In a front-page column in Sunday’s, Sept. 23, 2017 Record Eagle, “Latest Attempt to Repeal ACA Could Hurt Many,” by Jordan Travis, we are warned by Gabe Schneider, Munson’s director of government relations, that should the Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal pass, “150,000 northern Michigan residents who live in the Munson Healthcare coverage area,” could lose health insurance coverage. The bill would eliminate expanded Medicaid by 2020, instead providing states with a block grant, sto
On Tuesday, Sept 19, the GT Dems and interested citizens met Bill Cobbs, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor of Michigan. Mr. Cobbs’ campaign theme is “Together We Can!” He believes success requires a strong grassroots movement and activism coupled with effective leadership. He believes Democrats need to unite and avoid replaying the last election. Mr. Cobbs said that his career of rich and varied experiences and accomplishments give him a unique backgroun
Jon Hoadley is the member of the House of Representatives from Kalamazoo’s 60th district. As Rep. Hoadley says, he is the blue dot in the red sea of Western Michigan. This is his second term and he plans on running again before he is “term limited”. He is on several subcommittees for the Appropriations committee: Agriculture and Rural Development, Higher Education and Environmental Quality. We spent most of our time looking at the Michigan Legislature page (www.legilature.mi.
On Thurs, Sept. 14th, Grand Traverse Democrats hosted a reception at the home of Mike Dettmer. The intent of the event was to provide encouragement and information for folks who are thinking about running for office. Harold Lassers, whose background was 27 years with Bell Labs and Silicon Valley network companies as an IT manager, stated that he would make the Voter Access Network or VAN work to obtain voter information, as well as help with our web resource, media, and comm
Woman2Woman Traverse City hosted Michigan’s Senator Debbie Stabenow at the Park Place Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 17th. Sen. Stabenow quickly established an easy rapport with the crowd who represented some of Traverse City’s preeminent and dynamic female Democratic leadership. The Senator, whom I shall henceforth refer to as Debbie, said she was here to talk about how we can make things better. She recalled her time working with Helen Milliken to ratify the ERA of which Michiga
Remembering 9/11 We all started September 11th by thinking about that day and what we were doing. I was a brand-new principal of a K-12 school in the UP. I remember having a horrible headache when I got up. Around 9 am one of the staff told me to look at the TV and the awful events started to unfold. I remember having all the teachers let the students watch. I had the teachers of kindergarten and the lower elementary classes limit it, but we felt this was important for our ki
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Senator Barry Goldwater This is not a quote you will find in Jeff Flake’s Conscience of a Conservative. Having begun his political career as the executive director of the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, a free market think tank, an experience which Flake credits in part to forming the foundation of his conservative cred