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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, November 07, 2008

    MICHIGAN FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events


    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.

    Mark Shauer WON!

    MI-09 is the other 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. I recently talked to people from the Peters campaign and I get the feeling they are extremely well organized and poised to win.

    Gary Peters WON!


    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:

    From Wired via Michigan Liberal: The Chevy Volt Will Save GM (And Get The Girl)

    Progressive Success!

    Obama's Economic Recovery Plan for the Middle Class

    United Solar Ovonic Coming to Battle Creek

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

    Michigan Legislature's Scorecard


    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) 455-7537 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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