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January 2016 Events

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

1.12.16 Tues 7 pm – 10 pm – Oakland County Democratic Party – Exec. Committee Mtg. and State of the Union Watch Party at Fifth Avenue, 215 Fifth Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48067   Map link:

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1.20.16  6:30 – 8:30 pm  North Oakland Democratic Club  (program starts at 7 pm)  Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen (downstairs) – 54 S Main St. Clarkston, MI 48346 – Map link:

  • James Stretch, campaign manager for Melissa Gilbert for Congress
  • Christina Soliz, East Michigan Field Organizer Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan


Melissa Gilbert - Labor Day

April 2015 Events

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
  • Tues. April 14, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  Oakland County Democratic Party Executive Committee – Oak Park Community Center 14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237 Guest speakers include radio host Tony Trupiano (Proposal 1) and Jill Alper (Dewey Square) DNC feedback on 2014 campaign messaging.
  • Wed. April 15, 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm – North Oakland Democratic Club Monthly Meeting at Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen 54 S Main St. Clarkston, MI 48346.  – Political Discourse Night – we will be having a conversation on a number of topics, including the Proposal 1 Special Election.
  • Sat. April 18 10:00 am – 11:30 am – NODC Adopt-A-Road pickup on Brown Rd between Joslyn Rd and Baldwin Rd.  We meet at the Costco Parking lot (400 Brown Rd).  Safety vests, bags, and “picking sticks” provided.  Please bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
  • Sat. April 25 12:30 pm (registration begins at 10:00 am) – MDP – Michigan Democratic State Central Committee at Grand Rapids Union High School, 1800 Tremont Blvd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

  •  Now is the time to join or renew your membership in the North Oakland Democratic Club!  Please download our Membership Form and bring it to the meeting or mail it our address:  P.O. Box 336 Lake Orion, MI 48361
  • Please bring canned and packed foods for our ongoing donations to Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry.  Here is their “Wish List” for April:

September 2013 Events

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

There are a a number of events that the North Oakland Democratic Club will participate in in September.

NODC Sept 2013 mtg


  • With the approach of the Michigan expansion of Medicaid, a Michigan health care exchange, and enrollment for health care plans relating to the Affordable Healthcare Act, the NODC has invited a speaker from the Michigan AARP, Steven Hernandez from Michigan Consumers for Healthcare and possibly another speaker (to be announced) to provide an update.  We will meet Thurs. Sept 19th at Red Knapp’s American Grille 6722 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston, 48346  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  As always, please bring canned and packaged food for the Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry – the need for food support has only grown larger in North Oakland County

  • Please be part of the North Oakland Democratic Club table at the OCDP 53rd Annual Phil Hart Dinner, Sun. Sept.15, 6:00 pm at Club Venetian 29310 John R Road  Madison Heights, MI 48071 Click here for tickets. Please let me know if you are making plans to attend and would like to sit at our table.

  • Sun. Sept 15, noon to 5 pm Please drop by the NODC canopy at Taste of Clarkston. We will be with exhibitors in the parking lot on N Main St, at W. Washington St.

  • Sat. Sept 21, 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  Please join us for our September Adopt-A-Road pick-up on Brown Rd between Joslyn Rd and Baldwin Rd.  Meet us in the northeast corner of the Costco parking lot (400 Brown Rd) .  Bring work gloves and sturdy shoes, we will provide the safety vests, bags, and picking sticks

  • Sat. Sept. 28, 10 am to 5 pm.  Please drop by the NODC canopy at Septemberfest in Ortonville. We will be on South St, above Mill St.

April 2012 Events

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


April 14,  (Saturday) 10 am to Noon, Adopt-A-Road, Brown Rd between Baldwin and Joslyn, Orion Twp, 48359. Meet at Costco lot (East entrance) to get your vests and bags.  Wear sturdy shoes and layers as it warms fast.  Gloves are a must have and poking sticks are optional.  Please read Team Safety Briefing Brochure:            Rain date is Sat. April 21, same time and place.


Wednesday April 18, 2012 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at C-Pub (a.k.a. Clansman Gaelic Pub), 2325 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion, MI.   map link

  • Our guest speaker will be Tony Troupiano, host of “First Shift” on AM 1310, a Progressive radio station serving the Detroit area market.
  • Also, we will show the 17 minute documentary “The Road We’ve Traveled” released by the Obama for President campaign.
  • We will also be notarizing Precinct Delegate affidavits, so please attend and fill one out!
  • In case you haven’t, now is the time to join or renew your membership in the NODC
  • Please bring canned and packaged goods to donate to the Oxford/Orion Fish food bank


April 28, (Saturday) 6 pm to 9 pm, MDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and Celebration, Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI – Join the NODC at our table and hear the Keynote Speaker Robert Gibbs.  The NODC is looking to again have our own table.  If you plan to attend, please call the MDP at 517-371-5410 and ask to sit with the North Oakland Democratic Club.

Get the Facts Straight on Healthcare Reform

Friday, September 4th, 2009

MYTH #1: Reform doesn’t affect people who already have health insurance.

THE FACTS: Reform affects all Americans who have ever worried about healthcare costs or about losing their coverage if they become too sick, lose their jobs or change jobs. Every day, 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance. Further, one of the driving forces behind government deficits is the skyrocketing cost of Medicare and Medicaid. A public plan option will provide competition with the insurance industry to help keep costs down. If healthcare costs are not brought under control, there will be fewer resources for education and other important public services. In addition, out-of-pocket healthcare costs for every family will continue to climb.

MYTH #2: A public plan option will force all Americans into a government-run health program.

THE FACTS: Individuals with insurance do not have to join the public option. As President Obama has said: “if you like what you have, you can keep it.” Reform will create a health insurance exchange for the uninsured; this will allow individuals to compare prices and health plans to decide which plan (public or private) is right for them and their families. The choice is left up to the individual. The public plan option will benefit uninsured as well as insured Americans by increasing competition and choice in the marketplace. It will hold private insurers accountable, and will lower costs while ensuring affordable healthcare. Surely private insurance companies cannot be afraid of competition from a non-profit group.

MYTH #3: Reforming healthcare will cut Medicare benefits for seniors.

THE FACTS: The president is committed to improving healthcare for all older Americans and to strengthening Medicare. The healthcare reform plan now being considered will extend Medicare coverage and preserve older Americans’ freedom to choose their doctor. It will eliminate wasteful overpayments to private plans (estimated at $160 billion); expand access to and end patient co-payments for Medicare preventive services; increase payments to healthcare providers, which would
prevent doctors from refusing Medicare patients; and phase out the Part D “doughnut hole” that has caused many older Americans to do without their medications so they can afford other necessities.

MYTH #4: Co-ops are an adequate substitute for a national public insurance plan.

THE FACTS: A co-op is not a substitute for a national public health insurance plan, nor are co-ops a new idea. During the 1930s and 1940s, a healthcare cooperative movement was introduced in the United States; it failed. Co-ops were too small and undercapitalized to survive a physicians’ boycott. Today, experts estimate that co-ops would need at least 25,000 participants to be financially viable and more than 500,000 participants to be able to negotiate for lower rates. They would be essentially too small and too fractured to have effective bargaining power against the health insurance industry. For example, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan controls 65 percent of the state’s commercial market and would not be challenged by a “start-up” co-op.

MYTH #5: America’s deficit will increase by $1 trillion due to healthcare reform and force many families to go broke.

THE FACTS: President Obama has said he will not sign a bill that would add to the national debt or deficit. To honor this commitment, he has proposed that two-thirds of the cost of reform be paid for by reducing waste, fraud and abuse in existing programs and ending overpayments to insurance companies. The remaining revenue will come from limiting the itemized tax deductions for couples making more than $250,000 a year.

The current healthcare system results in $700 billion a year in wasteful and inefficient spending—causing financial strain on many families. Placing caps on out-of-pocket expenditures, including co-payments, and limiting extravagant spending by insurance companies are some of the new proposals to hold down rising healthcare costs for many working families.

MYTH #6: Congress is moving too quickly.

THE FACTS: The time to reform our healthcare system is now. Many Americans are uninsured or struggle to pay the soaring costs of care. As costs continue to rise, even those with employer-provided insurance pay a heavy price in forgone pay raises, increases in insurance deductibles and premiums, and greater insecurity about the availability of high-quality healthcare in the future.

Since 2000, employee contributions to company-provided health insurance have increased more than 120 percent, and out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, co-payments for medications, and co-insurance for physician and hospital visits have risen 115 percent. Skyrocketing healthcare costs strain family budgets, burden businesses of all sizes, squeeze state and federal budgets, and are delaying America’s economic recovery.

Send a letter to your U.S. senators and representative and encourage them to reform healthcare now.

Sourced: American Federation of Teachers