Monthly Meeting Tomorrow at 7 PM (Potluck at 6 PM!)

HCDP News for December 5th, 2023

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HCDP News for December 5 2023

  • Party News

    • Monthly Meeting Tomorrow (Potluck at 6 PM!)

    • Run for Township Office

    • Opening - City of Houghton, Portage Lake Water and Sewer Authority

    • Results Matter - Our Meme of the Week

  • Statewide News

    • At the Capitol

    • Around the State

  • Upcoming Events

    • Community Events

Monthly Meeting Tomorrow (Potluck at 6 PM!)

Our next General Meeting will be tomorrow at 7 PM. You do not need to be a member to attend our monthly meetings, and we would welcome your attendance.

Don’t forget - we’re holding a Potluck at 6 PM. Bring a dish to share - whether homemade or store bought - and enjoy some quality time with your fellow Dems before we settle down to business at 7. And don’t worry, if you’re not a good cook and don’t have time to shop, we’d still love for you to stop in and enjoy some food and conversation.

IN PERSON: The meeting will be held in-person at the Super 8 Motel in Houghton.

REMOTE ATTENDANCE: Remote attendance is via Zoom. Email readers can click the button below at 7 PM on Wednesday to be connected to the Zoom session.

Run for Township Office

Interested in or curious about running for local office? The Michigan Townships Association has a handy guide to running for office and serving at the township level.

The guide explains what offices are available, what the duties of those offices are, how to qualify to run for a township office, what the filing deadline for running is, how long the terms are, and much more.

You can find the guide on this Michigan Townships Association web page.

If you interested in or have questions about running for any office in Houghton County we’d be happy to help. Just email us at [email protected].

Opening - City of Houghton, Portage Lake Water and Sewer Authority

Speaking of serving in local office, we’re sharing this opportunity for a City of Houghton resident to serve on a city commission. The wording below comes from the city’s public posting as shared in the Daily Mining Gazette:

The City of Houghton is seeking a resident to serve on the Portage Lake Water and Sewer Authority

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please submit an application to the City of Houghton Clerk, P.O. Box 606, Houghton, MI 49931. The deadline for applications is Monday, December 11th at 4:00p.m.

Applications are available on the city's website The council will make the appointment at their meeting on December 20, 2023.

Questions can be directed to the city clerk at 482-1700 or e-mail: [email protected].

Results Matter - Our Meme of the Week

You may have seen the video clip of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries that was making the rounds on social media over the weekend, talking about President Biden’s “big deal”. Here’s what Leader Jeffries had to say in his speech to the New Hampshire Democrats:

“Teddy Roosevelt had the Square Deal, FDR had the New Deal, Truman had the Fair Deal. What President Biden, Democrats - all of us - have accomplished in the last few years - is a big deal. It’s a big deal! Now, Joe Biden says it a different way. (I left out a word, y’all.) But it’s a big deal. Because we run to win. We win to govern, but we govern to get big things done and make life better for every day Americans. And under the leadership of President Biden… we are just getting started.”

Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries

Part of that clip is incorporated into our pick for Meme of the Week, which comes from the Lincoln Project, a group of Never Trump Republican political operatives, who have worked over the last several years to advance American democracy and Democrats.

What sets this Threads post from the Lincoln Project apart from others who shared this clip is that they built off of Leader Jeffries’ words to set the context about why the Biden administration’s accomplishments are a big deal, and to contrast that with Donald Trump’s vision (or lack thereof) for the country.

The Lincoln Project’s video starts off with a clip of Donald Trump badmouthing (as usual) the current administration, then captures comments from several others, including Leader Jeffries, showing just how wrong Trump is. It’s a well done clip including timely comments about things happening right now that President Biden is showing real leadership on.

The Lincoln Project’s video clip runs just about a minute and a half, and you can watch it by clicking on the screenshot of their post below.

At the Capitol

  • Last Tuesday, at a ceremony in Detroit, Governor Whitmer signed the Clean Energy Future Plan. This package of clean energy bills sets the state on the path to have 100% clean, renewable energy by 2040. MORE: WLNS TV6

  • On Thursday the Detroit chapter of the NAACP played host as Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an historic package of Voter Rights bills. The bills build on last year’s Proposal 2 to ensure every vote in Michigan can be cast and counted, no matter who you are or where you live. The new laws will improve election efficiency, increase voter registration opportunities, and protect equal access to the ballot box. MORE: Michigan Chronicle

Around the State

  • Last Wednesday the Biden-Harris campaign released a new ad in Michigan and other battleground states highlighting the Biden administration’s health care policies amid former President Donald Trump’s renewed call to repeal the Affordable Care Act. MORE: Heartland Signal

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

THUR 12/7

The South Range Village Council meets Thursday at 6 PM in the South Range Community Building. For more information contact the Village at [email protected] or (906) 482-8833

Thursday is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also called Pearl Harbor Day. On December 7, 1941 the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by Japanese bombers. The surprise attack led to the injury of 1,178, and the death of 2,403 American service members. The United States entered World War II in the wake of the attack. While not a national holiday, many Americans remember the day by flying the flag at half mast in honor of those lost in the Pearl Harbor attack.

FRI 12/8

Friday is the first day of Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the Jewish festival of lights. Hanukkah is an eight-night holiday that recalls an ancient miracle at the Temple in Jerusalem, and for many it is a celebration of religious freedom. Learn more about Hanukkah here.

SUN 12/10

Sunday is Human Rights Day as declared by the United Nations. This year the day celebrates 75 years since the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. You can read the amazing story of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her championing of the Universal Declaration at this National Parks Service web page, and on this page from