Archive for 2009

NODC December meeting was a great event

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Now is the time to join our club or renew your membership for 2010! Please download the NODC Membership Form today!

Thanks to Senator Gretchen Whitmer for visiting our North Oakland Democratic Club at the Clansman Gaelic Pub, in Lake Orion on Tuesday, December 15th to talk about her candidacy for Michigan Attorney General.

Thanks also to Kevin Hrit for bringing us up to date with Congressman Gary Peters!

Jason Bauer, Operations Manager and Political Director of the Oakland County Democratic Party discussed OCDP accomplishments in 2009 and goals for 2010. Thanks to Jason for helping us with our last mailing.

Thanks to Francine Melotti and Jody LaPointe for working on our food drive. “Grandpa Bob” at Oxford/Orion FISH asked that we convey his heartfelt thanks to the NODC for our generous donation. We ended up with about 50 lbs. of non-perishable food — and that averages to about two pounds per person who attended our holiday meeting. Not bad at all! NODC member kindness and generosity is appreciated, especially during such tough times in our community. We would like to suggest that we ask our members to bring food donations to every meeting.

To our North Oakland Democrats! We wish you a great holiday season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Phil Reid – Chair, Tracy Jensen – Vice Chair, Patrick Howse – Treasurer

Senator Gretchen Whitmer - December Meeting 2009

Senator Gretchen Whitmer - December Meeting 2009

December Holiday Celebration - Lake Orion 12.15.09

December Holiday Celebration - Lake Orion 12.15.09

Come to our November meeting and meet the next Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Our next North Oakland Democratic Club (NODC) meeting is Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (meeting starts at 7 PM) at the Clarkston Union, 54 S Main St, Clarkson, MI (M/C room – downstairs). Food and drink can be ordered at the bar prior to the meeting.

Our guest speaker is Jocelyn Benson, candidate for Secretary of State. Come and meet her and find out more about her campaign for SOS.

Please consider becoming an Election Inspector or Precinct Delegate in 2010. More details about this at our meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Phil Reid, Chair

12 Quick Facts about Michigan Government

Friday, October 30th, 2009

12 Quick Facts about Michigan Government

• State government is the smallest it’s been since the early 1970s.
• Adjusted for inflation, state revenues are at the level they were in 1964.
• Michigan is $9 billion below the spending limit imposed by the Headlee amendment to the state constitution.
• The governor has cut more out of state government than any governor in history — more than $10 billion in deficits have been resolved since 2003. The governor has sold off airplanes, car fleets and state property, and eliminated state boards, agencies and commissions.
• From 2001 to 2008, the size of the state workforce decreased by more than 11,000.
• Michigan has a lower number of state and local employees per capita than 44 other states.
• Department of Human Services workers who assist needy families have caseloads of 600 to 900 per worker. The fiscal year 2010 budget cuts 300 more employees from DHS.
• Cuts in revenue sharing over the past eight years have caused the layoffs of more than 2,400 police officers and 1,800 fire fighters across the state.
• Among states levying individual incomes taxes, Michigan’s flat tax rate of 4.35 percent ranks 38th.
• Michigan’s state/local tax burden percentage of 9.4 percent of income ranks 27th highest nationally, below the national average of 9.7 percent.
• In the last eight years, real wage growth for state employees has been very close to zero, and state employees are paying more for their health care and retirement benefits. State employee concessions total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
• Since the start of Governor Granholm’s administration in 2003, $2.8 billion has been saved in areas such as contracts, lease/rent reduction, mail, fleet reductions, retirement savings, self-insurance rate reduction, project management, retirement savings and surplus property sales.

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October meetings and events

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Our next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, October 21st (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Clarkston Union M/C Room (downstairs). People are free to order food and drink at the bar and then come downstairs (self service). State Senator Deb Cherry will speak to our group regarding current issues in the State Senate.

Join the NODC for a screening of Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” Thursday, October 15th, 7:20 PM at the AMC Great Lakes Crossing, 4300 Brown Rd, Auburn Hills, MI – admission is only $5 dollars, and it’s a great way to see the film, with fellow Democrats.

Thanks to the NODC members that attended the 49th Annual Phil Hart Dinner last week. Congressman Barney Frank did not disappoint the crowd, and it was covered by the Detroit Free Press: article link

The NODC has t-shirts for sale (Med – 2XL) $ 20 each
More NODC stuff is available via the MDP website: Link to MDP

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Phil Reid, Chair, NODC

September Meetings and Events

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

September is a busy month, here are events to add to your calendar. The North Oakland Democratic Club (NODC) needs your support in these areas:

Oakland County Democratic Party (OCDP) meeting Tuesday, Sept 8th, 7 PM at the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI

8th District Committee Meeting Thursday, September 10, 6:30 PM,St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 700 Columbia Dr, Durand, MI 48429 [ Map ] – find out what is happening with the 8th District!

Join the NODC Saturday, September 12, as we walk in the Carry Nation Festival Parade. The parade begins Airport Rd at Saginaw St. We will start from the p arking lot of VFW Post 5587, 201 Airport Dr at 9:15 AM Parade begins at 10 AM
The parade ends at Karl Richter Campus School 920 E Baird St the parade route is about 1.3 miles
We plan to provide transportation from Karl Richter back to the VFW Hall on Airport Dr.

The NODC monthly meeting Wed. September 16th at 6:30 PM at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen, 54 S. Main St (M-15), Clarkston, MI 48346
We will meet in the M/C, which is located in the lower level. We will be discussing plans for Septemberfest in Ortonville (9/26) and Taste of Clarkston (09/27)
Location: Clarkston Union (M/C) 54 Main St, Clarkston, MI 48346, Contact: Phil Reid 248-812-9203

The NODC will be in Ortonville for Septemberfest, Saturday, September 26th, join us as we represent the Democratic Party in Brandon Twp. We expect be in the area of Mill St and South St. [ Map ] with our canopy. Contact: Phil Reid 248-812-9203

The NODC will be in Clarkston for their annual Taste of Clarkston, Sunday, September 27th, we will be in the area of Main St. and Washington St.

October 4th is the annual OCDP Phil Hart Dinner, at the Somerset Inn in Troy MI, Dinner begins at 7 PM. This year’s keynote speaker will be Congressman Barney Frank. Tickets are $85, and the NODC should have a table at this event. Please let me know if you can attend (248-812-9203).

Please reply back to me if you have any questions (
Phil Reid, Chair, North Oakland Democratic Club
8th District V/C, Oakland County Democratic Party