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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    MICHIGAN FOCUS: Blogs, Obama, Energy, Mark Schauer, Gary Peters, Groups and Events

    WINNING MICHIGAN: Please donate to win some hotly contested House seats as well as local races in Michigan (you can read more about these races below).


    BLOGGING MICHIGAN:

    Michigan Liberal is an excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.

    Blogging for Michigan is another excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.

    Mid-Michigan DFA is a good way to stay connected with fellow progressives in the Lansing area.

    The Michigan Coalition for Progress is an independent progressive voice for the people of Michigan dedicated to holding elected political leaders accountable and moving Michigan forward.


    Here are Some Stories of Interest:

    Michigan Taking the Lead in Alternative Energy

    US in 'once-in-a-century' financial crisis : Greenspan (Thanks Republicans. Remember how great the Clinton economy was?)

    Right wing racism rears it's ugly head yet again. The ill-named American Values and Focus on the Family Action Forum (a group which seems unAmerican and displays terrible values) sells "Obama Waffles" with racial stereotype. What is with Republicans? How can they think this kind of adolescent racism is okay?

    And speaking of Republican Racism, here's an article from an Arizona blog that is apropos: McCain and the Race Card - The Corporate Media's Role. And let's remember McCain opposed the Martin Luther King, jr. holiday. For those who want to read more about Republican racism, I've discussed it here (from before Obama won the primary), and it is covered in Drew Westin's book The Political Brain with some pretty nasty examples.

    Capitol rally backs bills to fight foreclosures. "If we can bail out Bear Stearns, if we can bail out Fannie and Freddie, can't we bail out Michigan families?" said Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing).

    Republican No More

    Best and Worst Members of Congress for Children (PDF)

    Barack Obama's Energy Speech in Lansing.

    Alternative energy could revive auto industry, Michigan economy. I was talking about this in 2006!

    Obama pledges $4 billion in guaranteed loans and tax credits to help U.S. automakers retool for more fuel-efficient cars and to develop batteries for plug-in hybrids that get up to 150 m.p.g.

    The cheapest and best way to cut carbon emissions...and save money.

    Michigan Legislature's Scorecard


    MICHIGAN HOUSE RACES:

    MI-07 is a Congressional District that we have a very good shot at taking this year. It is one of the top battleground districts in the country. Mark Schauer is the Democrat running for the MI-07 House seat. Here is a video of Mark Schauer giving a keynote address at a climate conference:



    If you live in the district, please volunteer to help Mark out.

    MI-09 is the other one is Michigan house seat we can flip to blue. Gary Peters is running for this seat and is raising a good deal of money to mount a strong challenge to a Bush Republican. Peters has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, the Michigan AFL-CIO and the Veterans Alliance for Security and Democracy, among many others. Gary is in favor of bringing out troops home and giving our Veterans the benefits and healthcare they deserve. The Repub he is challenging has consistently voted AGAINST expanding veterans benefits.

    Peters is running against Joe Knollenberg, who has run into a bit of a problem with underreporting the value of his Washington, DC townhouse by hundreds of thousands of dollars in his personal financial disclosure forms, a probable violation of House rules. Knollenberg's excuse is, apparently, that he is incompetent. He claims it was a "clerical error," year after year. Look, if you or I make such mistakes we get penalized. Knollenberg is either a crook or incompetent. Which is it, Joe?

    If you live in MI-09 district, please volunteer for Gary and help flip another House seat to blue.


    ALTERNATIVE ENERGY GROUPS AND EVENTS IN MICHIGAN:

    Sustainable Michigan-Peak Oil Meetup Group
    Come to a Sustainable Michigan/Peak Oil Meetup to generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness, promote sustainable development. Find others concerned about making Michigan sustainable in energy, food production, green building and other key areas related to relocalizing so that we are prepared in Michigan for any energy/resource decline. Get the support to BE the change. To find out more, join this group.

    Peak Moment in Monroe:
    Peak Moment refers to the period of energy, climate, and economic uncertainty that we now live in as humans rapidly approach the end of the Age of Oil.

    Meet others who share your concern. Generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness.

    Advocate for new urbanism and sustainable development. Explore the potential of alternative energy. And join others interested in community gardening. To find out more, join this group.

    Michigan Green Expo!
    MAY 8 -10, 2009

    This three-day public event is unlike any other, with an exhibit hall full of useful and important information, resources, and products to help you make more responsible choices. Featuring lots of mini-seminars and pavilions specific to consumers or businesses, MI Green Expo can help anyone go green! For more info go here (still under construction?), or Contact Show Management at: (517) 580-8475 or info_at_migreenexpo.com


    Here are some events and groups in Michigan:

    Monthly Berkley Democratic Club Meeting:
    Generally meets on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm and all club meetings are open to the public. Bring your topics, ideas, and opinions to share and interact with other like-minded individuals!

    All meetings are held at Anderson Middle School, 3205 Catalpa, Berkley, Michigan in the Media Center. We welcome you to join us!

    Contact: http://www.berkleydems.org or info_at_berkleydems.org

    Monthly Flint, MI Progressive Caucus Meeting
    2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30:00 PM
    Asbury United Methodist Church, Flint

    Mid-Michigan DFA Monthly Meeting
    First Wed of each month, 7:00 PM
    SEIU Local
    1026 E. Michigan Avenue
    Lansing, MI 48933
    Phone Number: 517-482-1737

    Farmington Hills Club Meeting
    Farmington / Farmington Hills Democratic Club
    Third Wednesday of Every Month
    Starting at 7:30pm
    Web: http://www.ffhdc.org
    Phone: 248-615-9119
    Location: Varies...call or check out website for more info.

    Pontiac Democratic Club
    Third Saturday of Every Month
    Starting at 10:00am
    Pontiac City Hall
    47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac
    Phone: 248-338-7765
    Location: Pontiac City Hall, 47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac


    And for those who want to combine socializing with politics, here are some Michigan Drinking Liberally groups:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm
    * Dominick's, 812 Monroe St. (Behind and across the street from the Law Quad)
    * Hosted by Jenay Karlson, Leah Hanzlicek and Jeffrey Schultz, annarbor (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    * Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Graydon's Crossing, 1223 Plainfield Ave NE (just north of Leonard)
    * This month, we're meeting on Tuesday, 4 March at 7:00 for a Primary Results Watch Party
    * Hosted by Brent Geers and Phil Skaggs, grandrapids (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Houghton, Michigan
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Shelden Ave (Downtown Houghton)
    * http://drinkingliberally.wikispaces.com
    * Hosted by Jeremy Sandrik and Jon Maxwell, houghton (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lansing, Michigan
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Reno's East, 1310 Abbott Rd, East Lansing (Corner of Abbott and Saginaw)
    * Hosted by Julielyn Gibbons, lansing (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    * Second Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Mountain Town Brewing Company, 506 W Broadway St
    * Hosted by Abhik Roy, Will Tomlinson, Scott Dunn and Brandon Mayer, mtpleasant (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Oakland County, Michigan
    * Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Rochester Mills Beer Company, 410 Water St, Rochester (Downtown Rochester)
    * Great food and some great brews, bring a hunger and a thirst for Democracy!
    * Hosted by Ron Wasczenski, oaklandcounty (at) drinkingliberally.org

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