:
      
    The Michigan Republican Party has an online store where you can buy posters, t-shirts, stickers, and yard signs that publicly display your support for the Grand Old Party. To check out the finest in Republican merchandise, visit http://migop.onlinecampaignstore.com/

    Help Wanted
    The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.

    Letter to the Editor Guide
    We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.

    Links You May Enjoy:
    Washtenaw County Republican Party website. Thanks, Wendy Carter, for keeping the site updated!

    Ken Braun, the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker is the editor of the Michigan Capitol Confidential, the center’s bi-monthly print and online publication that covers state government.
    Tom Gantert, previously reporting on his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan”, now reports here as well.

    Twitter hashtags you might want to follow: #migop #fixmi #gop #techgop #sgp #tcot

    Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/
     
    Washtenaw Republican Informer
    May 2010
    In this Issue:
    * National Level – May Primaries Show Anti-Incumbency, Anti-Establishment, Anti-Obama and Anti-Washington Voter Sentiment
    * State Level - Dismal Forecasts and Possible Light on the Horizon
    * Local Level - Many Local Candidates File for Office
    * Candidates for Office – Republicans File as Candidates for Office En Masse
    * Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    * News Flash - July 4 Washtenaw County Republican Candidate Meet and Greet
    .
    * Other Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
    * GOP Merchandise:
    * Help Wanted
    * Letter to the Editor Guide
    * Links You May Enjoy
     
    National Level: May Primaries Show Anti-Incumbency, Anti-Establishment, Anti-Obama and Anti-Washington Voter Sentiment
     
    In the Pennsylvania primary, a Republican-turned-Democratic senator was bested by a junior congressman abandoned by his party. Also in Pennsylvania, in a special election, a Democrat steered right to win a House seat that Republicans considered ripe for picking. In a U.S. House primary in Kentucky, a tea party ally defeated a GOP loyalist. And in Arkansas, an embattled Democratic senator limped into a primary runoff. The Detroit News
     
    State Level: Dismal Forecasts and Possible Light on the Horizon
    Sobering information was presented at last Monday's Leadership Summit sponsored by the Business Leaders for Michigan. The presentations may be downloaded from the Business Leaders for Michigan website, on the left margin. Further news from the Summit: The bell is tolling for MichiganDetroit News, Business leaders face Michigan's fiscal reality Detroit News andBudget experts predict economic dire straits Detroit Free Press.
     
    The conclusion from the Summit was that as dismal as some of the forecasts are, there are plenty of ideas that collectively can turn the state around. All that is needed is the political will to make the decisions. (And a few more Republicans elected wouldn’t hurt either!)
     
    A step in the right direction is the passage of Senate Bill 1227 which amends the Michigan Public Schools Employee Retirement System (MPSERS).  The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates the plan will save $650 million in the first year and $3.1 billion over 10 years by increasing employee contributions and requiring that new employees are placed in a more cost-effective hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution retirement plan. Newly Passed Retirement Bill a Step in the Right Direction
     
    Friday’s Revenue Estimating Conference brought mixed news:
    “. . . [S]chool aid revenue is up $292 million above January estimates. General fund revenue, however, is down nearly $244 million below estimates because income and business tax revenue has come in lower than expected. Senate Fiscal Agency director Gary Olson estimates that will leave a shortfall of about $219 million in the general fund budget for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.” MI school cuts not expected in 2010-11
    The three fiscal experts also agreed that based on a slightly improving economy, the state will have $128 million more in the general fund and $352 million more in the school aid account for the budget year that starts Oct. 1 than they initially estimated in January.” State revenue fund deficit: $244M: Economists say solutions include borrowing, making cuts or using one-time federal money
    The state's economic future is still in jeopardy, but here is a bit of optimism in the midst of gloom. Salute!

    Local Level: Many Local Candidates File for Office
    See below.

    Candidates for Office – Republicans File as Candidates for Office En Masse

    Candidate Bios:
    In previous issues of Washtenaw Republican Informer, we asked known or expected Republican candidates for other state and national races to send their short bio/statement to be published in this issue. The ones we received were printed in prior issues and may be accessed on the Washtenaw Republican Party website.

    Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map The building is located about one mile north of the I-94/S. State St. interchange on the east side of the street. The entrance to the space should be in front, with parking to the side and rear of the building.
     
    June 7 (Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.): Republican Women Club Rep. Women "Meet the Candidates".
    June 10 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!
    Ongoing: Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom Petitions. The Michigan Republican Party has joined with the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (MCHF) to place an initiative on the November ballot. The FMC will be acting as a pickup and drop-off location for petitions. We are looking for individuals that are interested in circulating petitions. If you would be willing to do so, please contact John at [email protected] or 517-803-3332.
    Phone banking continues on Wednesday nights from 5:00 p.m. on IDing unknown voters across Washtenaw County.
    For more events, follow the Fix Michigan Center on Facebook. The Center also has a bi-weekly newsletter. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, send an email to [email protected]

    Other Events:

    July 4 (Sunday, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Candidate Meet and Greet. German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, west of Dixboro Road. Map This should be a BIG turnout of statewide and local candidates and an excited throng of Washtenaw Republicans.The Master of Ceremonies will be Thayron X, from WAAM Radio 1600 - he will be interviewing folks, playing music for us, and Broadcasting Live various interviews during the event with sponsoring Candidates. Businesses and candidates will also have an opportunity to Sponsor the Event. Radio ads will be aired on WAAM Radio 1600 ahead of time, so we are expecting a larger crowd than even the great picnic we had last summer!
     
    Fairs and Parades to put on your calendar:
    Ann Arbor Parade                               July 4
    Ann Arbor Art Fair                                July 21-24
    Chelsea Sights & Sounds                  July 29-31      
    Dexter Daze                                         August 13-14
    Ypsilanti Heritage Festival                 August 20-22
    Saline Community Fair                      September 7-11
     
    Other Important Dates:
    Deadline for Voter Registration for August Primary:
    July 6, 2010
    Contact: Michigan Secretary of State

    Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications for August Primary:
    July 31, 2010
    Contact: Washtenaw County Clerk

    Michigan Primary
    August 3, 2010, 7:00am-8:00pm
    Local polling locations

     
    Washtenaw GOP County Convention
    August 12, 2010 (Thursday)
    Location to be announced. Stay tuned!

    Michigan GOP State Convention
    August 28, 2010
    at the Breslin Center at MSU.

    Deadline for Absentee Ballot Applications for General Election
    October 4, 2010
    Contact: Washtenaw County Clerk

    Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
    October 30, 2010
    Contact: Michigan Secretary of State

    General Election
    November 2, 2010, 7:00am-8:00pm
    Local polling locations

    You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.

    If you have upcoming events, meetings, etc that you would like us to consider publicizing in the Informer, on the Washtenaw Country Republican website and on the Washtenaw County Republican Facebook page, please email the information to [email protected]  Note: In the spirit of fairness we will not be publicizing candidate sponsored events. To find out about candidate sponsored events, please contact the candidates listed above in the Candidates for Office section.

    GOP Merchandise:
      
    The Michigan Republican Party has an online store where you can buy posters, t-shirts, stickers, and yard signs that publicly display your support for the Grand Old Party. To check out the finest in Republican merchandise, visit http://migop.onlinecampaignstore.com/

    Help Wanted
    The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.

    Letter to the Editor Guide
    We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.

    Links You May Enjoy:
    Washtenaw County Republican Party website. Thanks, Wendy Carter, for keeping the site updated!

    Ken Braun, the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker is the editor of the Michigan Capitol Confidential, the center’s bi-monthly print and online publication that covers state government.
    Tom Gantert, previously reporting on his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan”, now reports here as well.

    Twitter hashtags you might want to follow: #migop #fixmi #gop #techgop #sgp #tcot

    Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/
     
    Washtenaw Republican Informer
    April 2010

    In this Issue:
    * National Level – Michigan GOP Officeholders Challenge ObamaCare
    * State Level - Michigan Healthcare Freedom Initiative
    * Local Level - Candidates Needed! May 11 Filing Date is Coming Soon!
    * Candidates for Office – Focus on Washtenaw County Commissioner Races
    * News Flash: Democrats “endorse” David Leyton and Jocelyn Benson early
    * Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    * Other Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
    * GOP Merchandise:
    * Help Wanted
    * Letter to the Editor Guide
    * Links You May Enjoy
    National Level: Michigan GOP Officeholders Challenge ObamaCare
     
    On March 23rd of this year Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox joined the federal lawsuit with 11 other states challenging the constitutionality of HR 3590: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.As of today 20 states are challenging ObamaCare in federal court.
     
    State Representative Justin Amash introduced House Joint Resolution Z in August of 2009 his legislation would seek an amendment to the Michigan Constitution preventing federal mandates for health coverage. (HJR Z is the partial blueprint for The Michigan Healthcare Freedom Amendment) State Senator Wayne Kuipers introduced Senate Joint Resolution K that same year and is similar to HJR Z.
     
    Additional links:
    Michigan Attorney General press release
    Mike Cox 2010
    Justin Amash for Congress
    Heritage Foundation Top Ten Disasters of ObamaCare
    Tenth Amendment Center
    States too broke for ObamaCare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIYL0XK3xms
    ObamaCare and the Constitution:
    Unconstitutional Mandate:
    Washington Examiner: Sorry No Bump for ObamaCare
     
    State Level: Michigan Healthcare Freedom Initiative
     
    In response to HR3590 becoming law (against the wishes of the American people) a coalition of various activist groups came together to launch the Michigan Healthcare Freedom Initiative. Their goal is to place an amendment to the Michigan Constitution on the ballot for the November 2010 midterm elections.
     
    The amendment language is as follows:
    A Proposal to Amend the Constitution of the State of Michigan by adding Article 1, Section 28 as follows: (new language below is in CAPITAL letters)
    ARTICLE I, SECTION 28.
    (1) EVERY PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO PROVIDE FOR HIS OR HER OWN HEALTH CARE.
    (2) NO GOVERNMENT ACTION SHALL COMPEL, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, ANY PERSON, EMPLOYER, OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
    (3) NO PERSON OR EMPLOYER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PAY PENALTIES OR FINES FOR PAYING DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY PENALTIES OR FINES FOR ACCEPTING DIRECT PAYMENT FROM A PERSON OR EMPLOYER FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY PENALTIES OR FINES FOR PERMITTING A PERSON OR EMPLOYER TO PAY DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES OR FOR PERMITTING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO ACCEPT DIRECT PAYMENT FROM A PERSON OR EMPLOYER FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES.
    (4) NO GOVERNMENT ACTION SHALL DISADVANTAGE A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR PERMITTING A PERSON OR EMPLOYER TO PAY DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES OR FOR PERMITTING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO ACCEPT DIRECT PAYMENT FROM A PERSON OR EMPLOYER FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES.
    (5) SUBJECT TO REASONABLE AND NECESSARY LAWS AND RULES THAT DO NOT SUBSTANTIALLY LIMIT A PERSON’S OR EMPLOYER’S OPTIONS, THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF HEALTH INSURANCE OR HEALTH COVERAGE IN PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS SHALL NOT BE PROHIBITED BY ANY GOVERNMENT ACTION.
    (6) THIS SECTION DOES NOT DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    (A) AFFECT WHICH HEALTH CARE SERVICES A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS REQUIRED TO PERFORM OR PROVIDE.
    (B) AFFECT WHICH HEALTH CARE SERVICES ARE PERMITTED BY LAW.
    (C) PROHIBIT CARE PROVIDED PURSUANT TO, OR PROHIBIT PARTICIPATION UNDER, THE WORKER’S COMPENSATION LAW OR AUTOMOBILE NO-FAULT LAW.
    (D) AFFECT GOVERNMENT ACTIONS IN EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2010.
    (7) AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
    (A) “COMPEL” INCLUDES PENALTIES OR FINES.
    (B) “DIRECT PAYMENT” AND “PAY DIRECTLY” MEAN PAYMENT FOR LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES WITHOUT A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE THIRD PARTY, NOT INCLUDING AN EMPLOYER, PAYING FOR ANY PORTION OF THE SERVICE.
    (C) “HEALTH CARE SYSTEM” MEANS ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ENTITY WHOSE FUNCTION OR PURPOSE IS THE MANAGEMENT OF, PROCESSING OF, ENROLLMENT OF INDIVIDUALS FOR, OR PAYMENT FOR, IN FULL OR PART, HEALTH CARE SERVICES, HEALTH CARE DATA, OR HEALTH CARE INFORMA- TION FOR ITS PARTICIPANTS.
    (D) “LAWFUL HEALTH CARE SERVICES” MEANS ANY HEALTH-RELATED SERVICE OR TREATMENT, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE SERVICE OR TREATMENT IS PERMITTED OR NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW, RULE, OR REGULATION, THAT MAY BE PROVIDED BY PERSONS OR BUSINESSES OTHERWISE PERMITTED TO OFFER THOSE SERVICES OR TREATMENTS.
    (E) “PENALTIES OR FINES” MEANS ANY CRIMINAL OR CIVIL PENALTY, FINE, TAX, SALARY OR WAGE WITHHOLDING, SURCHARGE, OR ANY NAMED FEE WITH A SIMILAR EFFECT ESTABLISHED BY GOVERNMENT ACTION, THAT IS USED TO PUNISH OR DISCOURAGE THE EXERCISE OF RIGHTS PROTECTED UNDER THIS SECTION.
    (F) “GOVERNMENT ACTION” MEANS ANY EXECUTIVE, JUDICIAL, OR QUASI-JUDICIAL ACT, INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMPACT, STATUTE, ORDINANCE, RESOLUTION, OR RULE MADE BY ANY GOVERNMENT-ESTABLISHED, GOVERNMENT-CREATED, OR GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED AGENCY.
    Related links:
    Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom: http://www.michiganhcf.com/
    Petition Circulators for Michigan Healthcare Freedom Amendment (Facebook group) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106348892727917

    Local Level: Candidates Needed! May 11 Filing Date is Coming Soon!

    Are you SICK of the spending?  Sick of the taxing?  Sick of government's ever-expanding role and control over your lives?  Concerned for your kids' future?  Do you agree that we need to FIX MICHIGAN?
     
    THIS year is going to be OUR year.  Although we canNOT take it for granted, we DO have an excellent opportunity THIS year to win some seats that in years past we might not have ever thought we could contest.  If it can happen in Massachusetts, it can happen even here in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  We have an opportunity THIS YEAR to make inroads in the County Commission, to win back some State House seats, and to even take a shot at winning another State Senate seat.  And you KNOW that even the Ann Arbor City Council would benefit from Republican representation.
     
    It may seem like the election is a long way off, but it's really not.  What is even closer than the election itself is the candidate filing deadline of May 11th.  That means that we're only 30 days out from the date by which all of our candidates must file the necessary paperwork to run for the offices that they will seek.
     
    Of course, the first thing that we need, in order to WIN these seats in Washtenaw County, is CANDIDATES.  We have some excellent ones who are already running hard.  But we also DO have a NEED for candidates in other areas.  Some of those seats are extremely WINNABLE, especially THIS year.  Others will be more of a challenge, but ANYthing is possible THIS year.  We need to fill EVERY slot.
     
    So . . . have you ever thought about running for office?  THIS may be YOUR year.  Don't let THIS opportunity pass you by.  Another one like it could be a long time coming.  And our Country, our State, our County, and our communities can't wait.  They need us NOW.
     
    If you would LIKE to run, OR if you even THINK that you MIGHT like to run, then we would like to talk with you, to discuss the opportunities in your area, what would be required, and how we can help.
     
    The time is NOW.  Don't delay.  We want to hear from YOU.
     
    If you would like to explore the opportunities, or know of someone else with whom we should be talking, please e-mail Mark Boonstra at [email protected]  or call him at 313-969-0548 (Cell) TODAY.  We look forward to hearing from you.
     
    We need:
    ·         Candidates for County Commissioner (see below). THIS year is our opportunity to make inroads into the county board.
    ·         53rd State House district
    ·         18th State Senate district
    ·         Our open Precinct Delegate slots. (See “Events” below for Precinct Delegate Training on Tuesday, April 27.) A simple Affidavit of Identity needs to be filed (free) to be on the ballot.

    Candidates for Office - Focus on Washtenaw County Commissioner Races
    Below are the incumbent County Commissioners, listed by district, and the known status of challengers. Are you willing to take on the challenge to run or do you know of someone who would be a good Republican candidate?
    1.     Mark Ouimet (R) - Mark Ouimet is vacating this seat to run for State Representative for the 52nd Legislative District.  Republican candidate needed. Adam Zemke is running as a Democrat.
    2.     Ken Schwartz (D) – Dan Smith, Northfield Township Trustee, is running to unseat Ken Schwartz.
    3.     Jessica Ping (R) - Jessica Ping is running for re-election.
    4.     Wes Prater (D) - Republican candidate needed.
    5.     Rolland Sizemore Jr. (D) - ) Bill Emmerich (R) is running to unseat Rolland Sizemore.
    6.     Ronnie Peterson (D) - Republican candidate needed.
    7.     Kristin Judge (D) - Republican candidate needed.
    8.     Barbara Levin Bergman (D) - Republican candidate needed.
    9.     Leah Gunn (D) - Mark Tipping (R) is running to unseat Leah Gunn.
    10.   Conan Smith (D) - Republican candidate needed.
    11.   Jeff Irwin (D) – Jeff Irwin is running for the state House in the 53rd District.  Republican candidate needed. Democrats running include Yousef Rabhi,  Michael Fried, Alice Ralph and LuAnne Bullington.
     
    Not sure which district is which? Find out here: Commissioner District Map

    Other Races:
    In previous issues of Washtenaw Republican Informer, we asked known or expected Republican candidates for other state and national races to send their short bio/statement to be published in this issue. The ones we received were printed in prior issues and may be accessed on the Washtenaw Republican Party website.

    News Flash: Democrats “endorse” David Leyton and Jocelyn Benson as their Attorney General and Secretary of State nominees.
    The parties can’t formally nominate candidates until after the August 3rd primary, but the D’s held an endorsement convention early, in an attempt to give their candidates a 4 month head start in the general election. More…..

    Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
     
    McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map The building is located about one mile north of the I-94/S. State St. interchange on the east side of the street. The entrance to the space should be in front, with parking to the side and rear of the building.
    April 22 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): The "23 Republican Club,", a new sub-group recently formed within the Washtenaw County Republican Committee to grow the Republican Party base in the area of the county east of US-23.
    April 24 (Saturday, 10:00 a.m.): 15th Congressional District meeting.
    April 27 (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.): Precinct Delegate Training. What is a Precinct Delegate? What are their duties? Why should you become one? What
    happens on Election Day? Come learn the answers to these questions. Training conducted by Marlene Chockley, former Washtenaw County Commissioner, WCGOP treasurer, former WCGOP Chairman, and longtime activist.
    Ongoing: Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom Petitions. The Michigan Republican Party has joined with the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (MCHF) to place an initiative on the November ballot. The FMC will be acting as a pickup and drop-off location for petitions. We are looking for individuals that are interested in circulating petitions. If you would be willing to do so, please contact John at [email protected] or 517-803-3332.

    For more events, follow the Fix Michigan Center on Facebook.


    Other Events:
    April 20 (Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.): A National Issues Forum, entitled "America's Role in the World: What does national security mean in the 21st century?" will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  
    The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with light refreshments, and the actual forum will begin at 5:30 p.m., ending at 7:30 p.m. Call Rick Olson for more information at 734-944-0794. Also, more information about the National Issues Forum can be obtained at http://comingtogether.us.com/. Click here for forum materials prior to the event.

    Apr. 24 (Saturday):
    Lapeer Lincoln Day Dinner, Lapeer Country Club. Tickets online at lapeergop.org, or call 810/441-5029 or e-mail for details.
    May 1 (Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Michigan Defending the American Dream Summit with Sarah Palin, Mt. Zion Church, Clarkston. Information and registration at  http://midad2010.eventbrite.com/
    May 4 (Tuesday, Doors Open - 5:30 PM, General Reception - 6:00 PM, Dinner Program - 7:00 PM): Southeast Michigan Ronald Reagan Memorial Dinner 2010. Featuring The Honorable Rick Santorum, Former United States Senator, Fox News Contributor. Petruzzello's Banquet Center, 6950 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan. Prepaid dinner tickets: $55 per person, ($65 per person postmark after April 23rd), VIP Reception with speaker: $100 per person (includes dinner). (Private Reception w/ Senator Santorum, receive photo, seating at head table): $1000 per person; $1250 per couple. Serve on Host Committee: Buy/sell $300 in tickets/ad book sales. Please mail your personal check to: 12th District Republican Committee, c/o Janice Nearon, 22601 Lange Street, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080 or call Janice Nearon - 586-776-0128 or Jean Uhl - 586-264-1304.

    May 13 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.):
    Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at its new location at McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!
    You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.
    If you have upcoming events, meetings, etc that you would like us to consider publicizing in the Informer, on the Washtenaw Country Republican website and on the Washtenaw County Republican Facebook page, please email the information to [email protected]  Note: In the spirit of fairness we will not be publicizing candidate sponsored events. To find out about candidate sponsored events, please contact the candidates listed above in the Candidates for Office section.

    GOP Merchandise:
      
    The Michigan Republican Party has an online store where you can buy posters, t-shirts, stickers, and yard signs that publicly display your support for the Grand Old Party. To check out the finest in Republican merchandise, visit http://migop.onlinecampaignstore.com/

    Help Wanted
    The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.

    Letter to the Editor Guide
    We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.

    Links You May Enjoy:
    Washtenaw County Republican Party website. Thanks, Wendy Carter, for keeping the site updated!

    Ken Braun, the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker is the editor of the Michigan Capitol Confidential, the center’s bi-monthly print and online publication that covers state government.
    Tom Gantert, previously reporting on his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan”, now reports here as well.

    Twitter hashtags you might want to follow: #migop #fixmi #gop #techgop #sgp #tcot

    Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at http://rickolson.blogspot.com/
    Washtenaw Republican Informer
    March 2010
    In this Issue:
    * National Level – National Health Care Fiasco -This photo says it all, but…..
    * State Level - Forced Unionization and Freezing State Workers’ Pay
    * Local Level - School boards struggle to find savings sufficient to balance next year’s budgets.
    * Candidates for Office
    * Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center
    * Other Events – Lots Going On, Come Join Us
    * Help Wanted
    * Letter to the Editor Guide
    * Links You May Enjoy
    National Level: National Health Care Fiasco - This photo says it all, but... the fight will likely continue for years.
    At 10:58 p.m. Sunday night, the House voted 219-212 to pass the health care bill (H.R. 3590) passed by the Senate in December. Immediately afterwards, the House voted to pass the reconciliation package, which revised some details of the Senate bill. Argues Cato scholar Michael F. Cannon: “This legislation will deny needed medical care to millions, even as it causes costs to rise. It will sap individual initiative, destroy jobs, trap the poor in poverty and dependence, block innovations that would make us healthier and wealthier, and politicize matters that should not be politicized.”
    Some of the deal-making, posturing, arm-twisting, poll-ignoring by crass politicians is discussed by Kimberley Strassell from the Wall Street Journal in Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory. As they say, “Two things you never want anything to do with once you see how they are made – sausage and legislation.”
    Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox on Monday announced that Michigan has joined the State of Florida in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday night (H.R. 3590). The lawsuit challenges Congressional authority under the U.S. Constitution to enact an individual mandate compelling Michigan citizens to purchase health insurance or face large fines. The so-called "Cornhusker Kickback" in the legislation which allows the State of Nebraska to avoid paying its fair share of an expansion of Medicaid by forcing taxpayers in states like Michigan to pick up the $100 million tab is also under attack. The House avoided the questionable “deem and pass” maneuver, but the bill will nonetheless be in court for years.
    Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak caved in and accepted a “deal” from President Obama to spend some money for northern Michigan airports and an Executive Order prohibiting spending federal money for abortions. What seems to be forgotten is that the health care bill (H.R. 3590) authorizes money to be spent for abortions. Does an Executive Order which has not been enacted into law by the passage of a bill in both houses and signed by the President (as required by the U.S. Constitution) trump a statute? This too will be challenged, but will place Right to Life supporters in an awkward position, having to choose to support federal dollars for abortion versus a principled following of the Constitution.
    Editorial from The Detroit News attacks the passage: Editorial: Unpopular health bill no win for country , cited the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates, which contain little cost reduction provisions, beyond the assumed $500 billion cut out of Medicare costs by attacking fraud (if that were true, does it take a new bill to reduce fraud? What has the administration done about this in the 14 months it has been in office?). Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin estimates in reality the bill will add $562 billion to the deficit and cost 2 1/2 times what is projected. The legislation levies 10 years of taxes to pay for six years of benefits. Congress must promise not to spend that money as it comes in on other programs, as it has always done with the Social Security surplus
    Stay tuned! The fight is not yet done.
    State Level: Forced Unionization and Freezing State Workers’ Pay
     
    Forced unionization: Lawmakers should look into state's collusion in organizing babysitters from The Detroit News: The Legislature last year ended payments to the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council, a liaison between the state's Department of Human Services and a controversial labor union that, under questionable circumstances, came to represent people who receive government subsidies for providing day care in their homes for children of low-income working parents. Lawmakers recently learned that Human Services officials have defied them by shifting money within the department to keep the council's $200,000 contract intact.
    A bigger question arises of how 40,000 home-based day care providers came to be represented by a new union, affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and United Auto Workers (UAW), when many of those providers weren't aware the union was being formed and weren't given a chance to vote on it. Not to mention that they are private business people, and not employees of the state.

    State workers scheduled pay increase. On another front, the State Senate has twice failed to garner the 2/3 vote which is needed in both houses to rescind the 3% raise Governor Granholm granted to the unionized state employees (the non-unionized state workers have had a wage freeze imposed. Both votes were on party lines. Your guess as to whom supported paying the workers money the state does not have? Question: if we can’t stop pay increases, will we be able to achieve cuts?


    Local Level: School boards struggle to find savings sufficient to balance next year’s budgets

    Candidates for Office
    In previous issues of Washtenaw Republican Informer, we asked known or expected Republican candidates to send their short bio/statement to be published in this issue. The ones we received prior to the January and February issues were included in those newsletters and may be accessed on the Washtenaw Republican Party website. This newsletter adds those received since then.
    Washtenaw County Commissioners:
    There are no identified Republican candidates.
    At the State House and Senate level:
    Senate District 17.
    ·         Randy Richardville - See the February issue for Bio. www.SenatorRandyRichardville.com
    No identified R or D opponent known yet, but several term-limited Democrat State Representatives might take a run at his seat.
    Senate District 18, Liz Brater (D). Term limited. Current State Representative Pam Byrnes has announced her candidacy for this seat as a Democrat. She will face the current 53rd District State Representative Rebekah Warren in the Democrat primary.
    There are no identified Republican candidates.
    House District 52.  Pam Byrnes (D). Term limited.
    ·         Mark Ouimet - See the February issue for Bio.  http://www.markouimet.com/
    Scio Township Trustee Christine Green has announced her candidacy as a Democrat, with City of Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell has decided not to run. Washtenaw County Commissioner Ken Schwartz apparently still considering joining the ticket.
    House District 53. Rebekah Warren (D). Term limited. Jeff Irwin, who currently serves on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, faces Ned Staebler, a vice president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in the August Democrat primary.
    There are no identified Republican candidates.
    House District 54, Alma Wheeler Smith (D). Term limited.
    ·         Rodney Nanney - See the January issue for Bio. Facebookhttp://www.VoteRodney.com
    The Democrat side has Lonnie Scott, legislative aide to State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith; Bill Riney of Ypsilanti Township; Michael Mashif White, a trainer for AT&T from Ypsilanti; and David Rutledge, a Washtenaw Community College trustee and a county road commissioner. Dave Franklin is also running as a Democrat. David Palmer, from Ypsilanti has also announced that he will be running as an Independent. Mike Martin and county commissioner Rolland Sizemore Jr. have said they were considering runs.
    House District 55, Kathy Angerer (D). Term limited.
    ·         Rick Olson - See the January issue for Bio. http://voiceforthepeople.net
    ·         Mary Kay Thayer - See the January issue for Bio. Facebook page
    ·         Joe Zurawski – See the January issue for Bio. http://joezurawski.com/
    ·         Frank Chrzanowski, from Dundee, http://www.staterepfc.com/
    Mike Smith, the AFL-CIO Community Liaison to the United Way and a member of the Bedford School Board, is a Democrat candidate. Russ Angerer, Kathy Angerer’s husband, reportedly will also be a candidate on the Democrat ticket.
    Governor (alphabetical) Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur in August primary):
    ·         Mike Bouchard - www.BouchardforGovernor.com
    ·         Mike Cox - http://www.mikecox2010.com/
    ·         Tom George - http://www.georgeforgovernor.com/about.asp
    ·         Peter Hoekstra - http://hoekstraforgovernor.com/
    ·         David R. Kniffen - David Kniffen, at only 30 years old is Michigan's youngest gubernatorial candidate. His grandparents, who raised him, along with his family's history in law enforcement, instilled solid values of community pride and hard work. He has spent the past decade as a self made entrepreneur. As a business owner he knows about tireless dedication and understands the struggle to reach goals. David believes it to be his civic duty to serve the State the best way he can.  As Governor of the State of Michigan, David will stand for action, integrity, progress, and a new standard in political leadership. VoteKniffen.comwww.VoteKniffen.com
    ·         Rick Snyder - See the January issue for Bio. rickformichigan.com
    The Democrat ticket seems to be narrowing down to Virgil Bernero, mayor of Lansing, Speaker of the House Andy Dillon and Alma Wheeler Smith, State Representative in the 54th District.
    Secretary of State Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur at State Convention in August):
    ·         Cameron Brown – Currently serving his second term in the Michigan Senate, has dedicated his efforts in public service to defending the principles upon which this nation was founded: honesty and hard work, personal responsibility, liberty and justice, and government restraint.  He has been a consistent and vocal defender of the rights of the unborn, and a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.  Sen. Brown has won every campaign for elective office since first elected one of the youngest members to serve on the Sturgis City Commission in 1981. He went on to serve ten years as a St. Joseph County Commissioner and four years in the Michigan House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate in 2002.   http://cameronsbrown.com/
    ·         Michelle McManus – http://www.michellemcmanus.org/
    ·         Anne Norlander - See the January issue for Bio. http://annenorlander.com/
    ·         Paul Scott – Paul Scott is a conservative leader in the state house. In 2009, he stood up to the Democrats and Lansing special interests and voted “NO” on over $350 million in tax increases on Michigan job providers and citizens. He also introduced HB 4165 to phase out the job-killing MBT surcharge. Paul has a strong pro-life track record and sponsored HJR II which recognizes human life as starting at the point of fertilization. Paul holds a Master’s in Public Policy and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. Additionally, he was the Deputy Director of the Gallup World Poll. He is currently serving in the State Legislature, representing the 51st House District.   http://www.gophouse.com/links.asp?District=51
    Jocelyn Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, WSU Professor & Attorney, and Janice Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk are announced Democrat candidates.
    Attorney General Republican candidates (Republican selection to occur at State Convention in August):
    ·         Mike Bishop – http://www.mikebishop.com/ 
    ·         Bill Schuette - http://www.billschuette.com/  
    State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, an East Lansing Democrat, has dropped out of the race, leaving Richard Bernstein, son of Sam Bernstein the 1-800-Call-Sam legal eagle, and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton the announced Democrats in the race.
    7th Congressional District: Currently held by first term Democrat Congressman Mark Schauer, who was elected on the coattails of Obama in 2008, and refused to hold forums in his district on health care reform.
    ·         Marvin Carlson - See the January issue for Bio. http://www.marvincarlson.com/
    ·         Brian Rooney - See the February issue for Bio. http://runwithrooney.com/
    ·         Tim Walberg - http://www.walbergforcongress.com/
    15th Congressional District: John Dingell (D) announced he will run for re-election, Saturday, February 20, 2010.
    ·         Jack Lynch – See the January issue for Bio. http://www.jacklynchforcongress.com
    ·         Robert L. Steele - See the February issue for Bio.  http://robsteeleforcongress.com
    Events at the Washtenaw Fix Michigan Center:
    (Note: The Washtenaw County Fix Michigan Center has moved! Now at McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map The building is located about one mile north of the I-94/S. State St. interchange on the east side of the street. The entrance to the space should be in front, with parking to the side and rear of the building.

    Phone banks and Voter ID: 5:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 24, Monday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 31. For more events, follow the

    Fix Michigan Center on Facebook.
    Other Events:
    March 25 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): The "23 Republican Club," a new sub-group recently formed within the Washtenaw County Republican Committee to grow the Republican Party base in the area of the county east of US-23, will hold its first meeting at the Fix Michigan Center, at its new location at McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map 
     
    Mar. 27 (Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00): Republican Women Club monthly meeting at the home of Alicia Ping, 307 N. Harris, Saline. Map
     
    April 1 (Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.): Monroe County Chamber will be hosting a Legislative Luncheon with Congressman John Dingell at the Holiday Inn Express located at 1225 N. Dixie Highway, Monroe. Map $25.00 per person. Click here to register for the Legislative Luncheon and click on April 1. Here is an opportunity to protest, inside or outside the building.
     
    April 7 (Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.): Come to a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop to increase your personal and organization’s effectiveness at meetings and get more done.Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, third floor conference room. The workshop will consist of 3 participatory learning modules. This will be a fun, engaging, interactive way to learn the basics of Parliamentary Procedure, as you will briefly hear the theory, put it into action, see it in action and have a few laughs along the way. All community organization leaders and active members (e.g., Chamber, non-profit organizations, churches, etc.) are invited to attend, so spread the word.
    April 8 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Washtenaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Fix Michigan Center, at its new location at McKinley Executive Center, 2245 South State St., Ste. 2100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Map Campaign and Public Relations sub-committee meetings start at 6:00. All Republicans are welcome!
    Apr. 17 (Saturday, Private reception 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., cocktail reception at the golf course 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.): Monroe County Republican Party Meet the Candidates Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, Monroe Golf and Country Club, 611 Cole Rd., Monroe MI 48162-4188. Contact Chris Donahue, 734/735-3582 or Jo Bach, 734/242-6488. $50 per person for dinner.
    Apr. 17 (Saturday, 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.): Campaign Management Seminar, Big Ten Room, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 55 S. Harrison Ave., E. Lansing MI 48824. $50/person. For more information, call 517/432-4000

    Apr. 24 (Saturday, call or e-mail for details): Lapeer Lincoln Day Dinner, Lapeer Country Club. Tickets online at

    lapeergop.org, or call 810/441-5029
    May 4 (Tuesday,Doors Open - 5:30 PM, General Reception - 6:00 PM, Dinner Program - 7:00 PM): Southeast Michigan Ronald Reagan Memorial Dinner 2010. Featuring The Honorable Rick Santorum, Former United States Senator, Fox News Contributor. Petruzzello's Banquet Center, 6950 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan. Prepaid dinner tickets: $55 per person, ($65 per person postmark after April 23rd), VIP Reception with speaker: $100 per person (includes dinner). (Private Reception w/ Senator Santorum, receive photo, seating at head table): $1000 per person; $1250 per couple. Serve on Host Committee: Buy/sell $300 in tickets/ad book sales. Please mail your personal check to: 12th District Republican Committee, c/o Janice Nearon, 22601 Lange Street, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080 or call Janice Nearon - 586-776-0128 or Jean Uhl - 586-264-1304.
    You can go to Washtenaw County Republican Committee  website, the Washtenaw County Republican Committee Facebook page, or the Michigan Republican Party Events page for all the latest on exciting events for Michigan Republicans.
    If you have upcoming events, meetings, etc that you would like us to consider publicizing in the Informer, on the Washtenaw Country Republican website and on the Washtenaw County Republican Facebook page, please email the information to[email protected] Note: In the spirit of fairness we will not be publicizing candidate sponsored events. To find out about candidate sponsored events, please contact the candidates listed above in the Candidates for Office section.
    Help Wanted
    The GOP needs you! Whether it’s going door-to-door, displaying yard signs, helping with mailings or events, becoming an intern, sending friends and family e-mails or cards, serving as a local volunteer leader, hosting meetings, raising money, circulating petitions, participating in parades and rallies, or serving as a challenger on election day. Whatever is your style, there are ways you can volunteer to help the Republican Party and have fun doing it! You can go to http://www.migop.org/index.php/site/volunteer/ or to http://www.wash-gop.com/volunteer for more information.
    Letter to the Editor Guide
    We need to get our point of view out as much as we can. Please help by downloading the guide and writing a letter to the editor today. With just a little effort by each of us, we collectively can make a BIG difference. Download Guide for writing letters to the editor drafted by Wendy Carter.
    Links You May Enjoy:
    Washtenaw County Republican Party website. Thanks, Wendy Carter, for keeping the site updated!

    Ken Braun, the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker is the editor of the
    Michigan Capitol Confidential, the center’s bi-monthly print and online publication that covers state government. Tom Gantert, previously reporting on his conservative leaning, online news site, “Reporting Michigan”, now reports here as well.

    Twitter hashtags you might want to follow: #migop #fixmi #gop #techgop #sgp #tcot

    Rick Olson also has a blog entitled “Sharing Ideas for a Better Michigan” at
    http://rickolson.blogspot.com/


     
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