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Canadians confused

11/21/14 Letter to the Free Press Editor

Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections.

Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country's adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there's no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Richard Brunt

Victoria, British Columbia

Don't know of a Republican that can take a ribbing, but this e-mail message making it's way through the right-wing propaganda network shows that they can sure dish it out

Truck spotted leaving D.C.




The two year 2016 election cycle starts November 18th

Dear Fellow Otsego County Democrats, 

The Otsego County Democratic Party will hold its Fall Convention on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.   Pursuant to the rules of the Michigan Democratic Party, the county party convention is held after every election. The purpose of the Convention is to elect members of what the rules call the Executive Committee. Our local party preference has always been to allow any interested Democrats to participate in our County party operations so we are interpreting the “Executive Committee” to be everybody! The Executive Committee is entitled to vote on all local party business including the election of the Officers of the Executive Committee which will occur on December 16th.   

For those of you who have always been active in the local party, let us know that you intend to continue to do so. If you want to join our local party for the first time, let us know that too. Your name will be included on the “slate” of Executive Committee members who will be voted on at the Convention. We anticipate a vote approving the entire “slate” at once which will result in any interested Democrat having a vote in local party business over the next two year cycle. It should be a short Convention. Your actual attendance at the Convention is not required (although it is encouraged, of course). We just need to know if you want to join the local party and be involved in the local party. If so, your name will be placed on the slate of persons to be on the “Executive Committee”. 

After the election of the Executive Committee, the Committee will then vote to elect its officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in serving in any of those capacities, let us know. We expect to be able to put together a slate of officers before the December meeting and then have the slate voted on as a whole. 

If you want to help Democrats get elected, now is the time to act.

Brendan Curran, Chair

Dems got the votes but because of gerrymandered voting districts, Republicans got the seats

From 11/6/14 Michigan Curmudgeon article

A Strange Election

As Lon Johnson points out in an email to Democrats, we won't know WHO voted for awhile. But we know how they voted, and the reasons for the debacle are becoming clearer. Democrats got the votes, but Republicans gamed the system so they could win without the votes.



The 2011 rewrite of state legislative and congressional boundaries paid huge dividends, again, for the folks that wrote the maps. Democrats actually got plenty of votes, but Republicans made sure that most of them had no impact.

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