Posts Tagged ‘8th District’

Melissa Gilbert for Congress

Monday, 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.

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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.

 MelissaGilbertforCongress

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 (pwreid1@aol.com)
Phil Reid, Chair, North Oakland Democratic Club
8th District V/C, Oakland County Democratic Party

Benefits of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act In the 8th Congressional District of Michigan Committee on Energy and Commerce

Friday, August 21st, 2009


July 2009
Benefits of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act In the 8th Congressional District of Michigan Committee on Energy and Commerce

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act would provide significant benefits in the 8th Congressional District of Michigan: up to 15,100 small businesses could receive tax credits to provide coverage to their employees; 7,600 seniors would avoid the donut hole in Medicare Part D; 1,700 families could escape bankruptcy each year due to unaffordable health care costs; health care providers would receive payment for $53 million in uncompensated care each year; and 49,000 uninsured individuals would gain access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. Congressman Mike Rogers represents the district.

Help for small businesses. Under the legislation, small businesses with 25 employees or less and average wages of less than $40,000 qualify for tax credits of up to 50% of the costs of providing health insurance. There are up to 15,100 small businesses in the district that could qualify for these credits.

Help for seniors with drug costs in the Part D donut hole. Each year, 7,600 seniors in the district hit the donut hole and are forced to pay their full drug costs, despite having Part D drug coverage. The legislation would provide them with immediate relief, cutting brand name drug costs in the donut hole by 50%, and ultimately eliminate the donut hole.

Health care and financial security. There were 1,700 health care-related bankruptcies in the district in 2008, caused primarily by the health care costs not covered by insurance. The bill provides health insurance for almost every American and caps annual out-of-pocket costs at $10,000 per year, ensuring that no citizen will have to face financial ruin because of high health care costs.

Relieving the burden of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers. In 2008, health care providers in the district provided $53 million worth of uncompensated care, care that was provided to individuals who lacked insurance coverage and were unable to pay their bills. Under the legislation, these costs of uncompensated care would be virtually eliminated.

Coverage of the uninsured. There are 70,000 uninsured individuals in the district, 10% of the district. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that nationwide, 97% of all Americans will have insurance coverage when the bill takes effect. If this benchmark is reached in the district, 49,000 people who currently do not have health insurance will receive coverage.

No deficit spending. The cost of health care reform under the legislation is fully paid for: half through making the Medicare and Medicaid program more efficient and half through a surtax on the income of the wealthiest individuals. This surtax would affect only 2,930 households in the district. The surtax would not affect 99.1% of taxpayers in the district.

This analysis is based upon the following sources: the Gallup-Healthways Survey (data on the uninsured); the U.S. Census (data on small businesses); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (data on the Part D donut hole, health care-related bankruptcies (based on analysis of PACER court records), and uncompensated care); and the House Committee on Ways and Means (data on the surtax).

NODC June Events – Mark your calenders

Monday, June 8th, 2009

There are a number of events which you are invited to, please attend and get to know fellow Democrats in North Oakland County better!

Now is the time to join or renew your membership with the NODC, if you haven’t already.

There are a number of events in Oakland County that may be of interest to you, they are listed farther down in this email.

Saturday, June 13: 10 AM to Noon – the 8th Congressional District Committee will meet at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St, Ortonville, MI. Join us as we discuss social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter and the 2010 election. This meeting rotates between the five counties of in the 8th District, so this is the meeting closest to you!

Wednesday, June 17: our Holly area Meetup, meet State Senate District 15 Candidate Pam Jackson and OCDP Political Director Jason Bauer. 6:00 pm – 7:45 PM, Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the Holly Township Library, 1116 N Saginaw St, Holly, MI

Thursday, June 18: our Watershed Forum, a panel discussion cosponsored with the Clinton River Watershed Council.
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM, at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion.

Saturday, July 4th: 9 AM to 11 AM – Join us in the 4th of July Parade in Clarkston! Walk a mile in our shoes and support our club. The parade is a lot of fun. Help us hand out candy to kids along the one mile parade route. After the parade, join us at Clintonwood Park in Independence Twp for the annual Festival of Fun. Contact Phil Reid for more information.


OCDP PLATFORM & ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
– Organizing for Oakland County!
SEVEN EXCITING ISSUE CAMPAIGNS:
HEALTHCARE – Demand drug industry accountability!
EDUCATION – Stop privitization/outsourcing of school support staff!
JOBS – Support Hire Michigan First legislation!
ENVIRONMENT – Keep water bottles and non-carbonated beverages out of our landfills by supporting the Bottle Expansion Bill!
ENERGY – Create jobs and encourage innovative business development through the Renewable Energy Sources Act!
GOOD GOVERNMENT – Support our County Commissioners!
TRANSPORTATION – Create a strong regional transit authority!

VOLUNTEER NOW AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE IN OAKLAND COUNTY!

North Oakland Democratic Club (NODC) January 2009 Events and Meetings

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

2009 North Oakland Democratic Club memberships are now due; club membership is on a calendar year basis.

NODC Membership Form

Download the membership form and mail it to NODC, PO Box 336, Lake Orion, MI 48361

North Oakland Democratic Club (NODC) January 2009 Events and Meetings:

– An Obama/Biden Inaugural parties planned for Tuesday, January 20th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in downtown Clarkston, please contact info@northoakland-dems.org for details. There is a limit to the number of attendees who can attend these two parties so you need to RSVP.

– If you are going to Washington DC, there is a Michigan Inaugural Ball at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian. Tickets to this black tie event are $200 each. Call 703-288-8696 or email Michigan@hayespr.com for information.

– Congratulations to John Dickie of Ortonville who received inaugural tickets from the office of Congressman Mike Rogers and will be in attending the Inauguration!

Holly/Davisburg/Rose – Thursday, January 22, 6-8 PM at the Holly Twp Library 1116 N Saginaw St, Holly MI 48442 (Meeting Room)

Clarkston/Brandon/Groveland – Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 P
M – 8-30 PM at the Brandon Twp Library, 304 South St, Ortonville, MI 48462 (Community Room)

Orion/Oxford /Addision Meeting Room B – Saturday, January 31, 10:30 AM to Noon at the Orion Twp Library, 825 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion 48362

– On January 31th (Orion Library), we will hold elections for NODC club officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary) and nine (9) Executive Committee members. You must be a member in good standing of the North Oakland Democratic Club to vote or be elected. If you are interested in being an Officer or a member of the Executive Committee, please contact Tracy Jensen via info@northoakland-dems.org

– At our meetings there will also be a short discussion on the writing of resolutions, in preparation for our Oakland 8th District Convention on February 7 from 10 – Noon (Registration is at 9 AM). The Oakland-8th Convention will be held in the Pernick/Aaron Conference Room of the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium building, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Pontiac MI. You must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party as of January 8th (30 days prior) to vote in Feb. 7th convention. Precinct Delegates, 2008 ballot candidates, and currently serving elected officials in Oakland County can renew their MDP membership anytime prior to the start of the convention.

To vote at the February 21st State Convention (Cobo Hall), you must be an MDP member as of January 22nd (except for Precinct Delegates, etc.)