Good Candidates

HCDP News for November 7th, 2023

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HCDP News for November 7 2023

  • Party News

    • Good Candidates

    • Monthly Meeting Recap

    • Re-elect Biden - Our Meme of the Week

  • Statewide News

    • At the Capitol

    • Around the State

  • Upcoming Events

    • Community Events

Good Candidates

At this point the kids have all eaten the Halloween candy (and be honest - you had a few yourself!). We’ve all set our clocks back this weekend, and the early evening darkness of winter is back. Thanksgiving plans are well underway, and Christmas season is creeping up on us. All of these are signs that 2023 is starting to ease itself into the history books.

So, it’s not to early to think about finding good candidates to run for office next year. Local offices from school boards, city council seats, to county commissioners will be on the ballot next November. Deadlines to file for many of these offices are in April - only five months away.

One of the most important positions for which we must find a Democratic candidate is the 110th State House seat. We do not currently have a Democrat running for this seat. 

At our meeting last week Valorie Troesch of our Candidate Recruitment Committee discussed the need to identify and recruit good candidates for local offices. The Committee will do all the work in approaching potential candidates - no one else will be asked to do that.

What the Committee is looking for is good candidates to recruit. The most important thing newsletter readers can do is make suggestions - because you know people that we don’t necessarily know.

So, if you or someone you know would make a good candidate, and may be interested in running for an elected office here in Houghton County, please let us know. Email us with your suggestions to [email protected] or leave us a text or message at 906-523-1233. Thank you!

Monthly Meeting Recap

Last week we held the first potluck before our monthly meeting and we think it was a great success, with lots of dishes - both homemade and store bought - and lots of great conversation. The potluck was a welcome opportunity to get to know our fellow Houghton County Dems better. We’re looking forward to next month’s potluck already!

The monthly meeting itself went fairly quickly this month. There was much interest in the Open Comments portion of the agenda, with updates from Glenn Anderson on issues before the County and from Craig Waddell on issues before the Houghton City Council.

Topics covered by Glenn ranged from PFAS litigation; the county’s pursuit of a new airport terminal which may require $3 to $5 million in county matching funds; the recent reconstruction of the elevator at the County Court House; and the plan for a Justice Center and eventually jail at the church site the county purchased on Sharon Avenue.

There was lively discussion around the actions other Michigan counties have taken in partnership with organizations like RIP Medical Debt to buy up and cancel medical debt for members of their communities.

Craig talked to us about the recent PFAS settlement with local water providers which the City of Houghton qualifies for; the recent rezoning discussion around the Chamber of Commerce site; participation by Council members at the Michigan Municipal League convention in Traverse City.

There was lively conversation (again) around affordable housing and workforce accessible housing in our area after Craig broached the topic of “missing middle housing”.

Re-elect Biden - Our Meme of the Week

This past week has been filled with terrible news out of Gaza. The bombing and invasion of that territory by Israel has led to the deaths of many innocent civilians, with the Gaza Health Ministry saying on Sunday that more than 9,700 have been killed, including over 4,000 children.

All of this has fueled rising frustration and anger worldwide, cancelling out in the minds of many the terrorist acts of Hamas that led to Israel’s actions. This weekend massive protests all over the world demanded a cease fire. Tens of thousands protested in Washington DC on Saturday.

President Biden came out strongly in support of Israel’s right to defend itself in his speech after the Hamas attack on innocent Israelis. But on his trip to Israel three weeks ago he also cautioned the government there not to be consumed with rage and make the same mistakes the US made in the wake of the 9/11 attack.

The Israeli government has determined it’s goal to be the end of Hamas as a terrorist organization. It’s calculation is that to meet that goal requires the current bombing and invasion of Gaza because Hamas has embedded itself purposely amongst innocent Gazans, using them as a form of human shield. This approach, along with inflicting heavy casualties, has placed them in the position of allegedly committing war crimes.

This weekend Secretary of State Blinken visited both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as leaders of neighboring Arab states. He pressed for a humanitarian pause in the bombing (though not a cease fire) but was rebuffed by Israeli leadership. The Netanyahu government does not seem to want to heed President Biden’s advice.

The current Israel Hamas war arises from a tangled history in which, to quote former President Obama, “nobody’s hands are clean.” As Israel’s strongest international ally the US has itself become subject to the anger and frustration mentioned before, and so has our President.

Here in the US, some worry that the anger and frustration is fueling division among progressives and weakening support for President Biden. National polls in the last few weeks have been mixed on that note, some showing no impact, others showing a decline in the President’s approval rating. If there is an impact it will likely be felt more here in Michigan, given the large Arab-American population in our state.

President Biden deserves our support on this difficult issue. He has spoken out strongly against terrorism and acted in support of our ally while also advocating for compassion in a way that is a defining trait of this President.

That is why our Meme of the Week comes from the Connecticut Democratic Party. Joe Biden is a good President, and the country is better off with him at the helm. The Democratic Party is strong, and we have kept winning important elections across the country over the last three cycles. The alternative is Trump, MAGA, insurrectionists, and Dobbs supporters. We cannot allow the current situation to shake our focus as we head into 2024.

“One year from today, we re-elect President Joe Biden.”

If you’re on Facebook, why not click on the image above and give the Conneticut Dems a little ❤️. If you’re not already following us on Facebook you can find us there at houghtondems.

At the Capitol

  • The House has now passed a “watered down” version of the package of bills known as the Reproductive Health Act. As passed the Act does not do away with the 24 hour waiting period and does not allow Medicaid reimbursement for abortions. These portions were dropped in order to bring Democratic Rep. Karen Whitsett on board. The bills passed with no Republican support and now move to the Governor’s desk for signature. MORE: Detroit News 

  • On Wednesday the House passed a bill to protect election workers. The bill makes it a misdemeanor and sets penalties for intimidating or preventing an election official from performing their duties. A second election related bill also passed the House. This bill regulates the use of artificial intelligence in political advertising. MORE: The Gander

  • Also on Wednesday the Senate overwhelmingly approved a set of bills on financial disclosure rules for elected officials. Such rules are required by the passage of Proposal 1 last year. The bills have been criticized as inadequate and full of loopholes, but supporters say they are a start. "This is the beginning of our work on these issues, not the end," said Democratic Rep. Jeremy Moss. The legislation now moves to the House where calls for a tighter rules are already being voiced. MORE: Bridge Michigan

  • In the early morning hours on Friday, after a marathon session, the state House approved a package of Senate bills addressing clean energy, as well as energy affordability and waste. There were strong objections to some portions of the package from House Republicans. The bills as passed in the House include a number of changes to the Senate versions and will now move back to the Senate. MORE: Michigan Advance

  • Pending legislation may be forced into next year should the legislature adjourn early as is expected. Lawmakers must adjourn by late November in order for the early date (Feb. 27th) for the state’s Presidential Primary to take effect. Because of how the bill moving the date of the primary was approved by the legislature, a 90 day period after the end of the legislative year is required for it to take effect. That means that next week could prove to be the end, since after next week the legislature has an already scheduled two week break for the Thanksgiving holiday. MORE: Bridge Michigan

Around the State

  • Here in Houghton County access to affordable health care through open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace was highlighted by the Daily Mining Gazette last Thursday. If you use the Marketplace for your health insurance, this is your reminder that enrollment for next year is now open. MORE: Daily Mining Gazette

  • Last Tuesday Toyota announced that it is raising wages for it’s non-unionized auto workers in the US. The announcement came after the UAW announced tentative agreements with Ford, Stellantis and GM that included large pay raises. On Thursday UAW president Shawn Fain was quoted as saying that the UAW is “going to organize like we’ve never organized before,” hinting at efforts to organize automakers Tesla and Toyota. MORE: Axios and CNBC

  • In response to the suit filed in mid-September to keep Donald Trump off of 2024 ballots in Michigan, the former President has now filed a counter suit. The original suit asks the Court of Claims to rule that Trump is ineligible to run for President under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment because of his actions in the January 6th insurrection. Trump has filed in the same court asking it to declare that Secretary of State Benson, and the court itself, lack authority to decide whether he can be disqualified under the 14th Amendment. MORE: CNBC

HCDP Monthly Meetings: 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).


Community Events

Tue 11/7

Today is Election Day. While we don’t have any offices or issues to decide in Houghton County today, there are important elections taking place elsewhere, including for control of the Virginia state legislature and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Learn more about what’s at stake across the country in this article from US News.

Wed 11/8

The Houghton City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Meeting Agenda can be found in the Searchable Document Center of the Council's website.

Fri 11/10

Friday is the 248th Birthday of the Marine Corps, first founded as the Continental Marines in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. The United States Marine Corps has served in nearly every conflict in United States history. You are likely familiar with - through personal experience or from the movies - the cadence calls that drill sargents use when training Marine recruits. There are even cadence calling contests. Well, here’s a video of a particularly catchy cadence call from three years back - the very first Marine Corps Birthday Cadence.

Sat 11/11

Saturday is Veterans Day, honoring all who have served in our country’s armed forces. As Maya Angelou exclaimed, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Thank you veterans!