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Fight to Save ACA a Priority

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, stopping government subsidies for those who buy health insurance through the ACA exchanges as well as letting states eliminate those with pre-existing conditions and exclude many standard medical conditions. Schneider stat

GT Dems Meet Bill Cobbs

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 background to bring to the role. He listed the following accomplishments: he served as both an enlisted man and an officer in the US Navy (by being selected for the BOOST program*, served as a policeman, worked on a factory flo

GT Dems Host Civic Engagement Workshop

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.gov). He explained how to use the page to track our own legislators as well as any legislation in which you are interested. He did acknowledge that the best place to influence legislation is as it is being written, which

GT Dems Host Potential Candidates

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 communications network. “You don’t have to be a technocrat to run for office. You have me!” Heather Abraham, who is a local area attorney with a master’s degree in public policy, focused on housing policy, stated that “our

Sen. Stabenow Meets Woman2Woman TC

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 Michigan was one of the first states to do so. Traverse City, she said, has a record of stepping up for women. She stressed repeatedly that although we may be suffering from resistance fatigue, it is imperative to work assidu

Legislative Report

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 kids to see. I did give everyone freedom to read it their class, and turn away when they felt it was best. Later in the day I had to make the decision about having our girls’ basketball team play their varsity and JV games

Review of Conscience of a Conservative: A Reflection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Princip

“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 credentials in advocating small government by supporting tax cuts for the wealthy, cutting entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while championing the free market strategies that have helped inc

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