Zoom- Only Meeting Tomorrow, Rummage Sale Later This Week

HCDP News for June 4th, 2024

HCDP News for June 4 2024

  • Monthly Meeting Tomorrow Will Be By Zoom Only

  • Events

    • 👉🏼 We’re Hosting a Rummage Sale This Week (Share the Facebook Event with Friends!)

    • 👉🏼 Bridgefest is Next Week! (Volunteer here to staff the booth or march in the parade!)

    • MQT Dems Hold Their Summer Sizzle June 20th

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

  • Party News

    • Pridefest Kicks off Pride Month

    • Citizen’s for Local Choice Petition Fails

    • At the Capital and On the Campaign Trail

    • The Northlander

  • Meetings

    • Our Next Monthly Meeting

    • Governmental Meetings

Monthly Meeting Tomorrow Will Be Zoom Only


Our apologies for the fairly short notice. Our Chair is traveling for work and Our Vice-Chair, who will be running the meeting, is isolating after a recent COVID exposure. The Potluck at the Super 8 will not go ahead, and we will not meet in person tomorrow night.


You do not need to be a member to attend our monthly meetings, and we would welcome your attendance.

REMOTE ATTENDANCE: Remote attendance is via Zoom. Click the button below at 7 PM tomorrow to be connected to the Zoom session.

We’re Hosting a Rummage Sale This Week

The Houghton County Dems are hosting a rummage sale this Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th. All proceeds will be used to support local Democratic candidates who are in contested elections.


If you have items to contribute, please bring them to the HCDP office located at 323 Quincy Street in Hancock tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th anytime from noon to 6:00 p.m. We are looking for good, clean quality items such as books (no calculus textbooks!), kitchenware, glassware, knickknacks, holiday items, etc. No furniture or clothing, please. If the sale is successful, we plan to do this more than once over the summer.

WHEN: Sale -Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Donate - your good, clean quality items for the sale on Wednesday June 5 from noon to 6 PM.

WHERE: HCDP Headquarters - 323 Quincy Street, Hancock

WHY: All proceeds will be used to support local Democratic candidates in contested 2024 elections!!!

If you have questions, contact Valorie Troesch at [email protected] or Barb Turuc at [email protected].

Bridgefest Is Next Week!

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Bridgefest features food and other vendors in Houghton’s Kestner Waterfront Park on Friday and Saturday. There are other activities taking place during Bridgefest including kids activities (bounce house and obstacle course), the Thatcher Markham Memorial Run on Friday evening, and the Bridgefest Parade.

We will have a booth at Kestner Park and will participate in the parade. We’d love to have you join us!

WHEN: Booth @ Kestner Park -Friday, June 14 starting at 3 PM, and Saturday, June 15 from noon.

Parade - Parade line up begins at 5:30 PM on Friday, and the parade kicks off at 7 PM.

WHERE: Ray Kestner Park on the waterfront in Houghton, with the Parade through downtown Houghton.

Email Barb Turuc at [email protected] if you can help out.

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.

Coming Events - Mark Your Calendars (and Volunteer!)

We’ve got a number of 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:

  • June 7 and 8 - RUMMAGE SALE at the HCDP office (323 Quincy Street in Hancock). Donate your good, clean quality items for the sale on Wednesday June 6th between noon at 2 PM.

  • June 13 thru 16 - BRIDGEFEST: Just as we’ve done in previous years we will again be staffing a booth at the Festival and walking in the Parade. This is a great opportunity to interact with the public and share our message of freedom and democracy.

  • 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]

Pridefest Kicks off Pride Month

Pride Month got off to a great start with the second annual Pridefest, held this year at Hancock Beach. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table to chat and make buttons. And Happy Pride Month everyone!

Our setup at Pridefest over the weekend.

Citizen’s for Local Choice Petition Fails

At the beginning of May we recommended that, if asked, you decline to sign the Citizen’s for Local Choice Petition. This petition purported to support local control over the siting of new solar and windmill installations. But in fact the petition effort was funded by dark money contributions and was staffed and supported by individuals with ties to coal and pipeline companies. The petition effort has been viewed as a deliberate attempt to halt Michigan’s historic move to 60% clean energy by 2035.

Michigan Advance reported on Saturday that the petition has failed to gain the necessary signatures to make it onto the ballot this November.

Others opposing the ballot initiative were the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter, Evergreen Action, Michigan Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, Vote Solar, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

At the Capital and On the Campaign Trail


  • Donald Trump Convicted on 34 Felony Counts on Thursday. Michigan Republicans Stand By Him: Trump became the first former President convicted of felony crimes last Thursday, and shortly after the jury’s decision was announced several Michigan Republican officials and candidates stepped forward on social media to denounce the verdict, with no basis, as a “sham”, and “affront to justice”. Michigan Democrats noted that the former President received a fair trial and that the verdict showed that no one is above the law. MORE: Detroit News

  • Four Republican And Four Democratic Candidates Disqualified From MI Congressional Primary Ballots: On Friday the Michigan Board of State Canvassers disqualified eight candidates for congressional seats. The reasons for the disqualifications ranged from insufficient number of signatures to “clear indications of fraud”. Those disqualified include Detroit businessman Nader Beydoun, a Democrat, running for the US Senate. Beydoun was disqualified because his nominating petitions listed a post office box rather than a street address as required under Michigan law. U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the Democratic front runner for the U.S. Senate race, survived the Canvassers’ signature review and will be on the primary ballot. Republican US Senate candidates Mike Rogers, Justin Amash and Sandy Pensler also cleared the Canvassers’ review. MORE: Bridge Michigan

  • MI Supreme Court Candidates Interviewed: Kyra Harris Bolden and Kimberly Ann Thomas were both interviewed by The ‘Gander in the last week. Bolden, a former state representative from Southfield, was appointed to the state’s high court by Gov. Whitmer in 2022 and is running to retain her seat. Thomas is running to fill the seat being vacated by David Viviano, a Republican. MORE: Bolden Interview, Thomas Interview

The Northlander

The June edition of The Northlander, the newsletter for Democrats in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, is now available. This edition has the latest information on campaign and county party events throughout the UP and Northern Lower Michigan (check out the last two pages which are an “Extra Edition” with the very latest updates). Click the image below to view.

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 Meetings


The Laurium Village Council holds a Special Meeting tonight June 4th at 6:00 PM in the Village Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the proposed resolution for setting the 2024 milage rate and date of the public hearing for its adoption. More info is available on the Village website.


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

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.