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The July 12 SCDP meeting once again began with yet another candidate for the MSU Board of Trustees, alumna Corinne Shoop who passionately highlighted her thirty years of courtroom and negotiation experience.  She wants to be one of the two new members so she can stand up and look John Engler in the eye to tell him that he is wrong. For the scoop on Shoop visit www.shoop4msu or email shoop4msu@gmail.com or follow @shoop4msu

Chair Paul Purcell then reminded us about upcoming events including the Saginaw County Fair, July 31-August 4, the two Poker Tournaments, August 11-14 and 25-28, and the Democratic State Convention August 25-26. We also need someone to haul away our large refrigerators for scrap.  Vice Chair Eric Hinojosa reported that he is taking advertisement orders for the program of the SCDP Annual Fall Banquet, September 28 at the Dow Event Center.  Secretary Ellen Rodman gave us the time slots for volunteers at the fair and encouraged candidates to get their literature to her.

Judi Lincoln offered to set up a candidate committee meeting after the August 7 primary if the candidates request it.  She handed out sign up sheets for the two August Poker Tournaments and informed us the final tournament of the year will be in September.

 

Elected officials and candidates then took the floor.  City Council member Brenda Moore announced a re-election hot dog get together for August 4. County Clerk Mike Hanley said his office is busy training staff for the primary.  Saginaw County Board of Commissioners chair Carl Ruth announced he is running again and the jail project is moving forward nicely, as is the budget.

State Representative Vanessa Guerra notified us that the petitions for the Promote the Vote ballot initiative have been filed and are awaiting certification.  The proposed constitutional amendment would regulate the timing of issuing absentee ballots, authorize no-reason absentee voting, require a straight party voting option on general election ballots, provide for automatic voter registration, require post-election audits, and make other voting changes.

She also said the Michigan Supreme Court will be hearing arguments July 18 on another initiative called Voters Not Politicians that would amend the State Constitution to create an independent commission to draw up legislative and Congressional districts.  It is opposed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

State Representative Vanessa Guerra notified us that the petitions for the Promote the Vote ballot initiative have been filed and are awaiting certification.  The proposed constitutional amendment would regulate the timing of issuing absentee ballots, authorize no-reason absentee voting, require a straight party voting option on general election ballots, provide for automatic voter registration, require post-election audits, and make other voting changes.

She also said the Michigan Supreme Court will be hearing arguments July 18 on another initiative called Voters Not Politicians that would amend the State Constitution to create an independent commission to draw up legislative and Congressional districts.  It is opposed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Eric Sabin is running for the 85th District House seat which includes all of Shiawassee County and southern Saginaw County. For a look at his platform, to volunteer or donate, and for more go to his website https://www.votesabin2018.com

Newly-appointed Josh Visnaw, Deputy Field Director for the Michigan coordinated campaign, spoke briefly about having a new approach to working together after the primary and is eager to work with us. Welcome, Josh!

Dylan Hellus, regional coordinator for U.S. Senator Gary Peters, informed us that the senator will not be supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh to a round of cheers. The senator is holding a community conversation at UM–Flint on July 28.

Newly-appointed Josh Visnaw, Deputy Field Director for the Michigan coordinated campaign, spoke briefly about having a new approach to working together after the primary and is eager to work with us. Welcome, Josh!

Dylan Hellus, regional coordinator for U.S. Senator Gary Peters, informed us that the senator will not be supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh to a round of cheers. The senator is holding a community conversation at UM–Flint on July 28.

State Senate candidate Henry Gaudreau said he had yard signs for anyone interested. Commission candidate Terry Manwell is looking for homes for his yard signs.  Joe Loprena, Saginaw City Board of Education candidate, gave us July 31 as the date for his re-scheduled fundraiser at Meinberg’s.  School Board member Ruth Braun advised the group of a vacancy on the Board.  Interviews would be conducted on July 25 and 26.  Ruth Averill echoed earlier sentiments that we need to get non-voting Dems out to vote this cycle.  Her fundraiser is July 23 at Sullivan’s.gs.

Evan Allardyce, business manager of the IBEW 557, mentioned that some of the work on the new jail might be going to a non-union contractor that would have support from ABC. He mentioned www.actionnetwork.org which is a progressive activist organization that might be helpful in getting out the vote.

Mid-Michigan Area Labor Council President Angie Miller reminded us that the CWA is still in negotiations with AT&T and working without a contract.  They are supporting county commissioners to keep prevailing wage in Saginaw County.  The March Continues is having another meeting and brunch July 11 followed by canvassing.

IBEW 557 President Rob White thanked the County Commissioners for voting not to re-bid the jail project which could have put union jobs at risk.

State Senate candidate Phil Phelps agreed with Vanessa Guerra’s statement that the House hasn’t passed any bad bills since it’s been in recess. He hopes to see us on the campaign trail.

Kitty Packard asked us to write in on the primary ballot Larry Benjamin for the County Parks Commission.  SCDP Treasurer Kyle Bostwick cleared up a discussion on driver’s licenses and voter registration.