August 17th, 2015
For more information about Melissa Gilbert, please check out this link: https://ocdp.org/news/15/08/17/melissa-gilbert-running-congress-8th-district
Crains Business Detroit August 14, 2015 http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150814/BLOG020/150819912/melissa-gilberts-hollywood-ties-could-help-campaign-for-congress
LANSING — Having ties to Hollywood could be a good thing for actress Melissa Gilbert, who plans to run for Congress in Michigan and will need a sizable war chest, political observers say.
One caveat: Her ability to leverage her name recognition while fundraising her campaign won’t easily offset the fact that she owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid federal taxes, which continues to grab headlines.
That could make it hard for Gilbert, a newcomer both to politics and to Michigan, to unseat an incumbent congressman in a Republican-leaning district.
Gilbert, an author and actress who starred as Laura Ingalls in the 1970s TV show “Little House on the Prairie,” said she will run in 2016 as a Democrat in the 8th District, which spans Ingham and Livingston counties and northern Oakland County.
National analysts, from Charlie Cook’s The Cook Political Report to Washington-based political news source Roll Call, have pegged the 8th District as “likely” or “safe” Republican in 2016. Even so, the National Republican Congressional Committee has listed Bishop on its “Patriot Program” to help raise money for what it considers possibly vulnerable incumbents.
State party officials say they expect Bishop to return to Congress.
Bucholz said Bishop could benefit in a presidential-year election if voters perceive “party fatigue” and decide to elect a Republican to the White House.
But Ballenger said Democrats in general tend to do better in elections with a presidential race because turnout increases. This could be true if Democrats have a popular candidate, namely if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wins the party’s nomination.
June 10th, 2015
Sat. July 4 9 a.m – 11:30 a.m. Clarkston Independence Day Parade
Tues. July 14 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Oakland County Democratic Party Executive Committee Mtg at Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI
Wed, July 15 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – NODC July mtg. at Italia Gardens, 1076 S Lapeer Rd, Oxford, MI 48371 Guest speakers include Tunde Olaniran from Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan, and Gerald Hasspacher from the Sierra Club Metro Detroit.
Sat. July 18 8:30 am – 10:00 a.m. – Adopt-A-Road, Brown Rd between Joslyn and Balwin Rd (meet at Costco Parking Lot)
April 30th, 2015
Tues., May 5 is Election Day – a special election for Proposal 1 Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm
NODC fundraising event: “Cinco de Mayo” on May 5 at The Burning Oak Smokehouse, Oxford, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Please join us for a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser and social hour at The Burning Oak Smokehouse, 595 N. Lapeer Rd., Oxford, 48371, Tuesday, May 5, from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You’ll enjoy a delicious nacho buffet that also includes fountain beverages – all for only $20 per adult
; a cash bar will also be available. You won’t want to miss guest speakers: MI House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel
, Radio Host Tony Trupiano
, 2014 Attorney General Candidate Mark Totten
– and other speakers to be announced. The event is open to the public, so please bring family and friends to enjoy what’s sure to be a great social event – and an opportunity to help our club support 2016 election efforts. We look forward to seeing you!
Sat. May 5 pm – 9 pm is the Michigan Democrats 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to Honor Congressman Dingell, Senator Levin; Will Feature Special Guest Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Tickets are $175 ea.
Order Tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/mdpjeffjack
Tues. May 12, 7:00 pm – 9 pm Oakland County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting – Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237
Speakers include State Rep. Jim Towsend, Jill Alper – Partner/Principcal of Dewery Square Group (also DNC Executive Committee member), and Dave Woodward, Oakland County Commissioner – Will try and also cover a little strategic plan intro/next steps and/or work groups