Callie Barr Visits the Houghton County Dems Tomorrow

HCDP News for June 17th, 2024

HCDP News for June 17 2024

  • Events

    • Callie Barr Visits the Houghton Dems Tomorrow

    • MQT Dems Hold Their Summer Sizzle June 20th

    • Presidential Debate Watch Party

    • Coming Events - Mark Your Calendars (and Volunteer!)

  • Party News

    • Bridgefest - Thank You Volunteers!

    • So You Want To Become A School Board Member?

    • At the Capital and On the Campaign Trail

  • Meetings

    • Our Next Monthly Meeting

    • Governmental Meetings

We’re here in your inbox a day early so we can let you know about Callie Barr’s visit tomorrow. Yes, we did send an email on Saturday about that, but, well, what can we say? We just want to make sure our message got to you. And,we have our normal weekly items to share.

Callie Barr Visits the Houghton Dems Tomorrow


Please join the Houghton County Democrats in welcoming 1st Congressional District Candidate Callie Barr for a Meet and Greet tomorrow, Tuesday June 18th at the Houghton Super 8.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

WHERE: Conference Room @ the Super 8, 1200 E Lakeshore Dr, Houghton

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MQT Dems Hold Their Summer Sizzle June 20th

Our friends the Marquette County Dems are holding their annual Summer Sizzle fundraiser on Thursday June 20th. Tickets are available through this MQT Dems ActBlue page.

Presidential Debate Watch Party


Join us on June 27th for a Debate Watch Party and fundraiser. This promises to be a great opportunity to meet with your fellow Democrats and to support our local Democratic candidates.

WHEN: Thursday, June 27 starting at 8:30 PM (Debate starts at 9 PM ET)

WHERE: Houghton County Dems Headquarters @ 323 Quincy Street in Hancock

Donations taken at the door to support local Democratic candidates. Suggested donation $10

Coffee and Snacks provided. BYOB.

Coming Events - Mark Your Calendars (and Volunteer!)

We still have summer activities and events coming up and we’d love to have you join us! Below is the list of our annual summer activities. Mark your calendars and volunteer:

  • July 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADES: We’re still finalizing which parade(s) we’ll be marching in this year. If you have a particular parade you’d like to join in and march with us, let us know.

  • July 12 and 13 - STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Strawberry Fest is a favorite every year. We’ll be marching in the Festival Parade - come join us!

  • August 22 thru 25 - HOUGHTON COUNTY FAIR: We staff a table every year to engage with the public and distribute literature. We’ll have our button maker and materials ready for the kids to create their own button designs, while we chat with the adults.

  • Labor Day Weekend - LABOR DAY PICNIC: Each year we gather over Labor Day Weekend to picnic and connect as we get ready for the fall campaign season.

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these activities let us know. Just leave a message at (906) 523-1233 or email us at [email protected]

Bridgefest - Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks to the volunteers who turned out over the weekend to staff our booth and to march with us in the parade! We got a very good response this year - quite a few people cheered or clapped for us as we went by.

We were happy to be joined by Kim Corcoran, Democratic candidate for 110th District state Representative. Go Kim!

Kim Corcoran joined us for the parade

On the parade route

So You Want To Become A School Board Member?

Our Candidate Recruitment Committee is still encouraging all interested Democrats and progressive citizens to file to run for your local school board. The filing deadline is July 23rd.


  • The Candidate’s Guide put together by The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) takes you through the process of becoming a School Board candidate, and helps you understand what it takes to be an effective School Board member.

  • MASB is also offering Virtual Candidate Forums throughout June and July to answer questions from prospective candidates. Information on the dates and times of the Forums is available in their Candidate’s Guide.

  • H.E.A.L. (Honest Education Action & Leadership) Together, an initiative from the nonprofit Race Forward, is offering a virtual seminar next Tuesday, June 18th at 7 PM on “Countering White Nationalism at Your Rural School Board: An Introduction to Public School Strong”. Sign up here.

At the Capital and On the Campaign Trail


  • SOS Mobile Office Launched in Marquette: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson launched Michigan’s seventh mobile office on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Marquette. The mobile office will serve residents across the U.P. with limited transportation or internet access. Services include license renewal and registering to vote. MORE: WLUC TV6

  • President Biden Speaks Out on Supreme Court: At a fundraiser in LA over the weekend Joe Biden spoke out about the Supreme Court, saying “The fact of the matter is that there has never been a court that is this far out of step." He warned about potential openings on the court during the next Presidential term, and what that could mean if Trump wins the election. "The idea that if he's reelected he's going to appoint two more who are flying flags upside down... I think it is one of the scariest parts," Biden said. MORE: Reuters

  • Biden Harris Campaign Releases New Video: The video from the Biden Harris campaign takes aim at Trump and Republicans over their position on IVF. Protecting IVF access has become a campaign issue after the Alabama Supreme Court froze access to the procedure across that state. Last week Senate Republicans blocked passage of a bill protecting access to IVF. MORE: Axios

  • But Wait, There’s an Even Newer Video: Just today the Biden Harris campaign released another video that calls out Trump for his legal troubles. The new ad, calls Character Matters, reminds us that “this election is between a convicted criminal who is only out for himself and a president who is fighting for your family.” MORE: Washington Post

  • President Biden - We Will Not Walk Away from Ukraine: President Biden is leading a coalition of Western democracies in renewed support for Ukraine and is sending a strong message to Putin - and Trump. MORE: CNN 

  • Donald Trump in Michigan: Donald Trump brought his grievance and vengeance campaign to Michigan over the weekend. Trump spoke to the right wing student group Turning Point USA. He also spoke to a mostly white audience at a Black church where he launched his “Black Americans for Trump” coalition. MORE: Michigan Advance 

Our Next Monthly Meeting

HCDP Monthly Meetings: Unless otherwise communicated our monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. Potluck at 6 PM, Meeting at 7 PM. In the conference room at the Houghton Super 8, and by Zoom (starting at 7 PM).


Governmental & Community Meetings


The Friends of Portage Lake District Library meet tomorrow evening at 7 PM in the Carnegie Museum,105 Huron Street in Houghton, to discuss millage renewal election efforts.

This month's regular meeting of the Houghton County Board of Commissioners will start on the 18th at 5 PM in the Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Houghton County Courthouse. Find more information on the Board's webpage

The Laurium Village Council meets Tuesday night at 6 PM in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. More info can be found on the Village's website

The Calumet Village Council also meets Tuesday night at 6 PM in the Village Council Chambers. More information on the Council can be found on the Council's webpage.


The Hancock City Council meets at 6 PM in the Hancock City Hall Council Chambers.

Governmental meetings are scheduled throughout the month by bodies from the County Commission to City, Village and Township boards, committees and commissions; as well as local School Boards and the Copper Country Intermediate School District.

Check by phone or on the particular governmental website for meeting notices in your community. Your participation in local government meetings lets your elected and appointed officials know you are interested in their work, and can provide you with the opportunity to speak about your concerns during public comment periods

This message is paid for with regulated funds by the Houghton County Democratic Party. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.